Sunday Specials

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Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 8pm: “On Being: Revealing Ramadan” (APM – A special produced by “On Being”)
 
Sixteen Muslims, in their own words, speak about the delights and gravity of Islam's holiest month. We asked them to reflect with us on what it means to be part of what often is referred to in the abstract as "the Muslim world."
 
Through vivid memories and light-hearted musings, they reveal the richness of Ramadan — as a period of intimacy, and of parties; of getting up when the world is quiet for breakfast and prayers with one's family; of breaking the fast every day after nightfall in celebration and prayers with friends and strangers.  
 
On Being is hosted by Krista Tippet.
 
 
 
 
Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 8pm “Selected Shorts: Love Songs?” (PRI)

A program of stories about finding love in unexpected places.
 
First, from the fertile brain of Simon Rich, cave boy meets cave girl in “I Love Girl,” in which Cro-Magnon suitors vie for the same woman. The reader is Michael Ian Black, a writer, comedian, and actor who has created and starred in many television series including Stella and The State.
 
Next, if Jonah had started a commune, it might have the same strange quality as the world of “When We Lived Together in the Belly of a Whale, Some Nights Were Perfect,” by Mara McCormick Sternberg. It’s read by Tony Award-winning actor BD Wong.
 
Our last work on this program of stories about finding love when and where you least expect it is N.M Kelby’s “Jubilation, Florida.” These lovers are gently used, a little cynical, and married to other people, but at least for one night, they seem to be destined for each other. Amy Ryan performed “Jubilation, Florida” at the Boston University Theatre in Boston. The story was original published in One Story magazine.
 
 
 
 
Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 8pm “Recycled” from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (PRX)
 
A compilation of short documentaries (3 to 7 minutes long) on the theme, "Recycled," exploring aspects of human life that get repeated and re-used, for better and for worse.  The hour long special is produced by students in the Duke University class, “The Short Audio Documentary,” and hosted by John Biewen, audio program director at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke.
 


 
Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 8pm: “Reveal” (Episode 3) PRX and Center for Investigative Reporting
 
In this latest episode from PRX and the Center for Investigative Reporting: an investigation into accidents and equipment failures with the military; a collaborative investigation into U-S water standards including the politics and influence surrounding our water; and another in CIR's series of veteran investigations. This time, the gap between promise and reality: how billions in taxpayer dollars have flowed to private companies that are failing U-S veterans.
 
 

 

Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 8pm: “What’s Your Story?” Final episode in the series “The Really Big Questions” (PRI)
 
What was your childhood like? Are you sure? Research shows that we create stories about our lives and believe them even when they’re not accurate. We depend on stories as the key to understanding and remembering our lives. But there are costs:  We approach stories less critically than other types of information and our behavior and beliefs are influenced by stories, even those we know are false, according to the work of psychologist Melanie Green. 
 
In this final episode of The Really Big Questions, Dean Olsher talks with scientists of story and expert storytellers about the costs and benefits of our love affair with stories, and what our interest in stories tells us about the human mind. Guests include: 
 
  • EO Wilson, evolutionary biologist at Harvard University and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, explains how the mind is wired for storytelling.
  • Andrew Gordon, a computer scientist at the University of Southern California, is trying to build a computer that can tell a story.
  • Anne Bogart, theatre director and author of What's the Story, explains the process of translating stories for the stage--and why she thinks stories can help us save us from our distraction-filled modern life.
  • Writer AJ Jacobs comes clean about his mixed feelings about stories.
  • Psychologist Melanie Green explains that stories influence our behavior and beliefs even when we know a story is false. 
  • Chang'aa Mweti, storyteller and professor of education at the University of Minnesota Duluth, explains the role of stories in Kenya, where he grew up.
  • Psychologist Raymond Mar discusses his research indicating that reading fiction can build empathy.


 
Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 8pm: “Who Cares” The challenges of caregiving (Capital Public Radio/PRX) 
 
If you're not a caregiver now there's a good chance you'll become one, joining an estimated 66 million adults who make up the "backbone" of America's long-term care system. Without recognition and support, the backbone is at risk of breaking.
 
This hour-long, first-person documentary explores who cares for family caregivers, the challenges they face, the stress they endure and how they care for themselves.
 
 
 
 
Sunday June 15, 2014 at 8pm: “Life Stories: Families – Fathers, Sons and Brothers” (PRX)
 
For Father’s Day, four stories about men and family.
 
These are public radio stories made over many years, by producer Jay Allison -- working together with Christina Egloff, and friends, colleagues, neighbors, strangers and whoever would take the loan of one of his tape recorders. They are stories about life as we find it, and record it.  Hosted by Alex Chadwick
  • Dad's Moving Out (11:56) There was a moment when Dan knew for sure his parents were splitting up. He remembers it clearly. His parents remember it clearly too, but differently. Produced with Dan Robb.
  • My Brother, Tom Jones (20:56) Alex is a Tom Jones impersonator, a dedicated one. This portrait of him and his work was made by his younger brother who has always admired him. Produced with Dan Gediman.
  • Dad and Sam (4:45) Love and Brotherhood. "Every year my father would go get Uncle Sam from the Delaware State Mental Hospital and bring him home for Christmas...”
  • Descended from the Holocaust (19:52) A physician in central Massachusetts borrows a tape recorder and accompanies his parents to the Holocaust Museum to talk to them about something they've never talked about before: their experience in the Nazi concentration camps. Produced with Dr. Alan Berkenwald
 
 
 
Sunday June 8, 2014 at 8pm: “Criminal” (PRX)
 
Four stories of people who have done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in-between. First, a new technique for lie detection, one that's nearly always correct. Then, a lawyer neighbor comes up with a theory to absolve his neighbor of murder allegations. Plus, a look at a time when the line between man and beast was much thinner. Finally, a smart, motivated, convincing college graduate sets up a counterfeiting operation. This program is based on a podcast called, Criminal.
 
