Special Program

Best of Public Radio
12:00 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Playing On The Air: Out There

James Lescene
Credit via PRX

Playing on the Air is a new program featuring 10-20 minute short plays with the highest caliber talent including Oscar, Tony and Emmy award winners. Each short short play is followed by a personal interview with its artists. These bite-sized pieces are authored by America's best including Pulitzer and Tony award winners.

This week’s plays…

There You Are, with Olympia Dukakis and Maria Tucci, is about two women who meet again at an outdoor concert and pursue the relationship they didn't dare to in their youth.

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Best of Public Radio
2:00 pm
Sun June 2, 2013

Vermont: The Small Town State

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This episode of State of the Re:Union visits our neighbors across the Connecticut. Best of Public Radio airs Sundays at 3 p.m.

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Best of Public Radio
12:00 pm
Sun May 26, 2013

Monumental Disagreements: Memorials in America

Credit Library of Congress

This is a country awash in monuments. They are the centerpieces of traffic circles, street corners and, of course, the National Mall. We have erected them to Rosie the Riveter and Confederate generals. Yet our ambivalence towards these monuments is as old as our enthusiasm for them. Case in point: The Washington Monument. Ever wonder why there isn’t actually a image of Washington on it?

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Best of Public Radio
2:00 pm
Sun May 19, 2013

Gay In The Eyes Of God

Credit Ludovic Bertron / creative commons

Open any Torah, Bible or Koran, and the passages about homosexuality seem clear: being gay is an abomination; a sin; something that incurs the wrath of God. But for some, these interpretations are changing. "Gay in the Eyes of God" explores the ways in which the major American religious traditions grapple with acceptance of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. We present personal stories as well as  interpretations of scripture and theology - both traditional and progressive.

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Best of Public Radio
2:00 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

Vinyl Cafe: Mother's Day

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The Vinyl Cafe features music - both live and recorded from new and established artists from throughout Canada. It also chronicles the misadventures of Dave, owner of a small record store and his family and neighbors. Host Stuart McLean is a best-selling author, award-winning journalist and humorist.

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Best of Public Radio
2:00 pm
Sun May 5, 2013

Walking Across America

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Andrew Forsthoefel set out at age 23 to walk across America, East to West, 4000   miles, with a sign on him that said, "Walking to Listen". This hour, co-produced with    Jay Allison, tracks his epic journey. It's a coming of age story, and a portrait of this  country - big-hearted, wild, innocent, and wise.

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Best of Public Radio
12:00 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

Poetry In Life

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We'll tackle couplets, stanzas, limericks, sonnets, odes, dirges; free or rhyming verse of any meter. From the epic to the cursory, from the aggressive to the  consolatory, we’re all about poetry today.

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Best of Public Radio
12:00 pm
Sun April 21, 2013

Grit, Luck and Money: Preparing Kids for College and Getting Them Through

YES Prep students at an informational session at the University of Oklahoma. YES Prep is a charter school network that serves a low-income population in Houston, Tex. and focuses on getting all of its students accepted into 4-year colleges.
Credit YES Prep Public Schools, via PRX

More people are going to college than ever before, but a lot of them aren't finishing. Low-income students, in particular, struggle to get to graduation. Only 9 percent complete a bachelor's degree by age 24. Why are so many students quitting, and what leads a few to beat the odds and make it through? In this documentary, American RadioWorks correspondent Emily Hanford introduces us to young people trying to break into the middle class, teachers trying to increase their chances and researchers investigating the nature of persistence.

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NHPR Events
12:15 pm
Sun April 14, 2013

Know Before You Owe: What You Need To Know About College Loan Debt

Update: This event was originally postponed and the rescheduled date is listed below.

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Best of Public Radio
12:00 pm
Sun April 14, 2013

Humankind: The Diet-Climate Connection, Hour 2

What was the carbon footprint of your dinner last night? This Humankind documentary project, by award-winning producer David Freudberg, examines how the foods we eat affect the planet we inhabit. In a period of extreme weather associated with climate change -- 2012 was the hottest summer on record -- our food choices can make a difference. Agriculture is a heavy emitter of heat-trapping gases. And in this sound-rich production, listeners will learn that some foods (fruits and vegetables) often have a much lighter environmental footprint than others (meat and dairy).

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Best of Public Radio
12:00 pm
Sun April 7, 2013

Humankind: The Diet-Climate Connection, Hour 1

What was the carbon footprint of your dinner last night? This Humankind documentary project, by award-winning producer David Freudberg, examines how the foods we eat affect the planet we inhabit. In a period of extreme weather associated with climate change -- 2012 was the hottest summer on record -- our food choices can make a difference. Agriculture is a heavy emitter of heat-trapping gases. And in this sound-rich production, listeners will learn that some foods (fruits and vegetables) often have a much lighter environmental footprint than others (meat and dairy).

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Best of Public Radio
12:00 pm
Sun March 24, 2013

Live Wire! Episode 209

Live Wire! is a one-hour weekly radio variety show recorded in front of a live audience. It’s music, it’s conversation, it’s sketch comedy. It’s the show that dared to put tap dancing, juggling and ballet on the radio. Live Wire! highlights the best musicians and most fascinating writers, poets, dignitaries, artists we can find in the even more beautiful city of Portland, Oregon.

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Best of Public Radio
12:00 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

A Decade At War: Afghanistan, Iraq & Counterinsurgency

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After a decade of war, the soldiers are home from Iraq and they are coming home from Afghanistan.  But we are left to ponder and debate the important lessons from these wars. Consensus has hardly been reached on the effectiveness of the war-fighting doctrine known as “counterinsurgency.” 

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Best of Public Radio
12:00 pm
Sun March 10, 2013

Culture Shock 1913

What a year was 1913! Many have called it the true beginning of 20th century culture. From New York, where the first large-scale show of modern art alarmed viewers, to Vienna and Paris, where music by Schoenberg and Stravinsky sparked audience riots --- it was a year of artistic upset and audience apoplexy! A hundred years later, WNYC’s Sara Fishko and guests tell the story of this Mad Modernist moment of sweeping change, and the ways in which it mirrors our own uncertain age

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Best of Public Radio
12:00 pm
Sun March 3, 2013

Generation Putin

It's been over 20 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Young people in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Georgia are facing unemployment, democratic pressure, and the legacy of repression, while being influenced by the West, punk music, and the Pussy Riot trials. PRX sent a reporting team from the Seattle Globalist to explore the tensions in these countries, described by The Atlantic as 'uneasily suspended' between two political eras. Join host Brooke Gladstone for Generation Putin, an in-depth look at the millennial generation in the post-Soviet states.

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