"Giving Tuesday Now" Is May 5th

May 4, 2020

Giving Tuesday Now is a new global day of giving and unity on  May 5, 2020 – in addition to the regularly scheduled Dec. 1, 2020 #GivingTuesday. It's an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

Photo Of The Week - Through The Window

Apr 30, 2020
Cindy Bradley

WVPE's Photo of the Week is an image of social distancing. Thanks to Dan Buck for submitting this photo on behalf of photographer Cindy Bradley. In the picture. Helen Buck, of Mentone, gets as close as she can to her husband, Alton Buck, as they visited through the window of his room at the Peabody long-term care facility in North Manchester about a month ago. When she went back last week to wish him a happy 84th birthday, they could only wave to each other through the closed window.

(Stephanie Wiechmann/IPR)

Indiana residents must be registered to vote 29 days before each election. What do you need on Election Day? What do you need to register to vote? Can you vote if you’re homeless? 

May 4th Voices: Kent State, 1970

Apr 25, 2020

Monday, April 27, 2020 at 9 PM

“Kent State was not just Kent State. It was a symbol for everything, and it was indicative of everything at that time. And, as they’ve said, that was the day the war came home." (May 4th Voices)

WATCH VIDEO: Donate Your Car To WVPE

Apr 24, 2020
John Blosser

Donating a car is fast, easy and secure. We accept any vehicle - running or not - including cars, trucks, boats, RVs, motorcycles, and more. Simply call or fill out our secure online vehicle donation form, and one of our friendly Donor Support Representatives will take you through the process from start to finish. The pick-up is free, and your gift is tax-deductible! 

Photo Of The Week - A Sign Of The Times

Apr 23, 2020
Ann Umbaugh

WVPE's latest Photo of the Week is indicative of what many of us are seeing at area parks. Picnic tables stacked up as another reminder of social distancing. Thanks to Ann Umbaugh for this submission. She captured this image on Wednesday, March 25th at Cobus Park. She says the tables used to be in a pavilion there, but are now stacked on the lawn. 

Are you capturing images documenting life during the pandemic? 

Email photos to wvpe@wvpe.org. 

Listen Monday, April 20, 2020 at 9 PM. 

John Prine passed away Tuesday evening, April 7, 2020 from complications of the corona virus.

Photo Of The Week - Snow In Spring

Apr 16, 2020
Jeanette Saddler-Taylor

Today our Photo of the Week is certainly fitting for the weather outside. It depicts snow in spring. This photo of  snow and a daffodil and a leftover Easter decoration sums it up pretty well. Jeanette Saddler-Taylor submitted this image taken outside her home in South Bend on April 15, 2020. Jeanette is also a regular contributor to our Michiana Chronicles feature. She says she is referring to this picture as "Mother Nature's whomp upside the head!"  

Do you have a photo to share? 

Email photos to wvpe@wvpe.org. 

Tony Sizemore admits he was a pessimist who didn’t expect much good from other people.

Except for Birdie. He always saw the good in her.

But since Birdie died, he’s begun to see goodness in others. He thinks he understands why.

“It’s just a combination of people being scared, and Birdie being on the forefront of this and being the first one here to die,” he says. “I think it’s a combination of everything that has caused all the love and stuff, and the compassion.”

The forefront of a pandemic.

The first one to die.

Monday, April 13, 2020 at 9 PM

Photo Of The Week - Art Outdoors

Apr 9, 2020
Mike Morehouse, Niles

Thanks to Mike Morehouse for this week's Photo of the Week. He sent in a photo of a painting he created last week in Niles in the woods at Silverbrook. Mike was practicing "plein air" painting, which is the act of painting outdoors.  A great idea during this time of social distancing. He said he was channeling his inner Bob Ross. Mike also sent along some Facebook live videos he created while making his painting. Links are below. 

Monday, April 6, 2020 at 9 PM

International phenomena April Verch brings with her a sense of inner joy that ushers in a deep sense of spring. Her love for step-dancing, singing beautiful country ballads, and fiddling is simply entrancing. Her enthusiasm helps us all to remember the child we all carry inside of us and the hope that springs eternal!


WVPE is proud to be a media sponsor of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, now offering programs to help nonprofits get through these challenging times brought on by COVID-19.

Joyous greetings! Seems like a strange sentiment in these troubled times, but it also seemed odd when expressed by women in France, Germany, England and yes, the United States as they wrote letters to one another in the mid-1800’s. They communicated and offered support as they labored, sometimes from prisons, for human rights for women, enfranchisement among their issues. So again, “joyous greetings,” because thanks to them, we have the vote.

Screenshot from Facebook

Since we are keeping interruptions on air to a minimum during our modified spring fundraising campaign, we wanted to share with you some of the comments that *YOU* have shared with us during our membership drive. 

As evidenced in the photo above, many of you have taken to Facebook or Twitter to show your support in a public way. The screenshot comes from a social media post responding to WVPE Station Manager Anthony Hunt's video appeal.

If you haven't seen it yet, you can watch it here. 

Photo Of The Week - 'Iceberg Swans'

Mar 26, 2020
Paul Steury, Goshen


WVPE's Photo of the Week comes from a pond in Goshen. Paul Steury captured this image late in November of 2019 right outside his back door. The waterfowl are featured prominently. Ducks in the foreground and swans in the background. Paul calls them "iceberg swans."  

Do you have a photo to share? 

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. 

WVPE Listener-Members Tell Our Story Best

Mar 26, 2020
Screenshots from Twitter

Nobody tells the WVPE story better than our loyal listener-members. This week some of them have taken to Twitter to show their support. Others have left us comments when they went online to financially support the fact-based journalism and amazing storytelling that informs, entertains and inspires them everyday on 88.1 WVPE. 

Let us know what you love about your local NPR station.



Today the Superintendent of the Elkhart Community School system confirmed that the district has its first cast of COVID-19.

To all of our WVPE audience members, please know our top priority for all of you right now during these unprecedented times is for you to stay safe and be well. 

To that end, WVPE's staff (along with NPR) has been working tirelessly to provide you with the very best information, facts, and analysis on a local, state and national level.

Life has been upended and so too has our annual spring membership campaign. The campaign is moving forward with online fundraising only, modified to provide the utmost in safety and social distancing.

Peter Ringenberg

WVPE Station Manager, Anthony Hunt, talks about the vital role your local NPR station plays during this pandemic and how you can help the entire community during these unprecedented times by keeping public radio strong. 

Please watch his video message.

Lauren Chapman/IPB News

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced a statewide “Stay-At-Home” order for Indiana Monday. While there are new restrictions across the state, there are a number of things you can do and businesses that can stay open. 

Photo Of The Week - Social Distance Kayaking

Mar 19, 2020
Sam Lima

WVPE's Photo of the Week is a scene of serenity and calm on the St. Joseph River from the seat of a kayak. Thanks to Sam Lima for sharing this shot he captured on St. Patrick's Day at the Twyckenham Bridge in South Bend.   

Sam says he is trying to spend time in nature away from others during these unprecedented times. 

Do you have a photo to share? 

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. 

NPR Launches New Podcast - 'Coronavirus Daily'

Mar 18, 2020

These last few weeks have been unpredictable and uncharted territory with the COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever, our nation is relying on the public radio network to provide the trusted, rigorous, fact-based journalism necessary to sort through this crisis.

Photos provided by American Public Media

News Host Kerri Miller returns with a live call-in special on COVID-19. The special will occur over two days at 2 p.m. ET. Audiences across the nation are invited to call in and ask medical and public health professionals their hard questions.

Each of the stand-alone midday call-in shows will shine a spotlight on the COVID-19 crisis: