Corporate Net Zero Pledges: Ambitious or Empty Promises? (1/22-23)

Corporate pledges of reaching net zero carbon emissions have quickly become commonplace. Critics argue that such pledges are mere greenwashing, and even if pledges are fulfilled, the balance sheets usually utilize carbon offsets, which can be of questionable quality and accountability. Proponents of corporate net zero pledges say we’ll never get to net zero emissions without corporate action, and pledges represent legitimate ramping up of ambition and commitment. How can consumers, investors and policy leaders distinguish between stalling and increased ambition? Can third party auditors hold companies accountable?

Climate One airs at 10am on Saturdays and Sundays

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Blue Dot: The Problem With Climate Change Education in the U.S. — A Conversation with Katie Worth (1/8/2022)

As a former classroom science teacher, Dave knows all too well that climate change education is a tough nut to crack in the U.S. K-12 school system. He’s joined by award winning investigative journalist Katie Worth (PBS Frontline) to talk about her in depth look at this issue in her new book Miseducation: How Climate Change is Taught in America. Whether it is taught poorly, not at all or at times presented as some kind of a 50-50 debate issue, there are many examples of how the politicization of climate change and the disinformation campaign surrounding it that has been going on for decades has seeped into the educational system. Fortunately, Worth also found many heroic teachers in her trips across America that are doing an amazing job of teaching this very important subject that will assuredly be impacting their student’s lives now and into the future.

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Ford’s Theatre Presents: A Christmas Carol (12/25/2021)

In time for the holiday season, WAMU and Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. present a contemporary radio play of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, featuring acclaimed Washington actor Craig Wallace as Ebenezer Scrooge and public radio broadcaster Murray Horwitz as the narrator.

This adaptation of the popular Ford’s Theatre holiday tradition captures the magic of Dickens’ Yuletide classic. Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption.

This performance of A Christmas Carol is adapted and directed by Michael Wilson, with sound design, original music and audio production by John Gromada. It is presented by Ford’s Theatre of Washington, D.C. in partnership with WAMU.

More information about the radio play is available on the Ford’s Theatre website. A souvenir program is also available for download.

Airs Saturday, December 25 at 9am.

The Film Score: Music for the Winter Holidays (12/18/2021)

Michael Phillips

The Film Score: Music for the Winter Holidays is an hour-long special devoted to holiday and wintertime movie music. In addition to beloved standards (“White Christmas” from “Holiday Inn” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” from “Meet Me in St. Louis”), host Michael Phillips shares an eclectic mix of wintry film scores, ranging from “It Happened in Sun Valley” (from “Sun Valley Serenade”) to Alexandre Desplat’s folk-inspired score for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” to Bernard Herrmann’s bracing sleigh ride accompaniment composed for the Orson Welles drama “The Magnificent Ambersons.” Bundle up and enjoy The Film Score: Music for the Winter Holidays!

Airs Saturday, December 18 at 9am

Special: World War II in the Pacific (12/4/2021)

To mark the 80th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Witness History brings you an hour of personal stories from the time.

We meet a survivor of Pearl Harbor, speak to actor George Takei about his time in a US internment camp, and hear from the son of a Japanese soldier who spent 28 years in the jungle – among other first-hand accounts of the major battles and the aftermath of the war in the Pacific.

Airs Saturday, December 4 at 9am