Weekly Program Highlights

Friday 5/26

1:00 – 1:30 PM
Writer Ari Berman discusses voting rights in the United States. Berman is a senior contributing writer for The Nation magazine and a fellow at The Nation Institute. He published Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America in 2015. 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…
This encore edition of Making Contact looks at some of the struggles and victories in the fight for transgender access to gender-specific spaces and programs. 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…
Guests include director Paul Feig, producer duo Danger Mouse and Sam Cohen, and writer Samantha Irby. Join Emily Post’s descendants as they lead you into the “gaping maw” of etiquette. Also, learn about the case of the migrating trees, Burlesque meets baseball (meets cocktail!), and Zacatecan cuisine. 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.

3:00 – 4:00 PM
Fresh Air...
Comic, writer, and director Neal Brennan joins Fresh Air for a conversation about co-creating and co-writing the Comedy Central series Chappelle's Show as well as other projects with comedian Dave Chappelle. He discusses his Netflix special that considers family, depression, and comedy.

6:30 – 7:30 PM
The Club McKenzie
Twilight Years
The transition point between traditional jazz of the 1920s and the Swing Era of the 1930s was a creative blend of the past and future.

Saturday 5/27

10:00 – 11:00 AM
Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me!…
Host Peter Sagal makes some jokes about President Trump’s Middle Eastern and European trip. Guests this week include legendary singer songwriter John Prine. Join us for the news quiz from NPR.

11:00 – Noon
Where do numbers come from, and what do they really do for us? Tune in for stories of how numbers confuse us, connect us, and even reveal secrets about us.

5:00 – 7:00 PM
A Prairie Home Companion…
A Prairie Home Companion comes to you this week from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. Host Chris Thile welcomes musicians Ben Folds and Brandi Carlile as well as actor-comedian Ed Helms.

Sunday 5/28

10:00 – 11:00 AM
The Kids Aren't All Right
Federal law requires colleges and universities to report sexual assaults on campus. However, that’s not true for kindergarten through 12th grade. The Associated Press found a shocking level of this type of violence among students under 18. Reveal delves into the results of a year-long investigation into this issue.

11:00 – NOON
This American Life…
Tell Me I'm Fat
The way people talk about being fat is shifting. With one-third of Americans classified as overweight, another third classified as obese, and almost none of us losing weight and keeping it off, maybe it’s time to rethink the way we see being fat. This episode is inspired by Lindy West’s book Shrill

6:00 – 7:00 PM
The Moth Radio Hour…
Red Sox, Jerusalem, and Coming Home
Presenting true stories told by the people who lived them. In this episode,
- A father bonds with his son over baseball
- A boy realizes that his single father is not a superhero
- A worker gets a knife pulled on her at a homeless shelter
- A newly divorced mother is evicted from her home
- A young writer moves to Jerusalem with the hope that peace will break out

Monday 5/29

1:00 – 1:30 PM
Cultural Mindshift: Full Spectrum Sustainability and Resilience
As we face the challenges of climate change—what some consider a growing climate emergency—the Bioneers team considers how skillful pathfinders are banding together to transform our ways of living and bring resilience from the ground up into widespread practice. This episode features Berkeley’s Chief Resilience Officer, Timothy Burroughs, as well as Professor David W. Orr and financial adviser Tom Van Dyck. 

1:30 – 2:00 PM
Increasing economic inequality in America and around the world is occurring on a scale that none of us has seen in our lifetime. In his book The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live and Die, social psychologist Keith Payne examines how inequality impacts our daily lives.

2:00 – 3:00 PM
The Splendid Table…
This week, The Splendid Table team speaks with Robert Egger, founder of LA Kitchen, about one of the fastest-growing and most surprising groups going hungry: senior citizens. Join us for the show about life's appetites.

Tuesday 5/30

1:00 – 2:00 PM
TED Radio Hour
Host Guy Raz and TED speakers explore ideas about altruism and what motivates us to act altruistically. It feels good to help others but why are some people just more altruistic than the rest of us, including those who choose to risk their lives for a complete stranger?

2:00 – 3:00 PM
A Conversation With the Reluctant Therapist…
National Service, for a Better You and a Stronger Us
Host Elizabeth Barrett believes it is critical that we come together and unite around something bigger than just our own individual lives. A year of domestic service working to address a community need may be the best way to improve the mental health and well-being of our collective whole. Tune in for a conversation about this simple idea that could change our cultural identity and unite our fractured country.

6:30 – 8:00 PM
“Cake in the Rain,” a Jimmy Webb Special…
One of America's great songwriters, Jimmy Webb, has just published his memoir The Cake In The Rain. René Engel visits with the composer to talk about his life and career, and to play some of his music. Webb, who extends the tradition of The Great American Songbook, wrote such standards as "By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” "Wichita Lineman,” "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" and "MacArthur Park,” which has been recorded by hundreds of different artists.

Wednesday 5/31

1:00 – 2:00 PM
Issues & Ideas…
- Playing with Food: Food co-ops have intrigued Father Ian since he was a young boy, wandering through the aisles while his mother bought carob as a health alternative to chocolate. He's back among the shelves of the two food co-ops on the Central Coast and considers a third one slated to open in the future.
- The Strangers Mixtape: Hear another interview with a stranger as part of our new series produced by reporter Bree Zender.

2:00 – 3:00 PM
On Being
We’ve heard a lot about Black Lives Matter, but you may never have heard one of its co-founders reflect outside a moment of crisis, presenting a luminous vision of the resilient world we’re making now. Join Krista Tippett for a cross-generational conversation with Patrisse Cullors and Dr. Robert Ross. They give voice to the generative potential in this moment we inhabit.

6:30 – 8:00 PM
KCBX in Concert...
Host Craig Russell features the French Baroque, as embodied in the French Suites of Bach and of François Couperin. He then explores this period’s influence on Maurice Ravel in the early twentieth century. Craig begins and ends his show with live performances of Dr. Terry Spiller in the Spanos Theater.

Thursday 6/1

2:00 – 3:00 PM
This American Life…
Tell Me I'm Fat
The way people talk about being fat is shifting. With one-third of Americans classified as overweight, another third classified as obese, and almost none of us losing weight and keeping it off, maybe it’s time to rethink the way we see being fat. This episode is inspired by Lindy West’s book Shrill

Friday 6/2

6:30 – 7:30 PM
The Club McKenzie…
The Twilight Years, Part 2
This program examines those last recording sessions heralding the end of “The Jazz Age.”