Special Programming

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

Intelligence Squared U.S.

Monday, July 19, 2021 at 9 PM

Witness History: Pride Month

Jun 28, 2021

Monday, June 28, 2021 at 9 PM

From Witness History by the BBC World Service, remarkable stories of LGBT+ rights, told by the people who were there. We hear stories of fighting homophobia in Uganda; how LGBT people in China sometimes arrange fake marriages to hide their sexuality; and meet the transgender American tennis player who fought for the right to compete in tournaments as a woman in the 1970s.

The Freed People

Jun 21, 2021

Monday, June 21, 2021 at 9 PM

Written and produced by David Freudberg, The Freed People is a one-hour documentary that examines a time when the United States faced an unprecedented refugee crisis: 4 million slaves had been emancipated, primarily from plantations where they’d been held captive, following the bloody Civil War. Most possessed no more than the clothes on their backs and were now suddenly homeless and jobless. 

All Photos Provided By Charlie Porter, Darryl Buchanan and Chris Greene

  'The Sauce' with host Dawn Burns is back for the program's June installment. 

Enjoy this one-hour monthly radio broadcast focusing on the arts, music and culture in the Michiana area. Celebrate the vibrant and flavorful melting pot of local and regional talent. The Sauce is produced by Karl Smith (J:Cubed Jazz to the 3rd power). 


Wild Rose Moon

Monday, June 7, 2021 at 9 PM

This episode of the Wild Rose Moon Radio Hour features songwriter Matt Watroba.

Hip Hop And Healing: Commemorating Tulsa

May 30, 2021
Ryan Cass

Monday, May 31, 2021, at 9 PM

A century ago, one of the worst episodes of racial violence in US history took place - the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

Greenwood was a prosperous and thriving district, nicknamed 'Black Wall Street' because it was a mecca for Black entrepreneurs and businesses. On Memorial Day 1921, a young shoe-shiner, Dick Rowland, was wrongly accused of attacking a white girl in an elevator - a charge she would quickly recant.

Spotlight On Rethinking Mental Health Care

May 17, 2021

Monday, May 17 & 24, 2021 at 9 PM


The nation’s mental health crisis is worsening with the COVID-19 pandemic. About two in five adults reported struggling with their mental health, including substance use, in the last year. That’s twice the number of Americans who typically experience a mental illness in any given year. It’s time to rethink mental health care.  


Monday, April 26, 2021, at 9 PM

Elmer Street: The Northside

Apr 14, 2021
Photo provided by Karl Smith, Logo by Tiana Batiste Waddell

WVPE's Karl Smith steps out of his usual role as host and producer of shows that focus on music and the arts to look at a piece of South Bend's secret history.  It's a program based in part on the book Better Homes of South Bend along with personal recollections from Karl's family and friends.


Monday, March 29, 2021 at 9 PM

Hour Six: "Music" and "More Music and Less Talk"

In the first half of the hour, we hear how African American musicians found more acceptance as major record companies recognized the crossover appeal of Black music. In the second half of the hour, we hear about how AM radio lost its popularity to FM and how big personalities survived and prospered.

'Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was' is the story of radio’s role in the 20th century transformation of the African American community. This is another installment of a segment that first aired in 1996. The specials have been reformatted into six hours for 2021. Original host Lou Rawls guides us, with new narration from original producer Jacquie Gales Webb.

Janet Flahaven-Law

The Sauce with host Dawn Burns debuts Monday, March 15th at 9:00pm.


A one-hour monthly radio broadcast focusing on the arts, music and culture in the Michiana area. Celebrate the vibrant and flavorful melting pot of local and regional talent. The Sauce is produced by Karl Smith (Host of J:Cubed Jazz to the 3rd Power.)


On Monday, March 15th hear the backstory of Latin rock band Lalo Cura, singer-songwriter Anessa Sheikh and composer, bassist and educator Buddy Pearson.


Kelly Manke, Young at Heart Photography

Monday, Mar. 1, 2021 at 9 PM - Hello World!

