Genre: Public Affairs

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.

Cambridge Forum

Cambridge Forum is a lively half-hour program dealing with the issues and ideas shaping contemporary society. Programs feature activists, authors, doers and thinkers engaging in stimulating and non-adversarial exchanges with live audiences, representing diverse points of view. Forums are recorded live in Harvard Square. Recent program topics looked at LIVING WITH ROBOTS, THE END OF MEAT?, KOCHLAND, APPALACHIA: A CULTURAL CROSSROADS, ON FIRE with Naomi Klein, HOW TO START A REVOLUTION, THE AGE OF ILLUSIONS with Andrew Bacevich and MIGRATING TO PRISON: AMERICA’S OBSESSION WITH LOCKING UP IMMIGRANTS. Previous subjects have covered the gamut from Bob Dylan’s poetry, the history of baseball, the future of farming and how artists have contributed to peace.

Fifty-one Percent

Each week, 51% tunes into the issues of particular concern to women and, by extension, to all of us. This award-winning program takes an honest look at the questions, concerns, and successes born out of the professional and social progress made by women. Hosted and Produced by Allison Dunne, the aim of the series is to both educate and empower listeners. While many of the subjects addressed are serious ones, the tone of the program is upbeat and affirmative.

The Climate Question

A global program that reflects the variety of takes on climate change, how best to understand it and the world’s attempts to avert it, temper it or adapt to it. It is not about questioning whether climate change is happening, it’s about finding the best ways to respond to it. This is sharp-edged, analytical inquiry. Hard scrutiny, touched with a sense of adventure and discovery, and where we can find it, hope. It includes stories from across the world on why we find it so hard to save our own planet, and how we might change that.

The Media Project

The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with The Times Union’s Rex Smith, WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Professor Rosemary Armao, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld.

Broad Stripes, Bright Stars, and White Lies: America’s First Flag

Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag. At least, that’s what we were taught in school. But when historians go searching…there’s no proof to be found. So how did this story get started? In this special hour-long episode of the Smithsonian’s Sidedoor podcast,  we unravel the Revolutionary history behind this vexillogic tall tale. In the process, we learn that the real Betsy Ross was anything but the mild mannered seamstress we think we know. And we discover the work of the women behind another of America’s most famous flags: the Star Spangled Banner.

Spotlight on the Confusion of Covering Mental Health Care

Spotlight on the Confusion of Covering Mental Health Care will help make sense of what kind of mental health care is supposed to be covered, and how health plans, regulators and you can make it easier to get the therapy you need.

This critical, dynamic hour-long program will provide personal and policy examples of how individual efforts, state action, insurance practices and policy can improve on existing federal and state parity laws so more people can get much-needed care that is too-often denied. Reported stories will explain what mental health parity is supposed to look like for various conditions and what’s being done to improve enforcement. Personal stories will reveal the impact of being denied substance use and eating disorder care and the complications people and their families are forced to navigate during a crisis.

Featured guests include:

  • Ali Khawar – Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employee Benefits Security Administration
  • Pamela Greenberg – President and CEO at the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness
  • Patrick Kennedy – former U.S. Representative (D-RI), founder of The Kennedy Forum

About Call to Mind

Call to Mind’s Spotlight programs explore an emerging area of understanding in mental health. Produced quarterly, Spotlight programs aim to illustrate new knowledge and understanding to empower people to engage with in their personal and public well-being. All Call to Mind programs are produced with a focus on gender, racial and other equitable identity representation.

Host bio

Kimberly Adams, Marketplace host & correspondent

Kimberly Adams is a host/correspondent at Marketplace, America’s largest broadcast business program. She covers the intersection of politics and the economy from Washington, DC, where she also serves on the Board of Governors of the National Press Club. Before moving to DC, Kimberly was a Cairo-based freelance journalist reporting on the political, social, and economic upheaval in Egypt following the Arab Spring. Her 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).

The Splendid Table: Turkey Confidential

Thanksgiving is full of high expectations, a huge menu and a house full of guests – which can make for a stressful day or two in the kitchen. That’s why holiday cooks, hosts and eaters tune into The Splendid Table’s “Turkey Confidential” on Thanksgiving morning. Francis Lam takes calls and comes to the rescue of Thanksgiving cooks, kitchen helpers, and inner guests during the biggest cooking day of the year.

PRX special: Crushed–baseball’s steroid era

Cheating has a ripple effect. And in baseball’s steroid era, the lies and rule breaking extended far beyond the stars that sparked the scandal. Players at all levels of the game had to decide if they should use—and reap the benefits—or stay clean. In this hour-long special from Religion of Sports and PRX, we’ll learn how steroids took hold of baseball and meet two men whose choices reveal a story that Major League Baseball would rather forget.

Crushed is written and reported by Joan Niesen. Jessica Pupovac is our senior producer. Our associate producer is Devon Manze and our production assistant is Meghan Coyle. Michael Garofalo is our editor. Jane Ackermann fact-checked the series. Gotham Chopra, Ameeth Sankaran and Adam Schlossman are our executive producers. Special thanks to Lisa Pollack, and to composer Michael Kramer.

Gov. Newsom’s State of the State address (live coverage)

Amid a global pandemic and facing a potential recall election, Gov. Gavin Newsom will deliver his 2021 State of the State address at a time of great political peril. He will also break two longstanding traditions: Rather than addressing a joint session of the California Legislature in the Assembly chamber, he will give what his office calls a “virtual presentation … from Los Angeles County.” And for the first time in years, the State of the State will occur in prime time.

KSPB will offer live, special coverage starting at 6pm Pacific on Tuesday, March 9, hosted by Cap Radio’s political reporter and California State of Mind podcast host Nicole Nixon.