Radio Broadcasts

Programs can be heard on KQED 88.5FM or three times throughout the week: Sundays at 1pm, Tuesdays at 8pm, and Wednesdays at 2am. Schedule below shows the date of the Sunday broadcast.

Not in the San Francisco Bay Area? These programs can also be heard on these 130 public radio stations around the country. Please contact your local affiliate for broadcast times.

The radio broadcasts are hosted by Academy Award-winning actress Linda Hunt.


Air Date     Program

KQED Airs               Guest/Recording Date          

03/05/17                     Viet Thanh Nguyen (02/02/17)
03/12/17                     Garrison Keillor’s Mardi Gras (02/28/17)
03/19/17                     Daniel Ellsberg and Edward Snowden (02/26/17)
03/26/17                     B. Allan Wallace and Sean Carroll (2/9/17)
04/02/17                     Paul Auster (02/13/17)
04/09/17                    “Microdosing” with Ayelet Waldman (02/16/17)
04/16/17                     “High Maintenance” with Katja Blichfield and Ben Sinclair (02/18/17)
04/23/17                     Roxane Gay (02/21/17)
04/30/17                     Brian Greene – String Theory (02/23/17)
05/07/17                     Amy Walter (03/02/17)
05/14/17                     Charles Limb and Indre Viskontas: Music and the Brain (03/07/17)
05/21/17                    Judy Collins (03/09/17)
05/28/17                     Van Jones (04/07/17)
06/04/17                     Alec Baldwin (04/13/17)
06/11/17                     “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” with Rebecca Skloot  (04/26/17)
06/18/17                      Yaa Gyasi (05/04/17)
06/25/17                     Frances Jansen – The Teenage Brain (05/15/17)
07/02/17                     Siddhartha Mukhejee (05/17/17)
07/09/17                     Robert Sapolsky (05/22/17)
07/16/17                     Barbara Boxer (06/08/17)
07/23/17                     Gene Editing – Jennifer Doudna (06/19/17)
07/30/17                     Arundhati Roy (06/28/17)



Our past 33 seasons of programming have been digitally archived at the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. Those wishing to hear the archived programs can make a personal visit to the library. A list of shows can be viewed on their website.