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All Photos Provided By Charlie Porter, Darryl Buchanan and Chris Greene

  'The Sauce' with host Dawn Burns is back for the program's June 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). 

 

Wild Rose Moon

Monday, June 7, 2021 at 9 PM

This episode of the Wild Rose Moon Radio Hour features songwriter Matt Watroba.

Jeanette Saddler-Taylor

Come spring they say that a young man’s fancy turns to love. But for this old Kentucky girl, spring is time to strap on big Partisan boots for the excitement of the season. First thought when envisioning Partisan boots are those very cool-looking, fold-down, pirate-type boots. While fun-looking, they are the wrong Partisan boots for my interest. The boots required for my spring fancy are those very handsome riding boots, because it’s the new season for horse racing, particularly the Kentucky Derby.

WVPE's latest Photo of the Week comes courtesy of Jeff Stern-Gilbert of Elkhart. It's of a beautiful gold and purple sunrise over the St. Joseph river in late May.

What are you taking photos of? Email us your shots to photo@wvpe.com and it could be selected as the next WVPE Photo of the Week.

Hip Hop And Healing: Commemorating Tulsa

May 30, 2021
Ryan Cass


Monday, May 31, 2021, at 9 PM
 

A century ago, one of the worst episodes of racial violence in US history took place - the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

Greenwood was a prosperous and thriving district, nicknamed 'Black Wall Street' because it was a mecca for Black entrepreneurs and businesses. On Memorial Day 1921, a young shoe-shiner, Dick Rowland, was wrongly accused of attacking a white girl in an elevator - a charge she would quickly recant.

Photo Of The Week: East Race River Lights

May 28, 2021

WVPE's latest Photo of the Week is of the East Race and comes courtesy of Mary Pontario of South Bend. It was taken early on a gray cloudy morning this week, while the St. Joseph river was still illuminated by the multi-colored river lights near downtown.

What are you taking photos of? Email us your shots to photo@wvpe.com and it could be selected as the next WVPE Photo of the Week.

Brett McNeil

The masks are off, the summer travel season is set to sizzle and consumer spending is back with a capital B, baby!

Unless it’s not, and gas hoarding and inflation-panic are ill, stagflating headwinds. 

Portentiously, we continue tempting the fates, tampering with the labor pool, paying people to stay home and out of the workforce. The Chamber of Commerce would like to remind everyone: Get Back to Work.

It’s weird out there. Especially in a nation where our truest function is not as citizen or human or even human capital but as discretionary spender.

Michiana Chronicles: Reduced Circumstances

May 20, 2021
Ken Smith

Over the years I grew tired of the not always faster Interstate highway route to see family on the west side of Saint Louis. On I-80 around Chicago, the Slinky-style traffic would have me in the driver’s seat shivering and levitating with frustration.Then there’s the lulling boredom of I-55, where one Illinois mile undulates as mildly and blandly as the next.

Aha! With Alastair: Ep 4 - Beethoven's Fifth and "Rose of Sonora"

May 20, 2021
South Bend Symphony

In another episode of "Aha! with Alastair," South Bend Symphony Orchestra Music Director Alastair Willis discusses Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in its historical context, and what it means to him now as we begin to emerge hopeful after a gut-wrenching year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Spotlight On Rethinking Mental Health Care

May 17, 2021
APM

Monday, May 17 & 24, 2021 at 9 PM

 

The nation’s mental health crisis is worsening with the COVID-19 pandemic. About two in five adults reported struggling with their mental health, including substance use, in the last year. That’s twice the number of Americans who typically experience a mental illness in any given year. It’s time to rethink mental health care.  

Ken Smith

This is April Lidinsky 

And this is Des Harris 

WVPE's latest Photo of the Week features a gosling peeking out from under the feathers of their mother at St. Mary's Lake on Notre Dame's campus. It was taken last week by Lindsay Serene of South Bend.

What are you taking photos of? Email us your shots to photo@wvpe.com and it could be selected as the next WVPE Photo of the Week.

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.

Michiana Chronicles: Enjoy The Silence

May 6, 2021
Katie Gotfried

When I was in my mid teen years, I volunteered at our school library, helping to reshelf books. I would go in after school and push the squeaky wheeled cart through the rows of books. The librarian could hear the wheels squeak and stop as I snaked my way through the stacks. The cart would go silent for long periods of time. In retrospect, I was probably one of the most unproductive volunteers the library had. Books had a way of distracting me.

WVPE's latest Photo of the Week comes courtesy of Anne Rebeck-Scott. Anne says she was foraging for mushrooms outside of Winamac on the last day of April when she snapped a photo of the sunset through the trees. She even included a picture of her mushroom baul for bragging rights.

What are you taking photos of? Email us your shots to photo@wvpe.com and it could be selected as the next WVPE Photo of the Week.

Watch The Fischoff Competition Online May 14-16

May 5, 2021

The 48th Annual Fischoff Competition supports WVPE and presents three days of string, piano, wind and brass chamber music on Fri., May 14-Sun., May 16. Ensembles from around the world will compete for prizes and tours. The competition rounds are being streamed online for all music fans to enjoy. 

Learn more about how to watch video of the performances here.  You'll also find the schedule of performances at fischoff.org. 

Aaron Nichols

'The Sauce' with host Dawn Burns is back for the program's May 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). 

Wild Rose Moon

Monday, May 3, 2021 at 9 PM

Episode 43 of The Wild Rose Moon Radio Hour features singer/songwriter Patti Shaffner, from northwestern Indiana... aka "The Region."

In honor of Poetry Month, the show also features the work of Alaskan poet Kaylene Johnon Sullivan, as read by Sidney Davis. Sidney also reads one of her own poems.

Photo of the Week: A Springtime Snow

Apr 30, 2021

WVPE's latest Photo of the Week features a ray of morning sunlight hitting frozen flower buds during the later-than-usual snowfall our listening area saw recently. Scott Doty says he took the photo from his porch in Sturgis Michigan  

Now it's your turn! Take some photos and email them to us at photo@wvpe.com. Your picture could be selected as the next WVPE Photo of the Week.

Photo provided by Sid Shroyer

I’m writing my new grandson a letter. 

APM

Monday, April 26, 2021, at 9 PM

Andrew Kreider

This last week I was finally let go from my job – not my regular 9 to 5 you understand, but from my side gig - as a personal shopper.   It was always for a very select clientele, mind you – just my parents-in-law and my mother.  But I did get to do it for an entire year.

Elkhart Community Schools

WVPE Morning Edition Host Kent Fulmer talks with Dr. Steve Thalheimer, Superintendent of Elkhart Community Schools. They discuss education funding in the state of Indiana, the disadvantage Elkhart has in hiring and retaining teachers, and the upcoming referendum designed to address those issues.

Elkhart Community Schools is the broadcast licensee of 88.1 WVPE.

(FILE PHOTO: Brandon Smith/IPB News)

State leaders will provide an update on House Bill 1001, Indiana’s two-year budget .

Gov. Eric Holcomb will be joined by Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, House Speaker Todd Huston, Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray, Rep. Tim Brown, Chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means; Sen. Ryan Mishler, Chair of the Senate Committee on Appropriations; and Office of Management and Budget Director Cris Johnston.

Watch live here:

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.

Elmer Street: The Northside

Apr 14, 2021
Photo provided by Karl Smith, Logo by Tiana Batiste Waddell

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.

North Central Indiana SCORE

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.)

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