Wild Rose Moon

This month's Wild Rose Moon Radio Hour features  Zach Dubois, Cindy Boener, George Schricker, Jacob Moreno, Cindy Davis, and "Lightnin' John" Bahler.


Join us on 88.1 WVPE on the evening of MLK Day at 9pm for 'MLK and The Fierce Urgency of Now' from "The Takeaway." Co-hosted by Tanzina Vega of "The Takeaway," Jami Floyd of WNYC, and Brian Lehrer of WNYC, this hour unpacks the implications of the election through the prisms of civil rights and modern-day social justice.

Special Programming Monday From 9-10pm On 88.1 WVPE

Jan 7, 2021

9 PM: "John Lewis: Profile in Peace" 

On July 27, 2020, memorial ceremonies were held in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda for civil rights icon John Lewis. At that time, Peace Talks Radio offered its platform to capture the tributes, interviews, and speeches that recall the life and legacy of Lewis. Listen Monday, Jan. 11th at 9pm on 88.1 WVPE.

Christmas Day Programming On 88.1 WVPE

Dec 24, 2020

9 AM to Noon - Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites

Rachel Stallworth/Flickr

At 9 PM we begin with Hanukkah Lights. 

Tonight At 9pm On 88.1 WVPE: 'Vintage Hitchcock'

Nov 30, 2020

Tonight's Monday Night Special on 88.1 WVPE will be an example of local theater adjusted for proper social distancing. Tonight at 9:00, listen to three radio plays by Alfred Hitchcock--The Lodger, Sabotage, and 39 Steps--performed by students from Fairfield High School.


Economic inequality has become a linchpin of modern politics. As nations around the world face a reckoning on racial and social justice and work to combat the economic impacts of the pandemic, we ask: Is it time to redistribute the wealth? Featuring Robert Reich, Lawrence Summers, Allison Schrager, and Yanis Yaroufakis. Moderated by John Donvan.

Listen Mon., Nov. 23 at 9pm on 88.1 WVPE.

Black At Mizzou: Confronting Race On Campus

Nov 16, 2020

Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 at 9 PM

Lauren Brown says college was "culture shock." Most of the students at her high school were Black, but most of the students at the University of Missouri were white. And she got to the university in the fall of 2015, when Black students led protests in response to a string of racist incidents. The protests put Mizzou in the national news.

'What The Words Say' Tonight At 9pm On 88.1 WVPE

Nov 9, 2020
Illustration by Rachel Sender for APM Reports

Many kids struggle with reading - and children of color are far less likely to get the help they need.

(AP Photo, File)

Music documentarian Paul Ingles presents a 1-hour exploration and celebration of the music of rock legend Janis Joplin featuring author Holly George-Warren who wrote the 2019 book Janis: Her Life and Music. 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Janis from a drug overdose (10/4/70).

You can listen to it here.

Join 88.1 WVPE tonight at 9pm for a special hour from NPR and StoryCorps. At one of the most divided times in American history, StoryCorps and NPR Member stations around the country are inviting people to take One Small Step to better understand those with whom they disagree. One Small Step pairs people of differing political views to have conversations with one another out of respect and recognition of their shared humanity.

Wild Rose Moon Radio Hour Featuring John Bahler

Oct 5, 2020

Monday, October 5, 2020 at 9 PM

"Summer Of Racial Reckoning: Episode 3" Airs Monday, Sept. 28th At 9pm On 88.1 WVPE

Sep 11, 2020

Wild Rose Moon Radio Hour featuring Kevin Scott Joiner

Sep 8, 2020
Wild Rose Moon

Monday, September 7, 2020 at 9 PM

Monday, August 31, 2020 at 9 PM

This year's Democratic and Republican conventions looked different than in years' past due to social distancing considerations. Nevertheless, they were still largely coronation ceremonies for the presumptive nominees.

Reimagining The Economy

Aug 10, 2020

Monday, August 10, 2020 at 9 PM