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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, Oct 12, 2013 -- 2:00 PM
Sat, Oct 12, 2013 -- 2:00 PM Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin

Dr. Robert Lustig and Martin Horn -- Host Alec Baldwin talks with Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at UC San Francisco, about America's addiction to sugar. Children today are the first American generation to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents, in large part due to obesity. According to Lustig, this obesity often comes from eating too much sugar. Baldwin also speaks with Martin Horn, former New York City Commissioner of Correction and Probation. Horn has held every job imaginable in corrections: from debating the fairness of a state's sentencing guidelines to fixing leaky water pipes in aging facilities.

Sat, Oct 12, 2013 -- 1:00 AM
Sat, Oct 12, 2013 -- 1:00 AM Hunger in the Valley of Plenty

The special program examines the broken food system in California's San Joaquin Valley, and its health impacts for some of the state's poorest residents. It's a multiplatform partnership between KQED and The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) that paints an intimate portrait of the way families with limited means cope with issues of poor nutrition, obesity and diabetes. The programs also explore the people and organizations fighting to inject local fresh produce into the emergency food system and school lunch programs.

Fri, Oct 11, 2013 -- 2:00 AM
Fri, Oct 11, 2013 -- 2:00 AM Climate One

Corn, Cars and Cows -- Putting gasoline blended with corn in your gas tank can increase the cost of food on your kitchen table. That's the claim of farmers and ranchers who say federal policies mandating corn ethanol production raise the price of feed for American cattle, pork and poultry. Furthermore, transportation fuel including corn doesn't reduce carbon pollution much when its entire lifecycle is considered. Does corn have a place in powering America's future? How does it impact California's clean energy goals? The program hosts a discussion with Colin Carter, professor of agricultural economics at UC Davis; Neil Koehler, CEO of Pacific Ethanol; and Michael Marsh, CEO of Western United Dairymen.

Thu, Oct 10, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
Thu, Oct 10, 2013 -- 8:00 PM Climate One

Corn, Cars and Cows -- Putting gasoline blended with corn in your gas tank can increase the cost of food on your kitchen table. That's the claim of farmers and ranchers who say federal policies mandating corn ethanol production raise the price of feed for American cattle, pork and poultry. Furthermore, transportation fuel including corn doesn't reduce carbon pollution much when its entire lifecycle is considered. Does corn have a place in powering America's future? How does it impact California's clean energy goals? The program hosts a discussion with Colin Carter, professor of agricultural economics at UC Davis; Neil Koehler, CEO of Pacific Ethanol; and Michael Marsh, CEO of Western United Dairymen.

Thu, Oct 10, 2013 -- 2:00 AM
Thu, Oct 10, 2013 -- 2:00 AM Freakonomics Radio

How Much Does Your Name Matter? -- When Harvard professor Latanya Sweeney typed her name in Google one day, she noticed something strange: an ad with the heading: "Latanya Sweeney, Arrested?" But she had never been arrested -- and neither had the only other Latanya Sweeney in the U.S. So why did the ad suggest so? Thousands of Google searches later, Sweeney discovered that Googling distinctively black names is more likely to produce an ad that suggests a criminal background. In the program, host Stephen Dubner investigates the latest research on names; Steve Levitt reveals what a name says about your economic status and race; and University of Chicago political scientist Eric Oliver explains why a baby named Cody is likely to have conservative parents, while Leif was probably born into a liberal family.

Wed, Oct 9, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
Wed, Oct 9, 2013 -- 8:00 PM Freakonomics Radio

How Much Does Your Name Matter? -- When Harvard professor Latanya Sweeney typed her name in Google one day, she noticed something strange: an ad with the heading: "Latanya Sweeney, Arrested?" But she had never been arrested -- and neither had the only other Latanya Sweeney in the U.S. So why did the ad suggest so? Thousands of Google searches later, Sweeney discovered that Googling distinctively black names is more likely to produce an ad that suggests a criminal background. In the program, host Stephen Dubner investigates the latest research on names; Steve Levitt reveals what a name says about your economic status and race; and University of Chicago political scientist Eric Oliver explains why a baby named Cody is likely to have conservative parents, while Leif was probably born into a liberal family.

Sun, Oct 6, 2013 -- 6:00 PM
Sun, Oct 6, 2013 -- 6:00 PM A Conversation with Michael Krasny

Beloved radio personality Michael Krasny has spent 20 years behind the microphone as host of KQED Public Radio's Forum. In this half-hour television special, Michael sits down with Dave Iverson to discuss his career and share some of his favorite stories. Across his two decades with Forum, Michael Krasny has interviewed authors, newsmakers, politicians, world leaders, artists, entertainers and scientists.

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