Your week at a glance: October 25-31

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BBC World Service

Interim and Winter Schedules


Marketplace PM

Week of October 25

  • For our ongoing series Temporary Unavailable – how stuff moves around the world, or doesn’t – we focus on one essential piece of the supply chain: the shipping container. Kai visits the ConGlobal depot in Wilmington, California.
  • In southern New Mexico, the small town of Hatch bills itself as the Chile Capital of the World. But these days, Hatch Valley farmers are just as likely to grow onions or alfalfa as famous Chile varieties, such as Big Jim or Barker Extra Hot. According to the New Mexico Chile Association, production statewide is down 75 percent from its peak – from 34,000 acres in the early 90s to just about 8,000 in recent years. Marketplace’s Savannah Maher took a trip to Hatch to find out why.

Marketplace Tech

  • Throughout the summer and into fall, Marketplace Tech will have a rotating schedule of hosts. Kimberly Adams will be hosting from October 25-29

On Point

  • October 22: Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who died this week, is often remembered for one defining moment, his presentation to the UN in 2003 pressing for war in Iraq. Retired Col. Lawrence Wilkerson helped Powell prepare that speech. In a candid and revealing conversation with Meghna Chakrabarti, Col. Wilkerson gives us a behind the scenes account of that episode. Wilkerson was also Powell’s former Chief of Staff and long-time friend. In his only broadcast interview since Colin Powell’s death, Wilkerson reveals that Powell had come to question his belief in patriotism as he struggled to understand what his country had become.
  • October 25: Since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve been bombarded with data about COVID. But how that data is presented – and interpreted – has led to widespread confusion. On one side of the confusion spectrum are people too confident about COVID and on the other, people too anxious. We ask how we can fix our broken relationship with COVID math and the role that can play in helping us emerge from the pandemic.
  • October 27: Anthony Brooks hosts and is joined by Sen. Angus King to discuss the latest efforts to enact federal voting rights legislation which has again been blocked by Republicans. King has called on his Senate colleagues “to pull our country back from the brink, and to begin the work of restoring our democracy as we did in the Revolution, as we did in the Civil War, and as we did in the Civil Rights struggles: first, by simply telling the truth and then by enacting a set of basic protections of the sacred right to vote.”
  • October 28: Anthony Brooks hosts On Point.
  • October 29 (postponed from previous week): Elissa Epel is a health psychologist and a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Francisco. After observing her own son and the impact that the pandemic has been having on other children, she joins host Meghna Chakrabarti to talk about how parents need to be alert to the possibility that we are raising a generation of pessimists. But it’s not too late to be hopeful.


Performance Today

  • Between now and October 27, Performance Today audiences will hear new Piano Puzzlers every Wednesday.
  • October 28: Performance Today will program a show for Immigrants’ Day. Audiences will hear clips from Cellist Yo Yo Ma and pianist Emmanuel Ax about their lives and experiences as American citizens and immigrants.

Arts and Culture

Time Machine from The Current

October 29 – 1958

  • It was a great year for Jazz musicians like Miles Davis and singers like Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. There was great music happening in the Big Easy from artists like Fats Domino and Huey “Piano” Smith & the Clowns. Rockabilly was still big with releases from Wanda Jackson and Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly dropped his debut album, The Everly Brothers continued to deliver the hits, and Johnny Cash took a trip down the mighty Mississippi. There were cool instrumentals from Duane Eddy and Link Wray, and The Champs took a shot of Tequila, with a song that’s still referenced today.
  • Outside the world of music, Explorer I (the first US Earth satellite) goes into orbit. Four of the top five TV shows were Westerns, the most famous person in America was most likely Elizabeth Taylor, and the Baltimore Colts defeated the New York Giants for the NFL Championship in what was called “The Greatest Game Ever Played.”

The Splendid Table

Encore episode – October 29: Passing the torch

  • Best-selling author and food critic Ruth Reichl talks with Soleil Ho, the newish food critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, about stepping into big shoes.
  • Fruit farmers Mas and Nikiko Masumoto talk about it is like for them to pass the farm from father to daughter.
  • Ed Levine, author of Serious Eater and Kenji Lopez-Alt talk about where their collaboration on the cult website Serious Eats has taken them

Timely Selections

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Hollywood Halloween

Broadcast Window: October 1, 2021 – October 31, 2021

Length: One hour

Hollywood Halloween is a scary collection of the best (and darkest) classical film scores, ranging from “Night on Bald Mountain” to the horror classic “Bride of Frankenstein” and its comic cousin “Young Frankenstein.” Join Lynne Warfel, host of APM’s Saturday Cinema and Flicks in Five, for a musical ride through popular film scores just right for Halloween.

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