Special Programming

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

The Nonviolent Path of Cesar Chavez

Apr 6, 2020

Monday, March 30, 2020 at 9 PM

A conversational profile of Cesar Chavez featuring his United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta, Chavez scholar Jose-Antonio Orosco and Texas community organizer Juanita Valdez Cox. Together they tell Chavez' story and assess his influence to the causes of labor rights, civil rights and nonviolent conflict resolution.

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Monday, March 23, 2020 at 9 PM

The Detransitioners: He2She2He

Apr 6, 2020

Monday, March 16, 2020 at 9 PM

Transgender journeys of people who transitioned and then returned to their birth gender. Produced by BBC World Service.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p085hxp3

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The BBC World Service presents remarkable stories of women's history, told by the women who were there. Selected from its Witness program, audiences will hear moving, inspiring and even outrageous stories about a few of the most important women in living memory.

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Born to enslaved parents on a Mississippi plantation during the Civil War, Ida B. Wells emerged as a powerful investigative journalist.

She overcame death threats and published widely in her quest to document the domestic terrorism against African Americans that came to be known as lynching. Ida Wells published the first major study of that crime.

A close associate of Frederick Douglass, she helped to found the NAACP and advocated the right to vote for women and black Americans. Her amazing life story is finally gaining recognition, nearly 90 years after her death.

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Join Political Junkie Ken Rudin on 88.1 WVPE on President's Day at 9pm for a review of many great moments from the history of televised presidential debates. He'll have commentary from several journalists and historians on how those moments may have helped pave the way for the winner to reach the White House. Learn more about the show here.

King's Last March

Jan 18, 2020
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Monday, January 20, 2020 at 9 PM.

KUER

Monday, January 13, 2020 at 9 PM

The behind-the-scenes history of a '90s cultural phenomenon that put singing vegetables in living rooms across America. A one-hour radio special from Preach, the podcast about the messiness of faith from KUER and PRX.

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Hanukkah Lights 2019 - 9 pm.

The NPR favorite returns with all new Hanukkah stories. Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.  

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Monday, December 21, 2020 at 9pm.

Celebrate the return of the sun – and the warming of the heart with Paul Winter's Annual Winter Solstice Celebration.

The Keepers

Dec 5, 2019

Monday, December 16, 2019 at 9 pm.

The Keepers, a new hour-long special from The Kitchen Sisters and PRX with host, Academy Award-winning actress Frances McDormand.

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Shop. Click. And the next day, your purchase is on your doorstep.

Amazon has changed the face of shopping, but at a surprisingly high human cost. On Black Friday soon to be followed by Cyber Monday, we look at what’s behind those smiling packages and expose the dangers of working at Amazon.

We start with an investigation from Reveal’s Will Evans into workplace injuries and safety culture at Amazon warehouses. While Amazon touts its workplaces as safe and efficient, Evans finds that many are much more dangerous than the industry average.

Wild Rose Moon Radio Hour Featuring Bill Scorzari

Nov 27, 2019
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Listen Monday, December 2, 2019 at 9 PM

PRX & Best of the Best: The 2019 Third Coast Festival

The Third Coast International Audio Festival is back with our annual Best of the Best broadcast, featuring the winners of the 2019 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation competition. In this four-part special, host Gwen Macsai presents the top audio stories of the year — and dives deep with some of the producers for a behind-the-scenes look at making beautiful stories in sound.

Christmas Eve Programming On 88.1 WVPE

Nov 27, 2019
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Dec. 24 at 7pm: All Songs Considered for the Holidays: Bob And Robin's Holiday Cruise to Bermuda

This year, All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton decide to get away from it all with a holiday cruise to Bermuda. Along the way they meet a few special guests aboard the ship, including John Legend, Aloe Blacc, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, William Shatner, Lucius, Micky Dolenz of The Monkees and Rodney Crowell, who all try to share their own good cheer for the holidays.

What shapes us more: our DNA, or the way we’re raised? This debate, commonly recognized as “nature versus nurture,” has drawn disagreement for thousands of years. So which one matters more?

