Southold Dance Theater Presents "The Nutcracker"

Dec 1, 2019

Southold Dance Theater continues the tradition this holiday season by offering multiple opportunities for the community to see The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend.   

Here at WVPE we are counting on you on Giving Tuesday, December 3rd. The day has become a worldwide opportunity to show your generosity to the local organizations making a difference in your 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. 

What is your 'Giving Story' for Giving Tuesday?

This fall, WVPE sustaining member, Shelby Herms, shared her 'Giving Story' with us. Please watch the video and let Shelby help you get inspired to make a gift to WVPE on Giving Tuesday.   Do it right now by clicking here.

Photo Of The Week - Frosty Morning

Nov 28, 2019
John L. Trapp, Buchanan

Thanks to John L. Trapp of Buchanan for our Photo of the Week. John took this on Crescent Lake near Buchanan as the seasons transition from fall to winter and as the day was transitioning from frosty to clear.  

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.


Shop. Click. And the next day, your purchase is on your doorstep.

Amazon has changed the face of shopping, but at a surprisingly high human cost. On Black Friday soon to be followed by Cyber Monday, we look at what’s behind those smiling packages and expose the dangers of working at Amazon.

We start with an investigation from Reveal’s Will Evans into workplace injuries and safety culture at Amazon warehouses. While Amazon touts its workplaces as safe and efficient, Evans finds that many are much more dangerous than the industry average.

Wild Rose Moon Radio Hour Featuring Bill Scorzari

Nov 27, 2019
Bill Langdon

Listen Monday, December 2, 2019 at 9 PM

A Note Of Thanks From WVPE

Nov 27, 2019
La Johnson/NPR

On this Thanksgiving Day, we at your local NPR station are taking a moment to reflect.

There is so much to be grateful for. 

It continues to be a privilege to serve our audience with the mission to inform, entertain and inspire. 

We are thankful to our listeners and content users on all platforms. You make us relevant.

PRX & Best of the Best: The 2019 Third Coast Festival

The Third Coast International Audio Festival is back with our annual Best of the Best broadcast, featuring the winners of the 2019 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation competition. In this four-part special, host Gwen Macsai presents the top audio stories of the year — and dives deep with some of the producers for a behind-the-scenes look at making beautiful stories in sound.

Christmas Eve Programming On 88.1 WVPE

Nov 27, 2019
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Dec. 24 at 7pm: All Songs Considered for the Holidays: Bob And Robin's Holiday Cruise to Bermuda

This year, All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton decide to get away from it all with a holiday cruise to Bermuda. Along the way they meet a few special guests aboard the ship, including John Legend, Aloe Blacc, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, William Shatner, Lucius, Micky Dolenz of The Monkees and Rodney Crowell, who all try to share their own good cheer for the holidays.

Hanukkah Programming On 88.1 WVPE On Dec. 23

Nov 27, 2019
Courtesy of Amelia Wolf

Hanukkah Lights 2019 will air at 9pm.

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

Your Backyard Could Help Migrating Birds Survive

Nov 26, 2019
Seth Tackett/WTIU

Purdue University researchers say migratory bird populations are going down because of climate change and habitat loss — but urban and suburban Hoosiers can help. 

Jessica Outcalt is a PhD candidate through Purdue’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources. She says parks and backyards in Indiana’s urban and suburban areas can provide migratory birds with food and shelter from predators.

Outcalt says Hoosiers who want to help can plant native trees, shrubs, and grasses in their yards — but even smaller actions can make a difference.

Photo Of The Week - "Snovember"

Nov 22, 2019
Dave Coulston, Niles

The clashing of two seasons, fall and winter, is depicted in our Photo of the Week. Dave Coulston of Niles calls this "Snovember." He captured this image in his backyard last week. Dave probably puts it best when he says, "There will still be leaves to deal with when this snow has melted." So true Dave. 

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

Over the last few months, Morning Edition on-demand has been available to audiences across the country. As we have seen the adoption of smart speakers grow, we want to remind you that Morning Edition is available on-demand wherever and whenever you start your day.

All IN: Red For Ed

Nov 19, 2019
Lauren Chapman/IPB News

More than 60 school districts across Indiana cancelled classes today, as thousands of teachers signed up to rally at the Statehouse ahead of the upcoming legislative session.

Red for Ed Action Day is organized by the Indiana State Teachers Association, and the group says it’s focused on three things: repealing new career awareness licensing rules for educators, avoiding penalties for schools and teachers because of low ILEARN scores, and using state surplus money to better fund schools.

