special programming

From WBEZ Chicago, Making Obama tells the story of Barack Obama’s climb from the South Side of Chicago to the national stage. Host Jennifer White talks with Obama’s key advisors, mentors, rivals, and the former President himself.

Part One: Obama’s years as a community organizer to his first elected office in Springfield, Illinois.

Part Two: Obama’s ill-advised run for Congress in 2000 to the moment he arrived on the national stage.

Negotiations can denuclearize North Korea. That's the statement two teams will debate in this week's "Intelligence Squared U.S." How should the United States respond to North Korea’s rapidly advancing nuclear capabilities?

Some experts suggest the upcoming summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un might provide a pivotal diplomatic opportunity to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons -- especially in light of the announcement of harsh new sanctions.

The final year of World War II in the Pacific, told by men who came back and kept silent about the harrowing ordeal that changed their lives.

All Mom Radio

May 9, 2018

For Mother’s Day, maternal tales from producers around the country:

“Travels with Mom” follows Larry Massett and his mother to the Tybee Island, Georgia of today and of the 1920′s, as recalled by Mrs. Massett.

Writer Beverly Donofrio joins her mom for “Thursday Night Bingo,” produced by Dave Isay of Sound Portraits.

In Nancy Updike‘s “Mubarak and Margy,” a gay man returns home to care for his mom, and to the “cure” his family plans for his homosexuality.

And comedian Amy Borkowsky shares her hilarious phone “Messages from Mom.”

What if a single policy could impact American democracy, culture, and competitiveness?  What if that policy might either empower citizens and consumers, or burden them?  And what if the decision on that policy sparked a frenzy of legislative proposals, judicial challenges, and citizen outrage, all across the country?

From BBC World Service's "The Compass," scientist Liz Bonnin offers a deep dive into the Earth's oceans. From Mauritius to Alaska, the Philippines to Cape Town, she shares stories of people who make a living from the sea and its wildlife, capturing the powerful ties that bind so many of us to the awesome majesty of the oceans.

Join us this Sunday, April 15 at 7 p.m. and again on April 29 at 7 p.m. for this two-part series in celebration of Earth Day.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is testifying on Capitol Hill to answer questions about protecting user data. We will have a live feed online this afternoon (starting at 2:15 p.m.) and tomorrow morning to cover any developments.

King's Last March

Mar 28, 2018

Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Half a century later, King remains one of the most vivid symbols of hope for racial unity in America. But that's not the way he was viewed in the last year of his life.

"King's Last March" includes interviews with some of the leader's closest colleagues and advisors, who reflect on the last year of his life, and the last protest movement of his career. It's a powerful and moving exploration of the final chapter of King's life that offers audiences reflection on the 50th anniversary of his death.

This season of "Invisibilia," coming in April, examines how the stories we tell ourselves can lock us into one place or another and what happens in the space between.

NPR's "Embedded" team returns with two programs on the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Host Kelly McEvers reports on two key questions explored by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for the next two Sundays on WRVO.

Collusion | Sunday, March 11 at 7 p.m.

The BBC World Service presents remarkable stories of women's history, told by the women who were there. Selected from its Witness program, audiences will hear the story of the first women to vote in Kuwait; meet the woman who took the x-ray that revealed the structure of DNA; and hear how one woman's experience of 'date rape' changed the discourse around sexual violence in America.

Tune in this Sunday, March 4 at 7 p.m. for this broadcast of "Witness."

Witness the antics of The Capitol Steps, Jay Leno, Dennis Miller, George Carlin, Chevy Chase, and John Toomey. Hear Stan Freberg lampoon George Washington, James Whitmore play Harry Truman, Charlie Warren impersonate Jimmy Carter, and Rich Little play Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan.

Tune in this Sunday for a special program from the BBC World Service.

Hear remarkable stories of African American history, told by the people who were there. Selected from "Witness," audiences will hear the story o America's first major-party black candidate for president; meet one of the founding members of the first classical ballet company to focus on black dancers; and Ruby Bridges talks about being escorted to school by U.S. Marshals.

Tune in this Sunday, February 11 at 7 p.m. for "Witness: Black History Month."

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Coming up this week, a special broadcast with Diane Rehm.

A year after President Trump's inauguration, Diane talks with a panel of top political analysts about how the country has changed since his election, and what's ahead for the White House, Congress and voters in 2018.

Tune in this Friday, January 19 at 1 p.m. and again Sunday, January 21 at 7 p.m. for this special broadcast. You can find more details about "One Year Under Trump" on WAMU's website.

A few changes are coming to the weekend lineup on WRVO Public Media this year.

Join us this weekend, and next, for the winners of the 17th annual Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.

From more than 600 entries, eleven were chosen as winners. The stories are meticulously crafted and lovingly produced -- they intrigue, inform and inspire. The program also features interviews with some of the exceptional producers.

We'll hear the best from Third Coast this weekend and next on WRVO, Sunday, January 7 and 14 at 7 p.m. If you missed the live broadcast, you can listen online.

