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 6, 2017

October 28, 2017

His Blue Heaven: A Fats Domino Appreciation

Fats Domino, the pioneering rock 'n' roll legend, passed away Tuesday, October 24 of natural causes at the age of 89.  Music historian and documentarian Paul Ingles brings us this special that showcases Fat's legendary performances.  It is a music-intensive hour with heart-felt and informational commentary from Gwen Thompkins, Anthony DeCurtis, Scott Freiman, Nick Spitzer, Ben Sandmill, Rick Coleman and others.

September Programs

Aug 30, 2017

September 30, 2017

Intelligence Squared U.S.
Face-Off with China: Foreign Policy in the Trump Era

Against the backdrop of North Korea's nuclear advances and escalating regional tensions, we ask: How should the U.S. respond to its most urgent national security threats? Staged with our new "Unresolved" debate format, the debaters argue for or against a number of motions including: Is Donald Trump making China great again? Is China destined for regional dominance? And can we strike a deal with Beijing to contain North Korea’s nuclear program? The debaters are Ian Bremmer, Elizabeth Economy, Noah Feldman, and David Shambaugh.

August Programs

Aug 4, 2017

August 26, 2017

APM Reports: Thirsty Planet

Scientists say most people on Earth will first experience climate change in terms of water – either too much or too little. This documentary explores some of the most salient problems and solutions regarding water by visiting two countries where water issues are critical: India and Israel.

July Programs

Jul 13, 2017

July 29, 2017

2017 Re:sound Specials from the Third Coast Audio Festival
The Cold Show - This time on Re:sound, an hour of audio air conditioning — we’re turning down the thermostat and ushering in stories that give us the chills.

June Programs

Jun 2, 2017

June 24, 2017

America Abroad
Beyond the Border: The Future of U.S.- Mexico Relations

Much of President Trump’s populist support comes from people who are deeply worried about globalization and immigration. But Donald Trump’s pro-border wall, anti-NAFTA stance has strained US- Mexico relations. Can the two nations find common ground and work past the rhetoric? Join host Joshua Johnson for a lively town hall discussion linking experts and audiences in Washington, DC and Mexico City. The program was recorded on May 11, 2017.

May Programs

May 4, 2017

May 27, 2017

2017 Re:sound Specials from the Third Coast Audio Festival
The Uninvited Guests Show - This hour on Re:sound, uninvited guests like old lovers, irrational fears and the annoying habits that keep us up at night.

April Programs

Apr 1, 2017

April 29, 2017

Climate One Radio's National Magazine:
Does Greening the Economy Leave Some People Behind?

Cities are leading the way in the greening of America’s economy. From urban parks and farms to microgrids and living buildings, dynamic urban planning can adapt to changing coastlines and severe weather delivered by a volatile climate. But there’s a risk that green-living innovations become solely the domain of a privileged urban elite. On today’s show we hear how issues from transit to housing to jobs are all affected by our changing climate, and how states like California are working to ensure that everyone benefits from a greener economy.

March Programs

Mar 2, 2017

March 25, 2017

Intelligence Squared U.S.
Are Charter Schools Overrated?

In the 25 years since Minnesota passed the first charter school law, these publicly funded but privately operated schools have become a highly sought-after alternative to traditional public education. Many charter schools boast of high test scores, strict academic expectations, and high graduation rates. Opponents argue that charters, which are subject to fewer regulations and less oversight, lack accountability, and take much-needed resources from public schools. Are charter schools overrated? The debaters are Gary Miron, Jeanne Allen, Julian Vasquez Heilig, and Gerard Robinson.

February Programs

Feb 3, 2017

February 25, 2017

The View from Room 205

The View from Room 205 is a one-hour documentary that takes an unflinching look at the intersection of poverty and education in this country. It tells the story of a fourth grade classroom at William Penn Elementary, a public school in one of the nation’s poorest neighborhoods, North Lawndale on Chicago’s West Side. The documentary weaves together human stories in the school, from the children to their teacher to the principal, and pulls back to explain the big picture. It looks at poverty’s hold on school achievement and explores the unintended consequences of a core belief driving school reform today – that poverty is no excuse for low achievement.

January Programs

Jan 6, 2017

January 28, 2017

America Abroad: U.S.-Russia Relations in the Trump Era

This time on America Abroad, a look at at the post-election state of the US relationship with Russia. We'll explore the cyber warfare and the security strategies on both sides; We'll discuss Russia's relationship with NATO and its interests in the Baltics; And we'll hear how people in Russia view the US, Putin, and their country's long economic recession.

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