COVID-19: Hard Questions, Real Answers Live Call-in Special (March 18-19)

KSPB will air a nationwide live call-in special on COVID-19 produced by Minnesota Public Radio and hosted by MPR News’ Kerri Miller and WABE’s Rose Scott.

The special will occur over two days at 11 a.m. Pacific Time. Audiences across the nation are invited to call in and ask medical and public health professionals their hard questions.

Each of the stand-alone midday call-in shows will shine a spotlight on the COVID-19 crisis:

  • Kerri Miller

    Wednesday, March 18: Kerri is joined by guests from the Mayo Clinic to talk about the science of treating COVID-19 — the challenges medical professionals are facing, what they know about the spread, and their plans for stopping it.

  • Rose Scott

    Thursday, March 19: We will be partnering with station WABE in Atlanta, GA (home of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) for the second hour of the special, centered around public health.

Listener calls will be taken as live only, not pre-recorded. Call-in number: 800-242-2828

Special programming March 2–5 mornings

The week of March 2 starts the semiannual satellite solar outage in northern California. A solar or sun transit out is an electromagnetic phenomenon wherein our station’s downlink is temporarily unable to receive a satellite signal due to interference from the sun as it passes behind the satellite. During the outage window KSPB will air programming that does not rely on the satellite:

  • Monday, March 2 from 10:30am–11am: With Good Reason “Finding Classroom Success”
  • Tuesday, March 3 from 10:30am–11am: The Best of Our Knowledge “The History of the Dracula Legend”
  • Wednesday, March 4 from 10:30am–11am: Bookworm with Michael Silverblatt “Charles Yu”
  • Thursday, March 5 from 10am–11am: Blue Dot “Modeling Climate with Gavin Schmidt”

Schedule changes (1/1/2020)

Bookworm with Michael Silverblatt has moved to Thursday at 3 pm just before Thursday Detention.


The Best of Our Knowledge, a new program in the KSPB line-up, will air Fridays at 3 pm just before Uninterrupted Pop. Planetary Radio will follow at 4:30 pm in Bookworm’s old time slot.

If there is no detention on Thursday, The Best of Our Knowledge and Planetary Radio will air in its place.

Finally, another new program in the KSPB line-up, Blue Dot, will air Saturdays at 11 am.

BBC Special: Living the Star Wars

“Living the Star Wars” details the making of the film from original conception in 1973, through to shooting in England in 1976, to its anxious last hours as a depressed George Lucas and an exhausted special effects crew finally transferred their project into cinemas. Mark Burman draws on his own interviews – including George Lucas, Mark Hamill and John Williams – gathered over the past 20 years, from many key people who have long since passed away.

Airs: Monday, 12/23 at 7pm; Thursday, 12/26 at 2pm; and Saturday 12/28 at 11am

With Good Reason: Emoji Evidence (12/12/2019)

With Good Reason logoThursday, Dec. 12 at 4:30 pm

Host: Sarah McConnell

Guests: Jeff Bellin (William & Mary); Rod Graham (Old Dominion University) and Shawn Smith (Radford University)

Be warned: everything you say on Facebook can and will be used against you in a court of law! Jeff Bellin studies how courts handle digital evidence like social media posts and text messages. Bellin was named Outstanding Faculty by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. 

There’s a lot of talk about cybersecurity, but what about cybercrime? What qualifies as cybercrime and what’s being done to stop it? Rod Graham and Shawn Smith recently co-authored a textbook about cybercrime and they’re taking a closer look at what it’s like for these uniquely 21st century victims.

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