The Keepers: Archiving the Now with Host Frances McDormand (12/5/2020)

Airs Saturday, December 5 at 9am

The Keepers: Archiving the Now — a new hour-long special from The Kitchen Sisters and PRX with host, Academy Award-winner Frances McDormand. Stories of can-do people. Must-do people. Get-it-done people. People who are grappling with the now, with where we are and where we’ve got to get to. As the world we all knew unravels and communities begin to re-shape themselves The Kitchen Sisters have been gleaning, looking for those who have something to offer during these uncharted times. People who rebuild, restore, reinvent. Like Gert McMullin, one of the first people to put a stitch on the AIDS Memorial Quilt, who is now sewing masks for healthcare workers fighting Covid, using leftover fabric from the quilt. The Climate Underground, former Vice President Al Gore and food activist Alice Waters convene a gathering of farmers, scientists, soil visionaries, chefs, students, activists and policymakers on Al Gore’s farm in Tennessee contemplating the role of soil, food and regenerative agriculture in combatting the climate crisis. Youth on Fire: The International Congress of Youth Voices, founded by writer Dave Eggers — 137 youth activists from 37 countries coming together to form a global network of young visionaries. Louis Jones: Detroit Field Archivist, who has been building and caring for the largest labor archive in North America. And host Frances McDormand speaks of her new film, Nomadland, about the new nomads — itinerant workers living in DIY vans, moving across America. Striking stories of grit, hope and possibility.

Feasting with the Great American Songbook: An Afterglow Thanksgiving Special (11/28/2020)

Well, it’s Thanksgiving weekend, a holiday that revolves around family, football, and most importantly, food. So on this Afterglow special, we’re going to chow down on some food-related songs from the Great American Songbook. Ahead this hour, we’ll hear some odes to beans, cornbread, meat, and potatoes by some guys named Louis. Louis Jordan, Louis Armstrong, and Louis Prima, that is. Nat King Cole will also get in on the food-song fun. And we’ll hear a few songs saluting feasting together at home, sung by Kay Starr and Cab Calloway.

Airs Saturday, November 28 at 9am.

From WFIU in Bloomington.

Planned outage on Monday, 5/4/2020 at 4pm PDT

Due to network equipment upgrades, the following changes to KSPB’s operations will occur starting at 4pm PDT, Monday, May 4, 2020:

    • Livestream will be offline
    • On-air broadcast will consist of music
    • The program “Cup of Tea” will air at 5pm

Once the network is back up (assuming before 5pm):

    • Livestream will resume
    • On-air broadcast will switch to BBC World Service program already in progress

Expanded BBC Proms for 2019

BBC PromsKSPB 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

Reunion Weekend Special Schedule for June 1

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.