 
 
 
 
Sunday June 1, 2014 at 8pm: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” Part of Studio 360’s American Icon Series
 
Ken Kesey had worked in a mental hospital, but his first novel was really a parable of what happens when you stand up to the Man — a counterculture fable that doesn’t end well. Despite his far-reaching influence, Kesey was shut out by filmmakers who turned the story into an Oscar-sweeping phenomenon. Cuckoo’s Nest changed how many people thought about mental illness and institutions. Sherman Alexie debunks the myth of the silent Indian; we visit Oregon State Hospital, where the director played himself on screen; a psychiatrist explains how the movie gave mental hospitals a bad name, with tragic consequences; and actress Louise Fletcher takes us into the mind of one of the most fearsome movie villains, the sweet-faced Nurse Ratched. “She doesn’t see her behavior as it really is. Who does? Who sees that they’re really evil?”
 

 
 
Sunday May 25, 2014 at 8pm: “What is a Good Death” from “The Really Big Questions” (PRI)
 
Many Americans are trying to take control of their deaths, creating advance directives and asking for “green burials,” but strong forces exist to countermand their wishes. Most of us say we want to die at home, or in hospice, but the number of Americans dying in intensive care units continues to rise. Why don’t we get the death we hope for?
There’s a growing movement to bring engagement with death back into our culture, through death salons, home funerals, and meaningful end-of-life care.
 
This show is part of a limited series called The Really Big Questions (TRBQ) — five, hour-long programs in which scientists and philosophers come together to explore compelling questions about what makes us human.
 

 

Sunday May 18, 2014 at 8pm:  Big Picture Science:  “Our Tasteless Show

Imagine biting into a rich chocolate donut and not tasting it. That’s what happened to one woman when she lost her sense of smell. Discover what scientists have learned about how the brain experiences flavor, and the evolutionary intertwining of odor and taste.     Plus a Chicago chef who tricks tongues into tasting something they’re not. It’s chemical camouflage that can make crabgrass taste like basil and turn bitter crops into delicious dishes – something that could improve nutrition world-wide. And an astronomer who developed recipes that are out of this world.

Guests Include:

Bonnie Blodgett – Author of Remembering Smell: A Memoir of Losing—and Discovering—the Primal SenseGordon Shepherd – Neurobiologist, Yale University School of Medicine, author of “Neurogastronomy: How the Brain Creates Flavor and Why It Matters.” 

Homaro Cantu – Chef and owner of restaurants Moto and iNG in Chicago, chairman and founder of Cantu Designs Firm           

Niki Parenteau – Astrobiologist, SETI Institute

Markus Hotakainen – Astronomer, chef, author of gAstronomical Cookbook

http://www.bigpicturescience.org/episodes/Our_Tasteless_Show

 

Sunday May 11, 2014 at 8pm -- Two different half hours related to Moms

8pm:  “Remembrance: On Time and Distance”  (PRX)

Producer Dmae Roberts presents a touching and brutally honest half-hour radio memorial on the 10th anniversary of her mom’s death. “Remembrance: On Time And Distance” is, in part, a memoir about the complex ties that bind a mother and daughter.   With humor She recounts her weekend trip to Taiwan to rescue her mom when she fell ill and highlights  the phone messages she saved while taking care of her mom in her final years as her mother struggled with breast cancer.  This is a personal story about caregiving and healing and that ever-complex relationship with our mothers. 

http://stagenstudio.com/2012/04/remembrance/

8:30pm:  Morning Shift Encore:  Listeners Share Songs that Remind Them of their Moms” (WBEZ/Morn Shift)

WBEZ’s Morning Shift asked listeners to share the songs and musical anecdotes that most makes them think about their mothers.  In this encore presentation of that Mother’s Day Music edition WBEZ’s Tony Sarabia and Richard Steele guide us through listeners’ favorite musical memories of mom.

https://soundcloud.com/morningshiftwbez/music-thursday-mothers-day#c=124&t=0:00

 
 
Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 8pm: “Rubin Carter’s Hurricane” (Humankind)
 
Memorialized in a Bob Dylan song and then Denzel Washington’s Academy Award-nominated portrayal, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter was a professional boxer who was falsely accused of a triple murder and eventually freed by a federal judge after 19 years in prison.  Carter died April 20th…(last month) at the age of 77.  
 
This hour long program features an in-depth interview with Rubin Carter – recorded when he was 74 years old.  He talks about how he transcended the “inner prison” of hatred   This special also features the judge whose ruling set him free as well as many other voices in an exploration of the plight of inmates who've been falsely convicted.
 
