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Jeff Barrett manages KSPB's operations and its engineering.

Call to Mind specials for Mental Health Awareness Month

May is mental health awareness month and KSPB will be airing five new Call to Mind specials on Saturdays at 9am. Each hour explores emerging research and informed perspectives on vital issues. Each features thought-provoking interviews with top experts, the voices of people living with mental illness, and sound-rich stories from across the country. The hourlong programs are hosted by Kimberly Adams, a host and senior correspondent for APM’s Marketplace.

CALL TO MIND is American Public Media’s initiative to foster new conversations about mental health. Each broadcast special explores an emerging area of understanding in mental health and share new knowledge to empower people to engage in their well-being. All Call to Mind programs are produced with a focus on identity representation.

The Homelessness Crisis & Mental Health

Saturday, April 27, 9am

Homelessness in the United States reached a record high in 2023. On any given night, more than 650,000 people experience homelessness. People living homeless have higher rates of untreated mental illnesses and substance use disorders than the general population. That can make it difficult to find a permanent place to live. This program will take you to the streets of New York City to hear directly from people who have lived homeless about what they needed most. You’ll also hear from experts who say the best mental health care for people living homeless is no-strings-attached housing.

The Burden of Being

Saturday, May 4, 9am

Black women and girls experience discrimination, microaggressions and stereotypes every day. Living with daily racism has a profound impact on the mental health, well-being and lives of all those coping with it. This special program explores the unique mental health burdens of Black women and girls in the United States. Through interviews with mental health providers and people sharing their personal stories, we’ll explore the effects of racism and how care systems can shift to better help Black women thrive.

Incarcerated with Mental Illness

Saturday, May 11, 9am

Nearly half of incarcerated Americans have a history of mental illness – that’s twice the prevalence of mental illness in the adult population of the United States. People with serious mental illnesses encounter law enforcement and the court system for many reasons. This program brings together stories of people who have lived with mental illness while incarcerated. We also meet mental health providers calling for increased mental health care in prisons and jails, and legal experts pioneering new systems.

Schizophrenia: Finding Hope on a Hard Road

Saturday, May 18, 9am

Schizophrenia affects about 24 million people worldwide. It can be a disruptive illness, making it difficult to find a meaningful job, attend school or manage relationships. People with schizophrenia require lifelong treatment, but there is hope. A growing body of research shows that with new interventions it’s possible to live well with the illness.

This program shares stories about schizophrenia that don’t make the headlines. We’ll hear from people living with this illness and from leading experts about new treatments that make it possible to manage.

Birth & Depression: The Unspoken Conversation

Saturday, May 25, 9am

Depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues are the most common complications during and after pregnancy, yet 75 percent of postpartum problems go untreated. The consequences can be devastating. Suicide and overdoses are leading causes of maternal death in the United States. The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the first-ever pill specifically aimed at postpartum depression, but most health plans don’t cover the medication.

This special program looks at the under-recognized public health issue of postpartum depression and the challenge of treatment. We’ll hear first-hand from people who have experienced it.

About the host

Kimberly Adams

Kimberly Adams is the host of Call to Mind’s national broadcast programs, and a host and senior correspondent for APM’s Marketplace. She covers mental health, politics, business and the economy from Washington, DC, where she also serves as Chair for the Board of Governors at the National Press Club. Before moving to DC, Kimberly was a Cairo-based journalist reporting on the political, social, and economic upheaval in Egypt following the Arab Spring. Her award-winning work aired on multiple networks in the United States, Canada, the UK, Germany, Hong Kong, and elsewhere.

Kimberly identifies as a Black woman (she/her).

I Spy: Real Life Spy Stories (3/23/2024)

Continuing our celebration of Women’s History Month, we learn that espionage was once a mostly male pursuit but these days the top three officials at the CIA are women. On this program we hear from Jonna Mendez, the CIA’s former head of disguise, and Amaryllis Fox, a former undercover agent. Each one tells the story of one dramatic operation.

Program Host –  Margo Martindale, Emmy award winning actress who played KGB Handler Claudia on The Americans.
  • Jonna Mendez spent nearly three decades in the CIA  and served as the agency’s head of disguise. She has co-written several books about her work in the agency including The Moscow Rules: The Secret CIA Tactics That Helped America Win the Cold War.
  • Amaryllis Fox worked as a CIA undercover agent for a decade, getting close to international arms traders who deal in weapons of mass destruction and recruiting them as informers. She recounts her experiences in the book Life Under Cover: Coming of Age in the CIA.

Airs Saturday, March 23 at 9am.

The Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women – HERO Training Africa’s New Female Leaders (3/16/2024)

For Women’s History Month, we learn about two efforts to increase the number of women politicians in Africa. We begin with a surprising reality TV show in Kenya called “Ms. President,” where millions of weekly viewers watched dozens of women compete to be the country’s next “head of state,” so to speak. Then, we hear about Nigerian efforts to get more women on the ballot in last year’s election and why they largely failed. Host Reena Ninan – founder of Good Trouble Productions. She is a television journalist who has worked as a White House correspondent, foreign reporter, and news anchor for CBS, ABC, and Fox News.

Airs Saturday, March 16 at 9am

Off air on Monday, February 5 for several hours

KSPB’s over-the-air signal at 91.9 FM will be off the air on Monday, February 5 between 8am and 4pm. We will be installing a new transmitter that will improve our operating efficiency. KSPB programming will still be available here at kspb.org via the Listen Live link. It will also be available on the Tune-In app available on IOS and Android devices. KSPB is also connected to the Amazon Alexa platform–tell Alexa to “play KSPB.”