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Each week KCPW brings you an insightful  and refreshing hour of analysis of the world around you.  Sometimes, this is a special documentary produced in our studios, sometimes it’s a collaboration with our community partners and sometimes it’s a hand-picked piece, produced by an outside source.  Regardless of the source, the piece is always thought provoking.  These are presented on KCPW every Friday at 10 am and 8 pm.

4/18/14: “When Words Matter: A National Poetry Month Special”

In this National Poetry Month special, State of the Re:union explores all facets of poetry and its influence in host Al Letson’s life. We talk to poets from all over the country about the craft, the lifestyle, the resurgence of poems, and of course, hear some incredible poetry. This special airs on Friday, April 18, […]

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4/11/14: “The Really Big Questions: Why does Music Move Us?”

  Why Does Music Move Us? Music exists in every culture. Does that mean it offers an evolutionary advantage? What drives humans to make music? And why does music get so deeply embedded into our lives? We’ll delve deeper into what music can teach us about the human brain – with musicians and researchers including: […]

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KCPW Presents: “The Really Big Questions: Why Do We Share?”

   Are humans basically selfish, or basically giving? There’s a widespread assumption that you have to offer people incentives to do good deeds and threaten punishment to stop them from doing evil deeds. But the way people act in the real world contradicts that idea. Humans may actually have been shaped by evolution to care […]

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KCPW Presents: “All That Stands in the Way”

  Around the world young women still lack the same opportunities as men, despite most countries legislating against gender discrimination. So, what are the entrenched social and cultural attitudes that stand in the way of girls achieving equality? Through personal and informal accounts of the lives of teenage girls in Iceland, London, Lesotho, and Oman […]

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KCPW Presents: IEEE Spectrum’s “Adapting to Climate Change”

 No matter what you believe about climate change, we can all agree that extreme weather events — tornadoes, hurricanes, fires, droughts — are occurring more frequently. These massive natural disasters upset lives and devastate property.  The costs of clean-up and reconstruction are enormous. Adapting to Climate Change explores the ambitious plans that engineers, scientists, government […]

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