Algae seem like an insignificant part of the ecosystem, but they’re vital to the health of coral reefs. A newly discovered species seems to help corals withstand the deadly effects of rising temperatures. Also we learn that blue-green algae are really bacteria, and examine new developments in storage for renewable energy.
RadioLab; Saturday @ 6:00 PM
Famous Tumors: In this hour of Radiolab: an unflinching look at the good, bad, and ugly side of tumors. Say hello to the growth that killed Ulysses S. Grant, meet Tasmanian Devils battling contagious tumors, and get to know the woman whose cancer cells changed modern medicine.
Invisibilia; Saturday @ 7:00 PM
eTown is on hiatus while we bring you a new 6 part series called Invisibilia which interweaves narrative storytelling with scientific research. In this episode, The Power of Categories examines how categories define us — how, if given a chance, humans will jump into one category or another.People need them, want them. You’ll hear about a person caught between categories in a way that will surprise you. Plus, a trip to a retirement community designed to help seniors revisit a long-missed category.
This American Life; Sunday @ 11:00 AM
No Place Like Home: There are lots of ways we define where we're from. And whether we're proud of it, or ashamed of it, love it, hate it, miss it or are trying desperately to get back to it — where we're from is always a big part of who we are. This week, stories of people who are, in good ways and bad ways, coming to terms with the places they call home.
Shortwave Report; Sunday @ 4:00 PM
This week's show features news from Fukushima, a Cuba and US agriculture meeting, Venezuela takes measures against the US government, discussion on the current US military actions as regional destabilization rather than problem solving, and several stories on Ukraine.
Left Right & Center; Sunday @ 4:30 PM
Can Iran be trusted? Clinton emails and funding. Systematic racial abuse in Ferguson.
On the Media; Sunday @ 6:00 PM
We’ve seen more horrific videos from ISIS, but this time the cruelty is directed at priceless artifacts. On the Media examines the media reaction to the videos after it turns out that most of the smashed antiquities were fakes. Also, Hillary Clinton’s email habits as secretary of state have reporters scrambling to understand the Federal Records Act.
Jazz Night In America; Sunday @ 9:00 PM
Hip Hop + Jazz: What would it sound like if someone bridged the gap between big band, jazz, and classic hip-hop? Trumpeter Igmar Thomas offers an answer. He’s the musical director of the Revive Big Band, which aligns a multi-generational ensemble with a black music tradition that leads to the present day.
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