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WRVO Public Media invites you to join us at the SUNY Metro Center in Syracuse today as we celebrate National Women's Heath & Fitness Day. We're partnering with SUNY Upstate Women's Health Network, the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, and the SUNY Oswego Metro Center to focus attention on the importance of regular physical activity and health awareness for women. The event will include a variety of health information, free blood pressure screenings, available flu vaccinations and much more.

NPR News is providing live coverage of all three Presidential debates and one Vice Presidential debate this fall. Special coverage begins at 9 p.m. each night on WRVO, without any interruption. Following the debate, NPR's Robert Siegel and reporters will provide analysis and fact-checking.

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?

The latest in our series on education, "What it Takes: Chasing Graduation at High Poverty High Schools," examines the reason why nearly 20 percent of students don't finish high school.

There is virtually no way to make a legal living these days without at least a high school diploma. Still, this 20 percent exists. Why?

Another broadcast in our series on education this month, we bring you "Spare the Rod: Reforming School Discipline" this Sunday.

Kids who are suspended or expelled from school are more likely to drop out and more likely to wind up in prison than kids with similar behaviors who are not kicked out. Kids of color are more likely to be suspended or expelled than white kids are. Schools are struggling to reduce suspensions and to find other ways to make sure classrooms are calm and safe.

From American RadioWorks and American Public Media, join us this Sunday for "Stuck at Square One: The Remedial Education Trap."

You listen to WRVO every month, every week, many even every day. You rely on 89.9 FM, our app, website or other transmitters across upstate New  York for your news and information.

And we rely on you in return.

Listeners and area businesses make up the largest source of WRVO Public Media's funding -- the money we use on a daily basis to bring you the programs you appreciate.

IQ2US: Do hunters conserve wildlife?

Jul 29, 2016
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Join us this Sunday for Intelligence Squared U.S. -- the debate program you here occasionally on WRVO. This time the question at hand is "Do hunters conserve wildlife?"

Whether in America’s state game lands or the African bush, hunting has become one of the most hotly debated issues in the media and online. Internationally, the killing of Cecil the lion triggered a firestorm of criticism over trophy hunting rules and regulations.

Obama's Years, Part Two

Jul 18, 2016
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Obama's Years is a two-part radio documentary that explores how life has changed for Americans over the last eight years.

In the second hour of this special coverage, Steve Inskeep will sit down with President Obama at the White House and ask the president how he thinks the country has changed during his presidency. Inskeep will also talk to the President about the thoughts, ideas and lives of the people he met during the reporting for this documentary.

Join us this Sunday, July 24 at 7 p.m. on WRVO.

Obama's Years, Part One

Jul 11, 2016
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Obama's Years is a two-part radio documentary that explores how life has changed for Americans over the last eight years.

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Andrew Forsthoefel set out at age 23 to walk across America, East to West, 4000 miles, with a sign on him that said, "Walking to Listen". This hour, co-produced with Jay Allison, tracks his epic journey. It's a coming of age story, and a portrait of this country -- big-hearted, wild, innocent, and wise.

Join us this Sunday, July 10 at 7 p.m. for "Walking Across America," or listen online if you missed the broadcast.

From Andrew Forsthoefel:

The Capitol Steps: 4th of July Edition

Jul 1, 2016
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This Independence Day, celebrate our country by helping the Capitol Steps make fun of it! You don't need to be your own publicist to proclaim laughter is exactly what this election needs!

So clap your hands as the Capitol Steps take on The Donald, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and all the other newsmakers in this hour-long special. With this much material to work with, this special will be huge!

Listen this coming Sunday, July 3 at 7 p.m. on Public Radio Presents.

Obama's Years: An NPR News special

Jun 29, 2016
Claudine Ebeid / NPR

"Obama's Years" is a two-part radio documentary that explores how life has changed for Americans over the last eight years.

Thirsty Planet, from American RadioWorks

Jun 22, 2016
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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, from American RadioWorks, explores some of the most salient problems and solutions regarding water by visiting two countries where water issues are critical: India and Israel.

A vast and ecologically diverse country, India suffers from water problems found across the globe: flooding, drought, pollution and lack of access by the poor.

Join us on Father's Day, Sunday, June 19, for "Father Figures" from Hearing Voices. It's an hour of paternal praise, pride, disappointment and love.

Stories include Scott Carrier giving his son Milo a ski lesson, some reflections of bugs and dads, a wish to a divorced dad, a doctor telling his daughter about her grandfather, remembering dad moving out and more.

Join us Sunday night at 7 p.m. for "Father Figures" on Public Radio Presents. If you missed the broadcast, it's available online via PRX.

WRVO program changes coming in July

Jun 10, 2016

There are exciting changes coming to WRVO weekends this summer!

As you have probably heard, Garrison Keillor is retiring after many years as host of "A Prairie Home Companion," and WRVO will end its long association with the show. We will miss our visits to the “little town that time forgot,” and weekly “News from Lake Wobegon” updates. We wish Garrison a relaxing retirement, and hope to hear him again on public radio sometime soon. This summer we will also say goodbye to "The Splendid Table" and "Radiolab." While this will be disappointing news to some, it provides an opportunity to try some new things on WRVO.

