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CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — Reports: Retired NBA superstar Kobe Bryant has died in helicopter crash in Southern California.

Here is the latest reporting on this from NPR. 

This is breaking news. This story will continue to be updated. 

Michiana Chronicles: Flush The Toilet

Jan 23, 2020
Tony Krabill

Flush the toilet.

A vortex of water sucks away whatever waste you deposited there. Clean water rushes in to replace it.

The flush toilet, in my opinion, is one of the greatest inventions ever.

William Talcott

Our latest Photo of the Week comes from William Talcott. He captured this wintry snow covered image at Pinhook Park in South Bend a couple years back. The snow appears undisturbed, except for the shadows being cast by the trees. 

We'd love to see and share your images with the WVPE audience. 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. 


It's not lost on us the importance of airing the upcoming Senate hearings during this pivotal moment in U.S. history. As public media outlets, it's our mission to make sure our listeners are well informed on subjects that will affect their lives.

We also understand you tune in because you look forward to hearing daily programming that you rely on.

WATCH LIVE: Senate Impeachment Vote Today

Jan 21, 2020
Senate Television via AP

The Senate is holding a trial on the impeachment of President Trump, who is accused by the U.S. House of abusing his power and obstructing Congress.

King's Last March

Jan 18, 2020

Monday, January 20, 2020 at 9 PM.

Ken Smith

In shedding season, the hair of our white cat practically glows on the maroon sofa, and the hair of the two black cats forms creepy shadows on the tan rug. If these critters had their way, the living room would never look presentable. Of course there are products that promise to pick up cat hair. We’ve tried the rollers of sticky tape that lift about 10% of the hair with each stroke of the device. We’ve filled many a vacuum cleaner bag primarily with cat hair. Our slipcovers come out of the washer and dryer clean but still flecked with hair.

Photo Of The Week - A Rainy Night In Goshen

Jan 16, 2020
Cyndi Holther

WVPE's latest Photo of the Week features a rainy night in Goshen on January 10th of this year. Bright lights and reflections on the wet pavement make for a colorful photo submission by Cyndi Holther of Sturgis, Michigan. 

We'd love to see and share your images with the WVPE audience. 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.

Man Who Is Indiana's Oldest State Employee Retiring At 102

Jan 15, 2020
John Maxwell/ Indiana Department of Natural Resources via AP

A 102-year-old man who is Indiana's oldest state employee is retiring after nearly six decades on the job, saying that “your body tells you when it's time to go.”

Bob Vollmer plans to report to work for the last time Feb. 6 as a surveyor for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

He joined the DNR in 1962.

The World War II veteran still travels Indiana collecting technical field data and confirming boundary lines for DNR-managed properties, but he says that his body is telling him it's time to retire.

Chris Carlson/AP Photo

Six Democratic presidential candidates are debating in Iowa on Tuesday, less than three weeks from the caucuses there. NPR reporters are providing background and analysis of the candidates' remarks in real-time.


Susan Walsh/AP Photo

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is announcing who will present the case for impeachment in the Senate trial. Watch the press conference live.


WVPE is proud to be a media sponsor of the Broadway Theatre League which is bringing the musical Bandstand to the stage of the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend. 

The show is set in 1945 as U.S. soldiers come home from World War II. It revolves around PFC Donny Novitski who wants to win a national music competition. 

The show's creator has won multiple Tony Awards, including one for Hamilton.

You can see Bandstand Friday, Jan. 24 at 8pm; Sat., Jan. 25 at 2 & 8pm and Sun., Jan. 26 at 2pm. 


WVPE is a media sponsor of the Morris Performing Arts Center which is featuring the National Ballet of Odessa, Ukraine on Friday, January 17.

A full-length ballet version of Romeo and Juliet in two acts will be performed starting at 7:30pm on Friday. 

The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa, Ukraine brings 55 talented Ukrainian ballet stars to present the most passionate romantic tragedy of love.

For more information about the ballet, including how to get tickets, click here. 

April Lidinsky

How do we account for the sudden nostalgia for the "roaring" Nineteen Twenties? Maybe “roaring” seems like a welcome relief after years of “persisting.” It’s telling that we hardly know what to call these past two decades. The term “the aughts” never really caught on.  That word is rooted in a linguistic error, anyway, as writer Rebecca Mead has pointed out: “Aught” is a 19th century corruption of the word “naught,” which really means zero. “Aught” properly means “anything,” so the aughts were both nothing and anything, leading to the Twenty Tens … or were they the Twenty Teens?

Gary King

Our latest Photo of the Week comes from Gary King of South Bend.  This is an image taken at Turkey Run State Park, Trail 4 on December 28th of last year. The sandstone formation caught Gary's eye.  What has been catching your eye as you take pictures on your cell phone?  We'd love to see and share your images with the WVPE audience. 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. 

Aha! With Alastair: Episode #2 - Vienna's Riches

Jan 8, 2020
South Bend Symphony

What do Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Strauss Polkas have in common?

South Bend Symphony Music Director Alastair Willis presents an exploration of Vienna's musical riches.

