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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
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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. 

Special New Year's Eve Programming On 88.1 WVPE

Dec 26, 2019

More Best of the Best: The 2019 Third Coast Festival Broadcast - Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 1–3 PM; Capitol Steps at 7 PM; The 2019 Musicians Memorial Special from 8–10 PM; Toast of the Nation at 10 PM – Jan 1, 2020, 2 AM