 
 

Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 8pm: “Why Does Music Move Us?” part of “The Really Big Questions” (PRI)
 
Music exists in every culture. Does that mean it offers an evolutionary advantage? What drives humans to make music? And why does music get so deeply embedded into our lives? We’ll delve deeper into what music can teach us about the human brain – with musicians and researchers including:
  • Jazz guitarist Pat Martino who lost his memory after neurosurgery and retaught himself how to play.
  • Neuroscience researcher Psyche Loui at Wesleyan University who studies chills and strongly emotional responses to intense aesthetic experiences like music.
  • Petr Janata from the Center for the Mind and the Brain at UC Davis who is interested in how we “groove” to music, the pleasurable urge to move that’s elicited by music.
  • Steven Pinker, linguist and evolutionary psychologist who is famous for the line that music is not an evolutionary adaptation but “auditory cheesecake.”
 

Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 8pm: Carbon One’s “Meltdown” PRX

Tuesday, April 22nd is Earth Day…Sunday night at 8pm we explore how mountains and forests are being impacted by climate change and, in turn, affecting our health. An economist and a doctor connect a rise in Dengue fever and a rise in the temperature of the Earth. A corporate consultant and an environmental advocate explain how planting trees is good for business. And a professional snowboarder and snow experts lay out the problem.  In fact, the melting of snow is motivating skiers to launch into action on climate volatility.
 

http://www.prx.org/pieces/111642#description

 

Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 8pm: “When Words Matter: A National Poetry Month Special (State of the ReUnion)” PRX

In this hour-long special, State of the Re:Union will explore all facets of poetry and its influence in host Al Letson’s life. We will talk to poets from all over the country about the craft, the lifestyle, the resurgence of poems, and of course, listen to beautiful poetry. 
 
 
Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8pm: "Intelligence Squared Debate:  Does affirmative action on campuses do more harm than good?" (NPR)
 
Affirmative action, when used as a factor in college admissions, is meant to foster diversity and provide equal opportunities in education for underrepresented minorities. But is it achieving its stated goals and helping the population it was created to support? Its critics point to students struggling to keep up in schools mismatched to their abilities and to the fact that the policy can be manipulated to benefit affluent and middle class students who already possess many educational advantages. Is it time to overhaul or abolish affirmative action? Taped at Harvard Law School
 
THE MOTION
Affirmative action on campus does more harm than good
 
FOR
"The very large preferences that are now routinely employed by colleges and universities produce fewer, not more, black scientists, black engineers, and black medical doctors. We are talking epic policy failure."
—Gail Heriot, Professor of Law, USD School of Law & Member, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
 
"When you use very large racial preferences to create racial diversity, you open up a credentials chasm that's an invitation to feelings of alienation and isolation among the group that's benefited."
—Richard Sander, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
 
AGAINST
"Affirmative action has supplied a tremendous incentive that has prompted thousands to elevate their sights and pursue ambitions that they would not have otherwise pursued." 
—Randall Kennedy, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
 
“Much of this discussion, whether intentionally or not, echoes rumors of inferiority which continue to exist in this country.” 
—Theodore Shaw, Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
 

 
 
Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 8pm: “Why Do We Share?” The next episode in the series “The Really Big Questions” (PRI)
 
Are humans basically selfish, or basically giving? There’s a widespread assumption that you have to offer people incentives to do good deeds and threaten punishment to stop them from doing evil deeds. But the way people act in the real world contradicts that idea. Humans may actually have been shaped by evolution to care about each other, to share, and to cooperate. 
 
 
 
 
Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 8pm: “Lady Writes the Blues:  Celebrating Rosemarie McCoy” (PRX/Radio Diaries)
 
In honor of Women’s History Month we introduce you to Rosemarie McCoy. You probably don’t know her name, but you likely know her songs –more than 800 of them spanning the full range of American pop music, from Rhythm and Blues to Rock and Roll, country to gospel music and jazz. 
 
In the 1950′s and early 1960′s American pop music saw the melding of different genres —rhythm & blues, country, and rock & roll — bringing together black and white, northern and southern musical styles.
This is the story of one of the most prolific songwriters of that era.    Rose Marie McCoy’s songs have been recorded by Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, Dizzy Gillespie, Ike & Tina Turner, Big Maybelle, Ruth Brown, James Brown, Sarah Vaughan, Johnny Mathis and Aretha Franklin.
 
Born in 1922, Rose grew up in a tin shack in rural Arkansas. Her success was even more remarkable in an era when blacks and women were largely excluded from the business side of the music industry. But despite publishing over 800 songs, Rose Marie McCoy remains largely unknown.
 

 

Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 8pm: “Witness-- A Women’s History Month Special from the BBC”

On this special hour-long episode of Witness from the BBC World Service, listen to incredible interviews looking at women’s history as told by people who were there. We hear from British suffragettes – considered by some at the time to be akin to terrorists – on their struggle for the vote. The first woman to run in a marathon, Kathrine Switzer, explains why the director of the Boston Marathon physically attacked her mid-race. Marsha Hunt recounts her time in London as an African American in the 1960s – and pokes holes in popular perceptions of the time. We travel with Irish campaigners for reproductive rights as they brought The Pill (actually aspirin tablets) back from Belfast to protest Irish laws against contraception. We hear the story of the first woman in space, Russian Valentina Tereshkova. And we join Jacqui Ceballos in New York as feminism entered a new phase during the street rally of 1970.
 
 
 
Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 8pm: “Reveal” (Episode 2) (PRX)
 
On this Reveal pilot, WBEZ reporters show how heroin moves from Juarez to Chicago and into the Midwest; plus reports from inside "The Box" from teens in solitary confinement. And an update on the Center for Investigative Reporting's examination of prescription drug abuse in the Veteran’s Administration.  
 

