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(Upcoming -- Sunday December 22 at 8pm:)
State of the ReUnion: The Southwestern Range (PRX)
Among the most iconic landscapes in American is the Western Range, a stretch of millions of acres of land, much of it remote and still undeveloped, distinguished by low rainfall, but abundant ecological diversity. In the 21st century, this land has become contested ground. Development pressures threaten open space as the Sun Belt continues to be an economic powerhouse. Border issues mean life in some of these rural places has been transformed by violence and politics. Ranchers and environmentalists alike are wrestling with what this land should be in the years to come.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday Sept 29 at 8pm:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.