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The remarkable musical journey of Emmylou Harris is explored in this one-hour version of a special from music documentarian Paul Ingles. 

Guests include musicians Rodney Crowell, Ricky Skaggs, Sara Watkins, Shawn Colvin, Bonnie Raitt, Peter Cooper and David Gans and writers and scholars Ann Powers, Anthony DeCurtis, Holly George-Warren, Mark Kemp and Beverly Keel.   

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Monday, November 11, 2019 at 9 PM

Soldiers for Peace takes a deep look at why a significant number of Vietnam veterans felt compelled to oppose the war rather than simply try to put it behind them when they returned home. Through first-person storytelling, it explores the way their conceptions of patriotism changed and evolved as their faith in the Vietnam War and the American government dissolved.

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Embedded: Gaining and Holding Power: A Profile of Mitch McConnell.

Monday, October 28, 2019 at 9 PM

https://www.intelligencesquaredus.org/debates/replace-private-insurance-medicare-all

As the nation gears up for the 2020 election, Democrats are promising bold new changes to the American health care system. One idea championed by many on the progressive left is “Medicare for All,” or a single-payer system, which would do away with private health insurance for most forms of care. Advocates of this plan promise that nationalizing health insurance will cut costs by reducing overhead and promote overall health by giving all Americans access to preventive health care.

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Monday, Oct. 14, 2019 at 9 PM

There’s an idea about how people read words that’s deeply embedded in teaching practices and curriculum materials widely used in elementary school classrooms.

Wild Rose Moon Radio Hour With Caroline Cotter

Oct 7, 2019
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Monday, October 7, 2019 at 9 PM

This month, the Wild Rose Moon Radio Hour features the remarkably intimate and prayerful song-styling of Maine songwriter, Caroline Cotter.  

ICYMI: Listen Here - A Spin Down Abbey Road

Sep 30, 2019
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Music writers, musicians and Beatles fans weigh in on The Beatles' Abbey Road, the album that turned out to have the last songs the band ever recorded together. It was released in September of 1969.

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Monday, Sept. 23, 2019 at 9 PM

NPR presents a one-hour special remembering longtime correspondent and one of the "founding mothers" of NPR, Cokie Roberts. The special is hosted by Michel Martin and features friends of Cokie’s, as well as audio of her reports and commentary over the years.

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Monday, Sept. 16, 2019 at 9 PM

American Anthem: The Special

Sep 9, 2019

Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 at 9 PM

Hosted by Elizabeth Blair and Tom Cole from NPR's Arts Desk, American Anthem: The Special will highlight standout stories from NPR's ongoing periodic American Anthem series.

The hour will weave together the creation, popularization, and evolution of a selection of songs about our shared national identity as Americans.

Wild Rose Moon

Monday, September 2, 2019 at 9 PM.

Sharing stories about his experiences growing up playing 5-string banjo, the bonfire tradition in Kyoto, and his penchant for the work of Jazz guitarist, Pat Metheny , Hiroya Tsukamoto, originally from Kyoto, Japan, and now from New York City, shares some wonderful multi-layered compositions on The Wild Rose Moon Radio Hour. 

We also learn about Hiroya’s appearance at the Blue Note Café and how his travels provide him with inspiration for many of his songs.   

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Under a Watchful Eye: How colleges are tracking students to boost graduation

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Woodstock organizers, musicians and audience members recall the 1969 music festival that rocked the world in more ways than one.  Music and memories from the historic event include interviews with with Woodstock organizers Michael Lang, Joel Rosenman, and the late John Roberts, artists Richie Havens, Roger Daltrey and Joe Cocker, and audience members Ron Petras, Vivian Goodman and Danny Diamond.  Music performances from many of the artists are featured: Jefferson Airplane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Joe Cocker, CSNY, The Who, Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez and many more.

How should the American legal system cope with a new era of hate speech? In this episode, host John Donvan sits down with two top legal minds thinking about free speech today.

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