Programs
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1A by NPR

With a name inspired by the First Amendment, 1A explores important issues such as policy, politics, technology, and what connects us across the fissures that divide the country. The program also delves into pop culture, sports, and humor. 1A's goal is to act as a national mirror -- taking time to help America look at itself and to ask what it wants to be.

Across the Blue Ridge Archives, A WFDD Original

Across the Blue Ridge focuses on the southern Blue Ridge area known through generations and still today as a hotbed of old-time, bluegrass, blues, and country music. And the program reaches far beyond, exploring southern music as the music most people around the world understand as distinctively American.

All Things Considered by NPR

Weekdays from 4-6:00pm In-depth reporting and transformed the way listeners understand current events and view the world. Every weekday, hear two hours of breaking news mixed with compelling analysis, insightful commentaries, interviews, and special - sometimes quirky - features. All Things Considered website

American Routes by PRX

American Routes is a weekly two-hour public radio program produced in New Orleans, presenting a broad range of American music — blues and jazz, gospel and soul, old-time country and rockabilly, Cajun and zydeco, Tejano and Latin, roots rock and pop, avant-garde and classical. 

Ask Me Another by NPR

Ask Me Another brings the lively spirit and healthy competition of your favorite trivia night right to your ears. With a rotating cast of funny people, puzzle writers and VIP guests, it features the wit of host Ophira Eisenberg, the music of house musician Jonathan Coulton, and rambunctious trivia games, all played in front of a live audience.

Carolina Curious, A WFDD Original

88.5 WFDD presents Carolina Curious, a series where our reporters find answers to your questions. What have you also wanted to know about your community? From the serious to the quirky, anything goes. Check out past Carolina Curious episodes here to find out what questions we've already tackled.

Code Switch & Life Kit by NPR

What's CODE SWITCH? It's the fearless conversations about race that you've been waiting for. In the second part of the show, Life Kit offers tips and guidance on a wide range of topics.

Freakonomics Radio by freakonomics

Levitt and Dubner wrote Freakonomics, a book about cheating teachers, bizarre baby names, self-dealing Realtors, and crack-selling mama's boys. They figured it would sell about 80 copies. Instead, it took up long-term residency on the Times best-seller list, and went on to sell more than 5 million copies in 40 languages.

Fresh Air by NPR

Opening the window on contemporary arts and issues with guests from worlds as diverse as literature and economics. 

Here and Now by NPR

Here and Now combines the best in news journalism with intelligent, broad-ranging conversation to form a fast-paced program that updates the news from the morning and adds important conversations on public policy and foreign affairs, science and technology, and the arts: film, theater, music, food, and more.

Hidden Brain by NPR

A blend of science and storytelling, Hidden Brain reveals the patterns that drive human behavior, the biases that shape our choices, and the imperceptible forces that influence our relationships. It's a program that helps curious people understand the world, current events, and themselves.

Innovation Hub by PRX

Innovation Hub features today's most creative thinkers - from authors to researchers to business leaders. It explores new avenues in education, science, medicine, transportation, and more. Guests have included Michael Pollan, Sal Khan, Marissa Mayer, Clayton Christensen, Jared Diamond, Paul Farmer, Sherry Turkle, and Brian Greene.

It's Been A Minute by NPR

It's Been a Minute is a weekly one-hour engaging conversation -- a timely and topical look back at the week's news, with pop culture features and interviews. Each week, It's Been a Minute features people in the culture who deserve your attention, plus weekly wraps of the news with journalists in the know.

Kairoff at the Keyboard, A WFDD Original

Steinway recording artist and Wake Forest University Professor of Music Peter Kairoff has performed as piano and harpsichord soloist all over the world, and he brings his talent, knowledge, and accessible style to each Kairoff at the Keyboard episode.

Latino USA by futuro

Futuro Media produces Latino USA, currently celebrating its 25th anniversary at its new hour-long format.

Let's Talk About It, A WFDD Original

First Friday of the month, during Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Awkward. Difficult. Challenging. However you want to describe it, there are certain things we choose not to talk about. That old maxim “no politics or religion at the dinner table” has never felt more real than now. At WFDD we want to change this. Civil discourse has always been a pillar of public radio and we believe we can all do a little bit better when it comes to having conversations with people we disagree with.

Marketplace by APM

Marketplace gives in-depth focus on the latest business news both nationally and internationally, the global economy, and wider events linked to the financial markets. The only national daily business news program originating from the West Coast, Marketplace is noted for its timely, relevant and accessible coverage of business, economics and personal finance. 

Morning Edition by NPR

Hosts Renee Montagne, Steve Inskeep, and David Greene bring the day's stories and news to radio listeners on the go. Morning Edition provides news in context, airs thoughtful ideas and commentary, and reviews important new music, books, and events in the arts.

