August Programs

50 minutes ago

August 1, 2020

John Lewis: A Profile in Peace
A Peace Talks Radio special

The late 17-term Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis is remembered in this special that includes the memorial ceremonies at the U.S. Capitol when his body laid in state in the Rotunda, a week after his death July 17, 2020. Also included are other tributes, and archival tapes of John Lewis speeches and interviews.  Paul Ingles hosts.

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.

March Programs

Mar 6, 2019

March 30, 2019

BBC Special - Reporting Women

Lyse Doucet hosts this hour-long exploration of how young women around the world perceive news coverage – and which stories they think media are missing.

February Programs

Jan 31, 2019

February 23, 2019

Can Do: Stories of Black Visionaries, Seekers, and Entrepreneurs
A Black History Month Special from The Kitchen Sisters and PRX.

Hosted by Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress, Alfre Woodard, these are stories of black pioneers, self-made men and self-taught women, neighborhood heroes and visionaries. Join us for this richly produced and deeply layered hour long special produced by The Kitchen Sisters (Nikki Silva & Davia Nelson) and Roman Mars.

January Programs

Jan 4, 2019

January 26, 2019

America Abroad: Bioethics in Islam

Abortion. Right to die. Stem cell research. How do Muslims around the world approach modern bioethical dilemmas? This episode, we'll learn why some transgender Muslims are traveling to Bangkok for gender reassignment surgery. How Egypt became an international hub in the black market organ trade. And why a Muslim chaplain in Toronto advised a patient to end his own life support. Plus, how Muslim clerics work with doctors to decide cases involving in vitro fertilization, stem cell therapy, and abortion.

December Programs

Dec 3, 2018

December 29, 2018

Best of the Best: The 2018 Third Coast Festival Broadcast  (Part Two)

The Third Coast Festival is back with our annual Best of the Best broadcast from the Third Coast Audio Festival featuring the winners of the 2018 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation documentary competition.
This year's program will feature producer interviews, highlights from this year’s unforgettable awards ceremony in Chicago.

November Programs

Nov 2, 2018

November 24, 2018

The Science of Gratitude 2018

This documentary focuses on the latest information regarding the power (or lack of it) of being thankful. We hear research, expert opinion, and individual stories to illustrate how gratitude often has a large impact on overall happiness. The program covers gratitude in the workplace, in relationships, in health, in child-rearing, etc.  Hosted by Academy Award winning actress, Susan Sarandon.

November 3
Vintage Spokane and Eastern Washington Country

A survey of regional country western issued on small local labels including the Sneed Family, Alden Holloway, Dale Miller, Frank Cook, and  Gary Williams.

November 10
Spokane Rockers

Dick Baker and Darryl Bredesen (Blue Jeans), and Johnny Clark Frandsen (Four Playboys) were in-studio guests to tell their stories and share their music (encore from February 7, 1995)

November 5
Boise Philharmonic Classics Concert, music of Leonard Bernstein

November 12
Spokane Symphony Orchestra Classics Concert, music of Jean Sibelius and Johannes Brahms, the Silver-Garburg piano duo are soloists

November 19
Spokane String Quartet, joined by the Gonzaga Chamber Choir and St. John's Cathedral Kantorei Choir in a program of contemporary choral music

November 26
A digest of regional performances TBA

October Programs

Oct 11, 2018

October 27, 2018

Tricks & Treats

This week on Director's Choice we get ready for Halloween with a pair of spooky shows.  First we hear a vintage episode from the Love + Radio podcast with an exploration of the Frankenstein Family Crypt in 1952. Paranormal observations by an eight-year-old. The haunting of an unkind kitty, a discussion of the ghost story structure, and a very scary pantry door. (Seriously).  Then in the second half-hour it's "The In-between," an episode of HumaNature, with tales of a possessed basement. A magic mirror. A shop of spirits. Mysterious lights where they don’t belong. Gather around the campfire as we open the portal to the other side.

October 8
Spokane Symphony Fall Chamber Soirée-music of Sibelius, Reger and Ewald

October 15
Spokane Symphony Classics Concert – The Red Violin, music of Tan Dun, Corigliano and Tchaikovsky; soloist is violinist is Elizabeth Pitcairn

October 22
Spokane String Quartet-music of Haydn, Dvorak and Caroline Shaw

October 29
Spokane Symphony Classics Concert: music of Mozart, Beethoven and Lilian Elkington, soloist is pianist Alon Goldstein

October 6 & 13
The First Rock & Roll Record Label

A two part second look at Sun Records of Memphis and its visionary founder Sam Phillips. Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Howling Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich, and Roy Orbison were just a few who got their start at the tiny studios at 706 Union.

October 20
The Sensational Alex Harvey
A retrospective of the Scottish band leader's ground breaking 1970's blend of glam, progressive, and blues-rock.

Season 7, Episode 2: They Killed Him in His Sleep

Sep 30, 2018

Well yes, that’s a disconcerting question, but how else can Men be In Charge? Besides, it’s he-said she-said, right? Unless you actually investigate though, so please don’t.