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KQED Public Radio: Saturday, December 22, 2012

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Saturday, December 22, 2012
  • 12:00 am
    All Things Considered Next Moves on the Fiscal Cliff A day after House Speaker John Boehner's inability to get his own Republican caucus behind a bill he hoped to use as a bargaining platform, no clear path to a resolution of the "fiscal cliff" has emerged. NPR's Tamara Keith reports.
  • 1:00 am
  • 2:00 am
    Commonwealth Club Biographer Jon Meacham Thomas Jefferson hated confrontation, and yet, according to Jon Meacham, his understanding of power and human nature enabled him to prevail. In his biography of Jefferson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author brings to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power" gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson's genius, Meacham argues, was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously.
  • 3:00 am
    Inside Europe The Voice of Assisi The so-called "Voice of Assisi" has a track from an album riding high in the classical album charts round the world in the run-up to Christmas this year. But just as the Artist formerly known as Prince has a real name, so too does the Voice of Assisi. It's Alessandro Brustenghi, a 34-year-old Franciscan friar. The new Italian tenor superstar spends much of his days in prayer, making lecterns in his carpentry workshop and giving spiritual advice to pilgrims who come to the place where Saint Francis founded his holy order 800 years ago.
  • 4:00 am
    It's Your World (a broadcast of the World Affairs Council) Ending the Hunger Cycle in Africa The idea of a "hungry farmer" should be an oxymoron. However among smallholder farmers in Africa for whom agricultural practices have not changed since the 1930's, most do not produce enough to feed their families. Consequently every year they face what in Kenya is known as the wanjala -- the hunger season -- between when food from the previous harvest has run out and the next one is ready. Join Roger Thurow for an exploration of the year he spent following four farming families in Western Kenya as they tried to dramatically change their farming techniques in an attempt to increase their harvest, and the challenges facing individual farmers striving to increase food production, as well as the macro-problems facing our global food supply chain. Roger Thurow is Fellow for Global Agriculture and Food Policy with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
  • 5:00 am
  • MORNING
  • 7:00 am
    Weekend Edition
    Perspectives7:36am & 8:36am

  • 9:00 am
  • 10:00 am
    Car Talk Click and Clack tackle the tougher questions of the automobile world.
  • 11:00 am
    Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me This quiz show takes a fresh, fast-paced and irreverent look at the week's events. NPR veteran newscaster Carl Kassell is the program's judge, scorekeeper, and quiz show impersonator extraordinaire.
  • AFTERNOON
  • 12:00 pm
    This American Life Lights, Camera, Christmas This holiday season the program presents a show filled with stories of people going to great lengths to throw a special Christmas for their families. Included are tales of Luna the guinea pig, Bambi the reindeer and Jeko the super-powerful (and somewhat-scary) Christmas elf.
  • 1:00 pm
    Radio Specials Here's The Thing with Alec Baldwin Lorne Michaels and Erica & Molly Jong -- Alec Baldwin visits Lorne Michaels in his office at Rockefeller Center - the same office he's had since 1975, when he created "Saturday Night Live." Alec also talks with writer Erica Jong and her daughter Molly Jong-Fast as they spar about sex, the legacy of the feminist movement and the impact of divorce on children.
  • 2:00 pm
    Moyers & Company What We Can Learn From Lincoln One reason so many people are disillusioned by the state of things in America -- even more so after the terror in Newtown -- is that our political system hasn't produced consistently good results in a long time. We've forgotten that democracy is supposed to be about addressing our problems through a political system that encourages bargaining, compromise and progress. Except for taking us to war, showering largesse on the privileged and powerful, and courting donors instead of representing voters, Washington politics promotes gridlock, paralysis and stalemate. Bill Moyers finds hope in the movie "Lincoln." Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner, who wrote the film's screenplay, joins Bill to talk about finding the man inside the monument.
  • 3:00 pm
  • 4:00 pm
    Living On Earth Looking East The program's holiday special this year features Asian-American storytellers. Brenda Wong Aoki, a performer with roots in China, Japan and Europe, remembers a summer she spent helping her grandfather collect seaweed off the Monterey coast. And Hmong-American storyteller Tou Ger Xiong tells his family's true tale of escaping persecution in Laos by crossing the Mekong River.
  • 5:00 pm
  • EVENING
  • 6:00 pm
    A Prairie Home Companion Christmas in New York The show broadcasts from the Town Hall in New York City. Special guests include Broadway leading lady Kelli O'Hara, Bensonhurst harmonizers The DiGiallonardo Sisters, pianist and conductor Rob Fisher and cellist Anneke Schaul-Yoder.
  • 8:00 pm
    Selected Shorts A Passion for Central Park Leonard Nimoy reads "The Colossus of New York" by Colson Whitehead; Eric Poindexter reads "Bad Boy" by Walter Dean Myers; Debra Monk reads "My Little Bit of Country" by Susan Cheever; and Bartlett Giamatti reads his own "The Green Fields of the Mind."
  • 9:00 pm
    This American Life Lights, Camera, Christmas This holiday season the program presents a show filled with stories of people going to great lengths to throw a special Christmas for their families. Included are tales of Luna the guinea pig, Bambi the reindeer and Jeko the super-powerful (and somewhat-scary) Christmas elf.
  • 10:00 pm
    Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me This quiz show takes a fresh, fast-paced and irreverent look at the week's events. NPR veteran newscaster Carl Kassell is the program's judge, scorekeeper, and quiz show impersonator extraordinaire.
  • 11:00 pm
  • 12:00 am
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