Photo Of The Week - Frozen Fruit

Mar 5, 2020
Dave Coulston

WVPE's Photo of the Week is of frozen fruit in Berrien County. This image was actually submitted to us late in 2019 by Dave Coulston of Niles. The snow and the fruit captured in this image seem representative of how the seasons can clash. A timely reminder as we look ahead to the offiical start of spring on March 20th. 

We'd love to see your images too. 

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Make sure to include your name, where you live, names of people in the photo, date the photo was taken and the location where the photo was taken. 

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Basketball is a cornerstone of culture of Indiana. If you need evidence, just look at the number of high school gyms in the state that seat over 7,000 fans. Among the 10 biggest high school gyms in the country, Indiana has nine.

Today we explore the deep roots behind Indiana’s love affair with basketball.


The Ironhand Wine Bar is hosting a "Beer Launch Party" Friday, March 13 from 6-8pm. 

Ironhand is celebrating its partnership with Upland Beer and is now serving Dragonfly IPA, Bad Elmer's Porter, Cahmpagne Velvet and more. 

The launch party will feature live music by The Tune Shakers, tastings and giveaways. 

Ironhand is at 1025 Northside Blvd., South Bend. (In the Armory across from the Farmer's Market in South Bend.) 

Learn more about the event here. 

Live Coverage: 2020 Super Tuesday

Mar 2, 2020

Follow NPR's live coverage of the 2020 Super Tuesday contests, including results and analysis. Listen live starting at 8pm on 88.1 WVPE for NPR coverage of Super Tuesday results. Coverage is anticipated to be live on air through at least 1am on Wednesday.


All IN: A Look Back On The Buttigieg Campaign

Mar 2, 2020
Peter Ringenberg

On Sunday morning Pete Buttigieg appeared on Meet the Press to talk about his strategy going into Super Tuesday. By the end of the day he had dropped out of the race. We talk to two reporters (WVPE's Jennifer Weingart and Jeff Parrott of the South Bend Tribune) who have covered Buttigieg to find out how his supporters are reacting, and how his experience as mayor of South Bend had an impact on his campaign.

We also talk to a public health expert to get an update on the coronavirus, and to help us identify misinformation about the outbreak.

Justin Hicks / IPBS News

After finishing fourth in the South Carolina primary, Buttigieg came home to South Bend to an emotional and loud crowd to make his announcement Sunday night. 

He did not throw his support behind any other candidate, but instead called for unity in the party moving forward. 

“I will no longer seek to be the 2020 Democratic nominee for president, but I will do everything in my power to ensure that we have a new Democratic president come January,” Buttigieg says.

At the announcement South Bend resident Tracey Thomas, and many others, said the announcement was a loss. 


The IU South Bend Graduate Programs Open House scheduled for Thursday, March 12 has been canceled.

The Democratic presidential primary candidates are competing in South Carolina on Saturday, hoping to win over voters in the fourth contest of 2020. Follow NPR's live coverage of the primary, including results and analysis.


Andrew Kreider

It’s a good day in our house.  I just received a new 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle in the mail.  It’s a Star Wars one, a happy conglomeration of posters from the first three movies – images large and small of Luke, Leia, Han, Obi-Wan, Darth Vader, the Death Star, the droids, aliens, light sabers, X-wings, Tie fighters, all the good stuff with no pod racing – everything jumbled up in a large pile of cardboard and dust, all the characters looking for their missing parts. This mess is going to take days to sort out.  I can’t wait.

Photo Of The Week - Great Scott!

Feb 27, 2020
Scott Doty

WVPE's Photo of the Week comes from Scott, Indiana, which is in our listening area. It's a small unincorporated community in LaGrange County's Van Buren Township. It's on the Pigeon River near the Indiana Toll Road about a mile south of the Indiana-Michigan border. 

This image was captured by Scott Doty of Sturgis, Michigan. He took the photo on his way to work in Middlebury on February 21st. 

We'd love to see your images too. 

Email photos to wvpe@wvpe.org. 

Photo courtesy of Indiana University Archives

Before Jim Brown, Mean Joe Greene, or any other black NFL superstar, there was George Taliaferro. George played football for Indiana University two years before Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier, and went on to become the first African American drafted by the NFL. 

We sat down with the author of a new biography on Taliaferro, to talk about the Indiana native’s athletic and academic achievements made during a time of deep racial division, and his long life after football.

Produced by Drew Daudelin.

Photo provided by The Wild Rose Moon Radio Hour

Wisconsinite, Andy Noyes,  brings his diverse acoustic guitar skills to the Wild Rose Moon Radio Hour this Monday at 9 PM on 88.1 WVPE. Noyes shares his beautiful song, Awani Winds.


In many states, emergency medical services are not considered essential, like fire or police. That means when you call 911, there’s no guarantee an ambulance will respond. And this is a big problem in rural areas, where volunteers are scarce.

Donna Hansen says when her husband started having severe chest pains four years ago, the plan seemed straightforward. Her daughter would drive him to the fire station two miles away in their town of Hudson to get an ambulance.

Lauren Chapman/IPB News

Members of our Indiana 2020 Two-Way texting group told us they wanted to know more about health care costs, what’s being done to address them, and why the system is the way it is. 


WVPE is a media sponsor of Kozmo Events' For the Love of Art Fair which will be featured at South Bend's Century Center March 7 and 8. 

The event will present the work of more than 50 regional artists creating original paintings, sculptures, hand-crafted woodwork, fine jewelry and more. 

Hours for the event on Sat., Mar. 7 run from 10am-6pm. 

Hours for Sun., Mar 8 are 11am-4pm.


