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February 29, 2020

Countdown to Super Tuesday 

Super Tuesday is the single richest delegate day in the 2020 primary season. Fourteen states will vote, and the biggest prizes are California and Texas. In the public radio special Countdown to Super Tuesday, we'll talk with journalists, experts and voters from those states about what to expect. We’ll talk to NPR’s election team about the major storylines culminating on that day. And, we’ll hear from experts in voter security and key party strategists about the particular challenges that candidates and parties face on March 3, 2020.  A joint production between KERA's "Think", KQED's "California Report" and public radio's Texas and California newsrooms.

February 22, 2020

Intelligence Squared U.S. - Should We Expand Nuclear Power?

For decades, the development of nuclear power has sparked staunch debate among scientists, politicians, and activists alike. Proponents claim that nuclear energy is the most effective way to combat climate change while still meeting the world's growing demand for energy. But its critics argue that expanding nuclear energy is dangerous, costly, and ill-advised. Should nuclear energy fuel our future? The debaters are Kirsty Gogan, Gregory B. Jaczko, Daniel Poneman, and Arjun Makhijani. The keynote is by Bill Nye.

February 15, 2020

Love's Labors: A Hearing Voices Special

For the weekend of Valentine's Day, host Amy Dickinson of the Chicago Tribune’s "Ask Amy," brings us a set of stories about affairs of the heart and the intricacies of intimacy.  Featuring a "Valentine" from Kevin Kling, James Rivieto's "Wedding," told by David Greenberger, Women's tales of true but tainted love, "Love & Marriage Atop the Towers," from The Kitchen Sisters, and more.

February 8, 2020

With Good Reason: American Terrorism

In 1979, members of the KKK shot and killed five labor and civil rights activists in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Aran Shetterly, who is writing a book about the incident, says it still reverberates in the racial politics of Greensboro today.  Also, The European philosophers of the Enlightenment argued that Europeans were civilized, but Africans were barbarians.  Stefan Wheelock describes how radical African American writers used those same philosophical principles to unmask the barbarism of slavery.  Plus, an exploration of one of the darkest pages of American history, the racial terror inflicted on thousands of African Americans through lynching.

February 1, 2020

APM Reports - Fading Minds: Why there's still no cure for Alzheimer's

In the late 1970s, the newly formed National Institute on Aging redefined senility as a disease – specifically, Alzheimer's disease. They said that with enough support they could find a cure, but after 40 years and billions of dollars, there is still no treatment. In this hour, we hear from people who shaped early Alzheimer's research, we explore promising dementia treatments that have received short shrift because it's hard to make money on them, and we look at racial disparities in dementia and what they can tell us about why people develop cognitive problems as they age.

Brian is a Spokane native who has been interested in sound technology ever since playing with a reel-to-reel deck as a kid. He learned radio broadcasting on KSFC, before it was part of Spokane Public Radio but still was part of the broadcasting program at Spokane Falls Community College. Brian also studied radio at Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Oregon, where he featured new age and fusion jazz on his own show. He admits that at heart he is a news junkie, which fits in well with his work Saturday mornings as regional host for NPR's Morning Edition.
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