The late Wangari Maathai was a biologist, environmentalist, and the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize. She was born under British colonial occupation and schooled by Catholic missionaries. But when she looked back on her childhood near the end of her life, she realized her family’s Kikuyu culture had imparted her with an intuitive sense of environmental balance. Maathai was steadfast in her determination to fight for the twin issues of conservation and human rights — and planting trees was a symbol of defiance. Listen tonight ro "On Being" at 8pm on 88.1 WVPE.

Peter Ringenberg

Join us for Meet Me on the Island Friday, June 7th from 5:30-10pm. Fireworks  cap it all off! 

On Being

Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah offers hope for quiet, sustained culture shift through the “endless shared conversation” of friendship. The writer of the New York Times “Ethicist” column studies how deep social change happens across time and cultures. “If you have that background of relationship between individuals and communities that is conversational, then when you have to talk about the things that do divide you, you have a better platform.”

Listen Thursday at 8pm on 88.1 WVPE. On Being also airs Sunday mornings at 6am.

Daniel Ackerman

Monday, April 22, 2019 at 9 PM

Presented by The Water Main from American Public Media, and hosted by Marketplace's Jed Kim, "Just Eat It" presents the environmental challenges of food production and waste in a way that entertains and inspires change, rather than guilt.

Agriculture accounts for two-thirds of the nation's fresh water use and half its land use. Despite this massive investment, America wastes 40 percent of its food.

One-third of Americans are classified as overweight, and another third as obese, and almost none of us are losing weight and keeping it off, maybe it’s time to rethink the way we see being fat. Listen for more Wednesday night on "This American Life" on 88.1 WVPE at 8pm.


Justin Hicks Joins The Staff At WVPE

Apr 16, 2019
Justin Hicks

88.1 WVPE Public Radio is pleased to announce Justin Hicks has joined the reporting team for Indiana Public Broadcasting News (IPB News) through funding made available by Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations (IPBS.)

Justin will be based out of WVPE in his new role as a Workforce Development Reporter for IPB News. 

Free Range Dinosaurs On "Big Picture Science"

Apr 16, 2019

Listen tonight at 8pm on 88.1 WVPE.

Dinosaurs are once again stomping and snorting their way across the screen of your local movie theater.  But these beefy beasts stole the show long before CGI brought them back in the Jurassic Parkblockbusters.  Dinosaurs had global dominance for the better part of 165 million years. Compare that with a measly 56 million years of primate activity. We bow to our evolutionary overlords in this episode.  

Pete Buttigieg on the left in white shirt and blue tie waves with his right arm while holding Chasten wearing blue button up, who waves with his left. Both stand behind a blue podium. Supporters to the sides of them cheer and wave small American flags.
Peter Ringenberg


More than 4,500 supporters crammed into the freezing cold and leaking former Studebaker plant on Sunday to hear South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg officially declare that he’d seek the Democratic nomination for President.

"Living On Earth" talks with Pete Buttigieg on climate change. Link to listen anytime is below. 


Michiana Chronicles: Oxalis

Apr 12, 2019
Ken Smith

Forty years ago, on a spring day much like the ones we’ve longed for since December, my college friends Colleen and Jeff packed up their U-Haul and drove off, leaving me standing in their driveway holding their houseplant, an oxalis. I didn’t know that a person could own one potted plant across an entire lifetime. But now, four decades later, that same oxalis has spent the winter in our south-facing upstairs window, waiting like us, for spring, when it can go back outside.

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Janelle Shane is the author and curator of a blog that looks at the funny side of artificial intelligence called aiweirdness.com.

Trinity Haven

Morning Edition host Michael Linville speaks with Jenni White the Executive Director of Trinity Haven - Indiana's first residential facility with LGBTQ youth with no safe place to live.