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Every week, KQED airs some of the best programs from independent radio producers and public radio networks around the world.

Coming up on Radio Specials:

Thu, Jan 18, 2018 -- 8:00 PM
Thu, Jan 18, 2018 -- 8:00 PM Best of the Best: The 2017 Third Coast Festival Broadcast: Part 1

Best of the Best presents the winners of our 17th annual Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. From more than 600 entries, eleven were chosen as winners that they cant wait to share. Meticulously crafted and lovingly produced, these stories intrigue, inform and inspire. In this two-part special, host Gwen Macsai presents the top radio and podcast stories of the year.

Thu, Jan 18, 2018 -- 2:00 AM
Thu, Jan 18, 2018 -- 2:00 AM Warrior Diplomats: A Look into US Special Operations (rebroadcast)

Since 9/11 the US military has been aggressively fighting terrorism all over the world, increasingly using the most elite units. Unlike most conventional forces, special operations soldiers are given plenty of freedom to solve complex problems out in the field. Theyve had enormous success -- and yet theres no end to wars in the Middle East.



Recently on Radio Specials:

Wed, Jan 17, 2018 -- 8:00 PM
Wed, Jan 17, 2018 -- 8:00 PM America Abroad: Warrior Diplomats: A Look into US Special Operations (rebroadcast)

Since 9/11 the US military has been aggressively fighting terrorism all over the world, increasingly using the most elite units. Unlike most conventional forces, special operations soldiers are given plenty of freedom to solve complex problems out in the field. Theyve had enormous success -- and yet theres no end to wars in the Middle East.

Sun, Jan 14, 2018 -- 7:30 PM
Sun, Jan 14, 2018 -- 7:30 PM How I Built This with Guy Raz: Tony Hsieh Founder of Zappos

Guy Raz talks to Tony Hsieh, founder of Zappos. Hsieh made millions off the dot-com boom. But he didn't make his mark until he built Zappos a customer service company that "happens to sell shoes." Now Zappos is worth over a billion dollars and known for its completely unorthodox management style.

Sun, Jan 14, 2018 -- 7:00 PM
Sun, Jan 14, 2018 -- 7:00 PM Planet Money Goes to Space

It used to be that satellites were the size of a school bus and cost a half billion dollars. But the space business is changing. Private companies are competing to get tiny satellites into orbit, driving the cost down. Commercial rockets are launching around the world, carrying So we, thought, what about podcasts? Who speaks for them? Why can't they go, too? Today on the show, we go looking for our own satellite. Along the way, we meet the father of the satellite revolution, who scaled spacecraft down to the size of a box that could hold a beanie baby, and started a revolution in orbit. We visit a satellite conference and make a few offers. And we go to Planet Labs in San Francisco, a little startup that is sending up hundreds of satellites.

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