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Friday 04/12

1:30 – 2:00 PM
Making Contact… Hear an interview with Dr. Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar about his latest book, America's Black Capital: How African Americans Remade Atlanta in the Shadow of the Confederacy. The book chronicles how a center of Black excellence emerged amid expressions of white nationalism as African Americans pushed back against Confederate ideology to create an extraordinary locus of achievement.

2:00 – 3:00 PM
Hidden Brain… Hear a discussion with anthropologist Tom Pearson, who was devastated after his daughter Michaela was diagnosed with Down syndrome. When he began to examine that emotional response, he found himself wrestling with questions that have perplexed the field of anthropology for decades. Learn about Pearson's family story and the evolution of our thinking on disability.

3:00 – 4:00 PM
Fresh Air… The latest King Kong/Godzilla film is in theaters, and Fresh Air takes a look at the origin stories of these two monsters. Film historian Rudy Behlmer tells about the making of the 1933 film King Kong, and Steve Rhyfle recalls the origins of Japan's Godzilla films released in the decades after World War II.

6:30 – 7:30 PM
The Club McKenzie An Influential Foursome: It took some time before jazz could be called America’s popular music. This program features the primary figures involved in the change: Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke.

Saturday 04/13

10:00 – 11:00 AM
Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me!… Join the crew of this irreverent weekly news quiz show as they travel to Pittsburg with a cast of guest panelists, along with legendary Steelers coach Bill Cowher, who joins in to play Not My Job.

11:00 – NOON
Radiolab… Where did the moon come from? What’s it really like up there? What would happen if it disappeared? Listen to a talk with a variety of scientists as Radiolab profiles the moon itself: from birth, through middle age, to death.

3:00 – 5:00 PM
American Routes… Listen in as American Routes dips into crossover currents of country music sung by Black American performers, including Ray Charles, Ike and Tina Turner, and Fats Domino, as well as white musicians influenced by Black music: Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, Jimmie Rodgers and Bob Dylan. Then, explore the Baton Rouge Blues legacy with recordings from Buddy Guy, Slim Harpo, and more.

5:00 – 6:00 PM
The Thistle and Shamrock… New music is as much of a springtime certainty as fresh buds on the trees. It’s time to get out among it all and listen to recordings recently acquired, downloaded, and re-discovered.

Sunday 04/14

10:00 – 11:00 AM
Reveal… Nearly 200 women are giving birth in Gaza every day. Hear the story of one mother over the final months of her pregnancy as she searches for a safe place to deliver her baby in the middle of a war.

11:00 – NOON
This American Life… Hear stories of good ideas gone bad: a girl signs up for a class; a couple hires an accountant; and a group of co-workers decides to pool their money and buy a couple of lottery tickets. In the beginning, they're full of hope and optimism… and then, something turns.

NOON – 3:00 PM
Sunday Baroque… April is National Garden Month, and whether or not you have a green thumb, you can stop and smell the musical flowers this weekend. Stroll through a magnificent harmonic garden cultivated by musicians with particularly fertile imaginations and creativity.

3:00 – 4:00 PM
Code Switch & Life Kit… Take a deep dive into the long history of solidarity and exchange between Black civil rights leaders and Irish republican activists. Then, learn some up-to-date gardening tips, like how to understand changes to the USDA hardiness zone map — and other factors to think about when planning a garden.

4:00 – 5:00 PM
The Moth Radio Hour… Hear stories of diving in, whether we want to or not – in a job, in a relationship, or into the unknown.

Monday 04/15

2:00 – 3:00 PM
The Splendid Table… Get your weekly dose of fruits and vegetables this week with award-winning author Abra Berens, author of Pulp: A Practical Guide to Cooking With Fruit, and Sheela Prakash and her new book, Salad Seasons: Vegetable-Forward Dishes All Year.

Tuesday 04/16

1:00 – 2:00 PM
TED Radio Hour… Most of us already use facial recognition to unlock our phones and tag people in photos. Governments, police forces, and corporations can use cameras and algorithms to collect and identify us. And soon, our gadgets will be given faces too. But do we want to look our technology in the eye? Where will we draw the line? Listen as host Manoush Zomorodi explores the promise – and the peril – of turning the human face into an everyday digital tool.

Wednesday 04/17

1:00 – 1:30 PM
Bioneers… How do we change the story of corrosive racial inequity? First, we have to understand the stories we tell ourselves. In this program, racial justice innovators john a. powell and Heather McGhee show how empathy, honesty and the recognition of our common humanity can change the story to bridge the racial divides tearing humanity and the earth apart.

1:30 – 2:00 PM
California Report Magazine… The reality TV boom has made its stars household names, but some people in the industry say that working conditions aren't exactly what you would expect.

2:00 – 3:00 PM
Freakonomics Radio… As the U.S. tries to fix its messy immigration system, our neighbor to the north is scooping up more talented newcomers every year. Are the Canadians stealing America’s bacon? Hear the answers in part three of this three-part series.

6:30 – 8:00 PM
KCBX in Concert… Hear a diverse selection of beautiful works: old and new, treasured and those yet to be discovered. Host Lisa Nauful starts with Rachmaninoff's captivating and haunting Vespers, followed by Dorothy Howell’s rarely heard and delightful Three Divertissements. Next comes the exquisite adagio assai from Ravel's Piano Concerto in G, leading into the ethereal sounds of Ralph Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. And to close out the evening, hear Michael Torke's vibrant original score for the ballet adaptation of the famous farce An Italian Straw Hat.

Thursday 04/18

1:00 – 2:00 PM
Central Coast Voices… Hear a conversation with Kim Chartrand, RN and care manager, who discusses the ups and downs of life as a caregiver for a loved one or family member with dementia.

2:00 – 3:00 PM
Latino USA… Hear a talk with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones about feeling at home at Howard University, trying to fit in at predominantly white institutions, and how she’s overcome controversy.

Friday 4/19

6:30 – 7:30 PM
The Club McKenzieLiterature and Art: Early jazz had a huge influence on the arts around the world. The works of Langston Hughes and F. Scott Fitzgerald immediately come to mind, while visual artists channeled influences into their paintings and sculptures.