Special Programming

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

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.

One Giant Leap

Jul 19, 2019
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This 1-hour radio documentary celebrates the moon landing through the eyes of those who witnessed it and the memories of those who contributed to its success in ways large and small.

Originally produced in 2009, so forgive any reference to "40 years ago."

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On July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the moon. They had reached the distant light that humans had admired and looked up to for thousands of years. It was a mission with hundreds of dedicated minds behind it; a dangerous and ambitious mission that could have failed at many moments.

Capitol Steps

Monday, July 8, 2019 at 9 PM

The Capitol Steps answer all of the burning questions! What rhymes with Pete Buttigieg? If Joe Biden and Donald Trump have a Twitter exchange at 3am, how fast can the Capitol Steps write a song about it? And if Vladimir Putin appears shirtless on the radio, does it violate the FCC’s decency standards?

Monday, June 17, 2019 at 9 PM

Music historian Paul Ingles takes listeners through a heart-felt retrospective of New Orleans music-legend Mac Rebennack - best known as Dr. John.

Rebennack died Thursday, June 6, 2019 from a heart attack at the age of 77. The LA Times heralded him as "a chief architect of the New Orleans sound."

Early Elton: An Elton John Appreciation

Jun 23, 2019

Monday, June 24, 2019 at 9 PM

With the movie Rocketman sparking buzz about Elton John, 88.1 WVPE presents Early Elton, a lively special spotlighting Elton John's early work from 8 remarkable albums released in three years from 1970- 1973.

Monday, June 10, 2019 at 9 PM

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NPR live special coverage begins at 11 AM on 88.1 WVPE.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is making a statement about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Watch his remarks at the Justice Department live.

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All wars are the same, it is said; only the scenery changes. And the repercussions are pretty much the same too. 

Over the course of five years producers working with the Public Radio Exchange gathered stories of surviving members of Delta Company, a Vietnam-era paratrooper unit. Over the course of the last two years it turned from a book into a radio story. 

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Monday, May 20, 2019 at 9 PM

Neuroscientists and gerontologists see evidence that people become more vulnerable to financial exploitation as they age. Con artists, fraudsters, even family, friends and caregivers take money from seniors and abuse their trust.

Intelligence Squared U.S.

Monday, May 13, 2019 at 9 PM

What if the next car you buy or taxi you hail drives itself? Driverless cars, also known as autonomous or self-driving vehicles, are currently in test-drive mode around the globe. Should we proceed with caution? Or embrace the driverless car?

Brains On! Presents: Smash Boom Best

Apr 29, 2019

Monday, April 29, 2019 at 9 PM

Brains On! podcast host Molly Bloom hosts a lively hour of debates for the ages.

Some of the most popular episodes of Brains On!, the science podcast for kids and families, are the "versus" shows, which have become their own series – "Smash Boom Best."

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.

Happy Family

Mar 23, 2019
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Monday, March 25, 2019 at 9 PM

Inspired by real events, Happy Family is a play about one determined woman.  In the 1970s she led a group of working women who sued a major corporation for equal pay and equal opportunity.  With the help of a roving civil rights lawyer, they won.  It took them ten years of hardship, but they won.

The play was written and produced by Roy Schreiber, a retired professor of history at Indiana University South Bend.

Gospel Roots Of Rock And Soul

Feb 15, 2019
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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.

MICHIGAN.GOV

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 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: 

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