Special Programming

Here is a list of special programs that air Monday nights at 9  and at other times outside of our normal schedule.

Fri Dec 21, 2018
10pm – 12am Paul Winter Solstice Concert Celebration

Monday, Dec. 10 & 17, 2018 at 9 PM

Best of the Best presents the winners of the 18th annual Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. From more than 550 entries and 26 countries, twelve stories were chosen as winners that we are thrilled to share. Meticulously crafted and lovingly produced, these stories intrigue, inform and inspire.

This year's program will feature producer interviews, highlights from this year’s unforgettable awards ceremony in Chicago, and excerpts from the following stories: 


Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, 9 PM - 12 AM  

Once again, 88.1 WVPE, with support from the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley, presents three hours of programming to commemorate the annual festival of lights.


9 PM Hannukah Lights

A perennial NPR favorite, Hanukkah Lights features all new Hanukkah stories. written by R.L. Maizes, Lia Pripstein, Elisa Albert, and Ellen Orleans. Read by hosts Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.  

10 PM Eternal Echoes for Hanukkah

Cameron Pollack / NPR

Former President George H.W. Bush is being honored with funeral services at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. The 41st president will be eulogized by his son, former President George W. Bush, as well as a former U.S. senator and a former Canadian prime minister. Dozens of U.S. and world leaders are expected to attend the service.

Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 at 9 PM

This episode of Wild Rose Moon Radio Hour features Society of Broken Souls, Lincoln Junior High student Meg Robinson as guest announcer, and some interesting questions for the Shoot the Moon Radio Quiz Show, including a question about baritone guitar player, Duane Eddy.

Monday, November 26, 2018, at 9 PM 

November 22, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of one of The Beatles' most remarkable releases. The two-album set was officially called THE BEATLES, but it became known forever after as The White Album. It was the top-selling of all The Beatles' albums and ranks #11 on the all-time album sales list.


Michigan Gubernatorial Candidate Interviews - Wednesday, Oct. 31, 7 PM

MichMash Election Special - Friday, Nov. 2, 7 PM

Michigan Public Radio Network's Cheyna Roth and WDET's Jake Neher discuss the three issues on the November ballot addressing marijuana, Gerrymandering, and voter access.

Mondays at 9 PM, October 8, 15, 22, 29 and November 12 and 19

Indiana Senate Debate

Oct 8, 2018

Monday, October 8, 2018 at 7 PM

Watch a live stream of the debate between candidates for Indiana's U.S. Senate seat; Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly; his Republican challenger, for State Representative Mike Braun, and Libertarian Lucy Brenton. The debate will also air live on 88.1 WVPE.

James Doyle / NPR

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her in high school, Christine Blasey Ford, are testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Watch the proceeding live.


Monday, September 17, 2018 at 9 PM

As the 1968 presidential candidates left their conventions and moved into the general election, the nation was watching to see what would happen.  Would Richard Nixon, the Republican, hold onto his lead and become the 37th president?  Could Hubert Humphrey, the Democrat, unite the party in time to give himself a chance to win?  And what role would George Wallace, the candidate of the American Independent Party, have?  Could he get enough votes to throw the election into the House?

Some RESPECT for Aretha

Sep 10, 2018

Monday, September 10, 2018 at 9 PM

Aretha Franklin's over 6 decade career is recalled by music documentarian Paul Ingles and a panel of music writers and commentators in the wake of Aretha's August 2018 passing at the age of 76.

Featured in the program are 20 of Aretha's legendary performances and commentary from Ann Powers of NPR Music, Writer and educator Rob Bowman, writer Ashley Kahn, writer and musician John Kruth, and public radio host Gwen Thompkins. 

1968: 50 Years Later - Part 2: A Party Divided

Aug 24, 2018

Monday, August 27, 2018 at 9 PM

The year 1968 will long be remembered for its political and social upheaval. As Americans reeled from the assassinations of two prominent leaders and sentiment deepened against the Vietnam War, politicians from both parties struggled to respond to aggravated constituents and build consensus.

APM Reports: Order 9066

Aug 3, 2018
APM Reports

Monday, Aug. 6, 13, and 20, 2017 at 9 PM

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 just months after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Some 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were forced from their homes on the West Coast and sent to one of ten “relocation” camps, where they were imprisoned behind barbed wire for the length of the war. Two-thirds of them were American citizens.

Capitol Steps

Monday, July 23, 2018 at 9 PM

Okay, we're behind on celebrating Indepence Day. But it's never too late to laugh with the Capitol Steps. If there’s anything both sides can agree on, it’s that we all could use a good laugh.