Weekly Program Highlights

Friday, 10/24 to Friday, 10/31/2014

Friday 10/24

1:00 – 1:30 PM

CounterSpin…Drawing on an international network of experts, analysts, activists, and artists, CounterSpin provides a critical examination of the major stories every week—combining lively discussion with a thoughtful media critique.

1:30 – 2:00 PM

Making Contact… Making Contact tackles a different topic each week, mixing down-to-earth interviews and produced pieces with commentaries that challenge listeners to think about our society in new ways.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

The Dinner Party Download…is an hour-long celebration of culture, food, and conversation designed to help you dazzle your friends at this weekend's get-together.  In every episode you'll learn a joke and a new cocktail inspired by an odd bit of history, meet an artist of note, learn the answers to your burning etiquette questions, savor an emerging food trend, and hear your new favorite song.


Saturday 10/25

11:00 AM – NOON

Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me…Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me! is NPR’s weekly quiz program.  Host, Peter Sagal, and official scorekeeper, Bill Kurtis, lead a rotating panel of comedians, humorists, journalists, and celebrity guests through a comic review of the week’s news.  Test your knowledge against some of the best and brightest in news and entertainment while figuring out what’s real news and what’s made up.

5:00 – 7:00 PM

A Prairie Home Companion… This week, it’s an October rebroadcast of a 2011 show from the Fitzgerald Theater. Tenor Raul Melo accompanies Garrison for a suite of sonnets, Cantus performs “Wanting Memories,” and Heather Masse sings “Early Autumn.” In Lake Wobegon, a big wind causes havoc all over town.


Sunday 10/26

6:00 – 8:00 AM

Bob Edwards Weekend…We mark the birthday of the United Nations. Bob discusses the UN Security Council with American University professor David Bosco. Then, we pay our respects to Ben Bradlee, the former Executive Editor of The Washington Post. Bob visited his office in 2007 to discuss his long career, which included editing the paper’s coverage of Watergate and befriending his neighbor, John F. Kennedy. Bradlee died on Tuesday at the age of 93. Bob talks with Tracy McClard about her juvenile justice work.

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Radiolab… This hour on Radiolab, they explore the voices inside our heads. From a child forming his or her first thought to the nagging feeling that you're bound to fail, they delve into all the ways that the voices in our heads shape us, help us, and sometimes hurt us. Along the way, they’ll tell the story of Mel Blanc, "the man of 1000 voices," and how one of those voices might have saved his life.

11:00 – NOON

This American Life… Everyone knows you can't always believe what you read, but sometimes even official documents aren't a path to the truth. This week we have stories of people whose lives are altered when seemingly boring documents like birth certificates and petitions are used against them. And a family wrestles with a medical record that has a very clear, but complicated diagnosis.

NOON – 1:00 PM

Sunday Baroque… William Shakespeare’s witches, fairies, and ghosts are among the most vivid and memorable supernatural characters, and their mischief and mayhem often figured prominently in his plots. With Halloween coming up, Sunday Baroque will showcase some of the music inspired by Shakespeare’s fanciful characters.

6:00 – 7:00 PM

Selected Shorts… Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents works by writers on writing.   “The Writers Model,” by Molly Giles, performed by Kaneza Schaal,  “Creative Writing,” by Etgar Keret, performed by Alex Karpovsky, “On Keeping a Notebook,” by Joan Didion, performed by Parker Posey “I Dated Jane Austen,” by TC Boyle, performed by Isaiah Sheffer


Monday 10/27

1:00 – 1:30 PM

Bioneers… Facing climate disruption, it’s imperative to fast-forward the transition to clean energy. The global movement to abolish fossil fuels is challenging the industry and its political domination. Renowned author and activist Bill McKibben and award-winning biologist and author Sandra Steingraber illuminate the frontline fight of these New Abolitionists.

1:30 – 2:00 PM

IdeaSphereTrust and Why it Matters: Bestselling author, Ulrich Boser, shows how the emerging research on trust can improve our live and rebuild our economy

2:00 – 3:00 PM

The Splendid Table… This week on the Splendid Table, Chef Daniel Boulud talks to Dorie Greenspan about his new book, _Daniel: My French Cuisine_, we talk to political reporter Marin Cogan about the conflict between vegetarians and Congress, we look at the basics of cooking with coconut oil with culinary nutritionist Tricia Williams, and Jane and Michael Stern bring us the best in non-chain steak houses.

