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Today is the day to consider a gift to WRVO.

The odd thing about public radio is that you don't (technically) have to pay for it. You have to pay for a lot of things: your internet and cable bill, your hobbies, or a night out on the town -- but you don't get a monthly bill from WRVO.

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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.

Emily Hanford

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.

Ellender Memorial Library, Nicholls State University

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.

Andy Vasoyan / APM Reports

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.

Richard Howard

From Station Manager Bill Drake:

I have been working in public radio, in some way, since the mid-1980s. Since that time, I have never known public radio without “Car Talk.” But, alas, all good things must come to an end. As of October, "The Best of Car Talk" will leave the WRVO schedule.

Emily Hanford / APM Reports

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.

Syracuse Press Club

If you’ve heard me during one of our on-air fundraisers, you’ve probably heard a version of my story before. I wasn’t really that familiar with public radio and NPR until I took a job at the local public radio station during grad school.

I fell in love. As a journalism major and news junky, NPR was my new favorite thing.

WRVO Public Media seeks a Director of News and Public Affairs to lead our award-winning News Department. While this position is located on the campus of SUNY Oswego, this is not a New York State position.

Jim Mattis / Flickr

The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing this morning about foreign agents and attempts to influence the U.S. election. The panel is among the bodies investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Senators had requested Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, to appear as witnesses. Instead, they are in closed-door discussions for now.

Masters of Scale

Jul 25, 2017

Hosted by LinkedIn co-founder and investor Reid Hoffman, "Masters of Scale" is an original series in which Hoffman tests his theories about how companies grow from zero to a gazillion. In conversation with famous founders, Hoffman connects the dots between fascinating disparate stories with the aim of illuminating big concepts and simple hacks that can change everything.

Hear these episodes through the end of August on WRVO.

IQ2US

Imagine getting a check from the government every month. $600 guaranteed. It’s happening in Finland, where a pilot program is being launched to test what’s known as a “universal basic income.” This week, we debate that reality.

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope / Flickr

This week on "Re:sound," stories of those who share and those who creep in the shadows. You'll hear:

The Mollusc and the Peacock by Natalie Kestecher (Short Cuts, BBC Radio 4, 2014)

This is the story of a Facebook lurker, someone who sees herself as curious but benign. Like her grandmother, who was a fan of American soap operas, she has a taste for stories about the lives of others just as long as they’re glamorous and extravagant and don’t bear too much resemblance to reality.

Voyager Found by Jonathan Mitchell (The Truth, 2014)

Fredrik Rubensson / Flickr

This week on "Re:sound," from the Third Coast Audio Festival, two stories of love through loss. We'll also enjoy an interview with the producers who've written their way through these troubled moments. Tune in for:

The Updates by Sophie Townsend with Sound Engineer Louis Mitchell. (360documentaries, ABC RN 2014)

Last week, WRVO said goodbye to General Manager Michael S. Ameigh as he is now -- officially -- retired. We say officially because there had always been talk of retirement, as their often is after many years of dedicated service. We just never though it would actually happen!

Jon Fife / Flickr

This week on "Re:sound," heard Sunday nights on WRVO, uninvited guests like old lovers, irrational fears and the annoying habits that keep us up at night. You'll hear:

Like Steps Of Passing Ghosts by Kaitlin Prest (a Falling Tree Production for The Essay, BBC Radio 3, 2015)

Kaitlin Prest explores how we can remain haunted by past loves 'Like Steps of Passing Ghosts.'

Holdout by Katie Mingle and Roman Mars (99% Invisible, 2014)

A woman watches while a shopping mall goes up all around her.

Andrew Houser / Flickr

This week, on "Re:sound," we'll turn down the thermostat and usher in stories that gives us the chills. This Sunday you'll hear:

I Fell Through the Ice by Dennis Funk and Gwen Macsai (Re:sound debut, 2016)

Phil Smith grew up skating on frozen lakes. But one New Year's Eve, reliving his childhood memories put him in a life and death situation.

