April Programs

Apr 27, 2019

April 27, 2019

Re:sound — The Stupid Pet Tricks Show

This hour, stories dedicated to our furry and not-so-furry friends.

April 20, 2019

Threshold - Earth Day Special

What is the Arctic? Who lives there? How are their lives changing as the climate warms? In this Earth Day Special, we take listeners on a three-part journey across the polar north, drawing on our 18 months of research and reporting in all eight Arctic countries.

Part I: On Grímsey Island, Iceland, an eight-ton concrete ball maps the path of the Arctic Circle as it moves an average of 14 meters each year.

Part II: The island town of Shishmaref, Alaska is only about a quarter of a mile wide, and thanks to the effects of climate change, it’s getting smaller each year. The town has voted to relocate to the mainland, but they need help to make the move. So far, no one seems to be listening.

Part III: The Greenland ice sheet is basically a giant ice cube the size of Alaska. What happens when it melts? We spent five days camping out on the ice with a team of scientists who are trying to find out.

April 13, 2019

Two Years With Franz

What if you have a story that's really complicated, and you have 546 tapes to listen to, and you get obsessed and don't know where to stop? All of those things were true for "Two Years with Franz."

The "Two Years" refers to the two years of tapes recorded by the Pulitzer-winning poet Franz Wright before his death, AND the two years Bianca Giaever spent listening to them. This is a story of art and love, of madness and beauty, of youth and age and death.

April 6, 2019

Intelligence Squared U.S.
Unresolved: The Techonomic Cold War With China

President Xi Jinping has made it clear: When it comes to big data, advanced weaponry, and other innovations in tech and AI, China has plans to surpass the United States as the world’s next techonomic superpower. But between the trade war with the U.S., the ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, and an array of domestic challenges, are China’s goals outpacing its capacity? Or is China building and investing in strategic partnerships that will push the country toward global dominance? The debaters are Ian Bremmer, Michèle Flournoy, Yasheng Huang, Parag Khanna, and Susan Thornton.