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Tina Turner: Simply the Best

Friday, May 24th, at 7:00 pm.

Paul Ingles brings us a special tribute to the indomitable Tina Turner, featuring a curated mix of her most iconic tracks spanning over five decades of electrifying performances. From her powerful days in the Ike and Tina Turner Revue to her triumphant solo career starting in the mid-1970s, this episode showcases 15 unforgettable songs, including "Proud Mary," "What's Love Got To Do With It," and "The Best." With insights and favorite picks from music experts Holly Gleason, Anthony DeCurtis, and Aaron Cohen, we celebrate the legacy of a true rock 'n' roll queen who left an indelible mark on the world of music.

We've Never Been The Same: A War Story

We've Never Been The Same: A War Story

Monday, May 27th, at 7:00pm

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, Adam Piore gathered the stories of the surviving members of Delta Company, a Vietnam-era paratrooper unit.

At Fort Campbell before deployment, Delta was a ragtag bunch, the “leftovers” as one of their fellow soldiers put it, but on the night of March 18th, 1968, they became heroes. Their leader received the Medal of Honor and two others were awarded the nation’s second highest honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, for their valor that night when the company endured a long and devastating battle—not as long or as devastating, however, as the years that followed, after the men of Delta Company came home separately to live alone with the memories.

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Birth & Depression: The Unspoken Conversation

 Birth & Depression: The Unspoken Conversation

Sunday, May 19th, at 10:00am

Depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues are the most common complications during and after pregnancy, yet 75 percent of postpartum problems go untreated. The consequences can be devastating. Suicide and overdoses are leading causes of maternal death in the United States. The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the first-ever pill specifically aimed at postpartum depression, but most health plans don’t cover the medication. This special program looks at the under-recognized public health issue of postpartum depression and the challenge of treatment.


Incarcerated with Mental Illness

Incarcerated with Mental Illness

Wednesday, May 15th, at 2pm

Nearly half of incarcerated Americans have a history of mental illness – that's twice the prevalence of mental illness in the adult population of the United States. People with serious mental illnesses encounter law enforcement and the court system for many reasons. This program brings together stories of people who have lived with mental illness while incarcerated. We also meet mental health providers calling for increased mental health care in prisons and jails, and legal experts pioneering new systems.

The Burden of Being

Burden of Being

Thursday, May 9th, at 7pm

Black women and girls experience discrimination, microaggressions and stereotypes every day. Living with daily racism has a profound impact on the mental health, well-being and lives of all those coping with it. This special program explores the unique mental health burdens of Black women and girls in the United States. Through interviews with mental health providers and people sharing their personal stories, we’ll explore the effects of racism and how care systems can shift to better help Black women thrive.

We'll Be Here All Night

We'll Be Here All Night

Tuesday, April 23rd, at 8:00pm

This passover special features funny, poignant, and thought-provoking stories and conversations that touch on the plagues, on slavery, on food, on the act of story-telling and more, and are meant to appeal to people of all religious (and non-religious) backgrounds. Hosted by Sara Ivry (Vox Tablet) and Jonathan Goldstein (WireTap, This American Life), the show’s contributors include Israeli writer Etgar Keret, DC food historian Michael Twitty (Afroculinaria), and radio producers Sally Herships (Marketplace), Debbie Nathan (This American Life), and Jonathan Groubert (The State We’re In). The show was produced by Julie Subrin (Vox Tablet, The Next Big Thing) and mixed by Pejk Malinovski (Studio 360, The Next Big Thing).

Community Science Unifies Us Around Climate Change

 Community Science Unifies Us Around Climate Change

Monday, April 22nd, at 7:00pm

Climate change can feel apocalyptic and unsolvable. Yet, communities across the U.S. are finding ways to adapt and build resilience to its impacts. Higher Ground tells the stories of people engaging in community science to take control and find understanding in changes to their environment. Empowered with information, these communities are able to keep cool heads in the face of global warming. Hope and progress in the eye of the storm.

