Genre: Public Affairs

I Spy: Real Life Spy Stories

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

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.

Substance Use & New Paths to Recovery

Addiction is at an all-time high in the United States and the results are deadly. Join Call to Mind for a special exploring substance use disorders in the US. We’ll hear firsthand from individuals who have recovered from substance use disorders, clinicians leading research and transforming the treatment field, and experts as they work to decriminalize substance use disorders.

Host: Kimberly Adams 

Kimberly Adams is the host of Call to Mind’s national broadcast programs and a senior correspondent for APM’s Marketplace. She covers mental health, politics, business, and the economy from Washington, D.C. Before moving to D.C., 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 US, Canada, the UK, Germany, and Hong Kong.

CALL TO MIND is American Public Media’s initiative to foster new conversations about mental health.

Guests:

Scott Edwards, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Physiology, LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA. Associate Director, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Yasmin Hurd, Ph.D.

Director of the Addiction Institute within the Mount Sinai Behavioral Health System. Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Carrie Kappel, RN, LADC

Board co-chair, Minnesota Nursing Peer Support Network (NPSN). Manager of Operations, Addiction Services at Allina Health

Joji Suzuki, M.D.

Director, Division of Addiction Psychiatry, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Producer:  Jessica Bari

Call to Mind’s senior producer is an award-winning producer and journalist. With an extensive focus in health news and programming, her work has appeared on national and regional public radio stations, PBS, Discovery channel, History channel, and SiriusXM’s Doctor Radio channel.

The Splendid Table’s Turkey Confidential

Turkey Confidential is The Splendid Table’s annual Thanksgiving show. Francis Lam takes calls and comes to the rescue of Thanksgiving cooks, kitchen helpers, and dinner guests during the biggest cooking day of the year.

Guests include chef Kristen Kish, Top Chef’s newest judge, Michigan chef and award-winning writer Abra Berens author of Pulp, A Practical Guide to Cooking with Fruit, Jocelyn Delk Adams of Grandbaby Cakes, and Dan Pelosi aka “GrossyPelosi” the exuberant author of Let’s Eat, 101 Recipes to Fill Your Heart and Home.

Host

Francis Lam
Francis Lam took over the program from long-time host Lynne Rossetto Kasper in January 2018. A regular contributor and frequent guest host on The Splendid Table since 2010, Lam is the former Eat columnist for The New York Times Magazine and is Editor-at-Large at Clarkson Potter, a division within Penguin Random House that is a leader in cookbook publishing. For two seasons, Lam was a regular judge on Bravo’s hit show, Top Chef Masters. An award-winning writer, Lam has written for numerous publications, including Gourmet, Bon Appetít, Food & Wine, Lucky Peach, Saveur, Salon, Men’s Journal, and the Financial Times. He graduated first in his class at the Culinary Institute of America and holds a bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies and Creative Writing from the University of Michigan. He lives with his family in New York City.

Featured Guests

    • Jocelyn Delk, is the founder, author, national television personality and brand ambassador behind the award winning cookbook Grandbaby Cakes and the food website Grandbaby-Cakes.com, which gives her family’s, particularly her grandmother’s, cherished generational recipes her modern spin while preserving their original charm and spirit. Jocelyn is the co-host of the Cooking Channel and Discovery Plus game show, Stab That Cake.
    • Abra Berens, is a Michigan chef, author, and former farmer. Through every recipe written and meal served, she aims to tighten the connection between eaters and growers. She believes we can invest in a stronger, more equitable food system for everyone, from producers to grocers to consumers. She is the author of Ruffage: A Practical Guide to Vegetables, a 2020 Michigan Notable Book winner and James Beard Award nominee, and Grist: A Practical Guide to Cooking Grains, Beans, Seeds, and Legumes, and her latest, Pulp: A Practical Guide to Cooking With Fruit. Her dinners at Granor Farm in Three Oaks, Michigan, made her a James Beard semifinalist for Outstanding Chef: Great Lakes.
    • Kristen Kish, was born in South Korea and adopted into a family in Kentwood, MI. At a young age she showed an affinity for cooking and, prompted by her mother, attended Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago. After culinary school, Kristen spent the next ten years in Boston honing her skills in several high-profile restaurants, ultimately becoming the Chef de Cuisine at a Relais & Chateaux property. From 2012 – 2013, Kristen competed on Bravo’s Top Chef season 10 where she ultimately won the coveted title. She became a permanent host of Top Chef in 2023. Kristen is the author of Kristen Kish Cooking: Recipes and Techniques.
  • Dan Pelosi, is the Italian American meatball behind GrossyPelosi, the popular Instagram favorite for all things comfort and food. He hosts The Secret Sauce for Food52 and appears regularly on Good Morning America. He lives in Brooklyn, but you can find him online at @grossypelosi. His latest book is Let’s Eat: 101 Recipes To Fill Your Heart & Home.

