Documentary Special

Thursday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

A different documentary special is featured each week.



Documentary Special
2:42 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Giving Thanks: A Celebration of Fall, Food, and Gratitude

11/28/2013 - With music and stories for Thanksgiving, it's Giving Thanks

New for 2013, two wise, witty women join us at the table:

Julia Sweeney, celebrated writer and actor, she is best known from Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! and Saturday Night Live.  Sweeney's memories and monologues on faith give her humor a deep human touch that is perfect for Thanksgiving.

Documentary Special
2:29 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

We Knew JFK: Unheard Stories from Kennedy Archives

November 21, 2013 - Never before broadcast memories from JFK's confidantes recorded just after the assassination.  The special is hosted by legendary journalist, Robert MacNeil.  For background, more from and about the contributors, and to hear the program itself, visit our website:

Listeners will hear from JFK colleagues who were with him during his first political race in 1946, until his last days in office.

Famous names and voices wrestle with grief and memory; they provide intimate details on JFK the man, the president, and father.

Climate Week 2013
1:00 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

MTPR presents Rising Seas, a documentary special by BURN: an energy journal

Waves in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Credit Chris Julin

Join MTPR on Thursday October 24 at 1:00 MDT as we air Rising Seas, a presentation of BURN: an energy journal.

Rising Seas is presented in four segments. You can listen to them here:

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Documentary Special
1:36 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

A Burn Special - Rising Seas

10/24/2013 - A Climate Change Week Documentary – While all coastal cities face real trouble, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development says Miami is the most vulnerable in its assessment of threats to 50 major cities worldwide. Parts of Miami will be permanently flooded in as few as 15 years.

Women are not Men
1:31 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Freakonomics - Women are not Men

10/17/2013 - Women are different from men in some key areas. For example, the data show that women don’t drown, edit Wikipedia, commit crime, or file patents at anywhere near the same rate as men do. How else are women different?

Is the U.S. Drone Program Fatally Flawed:
1:31 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

An Intelligence Squared Debate

10/10/2013 -An Intelligence Squared Debate - Is the U.S. Drone Program Fatally Flawed?  Do drones hurt, or help, in our fight against terrorism? The debaters are Ahmed Rashid, John Kael Weston, Admiral Dennis Blair (USN, Ret.) and General Norton Schwartz (USAF, Ret.)

Should Tipping Be Banned?
1:20 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Freakonomics - Should Tipping Be Banned

10/3/2013 - To an economist, tipping is a puzzling behavior – why pay extra when it’s not required? Host, Stephen Dubner looks at why we tip, which factors affect the amount, and whether tipping should perhaps be eliminated altogether.

Documentary Special
1:15 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Of The West with Philip Aaberg. “The Long View from a Little Town”

9/26/13 - Phil, Jake and Patty Aaberg participated in the KCRW 24 Hour Radio Race, along with approximately 200 other teams.  Everyone received the topic “The Last Thing You’d Expect” and then had 24 hours to write, record, edit and upload a six minute non-fiction radio story.  This program goes behind the scenes and follows their participation in the race and the making of the story.

Documentary Special
12:56 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Humankind Documentary Special

9/19/13 - Stressed Out Students - New one-hour documentary from Humankind examines the consequences of the epidemic of high anxiety among secondary school students in this era of high-stakes testing and sharply increased competition for the limited pool of slots available at top colleges.

Documentary Special
2:08 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

American Radioworks Special

9/12/13 - An American Radioworks Documentary – “Second Chance Diploma: Examining the GED”

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