How We Survive: The Worth of Water

How We Survive: The Worth of Water

Saturday, April 20th, at 2:00pm

The Colorado River is the lifeblood of the American West. Millions of people rely on it to live. But we’re using more water than the river has to give and it’s already lost trillions of gallons to rising temperatures. Meanwhile rampant growth and water-intensive farming have depleted groundwater supplies.

In a special adapted from Marketplace’s award-winning podcast “How We Survive,” host Amy Scott visits places across the West that must fundamentally rethink how water is divided up and used.

Over the course of an hour, you'll meet a couple scrambling to find an affordable water supply amidst a worsening drought and making the most of every drop. You'll look at some of the tech innovations that could help us find a way out of the water crisis—which include looking to the ocean, the sewer and even the sky to produce drinking water. And finally, you'll look at a growing movement, rooted in Indigenous values, to give nature—rivers, fish, crops and trees—the same rights as people, and what that might mean for the future of the Colorado River.

Between the Earth and Sun: A Guide to the Eclipse

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Sunday, April 7th, at 3:00pm

On April 8, a total solar eclipse will stretch across the United states from south Texas to the northern tip of Maine, blotting out the sun for about four minutes within its 115-mile-wide path. In this special edition of Think, host Krys Boyd will prime listeners to have their best viewing experience and talk through the science of what’s actually happening 223,000 miles above our heads.

The Poetry Cafe

The Poetry Cafe

Thursday, April 4th, at 7:00pm

The Poetry Café is poetry, live music and artist interviews around creating community through the arts. It is a place where voices and ideas are valued and amplified to feed your mind, your body and your soul. 

Hosted by Josephus III, Greensboro North Carolina’s 1st Poet Laureate the show connects and shares the work of artists across state lines, color lines and religious barriers as we support and uplift artistic voices, changing the world, one poem at a time.

The Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women - HERO Training Africa’s New Female Leaders

The Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women

Wednesday, March 27th, at 3pm

Learn about two efforts to increase the number of women politicians in Africa. The story begins with a surprising reality TV show in Kenya called “Ms President,” where millions of weekly viewers watched dozens of women compete to be the country’s next “head of state,” so to speak. Then, you'll hear about Nigerian efforts to get more women on the ballot in last year’s election and why they largely failed.

I Spy: Real Life Spy Stories

I Spy

Friday, March 22nd, at 2pm

Espionage was once a mostly male pursuit but these days the top three officials at the CIA are women. On this program we hear from Jonna Mendez, the CIA’s former head of disguise, and Amaryllis Fox, a former undercover agent. Each one tells the story of one dramatic operation.

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BBC's Witness: Women's History Month

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Friday, March 8th, at 9am

A special hour-long edition of Witness History from the BBC World Service. Remarkable stories of women’s history, told by the women who were there. Selected from the BBC’s Witness History program, you'll hear moving, inspiring and even outrageous stories about a few of the most important women in living memory.

Notes from America: The Plague In The Shadows

Notes from America: The Plague In The Shadows

Tuesday, February 27th, at 10am

HIV and AIDS changed the United States and the world. It has killed more than 40 million people globally, up-ended medical science, torn apart families, communities and whole nations. And it is still with us. The permanent cloud over intimacy and love and lust for generations of people looms large, and there remains a stigma for a now treatable virus. The fight to break down that stigma starts in communities that have been disproportionately impacted and Notes From America with Kai Wright will invite stories and voices from those communities to look back at the mistakes made in understanding the full breadth of the epidemic.

Echoes of a Coup

Echoes of a Coup
Zaire McPhearson

Wednesday, February 21st, at 7pm

In November, 1898, an armed white supremacist mob – supported by most white elites in North Carolina – murdered untold Black Wilmington residents and drove the city’s elected Fusionist government from power, installing Democrats in their place. (Fusionists were a biracial coalition of mostly-Black Republicans and mostly-white members of the Populist Party.) The coup in North Carolina's then-largest city violently snuffed out some of the last flickers of multiracial democracy in post-Civil War America.

Echoes of a Coup tells the story of 1898 and puts these events in historical context, at a time when the United States is once again facing threats of political violence, amid orchestrated attacks on democracy – from within.