 
Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 8pm: “America’s Test Kitchen – Gluten Free Special: The Secrets, Science and Techniques of Great Gluten-Free Baking” (PRX)
 
On this special, you’ll hear about the science of gluten-free cooking, including new tricks we discovered in the test kitchen. We’ll be tasting gluten-free white sandwich bread, and we’ll find out what’s hot and what’s not in the world of kitchen gadgets. Then we’ll head into the test kitchen to learn how to make the best gluten-free chocolate chip cookies. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions.
 

 

Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 8pm: "Going Black: The Legacy of Philly Soul Radio" (PRX and Mighty Writers)
 
Starting in the 1950s, Black radio stations around the country became the pulse of African-American communities, and served as their megaphone during the Civil Rights and Black Power movements.
Stations like WDAS in Philly, WDIA in Memphis, WWRL and WBLS in NYC,  WVON in Chicago, WLAC in Nashville and KWBR in San Francisco featured radio personalities with styles all their own who played records you'd never get to hear on mainstream radio. Beyond being hip radio stations, these were pipelines into the Black community where you'd get the latest news on current events and the Civil Rights Movement — at a time when the mainstream media wasn't covering these stories from a Black perspective.
 
Going Black examines the legacy of Black radio, with a special focus on the legendary WDAS in Philadelphia.  The story of Black radio in Philadelphia is actually the story of a music that would have gone undiscovered, of Civil Rights and progress in the African-American community, and of how the radio medium has changed in the last century. The documentary special is hosted by legendary Sound of Philadelphia (TSOP) music producer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Kenny Gamble
 
The program features  first-person accounts of Civil Rights events and rare archival audio of Black radio air checks from the 60s and 70s, including a 1964 interview with Malcolm X, just a few months before his assassination. The documentary also includes a soundtrack featuring R&B, jazz, gospel and soul hits from the 50s through the 80s, especially from the Sound of Philadelphia.
 
 
 

 
Sunday, Februrary 16, 2014 at 8pm: “The Really Big Questions:  What is This Thing Called Love?” (PRI)
 
Join host Dean Olsher in a program pondering the “why” behind our drive to pair up. Why do human beings feel romantic love? Why does love cause transcendent joy?  What happens to the brains of people who are in love? How can scientifically studying love help us navigate our relationships? A fascinating cast of characters tackles these questions head-on.
 
This show is part of a new series called THE REALLY BIG QUESTIONS (TRBQ) — five, hour-long programs in which scientists and philosophers come together to explore compelling questions about what makes us human.
 
 
Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 8pm: “American Icons:  Native Son” from Studio 360 (WNYC and PRI)
 
Based in Chicago, the story of a young man in the ghetto who turns to murder was an overnight sensation. Author Richard Wright set out to confront white readers with the most brutal consequences of racism, and finally lay to rest the stereotype of the passive Uncle Tom.  One scholar argues Wright 
“literally wanted to create a bigger Thomas.”  But some think Native Son exploited the worst stereotypes of black youth. 
 
During this special, we trace the line from Bigger Thomas to Notorious B.I.G., and visit a high school drama class acting out Native Son, and struggling to grasp the racism their grandparents experienced. With Nathan McCall, Carl Hancock Rux, and Richard Wright's daughter, Julia Wright.
 

http://www.studio360.org/story/313787-american-icons-native-son/
 

Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 8pm: Re:Writing Black History (PRX)

During a month selected to celebrate “history,” we certainly are treated to a lot of the same familiar stories: the battles won for Civil Rights, the glory of Martin Luther King Jr.’s words, the hardships endured by slaves. And as important as those narratives are for us to collectively remember, many others get lost in trumpeting the same heroic tales. In this hour, State of the Re:Union zeroes in some of those alternate narratives, ones edited out of the mainstream imagining of Black History, deconstructing the popular perception of certain celebrated moments. From a more complicated understanding of the impact of the Civil Rights Act of ’64 on Jackson, Mississippi… to a city in Oklahoma still trying to figure out how to tell the history of one particular race riot… to one woman’s wrangling with her own personal racial history.

http://www.prx.org/pieces/108432-re-writing-black-history


Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 8pm:  Curious City History Special (WBEZ)

WBEZ’s news gathering experiment “Curious City” is expanding…and will now be heard regularly Thursdays and Saturdays on WBEZ.

Curious City answers your questions to just about anything relating to Chicago, the region and its people. From nuclear weapons to donuts, Victorian sexuality to vintage motels . In a special one-hour Curious City we bring you answers to some of the best Chicago history questions you've posed to Curious City.

http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/curious-tales-chicagos-past-109432

 

Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 8pm: King's Last March (American Radio Works/APM/PRX)

Although it was one of the most challenging and controversial chapters of his career, the final year of King's life has not been the focus of significant public attention. This dramatic and illuminating documentary uses a rich mix of archival tape, oral histories and contemporary interviews to paint a vivid picture of what may have been the most difficult year of Dr. King's life.

http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/king/

 

Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 8pm: Teenage Diaries Revisited (PRX)

A lot of life happens in two decades.  Back in the 1990s, Radio Diaries producer Joe Richman gave tape recorders to a handful of teens and asked them to report on their own lives. Now, almost 20 years later, Joe has checked back in... With Josh, still struggling with Tourette syndrome as an adult; Melissa, who was a teen mom and is now the mom of a teenager; and Juan, a Mexican immigrant who is now a father and husband...and still undocumented. 

http://www.prx.org/pieces/107367-teenage-diaries-revisited-hour-special

 

