The Democracy Test

Longtime Talk of the Nation host Neal Conan and political historian Heather Richardson Cox explore the state of our democracy this election season with a new, six-part series. “The Democracy Test” from Truth, Politics and Power traces examples of similar, and often more dangerous challenges in American history, how our democracy survived them, and what we might do to solve our current difficulties.

Airs Saturdays at 11am, with an encore Sundays at 7pm.

Science Update

Science Update logoKSPB has added Science Update to its line up, weekdays at 19 minutes after the hour during Newshour. Quirky, entertaining and informative, Science Update is a daily, 60-second feature covering the latest discoveries in science, technology and medicine. Produced by AAAS, the world’s largest general science society, Science Update has reported on thousands of scientific and medical breakthroughs—and won dozens of national awards—since its inception in 1988. Science Update even answers listeners’ science questions, phoned in to its toll-free answer line, 1-800-WHY-ISIT (1-800-949-4748), or submitted via an online form on its contact page.

APM Reports: Order 9066

Order 9066 LogoKSPB will air the three-part series Order 9066 from American Public Media starting Monday, July 23. Order 9066 was produced as a collaboration by APM Reports with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Through vivid, first-person accounts of those who lived through it, Order 9066 chronicles the history of the incarceration of some 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry who were forced from their homes on the West Coast and sent to one of ten “relocation” camps during World War II.

Episodes will air Mondays from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. with an encore on Saturdays from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Click here for more information about the program and the individual episodes.

Reunion Weekend Special Schedule for June 6

As part of Stevenson School’s Reunion Weekend, KSPB welcomes some alumni DJs back to the airwaves! Half-hour long alumni shows will run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2018.

The public affairs program Climate One, which normally airs on Saturday at 10:00 a.m., will run at 9:00 a.m. The encore airing on Sunday, June 7 will run at its usual 10:00 a.m. time.


LENKA, an Australian singer-song writer, is best known for her song “The Show” from her self-titled album Lenka. This album Attune is her fifth full-length album released at the end of 2017. Ever since the start of her career, Lenka’s songs are known for their relaxing and healing melody accompanied by her soft but clear voice. Right from the outset, Attune represents a warm, inviting comforter. Her gentle tone is especially suitable for people who look for internal peace and calmness. Her songs are neither happy nor sad, but a sense of blue-skied optimism, bouncy and upbeat, glossy and positive.

There are 12 songs in this album, and all of them has simple titles like “Arrow”, “Lucky”, etc. The simplicity that this album has created sucks the listener in and keep them captivated with the underlying darkness and thought-provoking themes. Although the songs are seemingly shallow light-pop, there are always bubbles of warnings floating throughout. Far more complicated than the first impressions reveal, Attune is a slow-burning delight, rewarding on the repeating melogy.

Syre Album Review

Syre is the first album released by Jaden Smith. Jaden is the son of famous film star and rapper Will Smith. Jaden has also been a film actor as well starring in the remake of the Karate Kid and along side his father in After Earth and Pursuit of Happiness. Jaden also started his own clothing brand in 2013 called MSFTSrepublic. Is Jaden able to live up to his father’s rap career? Yes and no. Lets start off with the positives. On his debut Jaden is able create a great flow in his songs as well as a pretty good rhyming scheme. His flow between songs is apprenent in the first four songs of the album: B, L, U, and E. Especially between B and L as the rap verses from the end of B and the beginning of L flow so well together. The glaring issue of the album comes with his lyrics. While his lyrics rhyme and flow well together, they don’t make sense or are silly or cringe compared to most rap lyrics. Some of his lyrics seem childish and and even dumb. For example on the song U, he says the lyric “Man I’m artichokin’/ I can’t breathe, that’s the art of chokin’”. Its these kind of lyrics that pop up in multiple songs that ruin his songs. Overall, I would give the album the chance. My songs to recommend: Fallen, Batman, Icon, Watch Me, and George Jeff. If Jaden is able to improve his lyrics, he might reach to where his father’s career reached.