The Stoop: Black Enough

Black Enough

Sunday, February 11th, at 10am

Whether it's the way we talk,  the music we hear, or the clothes we wear- many Black people at some point were made to feel 'not Black enough’, including Leila and Hana.

In this special from The Stoop podcast, Leila explores with broadcast journalist Joshua Johnson what it means to be told she ‘talks white’, Hana talks to a psychologist as she wonders if she has to like everything Black to avoid getting called out, and we go deep with comedian W. Kamau Bell who's felt awkward in Black circles and in front of Black audiences.

What does it really mean to be ‘Black enough’?

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Selected Shorts: A Celebration of Langston Hughes

Unwrapping the Holidays

Friday, February 2nd, at 2pm

This special program, hosted by stage and film actor Teagle F. Bougere, celebrates the protean literary master and social activist Langston Hughes (1901-1967). It features two of his most striking works. In “Passing” Hughes reflects on a difficult aspect of the Black experience—the need some felt to “pass” as white. Program host Teagle F. Bougere is the reader. And Joe Morton performs one of Hughes most celebrated works, “The Blues I’m Playing,” which charts the long and complex relationship between a brilliant young Black pianist and her white patron. The reader is Joe Morton. Both stories reflect Hughes’ explorations of questions of race, identity, and personal destiny. And, the show will include a much-anthologized favorite, “Thank You, Ma’am,” in which a feisty older woman sets a young boy on the right path.

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Get Your Money Life in Order

This is Uncomfortable

Friday, January 12th, at 9:00am

Sponsored by Ashmore Rare Coins

In this special, host Reema Khrais helps listeners get their financial life together in time for the new year. She’ll unpack some practical tips with a personal finance expert and then Reema will interview a financial therapist to get some useful tips for understanding our relationships with money and how to navigate the uncomfortable feelings that come along with it. This hour will make you laugh, gasp, and think about money in a whole new way. 

Our Body Politic: January 6 - An American Story

Our Body

Saturday, January 6th, at 7:00am

The January 6th Committee Hearings reached an audience of 20 million-plus people, and the investigators behind them stepped up to save American democracy. A surprising number of these investigators were Black, Latino, or South Asian — including three of the five team leads. These are the people whose work laid the foundation for the indictments of former President Trump. They endured the trauma of investigating the most powerful white supremacists in America, as well as tracing the legal and financial web of January 6th. You'll hear from the investigators what it took to save our democracy.

The Splendid Table's Turkey Confidential

Turkey Confidential

Thursday, November 23rd, at 10:00am

Sponsored by Deep Roots Market and The Extra Ingredient.

Turkey Confidential is The Splendid Table’s annual Thanksgiving show. Francis Lam takes calls and comes to the rescue of Thanksgiving cooks, kitchen helpers, and dinner guests during the biggest cooking day of the year.

Guests include chef Kristen Kish, Top Chef’s newest judge, Michigan chef and award-winning writer Abra Berens author of Pulp, A Practical Guide to Cooking with Fruit, Jocelyn Delk Adams of Grandbaby Cakes, and Dan Pelosi aka “GrossyPelosi” the exuberant author of Let’s Eat, 101 Recipes to Fill Your Heart and Home.

More Perfect: Andy Warhol and the art of judging art

More Perfect

Friday, November 10th, at 2pm

The law protects creators’ original work against copycats, but it also leaves the door open for some kinds of copying. When a photographer sues the Andy Warhol Foundation for using her work without permission, the justices struggle not to play art critics as they decide the case. More Perfect explores how this star-studded case offers a look at how this Court actually makes decisions.

More Perfect: The Supreme Court V. Peyote

More Perfect

Friday, November 3rd, at 2pm

More than thirty years ago, a Native American man named Al Smith was fired for ingesting peyote at a religious ceremony. When his battle made it to the Supreme Court, the decision set off a thorny debate over when religious people get to sidestep the law — a debate we’re still having today.