Sunday January 5, 2014 at 8pm:  Tulsa, Oklahom: Reconciliation (State of the ReUnion)

Tulsa, Oklahoma sits at a crossroads of American identities. In a special episode of SOTRU -- produced in collaboration with This Land Press -- we travel to the middle of Middle America to see what happens when these identities collide. We explore one of the country's deadliest race riots, a story that has been suppressed for 90 years; spend time in a native community that's resurrecting a language teetering on the edge of extinction; and visit a shrine for undocumented immigrants in a state with some of the harshest immigration laws in the nation.

http://www.prx.org/pieces/104119-tulsa-oklahoma-reconciliation-way

 

 

Sunday December 29, 2013 at 8pm:  "The Hospital Always Wins (State of the ReUnion)

In this special hour we take listeners to a place that exists in every American city, but most of us have never seen the inside of it. Back in 2004, SOTRU producer Laura Starecheski visited a state mental hospital in Queens, New York, called Creedmoor. She met an artist there named Issa Ibrahim. He had no perceptible symptoms: he was talented, charismatic, funny, engaging. To be blunt, he just didn’t seem like your typical long-term mental patient. But he’d been at Creedmoor for more than ten years already, with little hope of getting out. Why was Issa still stuck in the hospital? Laura’s quest to uncover Issa’s story took almost a decade. In this special episode, State of the Re:Union takes a close-up look at love, guilt and forgiveness, revealing both the brightest and the darkest parts of human nature.

http://www.prx.org/pieces/103772-the-hospital-always-wins

 

 

Sunday December 22, 2013 at 8pm:  Portland, OR: A Tale of Two Cities (State of the ReUnion)

There’s the Portland that many are familiar with, the city some residents praise as a kind of Eden: full of bike paths, independently owned small businesses, great public transportation and abundant microbreweries and coffee shops. And then there’s the other Portland: the city where whole stretches of busy road are missing sidewalks, the city that’s been getting whiter and less diverse, where some longtime African American residents feel as if decades of institutional racism still have not been fully addressed.

http://www.prx.org/pieces/104036-portland-oregon-a-tale-of-two-cities

 

Sunday December 15 at 8pm:

Mandela: In His Own Words (BBC/APM)

Nelson Mandela wrote a letter every day of his life. He also wrote diaries, kept notebooks, scratched out ideas for speeches and doodled his thoughts and meditations on scraps of paper. In this two part series the BBC’s Fergal Keane journeys back through the landmark moments in Mandela's life and career, as well as reflecting on less known events.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wr4j3

 

Sunday December 8 at 8pm:

"The Life of Nelson Mandela" (BBC)

BBC’s former South African Correspondent Allen Little looks back on the life of Nelson Mandela:

Nelson Mandela was one of the world's most revered statesmen, who led the struggle to replace the apartheid regime of South Africa with a multi-racial democracy.   Jailed for 27 years, he emerged to become the country's first black president and to play a leading role in the drive for peace in other spheres of conflict.  His charisma, self-deprecating sense of humor and lack of bitterness over his harsh treatment, as well as his amazing life story, partly explain his extraordinary global appeal.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01mhvmk

 

Sunday December 1 at 8pm:

The Long Game: Texas' Ongoing Battle for the Direction of the Classroom (Trey Kay and PRX)

For more than a half a century, citizens of the Lone Star State have had intense, emotional battles over what children should and shouldn’t be taught in public school classrooms   In many ways, Texans are stuck.  Some believe teachers should lay out relevant facts before students and have them draw their own conclusions. Others believe there should be particular values —perhaps absolute values— added into the mix to help guide students.”  

For “Long Game,” Trey Kay (producer of the Peabody, Murrow and DuPont honored “Great Textbook War”) spent nearly two years gathering interviews and acquiring archival audio in Texas.  During this process, he was present to capture a new controversy that erupted over a Texas-generated curriculum system known as CSCOPE.   The controversy reached critical mass after conservative talk show host Glenn Beck began speaking to his national audience about CSCOPE as a form of leftist indoctrination that was running rampant in Texas and could potentially appear in public schools in other states.  After about six months of intense media and political pressure, the lesson plan wing of CSCOPE –used in over 70% of Texas schools – was disbanded.

Kay’s report also examines Texas’ perennial battle over science standards and in particular, how the state chooses to teach all things related to the origins of the universe and theory of evolution

http://www.prx.org/pieces/104503-the-long-game-texas-ongoing-battle-for-the-direc#timing-and-cues

 

Sunday November 24 at 8pm:

“America’s Test Kitchen Thanksgiving Special:  Turkey Q&A and the Real Story of the First Thanksgiving”  (PRX And America’s Test Kitchen Radio)

On this Thanksgiving edition of America’s Test Kitchen, we talk to the experts to investigate the true beginning of Thanksgiving. We’ll be tasting turkey, and we’ll find out what’s hot and what’s not in the world of kitchen gadgets. Then we’ll head into the test kitchen to answer the top ten Thanksgiving day questions from stuffing to brining to perfect piecrust. And of course, we’ll answer your cooking questions.

http://www.prx.org/pieces/106155-thanksgiving-special-turkey-q-a-and-the-real-st

 

 

Sunday November 17 at 8pm:

"We Knew JFK: Unheard Stories from the Kennedy Archives" (PRX and First Person Productions)

Never-before-broadcast memories from JFK's confidantes recorded just after the assassination. The special is hosted by legendary journalist Robert MacNeil. 

