PRX special: Crushed–baseball’s steroid era

Cheating has a ripple effect. And in baseball’s steroid era, the lies and rule breaking extended far beyond the stars that sparked the scandal. Players at all levels of the game had to decide if they should use—and reap the benefits—or stay clean. In this hour-long special from Religion of Sports and PRX, we’ll learn how steroids took hold of baseball and meet two men whose choices reveal a story that Major League Baseball would rather forget.

Crushed is written and reported by Joan Niesen. Jessica Pupovac is our senior producer. Our associate producer is Devon Manze and our production assistant is Meghan Coyle. Michael Garofalo is our editor. Jane Ackermann fact-checked the series. Gotham Chopra, Ameeth Sankaran and Adam Schlossman are our executive producers. Special thanks to Lisa Pollack, and to composer Michael Kramer.

Gov. Newsom’s State of the State address (live coverage)

Amid a global pandemic and facing a potential recall election, Gov. Gavin Newsom will deliver his 2021 State of the State address at a time of great political peril. He will also break two longstanding traditions: Rather than addressing a joint session of the California Legislature in the Assembly chamber, he will give what his office calls a “virtual presentation … from Los Angeles County.” And for the first time in years, the State of the State will occur in prime time.

KSPB will offer live, special coverage starting at 6pm Pacific on Tuesday, March 9, hosted by Cap Radio’s political reporter and California State of Mind podcast host Nicole Nixon.

Cambridge Forum

Cambridge Forum is a lively half-hour program dealing with the issues and ideas shaping contemporary society. Programs feature activists, authors, doers and thinkers engaging in stimulating and non-adversarial exchanges with live audiences, representing diverse points of view. Forums are recorded live in Harvard Square. Recent program topics looked at LIVING WITH ROBOTS, THE END OF MEAT?, KOCHLAND, APPALACHIA: A CULTURAL CROSSROADS, ON FIRE with Naomi Klein, HOW TO START A REVOLUTION, THE AGE OF ILLUSIONS with Andrew Bacevich and MIGRATING TO PRISON: AMERICA’S OBSESSION WITH LOCKING UP IMMIGRANTS. Previous subjects have covered the gamut from Bob Dylan’s poetry, the history of baseball, the future of farming and how artists have contributed to peace.

The Keepers: Archiving the Now with Host Frances McDormand

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. Nobody showed them the path, they cut it themselves. Striking stories of grit, hope and possibility.

American Dreamer: Sam’s Story

Every year, an estimated 65,000 undocumented students graduate from American high schools. Raised entirely in American culture, they finish high school only to find themselves in a peculiarly American limbo. “American Dreamer: Sam’s Story” is a first-person longitudinal radio documentary sharing the experience of one of these kids.

BBC Special: Vaccines, Money and Politics

A vivid exploration of the whole ecosystem involved in the discovery, development and distribution necessary for a vaccination program to immunize a world of more than seven billion people.