Overland by Nate DiMeo (The Memory Palace , 2016)

What realities should we entertain for ourselves?

How does culture help shape the reality each of us lives in?

Join us this Sunday for a special hour of Re:sound, in which the team shares their favorite entires to the 2016 ShortDocs Challenge.

This show features the entries, as well as interviews with producers, a visit to Manual Cinema -- who are adapting the winning ShortDoc into a live shadow puppetry performance -- and more.

Tune in this Sunday, June 18 at 7 p.m. for this episode of Re:sound. If you missed it on-air, you can hear it online.

Ryan J. Reilly / Flickr

Today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scheduled to testify before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He's expected to field questions about Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election, the ongoing investigation of Russian contacts with Trump campaign and administrative officials, and the dismissal of former FBI Director James Comey.

NPR News and WRVO will be providing live coverage of the hearing starting at 2:30 p.m. on-air. Tune in across central and northern New York or online.

Former FBI Director James Comey's remarks, annotated

Jun 8, 2017
Brookings Institution / Flickr

Former FBI Director James Comey testified before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence this morning at approximately 10 a.m. It was the first time Comey spoke publicly since being fired by President Donald Trump nearly a month ago.

The Senate committee is looking into the circumstances around Comey's dismissal and how they relate to the FBI investigation of Russian interference in the U.S. election. 

Herm Card / Syracuse Press Club

WRVO Public Media has once again been recognized for excellence in journalism and public affairs content. This spring, the WRVO News team received awards from both the Syracuse Press Club (SPC) and New York State Associated Press Association (NYSAPA).

For Best News Feature, Ellen Abbott's piece "Farmers try to find ways to deal with more severe weather" received top honors.

Marina Muun for NPR

What happens when people can't agree on reality? Many in our increasingly polarized society confront this question every day.

martin_vmorris / Flickr

Join us as "Re:sound" returns to the airwaves in June and July. This week we're going on three “soundwalks” that meander at the pace of real life.

First, the 4700 block of Liberty Heights Avenue is a portrait of survival and adaptability. It's a self-governed, informal economy where the currency is respect. Space is shared by merchants, churches, longtime residents, and drug dealers. Immigrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, West Africa, and Korea have set up shops alongside a dwindling number of African American-owned businesses. Trust is earned here, not given lightly.

Marina Muun for NPR

In the first stories of the new season, we're giving emotions a similar treatment to the one we gave to thoughts in the very first episode of "Invisibilia" (The Secret History of Thoughts). Where do our emotions come from? How seriously should we take them? Do they tell us truths about the world that should guide our behavior or should we be more skeptical about them?

To explore these questions, we look at an unusual case in the American justice system. Then we follow a man as he discovers a new emotion that no one in western culture has experienced before.

Join us this Sunday for a one-hour special with "All Things Considered" host Kelly McEvers. In-depth reporting from the "Embedded" podcast will investigate videos of police encounters and how the proliferation of this kind of video has affected life in America.

Note: This hour contains graphic and sensitive subject matter and may not be appropriate for young children. Please read the summary that follows to determine if these are topics are something you'd be comfortable with younger listeners hearing.

"Invisibilia" is back this spring with their third season. This time, they're exploring the nature of reality and our role in creating it with four new episodes. Join the team as they explore the invisible forces that shape human behavior -- thoughts, emotions, assumptions and expectations.

The new seasons starts Sunday, June 4. We'll be airing "Invisibilia" every Sunday at 10 a.m. through June. It will replace the last hour of "Weekend Edition" on Sunday, but remember you can hear that same hour at 8 a.m.

You can have your story heard this July when StoryCorps comes to Syracuse. In partnership with Syracuse Jewish Family Service (SJFS), StoryCorps will be conducting interviews from Sunday, July 16 to Tuesday, July 18 (there will be additional opportunities to have your stories heard after this time, as well).

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