6:30 – 7:30 PM

Song Travels… Composer and pianist Rob Schwimmer has worked with top artists such as Simon & Garfunkel, Stevie Wonder, and Bette Midler. He has also penned scores for Oscar-winning short films and is a master of the theremin (known for the music heard in classic horror films). He joins host Feinstein to talk about the endurance of standards and to perform a few of his favorites.


Tuesday 10/28

1:00 – 2:00 PM

TED Radio Hour… In this hour, TED speakers explore our origins as a species -- who we are, where we come from, where we’re headed -- and how we’re connected to everything that came before us.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

A Conversation With The Reluctant Therapist… When did pregnancy and childbirth become viewed as medical emergencies instead of natural occurrences experienced by women since the beginning of time? This is the question asked by the documentary, "The Business of Being Born" Tune in Tuesday at 2 for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett about the growing concern among professionals and parents regarding this era of ‘pathologizing’ life's most normal experiences.


Wednesday 10/29

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Issues & Ideas…

  • That is the plight of many senior dogs in California is growing old and having decisions about life expectancy determined by someone else. Central Coast animal lover, Charlotte Meade, is doing something about it. Donna Cheek has a lively discussion with Charlotte Meade, founder of Meade Canine Rescue Foundation about her passion to save senior and special needs dogs.
  • KCBX News Director Randol White speaks with a Santa Barbara teenager about her new book... A Survival Guide to Bullying. Ajia (Asia) Mayrock breaks down the tools she used to stay positive in Junior High and High School... and talks about what helped her to eventually thrive.
  • Reporter, Jordan Bell, speaks with local woman, Victoria Billings, on her blog “Feminism For My Father,” and on being a woman a millennial and a feminist.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

On Being Nadia Bolz-Weber has the liturgical church year tattooed up and down one of her arms. She’s a former addict, a former stand-up comic, and now a Lutheran minister. She’s a face of what some call “The Emerging Church." Across generations, theologies, and social passions, these are people reimagining Christianity. And at her church, "The House for All Sinners and Saints" in Denver, street kids take communion with elected officials and a blessing of the bicycles and serious liturgy come together.

6:30 – 8:00 PM

KCBX in Concert... Jill Anderson plays music recorded by the San Luis Obispo Symphony, and talks with the orchestra's music director, Michael Nowak.


Thursday 10/30

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Central Coast Voices Host Kris Kington-Barker is joined by guests Joel Diringer, Founder and Principal at Diringer and Associates, along with Covered California Certified Enrollment Counselors ,Elena Ramirez with AIDS Support Network, and Fred Aguilera with Community Health Centers of the Central Coast to provide an update on health care reform and answer questions.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

This American Life… Everyone knows you can't always believe what you read, but sometimes even official documents aren't a path to the truth. This week we have stories of people whose lives are altered when seemingly boring documents like birth certificates and petitions are used against them. And a family wrestles with a medical record that has a very clear, but complicated diagnosis.


Friday 10/31

1:00 – 1:30 PM

CounterSpin…Drawing on an international network of experts, analysts, activists, and artists, CounterSpin provides a critical examination of the major stories every week—combining lively discussion with a thoughtful media critique.

1:30 – 2:00 PM

Making Contact… In her new book: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate , Naomi Klein argues that while it's too late to stop climate change, we can save our civilization. But it s going to take radical steps that will transform the way humans interact with the world. 

2:00 – 3:00 PM

The Dinner Party Download…is an hour-long celebration of culture, food, and conversation designed to help you dazzle your friends at this weekend's get-together.  In every episode you'll learn a joke and a new cocktail inspired by an odd bit of history, meet an artist of note, learn the answers to your burning etiquette questions, savor an emerging food trend, and hear your new favorite song.

6:30 – 7:30 PM

the Club McKenzie…Jelly’s Keys: Recordings of Jelly Roll Morton and his Red Hot Peppers abound. But, how often do you get to hear his early piano compositions in solo and trio settings? Here’s your chance.