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KQED Public Radio: Saturday, January 18, 2014

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Saturday, January 18, 2014
  • 12:00 am
    All Things Considered California Drought Emergency California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency on Friday, amid growing concerns about future water supplies for residents and for farmers. California and other Western states have been in the midst of a severe dry spell, with reservoir levels and snowpack in the Sierra Nevada well below normal for this time of year. Brown called for a 20 percent voluntary reduction in water use and eased water transfer rights between farmers. However, mandatory measures will still be left to local communities to impose, for now.
  • 1:00 am
    KQED Newsroom Gov. Brown Declares Drought Emergency Gov. Jerry Brown declared an official drought Friday, Jan. 17. Last year was the driest year on record in California, and forecasters don't see many rain clouds on the horizon. With the snowpack meager and reservoirs low, water officials and legislators are debating what to do before it's too late.
  • 1:30 am
    Washington Week Obama Announces NSA Reforms President Obama announced on Friday his recommendations to revamp government surveillance practices. He proposed stricter oversight of the National Security Agency's domestic operations and the NSA surveillance of foreign allied leaders. Peter Baker of The New York Times will report on the president's plan to reform the NSA operations to better protect Americans' privacy while still being mindful of national security concerns.
  • 2:00 am
    Commonwealth Club Can Psychedelics Effectively Treat PTSD? Could MDMA, also known as ecstasy, effectively treat or possibly even cure post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD)? The program's guest is Dr. Richard Rockefeller, former board member at Rockefeller University and former chair of the U.S. Advisory Board for Doctors Without Borders. Dr. Rockefeller says yes - or at least a very strong maybe. He says studies involving a small number of people with moderate to severe treatment-resistant PTSD found most subjects were improved after three treatments with medical-quality ecstasy. He's cautiously optimistic about the prospect of psychedelic medicine, which he believes could heal the trauma in millions from Darfur to the former Yugoslavia. FDA-approved trials of therapy with ecstasy began in 2004, and Dr. Rockefeller believes the U.S. government will eventually approve using the drug for serious medical treatment if research on larger numbers bears out these early findings. What are the possible downsides to this research and what safeguards should be in place to govern it?
  • 3:00 am
    Inside Europe France's Changing Attitudes Towards Politicians' Affairs In a press conference on Tuesday, French president Franois Hollande refused to answer questions about his alleged affair with an actress and whether his girlfriend, who was recovering from the shock in the hospital, was still France's First Lady. Private matters must be dealt with in private, the president said. But, as John Laurenson reports from Paris, traditional French tolerance towards their leaders' sexual misdemeanors is changing.
  • 4:00 am
    World Affairs Hydrofracking: Risks and Rewards A little over a decade ago, "hydrofracking" - also known as "fracking" - was created. Fracking is the injection of pressurized water and chemicals into shale to release trapped oil. Though it promises energy surplus, fracking comes with its own environmental costs. Alex Prud'homme has researched the impact fracking has on drinking water quality, producing a guide which weighs the evidence both for and against fracking. Prud'homme will bring clarity to a debate that, in his words, "has been exacerbated by an absence of hard data and an excess of hyperbole on both sides."
  • 5:00 am
  • 7:00 am
    Weekend Edition
    Perspectives7:36am & 8:36am

  • 9:00 am
  • 10:00 am
    The Best of 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.
  • 12:00 pm
    This American Life Starting From Scratch The show features stories of people starting over, sometimes because they want to, other times because they have to.
  • 1:00 pm
    Radiolab Stress Stress may save your life if you're being chased by a tiger. But if you're stuck in traffic, it may be more likely to make you sick. Radiolab takes a long hard look at the body's system for getting out of trouble. Stanford University neurologist Dr. Robert Sapolsky takes listeners through what happens on our insides when we stand in the wrong line at the supermarket, and offers a few coping strategies: gnawing on wood, beating the crap out of somebody, and having friends.
  • 2:00 pm
    Radio Specials State of the Re:Union The American Crossroads: Tulsa, Oklahoma -- Tulsa, Oklahoma sits at a crossroads of American identities. The show travels to the middle of Middle America to see what happens when these identities collide. Along the way, the program explores one of the country's deadliest race riots, a story that has been suppressed for 90 years; spends time in a native community that's resurrecting a language teetering on the edge of extinction; and visits a shrine for undocumented immigrants in a state with some of the harshest immigration laws in the nation.
  • 3:00 pm
    Moyers & Company Neil deGrasse Tyson on Science, Religion and the Universe A new poll by Pew Research has found that one-third of Americans do not believe in evolution, with Republicans far less likely to believe that humans evolved over time than Democrats. That may be why the teaching of evolution to children continues to be an often temper-flaming debate. In states like Texas, some public school students are opening their biology textbooks to find evolution described as "dogma" and an "unproved theory." While astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson believes all individuals have a right to their own beliefs, he's passionate about what should be taught in science class - science.
  • 3:30 pm
    Radio Specials MLK: Three Landmarks Speeches This special program presents three key speeches of American civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., excerpted and commented on by two leading King scholars: Dr. Vincent Harding, professor of religion and social transformation at Illiff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado and a personal friend and speech writing colleague of Dr. King in the 1960s; and Dr. Clayborne Carson, who at Coretta Scott King's request, has been directing the King Papers Project since 1985. Dr. Carson established the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford University in 2005. The speeches these scholars chose were... King's last address, the night before his assassination in Memphis in April, 1968. Also, the speech he made a year to the day before he was killed, called "Beyond Vietnam," in which Dr. King came out publicly and explicitly in opposition to the Vietnam War. And from March of 1965, Dr. King's remarks that he made at the conclusion of the Selma to Montgomery marches, considered a turning point in the struggle for Voting Rights and equality for African Americans.
  • 4:00 pm
    Living On Earth 'Risky Business' Aims to Quantify Climate Change Risks Billionaire and green activist Tom Steyer has partnered up with former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulsen to form an organization called Risky Business. Steyer tells host Steve Curwood the mission of the organization is to quantify the growing risks of climate change.
  • 5:00 pm
  • 6:00 pm
    The Show with Chris Thile Back to Frozen St. Paul This week, the show broadcasts from its home base in St. Paul, The Fitzgerald Theater. Special guests include eclectic Ukranian quartet DakhaBrakha and blues vocalist Hilary Thavis.
  • 8:00 pm
    Selected Shorts Eccentrics Guest host Stephen Colbert presents an hour of stories including "At the Anarchists Convention" by John Sayles, performed by Jerry Stiller; and "The Falls" by George Saunders, performed by Rene Auberjonois.
  • 9:00 pm
    This American Life Good Guys Lots of men think of themselves as "good guys." But what does it actually take to be one? To be a truly good guy. Stories of valiant men attempting to do good in challenging circumstances: in war zones, department stores, public buses, and at the bottom of a cave 900 feet underground.
  • 10:00 pm
    The Moth Radio Hour A Wrestler, an Exoneree and a Nurse A little boy and his grandma attend a pro-wrestling match in 1955; a prisoner is contacted by a girl who says she's his daughter; a high school principal goes above and beyond with a needy student; a teenager has a life changing experience during an internship at a hospital; and an experienced nurse has to act fast to save a life.
  • 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.
Saturday, January 18, 2014

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