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KQED Public Radio: Saturday, December 21, 2013

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Saturday, December 21, 2013
  • 12:00 am
    All Things Considered Space Walk: Astronauts With Snorkels On Saturday, astronauts will conduct the first in a series of lengthy space walks to attempt to fix a part of the Space Station's cooling system. The problem has its roots in stuck valves, and shows the challenges of swapping things out in space. Also, why will the astronauts be carrying snorkels? In short: to keep from drowning.
  • 1:00 am
    KQED Newsroom NSA Surveillance Programs Under Fire Pressure on the Obama administration to overhaul the National Security Agency's controversial surveillance program reached an all-time high. In a week when Silicon Valley executives, including the CEOs of Apple, Yahoo and Google, met with President Obama urging him to reign in the NSA's practices, a panel of advisers appointed by the president recommended major oversight of the program. That followed on the heels of a federal court ruling Monday which questioned the constitutionality of the agency's wholesale collection of personal cell phone data.
  • 1:30 am
    Washington Week The Bipartisan Budget Deal After a relatively unproductive legislative year, Congress begins its holiday recess with a rare bipartisan budget deal. Susan Davis of USA Today will explain why the two-year federal budget minimizes but does not completely eliminate the threat of a government shutdown.
  • 2:00 am
    Commonwealth Club U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell Increasingly, corporations and public officials are starting to measure the economic impact of well-functioning ecosystems. For example, streams clean water and wetlands can buffer communities from storm surges. At the same time, the United States is experiencing an energy boom and domestic production of fossil fuels is rising as part of President Obama's "all of the above" energy strategy. U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell appears in conversation with Greg Dalton, founder and host of Climate One.
  • 3:00 am
    Inside Europe Reconciliation in Northern Ireland? In Belfast, peace talks between nationalists and unionists have been taking place all week. Despite the sharp decline in violence, much of Northern Ireland still remains deeply divided and a recent spate of unrest has done nothing to assuage peoples fears that 15 years on from the Good Friday agreements, the country is still not healing. The show travels to West Belfast to meet a new initiative that is trying to build co-operation between Catholics and Protestants.
  • 4:00 am
    It's Your World (a broadcast of the World Affairs Council) Seeking Refuge: Palestinians in a Changing Middle East While the civil war and resulting refugee crisis in Syria has grabbed headlines recently, a longer-term refugee crisis continues. For over 60 years, Palestinian refugees have lived across the region. Many were seeking refuge in Syria and have been forced to move once again. Are there lessons to be learned from the ongoing plight of Palestinian refugees in the international community's response to the Syrian crisis? The program's guest is Filippo Grandi, commissioner-general for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees.
  • 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 The Thought That Counts It's the thought that counts. Unfortunately, sometimes it's not always so clear what that thought was. And sometimes, when it is clear, we wish it wasn't. This week, during this, the season of giving, This American Life turns the spotlight on the givers and exactly whatever it was they could've possibly been thinking.
  • 1:00 pm
    Radiolab The Good Show In this episode, a question that haunted Charles Darwin: if natural selection boils down to survival of the fittest, how do you explain why one creature might stick its neck out for another? The standard view of evolution is that living things are shaped by cold-hearted competition. And there is no doubt that today's plants and animals carry the genetic legacy of ancestors who fought fiercely to survive and reproduce. But might there also be a logic behind sharing, niceness, kindness, or even, self-sacrifice? Is altruism an aberration, or just an elaborate guise for sneaky self-interest? Do we really live in a selfish, dog-eat-dog world? Or has evolution carved out a hidden code that rewards genuine cooperation?
  • 2:00 pm
    Radio Specials Jonathan Winters' 'A Christmas Carol' We present an updated version of a public radio tradition hosted by NPR's Susan Stamberg. Master comedian Jonathan Winters presents a distinctive reading of Dickens' holiday classic, with a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations.
  • 3:00 pm
    Moyers & Company Incarceration Nation America's prison population has exploded from 300,000 to more than 2 million today due to harsh sentencing policies and the 40-year-old war on drugs. This week, Bill Moyers speaks to civil rights lawyer and legal scholar Michelle Alexander about why we need to end our system of mass incarceration. The program also includes an excerpt from the film "Susan" by Tessa Blake and Emma Hewitt. It tells the story of former California inmate Susan Burton who built an organization in Los Angeles devoted to helping formerly incarcerated women rebuild their lives.
  • 4:00 pm
    Living On Earth Capitol Hill's Bid for Bike Safety Cyclists and pedestrians account for nearly 16 percent of all highway deaths yet receive just 1 percent of safety related funding. The founder of the Congressional Bike Caucus, Oregon Democrat Earl Blumenauer, tells host Steve Curwood that a new Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act he introduced to Congress could change the priorities.
  • 5:00 pm
  • EVENING
  • 6:00 pm
    A Prairie Home Companion In Merry Measure The program broadcasts from The Town Hall in New York City. Special guests include pianist Rob Fisher, Bensonhurst carolers The DiGiallonardo Sisters and vocalists Heather Masse and Aoife O'Donovan.
  • 8:00 pm
    Selected Shorts Ho Ho Huh? A Christmas Special First, two very different family Christmases: Ron Carlson's "The H Street Sledding Record," read by Keith Szarabajka, and Frank O'Connor's "Christmas Morning," read by Malachy McCourt. Then a whimsical comedy from the 1930s, George Shepherd's "Occurrence on the Six Seventeen," read by Tony Roberts. And humorist Calvin Trillin is dreaming of "Christmas in Qatar."
  • 9:00 pm
    This American Life The Thought That Counts It's the thought that counts. Unfortunately, sometimes it's not always so clear what that thought was. And sometimes, when it is clear, we wish it wasn't. This week, during this, the season of giving, This American Life turns the spotlight on the givers and exactly whatever it was they could've possibly been thinking.
  • 10:00 pm
    The Moth Radio Hour Blue Men, Psychopaths and a Bad Date After many years in the legendary Blue Man Group, a performer makes a profound connection with an audience member. Saturday Night Live alum Rachel Dratch meets a debonair man at a cocktail party and dares to think he might be Mr. Right. And a world-renowned neuroscientist identifies patterns in the brains of psychopathic killers.
  • 11:00 pm
  • 12:00 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.
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