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

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Sat, Sep 7, 2013 -- 2:30 PM
Sat, Sep 7, 2013 -- 2:30 PM Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin

Lena Dunham and Elaine Stritch -- As host of WNYC's "Here's the Thing," actor Alec Baldwin sidesteps the predictable in intimate conversations with notable individuals from the worlds of art, culture, policy, sports and more. Decades apart in age, both of Alec's guests have broken barriers and blazed new trails in how women are depicted on stage and screen. Alec visits first with Lena Dunham, creator and co-executive producer of the HBO hit series "Girls." Alec then speaks with actress Elaine Stritch, who after performing for nearly 70 years, recently moved home to Birmingham, Michigan. Stritch details her transition from the Sacred Heart Convent to New York theater classes sitting between Walter Matthau and Marlon Brando.

Fri, Sep 6, 2013 -- 2:00 AM
Fri, Sep 6, 2013 -- 2:00 AM Intelligence Squared U.S.

In Syria, Does the U.S. Have a Dog in the Fight? -- There are no good options and many reasons not to intervene in Syria: Assad's powerful allies, the public's aversion to another war, and wariness over an opposition army that includes Islamic extremists. Holding back means ignoring a growing humanitarian crisis, where the number dead have topped 100,000. Discovery of Assad's use of chemical weapons prompted President Obama to approve the delivery of small arms and ammunition to rebel forces. But does this call for more assertive policy from the administration, or would direct intervention hurt our strategic interests?

Thu, Sep 5, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
Thu, Sep 5, 2013 -- 8:00 PM Intelligence Squared U.S.

In Syria, Does the U.S. Have a Dog in the Fight? -- There are no good options and many reasons not to intervene in Syria: Assad's powerful allies, the public's aversion to another war, and wariness over an opposition army that includes Islamic extremists. Holding back means ignoring a growing humanitarian crisis, where the number dead have topped 100,000. Discovery of Assad's use of chemical weapons prompted President Obama to approve the delivery of small arms and ammunition to rebel forces. But does this call for more assertive policy from the administration, or would direct intervention hurt our strategic interests?

Thu, Sep 5, 2013 -- 2:00 AM
Thu, Sep 5, 2013 -- 2:00 AM The Long Now Foundation Special

Craig Childs Presents: Field Guide to the Everending Earth -- Craig Childs is a professional adventurer. When not living off-the-grid with his wife and two young sons at the foot of the West Elk Mountains, he is off exploring nature and writing about his excursions. Subject matters range from near-death encounters and the most remote places in the world to vivid descriptions of the underside of Manhattan and careful meditations of our collective environmental future. Childs' adventures to the ends of the earth have given him a unique perspective on the environmental crises we collectively face. Even in the most dire and severe landscapes in the world, Childs finds stories of life and perseverance that runs contrary to the apocalyptic narratives that dominate the landscape.

Wed, Sep 4, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
Wed, Sep 4, 2013 -- 8:00 PM The Long Now Foundation Special

Craig Childs Presents: Field Guide to the Everending Earth -- Craig Childs is a professional adventurer. When not living off-the-grid with his wife and two young sons at the foot of the West Elk Mountains, he is off exploring nature and writing about his excursions. Subject matters range from near-death encounters and the most remote places in the world to vivid descriptions of the underside of Manhattan and careful meditations of our collective environmental future. Childs' adventures to the ends of the earth have given him a unique perspective on the environmental crises we collectively face. Even in the most dire and severe landscapes in the world, Childs finds stories of life and perseverance that runs contrary to the apocalyptic narratives that dominate the landscape.

Sun, Sep 1, 2013 -- 6:00 PM
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 -- 6:00 PM Heat and Harvest

Like what you see in the supermarket produce section? Enjoy, because things may be changing there -- the prices, even the mix of available fruits, nuts and veggies. Long acknowledged as "the nation's salad bowl," California's farm belt is facing some thorny challenges from our changing climate: rising temperatures, an uncertain water supply and more abundant pests that threaten multi-billion-dollar crops. The half-hour documentary Heat and Harvest, a co-production of KQED and the Center for Investigative Reporting, examines these threats and some potential solutions.

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