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How about we wrap this whole fundraising thing up?

WRVO's spring fundraiser is well on its way. We've been up at 5 a.m. (earlier in Jason's case), on the air at 6 a.m. and closing up shop 12 hours later. But it's all worth it!

We're within striking distance. We've told you our goal is $180,000. We've told you we're going to stop fundraising when we reach that goal. And now we're telling you that it could happen tomorrow morning. We can't guarantee it! But when you have a feeling, you have a feeling, right?

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"I listen to NPR for its quality journalism. NPR news stories inform me, entertain me and always make me think. And I know I can trust NPR's reporting. I enjoy the variety of topics NPR reports on -- from sports to religion, and my obsession, political news."

Our news director, Catherine Loper, is a big fan of political news -- for obvious reasons. But she has some room in her heart for other NPR programs too.

"I love "Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!" and "Car Talk," even though car repair is one of my least-favorite things on Earth!"

In 2014, the shooting of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, set off a wave of protests and sparked a movement targeting racial disparities in criminal justice. Since then, there have been other controversial deaths of African Americans at the hands of law enforcement that have captured the public’s attention, from Tamir Rice, to Philando Castile.

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"I listen to NPR because I trust their reporters and hosts to provide me with accurate facts in a non-biased context. We can't expect to solve our problems if we can't first come to a consensus about the facts."

Station Manager Bill Drake has been in this business for a while. He came to us from Northern Public Radio (WNIU and WNIJ) in DeKalb, Illinois.

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This isn't just any spring fundraiser at your local public radio station. We're being upfront about exactly how much money we need to receive to maintain our service to central and northern New York.

Our goal for this spring fundraiser is $180,000. Thanks to generous donations received during February, we're on our way to reaching that goal. But much like our upstate winters tend to hold on, we're not out of the woods yet! We still need to receive about $100,000 during this on-air drive.

This BBC and APM co-production, "The Response - America's Story" seeks listeners' unique stories about the lives they lead and their hopes for the next four years. Americans can tell their realities and reflections of the world, using the technology in their pockets.

In this special broadcast, Sunday, March 5 at 7 p.m., Americans tell their experience of health. Hosted by the BBC's Shaimaa Khalil, this episode presents diverse voices reflecting on human realities of health -- a major focus of the Trump administration's first 100 days. 

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Yesterday was the final day of Foneless February. That means spring is just around the corner, but it also means that for the past 28 days, WRVO asked for your contribution ahead of the on-air fundraiser without interrupting programming -- and you responded!

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Shortly after President Donald Trump concludes his remarks to congress, Former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear will deliver the Democratic response. Beshear was chosen by Democratic leaders for his record and expanding affordable health care.

NPR is providing a transcript of Beshear's remarks (below), which NPR journalists will be annotating.

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President Trump addresses a joint session of Congress for the first time tonight at the Capitol. Live coverage begins at 9 p.m. on WRVO.

This address comes a day after Trump gave an outline of his budget plan for Congress, which would increase defense spending and make cuts to domestic programs. Following tradition, House Speaker Paul Ryan invited the president to make the speech to lay out his agenda in the early days of his new administration.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 28, President Donald Trump will deliver his address to a joint session of Congress at 9 p.m.

WRVO will be providing live, special coverage from NPR of the President's speech as well as the Democratic response, hosted by Audie Cornish. This will be the first address to Congress of Trump's presidency.  Analysis will be provided by White House correspondent Scott Horsley, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman, national correspondent John Burnett and Congressional correspondent Sue Davis.

The story of two more cases the Stearns County Sheriff's Department had trouble solving, and a man whose life was ruined when he was wrongly suspected of killing a police officer. It includes data showing a shockingly low clearance rate for major crimes not just in Stearns County but in many other places around the country. Afterward, the team of reporters discuss why there is no authority that can put pressure on local law enforcement to do a better job of solving crimes.

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President Trump held a news conference in the East Room of the White House on Thursday. In an event arranged the same morning, he first announced his new pick for Labor Secretary, Alexander Acosta, a law school dean and former US Attorney. He made an extended opening statement in defense of his administration, trumpeting accomplishments and blasting his critics and the news media.

You can take a stand for the local stations and programs you love with Protect My Public Media. Protect My Public Media is a campaign to support the federal investment in America's public media system. The goal is to motivate supporters (like you!) to take action to protect federal funding for public media.

