It’s a late-September morning and paramedic Darren Forman steps up to a front door showered with dried corn stalks and fall-themed decor. Forman, holding a bag in one hand and a scale in the other, has arrived for his second appointment of the day.

Ashley Newkirk, 31, opens the door. Right inside the house hang spooky-themed wedding photos with her husband.

“I love fall,” Newkirk said. “We got married on Halloween. It's our favorite.”

Monday Night Special-The Climate Change Question

Oct 25, 2021


The Monday Night Special for October 25 at 9pm

The Climate Question -  What will it take for countries to keep their climate promises? World leaders will arrive at a global climate summit with a promise on how they’re going to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Will it be enough to limit global warming? Find out more here.

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Trying to figure things out has been an expression of my essential optimism, it seems to me, over the course of my lifetime. “Recognize problems, solve them, and make things better” makes sense to me, as easy to understand as picking up after myself.


I’m a child of the Enlightenment, I suppose, a believer in logic and evidence and reason, and like my parents and grandparents, progress, social progress, that will make the world a better place than it was for me for our children and our grandchildren.


In Deep: One City's Year of Climate Chaos

Oct 18, 2021

Monday, October 18, 2021 at 9 PM

Climate change has long been a threat that loomed in the future, the stuff of computer modeling and expert forecasts, an issue many policymakers treated as a theoretical calamity we wouldn’t confront for years to come. But no longer. Communities across the United States are experiencing the effects of climate change in the here and now. Floods, fires, mudslides and storms — fueled by a warming climate — are devastating homes, towns and lives.  

Heather Curlee-Novak

The worst job I ever had was also the most useful job I ever had.  I’ve always enjoyed talking to people. My ability to engage and connect makes me a natural for any customer focused sales position.  My acting chops and outgoing, upbeat personality led me many different places to train and be trained for sales and customer service over the decades. For two months, that one time, it was on a Used Car Lot.  I learned some things on the car lot which are helpful to remember when buying a car. I have used my car lot life lessons to sharpen many sales teams in a variety of industries!

With roughly a third of the vaccine-eligible population in the U.S. still not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, public health officials have been calling on trusted community voices to address hesitancy, mistrust and misinformation about the coronavirus vaccine.

WVPE photo of the week - Painterly Graze

Oct 7, 2021

The WVPE Photo of the Week from Barbara Allison features a lovely pair of white horses in Walkerton. She calls her photo "Painterly Graze."  Barbara says she passes these beauties on the way to work while listening to WVPE. If you would like to share a pic, email it to photo@wvpe.com. Your entry could be selected as the next WVPE Photo of the Week. 

Andrew Kreider

For years, I have wanted to own a jukebox.  You know, one of those rounded, neon-lit rocket ships with names like Wurlitzer.  Or perhaps a glass-topped record machine like the one that the Fonz knows just how to hit on Happy Days.  Something modest, bright and cheerful. 

Tom Labuzienski / WVPE

Live music is back! “Aha with Alastair” is back!

Alastair Willis, music director of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, says "I don’t know about you, but after such a challenging past 18 months, the power of live orchestral music means even more to me now."

The orchestra opens its season on Saturday, September 25 th, at 7:30 PM and Sunday, September 26 th, at 2:30 PM at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at Notre Dame with a sparkling program of Jessie Montgomery, Adam Neiman and Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky.

Michiana Chronicles: COVID intermission continued

Sep 23, 2021

Having moseyed down U.S. Highway 1 to Key West in June, we took a respite at home to see if we were infected by any of the unvaccinated and unmasked in the southerly climes. Finding ourselves safe, thanks to our vaccination and mask-wearing, in late July we decided to venture to the other end of the spectrum, U.S. Highway 1 in Maine.

The U.S. has secured more doses than the country’s COVID-19 vaccine needs. But around the world, millions of people have no access to vaccines in their home countries. And that makes some people travel thousands of miles to get a shot here in the U.S. — if they can afford it.

Brett McNeil

Well, it’s been a quiet week in Michianapolis, Michiana, my Indiana home, here on the banks of the Saint I Ain’t River.

I ran into a station honcho this summer who asked why these Michiana Chronicles essays can’t sound more like Lake Wobegon. That got me thinking. I remember that old hokum. I follow the horseshoe scores in the Mishawaka Enterprise. Let’s do it. Let’s serve up some rhubarb pie.

Ken Smith

This is April Lidinsky.

And I am Debra Stanley.