More Perfect: No More Souters

More Perfect: Souter

Friday, October 27th, at 2pm

David Souter is one the most private, low profile Justices ever to have served on the Supreme Court. He rarely gives interviews or speeches. Yet his tenure was anything but low profile. Deemed a “home run” nominee by Republicans, Souter defied partisan expectations on the bench and ultimately ceded his seat to a Democratic president. In this episode, the story of how “No More Souters” became a rallying cry for Republicans and inspired a backlash that would change the Court forever.

More Perfect: The Viability Line

Viability Line

Friday, October 20th, at 2pm

When the justices heard oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the landmark abortion case, one word came up more than any other: viability. The viability line was at the core of Roe v. Wade, and it’s been entrenched in the abortion rights movement ever since. But no one seems to remember how this idea made its way into the abortion debate in the first place. This episode of More Perfect, traces it back to the source and discovers how a clerk and a couple of judges turned a fuzzy medical concept into a hard legal line. *listener discretion advised*

More Perfect: Clarence X

Clarence X

Friday, October 13th, at 2:00pm

To many Americans, Clarence Thomas makes no sense. For more than 30 years on the Court, he seems to have been on a mission – to take away rights that benefit Black people. As a young man, though, Thomas listened to records of Malcolm X speeches and strongly identified with the tenets of Black Nationalism. This episode of More Perfect, digs into his writings and lectures, talk to scholars and confidants, and explores his past, all in an attempt to answer: what does Clarence Thomas think Clarence Thomas is doing?

Things that go Boom: Food Fight

Things that go Boom

Thursday, September 21st, at 2:00pm

"What exactly does it means to be American?"
There are a lot of answers to that question. But one we don’t often explore has to do with burgers, or pad thai… or whatever you might find on your plate… and what those things have to do with our national security.In this special from from Things That Go Boom, Inkstick Media, and PRX: Two stories about food, family, and the choices our government makes in our name.

The US Secret War turned many Southeast Asians into refugees. Now their kids are keeping that story alive and also we meet one of the one-in-four military families dealing with hunger, even as they serve our country.

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Early Risers: Parent Perspectives on Racial Equity in Early Childhood

Early Risers

Sunday, September 10th, at 10:00am

In this one-hour special, listeners will hear first-person perspectives of parents navigating racial equity discussions with their children. In addition, we will also share practical tips and insights from a variety of early childhood experts about how to talk with very young children about race and racism.

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Witness History: The Labor Movement

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Monday, September 4th, at 9:00am

A collection of stories related to strikes, campaigns and successes for workers rights around the world. From the BBC's Witness History program, this specially-curated hour will bring first-hand accounts of significant moments in the labor movement from the US, UK and elsewhere.

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How Teaching Kids to Read Went So Wrong

APM Presents

Saturday, August 26th, at 7:00am and 2:00pm

There's an idea about how children learn to read that's held sway in schools for more than a generation — even though it was proven wrong by cognitive scientists decades ago. Teaching methods based on this idea can make it harder for children to learn how to read. In this special, host Emily Hanford investigates the influential authors who promote this idea and the company that sells their work. It's an exposé of how educators came to believe in something that isn't true and are now reckoning with the consequences — children harmed, money wasted, an education system upended.

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Saving the Vaquita – the world’s smallest porpoise and protecting its habitat

Saving the Vaquita

Wednesday, August 16th, at 3:00pm

In this special we travel to Mexico's Gulf of California--one of the most biodiverse places on the planet to see what a porpoise (the Vaquita,) a fish (the totoaba) whose bladder fetches tens of thousands of dollars on the black market, and the highly desirable—and delicious—colossal shrimp tell us about the complicated world of fishing. We learn how local fishermen are impacted by Mexican Cartels and the implementation of sustainable fishing practices. 

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The Forum: The Evolution of Teenagers

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Friday, August 11th, at 2pm

Paleoanthropologist Ella Al-Shamahi takes us through the big evolutionary questions about adolescence: Why do humans go through this developmental stage? What's the point of all that teenage angst? And how come every generation stubbornly repeats the same mistakes?

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Witness History: Pride Month

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Remarkable stories of LGBT+ rights, told by the people who were there.