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KQED Public Radio: Saturday, December 29, 2012

88.5 FM San Francisco •  89.3 FM Sacramento

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Saturday, December 29, 2012
  • 12:00 am
    All Things Considered Lunch Lady Tackles Obesity One lunch lady in Colorado has seen it all. When she started 30 years ago her school made its own ketchup. Now, food is just heat-and-serve. But the pendulum is swinging back toward more natural foods in schools, and she is caught in the middle. Kids are happy with their current lunch choices, but as Eric Whitney reports, she realizes that she can have a real role in helping reduce childhood obesity.
  • 1:00 am
    This Week in Northern California The Year in Review This Week in Northern California takes a look at some of the highs and lows of the past year in California and beyond. Guest host Scott Shafer and panelists review some of the memorable stories of 2012 in politics and the election, the economy, the environment, local culture, and make a few predictions for next year.
  • 2:00 am
    Commonwealth Club Ray Kurzweil For decades, pioneering inventor and theorist Ray Kurzweil has explored how artificial intelligence can enrich and expand human capabilities. Now he takes this exploration to the next step: reverse-engineering the brain to understand how it works, then applying that knowledge to create vastly intelligent machines. Drawing on the most recent neuroscience research, his own research and inventions in artificial intelligence, and compelling thought experiments, Kurzweil describes his new theory of how the neocortex (the thinking part of the brain) works: as a self-organizing hierarchical system of pattern recognizers. He shows how these insights could enable us to vastly extend the powers of our own mind and provides a roadmap for the creation of super-intelligence. Futurist Ray Kurzweil is author of "How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed."
  • 3:00 am
    Inside Europe Year in Review The show looks back on some of the most interesting stories on Europe. Hear about the lowdown on Europe in a bar in Ireland, why London's public servants enjoyed the Summer Olympics, a crazy Dutch ship builder with a biblical, if not antediluvian identity crisis and the Eurovision Song Contest revisited.
  • 4:00 am
    It's Your World (a broadcast of the World Affairs Council) Inside North Korea's Gulags The rogue nation of North Korea is known for its many secrets. One of the most closely guarded is that of its ill-fated labor camps which, until recently, have scarcely been documented. The program's guest is author and journalist Blaine Harden. He'll discuss the experiences of an escapee who spent his entire life in a prison camp, and who is now shedding light on the conditions of these camps.
  • 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 Heretics The story of Reverend Carlton Pearson, a renowned evangelical pastor in Tulsa, Oklahoma, who cast aside the idea of Hell, and with it everything he'd worked for over his entire life.
  • 1:00 pm
    Radio Specials Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin David Letterman & Michael Douglas -- Alec talks with late-night legend David Letterman. Letterman admits that for a good portion of the past 30 years he "didn't do anything else." Things have changed now; he has "no patience for meetings" and avoids making decisions on the show, preferring to save that energy to explore the world with his 8-year-old son. Visiting Michael Douglas at his New York apartment, the two dive into what makes a great director a smart producer, and why playing the villain is the much more satisfying part.
  • 2:00 pm
    Moyers & Company Rewriting the Story of America Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz straddles two cultures while telling the story of America's past and future.
  • 3:00 pm
  • 4:00 pm
  • 5:00 pm
  • EVENING
  • 6:00 pm
    A Prairie Home Companion So Long, 2012 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we've rounded up a few memorable moments from 2012, including visits from Joshua Bell, Brad Paisley, Suzy Bogguss, Steve Wariner, Heather Masse, Aoife O'Donovan, Sam Bush, Emmylou Harris, Punch Brothers, Sara Watkins, Joe Ely, Chuck Mead and His Grassy Knoll Boys, and much more. All that, plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band and, of course, the News from Lake Wobegon.
  • 8:00 pm
    Selected Shorts Pushing the Limits with guest host John Lithgow "You Were Perfectly Fine," by Dorothy Parker, performed by Aya Cash and David Furr "Unprotected," by Simon Rich, performed by Wyatt Cenac "The Day the Dam Broke," by James Thurber, performed by Alec Baldwin "Center of the Universe," by Simon Rich, performed by Isaiah Sheffer"The Tablecloth of Turin," by Ron Carlson, performed by Edi Gathegi
  • 9:00 pm
    This American Life Heretics The story of Reverend Carlton Pearson, a renowned evangelical pastor in Tulsa, Oklahoma, who cast aside the idea of Hell, and with it everything he'd worked for over his entire life.
  • 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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