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. Every Friday at 10 am and 8 pm.

KCPW Presents: “Science and Thanksgiving” (11/22/19)

Turkeys have a reputation for being big, dumb birds. But are they? And what does it mean for a bird to be smart anyway? Reporter Alan Yu explores. When neuroscientist and gratitude researcher Glenn Fox lost his mother right before Thanksgiving, he had to put his research to the test. Could expressing gratitude really help […]

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KCPW Presents: “Uprooted: The 1950s plan to erase Indian Country” (11/15/19)

This documentary presents the voices of people who survived a devastating plan to solve “the Indian problem.” In the 1950s, the U.S. government launched a campaign to assimilate Native Americans by eliminating reservations, terminating tribal governments, and persuading Native people to move to cities. Hundreds of thousands of Native people relocated to distant cities such […]

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KCPW Presents: “APM Reports: Soldiers for Peace” (11/8/19)

Soldiers for Peace takes a deep look at why a significant number of Vietnam veterans felt compelled to oppose the war rather than simply try to put it behind them when they returned home. Through first-person storytelling, it explores the way their conceptions of patriotism changed and evolved as their faith in the Vietnam War […]

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KCPW Presents: “Fading Minds: Why there’s still no cure for Alzheimer’s” (11/1/19)

In the late 1970s, the newly formed National Institute on Aging redefined senility as a disease – specifically, Alzheimer’s disease. They said that with enough support they could find a cure, but after 40 years and billions of dollars, there is still no treatment. In this hour, we hear from people who shaped early Alzheimer’s […]

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KCPW Presents: “Skeptic Check: War of the Worlds” (10/25/19)

It was the most famous invasion that never happened. But Orson Welles’ 1938 “War of the Worlds” broadcast sure sounded convincing as it described an existential Martian attack. The public panicked. Or did it? New research says that claims of mass hysteria were overblown. This special will air on Friday October 25th at 10 AM […]

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