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Join us this Sunday on Public Radio Presents for another Intelligence Squared U.S. debate, this time we ask the question "Should states be required to license same-sex marriages?"

Update: We did it! Thanks to all of your generous contributions, we've reached and exceeded our original membership goal. It's a record-breaking year at WRVO. Thanks for getting us to a new high!

Kids across central and northern New York are closing their books for the summer, and so are we -- it's nearly the end of our fiscal year at WRVO. We did the math and we're only $6000 shy of reaching a new peak for membership contributions.

We need your help! Donate today.

Join us for a showing of a new documentary produced by WPBS-TV in Watertown for the Path Through History project. This 30-minute high definition film entitled "Trailblaze a Path Through History: Central New York" is locally produced and focuses on the many stories that established central New York's history. The stories uncover a trail of innovation and reform that makes its way through Madison, Oswego, Cortland, Cayuga and Onondaga counties.

Saying goodbye to State of the Re:union

Jun 15, 2015
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This week on Public Radio Presents, we say goodbye to State of the Re:Union, a program you've likely heard intermittently on WRVO for years now. Host Al Letson is moving on and focusing on the new public radio show Reveal, and other projects.

In the last episode of State of the Re:Union, the team brings you a collection of our favorite stories from the road. Letson reflects on six years of SOTRU and says goodbye to the show.

Join us this Sunday, June 21 at 7 p.m. on WRVO.

The San Gabriel Valley: Small Town, Global City

Jun 11, 2015
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Coming up this Sunday at 7 p.m. on Public Radio Presents, another State of the Re:Union special.

The San Gabriel Valley is just like any other suburb in America. Life revolves around family and school; the social fabric is woven over cheap eats at the mall. But unlike most suburbs in America, the San Gabriel Valley is home to the largest Chinese diaspora in the country. In fact, eight of the region’s cities are majority Asian. That makes the “SGV” one of the few places where being Asian American is the norm -- but where there is no normal version of being Asian American.

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This Sunday, June 7, on Public Radio Presents, join us for a story from Ithaca.

The climate is going haywire, and politicians are bickering over what to do about it, or whether to do anything at all. But that’s only part of the story. Around the country, communities are taking matters into their own hands, publicly pledging to shrink their carbon footprints, then setting out to make good on their promises. Leading, they hope, from below.

IQ2US: Should we abolish the Death Penalty?

May 25, 2015

Should we abolish the Death Penalty? This is the question at hand in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate, airing this Sunday.

A recent Gallup poll found that Americans are still largely supportive of the death penalty, with 6 in 10 in favor as punishment for murder. Legal in 32 states, it has come under renewed scrutiny in light of several botched executions in 2014.

Summer Destinations: Adirondacks

May 21, 2015

There are many great destinations for summer fun in the Adirondacks, including:

Enchanted Forest | Water Safari

New York's largest water theme park, Enchanted Forest Water Safari, is great for family amusement. Located in New York's Adirondack State Park in Old Forge, the park boasts over 50 rides and attractions -- including 32 of the wettest and wildest water rides. Opening day is June 15, 2016.

Summer Destinations: 1000 Islands

May 21, 2015

Enjoy many destinations perfect for the summer months in the Thousand Islands, including:

Antique Boat Museum

The Antique Boat Museum is the premier freshwater nautical museum in North America. Located in the 1000 Islands on the St. Lawrence River, the ABM's galleries feature over 300 unique and beautifully-preserved boats and thousands of recreational boating artifacts. With the longest running antique boat show in North America, the museum celebrates 51 years this summer.


Summer Destinations: Finger Lakes

May 21, 2015

There are plenty of great destinations to visit this summer in the Finger Lakes, including:

Mid-Lakes Navigation

Mid-Lakes Navigation offers cruises on the Erie Canal and Skaneateles Lake. You can choose between daily cruises with lunch or dinner on the lake and canal, charters on the Erie Canal, and longer two or three day cruises on the canal with tours, meals, overnight accommodations and stops at historical sites. For information on booking or to request a brochure or video, visit their website.

