Director's Choice

KSFC: Saturday 6pm-7pm

Every week you'll discover interesting programs on Director's Choice.  It's a showcase for some of the best public radio has to offer.  You'll hear documentaries, one-off programs, limited-run series, and other great shows that you might not hear otherwise.  Hand-picked by Brian Lindsey, you can tune in each Saturday evening at 6 for informative and sometimes eclectic radio. 

Director's Choice, Saturday's at 6pm on KSFC 91.9.

October Programs

Oct 11, 2018

October 13, 2018

Intelligence Squared U.S.
Unresolved: U.S. National Security

For the United States, tensions are rising with both allies and adversaries. What does this mean for U.S. national security? Staged in our "unresolved" format, five esteemed foreign policy thought leaders will argue for or against a number of motions revolving around some of America’s most pressing national security issues, including: Is NATO no longer fit for purpose? Is the Russia threat overblown? And is it time to take a hard line on Iran? The debaters are Derek Chollet, John J. Mearsheimer, Stephen F. Cohen, Kori Schake, and Reuel Marc Gerecht.

September Programs

Sep 1, 2018

September 29, 2018

The Pulse: How Schools Shape Health

School is a place where kids learn about health — everything from nutrition to avoiding STDs. But increasingly, schools across the country are taking a stronger role in health issues affecting students. They’re providing basic medical care and counseling, and even tackling major public health problems like traumatic stress. In this episode, we explore how health issues affect education, and the role schools should play in caring for kids’ health.

August Programs

Aug 3, 2018

August 25, 2018

Studio 360 American Icons:
Amazing Grace, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Spoon River Anthology

How “Amazing Grace,” a song written by a slave trader, came to be a civil rights anthem. Plus, a novel that featured “Amazing Grace” and helped popularize it, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Harriet Beecher Stowe’s book helped promote the abolitionist cause, yet the term Uncle Tom became a pejorative for people who betray their race. And far from glorifying small-town life, Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology shocked readers when it came out in 1915 and tackled subjects like suicide and sex.

July Programs

Jul 6, 2018

July 28, 2018

Studio 360 American Icons: Harley Davidson, Georgia O'Keefe, Jimi Hendrix

It's not the fastest motorcycle or the fanciest, but to many Americans, a motorcycle is a Harley-Davidson. O’Keeffe painted cow and deer skulls floating over delicate abstract landscapes of the New Mexico desert. Hendrix’s performance of the national anthem at Woodstock hit like a shock wave; with its distortion and chaos, it sounded like a rupture in something sacred.

June Programs

Jun 1, 2018

June 30, 2018

Studio 360 American Icons: The Disney Parks

Studio 360's American Icons highlights milestones in American culture -- works that define and redefine what it means to be American. Hosted by Kurt Anderson. In this episode futurist Cory Doctorow explains the genius of Disney World, while novelist Carl Hiaasen even hates the water there. Kurt tours Disneyland with a second-generation “imagineer” whose dead mother haunts the Haunted Mansion. We’ll meet a former Snow White and the man who married Prince Charming — Disney, he says, is “the gayest place on Earth. It’s where happy lives.”

May Programs

May 4, 2018

May 26, 2018

The Pulse: The Difference a Gun Makes

A gun can change a moment, a life, a family, an entire neighborhood. Like a catalyst in a chemical reaction, guns have a unique ability to transform the calculus of a situation. A gun can make you feel safe. Sometimes it’s symbol of cultural identity. It also has the power to destroy. On this episode of The Pulse, a look at the difference a gun makes. We find out what a smart gun is — and why some people hate it. We meet an emergency doctor who says it’s time for her colleagues to get more comfortable with guns. We learn about Trigger Warning, an LGBTQ gun club founded by a former pacifist. And we hear the ways a gun changes a life — from a young man shot on the streets of Philadelphia, to a domestic violence survivor escaping her abuser.

April Programs

Apr 16, 2018

April 28, 2018

America Abroad: Islam and the Cosmos

Back in the Golden Age of Islam, Muslim astronomers began studying the skies to improve their religious practice: when to pray, how to face Mecca… Then, they solved more scientific questions, and European thinkers were drawn to learn from them. Now, in a new era of space exploration, how will Muslim scholars work with the rest of the world to advance scientific thought - while remaining faithful to their traditions?

March Programs

Feb 28, 2018

March 31, 2018

Intelligence Squared U.S.
Does Humanitarian Intervention Do More Harm Than Good?

The international community currently faces a global refugee crisis and mass atrocities in Iraq, Myanmar, Syria, Yemen, and beyond. How should the West respond? Proponents of humanitarian intervention – the use of force to halt human rights abuses – argue that the world’s most powerful militaries have a responsibility to protect innocent civilians around the world. But opponents argue that military intervention is a form of imperialism, and that it often worsens the conflicts it sets out to solve. The debaters are Frank Ledwidge, Bernard Kouchner, Rajan Menon, and Kori Schake.

February Programs

Feb 2, 2018

February 24, 2018

Truth, Politics and Power: Gun Rights and Gun Control

As the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, reignites the debate on guns, we've updated our “Gun Rights and Gun Control” episode of Truth Politics and Power.  The program was produced after a gunman murdered dozens in Las Vegas last fall.  Host Neal Conan delves into the history of the debate between gun rights and gun control with UCLA constitutional law specialist Adam Winkler, author of “Gun Fight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America.”  The Founding Fathers required every adult white male to own a musket, and bring it to musters where it was inspected and registered.  On the next Truth Politics and Power, how a duty for community self defense evolved into an individual right to bear arms and how the laws changed with both weapons technology and the rise of the National Rifle Association.  Plus a conversation on restrictions on research into guns and gun deaths.

January Programs

Jan 11, 2018

January 27, 2018

Intelligence Squared U.S.
Unresolved: America's Economic Outlook

By most accounts, the American economy is booming, but just what is driving this upturn? And can Americans trust that current economic conditions will hold up in the months ahead? In our season premiere, five esteemed economic thinkers debate the state of the American economy, from tax cuts to trade policy. At the conclusion of the Trump administration’s first year, we’ll ask: Is deregulation driving the booming economy? Can the Republican tax bill spur economic growth? And is the stock market too high? The debaters are: Jason Furman, Simon Johnson, Stephen Moore, Dambisa Moyo, and Gillian Tett.

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