Public Radio Presents

Sundays 7 p.m.

Public Radio Presents is a rotating collection of some of the best productions in public radio. Any given Sunday you'll hear debates, storytelling, historical programming, panel discussions, documentaries, and more. Past programs have included: Intelligence Squared US, America Abroad, State of the Re:Union, Destination DIY, Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin, and locally produced documentaries and panel discussions.

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Join us on Sunday, December 27 for a year-end special remembering the encouraging news stories of the past year -- from the United States, overseas and outer space. Stories about employment, cars, drones, planes, weather, awards, mountain climbing, sports and more.

You'll hear the assuring words and music of world leaders that followed some of the somber events of 2015, plus the anniversaries of Hurricane Katrina, V-Day, the Selma March, even Charlie Brown and Snoopy.

Tune in Sunday, December 27 at 7 p.m. on WRVO. 

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Join us this week on Public Radio Presents for a special from our friends at Marketplace! The "Marketplace Weekend" team takes a look at where the holidays meet money in "Marketplace Takes Care of Holiday Business" this Sunday, December 6 at 7 p.m.

In this special, we explore the intersection between the holidays and money, tell some stories, and help you financially navigate the holiday season -- figuring out how to make your cousins get along is up to you.

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Join us on Sunday, December 13 for "RISK!" with true stories perfect for the holiday season.

"RISK!" is the show where people tell true stories -- true stories they never thought they'd share with anyone. Writers, actors and ordinary people tell their most intimate secrets. It's hilarious, heartbreaking, and often wonderful. Some stories are told on stage at live shows and others are radio pieces.

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Get ready for some laughs the weekend before Christmas! Tune in for "Right Between the Ears," a Christmas special on Sunday, December 20 at 7 p.m.

This hour-long live sketch comedy show includes a spoof of the classic "It's a Wonderful Life," updated for our economically-challenging times; commercials for Jiffy Pants, the popcorn you make in your pants; and a special episode of Pimp My Turkey, where the turkey goes home with a 500-horsepower police interceptor engine.

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This production of "A Christmas Carol" returns to the heart of the 1843 story, mining the dark veins of what Charles Dickens called "a ghost story of Christmas."

Join us on Thursday, December 24, Christmas Eve, at 8 p.m. for a new, but old, rendition of "A Christmas Carol" with a cast of seasoned New York actors.

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"Politics Takes a Holiday" one more time this New Year with the Capitol Steps -- faster than Joe Biden deciding whether to run for president!

Tune in Thursday, December 31 at 7 p.m. for the Capitol Steps annual year-in-review, and boy has it been quite the year! With jokes more powerful than the wind it takes to finally blow off Donald Trump's hair -- you'll be laughing (and maybe crying) in no time.

For Hispanic Heritage Month: Immigration Uncovered

Oct 4, 2015
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Sunday, October 4th, 2015 at 7pm: Immigration Uncovered: Untold Stories of Moving North

Coming up this Sunday, August 23 is Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US) as part of Public Radio Presents. This debate, "Containment is not Enought: ISIS Must be Defeated," airs Sunday at 7 p.m. on WRVO.

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Join us this Sunday for another Re:sound special, airing as part of Public Radio Presents. This week we look at the ups and downs of confinement with "The Tight Spaces Show."

This week -- sometimes the only way to get out of a tight space is by getting into an even tighter one; getting through, or really -- underneath, the Berlin Wall; the need for wide-open space, and the resulting case of claustrophobia; and the isolation solitude confinement happiness freedom domain (that's right).

Tune in this Sunday, August 16 at 7 p.m. on WRVO.

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This week it's "The Waiting Show," a Re:sound special from the Third Coast Audio Festival. Join us Sunday, August 9 at 7 p.m. In this episode: waiting. Waiting in line, waiting for an organ transplant and waiting for a bus that's never, ever going to come.

Stories this week from Sean Cole, Lulu Miller and Catie Talarski.

Missed the show? Listen online, anytime.

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Join us this Sunday, August 2 for another Re:sound special as part of Public Radio Presents. This week it's "The Randomness Show," with two stories in which random events change lives forever and a third pulled randomly from the phonebook.