Summer Destinations: Central New York

May 21, 2015

There are many destinations perfect for a summer getaway in central New York, including:

Everson Museum of Art

Hearing Voices: For the Fallen

May 18, 2015
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This week, for Memorial Day, we honor Veterans with "For the Fallen," a special program from Hearing Voices.

Hosts Major Robert Schaefer and Colonel Robert Schaefer speak with troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, reading their emails, poems and journals. Also on this program, interviews from StoryCorps, an essay from This I Believe, and the sounds of a Military Honor Guard.

Tune in this Sunday, May 24 at 7 p.m. on WRVO. If you can't listen this Sunday, you can also hear the program online.

The Ring and I: The Passion, The Myth, The Mania

May 14, 2015
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"The Ring and I" is a story about the love affair between hundreds of thousands of people and one, colossal, controversial and awe-inspiring piece of work, Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung. Join us this Sunday for this special program on Public Radio Presents.

This is an examination of the ways Wagner's Ring Cycle has inspired passion, impacted culture, and invited controversy over the last 125 years. Hosted by Jad Abumrad, "The Ring and I" asks what many of the uninitiated must wonder: "What's the big deal?"

WRVO News brings home Syracuse Press Club awards

May 11, 2015
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It's awards season! Every year, WRVO reporters and staff submit what we believe to be our best stories of the past year to various award contests in New York state. These can be feature stories, breaking news stories, investigative reporting pieces and even entire programs produced by multiple staff members. After each piece is submitted and judged, we attend an awards dinner where winners are announced.

The Moth Mother's Day Special 2015

May 4, 2015

This week, for Public Radio Presents, stories picked specifically for Mother's Day.

Molly Ringwald finds herself in the principal's office with her daughter, a young man navigates life with his single mom, a boy who loves Barbies is terrified at the thought of playing tackle football, and a daughter contemplates how to face her mother’s death with grace.

Join us this Sunday, Mother's Day, on Sunday, May 10 at 7 p.m. If you missed our broadcast, you can also hear the program online.

Reduced signal quality, tower painting

May 4, 2015
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Have you looked out your back window this spring and thought about how much that deck or shed needs a new coat of paint? That's the thought we had when we looked at our antenna tower.

This week, WRVO is taking a few days to paint our 403-foot tower. We'll occasionally need to reduce power for the safety of the painters, which may result in brief periods of reduced signal quality. The painting is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, May 6 through Friday, May 8.

This Sunday, join us for another debate from "Intelligence Squared U.S." This time we ask the question "Are liberals stifling intellectual diversity on campus?"

What is college for? For many, it's a time for personal and intellectual growth, to meet new people, and to explore ideas and philosophies that challenge their beliefs. Or is it? Recent cancelations of conservative speakers, rescinded honorary degrees, and scrutiny of certain campus groups have heightened perceptions that there is pervasive liberal intolerance on campuses.

The Adaptors: An Earth Day special from BURN

Apr 13, 2015

Climate change is calling. "The Adaptors" are responding... Join us for this Earth Day special from "BURN: An energy journal" this week on Public Radio Presents.

Confronting Hatred: 70 years after the Holocaust

Apr 6, 2015

This week WRVO Public Media brings you a special Holocaust Remembrance Week program during Public Radio Presents. "Confronting Hatred: 70 years after the Holocaust" brings together a broad range of voices to talk about racism, antisemitism, and the ways in which hatred can grow.

We're bringing the golden age of radio to the silver screen once again -- Tuned to Yesterday "At the Movies" presents "Dragnet." The 1954 feature-length film follows "Dragnet" radio and TV series detectives Joe Friday (Jack Webb) and Frank Smith (Ben Alexander) as they investigate the brutal shotgun murder of a crime syndicate member.

Taxed-Off!

Mar 31, 2015

This week on Public Radio Presents, an in-depth look at the American tax system in "Taxed-Off!"