Changes Coming To '1A'

Nov 19, 2019
Stephen Voss/NPR

At the end of today's 1A broadcast, host Joshua Johnson announced he is moving on from the show. His last day in the host chair will be Dec. 20. Johnson has accepted an anchor position with MSNBC. In an announcement from NPR the career "move to television is a dream come true for him (Johnson) and we wish him the very best."

Todd Zwillich will serve as a host starting on January 2 as the search to find a permanent successor moves forward. 

WATCH LIVE: Thursday Impeachment Hearing

Nov 19, 2019
Alex Wong/Pool via AP

The U.S. House of Representatives is holding open hearings in its impeachment inquiry into President Trump. 

House Democrats are closing their second week of public impeachment hearings Thursday with testimony from two witnesses expected to detail events inside the White House and a key conversation involving President Trump.

Appearing are Fiona Hill, the well-known Russia expert who served until this summer as a top director on the National Security Council; and foreign service officer David Holmes, the political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv.

Will You Get Dementia? Many May Not Understand Their Risks

Nov 15, 2019
Matt Rourke/AP Photo/File

Many older American adults may inaccurately estimate their chances for developing dementia and do useless things to prevent it, new research suggests.

Photo Of The Week - Snow!

Nov 14, 2019
Richard A. Kauffman, Goshen

You knew we would go with a snowy image for Photo of the Week this week! Thanks to all of you who sent us pictures of the snow. This one comes from Richard A. Kauffman of Goshen.  A lot of the white stuff in this photo, except for the pops of color where the birdhouses and some autumn leaves can still be seen.

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


The U.S. House of Representatives held open hearings Friday in its impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series, hosted by The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, welcomes best-selling author of Tuesdays with Morrie, philanthropist, columnist, and radio host Mitch Albom on Monday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 pm.


Monday, November 11, 2019 at 9 PM

Soldiers for Peace takes a deep look at why a significant number of Vietnam veterans felt compelled to oppose the war rather than simply try to put it behind them when they returned home. Through first-person storytelling, it explores the way their conceptions of patriotism changed and evolved as their faith in the Vietnam War and the American government dissolved.

Photo Of The Week - Last Gasp Of Autumn Colors

Nov 7, 2019
Paul Conrad, Goshen

The beauty of fall is fleeting. So one more time our Photo of the Week captures the changing colors on the trees. This image comes from Paul Conrad of Goshen. He took it outside Oaklawn in Goshen on Oct. 23. 

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.

South Bend Symphony

WVPE partners with the South Bend Symphony for a new podcast series, "Aha! with Alastair," featuring South Bend Symphony Orchestra Music Director Alastair Willis. In each episode, Maestro Willis will discuss pieces the symphony is slated to perform in upcoming concerts.

Stephen Voss/NPR

As the 2020 election season approaches, NPR has been conducting a series of "Off Script" conversations with presidential candidates. 

Friday and Saturday mornning NPR will air its "Off Script" conversation with Pete Buttigieg.

NPR's Scott Simon, the host of Weekend Edition Saturday is interviewing Buttigieg in South Bend. They will be joined by two area undecided voters. 

Jill Sheridan/IPB News

Providers increasingly use music to help Alzheimer's and dementia patients in Indiana. Research shows listening to and performing music offers emotional and behavioral benefits.

In Indiana, the number of patients with Alzheimer's is expected to grow by nearly 20 percent in the next five years, there are a number of new programs and opportunities for people to use music to support memory.

One such program recently got underway in a northern suburb of Indianapolis. The program is a partnership between the Resonance Initiative and CICOA Aging and In Home Solutions.

Andrew Kreider

I’ve been working on maps recently.  It all started with Lara Trump.  A few weeks ago she suggested that the average American would need to Google “Who are the Kurds, and why is America even over there fighting this war?”  I was righteously offended by this comment, until I realized that in my case she was correct.  I really couldn’t have shown you where Kurdistan was on a map.


Photo Of The Week - Capturing Autumn In Culver

Oct 31, 2019
Tony Straw

In Michiana, when the fall colors pop it can be short-lived. So once again this week, we are featuring an autumn image. This one comes to us courtesy of Tony Straw. He took this shot on the campus of Culver Military Academy. 

Are you capturing some great shots of our current fall colors? 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.


Don't miss The New Yorker Radio Hour Saturday at 1pm on WVPE NEWS2. Pete Buttigieg will be on the show talking about his trajectory in the polls in Iowa.

Justin Hicks


Heartless. It’s the name of the play, but it’s also an allegory for the way the men felt when they were incarcerated.       


Five men, four of them convicted murderers, performed the play Monday night at the South Bend Civic Theatre. The play weaves a work of fiction in with the stories of the men.