You'll 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.  Timed to air near the 50th anniversary of his murder in Dallas, November 22.

http://www.prx.org/pieces/103694-we-knew-jfk-unheard-stories-from-the-kennedy-arch#description

 

 

Sunday November 10 at 8pm:

“American Icons:  The Vietnam Veterans Memorial”  From Studio 360 (WNYC and PRI).  

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial
How do you build a monument to a war that was more tragic than triumphant? Maya Lin was practically a kid when she got the commission to design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall. “The veterans were asking me, ‘What do you think people are going to do when they first come here?’” she remembers. “And I wanted to say, ‘They’re going to cry.’" Her minimalistic granite wall was derided by one vet as a “black gash of shame.” But inscribed with the name of every fallen soldier, it became a sacred place for veterans and their families, and it influenced later designs like the National September 11 Memorial. We’ll visit a replica of the wall that travels to veterans’ parades around the country, and hear from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel how this singular work of architecture has influenced how we think about war.

http://www.studio360.org/story/american-icons-the-vietnam-veterans-memorial/

 

 

Sunday November 3 at 8pm:

“Burn: Rising Seas with Alex Chadwick”  (American Public Media)

Sea level rise is just one of the ugly faces of climate change. A dangerous one, too. Especially for the United States, which has 20 of the most threatened coastal cities in the world. It’s estimated that parts of Miami will be permanently flooded in as few as 15 years from now.   BURN’s latest special examines the causes and consequences of rising seas. We visit south Florida, the Gulf Coast, the streets of New York City, and Greenland, where ice-melt is going to make the world a very different place.

BURN host Alex Chadwick talks with people deeply involved in the issues of how and when sea-level rise will begin to inundate Miami, as well as the reasons why waters are rising so quickly along North America’s Atlantic seaboard. To get firsthand reports on the rapidly melting ice sheets of Greenland (a significant cause of sea-level rise), BURN sends Neal Conan, former NPR host and reporter, with Gretel Ehrlich, longtime Greenland explorer and writer, to Greenland to meet with leading researchers.

http://burnanenergyjournal.com/

 

 

Sunday October 27 at 8pm:

“War of the Welles” (Documentary from PRX and SCPR)

A new documentary from R.H. Greene, "War of the Welles," tells the back-story of the production of "War of the Worlds" 75 years ago… correcting many myths, and explaining why it works as a radio broadcast.  This program is hosted by George Takei, star of the "Star Trek" TV and film series.

http://www.prx.org/pieces/104039-war-of-the-welles-documentary#description

 

Sunday October 20 at 8pm:

“Ties That Bind:  A StoryCorps 10th Anniversary Special”  (From NPR)

There are questions we would answer, if only we were asked. How did we grow up? What do we remember about home? What about our family?

Ties that Bind” is  a celebration of  the first decade of StoryCorps.  This special retrospective, hosted by NPR's Scott Simon and StoryCorps founder Dave Isay, looks back on 10 years of celebrating everyday people.

Recorded in StoryCorps' own interview booth in Manhattan, this special features Dave and Scott in an unscripted conversation about the importance of humanity, intimacy and the need to bear witness. They share stories about StoryCorps' beginnings and its growth into an archive of interviews with nearly 100,000 Americans from every state of the union.

Dave and Scott also revisit some of the most beloved conversations, reflect on Studs Terkel's speech at the launch of the project, get updates from the participants, and go behind-the-scenes of a StoryCorps interview.

Listen in on some unforgettable StoryCorps moments: Danny and Annie Perasa share their belief in the everlasting power of their love in the face of death, the amazing Ms. Divine leaves her mark, Monique Ferrer remembers her husband who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11, and Scott Simon shares one of the last recorded conversations he had with his mother Patricia in a StoryCorps recording booth.

This program is NOT available on demand. More information about Storycorps is at:  http://storycorps.org/

 

Sunday October 13 at 8pm:

Intelligence Squared U-S Debate: “ Is the US drone program fatally flawed?”

Remotely piloted aircraft, or drones, have been the centerpiece of America’s counterterrorism toolkit since the start of the Obama presidency. The benefits have been clear: Their use has significantly weakened al Qaeda and the Taliban while keeping American troops out of harm’s way.  But critics of drone strikes argue that the short-term gains do not outweigh the long-term consequences—among them, radicalization of a public outraged over civilian deaths. 

Is our drone program hurting, or helping, in the fight against terrorism?  A debate.

http://intelligencesquaredus.org/debates/past-debates/item/905-the-us-drone-program-is-fatally-flawed

 

Sunday October 6 at 8pm:

Live Wire! Radio – Episode 223:  “Monsters of Public Radio” 

A special studio edition of Live Wire Radio. Host Luke Burbank sits down to talk with the some of the so-called “Monsters” of public radio:  He’s joined first by Ira Glass -- host and producer of This American Life.   Then Luke talks with RadioLab’s Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich… and towards the end of the hour he is joined by  Prairie Home Companion's Garrison Keillor.  Also, music from Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside. 

http://www.livewireradio.org/content/episode-223

 

Sunday Sept 29 at 8pm:

Reveal 

Reveal is a new investigative program from the The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX. In this pilot: an exclusive story about the volume and impact stemming from the VA's over-prescripton of opiates to addicted veterans; the attorney behind many of the worst for-profit charities; bodycams for cops; and how one reporter helped one man prove his brother had been abused at a state mental facility. Hosted by Al Letson from State of the Re:Union and WJCT, Jacksonville.

