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A Season's Griot – Dec. 26 at 9 PM.

 A Season's Griot is public radio's only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program. Hosted for 25 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual one-hour special captures the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples. The show’s poet laureate, Beverly Burnette, and other members of the Season’s Griot family return with familiar and favorite elements of Griot.  

As I look back at the past twelve months, I realize that 2019 was the year of the bad joke.  In the middle of work, of play, of family changes, of national politics – the one constant for me was that I was always able to count on a bad joke to get me through the bad days.

And when I say bad jokes, at my age what I mean is not smut or sick political burns – no, for me what this means is just good old-fashioned “dad jokes.”  You know the ones – the kind of one-line groaners that you are embarrassed to hear someone tell.  I resort to these all the time. 

Annacaroline Caruso

Cancer is the leading cause of death among Latinos, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet Latinos and other minority groups are underrepresented in cancer research. Some local researchers are working to change that.

Photo Of The Week - WVPE Holiday Edition

Dec 19, 2019
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This week our Photo of the Week allows us to share our holiday greetings with you. This is an image of the station holiday card for 2019 designed by WVPE Account Executive David Murray. Please know that throughout the holidays and into 2020, your local NPR station will be here for you to inform, entertain and inspire. We wish all of you the best of the holiday season.


The Ironhand Wine Bar is ringing in the New Year with live music by The Motown Machine.

The band will play from 8:30pm-12:30am. The party wraps up at 1am.

Ironhand invites you to welcome 2020 with them at 1025 Northside Blvd., South Bend. (In the Armory across from the Farmer’s Market in South Bend.) 

Photo provided by Butler University

A group of students at Butler University is creating a video game to help young Hoosiers living with autism improve social skills.

The class partnered with Indiana nonprofit Sycamore Services on the game. Players battle zombies, goblins and other characters, while also learning to communicate.  

Instructor Panos Linos says the goal is for players to take what they learn about everyday social interactions in the game and practice it in real life.

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The House of Representatives debates and votes on articles of impeachment against President Trump.

You can watch it live below. You can also listen live over the air on 88.1 WVPE.

Robert Parrish

With the Geminid meteor showers peaking December 13-14, we thought this image would be a timely selection for our Photo of the Week. Robert Parrish captured this image of the star Deneb (top center of the picture) in Edwardsburg on August 1, 2019. Deneb is the 19th most luminous star in the entire night sky. 

Want to be featured in our Photo of the Week?  

Submit a photo with a caption to: wvpe@wvpe.org

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Hispanics are the least likely racial and ethnic group to see a doctor when they have health problems. That’s according to a study by the United States Census Bureau. There are several barriers that discourage some from that community from seeking medical attention in the U.S.

Just Goods is a local store popping up for the holidays through December 29 offering organic, sustainable, and naturally produced goods from near and far.  It's located with Brain Lair Books at 714 East Jefferson Boulevard in downtown South Bend.

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Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is answering lawmakers' questions about his report on the Russia investigation, which was released on Monday. Watch the hearing live.

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NPR’s Morning Edition has had a Hoosier at the helm for more than 15 years. Host Steve Inskeep grew up in Carmel, Indiana and still has family here. He was invited to speak at the Richard G. Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders, which took place this weekend at the University of Indianapolis. 

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The House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on the impeachment inquiry report completed by the House Intelligence Committee, as it moves toward drafting articles of impeachment. Watch the hearing live. You can also listen live on 88.1 WVPE.


WVPE is proud to be a media sponsor of the Broadway Theatre League now announcing that Disney's The Lion King will be at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend for a three week run in 2020. 


Tickets are on sale for performances at the Morris Performing Arts Center of Disney's The Lion King. The show runs March 4-22, 2020 in South Bend. The show has won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. More than 232 puppets of the animal kingdom come to life on stage during the performance. Learn more about the show and how to get tickets here. 

Photo Of The Week - Heading South

Dec 5, 2019
Candice Schilz

Thanks to listener-member Candice Schilz for our Photo of the Week. She lives on Bass Lake in Starke County and loves to watch the birds migrating. 

Are you capturing some great shots of the changing seasons? Or anything else? Send them to us at wvpe@wvpe.org.

Include your name, hometown, names of people pictured, and the date and location where the photo was taken. Please send images in .jpg format & no larger than 2mb in size.

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Hanukkah Lights 2019 - 9 pm.

The NPR favorite returns with all new Hanukkah stories. Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.  


Saturday, December 21, 2019 from 10:00pm–12:00am.

Celebrate the return of the sun – and the warming of the heart with Paul Winter's Annual Winter Solstice Celebration.

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Just Goods is a local store popping up for the holidays from now through December 29th offering organic, sustainable, and naturally produced goods from near and far.

It's located with Brain Lair Books at 714 E. Jefferson Blvd. in downtown South Bend. It's two holiday shopping experiences in one location. Shop near the newly reopened Howard Park which is just steps away. 


The Brain Lair this holiday season and year round is dedicated to helping children and teens see themselves in a new light through handpicked books featuring characters from all walks of life. 

The Keepers

Dec 5, 2019

Monday, December 16, 2019 at 9 pm.

The Keepers, a new hour-long special from The Kitchen Sisters and PRX with host, Academy Award-winning actress Frances McDormand.

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President Trump is holding a news conference at the conclusion of the NATO leaders' summit in London. Watch his remarks live.

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The House Judiciary Committee holds its first hearing in the impeachment inquiry. You can watch the proceedings live below. We will also be carrying live coverage over the air on 88.1 WVPE. 

IU South Bend

IU South Bend is presenting its Teddy Bear Concert: Amahl and the Night Visitors on Friday, December 13 at 7pm. The event will be at the IUSB Campus Auditorium, hosted by the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts. Doors for the event will open approximately 30 minutes prior to curtain. 

Teddy bear donations are welcome at this event.

Just in time for the holidays, the NPR Book Concierge is once again available to help guide you to the "best of" what's out there for you and yours to read. This year, readers will find over 100 instances of Member station coverage in the 2019 guide. In total, 300+ titles are showcased from NPR staff and trusted critics.

Fall in love with NPR and WVPE and tell us about it on this Giving Tuesday. It happened for this 88.1 WVPE listener-member couple from Fulton County. Public radio featured prominently in their first date and their 'Giving Stories.'

On this Giving Tuesday 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.

As *OUR* gift to *YOU* on this Giving Tuesday,  we are making available an opportunity for you to receive a pair of NPR 'Public Radio Nerd' socks. 

For every $100 you donate to WVPE on Giving Tuesday, you can get a pair of these socks (which make great holiday gifts.) 

This opportunity is available *ONLY* for qualifying donations made on Giving Tuesday from 12:00am-11:59pm. 

Celebrate the season with socks and your love of public radio!

This couple from Rochester sat down with WVPE earlier this year to inform, entertain and inspire you to support your NPR station, 88.1 WVPE.

Giving Tuesday Is December 3rd

Dec 2, 2019

Here at WVPE we are gearing up for Giving Tuesday. The day has become a worldwide opportunity to show your generosity to the local organizations making a difference in the community. Our mission at WVPE is to work everyday to inform, entertain and inspire our audience. Please consider supporting your local NPR station on Giving Tuesday. 


The South Bend Chocolate Company has been making handmade chocolates since 1991.  The makers of Classic American Chocolate announce their selection of holiday treats which include Chocolate Charlie, JanglePretzels, Christmas Cookies, Christmas Cookie Crunch, Snowballs and of course Gift Certificates.