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.

Science Update; Yale Climate Connections

We were disappointed to learn today that AAAS has discontinued Science Update, effective immediately. We are adding a new feature, Yale Climate Connections, to replace it. Climate Connections is a daily (M-F), 90-second radio series that aims to help listeners understand how climate change is already impacting our lives and what diverse people and organizations are doing to reduce the associated risks. The series “connects the dots” between climate change and energy, extreme weather, public health, food and water, jobs and the economy, national security, and the creative arts, among other themes. Climate Connections will air weekdays at 49.5 minutes after the hour during Newshour.

Big Picture Science

KSPB has added Big Picture Science to its line up. It’s a show that does more than interview top scientists and technology innovators. Its themed episodes connect those latest research ideas to identify emerging trends – and why they matter. Seth Shostak (the scientist) and Molly Bentley (the science journalist) use smart and humorous storytelling. They won’t just keep you’re attention, they’ll grab it.

But there’s more. Are you a doubting Thomas? They separate science from pseudoscience – and facts from the phony – in Skeptic Check, their monthly episode devoted to critical thinking.

So think bigger. Big Picture Science. A one-hour weekly radio show heard on Saturday at 11am, with an encore Sunday at 7pm.

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.