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Public Affairs Programming

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This page aggreagates our upcoming and recently aired public affairs programming.


Upcoming Programs

Peace Talks Radio:
Mediating Conflict in the Workplace
airs Monday, September 17, 6:30pm

Meet workplace mediators Cynthia Olson and Philip Crump, who help employees learn how to communicate better with each other and deal with conflict in the workplace.


Recently Aired . . .

Sea Change Radio:
The New Arctic, Part II
aired Monday, July 16, 6:30pm

When he began research for his new book The Eskimo and the Oil Man, author Bob Reiss thought that he would affirm his belief that Arctic oil drilling needed to stop. But as he delved deeper into the myriad complexities surrounding the exploration for fossil fuels in northern Alaska, he eventually concluded that some drilling was OK. What changed his mind?

Sea Change Radio:
The New Arctic: A Thawed Diamond
aired Monday, July 9, 6:30pm

If you’re looking for present-day observable impacts of global warming, head North, where the melting of the polar ice cap has opened up oil reserves, shipping lanes, and many other opportunities for trade and transport. If you’re looking for a preview of the unanticipated consequences of climate change, including new sorts of geopolitical conflict over territory and commerce, the Arctic is also a good place to watch that unfold. Author David Fairhall, whose book Cold Front: Conflict Ahead in Arctic Waters explores these very issues. Fairhall and host Alex Wise talk about the environmental, economic, and political ramifications of a new, thawed Arctic, and discuss whether the last best hope for ecological preservation in the Arctic lies in the hands of the scientific community.

The Big Read Documentaries:
Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451
aired Monday, June 18, 6:30pm

A world without books. That's something the late writer Ray Bradbury imagined and re-imagined for much of his life. As one of the most influential science fiction writers in history, Bradbury's work helped shape the last half century of American literature and popular culture. The program features Bradbury along with several cultural luminaries, including Orson Scott Card, John Crowley, Paquito D'Rivera, Hector Elizondo, Nat Hentoff, Ursula K. Le Guin, Azar Nafisi, Luis Alberto Urrea and Sam Weller.

Sea Change Radio:
Low-Carbon Living
aired Monday, June 11, 6:30pm

Are you the kind of person who calculates your carbon footprint the way some folks count calories? And if you aren’t should you be? Dr. Brenda Ekwurzel and her colleagues from the Union of Concerned Scientists have written a guide that makes it easier to reduce your carbon footprint by 20%.

Making Contact:
Mexico's Drug War
aired Monday, May 14, 6:30pm

Political science professor David Shirk sheds light on the history and politics of the war on drugs in Mexico, and an emerging movement in Mexico points to how both Mexicans and Americans can play a role in creating change.

Sea Change Radio:
From Vine to Cork
aired Monday, April 9, 6:30pm

This week on Sea Change Radio, explore wine-–what goes in the bottle and what seals it. First, hear from winemaker Christopher Vandendriessche, who discusses practices in the industry that do and do not promote sustainability, and how his small family-run winery, White Rock Vineyards, works to conserve natural resources while producing excellent-tasting wine. Next, host Alex Wise speaks to environmental journalist and educator Andrew Revkin, who has been leading a documentary filmmaking project on the sustainability of cork. They talk about cork and the movement toward synthetic corks and aluminum screw-tops.

America Abroad:
The Rise of the Islamists
aired Wednesday, April 4, 7pm

Across the Arab world, Islamists are the new political power brokers. After decades of repression by secular rulers, they are now poised to transform the region's politics and culture. But it's still not clear what they plan to do with their power, and what that will mean for those who don't share their views.

Making Contact:
Cities Underwater
aired Monday, April 2, 6:30pm

New Orleans and Venice, Italy, are struggling to plan for sea level rise in cities that already routinely flood because of questionable urban planning. What are the solutions?

Making Contact:
Glenn Greenwald on the Rule of Law
aired Monday, March 26, 6:30pm

Author Glenn Greenwald talks about his book With Liberty and Justice for Some.

Big Picture Science:
Seth's Cabinet of Wonders
aired Wednesday, March 21, 7pm

Examine a variety of topics, including a forgotten U.S. sea-floor laboratory, evidence of science fiction's predictive powers, software that may someday replace scientists, and more.

Making Contact:
Preserving Our Freshwater
aired Monday, March 19, 6:30pm

40 years after the Clean Water Act became law, the landscape of our water supply has been transformed and regulation is being framed by some as an enemy of progress.

Commonwealth Club of California:
Secretaries Shultz, Perry, & Nunn
aired Wednesday, March 14, 7pm

Three distinguished statesmen discuss their vision for international security. Secretaries George Shultz, William Perry, and Sam Nunn assess the current state of nuclear threats, including Iran's drive to build a bomb, the North Korean nuclear weapons program, and future prospects for limiting the spread of nuclear materials and eventually eliminating nuclear weapons.

Sea Change Radio:
The Reality of Peak Oil
aired Monday, March 12, 6:30pm

Author, economic analyst, scientist and futurist Chris Martenson has written and spoken extensively on key issues surrounding our energy-based economy. A fellow at the post-Carbon institute, Martenson shares his thoughts with host Alex Wise on rising oil prices and the danger of ignoring the realities of peak oil.

America Abroad:
After Kim Jong-Il: America & the Two Koreas
aired Wednesday, March 7, 7pm

The death of Kim Jong-il last December and the appointment of his unknown and untested son Kim Jong-un as his successor has left the world on the edge of its seat. In this hour, travel to Seoul to gauge how South Koreans view the threat from the North and look back at the history of America's relationship with the two Koreas.

Sea Change Radio:
Tom Vanderbilt on Traffic & Transit
aired Monday, March 5, 6:30pm

Tom Vanderbilt is the author of Traffic, one of the New York Times’ Most Notable Books of 2008. Vanderbilt and host Alex Wise chat about the marvels and the miseries of both public transportation and driving, and muse over what it takes to get us out of our cars and onto the train.

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