What’s coming up from APM December 21-27

Here are the latest updates for upcoming programs. PLEASE NOTE: All details are subject to change. Additional details will be shared via ContentDepot as they become available.

Use the links below to visit our dedicated program pages, where you’ll find show logos, digital assets and more.



Week of December 21

Marketplace (PM)

  • Kai talks with Kathy Baughman-McLeod, SVP and director of the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation at the Atlantic Council about coral reef insurance and climate risk more broadly.
  • Kai talks to Tawney Brunsch, executive director of the Lakota Funds in Kyle, SD, about the economy and credit desert on the Pine Ridge Reservation. 

Marketplace Tech

  • December 21: Shopify. Facebook Shop. Etsy. There are lots of ways to take a small business online. How are these platforms competing for brick-and-mortar retailers?
  • December 24: AI-based tools like computer vision and voice interfaces have the potential to be life-changing for people with disabilities, but the truth is those AI models are usually built with very little data sourced from those people. Now, Microsoft has a new initiative to fill the data desert.

The Daily

Over the holiday season, from December 24 – January 1, The Daily will feature a series of encore episodes that look back over some of the most compelling stories from this past year. Please note that many of these episodes have been updated to keep the content current or to share new information, and all are subject to change based on breaking news.

  • December 21: A profile of radio star Delilah Rene, and the power of pop music
  • December 22: The Year in Good News – celebrating the personal milestones and little victories of a difficult year
  • December 23: The Lives They Lived – reflecting on some of the lives lost in 2020
  • December 24: The Song that Found Me (encore)
  • December 25: The Long Distance Chorus (encore)


Performance Today

  • December 21: Performance Today will spend an hour reflecting on those who have died in 2020.  We’ll hear from performers Ryan Anthony, Julian Bream and Leon Fleisher who passed away in 2020, and we’ll broadcast highlights from Maurice Durufle’s Requiem to honor the over 300,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19.
  • December 22: Fred Child spends the hour doing a dramatic retelling—with music—of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
  • December 24 and 25: Features of Performance Today staff’s favorite performance of Christmas carols. Audiences will hear reflective and somber music on Dec. 24, with sparkly, joyous pieces on Dec. 25.

Arts and Culture

NEW: Time Machine from The Current

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 25: 1964

  • The British invasion was in full swing as bands like the Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who ruled the airwaves. The sound of young America was happening on the Motown label in Detroit with hits from The Supremes, The Temptations & Four Tops. There were girl groups like Dixie Cups and Ronettes, Phil Spector’s “wall of sound” production was featured on several hits. Outside the world of music, The Warren Commission said Oswald acted alone in the killing of JFK, LBJ defeats Goldwater in a landslide in the run for Presidency, and the US Surgeon General links smoking to cancer. Pitcher Bob Gibson dominated baseball and his St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Yankees to win the World Series, where Gibson was the MVP. If you went to the movies you probably saw a James Bond film, there were two James Bond releases in the same year, Goldfinger & From Russia With Love both staring the late Sean Connery.

The Splendid Table

As The Splendid Table continues to take listener home cooking questions, please follow the program’s updates on Twitter and encourage listeners to send in their questions as voice memos to contact@splendidtable.org, or via phone at 800-537-5252.

Encore episode – December 25:

  • We’re getting ready for the holidays with Toni Tipton-Martin, author of Jubilee: Recipes from Two Generations of African American Cooking.
  • We get some insights on entertaining from Questlove, his new book is Mix-Tape Pot-Luck Cookbook.
  • And Melissa Clark re-unites with pastry wizard, Claudia Fleming about the classic book they penned together nearly 20 years ago, The Last Course.

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