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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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.

Her Stories: For Women's History Month

Mar 2, 2015

Hearing Voices from NPR presents "Her Stories: For Women's History Month" this week on WRVO.

You'll hear: the Kitchen Sisters go to "Tupperware" parties; a supermarket checker checks out her life, in ZBS's radio soap Saratoga Springs; Jenifir returns "Home From Africa" with all 13 symptoms of chronic peace corps withdrawal; a collage of and about "Sisters," the story of "Ruby" and her husbands; and more.

Listen this Sunday, March 8 at 7 p.m. on WRVO.

IQ2US: Is Amazon a friend to readers?

Feb 23, 2015

This week on Intelligence Squared U.S., debate on the question "Is Amazon a friend to readers?" In late 2014, Amazon and the publishing house Hachette settled a months-long dispute over who should set the price for e-books.

American Radioworks

The last in our series of Black History Month specials airs this Sunday, February 22 at 7 p.m. Join us for the American Radioworks broadcast "Say It Loud: Great Speeches on Civil Rights and African American Identity."

"Say It Loud" traces the last 50 years of black history through stirring, historically important speeches by African Americans from across the political spectrum. With recordings unearthed from libraries and sound archives, and made widely available here for the first time, "Say It Loud" includes landmark speeches by Malcolm X, Lorraine Hansberry, Angela Davis, Martin Luther King Jr., Henry Louis Gates, and many others.

Leadership from the Bottom Up, a SOTRU special

Feb 9, 2015
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Tune in for another in a series of Black History Month specials this Sunday at 7 p.m. on WRVO. This week it's State of the Re:Union with "Leadership from the Bottom Up: A Black History Month Special."

Usually during Black History Month, we remember our Civil Rights icons and reflect on their legacy. But over the past couple of years, SOTRU has met a new generation of African American leaders, people you may not see on TV specials or making nationally acclaimed speeches. Most of these men and women are on the front lines of their communities, rolling up their sleeves and diving into what can be unglamorous work.

King's Last March

Feb 2, 2015
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This Sunday, February 8, join us for an American Radioworks special, "King's Last March" at 7 p.m.

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.

Re:Defining Black History

Jan 26, 2015
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This Sunday, February 1 at 7 p.m. join WRVO for a State of the Re:Union special on black history. Re:Defining Black History is just one in a series of specials for Black History Month heard each Sunday.

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.

Tinsel Tales

Nov 28, 2014
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Sunday December 7th at 7 p.m.

We kick off the holiday season with collection of holiday stories of all kinds: funny, touching, insightful and surprising. Baxter Black ponders Christmas for cows; Bailey White sneaks into her neighbor's yard in search of an elusive hemlock tree; O. Henry's Gift of the Magi; and a different take on How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Hosted by NPR's Lynn Neary.

Hearing Voices Christmas Mashup

Nov 28, 2014
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Sunday December 14th at 7 p.m.

A mix of holiday stories, found-sound, and sampled songs: A bell-ringer at the Mall of America. Holiday history as told by second graders. A trip to the toy store. Carols sung by Zulu children in a South African orphanage. And holiday bits from Bing Crosby, George W. Bush, and The Beatles Fan Club Christmas messages. Hosted by Barrett Golding.

Hanukkah Lights

Nov 28, 2014
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Sunday December 21st at 7 p.m.

A perennial favorite with brand new Hanukkah stories written by acclaimed authors Debra Ginsberg, Anne Burt, Simone Zelitch, Andrew Borowitz, and Theodore Bikel. Hear a wide variety of stories perfect for the holiday --- one story is funny and crisp, another historical, and there's one with a multicultural theme. Also included is a story about the supernatural and one that ends with the best last line for any Hanukkah show, "Love is the only miracle." Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

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