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With Mardi Gras parades cancelled this year due to COVID-19, many in New Orleans have decorated their houses to look like parade floats, complete with lights, props and, of course, beads. The Carnival spirit has spread beyond New Orleans, with “expats” around the country also decorating their homes – including a few in South Bend. 

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In my ongoing fascination with the concept of emptiness, I’ve been trying to understand a few basic things about nuclear physics. I see the problem of emptiness as similar to the problem of time—a question of the improbable and accidental nature of existence. Enormous distances, like enormous time-spans and pervasive emptiness, create the experience or concept of desert places—inhuman environments and inexorable threats.

Photo Of The Week - Snowy Farm Scene

Feb 11, 2021
Skip Barnett

Winter solitude is on display in WVPE's latest Photo of the Week. Thanks to Skip Barnett of Goshen for sharing this image that he captured from the Pumpkinvine Trail last week. Every season offers some great photo opportunities in Michiana and winter is no exception. 

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

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

St. Margaret's Virtual Winter Walk Is Happening Now

Feb 9, 2021

St. Margaret’s House is holding a virtual Winter Walk going on now through February 21. The organization is dedicated to improving the lives of women and children who struggle with economic poverty by providing essential services, programs and a community of respect and support.  

Image provided by St. Margaret's House

WVPE's Kent Fulmer recently interviewed Kathy Schneider, who is the Executive Director of St. Margaret’s House in South Bend. They discussed how the organization is taking its annual 'Winter Walk' virtual this year, plus a whole host of other topics.

Jeanette Saddler-Taylor

OK, Look—Whoops! This is radio. So, OK, listen. Well, maybe you don’t care to listen, I’m going to speak about books meaningful to me, so if this isn’t of interest to you, you have five minutes to go and do something else until something that does interest you comes along.

Photo Of The Week - January Kayaker

Feb 4, 2021
Chris Britton

A lone kayaker on "The Big Lake" (Lake Michigan) on a cold but calm evening is featured in WVPE's latest Photo of the Week.  Thanks to Chris Britton who captured this image on January 29th while he was at Silver Beach County Park in St. Joseph.

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

Email Photo of the Week submissions to us at 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.

Wild Rose Moon

This month's Wild Rose Moon Radio Hour features  Zach Dubois, Cindy Boener, George Schricker, Jacob Moreno, Cindy Davis, and "Lightnin' John" Bahler.

Michiana Chronicles: Looking For Normal

Jan 28, 2021
Ken Smith

I’m looking for normal these days, and accepting half-way normal as a good substitute. That’s how I ended up on Wednesday afternoon in South Bend’s beautiful-even-in-January Howard Park, sitting out with a friend from work for over an hour in the winter breeze. The thermometer was down around 30°. Steven and I wiped snow off the chairs and settled around the big fire pit where the tall gas flames turned this way and that. Behind us was the skating loop, below and to the west, the bend of the river. At the park’s south edge, kids on sleds slammed down the steep old railway embankment.

Photo Of The Week - Horse On The Horizon

Jan 28, 2021
Becky Baxter

January blue skies dominate in WVPE's latest Photo of the Week. Thanks to Becky Baxter for this image that she captured on Sat., Jan. 23rd in the Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park on the Notre Dame campus. Against those blue skies you see a bronze sculpture of a horse that was created by sculptor Deborah Butterfield.

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

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

Woman With Disability Adjusts After COVID Interrupts Work

Jan 27, 2021

As a person who likes to stay busy, Chelsea Davis had a hard time adjusting when COVID shut down her places of employment and volunteering. Seth Johnson interviewed her for Side Effects Public Media as part of an audio diary project for our Move to Include series.

Andrew Peterson isn’t one to stay still, but he’s had to get creative since COVID cancelled the marathons and competitions he’d normally be running in. Seth Johnson interviewed him and his father for Side Effects Public Media as part of an audio diary project for our Move to Include series.

What does an entertainment journalist do when he can’t cover events? Seth Johnson talks about his experience learning new skills — including creating radio diaries for Side Effects — during the pandemic. Part 1 of our Move to Include series on how people with disabilities are coping during this nationwide public health crisis. 

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Peace Talks Radio speaks with music documentary director Mary Wharton and writer Bill Flanagan. They’ve collaborated with others to create the documentary called "Jimmy Carter, Rock 'n' Roll President." It looks at how the 39th president’s fondness for music of all kinds really helped drive his successful campaign for president in 1976 and also was in evidence during his presidency as he hosted many great musicians at the White House.

