Thanksgiving 2021

Nov 23, 2021

Thanksgiving Day On KPBX

Tune in to your radio to KPBX 91.1, listen on your smartspeaker, or stream us as you bake, baste and gather.

Verne Windham continues the tradition of a morning of showtunes to sing along with while preparing the feast. The celebration continues throughout the weekend with local programs sharing stories and song with dear friends. 

September Programs

Sep 3, 2021

September 4, 2021

Who Wants to Be a Teacher?
APM Reports 2021 Fall Education Documentary

Many schools around the country are struggling to find teachers. The problem is particularly acute at rural and urban schools. At the same time, enrollment in teacher training programs at colleges and universities is plummeting, and schools are looking to other sources to fill classrooms – including in Texas where schools are turning to for-profit teacher training. Nearly 1 in 4 of teachers hired in Texas last year came through a single for-profit online program – which is making its way into other states. We look at the implications of these changes, both for children and the teaching force.

May Programs

May 20, 2021

May 22, 2021

Spotlight on Rethinking Mental Health Care
In this two part series from Call to Mind, you'll hear an honest critique of the nation’s mental health care shortcomings, while highlighting tangible solutions and models for improving access and quality of care.

Hour Two: Reinventing the Future of Mental Health Care.

Preventative mental health care is effective and can prevent early symptoms from becoming chronic illnesses. What will it take to reform the nation’s care systems and policies so that people get the wholistic care they need to prevent a crisis?

April Programs

Apr 9, 2021

April 24, 2021

Witness History: The Environment

A special hour-long edition of Witness History from the BBC World Service. Remarkable stories of the history of the environmental movement, told by the people who were there. Selected from the BBC’s Witness History program, we hear about the major moments that changed our understanding of the planet we live on.

March Programs

Mar 25, 2021
Intelligence Squared U.S.

March 27, 2021

Intelligence Squared U.S.
Debate: Has the GOP Lost It's Way?

What should the Republican party look like after Donald Trump? For many prominent establishment figures, including those behind The Lincoln Project, the GOP has lost its way. The only way back, they say, is to purge the forces that brought Trump to power. But others warn that rejecting the millions of voters who supported the former president is the wrong call for the American right. Featuring Jeff Flake, Carlos Curbelo, Ben Domenech, Kimberley A. Strassel and host John Donvan.

February Programs

Feb 4, 2021

February 27, 2021

BBC World Questions: The Politics of Covid-19

As we approach a year of the pandemic, World Questions will debate how politics has been affected by the Coronavirus. Some countries have been hit much harder than others. How has democracy fared? Jonny Dymond and an international panel of experts and political leaders debate questions put to them by the public around the world.

January Programs

Jan 28, 2021

Januaury 31, 2021

Ultimate Fugitive

This is a story about an Ultimate player trying to outrun his past.  When he stopped running, he was in Eugene, Oregon.  Where for the next four years he hid in plain sight.  How did he do it?  Turns out, some people knew and kept his secret.  Others didn’t know a thing but unwittingly became part of his disguise.  How did two Eugene communities intentionally and unintentionally keep Jahson Marryshow's secret?  And how did Jahson change? 

Written, produced, and narrated by Ida Hardin.

December Programs

Dec 9, 2020
Alison Rosa

December 26, 2020

The Keepers: Archiving the Now with Host Frances McDormand

A new hour-long special from The Kitchen Sisters and PRX with host, Academy Award-winner Frances McDormand. Stories of can-do people. Must-do people. Get-it-done people. People who are grappling with the now, with where we are and where we’ve got to get to. As the world we all knew unravels and communities begin to re-shape themselves, The Kitchen Sisters have been gleaning, looking for those who have something to offer during these uncharted times. People who rebuild, restore, reinvent. Nobody showed them the path, they cut it themselves. Striking stories of grit, hope and possibility.

November Programs

Nov 5, 2020

November 28, 2020

Re:sound – The Big Show Show
from the Third Coast International Audio Festival

This hour: the Rockettes, the opera, congress, and other spectacles.  A collection of some of our favorite stories about big shows.

Backstage With the Rockettes
by Dean Olsher and Emily Botein (The Next Big Thing, 2004)

The Tristan Mysteries: The Five-Hour Mystery
by Amy O'Leary and Limor Tomer (WNYC, 2007)

Tristan und Isolde Act 1
by Ed Herrmann (2007)

What Brought Down the House
by Brendan Greeley (2004)

Saturday Night Klein
by Sean Cole (Weekend America, 2007)

October Programs

Oct 30, 2020

October 30, 2020

How We Got Here, Part 3: The Fight For Meaningful Work

Tens of millions of people in the US are either out of a job right now or still working without meaningful protections, benefits, or wage increases. And if something goes wrong, workers mostly have to figure it out on their own.

In the final installment, we explore the coping mechanisms workers use to survive, debt, false Utopian solutions, and look at those who are fighting for real social and economic change.

