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Week of November 30
- Kai talks with Principal Krista McKinney King, of the Randolph Career and Technical Center in Detroit, about vocational/tech ed in the pandemic at Randolph and what she calls “the mindset of success”.
- Many struggling families depend on big charities/organizations like Toys for Tots to bring the holidays to their children–and millions of toys are collected each year at big retailers like Target, where customers can buy a toy and donate it on the spot, or at offices and companies, or they are ordered online. Marketplace’s Kristin Schwab looks the logistics of the big holiday food and toy drives.
Climate change reporting
- November 30: We speak with the CEO of BlocPower, a startup that is using software to identify old buildings that could save a lot of money by modernizing their utility systems, and creating a new financial product to help fund the work.
- December 1: Moody’s recently acquired a data company that analyses the financial risks of climate changes. We talk with Emily Mazzacurati, founder of 427, the work they do and how it influences the decisions companies make around investments that could help us adapt.
- December 2: A key theme of adaptation is decentralization – moving off of one big power grid and creating little islands of power. That requires powerful batteries. But lithium ion batteries are basically maxxed out in terms of how much energy they can store. Kristin Persson and Gerd Ceder study battery technology at the University of California, Berkeley.
December 2: Performance Today will showcase the broadcast premiere of Chris Brubeck’s “Time Out Suite,” a jazzy orchestral homage to his father, Dave Brubeck. Dave Brubeck’s 100th birthday is December 6.
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.
December 4: 1990
- Santana became a pop star releasing one of the biggest albums of the year and the biggest of his long-respected career. Nu Metal was still big as Korn’s Issues album debuted at #1 on the charts while Macy Gray issued her debut. Boy bands like Backstreet Boys & NSync ruled the pop charts. Meanwhile Wilco dropped Summerteeth, Magnetic Fields released the cult classic 69 Love Songs and the Glasgow Scotland band Travis emerged. Napster debuted and we first learned what file sharing is. Outside of music, the low budget indie film The Blair Witch Project was one of the most talked about films of the year, the San Antonio Spurs win the franchise’s first championship, and former grocery store stocker Kurt Warner is the talk of the NFL winning the MVP and the Superbowl for the St. Louis Rams.
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NEW episode – December 4:
- This week, we talk to one of the founding fathers of food science and cooking, Harold McGee. He is the author of the beloved, bestselling, game-changing culinary guide On Food and Cooking and he has recently turned his attention to one of the most overlooked dimensions of our world—smell. His new book is Nose Dive: A Field Guide to the World’s Smells.
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