Monday, Dec. 28, 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.

Photo Of the Week- December Sunset

Dec 24, 2020
Melanie Helmuth

There's something about a December sunset. The latest WVPE Photo of the Week features the sunset along the Millrace Canal in Goshen. Thanks to Melanie Helmuth for this image she captured on the evening of December 18th from River Race Drive in Goshen as a flock of geese winged their way through the photo. 

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

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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.

Christmas Day Programming On 88.1 WVPE

Dec 24, 2020

9 AM to Noon - Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites

Heather Curlee-Novak

It is so very cold, and it is so very dark.  The cold seeps into my bones and makes me want to just sit here in my chair with a fuzzy blanket and slippers.  I only have energy to zone out in a book or watch Netflix until my eyes dry out.

Photo Of The Week - Goshen College Holiday Lights

Dec 17, 2020
Bob Toews

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in our Photo of the Week. Bob Toews of Goshen snapped this photo of the crescent moon framed in the Goshen College entrance on the morning of December 10th as he walked into work. Bob works at the college in the registrar's office. 

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

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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.

Anja Niedringhaus / AP File Photo

As a child, I dreamed of greatness. I wanted to be a major league baseball pitcher, but I’d have settled for quarterback on an NFL team. Basketball also attracted me, especially Elgin Baylor and the Los Angeles Lakers. I would have loved to play for the Lakers. Season by season, I practiced these sports with my friends. I possessed some skills. Pitching a rubber baseball against a wall, I could hit the same mark over and over. My football passes were accurate. I was small, but I believed that I would grow bigger.

captured via https://www.facebook.com/SBCivic/photos/a.10150283769775273/10159852985285273/

On Dec. 14 – the eighth anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting – local actors and activists will tackle the issue of gun violence through seven plays streamed by the South Bend Civic Theater. 

The plays are the winners of #ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence, a national short play contest for middle and high school students. Nearly 50 communities across the U.S. and around the world are producing staged readings of the winning plays.

Holly Heyser

Occasionally, it’s like I’ve been dropped on my head and lost clear reason—in those times I decide to delve into my backlog of “well-this-looks-pretty-good” recipes and cook something more involved than my go-to Ramen noodles. The weather being cooler, the pandemic raging so that stay-at-home is the order of the day, and the major eating season looming over us, I had one of those culinary days not so long ago.

Photo Of The Week - A Blast Of Color

Dec 10, 2020
Beverly Matiko

A blast of crabapple color in Berrien Springs, Michigan makes for WVPE's latest Photo of the Week.

Thanks to Beverly Matiko for sharing this shot she captured on December 3rd. 

Beautiful blue skies like that will be increasingly rare as we are just ten days away from the official start of winter. 

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

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Rachel Stallworth/Flickr

At 9 PM we begin with Hanukkah Lights. 

Ken Smith

What with the world so narrow and tight right now, I don’t feel like answering the phone or turning on the TV, two ways the bad news sneaks in. But that approach doesn’t work because while I’m peeking through the front curtains, trying to out-wait the bad news, there’s a fair chance of shriveling into a bitter prune myself. Besides, there are people we just have to honor by taking the call and hearing their bad news and maybe standing right there in the hallway weeping when we do. Still, there must be some way out of here, as the Joker in the Bob Dylan song said to the Thief.

Photo Of The Week - The Scene On Thanksgiving Day

Dec 3, 2020
Katie Gotfried

With Thanksgiving behind us and the December holidays in the offing during the pandemic, it's a time for reflection. WVPE's Photo of the Week offers a scene of tranquil reflection captured on Thanksgiving Day by Katie Gotfried on the Notre Dame campus. If Katie's name sounds familiar, you may recognize it from some of the previous Michiana Chronicles she has contributed here at WVPE. 

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

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Tonight At 9pm On 88.1 WVPE: 'Vintage Hitchcock'

Nov 30, 2020

Tonight's Monday Night Special on 88.1 WVPE will be an example of local theater adjusted for proper social distancing. Tonight at 9:00, listen to three radio plays by Alfred Hitchcock--The Lodger, Sabotage, and 39 Steps--performed by students from Fairfield High School.


November is Native American Heritage Month.

Photo Of The Week - Steeple In The Sky

Nov 26, 2020
Philip DeAngelis, Arkos Design

Patterns of ripples and ridges in the clouds appear almost perfectly in the sky around a church steeple in WVPE's latest Photo of the Week.

Philip DeAngelis who is an architect with Arkos Design in Mishawaka captured this shot at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in downtown Mishawaka on November 18th. 

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

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Ken Smith

April Lidinsky speaks with Dr. Darryl Heller, Director of the ​Civil Rights Heritage Center at IU South Bend, about holding difficult conversations.

Music: "If You're Ready (Come Go With Me)" by The Staple Singers

A Note Of Thanks From WVPE

Nov 23, 2020
La Johnson/NPR

Photo Of The Week - Swans At Sunrise

Nov 19, 2020
Nancy Ehret

Another beautiful sunrise is the focus of our WVPE Photo of the Week. This image is called "Swans at Sunrise" by WVPE listener-member Nancy Ehret who took the picture on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

 Nancy says she took this photo in the Mud Lake area north of U.S. 12 in Cass County's Mason Township just off of Tharp Lake Road. We'd love to see what you are taking photos of. 

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Courtesy of the Salvation Army

The sights and sounds of a Salvation Army bellringer and kettle are some of the most iconic of the holiday season, but this year is especially challenging for the Salvation Army, as we deal with Covid-19.

Photo provided by the Studebaker National Museum

Black Friday and Shop Local Saturday will be in full force at the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend. 

The Studebaker National Museum and Gift Store will be open seven days a week for shoppers looking for apparel, holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. 

Black At Mizzou: Confronting Race On Campus

Nov 16, 2020

Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 at 9 PM

Lauren Brown says college was "culture shock." Most of the students at her high school were Black, but most of the students at the University of Missouri were white. And she got to the university in the fall of 2015, when Black students led protests in response to a string of racist incidents. The protests put Mizzou in the national news.

NFL Hall Of Fame Running Back Paul Hornung Dies At 84

Nov 13, 2020
(AP Photo, File)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Paul Hornung, the dazzling "Golden Boy" of the Green Bay Packers whose singular ability as a runner, receiver, quarterback and kicker helped turn the team into an NFL dynasty, has died. He was 84. Hornung won the Heisman Trophy at Notre Dame, then headed to the Packers. He was the NFL MVP in 1961 and played on four championship teams. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986.