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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"The Response: America's Story" seeks listeners' unique stories about they lives they lead, and their hopes for the next four years. The series offers Americans a chance to share their realities and reflections with the world.

The fourth segment of the series asks "How has the first 100 days of the Trump presidency affected you?" We hear Americans' answers on Sunday, April 30 at 7 p.m.

The principal recommendation of the final report of the Consensus Commission on Local Government Modernization is to establish a new municipal form of government for Onondaga County, with a single executive and a 33-seat legislature. While public forums and town hall meetings have been held to discuss the report, and the proposal has been both criticized and defended in the media, missing is a direct exchange between opposing views, with opportunities for challenge and rebuttal.

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The principal recommendation of the Final Report of the Consensus Commission on Local Government Modernization is to establish a new municipal form of government for Onondaga County, with a single executive and a 33-seat legislature.

Thirsty Planet

Apr 12, 2017
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Scientists say most people on Earth will first experience climate change in terms of water -- either too much or too little. This documentary explores some of the most pressing water problems and some innovative solutions by visiting two countries where water issues are critical: India and Israel.

Over 70 years ago, in 1945, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia met onboard he USS Quincy. A close relationship between the two countries has been maintained ever since, with oil and military and intelligence cooperation at its foundation. But the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. shale revolution, human rights concerns, and diverging interests in the Middle East have all put strains on this relationship.

Has this special relationship outlived its usefulness or is it too important to walk away from? Hear the debate on WRVO.

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For National Poetry Month, WRVO is bringing you "Hearing Voices: Wordshakers."

An hour-long program full of poetry, this special features "The Charge of the Light Brigade," Walt Whitman's "America," found poems and more. Tune in this Sunday, April 2 at 7 p.m. for our kick-off of National Poetry Month.

Missed the program live? You can listen online, any time.

From "The Response: America's Story," we bring you a program about immigration, one of President Trump's signature issues.

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Award-winning playwright Marcus Gardley's latest play is titled "X." It tells the story of the assassination of Malcolm X, both the story we think we know, and the details seldom shared. Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" provides the framework for Gardley to deepen our understanding of this complex, compelling figure in the tumultuous era of the 1960s.  

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.

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. 

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.

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.

About the series

This program contains material that some listeners may find disturbing.

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.

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.

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

Dec 20, 2016
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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.

A Christmas Carol: REDUX

Dec 12, 2016

"A Christmas Carol: REDUX" tells the Charles Dickens classic in the present day, giving it satirical comedic spin. Amidst a crumbling economy, skyrocketing unemployment, and mass protests on Wall Street, a cheapskate Scrooge refuses to share his wealth with those less fortunate.

It's the classic Christmas tale with visits by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.

Tune in this Sunday, December 18 at 7 p.m. on WRVO.

Missed the broadcast? You can hear it online.

Alt 50s Christmas

Dec 6, 2016

Christmas in the 1950s was the stomping ground for Rudolph and Frosty, but underneath the marshmallow world of perfect conformity was another take on holiday cheer that involved rock 'n' roll, space travel, my baby left me blues and good old Cold War paranoia.

It's Alt 50s Christmas -- edgier than Perry Como, more corrupt than a rigged quiz show -- something to sing while you dig your fallout shelter.

Join us for this special on Sunday, December 11 at 7 p.m. Can't catch it live on WRVO? You can listen online.

College Choice: The Value of It All

Nov 30, 2016
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A special from NPR News, "College Choice: The Value of It All" follows nine college seniors. NPR's Robert Siegel spent more than a year checking in with the students, talking with them about their choice of school and how things turned out.

NPR Politics Podcast radio special

Nov 9, 2016

This Sunday, join WRVO for a special one-hour edition of the NPR Politics Podcast, on-air. We'll wrap up the week's events and talk about where things go from here.

The central questions: "What just happened?" and "Now what?"

Political reporter Sam Sanders will be joined by senior editor and correspondent Ron Elving, political editor Domenico Montenaro, White House correspondent Scott Horsley and Tamara Keith, along with political reporters Sarah McCammon, Scott Detrow, Asma Khalid and more.

Vet Vox

Nov 4, 2016

For Veterans Day, Vietnam, Korean and World War II vets -- recorded by StoryCorps; along with a marine sergeant's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" discharge. We'll also hear what active-duty troops in Iraq are listening to on their iPods, and what they're lives are like.

From Hearing Voices, we bring you "Vet Vox," on Sunday, November 6 at 7 p.m.

Missed the broadcast? You can hear it online, any time.

The Devil You Know

Oct 25, 2016
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Just in time for Halloween, taking a few pages out of the political book, is "The Devil You Know" from The Truth. This is a special hour of horror stories (entirely fictional) that take place within the world of electoral politics.

Join us for stories of a canvasser that gets the donation she needs, which comes at a price; an independent candidate running for Congress who finally gets some attention -- from a serial killer; and an imagining of how Edgar Allen Poe may have died.

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Join us this Sunday for a comparison piece, "Campaign '68" from American Public Media.

Many see similarities between the presidential election campaign of 2016 and one almost half a century earlier. The 1968 presidential campaign was one of the most dramatic and significant contests for the White House in the 20th century. It was a close, bitterly-fought campaign in a raucous, bloody year.

Tune in for the latest in the Intelligence Squared U.S. series, this time examining the "Trump phenomenon" and the forthcoming election.

The elites of both parties have expressed contempt for Donald Trump, and Trump has succeeded in part by channeling his voters' contempt for the elites. Does support for Trump reflect an uninformed populism and misplaced anger by a large swatch of the American electorate? Or have the elites failed to empathize with their struggles, and failed to craft effective policies to help them cope?

Coming up this Sunday, the Political Junkie returns! Join Ken Rudin for a review of many great moments from the history of televised presidential debates, with commentary from several journalists and historians on how those moments may have helped pave the way for the winner to reach the White House.

Join us for the last in our special series on education from American RadioWorks. "Rewriting the Sentence: College Behind Bars" explores how providing education to inmates can reduce recidivism.

For decades, the United States' prison population has grown exponentially and today, more than two million Americans are incarcerated. But most people who enter prison eventually come out, and every year about 700,000 prisoners return to society. About half of those released will be back behind bars within three years.

This NPR News special will examine the characters of both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. The 2016 Democratic and Republican presidential candidates are the most unpopular candidates since modern polling began. But why is that the case?

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