NPR Correspondent Tom Gjelten to Deliver 2019 Yoder Public Affairs Lecture at Goshen College

WVPE is proud to partner with Goshen College to present Tom Gjelten, NPR religion and belief correspondent delivering the 2019 Yoder Public Affairs Lecture on Monday, January 28th at 7:30pm in the Goshen College Music Center's Rieth Recital Hall. Mr. Gjelten will discuss his book, "A Nation of Nations: A Great Immigration Story." This event is open to the public and is not ticketed.

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Tokyo's notoriously crowded metro system is trying to ease the morning commute with soba noodles and tempura.

The metro system is offering vouchers for the buckwheat noodles and fried snacks to commuters who get on the train before rush hour. So far, more than 8,000 people have signed up to beat the clock, metro officials have announced.

WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging platforms in the world. With about 1.5 billion users, it's a free way to text and place international voice and video calls.

Grand Valley State University has named its next president. Philomena Mantella will be the fifth president to serve the university in its nearly 60-year history. And she’ll be the first woman in that role.

Mantella comes to GVSU from Northeastern University in Boston, where she’s the senior vice president and chief executive officer of the Lifelong Learning Network.

But she’s not a stranger to Michigan. She earned her PhD at Michigan State University and worked at Ferris State early in her career.

She says she’s excited to get started at GVSU to continue the school’s growth.

In the past week, Netflix and Hulu each released documentaries detailing the months leading up to and following the April 2017 Fyre Festival.

NPR's Morning Edition is interested in hearing the reaction of viewers of either documentary. If you watched one or both, please share your thoughts, opinions or commentary on the documentaries or on the festival itself in the form below, or here.

Former Sen. Harris Wofford, a life-long civil-rights advocate and backer of progressive causes died Monday at a Washington hospital at age 92.

Wofford died after suffering a fall, his son told The Washington Post.

Before Paul Whelan was detained in Moscow and accused of spying, he was given a thumb drive that he thought held photos of Russian churches but actually contained "state secrets," his lawyer said Tuesday. And Whelan didn't even look at the drive, according to the lawyer, because he was taken into custody immediately.

Whelan, 48, was detained Dec. 28 and is being held in Moscow's Lefortovo prison. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of espionage.

On the sixth day of the Los Angeles teachers strike, the school district and union leaders announced that they've reached a tentative agreement.

"This is much more than just a narrow labor agreement. It's a very broad compact around things that get at social justice, educational justice and racial justice," United Teachers Los Angeles President Alex Caputo-Pearl said at a news conference Tuesday.

"The strike no one wanted is now behind us," said Austin Beutner, the city's school superintendent.

After a week of tit for tat with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, amid a monthlong government shutdown, the White House is now moving ahead with plans for the president's State of the Union address, proceeding as if it were happening as originally planned next week.

White House officials are aiming for the speech to occur before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, Jan. 29. But it is far from guaranteed. The House must pass a resolution to call a joint session with the Senate before the president can come speak.

For the first time since the Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide in its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, the House of Representatives has a majority supporting abortion rights. And that majority is already making its position felt, setting up what could be a series of long and drawn-out fights with a Senate opposed to abortion and stalling what could otherwise be bipartisan bills.

With the Supreme Court now having five justices who are less likely to approve of gun regulations and laws, it granted a major gun case Tuesday for the first time in nearly a decade.

The court granted a right-to-carry case out of New York that that pits the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association against the City of New York. New York bans transporting permitted handguns outside city lines, even if the gun is not loaded and locked in a container. The guns currently can only be taken to one of a handful of shooting ranges within city limits.


Music For Food Concert February 1st at Saint Mary's Little Theater

Music for Food is a musician led initiative for local hunger relief. Their concerts raise resources and awareness in the fight against hunger, empowering any musicians who wish to use their artistry to further social justice. Musicians volunteer their time and talent, and all donations go to a local food pantry. Indiana's inaugural concert is Friday, February 1st at 7:30 pm in the Saint Mary's College Little Theater. With all proceeds benefitting the Food Bank of Northern Indiana, music will...

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