Join us this Sunday for another "Intelligence Squared U.S." debate.

The auto industry, agriculture, the energy sector -- what do they have in common? These industries benefit from government subsidies in the form of loans, tax breaks, regulation and other preferences. Critics from the left and right say that not only do these subsidies transfer wealth from taxpayers to corporations, they distort the markets and our economy.

Jennifer Simonson and Emily Haavik

Advocates for kids are pushing for a new approach to combating underage prostitution: treating young people caught up in sex trafficking as victims, not delinquents. This documentary looks at how police and lawmakers are increasingly turning to a public health approach to help vulnerable young people break free of sex trafficking.

This hour, we explore efforts to stop traffickers and buyers by embedding in a police sting, visiting a horse ranch for young victims of trafficking in Minnesota, and speaking with sex-buyers trying to change their ways.

Thank you for your interest in David Sibley's visit to Syracuse. Unfortunately, tickets are sold out. Please call (315) 312-3690 to be added to our waiting list.

This week on Reveal: A mountain of misconduct, an update

May 10, 2016

Find out what's happened since we first told you about 40 years of alleged abuse and neglect of people with disabilities at specialty rehab centers across the U.S.

We teamed up with New Hampshire Public Radio health and science reporter Jack Rodolico to unveil how these for-profit facilities thrived on public dollars with little oversight.

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The WRVO News and programming teams took home multiple awards at the 38th Annual Syracuse Press Club Awards and Scholarship Dinner on April 30, 2016, for work completed in 2015.

Nearly 180 people attended the awards ceremony, which honors journalists, photographers and others in the fields of radio, television, and digital content -- both professionals and students.

Winners in Radio | Work completed in 2015

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We're airing the third season of Re:sound in May. You can join us each Sunday at 7 p.m. and you won't miss an episode! Re:sound presents unforgettable audio stories curated from all over the world. Each episode explores a new theme through a variety of lenses, a refreshing mix of storytelling styles and joyful use of sound.

Sunday, May 1 at 7 p.m. | The Cathy FitzGerald Show

This weekend, we're joined by Dr. Cynthia Green to discuss brain health and your memory. Before you wander off... keep in mind that memory issues can crop up at any age. Some people say as early as the age 30. Plus, being clear and focused helps us professionally and personally in every aspect of our lives.

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Join us this Sunday at 7 p.m. for funny, poignant and thought-provoking stories and conversations that touch on the plagues, on slavery, on food, on the act of storytelling and more -- meant to apeall to people of all religious (and non-religious) backgrounds.

Hosted by Sara Ivry and Jonathan Goldstein.

Tune in Sunday, April 24 at 7 p.m. for Public Radio Presents, or listen online.

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Starting at 4 p.m. today our system will undergo an upgrade that affects our ability to take donations as well as our ability to sell tickets to station events (including our evening with David Greene, host of Morning Edition). We hope to have the system back online later this evening, barring any complications with the transition.

Check back after 6 p.m., or again tomorrow to donate or purchase tickets.

As technology rapidly progresses, some proponents of artificial intelligence believe that it will help solve complex social challenges and offer immortality via virtual humans. But AI’s critics say that we should proceed with caution. That its rewards may be overpromised, and that the pursuit of superintelligence and autonomous machines may result in unintended consequences. Is this the stuff of science fiction?

Should we fear AI, or will these fears prevent the next technological revolution?

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WRVO is pleased to welcome NPR's David Greene to Syracuse on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at Syracuse Stage. A veteran journalist, David is currently the co-host of Morning Edition, heard nationwide on hundreds of public radio stations, including each weekday morning from 5 to 10 a.m. on WRVO.

Online tickets are no longer available; $20 admission tickets - CASH ONLY! - will be available at the door.

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Join us on Public Radio Presents for "A Life Sentence: Victims, offenders, justice and my mother," this Sunday night.

Jay Allison, a co-producer of this piece, says: "This is a story about a terrible crime and everything that followed. It's an intensely personal documentary, but it extends into public life and into the heart of our political and correctional systems. Some stories take a long time. This one is an hour long, took two and a half years to produce, after 20 years of living with it."

Join WRVO Public Media this April for another in our series of live film screenings. This time we're bringing Alfred Hitchcock's "Shadow of a Doubt" to the Kallet Theater in Pulaski on Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available ahead of time, or at the door, and are $5 each.

Everyone at WRVO Public Media sends out a big "Thank you!" to the hundreds listeners who supported us during our recently-completed spring fundraiser. It began with a great response to Foneless February, which allowed us to eliminate several days of the on-air drive last week. We exceeded our on-air goal of $75,000 by about 10 percent. Together with Foneless February, you helped us raise more than $115,000 -- a terrific total for a spring drive -- which we'll use to help pay for the news and entertainment you hear every day.

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