Take Survey for Weekend Shows
As you may have recently heard, Car Talk will cease production in October. While we will continue to air archives from the show, the retirement of Click and Clack and the recent results of our listener survey continue to indicate it’s time to look at the possible next generation of public radio programming.
So, with that in mind, we’re going to do some experimentation with some new shows on KOSU over the next few weeks, and you get to put in your two cents. As a warning, it will be at least a temporary departure from the programming you’re used to listening to on the weekends because we need a place to test these shows. We hope that you’ll participate with us and let us know what you think. Starting Saturday, June 30, we will begin airing the pilot versions of three new shows.
After you’ve listened, we hope you will fill out our brief survey to help us decide whether these shows deserve a more permanent place on KOSU’s program schedule.
The TED Radio Hour — Saturday at 12:00 p.m.
There is no greater opening to possibility than the birth of an idea, created out of inspired imagination and spread far and wide at the speed of light. It is with total delight that we announce the TED Radio Hour. “Talks” from the legendary TED stage are coming to radio for the first time and in a new format that will intrigue curious listeners and stir the imagination.
Each year, TED hosts the world’s most fascinating thinkers – convention-breaking mavericks, icons, and geniuses – who give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less about the best ideas in Technology, Entertainment, Design and much more. Through this exciting co-production between TED and NPR, each episode will focus around a theme (such as “Happiness”) and TEDTalks that put ideas about the theme through the paces.
But the TEDTalks are just a launching point. Woven into and around a Talk, we’ll layer in innovative soundscapes that bring ideas to life and break-off into conversation with the original speakers to probe why an idea made waves, got inside people’s heads, and provoked excitement. Sometimes only portions of the original TEDTalk is played; other times you hear them almost in their entirety. Each approach to every idea is different, yet fascinating listening and great radio.
The TED Radio Hour will offer a fresh step back from the frenetic pace of news. By pulling back from immediate events to explore the ideas underlying them, a whole new, connected picture opens up. And, for the most part, it’s hopeful: astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, new ways to teach and learn. Through this series, public radio stations will offer the one gift that you can hang onto even after you’ve given it away — the magic of an idea worth spreading.
Ask Me Another — Saturdays at 1 p.m.
NPR’s Ask Me Another is a lively hour of puzzles, word games, and trivia played in front of (and with) a live audience. Ask Me Another‘s entertaining melange of brainteasers and fun is a descendant of Weekend Edition Sunday‘s Puzzle Segment with Will Shortz, but infused with the vibrancy and quick wit of Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me.
Listeners can play along, testing their knowledge of history, geography, literature, grammar, spelling, pop culture and even mathematics along with the competitors called up to the stage.
Yes, we do math on the radio. But it’s our distinct brand. Try this on your loved ones: Total number of Brontë Sisters, plus total number of Marx Brothers? Or how about the total of Dalmatians, plus all those Luftballoons, divided by Ali Baba’s thieves?
Ask Me Another host, noted comedian and storyteller Ophira Eisenberg, guides listeners with her witty banter aided by the comedic riffs and songs of house musician Jonathan Coulton. Each episode features an interview with a Mystery Guest (noteable actors, comedians, and authors whose identities are revealed via puzzle clues throughout the show), who then takes a turn in the contestant’s chair facing trivia games written especially for him or her.
Cabinet of Wonders — Sundays at 3 p.m.
John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonders is a variety show recorded live at the City Winery in New York. It features an exciting mix of musicians, authors, comedians, and other artists. Imagine you’re in the audience of a talent show put on by your friends, your very talented, critically acclaimed friends. They sing, read from their novels, tell jokes, make you laugh, make you think, and keep you entertained. That’s the Cabinet of Wonders, hosted by musician and author John Wesley Harding. This hour-long radio show features performances from Ted Leo, Josh Ritter, Craig Finn, Nicole Atkins, and readings from authors John Hodgman, Patrick McGrath, and Rick Moody. As host John Wesley Harding puts it, “the time is right for a little variety.”