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.

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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