Pundits and reporters hailed gig companies as a flexible, desirable "future of work" after the recession. With the pandemic, we are seeing how precarious and dangerous these contingent work arrangements are for those who are doing them.

While the tech industry profits off all the disempowered and isolated workers in our economy, those who have been most oppressed have been fighting for true economic and racial equality.

September Programs

Sep 3, 2020

September 26, 2020

Discourse Disrupters
from Intelligence Squared U.S.

Newt Minow on American Presidential Debates

In a 1955 memo to his boss, attorney Newt Minow first suggested the idea of presidential debates. In the decades since, these debates have become some of the biggest and most influential moments in political history. And Newt, who serves on the commission that sponsors them, has watched them evolve first-hand.

What does the father of American presidential debate think about modern electoral politics?  In this program, Newt Minow offers a first-hand account of some of the nation's biggest political moments and just what role debate should play in our future.

August Programs

Jul 30, 2020
Harvey Barrison

August 29, 2020

The Invention of Race
from The Center for Documentary Studies

This history special traces the development of racial, and racist, ideas, from the ancient world -- when "there was no notion of race," as historian Nell Irvin Painter puts it -- up to the founding of the United States as, fundamentally, a nation of and for white people (despite the "all men are created equal" language of the Declaration of Independence).  Host and reporter John Biewen relates a story that names names and tells us about the construction of race, and racism, as we live with them today.

(This program was produced in 2017, and originally aired on KSFC in November of that year)

July Programs

Jul 23, 2020

July 25, 2020

I Spy: Spies Who Pushed Back

In this hour-long special we'll hear from two former intelligence people who, like whistleblowers in the Trump administration, pushed back against perceived wrongdoing in their agencies.  CIA officer Nada Bakos, who led the hunt for Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in Iraq, challenged Bush administration officials to recognize the violence in 2003 for what it was—a budding insurgency.  Thomas Drake, a senior executive at the National Security Agency, helped expose NSA spying against U.S. citizens after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

June Programs

Jun 4, 2020

June 27, 2020

Bill Withers: Just As He Is

A deep look into the late Bill Withers early life in music that set up the making of his debut album, "Just As I Am."  Originally produced in 2006, the program features Withers in candid interview clips, as well as his friend, Bobby Womack, drummer James Gadson, and journalist Anthony DeCurtis.  Hosted by Nadine Nassar.
Bill Withers died from heart complications in Los Angeles on March 30, 2020, at age 81.


May Programs

May 1, 2020

May 30, 2020

Little Richard: Rock 'n' Roll's Wild Child - An Appreciation

A celebration of the whirlwind of  early music produced by Richard Penniman, better known as Little Richard, who passed away Saturday, May 9, 2020 at the age of 87. 

In the 1950's and early 1960's, Little Richard threw down the definition of rock ‘n’ roll with a dizzying parade of landmark recordings that have forever been the measuring stick for performers to come later who really wanted to rock.   

Music documentarian Paul Ingles hosts the program, that includes top music writers commenting on the power of Little Richard's impact on a style of music that will never die.  Featured commentators are Anthony DeCurtis (Rolling Stone), Ann Powers (NPR Music), Ashley Kahn (NY Music Writer), and David Kirby (Little Richard Biographer).

April Programs

Apr 3, 2020

April 25, 2020

LBJ and the Great Society

President Lyndon B. Johnson is today remembered largely for his failure in Vietnam. But before the war sunk his presidency, LBJ compiled a record of accomplishment on the domestic front unmatched since FDR.  Medicare, civil and voting rights, clean air and water, Head Start, immigration reform, public broadcasting — fifty years later, these programs are so deeply woven into the fabric of American life that it is difficult to imagine the country without them.  

So how did Lyndon Johnson, who made so ruinous a mess in Vietnam, pull off so extraordinary a feat at home? That’s the question we’ll be exploring through the recorded recollections of those who were there when this history was being made, and who had a hand in its making. Hosted by Melody Barnes, chief domestic policy advisor to Barack Obama and now co-head of the Democracy Initiative at the University of Virginia.

March Programs

Mar 6, 2020

March 28, 2020

WHER: 1000 Beautiful Watts

WHER, the first all-girl radio station in the nation, went on the air in Memphis on October 29, 1955. It was the brainchild of sound legend Sam Phillips, who created the groundbreaking format with money he raised from selling Elvis Presley's Sun Studios contract.
Women almost exclusively ran WHER. On the air they read the news, interviewed local celebrities, and spun popular records. Behind the scenes they sold and created commercials, produced and directed programming and sat at the station's control boards.

February Programs

Feb 17, 2020

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.

