A big thank you to everyone who came out Friday, August 2, for our final  Meet Me on the Island event of the summer. The weather was great and so was the crowd!

Shake N' Chill was a hit on stage providing the music.

We join our partners at the South Bend Museum of Art in hosting this event and this was the 31st year for the Meet Me on the Island series. 

WVPE Welcomes A New Reporter - Annacaroline Caruso

Jul 22, 2019
Peter Ringenberg


We have just learned some new logistical information from Fernwood that will impact the number of guests at tonight's event who will be able to be accommodated in the air conditioned venue the event has been moved to. 

Based on new capacity data from Fernwood, the Sims Education Center where the event will take place tonight will accommodate slightly more than 300 people.

NASA/Ames Research Center/Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project


Saturday is the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Throughout the Apollo missions, NASA astronauts brought back more than two thousand rock and soil samples from six landing sites. 

Some of those samples have ended up at the University of Notre Dame where a team of geologists study the Moon.

Jennifer Weingart / WVPE Public Radio


Back in May WVPE introduced you to a local artist who had entered NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert. Rhymer/Educator did not win, but he did pay it forward into a contest of his own.

Neil Armstrong/NASA via AP

On July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the moon. They had reached the distant light that humans had admired and looked up to for thousands of years. It was a mission with hundreds of dedicated minds behind it; a dangerous and ambitious mission that could have failed at many moments.

Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Grammy nominated jazz artist Dave Koz brings his Friends Summer Horns tour to New Buffalo.

Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns will perform at the Silver Creek Event Center at Four Winds in New Buffalo on Friday, July 26 at 9pm. 

Stateline Blueberries

More than 30 acres of blueberries are ripe for the picking at Stateline Blueberries, located just four miles from the shores of Lake Michigan near Michigan City. 

Google for directions to the farm at 9957 N. Frontage Road, Michigan City, IN. 

Jennifer Weingart / WVPE Public Radio


This weekend the skies above the Goshen Airport will again be filled with radio controlled aircraft. This time for Air Supremacy over Goshen.

There will be as many as a dozen planes in the air at once over Goshen. More than 300 RC aircraft are at the airport this weekend.

Notre Dame's Shakespeare Festival Is July 19-26

Jul 9, 2019

WVPE is proud to be a media sponsor of the 2019 Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival. 

This year's festival features three different event experiences. 

Shakespeare After Hours is Friday, July 19 at LangLab in South Bend at 7 and 9:30pm.

ShakeScenes is at Washinton Hall on the Notre Dame campus  Saturday, July 20 at 2pm. 

Shakespeare in Fremont Park is Thursday, July 25 and Friday, July 26 at 7pm in South Bend's Fremont Park. 

More information is available at: 

Peter Ringenberg

Join us for Fernwood Friday July 19th from 5:30-9pm at the Fernwood Botanical Gardens and Nature Preserve off Range Line Road in Niles, Michigan. The Deans List performs "serious jazz" mainly from the 1940's through 1960's. It's always a good idea to bring lawn chairs or a blanket to claim a spot on the grounds. The event is free to members of WVPE and Fernwood. Food by Chef Tim Carrigan and beverages will be available for purchase. Iron Shoe Distillery will be on hand as well.

Sid Shroyer

“I couldn’t sleep,” Judy told me one morning last week. “I think it’s because I saw a headline that says insomnia can kill you.”

Wow. Pretty good. Put that on the Spirit of the Age brand t-shirts. The joke’s on us. Funny. Really funny.

(Maybe you just gave up trying to go back to sleep)  Again, she said,  “I couldn’t sleep because I saw a headline that says insomnia can kill you.”

Capitol Steps

Monday, July 8, 2019 at 9 PM

The Capitol Steps answer all of the burning questions! What rhymes with Pete Buttigieg? If Joe Biden and Donald Trump have a Twitter exchange at 3am, how fast can the Capitol Steps write a song about it? And if Vladimir Putin appears shirtless on the radio, does it violate the FCC’s decency standards?


WVPE is supported by the 2nd annual Concours D’Elegance at Copshaholm on Saturday, July 13th.  It’s a celebration of automotive design and styling that features unique and rare automobiles including Studebakers, as well as family friendly programming.

IU Kicks Off Bicentennial Celebrations

Jul 1, 2019
Barbara Brosher, WFIU/WTIU News

Indiana University is kicking off its bicentennial celebrations July 1.

The university doesn’t officially turn 200 until next year, but has celebrations planned throughout the 2020 fiscal year.

"IU officially turns 200 on January 20, 2020," says Bicentennial Project manager Jeremy Hackerd. "That is the anniversary of when Governor Jonathan Jennings signed the bill that created the State Seminary of Indiana, which is the predecessor of Indiana University."