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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, Feb 2, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
Sat, Feb 2, 2013 -- 1:00 PM Can Do: Stories of Black Visionaries, Seekers and Entrepreneurs

From The Kitchen Sisters and PRX, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress Alfre Woodard hosts a program featuring stories of black pioneers, self-made men and self-taught women, neighborhood heroes and visionaries. These are people who said "yes we can" and then did. A man tapes the history of his town with a scavenged cassette recorder, a woman fights for social justice with a pie and a DJ ignites his community with a sound.

Fri, Feb 1, 2013 -- 2:00 AM
Fri, Feb 1, 2013 -- 2:00 AM Freakonomics Radio

You Eat What You Are -- Americans are in the midst of a food paradox. We have access to more, better and cheaper food than ever before. But at the same time, we're surrounded by junk food and a rise in obesity and heart disease. The show examines our massive but balky food network with economist Tyler Cowen, who argues that agribusiness and commercialization are not nearly the villains that your foodie friends might have you think. The show also hears from food author and philosopher Michael Pollan, who weighs in on a number of food topics and urges, along with chef Alice Waters, a renewed appreciation for the American farmer.

Thu, Jan 31, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
Thu, Jan 31, 2013 -- 8:00 PM Freakonomics Radio

You Eat What You Are -- Americans are in the midst of a food paradox. We have access to more, better and cheaper food than ever before. But at the same time, we're surrounded by junk food and a rise in obesity and heart disease. The show examines our massive but balky food network with economist Tyler Cowen, who argues that agribusiness and commercialization are not nearly the villains that your foodie friends might have you think. The show also hears from food author and philosopher Michael Pollan, who weighs in on a number of food topics and urges, along with chef Alice Waters, a renewed appreciation for the American farmer.

Thu, Jan 31, 2013 -- 2:00 AM
Thu, Jan 31, 2013 -- 2:00 AM 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."

Wed, Jan 30, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
Wed, Jan 30, 2013 -- 8:00 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."

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