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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:

Thu, Apr 17, 2014 -- 8:30 PM
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 -- 8:30 PM Food & Spirituality with host Rachael Myrow

This special broadcast explores the ways we use food to connect to our spiritual and cultural traditions in the Bay Area. We journey into the kitchen of Charles Phan, Vietnamese-American chef of The Slanted Door Group, to cook a dish served during Tet. Listeners will also hear pieces about an Ethiopian New Year's celebration, Armenians exploring their heritage through food, the celebration of the Hindu elephant god Ganesha's birthday at a temple, and finally a meditation on the Zen tradition of Mindful Eating.

Thu, Apr 17, 2014 -- 8:00 PM
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 -- 8:00 PM The Cruelest Month

"April is the cruelest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain." The famous words of poet T.S. Eliot prompted the show to mix an anthology of American poets, who examine the mysteries of love in various forms. Listen to former Poets Laureate Billy Collins, Charles Simic, Rita Dove, and Kay Ryan, who offer their poetic insights and reflections into the ambiguous and enticing world of love, on The Cruelest Month, a finalist for the New York Festivals International Radio Award.

Thu, Apr 17, 2014 -- 2:00 AM
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 -- 2:00 AM The Really Big Questions

Why Do We Share? -- This new series brings scientists and philosophers together to explore compelling questions about what makes us human. What drives us to be greedy one day and giving the next? In this episode, the show explores the mysteries of cooperation, collaboration and altruism. When do we choose to give? When do we choose to look out for number one?

Recently on Radio Specials:

Tue, Apr 15, 2014 -- 8:00 PM
Tue, Apr 15, 2014 -- 8:00 PM Remembering Peter Matthiessen

Author Peter Matthiessen has died in New York at the age of 86. Matthiessen, a novelist and naturalist, wrote 33 books. Among his best-known works are "The Snow Leopard" and the novels "Far Tortuga" and "At Play in the Fields of the Lord," which was made into a Hollywood film. The program listens back to a 1999 interview with Matthiessen.

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