Follow Reveal and comment on Twitter @Reveal and @CIROnline
Join Reveal on Facebook - share, comment and suggest stories to our team

http://revealradio.org/

http://www.prx.org/pieces/103217-reveal-pilot#description

 

 

Sunday Sept 22 at 8pm:

Humankind:  Stressed-Out Students

Applying for college is increasingly stressful as more and more students compete for a limited number of admissions to the best schools. Add to that the pressure cooker of high-stakes standardized testing, with teachers' jobs and school funding on the line.

The result is an epidemic of stressed out students, with elevated rates of cheating, abuse of "study drugs", and sleep-deprived high schoolers, who take on a heavy load of extra-curricular commitments to beef-up their college applications.

This new one-hour special examines the level of stress experienced by many secondary school students in America. We probe the causes and effects. And we look at positive coping skills kids can learn -- and ideas on how to restructure school life to minimize stressful conditions.

http://www.humanmedia.org/stressedstudents/

 

 

Sunday Sept 15, 2013 at 8pm:

American Radio Works Documentary -- "Second Chance Diploma:  Examining the GED"

The General Educational Development test (GED) is a second chance for millions of people who didn't finish high school. Each year, more than 700,000 people take the GED test. People who pass it are supposed to possess a level of education and skills equivalent to those of a high school graduate. Most test-takers hope the GED will lead to a better job or more education.

But critics say the GED encourages some students to drop out of school. And research shows the credential is of little value to most people who get one

http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/ged/

 

Sunday Sept 8, 2013 at 8pm:

American Radio Works Documentary  -- One Child at a Time: Custom Learning in the Digital Age

Researchers have long known the best way to learn is with a personal tutor. But tutoring is expensive. Providing the benefits of tutoring to everyone hasn't been possible. Now, experts say technology creates new ways for schools to customize education for each student. This program documents the rise of so-called "personalized learning." It takes listeners to schools that are reinventing their approach to education, and explores how teaching and learning change when personalization replaces one-size-fits-all in the classroom.

http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/

http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/personalized-learning/

 

Sunday Sept. 1, 2013 at 8pm:

The Hidden World of Girls with Host Tina Fey (Hour 2)

Host Tina Fey takes us around the world into the secret life of girls and the women they become. Sound-rich, evocative, funny, and powerful--stories of coming of age, rituals and rites of passage, secret identities. Of women who crossed a line, blazed a trail, changed the tide. These specials are produced by Peabody Award-winning producers, The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva), in collaboration with NPR reporters and foreign correspondents, independent producers and listeners around the world.

http://www.prx.org/pieces/68512

 

Sunday August 25, 2013 at 8pm:

Remembering Marian McPartland

Marian McPartland died this week at the age of 95.  We pay tribute to host Marian McPartland with a special memorial program. For more than thirty years, composer and pianist Marian McPartland brought jazz into the homes of public radio listeners through her interviews and duets with some of the greatest musicians in the world.  The program was called Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz.  It aired for a long time on WBEZ.

She composed piano pieces that have entered the jazz repertoire and songs—with lyrics by such stars as Johnny Mercer, Sammy Cahn, and Peggy Lee—that are considered part of the Great American Songbook.

“Remembering Marian McPartland” is hosted by Marian's longtime friend Murray Horowitz and features Marian's original compositions and musical collaborations with Sarah Vaughan, Karrin Allison, Thad Jones, Elvis Costello, and more.

http://scetv.org/index.php/marian_mcpartland

 

Sunday August 18, 2013 at 8pm:

The Hidden World of Girls with Host Tina Fey (Hour 1)

Groundbreaking writer, actress and comedian, Tina Fey comes to Public Radio to host The Hidden World of Girls, inspired by the NPR series heard on Morning Edition and All Things Considered. From the dunes of the Sahara to a slumber party in Manhattan, from the dancehalls of Jamaica to a racetrack in Ramallah, Tina Fey takes us around the world into the secret life of girls and the women they become.  Produced by Peabody Award-winning producers, The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva), in collaboration with NPR reporters and foreign correspondents, independent producers and listeners around the world.

http://www.prx.org/pieces/68507-the-hidden-world-of-girls-with-host-tina-fey-hour

 

Sunday August 11, 2013 at 8pm:

PRI’s Studio 360 American Icon Series:  Georgia O'Keeffe's Skull Paintings, Jimi Hendrix's Star-Spangled Banner, Harley-Davidson

This program highlights milestones in American culture with works that define and redefine what it means to be an American with a closer look at three of the country's cultural masterworks. Veteran NPR producer Jay Allison, a longtime biker, heads to Laconia Bike Week to find the source of the Harley-Davidson’s mystique. Georgie O’Keeffe leaves a mystery in the New Mexico desert. And Jimi Hendrix shocks a nation with his performance of the "Star-Spangled Banner" at Woodstock. All that, and soul singer Sharon Jones on the folk song "This Land Is Your Land."

http://www2.pri.org/infosite/networknews/_summerspecial.cfm#here2

 

Sunday August 4, 2013 at 8pm:

WTF Episode 305 with Jonn Hamm and Bryan Cranston

Despite Marc’s wishes to the contrary, Jon Hamm is not much like Don Draper at all. In a Cat Ranch chat, Jon reveals what it was like to grow up in St. Louis, why he hung around a lot of alternative comedy shows in the 90s, and why a role on Mad Men saved his career.
Then Bryan Cranston talks to Marc about what led him to the role of Walter White in Breaking Bad. Along the way he almost became a cop, worked alongside some carnies, and was briefly wanted for murder.

