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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, Jan 26, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
Sat, Jan 26, 2013 -- 1:00 PM Intelligence Squared U.S.

'Israel Can Live With a Nuclear Iran' -- Despite increased international pressure and economic sanctions, the IAEA reported that Iran doubled its number of underground nuclear centrifuges over the summer of 2012, stopping just short of the capacity to produce nuclear fuel. Can Iran be trusted to act as a rational actor, or is Israel correct in viewing it as an existential threat? Prime Minister Netanyahu has criticized President Obama for his refusal to draw a "red line" that would trigger U.S. military action, hinting at the prospect of a pre-emptive Israeli strike. But what are the costs and benefits of military action? Is a nuclear Iran inevitable, and will it destabilize the region? The Oxford-style debate program tackles the motion "Israel Can Live With a Nuclear Iran."

Fri, Jan 25, 2013 -- 2:00 AM
Fri, Jan 25, 2013 -- 2:00 AM Computer History Museum Presents

An Evening With Elon Musk -- Elon Musk is living two ultimate boyhood fantasies: creating a sports car company and a rocket launch corporation. As a PayPal co-founder, Musk helped transform online payment systems and then, like a true revolutionary, set his sights on electric cars and space transport. Today, Musk is CEO of both Tesla Motors and SpaceX. He also serves as chairman of SolarCity, the solar power provider. In 2008, Musk was named as one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century by Esquire magazine. One year later, the National Space Society awarded Musk their Von Braun Trophy, given for leadership of the most significant achievement in space. In 2010, Musk was the youngest recipient of the Auto Executive of the Year Innovator Award and was listed as one of Time Magazine's 100 of the World's Most Influential People. Alison van Diggelen of Fresh Dialogues talks with Musk about what inspired his entrepreneurial journey from South Africa to Silicon Valley. How does he manage to lead two ground-breaking companies simultaneously? Why does he believe that electric cars are a vital component in the move away from oil to a more sustainable energy economy? And what is behind his fascination with creating a multi-planetary future for mankind, including a self-sustaining base on Mars?

Thu, Jan 24, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
Thu, Jan 24, 2013 -- 8:00 PM Computer History Museum Presents: An Evening With Elon Musk

Elon Musk is living two ultimate boyhood fantasies: creating a sports car company and a rocket launch corporation. As a PayPal co-founder, Musk helped transform online payment systems and then, like a true revolutionary, set his sights on electric cars and space transport. Today, Musk is CEO of both Tesla Motors and SpaceX. He also serves as chairman of SolarCity, the solar power provider. In 2008, Musk was named as one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century by Esquire magazine. One year later, the National Space Society awarded Musk their Von Braun Trophy, given for leadership of the most significant achievement in space. In 2010, Musk was the youngest recipient of the Auto Executive of the Year Innovator Award and was listed as one of Time Magazine's 100 of the World's Most Influential People. Alison van Diggelen of Fresh Dialogues talks with Musk about what inspired his entrepreneurial journey from South Africa to Silicon Valley. How does he manage to lead two ground-breaking companies simultaneously? Why does he believe that electric cars are a vital component in the move away from oil to a more sustainable energy economy? And what is behind his fascination with creating a multi-planetary future for mankind, including a self-sustaining base on Mars?

Thu, Jan 24, 2013 -- 2:00 AM
Thu, Jan 24, 2013 -- 2:00 AM TED Radio Hour

Africa: The Next Chapter -- There are many stereotypes about Africa: that it's a place of conflict, disease, war and famine. Or that it's a single place at all, rather than a continent of 54 distinct countries. The program engages with thinkers and doers who are constructing new realities for their respective countries, and for the African continent a whole.

Wed, Jan 23, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
Wed, Jan 23, 2013 -- 8:00 PM TED Radio Hour

Africa: The Next Chapter -- There are many stereotypes about Africa: that it's a place of conflict, disease, war and famine. Or that it's a single place at all, rather than a continent of 54 distinct countries. The program engages with thinkers and doers who are constructing new realities for their respective countries, and for the African continent a whole.

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