Special Programming

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

Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 at 9 PM

In this Humankind special, host David Freudberg takes a look back at the stunning display of forgiveness and nonviolence by the traumatized family members of Mother Emanuel church congregants, who were gunned down in 2015, in the wake of the gunman’s conviction.

We also hear stories of peacemakers who draw from their diverse lives and religious traditions as a basis for breaking down barriers and promoting conflict resolution.

2018 Indiana State of the State Address

Jan 9, 2018

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 at 7 PM

88.1 WVPE and Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations present Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb's second address to a joint session of the Indiana General Assembly.

Thursday, Dec. 21, 9 PM

Join WVPE for special coverage on the tax code from Marketplace. This one-hour special will examine what the changes mean for the economy and you.  We'll look at the big picture and the small details -- how we live, govern, do business, save and get ahead.  We will answer listener questions throughout the broadcast.

A Paul Winter Solstice Celebration

Dec 19, 2017
© Kay Winter, 2013

Thursday, Dec. 21, 10 PM to 12 AM

Night of Hannukah Programming

Dec 15, 2017
WXQR

Monday, Dec. 18, 9 PM to 12 AM

Hanukkah Lights, 9 PM

A perennial NPR favorite, Hanukkah Lights features all new Hanukkah stories. written by R.L. Maizes, Lia Pripstein, Elisa Albert, and Ellen Orleans. Read by hosts Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

Itzhak Perlman’s Chanukah Radio Party, 10 PM

All Songs Considered for the Holidays

Dec 15, 2017

Sunday, Dec. 17, 4 PM

Kacey Musgraves, Conor Oberst and more special musical guests join All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton on a “steam engine to the north pole.”

Holidays of the Future

Dec 12, 2017

Monday, Dec. 11, 9 PM

A Marketplace Tech Holiday Special: What will the holidays be like ten years from now?  How will we buy things?   What other machines and bots will be around the dinner table? What companies will be household names?  How will people with less money be utilizing technology?  This special looks at current tech trends and predicts the lasting effects on our most special occasions.

The Afterlife of Otis Redding

Dec 8, 2017

Sunday, Dec. 10, 4 PM

Otis Redding was killed in a plane crash 50 years ago on Dec. 10, 1967. "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay," which he wrote and recorded with Steve Cropper days before, subsequently became the first posthumous number-one record on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts.

A Paul Winter Solstice Celebration

Thursday, Dec. 21, 10 PM to 12 AM

WFMT

Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 at 4 PM

Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 at 9 PM

Is the old cliché true — is laughter the best medicine? Kurt Andersen and Mary Harris, host of the podcast Only Human, go to a laughter yoga class to find out. Also, we hear from a neuroscientist who studies laughter and moonlights as a standup comedian. Comic Chris Gethard explains why he resisted getting help for his depression out of fear of losing his humorous edge—and how getting treatment transformed his career. And we find out when medical humor is – and is not – just what the doctor ordered.

Third Coast International Audio Festival

Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, 10 AM to 12 PM

For 2017, the Third Coast Festival is back with the annual "Best of the Best" broadcast featuring the winners of its annual documentary competition. In this two-hour special, host Gwen Macsai, presents the top radio stories of the year!

Truth, Politics and Power

Nov 20, 2017

Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 at 9 PM

Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 at 9 PM

A talk about why trade was one of the biggest issues that got Donald Trump elected. What Americans stand to gain - and lose - by pulling out of trade deals. And what really happened to American manufacturing jobs. We’ll also see how the rest of the world is preparing for a massive shift in US policy, from a microbrewery in Tijuana to a medical manufacturer in Berlin.

His Blue Heaven: A Fats Domino Appreciation

Nov 20, 2017

Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 at 9 PM

Fats Domino, the pioneering rock 'n' roll legend, passed away Tuesday, October 24 of natural causes at the age of 89. Music historian and documentarian Paul Ingles has produced a 59:00 special that showcases Fat's legendary performances. It is a music-intensive hour with heart-felt and informational commentary from Gwen Thompkins, Anthony DeCurtis, Scott Freiman, Nick Spitzer, Ben Sandmill, Rick Coleman and others.

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