Documentary of the Week on 89.5-1

Fridays at 8pm and Thursdays at noon

Hour-long documentary stories by some of the most experienced and acclaimed journalists in public radio.

After an abrupt reversal 20 years ago, some prisons and colleges try to maintain college education for prisoners. To get to the 99A college prep English class at California's San Quentin State Prison, you pass through two security checks, two gates and a very thick, very old metal door that looks medieval. You walk into a courtyard surrounded by guard towers. Inmates in pale blue scrubs with the word "PRISONER" printed on the back in bright yellow are hanging around, playing baseball and chatting.

Spare The Rod: Amid evidence zero tolerance doesn't work, schools reverse themselves.

A get-tough attitude prevailed among educators in the 1980s and 1990s, but research shows that zero-tolerance policies don't make schools safer and lead to disproportionate discipline for students of color.

The president of the American Federation of Teachers recently issued a remarkable mea culpa.

The Documentary of the Week presents a four-part Medical Matters with John Schuman.  The series airs Thursdays at 12Noon and a repeat broadcast, Friday evenings at 8pm.   You can find out more details here:

Reveal for August 2015

Aug 25, 2015

An investigation into the culture of secrecy within the Jehovah’s Witnesses leads us to the story of one woman who was ostracized after she accused an elder of abusing her.  Thursday, August 27th at 12Noon and Friday, August 28th at 8pm on KWGS 89-5.

This hour: the dinner table and all that it inspires. 

Medical Matters
Can Geriatrics Embrace High Tech?
Thursday, March 6 • noon & Friday, March 7 • 8 pm

Join us for a new four-part series devoted to health and health care in America, as host John Schumann speaks with top health professionals about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the latest brain research on adolescents, geriatric health, and the social and community factors that drive ill health.

Oklahoma Watch
Watch-Out Forum on Mental Health

Thursday, February 6 • noon & Friday, February 7 • 8 pm

Documentaries Of The Week • January 2014

Jan 8, 2014

State of the Re:Union
Home on the Range: The Rural Southwest
Thursday, January 2 • noon & Friday, January 3 • 8 pm

BURN Energy Journal: Rising Seas

Nov 11, 2013

Sea level rise is just one of the ugly faces of climate change. A dangerous one too. Especially for the US, which has 20 of the most threatened coastal cities in the world. BURN’s latest special examines the causes and consequences of rising seas. We visit south Florida, the Gulf Coast, New York City, and Greenland, where ice-melt is going to make the world a very different place.

Listen to this Documentary of The Week on Friday, 11/15, at 8:00 pm on at noon on Thursday, 11/21.

Alec sits down with actress Debbie Reynolds and film historian Robert Osborne to hear about the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Listen Friday 11/8 at 8:00 and at noon on Thursday 11/14.

Alec sits down with comedian Fred Armisen and writer Paula Pell to talk about the road to Saturday Night Live -- and beyond.

Listen Friday 11/1 at 8:00 and at noon on Thursday 11/7.

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This week on Here's the Thing, Alec sits down with film directors Chris Columbus and Stephen Daldry.

Listen Friday 10/25 at 8:00 and at noon on Thursday 10/31.

Join Alec Baldwin as he talks with three legends of American theater: Patti LuPone, Jon Robin Baitz and Stacy Keach.

Documentary of The Week is heard on Fridays at 8:00 pm and Thursdays at 12 noon on Public Radio 89.5-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Harvard Professor LaTanya Sweeney typed her name in Google one day, she noticed something strange:  an ad with the heading: "LaTanya Sweeney arrested?"  But, she never had been arrested -- and neither had the only other LaTanya Sweeney in the U.S.  Why did the ad suggest so?  In this episode of Freakonomics Radio, host Stephen Dubner investigates the latest research on names and what  your name says about your economic status, race and even political preference.   Friday, August 16, 8pm on KWGS 89.5 HD1. 