Audrey Quinn, an investigative journalist, gathers elected officials, tax experts, and individual citizens to explore the grand experiment that is the U.S. tax system. You'll hear from governors of three states who have made the leap and changed their tax code, and explore other possible changes to the system. Plus, how state and federal income taxes affect American families, and how state taxes get used to woo new residents. 

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WRVO's community event calendar features many events across our listening area. Throughout central and northern New York, you'll find charitable events, classes and workshops, events for children, book readings and author talks, artistic events, live performances, and much more.

Notes On Spring: A Seasonal Music Special

Mar 23, 2015

This week, an assuring hour of music and information about the promising resurgence of spring, including rare facts about the featured music and the reasons for springtime warming and rain.

A wide variety of unique vocal and instrumental performances by Mannheim Steamroller, Joni Mitchell, the London Symphony & Cambridge Singers, Jim Stafford, Timothy Seaman, Barbra Streisand, Richard Burmer, Julie Andrews, The Slovak Philharmonic,  Andrea McCardle, Steven Isserlis with Michael Tilson Thomas and Dudley Moore, William Tabbert, Stan Kenton, and John Denver.

Our short spring fundraiser was a success -- thanks to everyone who donated to help make our programming possible. Remember, you put the public in public radio and we couldn't do it without you!

If this was your first time donating, thank you for taking that additional step and becoming a member. New members truly are the future of public radio and WRVO Public Media. Welcome to the community!

IQ2US: Should the world bet on America?

Mar 16, 2015

This week on Intelligence Squared U.S., debate on the question "Should the world bet on America?"

It's our spring fundraiser, donate today

Mar 11, 2015

Donate today, online, to support the public radio station you rely on every day.

WRVO Public Media is here for you every day -- in  your car, at the gym, in your kitchen and online. Our website not only provides news from reporters across central and northern New York, but also archived audio from our own programs, information about upcoming events, school closings, podcasts and more. One of the easiest ways to support us is by using our online form -- another perk of our website!

Our spring fundraiser is just one day away

Mar 10, 2015

You come to WRVO Public Media for in-depth coverage of the news of the day and unexpected stories that expand your knowledge of the world and satisfy your curiosity.

Think about just a few of the stories you’ve heard recently on WRVO:

  • Daniel Zwerdling’s series on nursing and workplace injury: Zwerdling investigated what kind of injuries (and how many) nurses sustain on the job, proper techniques, how hospitals handle nurse injuries and new developments which hope to reduce injury.
  • Ryan Delaney’s reporting on inaccessible Syracuse homes and the struggle some have to cope with aging homes and the hardships that come with physical disability
  • Susan Stamberg’s coverage of fine art: Stamberg has been traveling across the country (and the world) bringing famed masterpieces to the ears of NPR listeners. Most recently with the story of an art dealer who sold European masterpieces, or with an esteemed Edouard Manet exhibit in Los Angeles.

Songs of the Troubles

Mar 9, 2015

Songs are more than just words and musical notes. They are a reflection of the people who sing them. And people in conflict create songs of conflict.

Songs of the Troubles is a musical exploration of the conflict in Northern Ireland. The program contains several rare recordings that even the most ardent Celtic fan hasn't heard. All the while delving deep into the context of Irish folk music and giving listeners fresh insight into the rich music tradition.

Join us this Sunday, March 15 at 7 p.m. on WRVO.

Her Stories: For Women's History Month

Mar 2, 2015

Hearing Voices from NPR presents "Her Stories: For Women's History Month" this week on WRVO.

You'll hear: the Kitchen Sisters go to "Tupperware" parties; a supermarket checker checks out her life, in ZBS's radio soap Saratoga Springs; Jenifir returns "Home From Africa" with all 13 symptoms of chronic peace corps withdrawal; a collage of and about "Sisters," the story of "Ruby" and her husbands; and more.

Listen this Sunday, March 8 at 7 p.m. on WRVO.

IQ2US: Is Amazon a friend to readers?

Feb 23, 2015

This week on Intelligence Squared U.S., debate on the question "Is Amazon a friend to readers?" In late 2014, Amazon and the publishing house Hachette settled a months-long dispute over who should set the price for e-books.

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