Mountain Stage by NPR

For more than 30 years, Mountain Stage with Larry Groce has been the home of live music on public radio. Recorded in front of a live audience, Mountain Stage features performances from seasoned legends and emerging stars in genres ranging from folk, blues, and country; to indie rock, synth pop, world music, alternative, and beyond.

On Point by APM

Go behind the headlines: From the economy and healthcare to politics and the environment – and so much more – On Point talks with newsmakers and real people about the issues that matter most.

Performance Today by APM

Performance Today features timely recordings that can't be heard anywhere else, from recent performances by great artists of our time and by next generation classical artists.

Planet Money & How I Built This by NPR

Planet Money explains the economy with playful storytelling and Peabody award-winning deep dive, roll up your sleeves journalism. How I Built This takes us through the often challenging journeys that innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists took to build their now iconic companies.

Radio 101, A WFDD Original

Radio 101 is a platform for young voices in our community to explore issues that they are passionate about. Part of WFDD's Hive, the Radio 101 program allows students to interact with professional journalists, experts from across the country (and the world), and collaborate with each other to turn their ideas into feature stories.

Radio Camp, A WFDD Original

WFDD Hive's Radio Camp is a condensed version of the radio production process. Participants acquire real-life radio production experience while having fun and playing games — not to mention access to professional recording studios and equipment.

Radio Camp for Grown-Ups, A WFDD Original

Radio Camp allows participants to learn something new about the world of audio storytelling and narrative journalism. They have the opportunity to hear from industry experts about their work and how they produced some of their favorite stories—and maybe even collaborate on a project that might air on 88.5 WFDD.

RadioLab by WNYC

Radiolab is an experiential investigation that explores themes and ideas through a patchwork of people, sounds, and stories. In each episode, Radiolab experiments with sound and style, allowing science to fuse with culture, and information to sound like music.

Reveal by PRX

Reveal is the Peabody Award-winning investigative journalism program for public radio from The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX.

Sunday Baroque by WSHU

Sunday Baroque is the perfect antidote for the stress and distractions of our modern lives, so you can relax and recharge for the week ahead. Host Suzanne Bona offers a huge variety of beloved and appealing music performed by the world's finest musicians on a wide variety of instruments.

TED Radio Hour by NPR

TED Radio Hour includes riveting excerpts from the renowned TED stage where some of the world's deepest thinkers and innovators are invited to give the 18-minute "talk of their lives." Host Guy Raz interviews the guests, delving deeper, dissecting the speaker's ideas and posing probing questions you'd like to hear answered.

The Daily by NYT

Weeknights at 6:30 This is what the news should sound like. The biggest stories of our time, told by the best journalists in the world. It's half an hour of context and humanity every evening.

The Martha Bassett Show, A WFDD Original

The Martha Bassett Show is produced in collaboration with WFDD and is recorded live at the historic Reeves Theater in Elkin, NC. This weekly one-hour music program blends the fabric of the national roots and Americana scene with the rich artistry, history, and flair of North Carolina's Piedmont region.

The Moth Radio Hour by PRX

Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience.

The World by PRX

PRI's The World is a one-hour, weekday radio news magazine offering a mix of news, features, interviews, and music from around the globe.

This American Life by WBEZ

This American Life is just that... there's a theme to each episode, and a variety of stories on that theme. It's mostly true stories of everyday people (though not always).

Throughline by NPR

Throughline is a weekly one-hour narrative history series. Each episode tackles the history behind today's headlines, and takes the listener back in time to understand the present. These are stories you can feel and sounds you can see from the moments that shaped our world.

Triad Arts Archives, A WFDD Original

Triad Arts provided interviews and insight into the Piedmont Triad's rich artistic community from 2004 to 2016. Archival episodes from 2013-2016 can be found below. Triad Arts stories broadcast prior to 2013 are stored in the WFDD Archives.

Unsafe Haven, A WFDD Original

"Unsafe Haven" is a WFDD documentary series that looks at what happened in the May 12, 2018 Greensboro fire that claimed the lives of five young, refugee children and the unanswered questions that remain.

Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! by NPR

Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me! is NPR's weekly hour-long quiz program where you can test your knowledge against some of the best and brightest in the news and entertainment world while figuring out what's real news and what's made up.

Weekend All Things Considered by NPR

Missed All Things Considered this week? Don't sweat it! Here's the best of what you might've missed, from in-depth cover stories to quirky science, from thought-provoking author interviews to rockin' performance chats.

Weekend Edition Saturday by NPR

The Weekend Edition Saturday wraps up the week's news and offers a mix of analysis and features on a wide range of topics, including arts, sports, entertainment, and human interest stories.

Weekend Edition Sunday by NPR

The program wraps up the week's news and offers a mix of analysis and features on a wide range of topics, including arts, sports, entertainment, and human interest stories.

With Heart and Voice by WXXI

Sacred music that spans the full range of Western classical music, from the Gothic period through the 21st century, with occasional surprises from non-western traditions.