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KQED Public Radio: Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Sunday, December 31, 2017
  • 12:00 am
    Radiolab Defying Odds Being the first (and best) at something means taking on a big hunk of risk and pushing yourself to dangerous limits. This week, stories of fool-hardy flipping and daring-dos. First, the rise and fall of a pilot whose aeronautic feats changed aviation forever. Then, we meet a figure skater who pulled a thrilling move at the Olympics that no one else (as far as we know) has ever done in all of human history.
  • 1:00 am
    Freakonomics Radio Could Solving This One Problem Solve All the Others? (Rebroadcast) Its hard to break bad habits, let alone create good ones. This week on Freakonomics Radio, an ambitious project could help you stop undermining your well-being. Heres a hint: youve got to think small.
  • 2:00 am
    To the Best of Our Knowledge Ending With a Flourish New Years celebrations are all parties and hats, songs and champagne. No one ever seems to talk about the fact that something big just ended. An entire year of life, come and gone. Shouldnt we pause to mourn, or mark its passing with a little reverence? We dont handle endings well, in general. So this hour, lets learn about how to make a good ending whether leaving a lover, quitting a job, or getting ready for the end of life itself.
  • 3:00 am
    To the Best of Our Knowledge Procrastination Procrastination can be an occasional bad habit, but it can also be a lot worse. It can lead to depression, low self-esteem, anxiety. Today, we try to answer the question, Why do we put things off and how can we stop?
  • 4:00 am
    Living On Earth Raising Turtles Life is precarious and survival uncertain for the threatened population of Blandings Turtles in Massachusetts, but biologists have enlisted local residents and school children to give them a head start in life. Locals guard the nests, kids care for hatchlings in classrooms, and that gives them a better chance of survival when theyre released back into the wild.
  • 5:00 am
  • MORNING
  • 7:00 am
  • 10:00 am
  • 11:00 am
    Live From Here with Chris Thile 2017 Highlights, with Chris Stapleton, Rachael Price and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Fiona Apple, Randy Newman, Bon Iver, Hilary Hahn, Nickel Creek, Regina Spektor, and More This week look back on a few highlights from the past year while the show prepares for their first broadcast of 2018, live from San Francisco on January 6th. It's a jam-packed mix, with music from Chris Stapleton, Rachael Price and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Fiona Apple, Randy Newman, Bon Iver, Hilary Hahn, Nickel Creek, Regina Spektor, and more, along with visits from comics Nick Offerman, Alice Wetterlund, and Tom Papa. Plus: a reading from George Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo, with the acting company, a look at First Drafts of Famous Songs, a little Bach from Punch Brothers and yMusic, and an edition of the game show Don't Talk. All that and even more, as they wrap up 2017.
  • AFTERNOON
  • 1:00 pm
    City Arts & Lectures Jeffrey Eugenides Jeffrey Eugenides bestselling novels, including Middlesex, The Marriage Plot, and The Virgin Suicides, show him to be an astute observer of the crisis of adolescence, sexual identity, self-discovery, and what it means to be an American in our times. His new short story collection Fresh Complaint continues that tradition. Ranging from the reproductive antics of Baster to the wry, moving account of a young travelers search for enlightenment in Air Mail (selected by Annie Proulx for The Best American Short Stories 1997), this collection presents characters in the midst of personal and national crises. We meet a failed poet who, envious of other peoples wealth during the real-estate bubble, becomes an embezzler; a clavichordist whose dreams of art collapse under the obligations of marriage and fatherhood; and, in Bronze, a sexually confused college freshman whose encounter with a stranger on a train leads to a revelation about his past and his future. Narratively compelling, beautifully written, and packed with a density of ideas that belie their fluid grace, "Fresh Complaint proves Eugenides to be a master of the short form as well as the long.
  • 2:00 pm
    On the Media The Feelings Show This week, On the Media considers what it means to process the news in a year of difficult headlines. Activist and philosopher Rebecca Solnit talks about finding hope in the darkness, plus a look back at the history of nihilism through the ages and how our current moment fits in.
  • 3:00 pm
    TED Radio Hour What is Beauty? Beauty surrounds us, draws us in, gives joy and creates conflict. In this hour, TED speakers conjure up beauty both ancient and modern, and suggest reasons why humans are hardwired to crave and respond to beauty.
  • 4:00 pm
  • 5:00 pm
  • EVENING
  • 6:00 pm
    Latino USA Music for the New Year Latino USA continues the tradition of ringing in the new year with the stories behind some of their favorite music. The winner of best new artist at the Latin Grammys this year, Vicente Garcia, breaks down his song Dulcito e Coco. Gabriel Garzn-Montano talks about the influences that led to his soulful style. Hear from up and coming Peruvian-American R&B artist A.CHAL. And they reveal Latino USAs new theme song composed by Xenia Rubinos.
  • 7:00 pm
    Radio Specials Toast of the Nation 2017-2018 An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s, Toast of the Nation is the perfect radio experience for the occasion. It is festive jazz you can party to, all night long. Spirited, improvised and swinging, each segment stops in a special venue throughout the country. Ring in the New Year with this special live broadcast.
  • 12:00 am
    Radio Specials Toast of the Nation 2017-2018 An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s, Toast of the Nation is the perfect radio experience for the occasion. It is festive jazz you can party to, all night long. Spirited, improvised and swinging, each segment stops in a special venue throughout the country. Ring in the New Year with this special live broadcast.
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