http://www.prx.org/pieces/97529-wtf-episode-305-with-jon-hamm-and-bryan-cranston

 

 

Sunday July 28, 2013 at 8pm:

WTF Episode 304 with Molly Shannon

Molly Shannon makes a visit to The Cat Ranch -- Marc's house -- and Marc helps trace her path through the show business ranks, including a strange detour with Gary Coleman, leading to her amazing success at Saturday Night Live. Marc and Molly talk God, motherhood and how an early tragedy drove her ambition.

http://www.prx.org/pieces/97525-wtf-episode-304-with-molly-shannon

 

Sunday July 21, 2013 at 8pm:

WTF with Marc Maron:  Jonathan Winters (Episode 303)

In 2011, Marc headed north to Santa Barbara to sit with one of the giants of comedy, Jonathan Winters. At 85, he was still firing on all cylinders, creating characters on the spot and recalling old improv bits from decades ago. They discuss his storied career in comedy, film and art. It’s the history of modern comedy in one interview.

http://www.prx.org/pieces/97523-wtf-episode-303-with-jonathan-winters

 

Sunday July 14, 2013 at 8pm:

WTF with Marc Maron:   Michael Keaton (Episode 302)

Michael Keaton is in the garage for a talk and he leaves nothing outside the door. Marc talks to Keaton about everything: his early stand-up career, his big break in Hollywood, the circumstances that led to him becoming Batman, Beetlejuice, and everything in between.

http://www.prx.org/pieces/97517-wtf-episode-302-with-michael-keaton

 

Sunday July 7, 2013 at 8pm:

WTF with Marc Maron (New Episode 301):  Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner

Mel Brooks. Nothing we write here can do this justice. So just listen to Mel and Marc take you through the life of a legend, from his youthful days in Brooklyn and his time served in World War II to his triumphs on the big screen, the small screen and The Great White Way. It’s Mel Brooks. What more is there to say?

And then, with a little help from Mel, Marc is able to sit down for a chat with another legend of comedy, Carl Reiner. They talk about the origins of the 2000 Year Old Man and Carl’s journey from writing to acting to directing.

But the best part of both interviews happens at the end, off mic. Marc will tell that story at the end of the episode.

http://www.prx.org/pieces/97515-wtf-episode-301-with-mel-brooks-and-carl-reiner#description

 

Sunday June 30th, 2013 at 8pm

Intelligence Squared U.S.: Is the FDA Hazardous to our Health?

The Food and Drug Administration is charged with protecting the public health. Under this mandate, it regulates drugs and medical devices for their safety and effectiveness. But is it a failing mandate? It’s long been argued that the FDA’s long and costly approval processes stifle innovation and keep life-changing treatments from the market. But the question remains: When it comes to public health, is it ever okay to sacrifice safety for speed? The debaters are Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Dr. Jerry Avorn, Peter Huber, and Dr. David Challoner.

http://www.intelligencesquaredus.org/debates/past-debates/item/802-the-fdas-caution-is-hazardous-to-our-health

 

Sunday June 23rd, 2013 at 8pm:  Interfaith Voices

Gay in the Eyes of God

Open any Torah, Bible or Koran, and the passages about homosexuality seem clear: being gay is an abomination; a sin; something that incurs the wrath of God. But for some, these interpretations are changing.

"Gay in the Eyes of God" is a special production of Interfaith Voices, the leading religion news magazine on public radio. It explores the ways in which the major American religious traditions (Christianity, Judaism and Islam) grapple with acceptance of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

We present personal stories as well as interpretations of scripture and theology - both traditional and progressive. The series features stories from:

•       Celestine and Hilary - a Catholic couple where one partner is transgender
•       A Catholic lesbian who decides the only way to be faithful is to be celibate
•       Gay and lesbian Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn
•       An Orthodox rabbi who defends tradition
•       An openly gay imam who leads a welcoming service in a Washington, DC mosque
•       An African-American Christian woman who struggles with her father over being a lesbian

"Gay in the Eyes of God" comes an important time, as the Supreme Court takes up the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, and the nation becomes more accepting of LGBT people. Still, the country is divided, and our series reflects many different views on this issue.

http://www.prx.org/pieces/94411-gay-in-the-eyes-of-god

 

 

Sunday June 16, 2013 at 8pm:  Hearing Voices: Father Figures

For Fathers' Day:  Paternal praise, pride, disappointment and love.  Scott Carrier gives his son Milo a “Ski Lesson;” comic strip artist Lynda Barry wishes her divorced dad a “Happy Father’s Day;"  a doctor tells his daughter about her granddad in “StoryCorps- Dr. William Weaver;"  “Grilling Me Softly” is how host Jay Allison describes his daughter’s questions about his love life...and more.

http://www.prx.org/pieces/96490-hv015-father-figures#description

 

Sunday June 9th, 2013 at 8pm: Live Wire! Radio (Episode 217)

This episode of the fast paced variety show features "Running with Scissors" author Augusten Burroughs , Ryan White and musical guest Radiation City -- a Portland band composed of two couples and a multi-instrumentalist. This show features hosts Luke Burbank and John Roderick.

http://www.prx.org/pieces/96533-live-wire-radio-episode-217