Democratic presidential hopefuls are on stage in South Carolina ahead of that state’s primary. The candidates’ battle follows Sen. Bernie Sanders’ wins in the New Hampshire primary and the Nevada caucuses. Follow NPR’s live fact checks and analysis of their remarks.


All IN: Food Stamps for Ex-Drug Offenders

Feb 25, 2020
Michael Caterina/South Bend Tribune

Six years ago, Indiana was among a handful of states that still banned ex-drug offenders from using food stamps, no matter how many years passed, how long they were drug free, or how long they followed parole.

Cheryl Ashe wanted to change that. After spending years driving people who were ineligible for food stamps from food pantry to food pantry, she was convinced it was time to change the law. And after six years of trying, she helped make it happen.

Produced by Maggie Gelon.


Justin Hicks/WVPE

WVPE's Michael Linville announced on February 24th that it would be his final morning as 88.1's host of Morning Edition.  Since August of 2003 Michael has been "the voice" of your local mornings here on Michiana's NPR station. So after 16+ years of getting up in the middle of the overnight hours to be in at work ready to go on the air at 5am, Michael is moving on to a new challenge as an Underwriting Account Executive at WVPE.

Here are some comments from Michael as he looks forward to his new role: 


Born to enslaved parents on a Mississippi plantation during the Civil War, Ida B. Wells emerged as a powerful investigative journalist.

She overcame death threats and published widely in her quest to document the domestic terrorism against African Americans that came to be known as lynching. Ida Wells published the first major study of that crime.

A close associate of Frederick Douglass, she helped to found the NAACP and advocated the right to vote for women and black Americans. Her amazing life story is finally gaining recognition, nearly 90 years after her death.

Photo Of The Week - Frozen

Feb 20, 2020
Tony Straw

Ice accumulation on branches of a tree near Lake Maxinkuckee in Culver back in January of 2020 make for an impressive image in our Photo of the Week.  

Thanks to Tony Straw of Culver for this submission. 

We'd love to see your images too. 

Email photos to wvpe@wvpe.org. 

Make sure to include your name, where you live, names of people in the photo, date the photo was taken and the location where the photo was taken. 

Please send images in .jpg format and scale down any image that is larger than 2 mb in size.

All IN: Who was Madam C.J. Walker?

Feb 18, 2020

Madam C.J. Walker was born to slaves and died the first self-made female millionaire in the United States. Her business was built in Indiana, but her legacy extends far beyond her fortune–her activism and philanthropy have had a lasting impact. And her story will come to life as a series on Netflix, starring Octavia Spencer, this March.

Today we talk to A’Lelia Bundles, the official biographer and great-great granddaughter of Madam C.J. Walker.

Produced by Maggie Gelon.


Photo provided by Musical Arts Indiana

WVPE is a media sponsor of Musical Arts Indiana which will bring young voices to the stage at LangLab in South Bend on Leap Day, Saturday, Feb. 29. LangLab is located at 1302 High Street, South Bend, IN.

The event which starts at 7:30pm will feature Broadway and and opera stages. Music from Les Miserables, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Godspell, Lord of the Rings and The Polar Express will be featured.

As for opera, choruses by Puccini, Bizet, Mascagni and Verdi will be performed. 


Join Political Junkie Ken Rudin on 88.1 WVPE on President's Day at 9pm for a review of many great moments from the history of televised presidential debates. He'll have commentary from several journalists and historians on how those moments may have helped pave the way for the winner to reach the White House. Learn more about the show here.

Photo Of The Week - The Golden Dome

Feb 13, 2020
CJ Beutien

One of the most photographed places in our area is, of course, Notre Dame. This Photo of the Week captures an after dark image of snow on the Golden Dome on campus. Thanks to CJ Beutien of South Bend for this image taken on February 6, 2020. 

We'd love to see your images too. 

Email images to wvpe@wvpe.org. 

Make sure to include your name, where you live, names of people in the photo, date the photo was taken and the location where the photo was taken. 

Please send images in .jpg format and scale down any image that is larger than 2 mb in size.

Photo Of The Week - A Snowy Oliver Mansion

Feb 6, 2020
Bill Spalding

The Oliver Mansion in South Bend looks good any time of year, including in the winter when there is snow on the ground. Thanks to Bill Spalding for this submission. He actually captured this image late last year. 

We'd love to see your images too. 

Email images to wvpe@wvpe.org. 

Make sure to include your name, where you live, names of people in the photo, date the photo was taken and the location where the photo was taken. 

Please send images in .jpg format and scale down any image that is larger than 2 mb in size.

Photo provided by Morris Performing Arts Center

WVPE is a media sponsor of South Bend Venues, Parks and Arts which is bringing singer, songwriter and musician Michael Franti and Spearhead to Howard Park for a concert in July.  The event will be July 24. Tickets are now on sale.

Franti's most recent album is entitled Stay Human Vol. II. He also  created a self-directed documentary called Stay Human. 

Photo provided by The Wild Rose Moon Radio Hour

Monday, February 10, 2020 at 9 PM.

The Wild Rose Moon Radio Hour will feature the Celtic folk band, Soltre, during this week’s program.

NPR's 2020 Tiny Desk Contest Is Now Taking Entries

Feb 4, 2020

NPR has announced that the annual Tiny Desk Contest is now taking entries. 

In 2014, NPR launched the Tiny Desk Contest: a nationwide search to find the next great undiscovered musician to come play a Tiny Desk concert at NPR. Winners also go on tour with NPR Music, in partnership with NPR Member stations across the country. Previous winners have gone on to sign to major labels, perform across the world and even win Grammy awards.

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

On Tuesday night, February 4, 2020, President Donald Trump is scheduled to deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. Afterwards, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is scheduled to deliver the Democratic Party's response. You can watch it in the video player below.

You can also listen live on 88.1 WVPE.