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

Recently on Radio Specials:

Sat, Sep 29, 2012 -- 1:00 PM
Sat, Sep 29, 2012 -- 1:00 PM Computer History Museum Presents

Transforming Music - From Guitar Hero to Robotic Opera -- The show presents an hour with musician, inventor and educator Tod Machover, the Muriel R. Cooper professor of music and media at the MIT Media Lab, where he directs the Opera of the Future Group. An influential composer, Machover has been praised for creating music that breaks traditional artistic and cultural boundaries. He has also created the technologies behind Guitar Hero and Rock Band.

Fri, Sep 28, 2012 -- 2:00 AM
Fri, Sep 28, 2012 -- 2:00 AM The Green New Deal

The 2009 stimulus act shelled out $90 billion for clean energy. President Obama's administration said that would create 827,000 "job years" through 2012. That turns out to be a whopping $109,000 per job-year. Did that pan out? Was it worth it? Billions were allocated to modernize the electricity grid, improve energy efficiency of buildings, clean up nuclear waste and promote clean energy sources. Was that money well spent, or a boondoggle? The show features a conversation about the Recovery Act's impact on the energy and financial security of America. Guests include Michael Grunwald, senior national correspondent for Time and author of "The New New Deal."

Thu, Sep 27, 2012 -- 8:00 PM
Thu, Sep 27, 2012 -- 8:00 PM The Green New Deal

The 2009 stimulus act shelled out $90 billion for clean energy. President Obama's administration said that would create 827,000 "job years" through 2012. That turns out to be a whopping $109,000 per job-year. Did that pan out? Was it worth it? Billions were allocated to modernize the electricity grid, improve energy efficiency of buildings, clean up nuclear waste and promote clean energy sources. Was that money well spent, or a boondoggle? The show features a conversation about the Recovery Act's impact on the energy and financial security of America. Guests include Michael Grunwald, senior national correspondent for Time and author of "The New New Deal."

Thu, Sep 27, 2012 -- 2:00 AM
Thu, Sep 27, 2012 -- 2:00 AM Are Super PACs Transforming American Politics?

The product of two court decisions, Citizens United and SpeechNow.org v. FEC, super PAC spending is on course to make 2012 the most expensive presidential election in history. These super-charged political action committees may spend and receive unlimited amounts of money from individuals, corporations or unions to advocate for political candidates -- as long as they are independent of the candidates' campaigns. Are our elections being bought by the wealthy few, or has democracy been enhanced by increased political speech?

Wed, Sep 26, 2012 -- 8:00 PM
Wed, Sep 26, 2012 -- 8:00 PM Are Super PACs Transforming American Politics?

The product of two court decisions, Citizens United and SpeechNow.org v. FEC, super PAC spending is on course to make 2012 the most expensive presidential election in history. These super-charged political action committees may spend and receive unlimited amounts of money from individuals, corporations or unions to advocate for political candidates -- as long as they are independent of the candidates' campaigns. Are our elections being bought by the wealthy few, or has democracy been enhanced by increased political speech?

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