Weekly Program Highlights

Friday 7/20

1:30 – 2:00 PM
Making Contact...  Hear the story of a woman who was in flight to the US when President Trump signed his first travel ban. Also, hear about how the third version of the ban differs from the original.
2:00 – 3:00 PM
Hidden Brain… Join host Shankar Vedantam for the show that helps curious people understand the world, current events, and themselves. On a program called “Creating God,” hear about how humans went from living in small tribes to massive societies. In the days before police departments and traffic cameras, these societies encouraged everyone to follow the rules with notions of an angry, punishing God which, they claim, ultimately helped humans survive.

3:00 – 4:00 PM
Fresh Air... Fresh Air discusses healthy sleep patterns and strategies with Matthew Walker, author of Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams. Miller is a professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California.

6:30 – 7:30 PM
The Club McKenzie  Although he wasn’t a musician, the name Irving Mills is stamped all over the music scene in “The City of Lights.” “Leader of the Blue Ribbon Band” is among the many musical hats he wore.

Saturday 7/21

10:00 – 11:00 AM
Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me!… Tune in for the news quiz from NPR and have fun with highlights from the week’s news. This week, explore the news with panelists Mo Rocca, Helen Hong, and Alonzo Bodden with an episode recorded at Wolf Trap outside Washington DC. Also, James Comey plays the “Not My Job” game.

11:00 – Noon
Radiolab…   Radiolab tries their hand at unlocking the mysteries of time. They stretch and bend time, wrestle with its subjective nature, and wrap their minds around strategies to standardize it.  Along the way, they stop at a 19th-century railroad station in Ohio, a track meet, and a Beethoven concert.

5:00 – 7:00 PM
Live from Here...  Join us for Live from Here with host and mandolin player Chris Thile and friends. This weekend, the show will be coming to you from Saint Paul’s Fitzgerald Theater with musical guests Dr. Dog and Ibeyi as well as comedian Dan Naturman.

Sunday 7/22

10:00 – 11:00 AM
Reveal...   The toxic water of Flint, Michigan, reminds us that lead is a very persistent poison. Reveal investigates the lurking threat of lead from the dust of urban demolitions to the wilds of Wyoming. Hear how contractors help one another cut corners on demolitions, putting kids at risk, while city officials study the problem. Meet a public health nurse who explains why she advises families to choose a homeless shelter over a lead-tainted apartment, and learn how childhood lead poisoning still affects one man decades later. Progress has been made cleaning up lead. But much remains to be done.

11:00 – NOON
This American Life…  Every crime scene hides a story. In this week's show, hear about crime scenes and the stories they tell.

6:00 – 7:00 PM
The Moth… The Moth features stories told by the people who lived them. In this episode called “Saying Goodbye,” tune in for four stories on saying farewell to family, the past, or sometimes the very earth we stand on.

Monday 7/23

1:00 – 1:30 PM
Bioneers…  “We’re a Culture, Not a Costume: Fighting Racism in Schools” Indigenous students face racism throughout their education, from racist mascots to the historical erasure of the American genocide from textbooks. In this passionate conversation, Indigenous Rights Activists share stories of their own experiences and how they are working to abolish racism in schools.

1:30 – 2:00 PM
IdeaSphere… Professor Serhii Plokhy was living near the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine at the time of the disaster. His new book Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe sheds light on the origins of the accident and details how the warning signs were ignored at almost every level of command.

2:00 – 3:00 PM
The Splendid Table…  This week, The Splendid Table looks at the spice-laden food of Ghana, America’s Test Kitchen takes on charcoal grilling—including a weird and brilliant way to go low-and-slow—and they’ll talk homemade ice cream. It’s  the show for curious cooks and eaters,

Tuesday 7/24

1:00 – 2:00 PM
SPECIAL—Order 9066: Chapter Two  On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, just months after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Some 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were forced from their homes on the West Coast and sent to one of ten "relocation" camps, where they were imprisoned behind barbed wire for the length of the war. Two-thirds of them were American citizens.

Wednesday 7/25

1:00 – 2:00 PM
Issues & Ideas…  The recent discovery of a "ghost particle" in Antarctica has been heralded a new era in space research. Two Cal Poly astrophysicists stop by to explain why so many scientists are excited. Speaking of space, The US Armed Forces recently launched the first-ever Combined Space Operations Center and it's right here on the Central Coast. We'll let you what they are keeping an eye on. Here's a hint: there are about 23,000 of them. And, have you ever wanted to know what that pyramid you can see from the highway is in San Luis Obispo? We'll learn what’s inside. We'll also get to explore the West Coast with Bodie the Wonder Dog.

2:00 – 3:00 PM
On Being... As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer joins science’s ability to “polish the art of seeing” with her personal, civilizational lineage of “listening” to plant life—heeding the languages of the natural world. This gives her a grammar not of feminine and masculine but of animate and inanimate—a way in to the vitality and intelligence of plant life that science is now also seeing. It opens a new way for us to reimagine a natural reciprocity with the world around us as “a generative and creative way to be a human in the world.

6:30 – 8:00 PM
KCBX in Concert...  Host Jack Fischer will wrap up the Music Academy's Summer Festival with the last remaining concerts, including the ever exciting Percussionfest Part 2 as well as a new piece by composer Hannah Lash and one of Richard Strauss's few chamber works.

Thursday 7/26

1:00 – 2:00 PM
Central Coast Voices…  Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks with Lindsey Collinsworth Morgan, Education Director with the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, and Violet Sage Canvanaugh, Chumash Chef and Herbalist, co-chair of the Northern Chumash Tribe and presenter of the Garden’s upcoming “Chumash Kitchen” program, as they discuss how they work to honor and preserve our connection with nature. They will talk about all that they do, including how they emphasize horticulture, education, research, sustainable and fire-safe practices, water conservation, children’s gardens of exploration, culinary demonstrations, life celebration gardens, health and nutrition, storytelling, and the arts.

2:00 – 3:00 PM
This American Life…  Every crime scene hides a story. In this week's show, hear about crime scenes and the stories they tell.

Friday 7/27

6:30 – 7:30 PM
The Club McKenzie  One of the earliest New Orleans musicians to record was pianist Richard M. Jones. His pioneering work inspired others to join him in the windy city of Chicago.