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Thanks to you, our listeners and members, we're on our way to meeting our goal for this spring -- $180,000 in donations. So far, we've raised about $20,000 in February, ahead of our spring fundraiser in March. It's a great start! And we're so happy to hear from listeners who value our service enough to donate.

The story of how investigators zeroed in on the wrong guy, ruining his life by naming him a "person of interest." Plus, discussion of the term "person of interest" and interviews with experts about why the term is gaining currency and what it means.

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This program contains material that some listeners may find disturbing.

Here at WRVO Public Media, we pride ourselves on our content -- regional news coverage, analysis of the policies that affect our nation and our world, live speeches and press conferences, stories that make you laugh (or cry), first listens to some of the best new music, pieces that explain complex world events, showcases of the best in old time radio, investigative journalism, the latest in scientific discovery, and so much more. It's what we bring you each and every week. But most of all, we pride ourselves on our listeners.

President Donald Trump tweets a lot. With tens of millions of followers on Twitter, Trump proposes policy, shares his latest actions and reacts to the news. But 140 characters rarely gives the full context. Here, the NPR politics team and reporters across the newsroom gave context for key tweets.

The NPR politics team focused on early tweets that could have larger implications. This service is no longer live, but you can read tweets and analysis provided by the NPR News team in the early month's of Trump's presidency.

This program contains material that some listeners may find disturbing.

This program details further mistakes of the investigators in the Jacob Wetterling disappearance, showing that law enforcement failed to canvass the neighborhood and missed key witnesses. This weeks' discussion: the overwhelming number of leads that Jacob's family and law enforcement received, and the killer's recent confession.

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The NPR Politics team is provided annotation of President Donald Trump's inauguration speech, live, as it happens.

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Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States at noon today. Hundreds of thousands of people, including many from central and northern New York, are in Washington D.C. to both support and protest Trump. Join WRVO for live coverage throughout the day, both on-air and online. We'll bring you special coverage on-air from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with All Things Considered wrapping up the day's events. 

It is alleged that the practice of gerrymandering -- dividing election districts into units to favor a particular group -- subverts democracy by making congressional districts “safe” for one party or the other. As a result, only those voting in primaries are in effect choosing our representatives.

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On January 20, WRVO and NPR News will offer special live-coverage of the Presidential Inauguration. Tune in from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as hosts Steve Inskeep and Audie Cornish co-host from the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The Inauguration

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., NPR News will feature the swearing in of the President and Vice-President; plus speeches, newsmaker interviews, live reports from around the Capitol and the National Mall, and analysis from NPR's Political Team.

Continuing coverage: The inaugural luncheon and parade

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Who else did you expect while Peter's away?

Two-time Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks will guest host an episode of NPR's news quiz "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!" this weekend. It was taped in front of a (very lucky) live audience in Chicago and now you can hear it Saturday, January 14 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, January 15 at 4 p.m. on WRVO.

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The NPR Politics team and reporters across the newsroom will be live-annotating a news conference with President-elect Donald Trump, expected at 11 a.m. today.

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The NPR Politics team and reporters across the newsroom will be live-annotating President Obama's farewell address in Chicago tonight, scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.

You can expect fact checks and background added to Obama's comments as he gives them, with special attention paid to remarks on his legacy, national security, health care and foreign policy.

Listen live starting at 9 p.m. on WRVO by clicking the play button at the top of this page.

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Join us for two consecutive weekends in January for the best of the 2016 Third Coast Festival on WRVO. 

Back with their "Best of the Best" broadcast, Third Coast features winners of the annual documentary competition. From more than 500 entries, 10 were chosen as winners. Meticulously crafted and lovingly produced, these stories will intrigue, inform and insire.

This year's program features powerful, important stories dealing with issues that might not be suitable for young listeners.

This New Year's Day, celebrate our country by helping the Capitol Steps make fun of it. You don't need to win the Electoral College to proclaim laughter is exactly what 2017 needs. Tune in for the Year in Review from "The Capitol Steps" this Sunday, January 1 at 7 p.m. on WRVO.

Let's not let the election divide us any further -- unite in laughter!

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'16 Going on '17

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The unexpected, unusual, often positive, even life-changing events of our past year... surounded by the voices and music we may have heard, or never heard before.

Tune in Sunday, December 25 at 7 p.m. on WRVO for a summary of the unusual events in 2016 daily life, business, transportation, science, outer space, show business, the outdoors and unique things not classified as "Breaking News."

Loaded with pop, movie, TV, and Broadway music of today and yesterday -- including The Eagles, Bob Dylan, "Hamilton," David Bowie, Taylor Swift and more.

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