April: thank you so much for making time to have a conversation with me. It’s always wonderful to be with you, and, you know, you just have my deep respect for all the public health conversations you’ve had, around HIV/AIDS, around sexuality in our community, and other topics, as well. I consider it my great good fortune to have watched you teach a sexuality education course to high schoolers, and to see how you have a real genius, I think, for reaching people where they are. 

Drop In Childhood Immunizations Worries Pediatricians

Sep 8, 2021

In the decades he’s spent as a pediatrician, Dr. Christopher Wilhelm has never had to treat a child with rubella.

“People have just been so used to getting shots and getting their vaccines, and that’s keeping disease down of many things that were very traumatic to children," Wilhelm said.

Brooklyn-Based Mulebone Brews Up Relationship Blues on the Wild Rose Moon Radio Hour

Ken Smith

In the sunlight on the other side of the kitchen window, a sly, smile-shaped curve of youthful green caught my eye. I looked closer and saw that this green smile was the right flank of the long rear body segment of a barely stirring praying mantis. At the other end, two antennae swung slowly through space from its triangular head which was topped on the outer edges with those remarkable green bulging eyes. Deep inside each of those green bulges a black spot, sometimes in mesmerizing motion, indicated where the creature was directing its gaze. 


Ransomware attacks against healthcare facilities are becoming more frequent and severe as the pandemic and workforce shortages stress hospital capabilities. That makes cyberattacks pose potential life-threatening consequences, experts say.

On Aug. 4, Indianapolis-based Eskenazi Health experienced a ransomware attack, halting access to electronic medical records and requiring ambulances to bypass the city’s safety net hospital.

Who Wants to be a Teacher?

Aug 30, 2021

Monday August 20, 2021

Michiana Chronicles: The Translator's Village

Aug 26, 2021
Emily T. Philips

For Israeli translation scholar Gideon Toury, translation is both an act and an event. It is both a process that requires a wide range of creative, research, interpretive, linguistic, and cultural skills as well as a singular event emerging at a particular moment in time, within specific social and economic contexts. As such, translation, as a process and as an event, contributes to establishing, reinforcing, questioning, or subverting imbalances of power. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful on everyone, but health care workers may be affected more than anyone. Some nurses are burnt out and planning to leave the profession. Meanwhile, colleges are preparing new graduates to take their place — and deal with the pressures of the job.

Heather Hampson works at John A. Logan College in southern Illinois, helping to train the next generation of nurses.


Monday, August 23, 2021 at 9 PM

Sid Shroyer

“They moved the entire church brick by brick and only cracked one.” That’s what Lucinda Holderman told me Monday morning on the phone when I was making arrangements to attend the Somerset Lions Club meeting that evening after work. 

Sheila Muhammad tested positive for HIV more than 30 years ago and her life quickly changed. But as the years passed, attitudes and treatments of HIV changed.

Muhammad spoke with Side Effects Public Media's Darian Benson about the power in education and understanding of the virus. A transcript of Muhammad's comments is below.

“My name is Sheila Mohammed I'm 57 years old. I have three children and seven grandchildren and four great.

When you visit one of the Great Lakes, whether it’s a sandy beach or a rocky coastline, it’s hard to imagine how something so big could be affected so profoundly by alien invasive species, or pollution, or climate change. This Environment Report special looks at each of these threats.

Michiana Chronicles: The Willful And The Chosen

Jul 1, 2021
Emily T. Phillips

I have often been asked and I have never failed to disappoint. No, I am not worried for my father’s soul. Those who eclipse themselves after decades of battling feelings of inadequacy and unbelonging have duly earned their eternal spots in the Sun, don’t you think? If indeed there is a life after death, they deserve to be granted their own visions of imperishable joy.

Years ago, a friend of mine had a favorite menu item at a carry-out Chinese restaurant. The proprietors, who barely spoke English, had put their young daughter in charge of the register. The girl noticed that my friend always chose the same dinner. Once when my friend picked up her order, the girl smiled knowingly and said, “You like it!”

Let’s talk about talking. From early on in our lives, it’s a topic with which we all are fairly conversant, so there must be a lot to say. And maybe that’s the problem. As my friend, Patsy, once said, “You spend two years trying to teach a kid to talk, and the next 18 years, trying to get him to shut up.” As a society, we are pretty verbose, aren’t we?

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.

Monday, April 8 & 15, 2019 at 9 PM

WVPE presents special Monday night broadcasts of Innovation Hub as a commemoration of Idea Week. 

For April 8: Humans, Animals, and Everything In Between - a look at the boundary between humans and animals.

For April 15: Loonshots and Voice Technology - an exploration of why we accept or reject new ideas, and the future of voice technology.