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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.

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.