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An updated version of the BBC World Service winter schedule will go into effect on Saturday, February 6. There will be minor changes to weekend programming – watch for ContentDepot alerts for more details.
Week of February 1
- Kai talks with Rueben Miller about his new book Halfway Home: Race Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration.
- Americans are spending more on energy to power their homes as work has shifted away from offices. New research from Tufts University finds that electricity bills were over $20/month higher on average for utilities serving one fifth of U.S. households during the period from April to July 2020. How are people who have been working from home in the pandemic handling the extra cost? Can folks legitimately expense their energy bills? It’s a sticky situation for some. We’ll talk to home workers and employers.
- Beginning February 3: Krissy Clark, host of podcast The Uncertain Hour – which covers our complicated and unequal economy – will answer questions from David and Kai about the podcast’s new season. The discussion will revolve around employment: jobs that are outsourced, subcontracted, freelance, “self-employed,” temporary or “gig” — a decades long trend that has accelerated in recent years. These types of jobs often come without benefits and sometimes offer pay below the minimum wage.
- Our hosts will also look at the history and policy decisions that led us here, how some companies use loopholes to avoid providing workers a minimum wage or basic protections, and what a workforce increasingly made up of “nonemployees” means for the future.
Week of February 1
- February 1: With a 50-50 split in the Senate, Senator Joe Manchin is the man in the middle. How will he wield his power in congress?
- February 4: Following rising extremist activity in the U.S., experts have raised concerns about social media platforms’ role in spreading disinformation. The banning of former President Donald Trump on mainstream platforms solidified the concern: do social media platforms have too much power?
Performance Today listeners will hear a major musical work composed or performed by a Black artist each hour of the show, every day in the month of February.
The program regularly features BIPOC composers, conductors and performers, but this will be a special celebration of the contribution of Black artists in commemoration of Black History Month.
Arts and Culture
Time Machine from The Current is a sonic journey across music history. Each week, host Bill DeVille takes you back to the sounds of a specific year with a carefully curated list of the best songs. Plus, he’ll invite you to reexamine some deeper cuts as we look back on what happened that year in music, pop culture and the world.
February 5 – 1961:
The world was Crazy for Patsy Cline, and Ray Charles and Roy Orbison had the year’s biggest hits. It was also a big year for girl groups like the Marvalettes and Shirells, there was great music coming out of the Big Easy from artists Fats Domino and Lee Dorsey, Del Shannon and Dion rocked the radio while Surf Music was emerging in California with artists like Dick Dale and The Beach Boys, and Elvis Presley was making movies and music.
Outside the world of music, John F. Kennedy was sworn in, Roger Maris hit 61 homers to break Babe Ruth’s single season HR record, the Packers won the NFL Championship and it was the inaugural season for the Minnesota Twins. The street-smart musical West Side story hit the big screen, while on the small screen that show about the talking horse – Mr. Ed – debuted. And if you were around that year, you probably got your first yoyo.
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NEW episode – February 5: Toast and Coffee
- We talk to award-winning baker Cheryl Day of Savannah’s Back in the Day Bakery for breakfast baking inspiration. She is the author of Baking for Breakfast and the classic Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook, and she sticks around to take some of your baking questions.
Then, we turn to Nick Cho, better known as Your Korean Dad on Tik Tok, to talk about his other area of expertise. He is the founder Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters in San Francisco.
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