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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, May 11, 2013 -- 1:30 PM
Sat, May 11, 2013 -- 1:30 PM Radiolab

The Line Between Language and Music -- The program examines the line between language and music. What is music? Why does it move us? The show also re-imagines the disastrous debut of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring in 1913 through the lens of modern neurology, and meets a composer who uses computers to capture the musical DNA of dead composers in order to create new work.

Fri, May 10, 2013 -- 2:00 AM
Fri, May 10, 2013 -- 2:00 AM Hearing Voices

All Mom Radio: For Mother's Day -- For Mother's Day, the program shares maternal tales from producers around the country. "Travels with Mom" follows Larry Massett and his mother to the Tybee Island, Georgia of today and of the 1920's. Writer Beverly Donofrio joins her mom for "Thursday Night Bingo," produced by Dave Isay of Sound Portraits. In Nancy Updike's "Mubarak and Margy," a gay man returns home to care for his mom -- and to the "cure" his family plans for his homosexuality. And comedian Amy Borkowsky shares her hilarious phone "Messages from Mom."

Thu, May 9, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
Thu, May 9, 2013 -- 8:00 PM Hearing Voices

All Mom Radio: For Mother's Day -- For Mother's Day, the program shares maternal tales from producers around the country. "Travels with Mom" follows Larry Massett and his mother to the Tybee Island, Georgia of today and of the 1920's. Writer Beverly Donofrio joins her mom for "Thursday Night Bingo," produced by Dave Isay of Sound Portraits. In Nancy Updike's "Mubarak and Margy," a gay man returns home to care for his mom -- and to the "cure" his family plans for his homosexuality. And comedian Amy Borkowsky shares her hilarious phone "Messages from Mom."

Thu, May 9, 2013 -- 2:00 AM
Thu, May 9, 2013 -- 2:00 AM Intelligence Squared U.S.

Should We Abolish the Minimum Wage? -- The first attempt at establishing a national minimum wage, a part of 1933's sweeping National Industrial Recovery Act, was struck down by the Supreme Court in 1935. But in 1938, under the Fair Labor Standards Act, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law a minimum hourly wage of 25 cents -- $4.07 in today's dollars. Three-quarters of a century later, we are still debating the merits of this cornerstone of the New Deal. Do we need government to ensure a decent paycheck, or would low-wage workers and the economy be better off without its intervention?

Wed, May 8, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
Wed, May 8, 2013 -- 8:00 PM Intelligence Squared U.S.

Should We Abolish the Minimum Wage? -- The first attempt at establishing a national minimum wage, a part of 1933's sweeping National Industrial Recovery Act, was struck down by the Supreme Court in 1935. But in 1938, under the Fair Labor Standards Act, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law a minimum hourly wage of 25 cents -- $4.07 in today's dollars. Three-quarters of a century later, we are still debating the merits of this cornerstone of the New Deal. Do we need government to ensure a decent paycheck, or would low-wage workers and the economy be better off without its intervention?

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