Special Programming

Here is a list of special programs that air Monday nights at 9  and at other times outside of our normal schedule.

Gospel Roots Of Rock And Soul

Feb 15, 2019

Mondays at 9 PM, Feb. 18 & 25 and March 11 & 18, 2019

Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul is a special four-part weekly radio show celebrating Black gospel music's profound and under acknowledged influence on early rock and soul music.


Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2018 at 7 PM

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is scheduled to deliver her first State of the State address. You can livestream the speech here or listen live on 88.1 WVPE.


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Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 at 9 PM

Michigan Public Radio's Cheyna Roth and WDET's Jake Neher co-host a preview of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's first State of the State speech to be delivered Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7 PM (88.1 WVPE will carry that address live).

The Invention Of Race

Jan 25, 2019

Monday, January 28, 2019 at 9 PM

King Stories

Jan 21, 2019

Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 at 9 PM

King Stories is a one hour documentary of captivating stories told by close friends and associates of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Host Julian Bond, along with insiders—Ralph Abernathy, David Garrow, Dick Gregory, Mark Lane and Larry Williams—share rarely documented stories about the personal and private sides of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Intelligence Squared U.S.

Monday, January 14, 2019 at 9 PM

Fri Dec 21, 2018
10pm – 12am Paul Winter Solstice Concert Celebration

Monday, Dec. 10 & 17, 2018 at 9 PM

Best of the Best presents the winners of the 18th annual Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. From more than 550 entries and 26 countries, twelve stories were chosen as winners that we are thrilled to share. Meticulously crafted and lovingly produced, these stories intrigue, inform and inspire.

This year's program will feature producer interviews, highlights from this year’s unforgettable awards ceremony in Chicago, and excerpts from the following stories: 


Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, 9 PM - 12 AM  

Once again, 88.1 WVPE, with support from the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley, presents three hours of programming to commemorate the annual festival of lights.


9 PM Hannukah Lights

A perennial NPR favorite, Hanukkah Lights features all new Hanukkah stories. written by R.L. Maizes, Lia Pripstein, Elisa Albert, and Ellen Orleans. Read by hosts Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.  

10 PM Eternal Echoes for Hanukkah

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Former President George H.W. Bush is being honored with funeral services at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. The 41st president will be eulogized by his son, former President George W. Bush, as well as a former U.S. senator and a former Canadian prime minister. Dozens of U.S. and world leaders are expected to attend the service.

Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 at 9 PM

This episode of Wild Rose Moon Radio Hour features Society of Broken Souls, Lincoln Junior High student Meg Robinson as guest announcer, and some interesting questions for the Shoot the Moon Radio Quiz Show, including a question about baritone guitar player, Duane Eddy.

Monday, November 26, 2018, at 9 PM 

November 22, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of one of The Beatles' most remarkable releases. The two-album set was officially called THE BEATLES, but it became known forever after as The White Album. It was the top-selling of all The Beatles' albums and ranks #11 on the all-time album sales list.


Michigan Gubernatorial Candidate Interviews - Wednesday, Oct. 31, 7 PM

MichMash Election Special - Friday, Nov. 2, 7 PM

Michigan Public Radio Network's Cheyna Roth and WDET's Jake Neher discuss the three issues on the November ballot addressing marijuana, Gerrymandering, and voter access.

Mondays at 9 PM, October 8, 15, 22, 29 and November 12 and 19

Indiana Senate Debate

Oct 8, 2018

Monday, October 8, 2018 at 7 PM

Watch a live stream of the debate between candidates for Indiana's U.S. Senate seat; Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly; his Republican challenger, for State Representative Mike Braun, and Libertarian Lucy Brenton. The debate will also air live on 88.1 WVPE.