Weekly Program Highlights

Monday 4/22

1:00 – 2:00 PM
Issues & Ideas...
- We talk with author and journalist Michael Pollan about his latest book on psychedelic drugs and the resurgence of research into how these substances can be used to treat addiction, depression and help us understand consciousness.
- We’ll also hear part two of a recent documentary exploring the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary, with interviews of various stakeholders in the waters off the Central Coast.
- We’ll have more on a California State Parks plan to make significant changes to the Oso Flaco Natural Area and Oceano Dunes SVRA in San Luis Obispo County.

2:00 – 3:00 PM
The Splendid Table…   Meet Kwame Onwuachi. He’s been named a Best New Chef by Food & Wine, and he has a new memoir, called Notes from a Young Black Chef. Learn about his mom’s shrimp recipe and hear about growing up in the Bronx with gangbangers, being sent to live in Nigeria, and how cooking in an oil spill changed his life.

Tuesday 4/23

1:00 – 2:00 PM
TED Radio Hour…  Conventional wisdom on failure says that it leads to success. But sometimes the narrative of failure isn't so simple. Host Guy Raz talks to TED speakers about how we can reconcile ourselves with our worst mistakes.

Wednesday 4/24

1:00 – 1:30 PM
BioneersDynamic young people are surmounting considerable social and economic obstacles by following their dreams to create a better world. Jessica Rimington, Rhummanee Hang, Thenmozhi Soundararajan, Manuel Francisco, Caleb Ryen, Amalia Anderson and Lily Dong are enlivening the horizon of positive possibilities with grace, courage and boundless creativity. They’ll settle for nothing less than justice, cultural preservation, and the defense of wild lands.

1:30 – 2:00 PM
IdeaSphere  Business administration professor Ed Hess envisions a world of massive change that will be far greater than change experienced during and after the Industrial Revolution. Whether we’re ready or not, he says artificial intelligence or AI will make obsolete the business model of the 20th Century.

2:00 – 3:00 PM
On Being...  The late Wangari Maathai was a biologist, environmentalist, and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate who spawned a nationwide tree-planting movement in Kenya. Across two decades, she was at times beaten and imprisoned as she battled powerful economic forces and Kenya’s tyrannical ruler, Daniel arap Moi. Maathai was born under British colonial occupation and schooled by Catholic missionaries. But when she looked back on her childhood near the end of her life, she realized her family’s Kikuyu culture had imparted her with an intuitive sense of environmental balance. Maathai died in 2011 at the age of 71. The conversation organization she founded, the Green Belt Movement, has planted more than 50 million trees in Kenya.

6:30 – 8:00 PM
KCBX in Concert...  As we get closer to May, the end of the concert season is starting to appear. This week, we look at the season finales for both CAMA and the Santa Barbara Symphony. Two intimate recitals cap CAMA's 100th season, with Augustin Hadelich showcasing what a violin can do and Mischa Maisky, doing the same on the cello. The Santa Barbara Symphony ends their season with a romantic program: they perform the sumptuous Overture to Romeo and Juliet by Tchaikovsky and Dvorak's 8th Symphony. Sprinkled in there, Arts and Lectures brings some of the biggest names of Classical music: Yo-Yo Ma, Isaac Isserlis, Joshua Bell and Jeremy Denk.

Thursday 4/25

1:00 – 2:00 PM
Central Coast Voices…  Join Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with Chris Read, the Sustainability Manager for the City of San Luis Obispo, and Justin Bradshaw, Outreach Team Lead for the San Luis Obispo Climate Coalition. They will discuss the collaboration between the City of San Luis Obispo and the San Luis Obispo Climate Coalition to turn the city’s “Carbon Neutral by 2035” initiative into reality. 

2:00 – 3:00 PM
This American Life… Tune in to hear about people figuring out how to move through a world in which something important has disappeared.

Friday 4/26

6:30 – 7:30 PM
The Club McKenzie  Clarinetists were an elite group in the 1920s. Since a template for creativity was nonexistent, the field for inventiveness was wide-open during the “The Jazz Age.” So that’s what they did: imagine the possibilities.