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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.

8/22/14: KCPW Presents – “American Radioworks: The Science of Smart”

Until recently, we didn’t know much about the best ways to learn. Now that’s changing. Over recent decades, experts working in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience have opened new windows into how the brain works, and how we can learn to learn better. In this American RadioWorks program, we look at some of the big […]

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8/15/14: KCPW Presents – “Re:Sound – The Kids Secret Places Show”

This hour: where kids go to get away; from themselves, their troubles, the rules they’re supposed to follow, and of course, their parents. Of Kith and Kids by Erin Davis (Transom.org, 2013) Producer Erin Davis takes us to a very unusual “adventure playground” called The Land. Kids adore it for its lack of rules, regulations […]

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8/8/14: KCPW Presents – “Wars, Lies and Audiotape”

The war between the United States and Vietnam cost over 58,000 American and more than one million Vietnamese lives. It left one country physically devastated and the other socially splintered. It began, President Lyndon Johnson told the world, with an “unprovoked attack” on American ships on the night of August 4, 1964. What we know […]

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8/1/14: 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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7/25/14: KCPW Presents “Walking Across America – Advice for a Young Man”

Andrew Forsthoefel set out at age 23 to walk across America, East to West, 4000 miles, with a sign on him that said, “Walking to Listen”. This hour, co-produced with Jay Allison, tracks his epic journey. It’s a coming of age story, and a portrait of this country – big-hearted, wild, innocent, and wise. From […]

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