The show with big men in lettermen jackets.
“A Way with Words” is a weekly, hour-long, national, caller-based program about language. 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. By looking at the world through the lens of language, “A Way with Words” offers a brand-new perspective on politics, pop culture, history, sports, music, science, literature, and foreign cultures. Funny, informative, and fast-paced, each hour-long episode includes a word puzzle and slang quiz. If you speak English — or if you’re trying to learn it — within a few minutes of listening to this show you’ll find something that pulls you in. Our listeners come from all walks of life: in more than a decade on the air, we’ve heard from rocket scientists to physicians, from spelling-bee champs to retirees, from Gen-X cartoonists to fishmongers. Well, at least one fishmonger, who wanted to know what -monger is doing in the name of his occupation. Beyond this broad audience that tunes in for general entertainment and information, “A Way with Words” has a growing and fiercely loyal core audience of self-described word lovers, including experienced and aspiring writers and editors; office workers and degreed professionals; learners of English as a first or supplementary language; linguistic dilettantes; word history buffs; students of all ages; teachers at all levels; lovers of wordplay; Scrabble players and crossword puzzlers; dictionary browsers; and late-blooming or late-life learners trying to catch up on what they missed or have forgotten of their formal education. The common thread is that these listeners keep tuning in week after week because “A Way with Words” addresses precisely the core values that devoted public-radio audiences share: a lively curiosity, an appreciation of thoughtful conversation that’s well-informed and stimulating, and a healthy sense of humor.
NEW LETTERS ON THE AIR is a weekly half-hour show that has been entertaining and informing audiences about contemporary writers and literature since 1977. Each week, the program focuses on a writer of poetry, fiction or essays, either in an intimate interview or in a public reading before an audience. Post-produced with narrative and music, NEW LETTERS ON THE AIR gives insight into the creative writing process and the universal stories that writers tell. Though educational, NEW LETTERS ON THE AIR is not pedantic, and the conversation is often filled with laughter as authors discuss and read from their books. Recent guests include poets Sherman Alexie, Naomi Shihab Nye, Billy Collins, and Alicia Ostriker; dramatists August Wilson, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Tony Kushner; essayists Meghan Daum, Susan Orlean, and David Sedaris; fiction writers Richard Russo, Jane Smiley, and Ha Jin. The program also features less-familiar but remarkable writers whose work and contributions are equally engaging. “Most people have a creative streak, whether they’re interested in writing or not,” says Angela Elam, host of NEW LETTERS ON THE AIR.”I hope by exploring the writer’s process and hearing work that captures the essence of our lives, the program will inspire listeners to do something creative in their own way.”
An advice/talk show from the most “reliable” teens. Tune in to KSPB 91.9 or kspb.org from 5-6pm Sundays.
Big Picture Science is a weekly one-hour science magazine that connects ideas in surprising and humorous ways to illuminate the origins and evolution of life and technology on this planet and beyond. From free-thinking robots… to the recipe for dark matter… to the mix-and-match genes of synthetic biology, we have it all! One episode a month, Skeptic Check, is devoted to critical thinking. Produced at the SETI Institute and hosted by Seth Shostak and Molly Bentley. Big Picture Science can also be found on iTunes and other podcast sites. The show began with the title Are We Alone? in 2002.
“Michael Silverblatt is the best reader in America.”–Norman Mailer. The Bookworm: a man who converses on an intellectual plane with writers, who reads not only everything they’ve ever written but everything by everyone who’s ever influenced them. Bookworm introduces literary contexts, controversies, and interpretations and lets the guest place him- or herself in the larger framework of contemporary literature. Bookworm is not a show that sells a particular book or that stands as a substitute for the experience of reading; this is not, as Gore Vidal puts it, “bookchat,” filled with anecdotes and biographical pleasantries. Bookworm’s focus is writing. And in five continuous years of weekly programming on KCRW, it has established a national reputation for being “a writer’s show.” Bookworm explores and presents literary fiction, poetry, criticism, and literary biography. It introduces listeners to new presses and interesting literary magazines. While many book interviews stress the ways in which writers are like everyone else, Bookworm’s goal is to stress the things that make a writer a writer, to make listeners aware of the dimensions of literary culture.
Heard on more than 90 public radio stations, listeners call With Good Reason “the best way to make a long drive fly by” and “a much-needed forum.” Each week scholars explore the worlds of literature, science, the arts, politics, history, and business through lively discussion with host Sarah McConnell. From the controversies over slave reparations and global warming, to the unique worlds of comic books and wine-making, With Good Reason is always surprising, challenging and fun!
Join Stevenson faculty members David Schmittgens and Kevin Hicks for “Thursday Detention”—a show where the conversation about the music is as important as the music itself. It’s sort of like Mystery Science Theater 3000 for the radio, only without the robots.
Climate One at The Commonwealth Club offers a forum for candid discussion among climate scientists, policymakers, activists, and concerned citizens. Its live events are recorded and distributed to a global audience. By gathering inspiring, credible, and compelling information, it provides an essential resource to change-makers looking to make a difference.
KSPB and Stevenson School alumnus Greg Dalton founded Climate One at The Commonwealth Club in 2007 after traveling to the Russian Arctic on a global warming symposium with climate scientists and journalists. Climate One is the only regular talk show that engages high level leaders from business, policy, advocacy, and academic circles in a conversation about building a sustainable economy and stabilizing the Earth’s climate. Past guests include US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, US Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar, US EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Chevron CEO Dave O’Reilly, GM Chairman Dan Akerson, Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers, Ford Motor Co. Chairman Bill Ford, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune, and many other leaders.
KSPB airs Climate One on Saturdays at 10am, with an encore airing on Sundays at 10am.