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? 

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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.)


Join The WVPE Team

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? 

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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. 

(Provided by Emily Race)

The pressure to track kids down, get them engaged in school, and come up with lesson plans they can do remotely or in-person is a lot for one person to handle. Crawfordsville language arts teacher Emily Race said she's exhausted.

Kelly Manke, Young at Heart Photography

Monday, Mar. 1, 2021 at 9 PM - Hello World!

Michiana Chronicles: St. Elmo's Tire

Feb 25, 2021
Andrew Kreider

It all started so innocently.  One of my kids just got a job in Fort Worth, Texas.  And February felt like a great time to help him move, a chance to get out of the cold of northern Indiana and enjoy some warm southern hospitality for a week or so.  My son went on ahead with his dog and a suitcase.  I waited a few days for him to get the keys to his new place, then rented a full-size mini-van, filled it with the makings of the new apartment, and aimed the steering wheel south. How was I supposed to know we had picked the worst week in decades to make the move? … I’m figuring things are goi

Photo Of The Week - Dawn At Fidler Pond

Feb 25, 2021
Elaine Hooley

What a pretty shot of dawn breaking over Fidler Pond in Goshen. Thanks to Elaine Hooley of Goshen for sharing this image which is WVPE's latest Photo of the Week.  She captured this scene back on Feb. 8th around 8 in the morning. 

We'd love to see what you are taking photos of.

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Photo Of The Week - February At The Beach

Feb 18, 2021
Greta Hurst

This time of year we usually don't get a lot of beach photos submitted for our WVPE Photo of the Week. But this shot at Tiscornia Beach in St. Joseph, Michigan, from earlier this month is a great one. Thanks to Greta Hurst of Baroda for sharing this photo she captured on February 6th. 

We'd love to see what you are taking photos of.

Email Photo of the Week submissions to us at wvpe@wvpe.org.

Heather Curlee-Novak

I got to play in the snow this week.  We got nineteen inches give or take eighty.  So I played in the snow but not in the fun way. I played in ‘the dog won’t go on her own and you don’t want her to pee on the porch” sort of way.  Our poor sedan that should be put out to pasture got stuck TWICE in one day.  I told my husband John to just leave it there with a ‘FREE PLEASE TAKE’ sign.