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The Devil You Know

16 hours ago
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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.

The new "q" debuts on WRVO

Oct 24, 2016

Check out the 5 things to know about the new q.

This week, the CBC debuts the new version of "q," the arts, culture and entertainment magazine heard each weekday at 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. on WRVO. The new q brings us deeper insights into the artists and stories  you already know, and introduces you to the ones that haven't yet hit your radar. Whether it's film, TV, books, music, theater, music, comedy, visual or performing art, q will be there.

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WRVO will air the first debate between Republican John Katko and Democrat Colleen Deacon on Thursday, October 20 at 6 p.m. Grant Reeher, host of “The Campbell Conversations," will be moderating the hour-long debate.

Additional broadcasts occur over the weekend, on Saturday, October 22 at 6 a.m. and Sunday October 23 at 6 p.m. Audio and a full transcript will be available online (on "The Campbell Conversations" page) Thursday, October 20 at 6 p.m.

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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?

WRVO is experiencing some difficulties with our online player, specifically on mobile devices. If you're trying to listen on our homepage or while browsing news stories, you may not be able to hear any of our streams. Our stream providers are aware of this issue and are working through it, but in the meantime, you have many other options that will allow you to listen to WRVO without any issues.

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.

For the month of October, "On the Media" presents "Busted: America's Poverty Myths; The Distorted View of Poverty in America and the Media's Role in Framing the Issue." Listen each Saturday during "On the Media" at  3 p.m. That's Saturday, October 1 through Saturday, October 29.

Episode 1 - The Poverty Tour; October 1

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.

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."

When students go to college, they expect to be in college classes. But in fact, 4 in 10 students end up in basic math and English, re-learning what they were supposed to learn in high school. The vast majority of them never get a college degree. What's going on? Most people point to failures in the nation's K-12 education system, but this documentary probes deeper, exploring how students are placed into these classes, what skills people really need to be successful in college, and how best to learn those skills.

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

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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