"I've always loved theater, and love putting concerts in historical context, surprising and delighting with a script, a character or two, to create a concert experience that comes alive in fresh, new ways," says Willis.

AP Photo

WVPE is a media sponsor of the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary which is honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. 

On Monday, January 20th from 2-4pm a panel discussion with a team devoted to Intercultural Competence and Undoing Racism will celebrate the King legacy with a community conversation. 

The event will take place at 3003 Benham Ave., Elkhart. It is free and open to the public. 

2020 NPR Student Podcast Challenge

Jan 8, 2020

The 2020 NPR Student Podcast Challenge is officially open for entries. 

The Challenge is aimed at students between grades 5 and 12, and NPR Ed will provide a series of suggested prompts and a guide for student podcasters and their teachers. NPR hopes to generate a lot of excellent material from around the country and hope this will give us a chance to add youth voices into the national conversation.


President Trump is speaking to the nation following attacks on military bases in Iraq where U.S. troops are stationed. Trump tweeted on Tuesday night that "All is well!" and that an assessment of the casualties was underway. Iran said the missiles were launched as an act of self-defense after the U.S. killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Iraq. Watch live below as President Trump addresses the U.S. people on what has happened. 

Matt Chase

Tonight on This American Life, intimate and personal dispatches from two very different battlefields: A small town in the Syrian war. And the U.S. opioid epidemic. Each came from a DIY radio outfit. (Okay, one’s a podcast.)


Ira tells the story of Dave, a former heroin addict who, with his friend Chris, launches a podcast inspired by the Howard Stern Show. Except it’s all about heavy drug use.

Act One: Two Dope Kings

All IN: How Are Libraries Changing?

Jan 7, 2020
Terry Kearney / Creative Commons

What were once quiet spaces full of books, card catalogues, and microfilm archives are now active, vibrant public spaces. There are still plenty of books, but many libraries are now host to fitness classes, cooking demonstrations and family activities.

We talk to the Indiana State Librarian about what changes he’s seen at libraries in recent years, especially when it comes to technology.

Tonight at 9pm J:Cubed host, Karl Smith, kicks off his first show of the new year with a tribute to WVPE's recently retired Development Director, Kim Macon. 

Hear one of Kim's favorites from her playlist tonight when you tune into 88.1 WVPE at 9pm for J:Cubed Jazz to the 3rd Power: Cool, Smooth and Hot!


Monday, January 13, 2020 at 9 PM

The behind-the-scenes history of a '90s cultural phenomenon that put singing vegetables in living rooms across America. A one-hour radio special from Preach, the podcast about the messiness of faith from KUER and PRX.

Monday at 9pm on 88.1 WVPE. 

Many of the best performances by an array of top performers from all over the globe can be heard this week on The Wild Rose Moon Radio Hour. 


Beginning with South Bend Native’s, Nick Gunty and Brian Powers of Frances Luke Accord, performing their devotional song, Maria, along with the violin phenom, Katie Van Dusen.  


University Of Southern Indiana Prof Named Poet Laureate

Jan 5, 2020

A recently retired University of Southern Indiana professor already has a new job, as Indiana's newest poet laureate.

When I turn the corner at the top of the stairs, there’s Kim, Kim Macon, the Development Director at WVPE, behind her desk and a computer screen, in her dimly lit office.

“Hi Kim.”

“Hey Sid.”

That begins my day at WVPE.

I’m not exactly sure what Kim does at the station. It’s my impression that she carries it around on her shoulders.

“Hi Kim.”

“Hey Sid.”

“Kim, I gotta ask ya, what is it, exactly, that you do here at WVPE?”

“I do a little bit of everything,” says Kim.

Photo Of The Week - Sunrise From Christmas Morning

Jan 2, 2020
Susan Bannwart

As we celebrate the new year, we look forward to sharing your photos in 2020. Our first image of the year comes from Susan Bannwart of North Liberty who captured this image of chore time at sunrise on Christmas morning in 2019. 

Please share images with us via email at wvpe@wvpe.org. Remember to provide a caption.

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. 

Peter Ringenberg

WVPE's Development Director of 27 years, Kim Macon, retires January 3, 2020. She leaves a legacy that is difficult to sum up in a web post. Suffice it to say her guidance has helped the station grow membership, underwriting and its financial footing. Part of Kim's DNA is humility, so getting her to talk about herself was no small task.

We did get her to sit down with us to talk a little bit about some of her reflections.

Photo Of The Week - Sunrise Before Snowfall

Dec 26, 2019
Ashley Henderson

Our final Photo of the Week of 2019 was taken earlier this month by Ashley Henderson in her backyard in South Bend. She captured this image at sunrise just before the clouds moved in and before the snow began to fall. 

We look forward to seeing YOUR images in 2020. Please share them with us via email at wvpe@wvpe.org. Remember to provide a caption.

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. 


Political Junkie 2019 Remembrances Special – Jan. 1, 2020 at 1 PM.

 As 2019 draws to a close, Political Junkie Ken Rudin remembers the lawmakers and newsmakers from the world of politics who passed away this year. Ken interviews their colleagues, friends and thejournalists who covered them, to reflect on their passions and chronicle their accomplishments. Learn more here.