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Thursday 4:00 PM January 21, 2016


How cruelty killed the bobcat
You've probably never seen a bobcat.

It’s an elusive creature that’s about two to three times the size of a house cat – a feline with distinctive spotted fur that’s coveted around the world. In many states in the U.S., it’s legal to trap and kill bobcats, a native and abundant wild feline. It’s also legal to capture the cats with steel-jaw traps – tools so hazardous and indiscriminate that they’ve been banned in more than 80 countries. Some trappers argue that the pain inflicted by the traps is exaggerated, so reporter Tom Knudson tested out just how strong these steel jaws can be: And it’s not just how bobcats are caught that’s controversial – it’s the gruesome way many are killed to protect their pelts: strangulation. By using what are called choke poles, trappers prevent blood from staining the bobcat’s fur, which makes the pelts more valuable. In the last 15 years, the number of bobcat pelts exported from the U.S. surged from 15,000 to more than 67,000. And so far, fur trapping is not threatening the bobcat population. It’s with this in mind that Knudson and producer Ike Sriskandarajah examine what’s really at stake when trapping bobcats: how we define cruelty.

CREDIT:Adithya Sambamurthy/Reveal

Saving feral cats is humane – but there’s a catch
We have more cats than dogs in our homes today. But for every pet cat curled up in our laps, there’s another one roaming our alleyways, parks and other places around the country: 80 million of them. If you don’t see many of them, it’s because several are feral and avoid human contact. Right now, the question of how to best control these cats is sparking a lot of controversy. At issue is whether they are pets gone astray that we should be protecting or invasive predators that are decimating local wildlife. For generations, animal shelters have tried to curb the wildcat population in two ways: adoption or euthanasia. Conservation groups want animal control agencies to limit the population because cats kill lots of native wildlife. But cat lovers say they have a more humane and effective way to reduce the number of feral cats – and their message is catching on. Producer Adithya Sambamurthy takes us deep inside the feral cat movement to examine what this cat fight is all about.

#203: Do not drink: The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, 1/28/2016 4:00 PM

The economically depressed city of Flint, Michigan, is making headlines across the country because there’s something in its water that shouldn’t be there. You may have heard about the problems in Flint: about how the tap water can be brownish, stinky, funny-tasting. After denying there was a problem for months, state and city officials finally discovered the cause – there was lead in the water. On this hour of Reveal, you’re going to hear the whole story of how people in Flint went from trusting their tap water to fearing it. And thanks to Michigan Radio’s Lindsey Smith, who produced an incredible documentary called “Not Safe to Drink,” we dive right in

Bioneers Weekly


Thursdays at 3:30 PM on KFCF-FM

Jan 21. 2016 at 3:30 PM

100% renewables: Late and Fast


Billy Parish

Governments and businesses are recognizing climate chaos as the threat multiplier from hell. The answer is not business as usual. How about crowdfunding and democratizing investment in clean energy? Young change-maker turned clean energy entrepreneur Billy Parish, founder of Mosaic, and banker Marco Krapels, co-founder of The Solutions Project, say 100% renewable energy is both possible and imperative.



4th and 5th Thursday 1:00 PM

Climate One

Jan 28 Stanford’s Chris Field, recipient of the 2015 Stephen Schneider Award for Climate Science Communication, says that if there’s a single clear message coming out of recent climate science, “it’s that we’re all vulnerable – there’s nobody who is not influenced” by global warming. He calls the success of COP21 “a turning point,” but warns that there’s still much to be done. Former NOAA head Jane Lubchenco and Ken Alex of California’s Planning and Research Office join Field to discuss what’s next for the planet after Pari

This American Life MONDAYS at 2 PM on KFCF 88.1 FM

Ira Glass is one of America's premiere storytellers and his show "This American Life" can be heard on KFCF Mondays at 2:00 PM.

This American Life

Jan 18 - 2:00 PM This week on This American Life …When you’re the only one who can see something, sometimes it feels like you’re in on a special secret. The hard part is getting anyone to believe your secret is real. This week, people trying to show others what they see—including a woman with muscular dystrophy who believes she has the same condition as an Olympic athlete.

Planetary Radio

Sundays at 6:30 PM

Jan 17: Master of the Moonrocks: Astromaterials Curator Francis McCubbin Planetary Radio image NASA/JPL

Francis McCubbin is the new Astromaterials Curator at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, where the priceless collection includes the Apollo moonrocks. Join Mat Kaplan’s visit. Emily Lakdawalla reports on Curiosity’s busy and beautiful Mars trek. Bill Nye remembers David Bowie and remarks on the role of space in popular entertainment. Mat and Bruce learn on What’s Up that beer was invented just one year ago. One Sednan year.

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Alternative Radio

Wednesdays at 11 AM

Jan 20, 2016 - Robert McChesney – Capitalism in the Age of Technology

Twenty fifteen was “a record year for deals,” the merger market exceeded $4 trillion, trumpets the business pages of The New York Times. Monopoly isn’t just a board game it is the animating dynamic of the economic system. Really existing Capitalism, which relies heavily on taxpayer support, embodies an almost genetic drive to consolidate, to dominate and ultimately to eliminate competition. This leaves people with fewer choices and higher prices, exactly the outcome desired by the monopolists. Democracy, particularly in the U.S., has largely morphed into an oligarchy run by and for plutocrats. As the ranks of the have-nots grow and inequality widens, and as the eco-crisis continues apace, one can expect a future of social unrest.

Robert McChesney

Robert McChesney is a leading media historian. He is co-founder of the Free Press, a non-profit organization working to increase public participation in media policy debates. He is professor of communications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of numerous books including Digital Disconnect. He is co-author with John Nichols of Dollarocracy and People Get Ready. The Utne Reader listed him among their “50 visionaries who are changing the world.”

  • Feb 3 Dean Baker – The TPP: A Corporate Deal
  • Feb 10 Manning Marable – By Any Means Necessary: Malcolm X
  • Feb 17 Arun Gupta – Terrorism, Climate Change & Capitalism
  • Feb 24 Camara Phyllis Jones – Racism & Public Health
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