Weekly Program Highlights

Friday, 9/26 to Friday, 10/3/2014

Friday 9/26

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… One in three women will have an abortion in her lifetime, yet in pop culture accurate portrayals of real people’s stories are rare. In this show we hear about representations of abortion and reproductive decision-making in popular culture, and why those stories really matter.

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…Belle Waters: The career of vocalist, Ethel Waters, spanned several decades from her recordings of the 1920s to the movies of the ‘40s and ‘50s. This show is devoted to her early years.


Saturday 9/27

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, a last-minute Fall repeat, from September 2013 at the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Väsen play their “Pulska for Tom Morrow,” Chris Thile performs a few Bach violin pieces translated for the mandolin, and Chic Gamine sing “All Night.” In Lake Wobegon, a bear visits the town, starting a debate over who will pay to have it removed.


Sunday 9/28

6:00 – 8:00 AM

Bob Edwards Weekend…Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to reminisce about their respective careers. Bob takes a stroll down memory lane with NPR’s Susan Stamberg. They co-hosted All Things Considered and even shared an office. Then, he talks with John Feinstein about the state of the sports world today and what’s right and what’s wrong. Longtime friend of the show, Paul Thorn, stops by to discuss his new music and his charmed life.

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Radiolab…Important things, little things, personal things, things you can hold, and things that can take hold of you. This hour, they bring you investigations of the objects around us, their power to move us, and whether it's better to look back or move on, hold on tight, or just let go.

11:00 – NOON

This American Life…This week, an unprecedented look inside one of the most powerful, secretive institutions in the country. The NY Federal Reserve is supposed to monitor big banks and prevent another financial crisis. But when Carmen Segarra was hired, what she witnessed inside the Fed was so alarming that she bought a tiny recorder, and started secretly taping. ProPublica reports.

NOON – 1:00 PM

Sunday Baroque… An engaging story, a compelling painting, a thrilling musical work. They all transport us to another place and connect us with another time, without ever having to leave home. This week Sunday Baroque will take you to a festive banquet in 1702, a regal ceremony at Westminster Abbey, and a private, prayerful moment in Salzburg, all through the inspiring music of baroque composers. Join Suzanne Bona for this musical journey on Sunday Baroque.

5:45 PM

Robert Plant Live on kcbx.org...Join NPR Music for a live video webcast of Robert Plant and his new band The Sensational Space Shifters, The performance is part of the "Nonesuch at BAM" festival, from the Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, New York. The former Led Zeppelin frontman will perform songs from his new album "Lullaby and The Ceaseless Roar," released earlier this month.  Stream the show live at kcbx.org.

6:00 – 7:00 PM

Selected Shorts… Guest host Jane Curtin presents stories with sassy women by Dorothy Parker and Robert Coover. “The Sexes,” Dorothy Parker, performed by Parker Posey  “Bohemia,” by Dorothy Parker, performed by Heather Burns  “In the Throes,” by Dorothy Parker, performed by Heather Burns  “The Standard of Living,” by Dorothy Parker, performed by Hope Davis  “Waitress,” by Robert Coover, performed by Sonia Manzano.


Monday 9/29

1:00 – 1:30 PM

Bioneers… Religion is the oldest, most compelling moral framework for social action. As director of World Wildlife Fund’s Sacred Earth Program, Buddhist Dekila Chungyalpa shows how religion and spiritual consciousness are emerging globally as powerful forces for restoring our relationship with nature and each other.

1:30 – 2:00 PM

IdeaSphere… Carbon Shock: Journalist Mark Shapiro investigates the economic disruption caused by climate change. At the heart of the challenges we face is how to establish a price for carbon.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

The Splendid Table… This week on the Splendid Table, it’s a look at a trend in culinary exotica, salt block cooking with Mark Bitterman, author of Salt Block Cooking. We go behind the scenes of cookbook production with recipe tester Ian Knauer. We learn about five epochal moments in Southern food for women with John T. Edge and Marcie Ferris, author of The Edible South. Finally, we look at mock meat with Joe Yonan, author of Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook.

6:30 – 7:30 PM

Song Travels… Pianist Thomas Lauderdale is a co-founder of the celebrated orchestral ensemble Pink Martini, which bridges classical, jazz, world music and old-fashioned pop. On this Song Travels, Lauderdale brings along a few of his musical collaborators, including NPR's Ari Shapiro, who proves to be as good a singer as he is a journalist. Lauderdale solos on "Malagueña" by Ernesto Lecuona, and plays a duet with Feinstein on George Gershwin's "The Man I Love."


Tuesday 9/30

1:00 – 2:00 PM

TED Radio Hour… In this hour, it’s a rebroadcast episode about privacy. TED speakers explore ideas about our changing notions of privacy, the consequences, and whether privacy will soon be a relic of the past.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

A Conversation With The Reluctant Therapist… Happy wife, happy life? A look at marriage today. Recent studies have confirmed the old adage that marriages are most successful when wives are happy with the state of the relationship. Could marriage really be that simple? Tune in Tuesday at 2 p.m. for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about the current state of marriage.


Wednesday 10/1

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Issues & Ideas

  • Join correspondent Tom Wilmer as he visits with acclaimed, award-winning travel journalist, Laurie McAndish King as she talks about her new book, Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive and reads some selected passages. King is a writer and photographer specializing in nature and culture. Whether she is lost in a parallel universe, kidnapped in the scorching Tunisian desert, or eaten alive by the blood-sucking denizens of tropical north Queensland, King’s stories are always inspiring and entertaining.
  • KCBX Reporter, Jordan Bell, speaks with Marilee Hyman of the League of Women Voters about how to evaluate ballot propositions.
  • Ears on Art returns to Pietrasanta, Italy for conversations with two, life-time marble workers. Pietrasanta has been a center for marble for 400 years and her two guests have been marble craftsmen since their early teens, dedicating their work to bringing to life stone, employing the creative concepts of classical and contemporary artists. She’ll share her thoughts on the town and the workers.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

On Being… On the next “On Being”: The pursuit of happiness is something Americans call a right, but what do we know about happiness as a spiritual practice? in a public gathering at Emory University in Atlanta, Krista Tippett leads His Holiness the Dalai Lama, as well as leading figures in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, in a conversation about the human and spiritual adventure of happiness.

6:30 – 8:00 PM

KCBX in Concert... Dr. Craig Russell explores the origins of Mozart’s Symphony No. 38 (The Prague) and then features a performance of it on period instruments by the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival Orchestra, conducted by Clif Swanson.  Then Craig delves into Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite, highlighting a performance of it by the San Luis Obispo Symphony under the baton of Michael Nowak.   


Thursday 10/2

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Central Coast Voices… According to the CDC, the number of deaths by suicide have surpassed the number from motor vehicle accidents. Over the years the San Luis Obispo County’s average has been consistently higher California’s. With suicide rates continuing to rise, professionals are working together to increase community awareness of suicide as a mental and public health problem. Join host Kris Kington-Barker and guests this serious issue in our community.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

This American Life…This week, an unprecedented look inside one of the most powerful, secretive institutions in the country. The NY Federal Reserve is supposed to monitor big banks and prevent another financial crisis. But when Carmen Segarra was hired, what she witnessed inside the Fed was so alarming that she bought a tiny recorder, and started secretly taping. ProPublica reports.


Friday 10/3

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 partnered with the 2014 National Poetry Slam to produce this special open mic program, highlighting the power of thoughtful, truth telling, community focused poetry.

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… Stand Back: Eddie Lang brought the guitar out of the rhythm section and into the position of prominence and was well known for his ability to accompany vocalists, accenting their lyrics with his expertly tailored lines.