Director's Choice

KSFC: Saturday 6pm-7pm

Exactly how it sounds.  These programs have been hand-picked by Brian Lindsey.  It's a showcase for one-offs, limited series, and documentaries you may not hear otherwise.

June Programs

Jun 1, 2018

June 16, 2018

2018 Re:sound Specials from the Third Coast Audio Festival
The Determination Show
- This hour, amateur detectives, spiritual revelations and other stories of dogged perseverance.  Hosted by award-winning producer and writer Gwen Macsai, Re:sound presents unforgettable audio stories curated from all over the world.

May Programs

May 4, 2018

May 26, 2018

The Pulse: The Difference a Gun Makes

A gun can change a moment, a life, a family, an entire neighborhood. Like a catalyst in a chemical reaction, guns have a unique ability to transform the calculus of a situation. A gun can make you feel safe. Sometimes it’s symbol of cultural identity. It also has the power to destroy. On this episode of The Pulse, a look at the difference a gun makes. We find out what a smart gun is — and why some people hate it. We meet an emergency doctor who says it’s time for her colleagues to get more comfortable with guns. We learn about Trigger Warning, an LGBTQ gun club founded by a former pacifist. And we hear the ways a gun changes a life — from a young man shot on the streets of Philadelphia, to a domestic violence survivor escaping her abuser.

April Programs

Apr 16, 2018

April 28, 2018

America Abroad: Islam and the Cosmos

Back in the Golden Age of Islam, Muslim astronomers began studying the skies to improve their religious practice: when to pray, how to face Mecca… Then, they solved more scientific questions, and European thinkers were drawn to learn from them. Now, in a new era of space exploration, how will Muslim scholars work with the rest of the world to advance scientific thought - while remaining faithful to their traditions?

March Programs

Feb 28, 2018

March 31, 2018

Intelligence Squared U.S.
Does Humanitarian Intervention Do More Harm Than Good?

The international community currently faces a global refugee crisis and mass atrocities in Iraq, Myanmar, Syria, Yemen, and beyond. How should the West respond? Proponents of humanitarian intervention – the use of force to halt human rights abuses – argue that the world’s most powerful militaries have a responsibility to protect innocent civilians around the world. But opponents argue that military intervention is a form of imperialism, and that it often worsens the conflicts it sets out to solve. The debaters are Frank Ledwidge, Bernard Kouchner, Rajan Menon, and Kori Schake.

February Programs

Feb 2, 2018

February 24, 2018

Truth, Politics and Power: Gun Rights and Gun Control

As the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, reignites the debate on guns, we've updated our “Gun Rights and Gun Control” episode of Truth Politics and Power.  The program was produced after a gunman murdered dozens in Las Vegas last fall.  Host Neal Conan delves into the history of the debate between gun rights and gun control with UCLA constitutional law specialist Adam Winkler, author of “Gun Fight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America.”  The Founding Fathers required every adult white male to own a musket, and bring it to musters where it was inspected and registered.  On the next Truth Politics and Power, how a duty for community self defense evolved into an individual right to bear arms and how the laws changed with both weapons technology and the rise of the National Rifle Association.  Plus a conversation on restrictions on research into guns and gun deaths.

January Programs

Jan 11, 2018

January 27, 2018

Intelligence Squared U.S.
Unresolved: America's Economic Outlook

By most accounts, the American economy is booming, but just what is driving this upturn? And can Americans trust that current economic conditions will hold up in the months ahead? In our season premiere, five esteemed economic thinkers debate the state of the American economy, from tax cuts to trade policy. At the conclusion of the Trump administration’s first year, we’ll ask: Is deregulation driving the booming economy? Can the Republican tax bill spur economic growth? And is the stock market too high? The debaters are: Jason Furman, Simon Johnson, Stephen Moore, Dambisa Moyo, and Gillian Tett.

December Programs

Nov 30, 2017

December 30, 2017

Best of the Best: The 2017 Third Coast Festival Broadcast, Part Two

This week we hear the second half of the annual Best of the Best broadcast from the Third Coast Festival as they present the winners of the 17th annual Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. With more than 600 entries, eleven were chosen as winners. Meticulously crafted and lovingly produced, these stories intrigue, inform and inspire.

November Programs

Nov 2, 2017

November 25, 2017

Intelligence Squared U.S.
Is Western Democracy in Danger?

Do populist and nationalist uprisings signal Western democracy’s certain decline? Or can recent events be seen as part of a healthy and regenerative antidote to policies that have challenged liberal institutions and marginalized the middle class? Some predict that a resilient liberal world order will rally to triumph over fear, xenophobia and fractured political parties – others say that support for autocratic alternatives is on the rise. Four leading thinkers debate the future of Western democracy.

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.

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