APM Reports special

From APM Reports

There’s an idea about how children learn to read that’s held sway in schools for more than a generation — even though it was proven wrong by cognitive scientists decades ago. Teaching methods based on this idea can make it harder for children to learn how to read. In this special, host Emily Hanford investigates the influential authors who promote this idea and the company that sells their work. It’s an exposé of how educators came to believe in something that isn’t true and are now reckoning with the consequences — children harmed, money wasted, an education system upended.

Airs Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 9am

About the Host

Emily Hanford is a senior correspondent and producer for APM Reports, the documentary and investigative reporting group at American Public Media. Her work has appeared on NPR and in The New York Times and other publications. Her reporting on reading has been cited by The New York Times, the Washington Post, The New Yorker, the Brookings Institution and dozens of other publications and organizations.

The Whistleblower: Truth, Dissent and the Legacy of Daniel Ellsberg

June 13, 1971, Americans across the country opened their newspapers to the first reports based on classified documents leaked by a government insider, Daniel Ellsberg. Consisting of 7000 pages of top secret documents, the Pentagon Papers revealed in cold, analytical detail how four presidential administrations lied to the American public: the reasons for entering the war, the failures of their policies, the low chances of success, and the reasons for staying the course. But for Ellsberg, the facts were overwhelming, the lies, extraordinary, and the dissonance too deafening for him to simply stay the course, as so many other administration officials had done. 

Host/Producer Charles Sennott

Charles Sennott is the founder and editor-in-chief of The GroundTruth Project, a non-profit journalism organization based at GBH in Boston. A longtime foreign correspondent for The Boston Globe, Sennott began working with Ellsberg in 2019 on the podcast and on a public history project in partnership with the University of Massachusetts, Amherst which has acquired Ellsberg’s papers. Sennott covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq for the Boston Globe and the Arab Spring for PBS FRONTLINE. He is a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Liberal Arts at Boston College where he teaches a seminar titled “Truth: A Short History.”

The Catch—How squid explains the state of global fishing (4/8/2023)

Join us as we plunge to the depths to discover the stories beyond anything you’ll ever read on a  menu. 

The Catch offers a behind the scenes look at the current state of global fishing all by tracking squid—from the waters off the coast of Peru, to the processing plants, all the way to the supermarkets and restaurants, and finally–your plate.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

Host Ruxandra Guidi, along with her Lima-based reporting partner Simeon Tegel (@SimeonTegel), travel to Paita, Peru, to get a firsthand look at one of country’s top fisheries: squid.

  • Reporter Dan Collyns joins the Peruvian Coast Guard as they patrol Peru’s waters and work to prevent illegal fishing.
  • We hear from local fisherman what it’s like to be out at sea day-in and day-out.
  • Edwin Houghton, the president of the Paita Fishing Boat Owners’ Association on why the Peruvian government should do more to help these fishermen.
  • We take you inside two processing plans to learn how squid has changed the local and national economy
  • Also featured: Peruvian Coast Guard Captain Jesus Menacho and Alfonso Miranda, President of CALAMASUR, a group of industry leaders in the squid fishery. We speak to Carlos Martín Salazar with the Instituto del Mar de Peru about ways to improve sustainability with data. And finally, we hear from Patricia Majluf, well-known conservationist and Senior scientist at Oceana, who dared to take on the fishing industry and rein in overfishing while in office.

Airs Saturday, April 8, 2023 at 9am.

Climate One

Climate One is the premier platform for empowering conversations that connect all aspects of the climate emergency. Through our podcast, national radio show, and live convenings for thought leaders and concerned members of the public, we create opportunities for dialogue and inspire a more complete understanding of the current crisis.

Founded by KSPB and Stevenson School alum Greg Dalton in 2007, Climate One provides a unique and respectful space for influential, inclusive discussions. Our approach is rooted in the belief that viable, long-term responses to climate disruption can only come from an engaged, concerned citizenry.

Together with co-host Ariana Brocious and the world leaders, policymakers, and scientists who have made us one of the most credible resources for climate information, these new voices enlarge our sphere of common understanding and empower us all.

The Best of Our Knowledge

From WAMC-FM, The Best of Our Knowledge keeps listeners up-to-date on educational trends, from preschool to PhD, and spotlights breakthroughs in all disciplines. Hosted and produced by Lucas Willard, with additional production by Jody Cowan.