From the IEEE Spectrum and the National Science Foundation, a one-hour special, part of the Engineerts of the New Millennium series. Listen this Friday evening at 8:00 pm on Public Radio 89.5-1.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

The nation’s electric grid – a half century-old patchwork system that moves electricity from plants to consumers – is central to our daily lives. BURN’s hour-long special examines the state of America’s aging and often over-burdened electric power grid – the people who keep it running, innovators constantly thinking of ways to make it smarter, and what happens when the grid lets us down.

Listen Friday evening at 8 pm on Public Radio 89.5-1.

 

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America’s Test Kitchen invites you to celebrate the July 4th holiday with this tasty special.

The program features an interview with Robb Walsh, the James Beard award-winning food writer and restaurant critic. In his most recent book, Barbecue Crossroads, Walsh embarks on a road trip from Houston to the Carolinas, stopping at as many barbecue spots as possible along the way.  

Listen Friday, June 28th, 8pm and Thursday, July 4th, 12pm on Public Radio 89.5-1.

Intelligence Squared U.S. takes a look at whether the FDA sacrifices safety for speed when approving potentially beneficial drugs and devices. Is the FDA too cautious?  Friday, June 21st, 8pm and Thursday, June 27th, 12Noon.

Every day in America, more than 7,000 students drop out of school. In a State of the Re:Union first, Summer in Sanctuary combines radio drama and documentary to explore America's dropout epidemic through the intimate story of one man's attempt to make a difference in the lives of a group of high-risk kids. Based on the celebrated off-Broadway show by SOTRU host Al Letson, this episode chronicles his journey teaching at a summer camp at the Sanctuary on 8th Street, a community center in an economically challenged neighborhood of Jacksonville, Florida.

The sun provides less than one percent of American electricity.  But there is a solar surge underway and the number of installations grew 75% in 2012.  Wind power is also on the upswing and it is happening in places you might not expect. 

Fridays at 8pm; and Thursday at Noon on 89.5-1

This month, the Documentary of the Week will present "The Tobolowsky Files", a series of specials 

Airs Friday 10/5 and 10/12 at 8pm; Thursday 10/11 & 10/18 at Noon on 89.5-1

This year’s election is about power – the power to shape the nation’s domestic and foreign priorities; the power to lead, to legislate, to govern. Energy policy, defining how we use energy to power our economy and our lives, is among the most pressing issues for the next four years.

Emily Hanford

Documentary of the Week airs Friday night 9/14 at 8pm on Public Radio 89.5-1

Friday night at 8pm on KWGS 89.5-1

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Aug 17, 2012 • America Abroad
Mexico: Looking Forward

Burn: An Energy Journal

Apr 18, 2012
US Coast Guard

The Documentary of the Week Airs Friday at 8pm; Sunday at 6pm and Thursday 4/26 at noon on KWGS 89.5-1 

Hunting for Oil, Risks & Rewards

America Abroad

Airs Friday at 8pm & Sunday at 6pm on KWGS 89.5-1

Iran’s nuclear ambitions have the world on edge. Because of its reluctance to admit international inspectors, and its progress in enriching uranium, the situation is increasingly tense. A nuclear Iran could lead to a Middle Eastern arms race and destabilize the world’s oil market. In this edition of America Abroad we explore whether sanctions and other diplomatic efforts are enough to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

The Hidden World of Girls, Hosted by Tina Fey

Mar 29, 2012

The Documentary of the Week, airs Friday at 8pm, Sunday at 6pm, and Thursday at Noon on KWGS 89.5-1

The death of Kim Jong-il last December - and the appointment of his unknown and untested twenty-something son Kim Jong-un as his successor - has left the world on the edge of its seat – and with plenty of questions. The US, South Korea, and North Korea’s neighbors are watching closely to see what comes next. In this edition of America Abroad,  we’ll head to Seoul to gauge how South Koreans view the threat from the North. We’ll look back at the history of America’s relationship with the two Koreas.

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