Heather Curlee-Novak

My husband says he is a grumpy old man even though he is not old! He is a little bit of a cynic. While his loyalty runs deep to work, friends and of course, darling me, he rarely feels safe meeting new people.  He’s seen enough human behavior to know he wants to choose carefully how he spends his heart and time. I on the other hand, am the Five Year Old. He likens me to that freckled girl in pigtails of my youth standing in the front yard addressing everyone passing by with “Hi!  I’m Heather! Wanna be friends?!?”  He’s not wrong.  I find people fascinating.

Photo provided by Karl Smith, Logo by Tiana Batiste Waddell

On Mon., April 19th at 9pm WVPE's Karl Smith steps out of his usual role as host and producer of shows that focus on music and the arts to look at a piece of South Bend's secret history.  It's a program based in part on the book Better Homes of South Bend along with personal recollections from Karl's family and friends.


Support comes from SCORE, volunteers providing confidential mentoring, and workshops to entrepreneurs. SCORE is a resource partner of the Small Business Administration with a local chapter serving the Michiana region.  Volunteer or get help with your business go online to SCORE.org.

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Photo Of The Week - Swans Swimming

Apr 8, 2021
Geneele Crump

Swans on the water in Dunlap provide a great focal point for WVPE's latest Photo of the Week. Thanks to Geneele Crump for this image. Geneele's name may be familiar to WVPE listeners. She is a long-time underwriter and supporter of the station. She took this photo earlier this spring. 

What are you taking photos of? 

Email them to us at photo@wvpe.com

Brett McNeil

This time last year, we were still Cloroxing Costco boxes and quarantining groceries in the garage. 


Don’t laugh. 


My wife returned from one Meier trip dressed like an extra from Lawrence of Arabia -- layer atop protective layer, scarf on mask, hands triple-gloved. 


She disrobed complicatedly and straight into the washing machine then ran to a scalding shower.


Kahn photo by Krista Hoefle, Palllatto photo by Santiago Covarrubias, Carroll photo from album cover

'The Sauce' with host Dawn Burns is back for the program's April installment. 

Enjoy this one-hour monthly radio broadcast focusing on the arts, music and culture in the Michiana area. Celebrate the vibrant and flavorful melting pot of local and regional talent. The Sauce is produced by Karl Smith (J:Cubed Jazz to the 3rd power)


Photo provided by The Wild Rose Moon Radio Hour


Mark Dvorak used his time wisely during the pandemic. He put together a new album and a new book entitled 31 Winters.  It chronicles his experience of teaching at the Old Town School of Music over the past 31 years.  On the show, Mark recalls discovering his love of music and songwriting at the school when he was just 19. At that time, he uncovered the work of musicians like Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Sonny Houston and Huddie Ledbetter (Lead Belly.)

Photo Of The Week - Student Sunrise

Apr 1, 2021

A class assignment resulted in a great photo recently at the Elkhart Academy. ​The science class headed outside to look for beauty in nature, and a sunrise image is what ​student Savannah Tennison came up with. Thanks to the academy science teacher and Savannah for sharing this photo.

What are you taking photos of? 

Email them to us at photo@wvpe.com

The stage lights are extinguished; the main player has exited through the curtain and the bit players are standing around wondering, “What next?”. Aphrodite has died.

Monday, March 29, 2021 at 9 PM

Hour Six: "Music" and "More Music and Less Talk"

In the first half of the hour, we hear how African American musicians found more acceptance as major record companies recognized the crossover appeal of Black music. In the second half of the hour, we hear about how AM radio lost its popularity to FM and how big personalities survived and prospered.

Michiana Chronicles: Greenhouse Bodies

Mar 25, 2021
Anne Magnan-Park

Once, I dug a small hole in the ground to bury a distressing experience I could not take home with me, but the ground was already full.

Photo Of The Week - Spring Arrivals

Mar 25, 2021
John L. Trapp

WVPE's latest Photo of the Week captures an image of 'Spring Arrivals.'

Thanks to John L. Trapp of Buchanan for sharing this image he took earlier this month near Buchanan. 

'Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was' is the story of radio’s role in the 20th century transformation of the African American community. This is another installment of a segment that first aired in 1996. The specials have been reformatted into six hours for 2021. Original host Lou Rawls guides us, with new narration from original producer Jacquie Gales Webb.

Photo Of The Week - Stunning Sunrise

Mar 18, 2021
Melanie Helmuth

Earlier this week, on Monday, a lot of people in Michiana captured images of a particularly beautiful sunrise. You may have seen some of the many shots that were posted to social media. Thanks to Melanie Helmuth of Goshen for WVPE's latest Photo of the Week that is yet another example of that gorgeous sunrise. She snapped this photo at Fidler Pond in Goshen. Melanie says many days during work, she drives past Fidler Pond and sees amazing sunrises, but never gets to stop. Monday she was off work and decided to finally stop and enjoy the sunrise! We're glad she did. 

Michiana Chronicles: The Second Shot

Mar 18, 2021
Ken Smith

At the vaccination center beside the big church, people came and went quickly, so parking was easy. Mask on, and a short walk over to the low building where all the action was. I bet many a wedding reception was held there before the virus came. In the doorway, a greeter saw the vaccine record card in my hand, and said, “Are you here for the second shot of Moderna?” You bet. “If you’d apply hand sanitizer, you can head on in. You won’t have time to read that book—we’re processing a thousand people a day,” he said, in the friendliest way possible.

