Weekly Program Highlights

Friday 10/12

1:30 – 2:00 PM
Making Contact...  Hear the story of a woman who went to prison under El Salvador’s current abortion laws—some of the strictest in the world. Also, hear how one reproductive justice organization considers the future of reproductive health access under the US Supreme Court.
2:00 – 3:00 PM
Hidden Brain…  Join host Shankar Vedantam for a conversation about life's unseen patterns. Many of us would like to win the lottery one day. Joan Ginther had her wish come true in 1993 when she won 5.4 million dollars in Texas Lotto. Thirteen years later, she won again, two million dollars, and then a few years after that, she won 3 million dollars. Tune in to hear more about the math and the magic behind coincidences.

3:00 – 4:00 PM
Fresh Air… Filmmaker and writer John Waters is the subject of a new retrospective of his work at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

6:30 – 7:30 PM
The Club McKenzie  Joe Venuti and Stéphane Grappelli are considered the primary violinists of early jazz. But there was a plethora of performers that are overlooked in the Pantheon of hot violinists.

Saturday 10/13

10:00 – 11:00 AM
Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me!… This week Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me! gives you what you’ve always wanted and needed—a break from the news. Astronaut Scott Kelly explains why you need to double check your M&Ms when floating in space, actor Edie Falco reveals her most challenging role—Cookie Monster. And hear economist Austan Goolsbee’s parable of the exploding lasagna. Tune in for a mini-vacation for your soul with the NPR news quiz.

11:00 – Noon
Radiolab…  How close can words get you to the truth and feeling and force of life? That's the question animating this hour of Radiolab. They wonder how it is that the right words can have the wrong meanings, and why sometimes the best translations lead us to an understanding that's way deeper than language.

3:00 – 5:00 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 the Palace Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota with the Sklar Brothers and Dirty Projectors.

Sunday 10/14

10:00 – 11:00 AM
Reveal...   Reveal hikes through the jungles of El Salvador to find an elusive fleet of shark-fishing boats that are implicated in overfishing and possible human trafficking. Also, they investigate a U.S.-based seafood company that purports to be a model of sustainability.

11:00 – NOON
This American Life…   There’s no rulebook on how to handle a school shooting and no real way to prepare for one. Discover how people take what they’ve learned from these tragedies and try to use that knowledge to save others.

6:00 – 7:00 PM
The Moth… The Moth features stories told by the people who lived them. In this episode called “The Places We Tell Our Stories,” hear stories of protections and curses, love and war, and straying from both convention and home.

Monday 10/15


1:00 – 1:30 PM
Bioneers…  Today, gender reconciliation is a burgeoning new movement for transformational healing. Gender reconciliation visionaries Pat McCabe, Cynthia Brix, Will Keepin, and Pele Rouge share powerful stories of transformation from the personal to the societal, including the nation of South Africa.

1:30 – 2:00 PM
IdeaSphere…  Science writer Henry Nicholls uses his own experience to better understand the mysterious world of sleep disorders. In Sleepyhead: The Neuroscience of a Good Night’s Rest, Nicholls affirms the importance of a good sleep.

2:00 – 3:00 PM
The Splendid Table…  The Splendid Table dives into a topic that’s hard not to love: iconic American desserts. We learn the story of a culinary superstar most people have probably never heard of and head to India for a food pilgrimage worthy of a Goddess. It’s the show for curious cooks and eaters from APM.

Tuesday 10/16

1:00 – 2:00 PM
TED Radio Hour  We tend to have a lofty vision of justice as blind, impartial, and fair. But in practice, the law often fails those who need it most. Host Guy Raz talks to TED speakers about finding ways to change the legal system so it better serves the needs of everyone.

Wednesday 10/17

1:00 – 2:00 PM
[SPECIAL] APM Reports “Changing Class: Are Colleges Helping Americans Move Up?”
Apprenticeships are having a moment. Supporters on both the right and the left say the “earn while you learn” approach can help create a more skilled workforce, provide a path to solid, middle-class careers, and serve as a needed corrective to the “college for all” push that has left some students with piles of debt and no obvious career. In this APM Reports documentary they ask: How can apprenticeships expand to include careers beyond the traditional trades and reach new populations searching for a foothold in the middle class?

2:00 – 3:00 PM
On Being...  Earlier this year, the University of Montana invited On Being to attempt an “outside the box” civil conversation between two political pundits on contrasting ends of the U.S. political spectrum. It became a sold-out, public event in the spirit of Montana’s Senator Mike Mansfield, who famously modeled integrity, courage, and humility across the partisan aisle in the tumult of 1960s and 70s. Progressive Sally Kohn and conservative Erick Erickson are both controversial, lightning-rod figures, yet neither of them fits neatly into a partisan mold.

6:30 – 8:00 PM
KCBX in Concert...  With the season for many local ensembles now underway, host Jack Fischer will dive into some premieres including the Santa Barbara Symphony and CAMA's opener with the LA Philharmonic. He'll also talk about one of his favorite composers being featured by the Estonian Chamber Choir and Philharmonic.

Thursday 10/18

1:00 – 2:00 PM
Central Coast Voices…  Learn about Peace Circles, an intentionally-designed and flexible methodology for communication and creating change. Circles are used in a variety of settings such as workplaces, justice systems, government, schools, families, and communities. Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks with representatives from Peace of the Circle and Ecologistics as they discuss the Foundation and Invitation of Circles and how the Circle process draws upon ancient and contemporary wisdom in a way that opens up new and greater possibilities to create change. 

2:00 – 3:00 PM
This American Life…   There’s no rulebook on how to handle a school shooting and no real way to prepare for one. Discover how people take what they’ve learned from these tragedies and try to use that knowledge to save others.

Friday 10/19

6:30 – 7:30 PM
The Club McKenzie…  During the 1930s, 52nd Street—or “The Street,” as it was known by musicians—was the setting for virtually every kind of jazz.