"The Long Shadow" by Lea Thau

One day in February, 1997, four young men decided they would go to the top of the Empire State Building. What happened there would cast a long shadow over everything that came after.

"J Dilla's Lost Scrolls" by Pat Mesiti-Miller

Re:sound - The Hearing Show

Jul 20, 2015
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Join us this Sunday on Public Radio Presents for Re:sound -- The Hearing Show, from the Third Coast Audio Festival. 

This hour we listen in on hearing -- a complex system of circuitry that is vulnerable to all sorts of interruptions, misfires and breakdowns. Stories include: "The Rest Is Silence" by Brian Calvert, "Signal To Noise" by Paolo Pietropaolo, "5-7-5" by Flo Neve, and "The Extractor" by Jonathan Mitchell.

Tune in Sunday, July 26 at 7 p.m. on WRVO.

Missed the program? No worries! You can hear it online.

Re:sound - The 'If You Build It' Show

Jul 13, 2015
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This Sunday night on Public Radio Presents, Re:sound -- The "If You Build It" Show, from the Third Coast Audio Festival.

This hour they built it and we see who came, including stories of Clyde Casey, a street performer who used abstract art to fight street crime; a peculiar eight-story high mansion in the trees; and the remnants of Sutro Baths, a palatial indoor swimming pool and amusement park built in 1898.

Join us for these stories this Sunday, July 19 at 7 p.m. on WRVO.

Re:sound - The Dinner Table Show

Jul 6, 2015
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Coming up this Sunday on Public Radio Presents, Re:sound -- The Dinner Table Show, from the Third Coast Audio Festival.

This Independence Day, enjoy the Capitol Steps one-hour long special, "Politics Takes a Holiday!"

It's the most wonderful time of the year when Presidential candidates emerge from their political slumbers and proclaim themselves fit to rule this Nation. The singing political comedians will take on Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders and all the other "76 Unknowns" who have thrown their hat (and your money) into the ring. Its time to "Mock the Vote" in 2015!

Join us this Sunday on Public Radio Presents for another Intelligence Squared U.S. debate, this time we ask the question "Should states be required to license same-sex marriages?"

Saying goodbye to State of the Re:union

Jun 15, 2015
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This week on Public Radio Presents, we say goodbye to State of the Re:Union, a program you've likely heard intermittently on WRVO for years now. Host Al Letson is moving on and focusing on the new public radio show Reveal, and other projects.

In the last episode of State of the Re:Union, the team brings you a collection of our favorite stories from the road. Letson reflects on six years of SOTRU and says goodbye to the show.

Join us this Sunday, June 21 at 7 p.m. on WRVO.

The San Gabriel Valley: Small Town, Global City

Jun 11, 2015
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Coming up this Sunday at 7 p.m. on Public Radio Presents, another State of the Re:Union special.

The San Gabriel Valley is just like any other suburb in America. Life revolves around family and school; the social fabric is woven over cheap eats at the mall. But unlike most suburbs in America, the San Gabriel Valley is home to the largest Chinese diaspora in the country. In fact, eight of the region’s cities are majority Asian. That makes the “SGV” one of the few places where being Asian American is the norm -- but where there is no normal version of being Asian American.

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This Sunday, June 7, on Public Radio Presents, join us for a story from Ithaca.

The climate is going haywire, and politicians are bickering over what to do about it, or whether to do anything at all. But that’s only part of the story. Around the country, communities are taking matters into their own hands, publicly pledging to shrink their carbon footprints, then setting out to make good on their promises. Leading, they hope, from below.

IQ2US: Should we abolish the Death Penalty?

May 25, 2015

Should we abolish the Death Penalty? This is the question at hand in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate, airing this Sunday.

A recent Gallup poll found that Americans are still largely supportive of the death penalty, with 6 in 10 in favor as punishment for murder. Legal in 32 states, it has come under renewed scrutiny in light of several botched executions in 2014.

Hearing Voices: For the Fallen

May 18, 2015
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This week, for Memorial Day, we honor Veterans with "For the Fallen," a special program from Hearing Voices.