The Obesity Epidemic – A Spotlight On The Issue

Mar 17, 2021
(AP Photo/Patrick Sison)

“Yes, I’ll have another helping of those pancakes.”  This was a fairly typical response my training partner and I would give to the waitress at the College Education Restaurant in Mishawaka quite a few years ago.

(Provided by Mariam Sobh)

Indiana Public Broadcasting's daily talk show, All IN, has a new host. IPB’s Jeanie Lindsay talked with Mariam Sobh ahead of her All IN debut, to learn more about what she brings to Indiana and what’s next for the show. On March 29th WVPE will be moving the program back to its previous time slot on our main channel on 88.1 WVPE at 7pm Monday through Friday (The show that had been in that time slot, 'THINK,' moves to WVPE NEWS2 at 9pm weekdays. There are plans to survey listener-members in the future about which show should occupy the timeslot permanently.)


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Mar 13, 2021

WVPE's Kent Fulmer spoke to the Elkhart Co. Symphony conductor about a concert scheduled for Saturday. 

(A transcript of the interview is below.)

Photo Of The Week - Morning Frost On Sidewalk

Mar 11, 2021
Christine Guth

The patterns of nature can be intricate and beautiful. That is what Christine Guth of Goshen discovered one late February morning on a sidewalk on Goshen's East Monroe Street. The frost had created an amazing paisley-like pattern for nearly a block. Thankfully Christine captured an image of it which is featured in WVPE's latest Photo of the Week. 


What are you taking photos of? 

Email them to us at wvpe@wvpe.org. 

Screenshot from YouTube of NPR's video

This emotional and powerful video created by NPR chronicles the stories of people remembering what they were doing right before our world changed because of COVID-19.  

April Lidinsky

This is a story of losing a cat and finding a community. The timeline? Fifty days that felt like an eternity. 


It’s early January, South Bend, and our adult children, working remotely, quarantine and visit with their indoor cats. On January 4, a skilled worker checks in at the side door, and one daughter’s gregarious black cat, Hank, pokes out his head. The worker lunges to stop him. Hank twists through the stranger’s arms in a yowling panic, and vanishes.  


The entire WVPE staff sends out a huge thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of our spring membership campaign. Our listeners are just the best, there is no doubt about it. We raised more than $120,000. YOU are keeping public radio strong for everyone as we all move forward together.   

There are so many reasons to support WVPE and keep your local NPR station strong. 

Watch as some of the most familiar NPR personalities make the case for supporting WVPE. Nina Totenberg, Korva Coleman, Tamara Keith, Rachel Martin and Lulu Garcia-Navarro speak out in this video about the importance of contributing to your local NPR station.

Courtesy of Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre

Listen for this episode of All IN on Monday, March 8 at 7pm on 88.1 WVPE.

Theatre productions came to a halt across the country because of COVID-19.

Today we talk about what effect the pandemic has had on the industry, how three theatres in Indiana are continuing to create shows for their audiences, and what organizing and rehearsing for a production looks like right now.

Reflections: How A Year Of COVID-19 Affected America

Mar 5, 2021

It's been a year since the COVID crisis started to dominate our lives. To mark that milestone, our journalists revisited their reporting and collected some significant moments. 

The past 12 months are unlike any other in memory. Everyone in the U.S. has been impacted by this pandemic — in big ways or small ones. We’ve all adjusted in ways that are difficult,  and even the most minor day-to-day sacrifices can become exhausting.

Photo Of The Week - Lighthouse In Winter

Mar 4, 2021
Candice Schilz

With our recent warmer temperatures, this is an icy reminder of the February chill. Thanks to Candice Schilz of Knox for this Photo of the Week that she captured at Silver Beach in St. Joseph, Michigan, on Feb. 20th. She said hundreds of people were out walking that day in spite of the cold. The beauty of the lighthouse is a draw for people, even in winter.    

What are you taking photos of? 

Email them to us at wvpe@wvpe.org. 

WVPE's Justin Hicks has some thoughts on spring.

He's excited the N.Y. Mets are in spring training (though he fears that may be the best part of their season.) 

He's thankful to see mostly grass instead of snow on the ground. 

And he's viewing spring as a time of renewal (yes, financial renewal) for WVPE listeners who rely on the station for news, information and entertainment. 

Check out his video for yourself. And then please consider a donation as a sustaining member by clicking here.

Sid Shroyer

Nobody’s getting rich working at WVPE. But, we have the satisfaction of knowing that our work matters.

Maybe we are victims of our own success. We are trying to not be noticed being noticed. We are trying to be noticed by not being noticed, “ motionless in time / As the moon climbs, ” like a good poem, according to Archibald Macleish. Zen and the art of radio station maintenance.

WVPE's 2021 Spring Membership campaign is happening now! Support your local NPR station by making a donation and please consider becoming a sustaining member of WVPE. Click here to do that right now. Or you can also call to become a sustaining member of WVPE at 888 889 9269.