Thursday, August 22 at 5pm
There’s an idea about how people read words that’s deeply embedded in teaching practices and curriculum materials widely used in elementary school classrooms. This idea has been disproven by cognitive scientists, yet it continues to be taught in teacher preparation programs, promoted in professional development sessions, and marketed by publishers. This APM Reports documentary investigates where the idea comes from, why it holds on, and how it harms kids.
Thursday, August 15 at 5pm
Moving a lot is hard on school kids. A growing body of research says children with unstable housing are more likely to struggle in school and more likely to drop out. And millions of children in the United States have unstable housing. This APM Reports documentary focuses on two groups of kids who often change addresses – homeless kids and children of migrant farm workers — and explores efforts to help these students do well in school.
Thursday, August 8 at 5pm
A growing number of colleges are collecting and crunching vast amounts of data about students to help steer them to courses and majors they can manage, but what do students gain and lose when they’re tracked onto a narrow path to graduation? Reporter Jill Barshay of the Hechinger Report teams up with APM Reports to examine the growing use of predictive analytics to get more students across the finish line and deliver more revenue to schools, and how it’s reshaping the college experience.
Under a Watchful Eye: How colleges are tracking students to boost graduation (air date 8-8-2019)
KSPB is expanding its BBC Proms programming this summer. In addition to the seven Saturday morning highlight programs on the BBC World Service, we are airing nine full two-hour concerts from APM’s SymphonyCast on Monday evenings.
The BBC Proms is “the world’s greatest classical music festival,” but its repertoire goes beyond classical. This year’s programs, for example, include world music and jazz. They also include celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Proms founder and conductor, Sir Henry Wood.
More info about BBC Proms highlights on the World Service
More info about BBC Proms concerts on SymphonyCast
KSPB has added Planetary Radio to its weekly line up. It’s the only long form public radio program devoted to the final frontier. Along with top-flight production quality, every episode relies on the deep expertise of the Planetary Society, founded by Carl Sagan, Lou Friedman and Bruce Murray, and now run by CEO Bill Nye the Science Guy! Bill has a weekly segment on the show. Each week, Planetary Radio’s Mat Kaplan visits with a scientist, engineer, project manager, astronaut, advocate, or writer who provides a unique and exciting perspective on the exploration of our solar system and beyond. It also showcases regular features that raise your space IQ while they put a smile on your face. It airs Thursdays at 4pm.
Apollo 11 launched on July 16, 1969, and astronauts landed on the moon on July 20. For this 50th anniversary KSPB is airing a series of space-related specials. Read more about them here.
KSPB will be off the air at 91.9 FM on Tuesday, June 4, starting around 8:30 a.m. while the electrical service at our transmitter site is upgraded. We anticipate the work taking only a few hours. In the meantime, you can listen to programming here on the website by clicking the Listen Live link.
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 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2019.
The public affairs program Climate One, which normally airs on Saturday at 10:00 a.m., will run at 9:00 a.m. A Way with Words will run at 7:00 a.m. Big Picture Science will run at 8:00 a.m. The encore airings on Sunday, June 2 will run at their usual times.
Most KSPB-originated programs will be on hiatus from April 18–22 during Stevenson’s spring long weekend.
Tune in to KSPB on Saturdays at 12 noon for “A Way with Words,” a weekly, hour-long, national, caller-based program about language. An encore airs Sundays at 6pm.
Author Martha Barnette and lexicographer Grant Barrett take calls about slang, grammar, linguistic heirlooms, old sayings, word origins, regional dialects, family expressions, and speaking and writing well. Funny, informative, and fast-paced, each hour-long episode includes a word puzzle and slang quiz. Read more about the show here.
Ask your language questions: (877) 929-9673 or by email.