Nimbilasha Cushing

April: This is April (laughter)

 

Nimbilasha: And I’m Nimbi

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20-year-old Luis Vazquez lost his job constructing barricades in March, right before COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic. Like tens of thousand of Hoosiers since then, he considered applying for unemployment insurance.

Photo Of The Week - Glass Houses

Jan 21, 2021
Cyndi Holther

WVPE's latest Photo of the Week captures an icy image that the photographer took on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, in Shipshewana. Cyndi Holther of Sturgis was inspired to take this shot by laying on the cold sidewalk to get just the right angle. To quote her, "Brrr!" She calls the photo "Glass Houses." 

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

Email Photo of the Week submissions to us at 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.

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Join us on 88.1 WVPE on the evening of MLK Day at 9pm for 'MLK and The Fierce Urgency of Now' from "The Takeaway." Co-hosted by Tanzina Vega of "The Takeaway," Jami Floyd of WNYC, and Brian Lehrer of WNYC, this hour unpacks the implications of the election through the prisms of civil rights and modern-day social justice.

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There is a body of laws that dictates what has to happen in the time between a new president's election and when they take office. More importantly, there’s a host of democratic norms that – if followed – will make the transition a smooth one.

This year, though, many of those norms have been broken.

 

Photo Of The Week - Winter Grazing

Jan 14, 2021
Neil Boston

 

WVPE's latest Photo of the Week features a snowy pasture. Thanks to Neil Boston who captured this image outside of Bristol on January 3rd. He says he took the photos with a Pixel 5 phone. The picture could be a timeless image. 

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

Email Photo of the Week submissions to us at 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.

Sid Shroyer

I became immersed in the study of the Holocaust because I took on the responsibility of teaching about the Holocaust to high school students in 2001. It’s a topic, I discovered, that we think we know everything about, and yet, as it turns out we know nothing about.

 

Michiana Chronicles: The Personal Lives Of Science

Jan 7, 2021
Anne Magnan-Park

Science writes its own patients' history. It is data and success-rate driven. Alongside these scientific reports are patients' stories, the personal lives of science. Though   data-oriented, their criteria for success are far more complex than the ones elaborated in the labs and relayed in scientific journals. They are layered stories which narrate access and lack of access to care, as well as trust and distrust in the healthcare system due to social status, race, cultural differences, and history.

Special Programming Monday From 9-10pm On 88.1 WVPE

Jan 7, 2021
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9 PM: "John Lewis: Profile in Peace" 

On July 27, 2020, memorial ceremonies were held in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda for civil rights icon John Lewis. At that time, Peace Talks Radio offered its platform to capture the tributes, interviews, and speeches that recall the life and legacy of Lewis. Listen Monday, Jan. 11th at 9pm on 88.1 WVPE.

(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

In a special edition of On Point, we’re trying to understand yesterday’s attack on the U.S. Capitol. How we can restore the health of our democracy? Leave a voice message at 617-353-0683.  


Patrick Semansky/AP

President-elect Joe Biden is addressing the country from Wilmington, Del., Wednesday afternoon.

Georgians voted in two Senate runoff elections on Tuesday. Incumbent Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue face Democratic challengers Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. The races were too close to call in November and now their outcome determines the balance of power in the Senate. One race has been called in Warnock's favor while Ossoff is currently leading in his race against Perdue which remains too close to call as of Wednesday morning. Follow the results live. 

Photo Of The Week - Fresh Snow

Dec 31, 2020
Samuel Lima

WVPE's latest Photo of the Week is entitled "Fresh Snow." The image was taken on December 29th outside Dillon Hall on the campus of Notre Dame by Sam Lima of South Bend. Sam has contributed several great photos here at WVPE since we started our Photo of the Week feature. 

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

Email Photo of the Week submissions to us at 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.

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The snowy weather has had me inside the last couple of weeks, with time on my hands to read.  This is the time of year I often turn to poetry, and as has become my custom in the last few years I want to take my Chronicle from this time of year to share a poem with you.

1 PM - Best of the Best 2020: The Great Indoors

New Year's Eve Programming On 88.1 WVPE

Dec 28, 2020
(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

1 PM - Best of the Best 2020: Towards a Better World.

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