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Radio Specials

Every week, KQED airs some of the best programs from independent radio producers and public radio networks around the world.

Coming up on Radio Specials:

Sat, May 23, 2015 -- 3:30 PM
Sat, May 23, 2015 -- 3:30 PM The Big Read

On 'The Death of Ivan Ilyich' -- Leo Tolstoy's Ivan Ilyich is a Russian judge and middle-class everyman. Struck down by disease at 45, Ivan discovers a horrifying truth. He has not lived a meaningful life. Chapter Two's opening words reveal a more alarming reality: "Ivan Ilyich's life had been most simple and commonplace -- and most horrifying." The omniscient narrator takes the reader back to Ivan's happy childhood, predictable youth, and ambitious adulthood. Praskovya Fedorovna falls in love with him, so he marries her. In less than a year, his discontentment leads him to escape into work and his favorite pastime, playing cards. In time, he buys a house, and Praskovya bears five children, three of whom die. He shrewdly climbs the Russian social ladder and receives an impressive income. The couple moves to a new city, buys a bigger house, and avoids genuine intimacy. They continue their comfortable, contented lives for almost two decades.

Sat, May 23, 2015 -- 2:00 PM
Sat, May 23, 2015 -- 2:00 PM Hearing Voices

War Memorial -- For Memorial Day, the show features two stories recorded in Vietnam, one after the war, and one during. In 1966, a young Lance Corporal carried a reel-to reel tape recorder with him into Vietnam. He made tapes of his friends, of life in fighting holes, of combat; and he continued to record until, two months later, when he was killed in action. Friend and fellow marine, Tim Duffie, remembers him in "The Vietnam Tapes of Michael A. Baronowski." Host Alex Chadwick first went to Southeast Asia was as a soldier in the '60s. Two decades later, he made a "Return to Vietnam" as a journalist, on the anniversary of the Tet offensive, to find what had and hadn't changed since the war.



Recently on Radio Specials:

Fri, May 22, 2015 -- 2:00 AM
Fri, May 22, 2015 -- 2:00 AM End of the Dial

Radio Renaissance? -- Radio is dead. Or so we are told. Video was supposed to have killed the radio star. Is the Internet going to finish it off? International broadcasters are closing. Whole nations are dropping off the dial. But Garth Mullins isn't ready to pull the plug just yet. In an autobiographical rumination on a life with radio, Garth talks to Elizabeth Hay, Ira Glass, Ethan Zuckerman, Ryan McMahon and Stephen P. McGreevy. They reveal a radio renaissance. Podcasting is revolutionizing the airwaves. But don't let that old-school terrestrial radio disappear. When the grid goes down, it's the only thing left standing. We'll need radio to talk to each other, when the lights go out.

Thu, May 21, 2015 -- 8:00 PM
Thu, May 21, 2015 -- 8:00 PM End of the Dial

Radio Renaissance? -- Radio is dead. Or so we are told. Video was supposed to have killed the radio star. Is the Internet going to finish it off? International broadcasters are closing. Whole nations are dropping off the dial. But Garth Mullins isn't ready to pull the plug just yet. In an autobiographical rumination on a life with radio, Garth talks to Elizabeth Hay, Ira Glass, Ethan Zuckerman, Ryan McMahon and Stephen P. McGreevy. They reveal a radio renaissance. Podcasting is revolutionizing the airwaves. But don't let that old-school terrestrial radio disappear. When the grid goes down, it's the only thing left standing. We'll need radio to talk to each other, when the lights go out.

Thu, May 21, 2015 -- 2:00 AM
Thu, May 21, 2015 -- 2:00 AM Invisibilia

The Secret History of Thoughts -- The special program ponders the question, "Are my thoughts related to my inner wishes, do they reveal who I really am?" The answer can have profound consequences for your life. Invisibilia tells the story of a man gripped by violent thoughts, and explores how various psychologists make sense of his experience. Plus, the man trapped inside his head for 13 years with thoughts as his only companion.

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