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WILL - WILL Highlights - July 15, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

A Stellar Job on ‘Big Picture Science’

5 pm Saturday, July 26, on WILL-AM: Stars can tell us a lot about other celestial phenomena.

Hand giving thumbs up in front of a celestial body

The stars are out tonight. And they do more than just twinkle. These boiling balls of hot plasma can tell us something about other celestial phenomena. They betray the hiding places of black holes, for one. But they can also fool us. Find out why one of the most intriguing discoveries in astrobiology – that of the potentially habitable exoplanet Gliese 581g – may have been just a mirage.

Plus, the highest levels of ultraviolet light ever mentioned on Earth’s surface puzzles scientists: is it a fluke of nature, or something manmade?

And a physicist suggests that stars could be used by advanced aliens to send hailing signals deep into space.


Paul Robertson – Postdoctoral fellow, Penn State Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds
Mike Joner – Research professor of astronomy at Brigham Young University
Nathalie Cabrol – Planetary scientist, SETI Institute
Anthony Zee – Theoretical physicist at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara

WILL - WILL Highlights - July 14, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Bronfman performs Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’

7 pm Wednesday, July 23, with the San Francisco Symphony

Yefim Bronfman

Wednesday July 23: San Francisco Symphony

Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; *Yefim Bronfman, piano

R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Op. 28

Mark Volkert (American, b. 1951…Violinist with SFS: Pandora (World Premiere)

*Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 73, Emperor

[SFS Encore: Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K.504, Prague (Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor)]

WILL - WILL Highlights - July 09, 2014

Download the WILL Radio App

Take WILL with you anywhere you go! Download our app for your phone or tablet.

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Take WILL with you anywhere you go. If you have an iPhone, iPad, or Android device, just head to the app store and do a search for "WILL Radio." The new WILL app allows you to stream our AM and FM stations, stay up to speed on the latest news coverage, listen to past episodes of your favorite programs on demand, and much more.

Get the app for your iPhone or iPad.

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The WILL Radio App allows you to listen to WILL AM and FM, pause and rewind the live audio, and view the program schedule for WILL streams all at once! You can explore On Demand content, search for programs, bookmark a program for later, and wake up to WILL with the alarm clock!

Live Streaming
• DVR-like controls (pause, rewind, and fast forward). You can pause the live stream to have a conversation and pick up right where you left off! Or rewind to catch a comment you just missed!
• Listen to live streams from WILL even while traveling! Start the app and your favorite station starts playing – no clicks to start listening.
• Integrated program schedules for all of the WILL streams!
• One click stream switching – flip over to the program you noticed on another stream with a single click.
• Listen to WILL in the background while browsing the web or catching up on your emails!

On Demand
• Access WILL’s programs easily and quickly.
• DVR-like controls. Pause, rewind and fast forward your program with ease.
• When listening to programs, individual segments (when available) are listed so you can review and choose one or listen to the entire program.
• Easy to access past programs.
• The WILL Public Radio App displays the web page associated with the program or program segment you are listening to On Demand so you can explore for more information.

• The unique “Search Public Radio” feature finds stories or programs across hundreds of stations and web pages and makes it easy to play instantly.

Additional features
• Easily share stories and programs with family and friends via the “Share” button.
• A built in Sleep Timer and Alarm Clock allows you to go to sleep and wake up to your favorite station.

WILL - WILL Highlights - July 07, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Fund Your Favorites results are in!

We asked you to program our Friday night schedule this summer, and the votes have been counted.

It's time to announce the winners! Most categories were very close, and we’re excited that our schedule allows us to air the top two or three programs on each night.

The top vote getter in each category will be aired first, followed by the next most popular show - see the full schedule below. Thanks to everyone who voted – this truly is your public television station!


Friday, July 11 


9:20 PM    MASTERPIECE CLASSIC DOWNTON ABBEY – Series 1 Episode 4                                                                                                                                

Friday, July 18

8:00 PM   NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA'S BEST IDEA THE MORNING OF CREATION (1946- 1980)*                                                                                                                   

10:00 PM   NATURE - ATTENBOROUGH'S LIFE STORIES: LIFE ON CAMERA                                                                                                          

Friday, July 25

8:00 PM    AMERICAN MASTERS CAROL BURNETT: A WOMAN OF CHARACTER*                                                                                                         

9:30 PM    AMERICAN MASTERS PETE SEEGER: THE POWER OF SONG                                                                                                                        

Friday, August 1




* denotes top vote-getter

WILL - WILL Highlights - July 02, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Miss Me? Sherlock Returns

Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, will return to TV for a special, followed by three new episodes. Shooting begins in January 2015.

WILL - WILL Highlights - June 23, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

New Season of San Francisco Symphony Concerts

Wednesdays at 7 pm on WILL-FM's Evening Concert

Michael Tilson Thomas

San Francisco Symphony (new season)

7/2  Semyon Bychkov, conductor
BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 1
Pinchas Zukerman, violin
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5

7/9  András Schiff, conductor & piano
BACH: Keyboard Concertos, Nos. 1 & 2
MENDELSSOHN: “Italian” Symphony

7/16 Asher Fisch, conductor; David Fray, piano
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 22
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 4

7/23 Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor, pictured
BEETHOVEN: ‘Emperor’ Piano Concerto; Yefim Bronfman, piano
Mark VOLKERT: Pandora (World Premiere)

7/30 Alexander Barantschik, leader and violinist
BACH: Violin Cto. in A Minor, BWV 1041
MOZART: Serenade No. 6 in D Major, K.239, ‘Serenata notturna’

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