January Programs

Jan 7, 2020

January 25, 2020

The Year of the Rat: A Joyful Celebration

The Chinese Lunar Year of the Rat begins on January 25, 2020.  Its commemoration is rich with traditions and rituals observed in everything from food to clothing.  Ancestors are honored, and peace and happiness are bestowed on family and friends.  The history, rituals, and traditions of Chinese New Year are celebrated alongside traditional Chinese music in this one hour special.
Ring in Chinese New Year with The Year of the Rat: A Joyful Celebration, hosted and produced by Dr. Wanda Yang Temko.

December Programs

Dec 6, 2019

December 28, 2019

Best of the Best 2019
from The Third Coast International Audio Festival (part two)

Best of the Best is an annual ode to audio storytelling, taking listeners on a journey through the full breadth of what’s possible in stories made from sound.

In this hour host Gwen Macsai introduces the winners of the Best Documentary Honorable Mention, Bronze & Silver Award winners, plus a behind-the-scenes interview with producer Neena Pathak and sounds from the Awards Ceremony in Chicago.

All of the winning stories from the 2019 TC/RHDF Competition can be heard in their entirety at

November Programs

Nov 1, 2019

November 30, 2019

BBC World Service Special - Rocking the Stasi

Did music help to end the Berlin Wall conflict?  For the first time, we hear recordings of secret meetings in which Stasi chief Erich Mielke discussed the threat of punk and heavy metal.  Against the backdrop of a stellar soundtrack, we hear from those who organized secret and illegal concerts in East Germany and from a former member of the Stasi who tried to stop them.  Chris Bowlby uncovers this fascinating aspect of Cold War history.

October Programs

Oct 4, 2019

October 26, 2019

Intelligence Squared U.S.
Should We Replace Private Insurance With Medicare for All?

As the nation gears up for the 2020 election, Democrats are promising bold new changes to the American health care system, including scrapping private health insurance and adopting “Medicare for All.” Is this a bold and effective way to repair health care in America? Or will it inflate the already swelled federal deficit?

September Programs

Sep 6, 2019

September 28, 2019

2019 Re:sound Specials from the Third Coast Audio Festival

Skateboarding Beatles - In this hour the story of how skateboarding was born from swimming pool design. Plus, the chord that perplexed music historians for decades and a reflection on time from the waiting room of a doctor's office.

August Programs

Aug 12, 2019

August 31, 2019

Let's Be Frank: TBTL Salutes The Great American Hot Dog

Join hosts Luke Burbank and Andrew Walsh over a sizzling grill as they celebrate one of America's most beloved and most ridiculed foods: The Hot Dog. The Splendid Table's Francis Lam joins them to explain his own personal love affair with the tubular steak, plus Luke and Andrew head to a minor league ballpark to see if they'd make good hot dog vendors. They also try to hunt down the best veggie alternative to the hot dog, and dip into the heated debate over proper (and improper) hot dog condiments.

Luke Burbank and Andrew Walsh co-host the long-running, daily podcast Too Beautiful To Live from American Public Media.

On Saturday, July 20th, KSFC will help commemorate the incredible achievement of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing with a variety of programs taking a look back. KSFC will be providing listeners with a binge-worthy afternoon of near-nonstop Moon programming. Four programs will be presented back to back and a fifth program will air during Director's Choice, all covering a wide variety of topics relating to the historic day and the people who made it possible. The programs begin at noon. 

July Programs

Jul 10, 2019

July 27, 2019

Studio 360: American Icons: ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ — Part One

It’s HAL’s world — we just live in it.

A half century later, Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” is still shaping our future. With no help from CGI, the movie predicted private space travel, artificial intelligence and half of Apple’s product line. It showed the promise and perils of technology and explored life’s biggest mystery: Are we alone in the universe? In Part One, we look at the movie’s origins in 1960s New York and how it went from opening night bomb to counterculture icon. We’ll hear from effects wizard Doug Trumbull, actor Keir Dullea and superfan Tom Hanks, who has seen the movie more than 200 times. 

Tune in to KPBX 91.1 on Saturday, July 13, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. to hear a special live broadcast of the Montana Folk Festival in partnership with Montana Public Radio.

June Programs

May 30, 2019

June 29, 2019

The Alien Chronicles Special: My Immigrant Journey

This one-hour documentary features excerpts from three interviews that capture the essence of immigrant experiences in the US. Each interviewee talks about their immegrant experience from a different vantage point.

May Programs

May 3, 2019

May 25, 2019

At War in the Pacific

At War in the Pacific tells the story of heroism and sacrifice by the young Marines who stormed onto the islands and fought from inside the foxholes in the bloody Pacific Campaign of World War II.  David D'Arcy hosts this compelling radio hour featuring personal testimony from the Marines and historical context from scholars. We hear how the Marines came of age during weeks and months of searing combat -- and how their sacrifices shaped the history of our nation. As the conflict unfolds in the Pacific, friends and relatives tell how they shouldered the burden back home. Filmmakers Steven Spielberg and actor Tom Hanks offer their views on what the war in the Pacific meant -- then and now.

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.