Hosts Major Robert Schaefer and Colonel Robert Schaefer speak with troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, reading their emails, poems and journals. Also on this program, interviews from StoryCorps, an essay from This I Believe, and the sounds of a Military Honor Guard.

Tune in this Sunday, May 24 at 7 p.m. on WRVO. If you can't listen this Sunday, you can also hear the program online.

The Ring and I: The Passion, The Myth, The Mania

May 14, 2015
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"The Ring and I" is a story about the love affair between hundreds of thousands of people and one, colossal, controversial and awe-inspiring piece of work, Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung. Join us this Sunday for this special program on Public Radio Presents.

This is an examination of the ways Wagner's Ring Cycle has inspired passion, impacted culture, and invited controversy over the last 125 years. Hosted by Jad Abumrad, "The Ring and I" asks what many of the uninitiated must wonder: "What's the big deal?"

The Moth Mother's Day Special 2015

May 4, 2015

This week, for Public Radio Presents, stories picked specifically for Mother's Day.

Molly Ringwald finds herself in the principal's office with her daughter, a young man navigates life with his single mom, a boy who loves Barbies is terrified at the thought of playing tackle football, and a daughter contemplates how to face her mother’s death with grace.

Join us this Sunday, Mother's Day, on Sunday, May 10 at 7 p.m. If you missed our broadcast, you can also hear the program online.

This Sunday, join us for another debate from "Intelligence Squared U.S." This time we ask the question "Are liberals stifling intellectual diversity on campus?"

What is college for? For many, it's a time for personal and intellectual growth, to meet new people, and to explore ideas and philosophies that challenge their beliefs. Or is it? Recent cancelations of conservative speakers, rescinded honorary degrees, and scrutiny of certain campus groups have heightened perceptions that there is pervasive liberal intolerance on campuses.

The Adaptors: An Earth Day special from BURN

Apr 13, 2015

Climate change is calling. "The Adaptors" are responding... Join us for this Earth Day special from "BURN: An energy journal" this week on Public Radio Presents.

Confronting Hatred: 70 years after the Holocaust

Apr 6, 2015

This week WRVO Public Media brings you a special Holocaust Remembrance Week program during Public Radio Presents. "Confronting Hatred: 70 years after the Holocaust" brings together a broad range of voices to talk about racism, antisemitism, and the ways in which hatred can grow.

Taxed-Off!

Mar 31, 2015

This week on Public Radio Presents, an in-depth look at the American tax system in "Taxed-Off!"

Audrey Quinn, an investigative journalist, gathers elected officials, tax experts, and individual citizens to explore the grand experiment that is the U.S. tax system. You'll hear from governors of three states who have made the leap and changed their tax code, and explore other possible changes to the system. Plus, how state and federal income taxes affect American families, and how state taxes get used to woo new residents. 

Notes On Spring: A Seasonal Music Special

Mar 23, 2015

This week, an assuring hour of music and information about the promising resurgence of spring, including rare facts about the featured music and the reasons for springtime warming and rain.

A wide variety of unique vocal and instrumental performances by Mannheim Steamroller, Joni Mitchell, the London Symphony & Cambridge Singers, Jim Stafford, Timothy Seaman, Barbra Streisand, Richard Burmer, Julie Andrews, The Slovak Philharmonic,  Andrea McCardle, Steven Isserlis with Michael Tilson Thomas and Dudley Moore, William Tabbert, Stan Kenton, and John Denver.

IQ2US: Should the world bet on America?

Mar 16, 2015

This week on Intelligence Squared U.S., debate on the question "Should the world bet on America?"

Songs of the Troubles

Mar 9, 2015

Songs are more than just words and musical notes. They are a reflection of the people who sing them. And people in conflict create songs of conflict.

Songs of the Troubles is a musical exploration of the conflict in Northern Ireland. The program contains several rare recordings that even the most ardent Celtic fan hasn't heard. All the while delving deep into the context of Irish folk music and giving listeners fresh insight into the rich music tradition.

Join us this Sunday, March 15 at 7 p.m. on WRVO.

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