A Christmas Carol

Dec 20, 2017
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Hear the ghosts of Christmas come alive this holiday season with this special radio adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol."

Children and adults alike will enjoy this rendition of this heart-warming Christmas favorite. The myriad of sound effects and musical cues put the listener right there with the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.

Tune in December 24 at 7 p.m. for "A Christmas Carol" on WRVO.

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Enjoy this hour of mixes and mashes and season samples and songs.

First, Christmas at Bagram Air Base hospital in Afghanistan, a tour of the Holy Land with Hanukkah military history, a visit to a toy store and some musical Chrismashups.

Tune in this Sunday, December 17 at 7 p.m. on WRVO. If you missed the on-air broadcast, you can still listen online.

This afternoon, tune in for live coverage from NPR News on WRVO. President Trump is expected to make remarks at 1 p.m. He plans to recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reversing decades of U.S. foreign policy.

You'll hear continued coverage during "Here and Now" this afternoon and more analysis on "All Things Considered" later today. As always, updates are available from NPR.

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Join us for an hour of rarely-heard holiday music highlighting artists, arrangements, lyrics and compositions from today and yesterday.

Hear John Denver with "Christmas Like a Lullaby," Mannheim Steamroller with "Carol of the Birds," and much more, from the classical to the modern. A full list of songs featured on "An Unfamiliar Christmas" is available online.

Tune in this Sunday, December 10 at 7 p.m. on WRVO for "An Unfamiliar Christmas."

Join us for an NPR News special this weekend exploring the latest sexual harassment allegations and admissions.

It's been a little more than a year since President Trump, then candidate-Trump, faces furious criticism over the now infamous Access Hollywood video featuring his comments about groping women. He subsequently faced a barrage of sexual harassment claims. While the moment sparked a national conversation about sexual harassment, it did not quash his Presidential aspirations.

This history special traces the development of racial, and racist, ideas. We’ll start in the ancient world, when "there was no notion of race," as historian Nell Irvin Painter puts it, and continue to the founding of the United States as, fundamentally, a nation of and for white people.

LBJ's War

Nov 8, 2017
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Through secretly taped phone calls and archival interviews, most unheard until now, this program tells the story of LBJ's fall from grace in the voices of those who were there when this history was made and who had a hand in its making.

This year, SUNY Oswego's Lewis B. O'Donnell Media Summit took on "fake news." The summit is a cooperative effort of the college's communication and broadcasting community -- both faculty and students. Part of a broader set of activities to give SUNY Oswego students access to alumni and other professionals in media, the summit features four panelists and one moderator.

The panel, of White House and other broadcast news industry veterans, spoke on the politically and emotionally charged subject of "fake news." This year's panelists included media professionals on the national scene -- all with past local connections -- as well as a local talk radio host and a SUNY Oswego alumna.

WRVO News

WRVO Public Media will broadcast the first debate between the candidates for mayor of Syracuse. The debate, which was recorded Thursday, September 28, will air Monday, October 2 at 7 p.m. on WRVO. Grant Reeher, host of "The Campbell Conversations" and director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute at the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University, will moderate the debate.

The debate includes Republican nominee Laura Lavine, Democratic nominee Juanita Perez Williams, independent candidate Ben Walsh and Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins.

This month, we take a up-close look at the Supreme Court.  How does an elite group of nine people shape everything from marriage and money, to safety and sex for an entire nation? A spinoff series from "Radiolab," "More Perfect" dives into the rarefied world of the Supreme Court to explain how cases deliberated inside hallowed halls affect lives far away from the bench.

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One in five American children has a hard time learning to read. Many of these kids have dyslexia. There are proven ways to help people with dyslexia learn, and a federal law that's supposed to ensure schools provide kids with help. But across the country, public schools are denying children proper treatment and often failing to identify them with dyslexia in the first place.

This APM Reports documentary investigates why, and explores how improving things for dyslexic kids could help all students learn to read better.

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A growing number of colleges and universities in the eastern United States are confronting their historic ties to the slave trade. Profits from slavery and related industries helped build some of the most prestigious schools in New England. In many southern states, enslaved people built and maintained college campuses.

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This weekend, WRVO continues our series of education documentaries from American Public Media. This week: the issues undocumented students face when they try to continue their education.

U.S. public schools must treat undocumented students like citizens. But once these students graduate, everything changes. Without papers, they don't qualify for federal college grants, they can't legally work to pay for tuition, and they may have to pay out-of-state tuition.

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This weekend, WRVO begins a series of four education documentaries from American Public Media. This week, in the first episode: understanding the issue of getting good teachers and, more importantly, keeping them.

There may be nothing more important in the educational life of a child than having effective teachers, but U.S. schools are struggling to attract and keep them. The problem is most acute in rural areas, where kids may learn math from a social studies teacher. In urban schools, those most likely to leave are black men, who make up just 2 percent of teachers.

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