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The story of two more cases the Stearns County Sheriff's Department had trouble solving, and a man whose life was ruined when he was wrongly suspected of killing a police officer. It includes data showing a shockingly low clearance rate for major crimes not just in Stearns County but in many other places around the country. Afterward, the team of reporters discuss why there is no authority that can put pressure on local law enforcement to do a better job of solving crimes.

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Thanks to you, our listeners and members, we're on our way to meeting our goal for this spring -- $180,000 in donations. So far, we've raised about $20,000 in February, ahead of our spring fundraiser in March. It's a great start! And we're so happy to hear from listeners who value our service enough to donate.

The story of how investigators zeroed in on the wrong guy, ruining his life by naming him a "person of interest." Plus, discussion of the term "person of interest" and interviews with experts about why the term is gaining currency and what it means.

About the series

This program contains material that some listeners may find disturbing.

Here at WRVO Public Media, we pride ourselves on our content -- regional news coverage, analysis of the policies that affect our nation and our world, live speeches and press conferences, stories that make you laugh (or cry), first listens to some of the best new music, pieces that explain complex world events, showcases of the best in old time radio, investigative journalism, the latest in scientific discovery, and so much more. It's what we bring you each and every week. But most of all, we pride ourselves on our listeners.

This program contains material that some listeners may find disturbing.

This program details further mistakes of the investigators in the Jacob Wetterling disappearance, showing that law enforcement failed to canvass the neighborhood and missed key witnesses. This weeks' discussion: the overwhelming number of leads that Jacob's family and law enforcement received, and the killer's recent confession.

It is alleged that the practice of gerrymandering -- dividing election districts into units to favor a particular group -- subverts democracy by making congressional districts “safe” for one party or the other. As a result, only those voting in primaries are in effect choosing our representatives.

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On January 20, WRVO and NPR News will offer special live-coverage of the Presidential Inauguration. Tune in from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as hosts Steve Inskeep and Audie Cornish co-host from the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The Inauguration

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., NPR News will feature the swearing in of the President and Vice-President; plus speeches, newsmaker interviews, live reports from around the Capitol and the National Mall, and analysis from NPR's Political Team.

Continuing coverage: The inaugural luncheon and parade

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Who else did you expect while Peter's away?

Two-time Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks will guest host an episode of NPR's news quiz "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!" this weekend. It was taped in front of a (very lucky) live audience in Chicago and now you can hear it Saturday, January 14 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, January 15 at 4 p.m. on WRVO.

Join us for two consecutive weekends in January for the best of the 2016 Third Coast Festival on WRVO. 

Back with their "Best of the Best" broadcast, Third Coast features winners of the annual documentary competition. From more than 500 entries, 10 were chosen as winners. Meticulously crafted and lovingly produced, these stories will intrigue, inform and insire.

This year's program features powerful, important stories dealing with issues that might not be suitable for young listeners.

This New Year's Day, celebrate our country by helping the Capitol Steps make fun of it. You don't need to win the Electoral College to proclaim laughter is exactly what 2017 needs. Tune in for the Year in Review from "The Capitol Steps" this Sunday, January 1 at 7 p.m. on WRVO.

Let's not let the election divide us any further -- unite in laughter!

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'16 Going on '17

Dec 20, 2016
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The unexpected, unusual, often positive, even life-changing events of our past year... surounded by the voices and music we may have heard, or never heard before.

Tune in Sunday, December 25 at 7 p.m. on WRVO for a summary of the unusual events in 2016 daily life, business, transportation, science, outer space, show business, the outdoors and unique things not classified as "Breaking News."

Loaded with pop, movie, TV, and Broadway music of today and yesterday -- including The Eagles, Bob Dylan, "Hamilton," David Bowie, Taylor Swift and more.

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From Michael S. Ameigh, general manager of WRVO Public Media:

Perhaps you, like me, are wondering what historians will write about the year 2016. At home and abroad the news stream was relentless and sobering.

At WRVO we have thrown everything we have into bringing you balanced news, unvarnished and in great quantity. Surprisingly, while listenership to NPR skyrocketed nationally during the presidential election cycle, stronger financial support has not followed.

A Christmas Carol: REDUX

Dec 12, 2016

"A Christmas Carol: REDUX" tells the Charles Dickens classic in the present day, giving it satirical comedic spin. Amidst a crumbling economy, skyrocketing unemployment, and mass protests on Wall Street, a cheapskate Scrooge refuses to share his wealth with those less fortunate.

It's the classic Christmas tale with visits by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.

Tune in this Sunday, December 18 at 7 p.m. on WRVO.

Missed the broadcast? You can hear it online.

Alt 50s Christmas

Dec 6, 2016

Christmas in the 1950s was the stomping ground for Rudolph and Frosty, but underneath the marshmallow world of perfect conformity was another take on holiday cheer that involved rock 'n' roll, space travel, my baby left me blues and good old Cold War paranoia.

It's Alt 50s Christmas -- edgier than Perry Como, more corrupt than a rigged quiz show -- something to sing while you dig your fallout shelter.

Join us for this special on Sunday, December 11 at 7 p.m. Can't catch it live on WRVO? You can listen online.

College Choice: The Value of It All

Nov 30, 2016
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A special from NPR News, "College Choice: The Value of It All" follows nine college seniors. NPR's Robert Siegel spent more than a year checking in with the students, talking with them about their choice of school and how things turned out.

NPR Politics Podcast radio special

Nov 9, 2016

This Sunday, join WRVO for a special one-hour edition of the NPR Politics Podcast, on-air. We'll wrap up the week's events and talk about where things go from here.

The central questions: "What just happened?" and "Now what?"

Political reporter Sam Sanders will be joined by senior editor and correspondent Ron Elving, political editor Domenico Montenaro, White House correspondent Scott Horsley and Tamara Keith, along with political reporters Sarah McCammon, Scott Detrow, Asma Khalid and more.

Vet Vox

Nov 4, 2016

For Veterans Day, Vietnam, Korean and World War II vets -- recorded by StoryCorps; along with a marine sergeant's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" discharge. We'll also hear what active-duty troops in Iraq are listening to on their iPods, and what they're lives are like.

From Hearing Voices, we bring you "Vet Vox," on Sunday, November 6 at 7 p.m.

Missed the broadcast? You can hear it online, any time.

The Devil You Know

Oct 25, 2016
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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.

Colleen Deacon for Congress; Congressman John Katko

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.

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