Ahead of his concert on Friday, August 23 at The Lerner in Elkhart, ukelele master Jake Shimabukuro took some time to talk to WVPE's Michael Linville.  Listen as Jake reflects on how he got interested in the ukelele in his home state of Hawaii and went on to become a YouTube sensation. 

DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

AP File Photo

Woodstock organizers, musicians and audience members recall the 1969 music festival that rocked the world in more ways than one.  Music and memories from the historic event include interviews with with Woodstock organizers Michael Lang, Joel Rosenman, and the late John Roberts, artists Richie Havens, Roger Daltrey and Joe Cocker, and audience members Ron Petras, Vivian Goodman and Danny Diamond.  Music performances from many of the artists are featured: Jefferson Airplane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Joe Cocker, CSNY, The Who, Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez and many more.

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After the Pitbull concert at Four Winds Field in South Bend was cancelled in June and rescheduled for tonight, it provided an opportunity for Joe Ruiz and his band, Rhymer/Educator.  The teacher by day, rapper by night from LaPorte will be the opening act tonight. Many of you may have first become acquainted with Joe back in May when WVPE featured him as a local contestant in NPR's annual Tiny Desk Contest. Although he didn't win the contest, his group Rhymer/Educator went on to open for Vanilla Ice last month in LaPorte.

Photo Of The Week - Summer Fair Season

Aug 16, 2019
Dave Coulston, Niles

WVPE's Photo of the Week captures the midway at night at the Berrien County Youth Fair. "Fair Skies" is the caption that Dave Coulston of Niles gives to this image from Berrien Springs that he took on Monday, Aug. 12th. The 2019 Berrien County Youth draws to a close on Sat., Aug. 17th. 

We'd love to feature your images in an upcoming Photo of the Week

To submit a photo with a caption, send it to: wvpe@wvpe.org 

Annacaroline Caruso

An Elkhart flute maker was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Flute Association to celebrate his contribution over 70 years in the business.

However, Emerson DeFord wasn't always in the flute making business.

Book cover photo credit: Logga Wiggler

WVPE's Michael Linville spoke recently with Larry Feldman, M.D., and Sandy Feldman, M.S.W.

They are the authors of Building Bridges Across The Racial Divide.  They are also adjunct instructors at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, in addition to working as practicing psychotherapists. 

Upcoming book discussions focusing on Building Bridges Across The Racial Divide:


Monday, August 19th, 7 to 8:30 pm at the Phoenix Coffeehouse in Benton Harbor, MI

Tuesday, August 27th, 7 to 8:30 pm at Forever Books in St. Joseph, MI

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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg ate, spoke and rode his way through the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines Tuesday. Wednesday Buttigieg continues another swing through Iowa with town halls and house party meet and greets in the eastern part of the state. Iowa holds the first in the nation caucuses ahead of the 2020 presidential election. 

A yard sale participating in US 12 Heritage Trail Garage Sale on Saturday, the longest garage sale in Michigan.
Justin Hicks / WPVE

Did you go to Michigan's Longest Garage Sale this weekend?  WVPE's Justin Hicks did and he's got the pictures to prove it. Check out his photo gallery. 


WVPE invites you to the 9th annual Michiana Renaissance Festival the weekend of August 24th and 25th in South Bend’s Pinhook Park.

The fest will feature four different re-enactment areas with themes like piracy, Vikings and a fairytale storyland.

Each day of the festival will also feature a royal joust and sword combat demonstrations.

Hours for the Renaissance Festival are 10am-6pm on both days.

More information about the Michiana Renaissance Festival can be found below: 


Heather Curlee-Novak

Many of us have a bit of vanity and as we age and wrinkles show up we either give up and go with it (which I think is healthiest) or we start buying those $200 neck crèmes and trying botox.  At my solid age of…‘marvelous’ …I am grateful to be a good ugly.  I say good ugly because my face has had a Bell’s Palsy adventure I do not wish upon any of you.  Being uglier has taught me many things I’d like to share.

Photo Of The Week - Turning The Lens On Nature

Aug 9, 2019
John Trapp, Buchanan

This Photo of the Week comes to us courtesy of John L. Trapp of Buchanan, Michigan. The image was captured on August 4th at Crescent Lake in Buchanan Township in Berrien County. 

We'd love to consider your images for Photo of the Week. Here is what you need to do to make a submission: 

Submit a photo with a caption to: wvpe@wvpe.org

WVPE announces the next event in our Four Winds Entertainment Series is back by popular demand - “Music in the Gardens.”

We’ll gather in South Bend on Friday, August 23rd outside The History Museum where the Whistle Pigs will take the stage from 5:30-8:30.

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to claim a spot on the grounds of the Historic Oliver Gardens on West Washington Street. And feel free to explore the museum during the event. The Landing will be on hand offering a special menu and beverages for sale. 

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WVPE invites you to an annual event in South Bend, where the streets of downtown are filled with performing, visual, and culinary artists, for a day-long celebration of local art.

How should the American legal system cope with a new era of hate speech? In this episode, host John Donvan sits down with two top legal minds thinking about free speech today.