Weekly Program Highlights

Wednesday 3/20

1:00 – 1:30 PM
BioneersOur physical health is intimately tied to environmental health, as well as to our emotional and spiritual ecology. Physician Dr. Gabor Maté explores the deepest psychological, emotional and social forces leading to our society’s poor health and unhappiness. He says we have the capacity to heal both ourselves and the planet by reconnecting with our true nature as empathic, nurturing, social beings.

1:30 – 2:00 PM
IdeaSphere  “The Twitter Presidency”: We all know President Trump uses Twitter to influence news. But communications scholar Dr. Brian L. Ott sees a common thread weaving through President Trump’s tweets: they’re intended to dissemble, distract, and discredit.

2:00 – 3:00 PM
On Being... When Sharon Olds started writing poetry over 40 years ago, she explored the subjects that interested her most—like diaphragms. “The politeness and the prudity of the world I grew up in meant that there were things that were important to me and interesting to me, [but] I had never read a poem about,” she writes. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 for her collection Stag’s Leap about walking through the end of a long marriage. Her most recent book, Odes, pays homage to aspects of the human body and experience that get bleeped out on the radio.

Thursday 3/21

1:00 – 2:00 PM
Central Coast Voices…  Join Fred Munroe as he speaks with KC Murphy-Thompson, co-director of the NatureTrack Film Festival (NTFF); Chris Smead, filmmaker of The High Sierra Trail in this year’s NTFF; and Rae Lakes, documentary filmmaker from last year’s NTFF. They will discuss the goal of the upcoming film festival—to ignite passion for nature through film—as well as the important work of the NatureTrack Foundation and what’s in store for film festival attendees.

2:00 – 3:00 PM
This American Life… On an episode called “Beware the Jabberwock,” hear stories from the upside-down world where conspiracy theorists dwell.

Friday 3/22

6:30 – 7:30 PM
The Club McKenzie  Clarinetist Junie C. Cobb had many different names for his bands in the late 1920s. The monikers that stand out are his Grains of Corn and the Corn Eaters. Either way, there was more than a kernel of talent among his musicians.