Streams

Specials

Air every weekend - Saturdays at 6AM on 93.9 FM and 2PM on AM 820. Sundays at 7AM and 8PM on AM 820 and at other times as scheduled.

Join us for a curated presentation of special programs from public radio producers across the country. 

Recently in Specials

Innovation Hub: Work, Interrupted

Thursday, August 28, 2014

On this episode of Innovation Hub, celebrate Labor Day weekend with a look at how the American workplace and its workers are changing -- for better and for worse.

Comments [2]

Greater Expectations: The Challenge of the Common Core

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The United States is in the midst of a huge education reform. On this episode of American RadioWorks: a look at how the Common Core State Standards are changing teaching and learning.

Comment

The Science Of Smart

Friday, August 22, 2014

Researchers have long been searching for better ways to learn. On this episode of American RadioWorks: a look at some of the big ideas coming out of brain science. 

Comments [4]

Nuestro Nueva York

Friday, August 15, 2014

Each week, Latino USA brings you diverse stories that matter from around the nation. In this special episode, we zoom in and check out the vibrant Latino landscape of our hometown: New York City.

Comment

Yesterday's Dropouts

Friday, August 15, 2014

Approximately 30 million adults in the U.S. are at the low-end of the literacy spectrum. They struggle to read a menu, a pay stub or a bus schedule, and find it challenging to do the most basic math. And for millions of adults, there’s the added challenge of not being able to speak English. In this special from WAMU's Breaking Ground series, host Kavitha Cardoza explores the challenges of America's education system and talks to people who are trying to change their lives for the better.

Comment

When Water Scarcity Leads to Conflict

Friday, August 08, 2014

AK-47s, grenades, water? Earth's most precious resource doesn't fire bullets or explode -- but it is guarded, hoarded, and stolen in a way that ignites political tensions on a local level and an international scale. This month, America Abroad travels to Sub-Saharan Africa and Pakistan to bring you the stories of those caught up in the struggle to secure clean water.

Comment

Intelligence Squared: Unlimited Campaign Financing

Friday, August 01, 2014

Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission was a groundbreaking decision by the Supreme Court that removed limits on how much money organizations could donate to political campaigns. Years later, this ruling has become the subject of contentious debate: do we really have a constitutional right to unlimited spending on our own political speech.

Comment

Global Water Scarcity: Combating Drought

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Americans, and especially Californians, have had a big dose of severe drought this year. Though it hit the state hard, farmers were the most affected. They continue to worry about the threat the water shortage poses to their multi-million dollar almond, kiwi and walnut crops.

Comments [1]

Re:Sound: The Matt Power Show

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Journalist Matt Power was considered one of the most vibrant, young voices in public radio. His distinct New England timber was calming, and possessed a natural, emotional capacity that went unparalleled. During his career, collaboration with WNYC and The Next Big Thing earned him widespread accolades. But we lost him too early. Power passed away on March 10, 2014 while on assignment in Uganda. In this special from Re:sound, hear some of Power's most distinct and celebrated work.

Comment

TRBQ: What's Your Story?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Research shows that we create stories about our lives and believe them even when they’re not accurate. We depend on stories as the key to understanding and remembering our lives. Stories can make us buy products, remember school lessons, vote for candidates, and go to war. Why do stories have such sway over our beliefs and our behaviors? Why did we evolve to be storytelling animals?

A Prairie Home Companion Celebrates 40 Years

Saturday, July 05, 2014

If you showed up on July 6, 1974 at the Janet Wallace Auditorium at Macalester College in Saint Paul to attend the first broadcast of "A Prairie Home Companion," you were in select company. There were about 12 people in the audience. Forty years later, "A Prairie Home Companion" has become a public radio mainstay -- and the little town of Lake Wobegon, a national treasure. This weekend, Prairie Home celebrates four decades of storytelling with a live, three-hour broadcast from the stage it first set up shop on so long ago.

Comment

Innovation Hub: Celebrating American Innovation

Saturday, July 05, 2014

On this episode of Innovation Hub, celebrate Independence Day by taking a look at great American innovations and how the American dream has changed over time. 

Comments [3]

Reveal

Friday, June 27, 2014

Who’s really benefiting from the GI Bill? Why does the U.S. Coast Guard have some explaining to do? How much arsenic in our water is actually safe? There’s always more to the story on this episode of Reveal.

Comment

Freakonomics Radio: Should Tipping Be Banned?

Friday, June 20, 2014

To an economist, tipping is a puzzling behavior – why pay extra when it’s not required? In this episode of Freakonomics Radio, host Stephen Dubner looks at why we tip, which factors affect the amount, and whether tipping should perhaps be eliminated altogether. Research shows that African-American servers earn smaller tips than white servers, so there’s an argument to be made that the practice is discriminatory.

Comments [7]

State of the Re:Union: Contested

Friday, June 20, 2014

In this episode of State Of The Re:Union, host Al Letson explores the role of sports in the lives of young people.

Comment

Freakonomics Radio: The Cobra Effect

Thursday, June 19, 2014

If you want to get rid of a nasty invasive pest, it might seem sensible to offer a bounty. But as we’ll hear in this episode of Freakonomics Radio, bounties can backfire. We look at bounties on snakes in Delhi, rats in Hanoi, and feral pigs in Fort Benning, Georgia. In each case, bounty seekers came up with creative ways to maximize their payoff – and pest populations grew. Host Stephen Dubner talks to Steve Levitt about how incentives don’t always work out the way you’d expect.

Comment

Freakonomics Radio: Spite Happens

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

This episode of Freakonomics Radio explores our surprising propensity for spite. We discover the gruesome etymology of the phrase “cut off your nose to spite your face” (it involves medieval nuns). Host Stephen Dubner talks to economist Benedikt Herrmann about “money-burning” lab experiments, in which people often choose to surrender some of their own cash in order to take money away from other participants.

Comment

Freakonomics Radio: How Much Does Your Name Matter?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

When Harvard professor Latanya Sweeney typed her name in Google one day, she noticed something strange: an ad with the heading: “Latanya Sweeney, Arrested?” But she had never been arrested -- and neither had the only other Latanya Sweeney in the U.S. So why did the ad suggest so?

Comment

Freakonomics Radio: Women Are Not Men

Monday, June 16, 2014

Women are different from men, by a lot, in some key areas. For example, the data show that women don’t: drown, edit Wikipedia, commit crime, or file patents at anywhere near the same rate as men do. How else are women different? They have made significant economic gains over the past 30 years and yet they are less happy now.

Comments [3]

State of the Re:Union: Interior Alaska: Frontier Community

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Interior Alaska can be a forbidding place. Because of its isolation and climate, the region has long attracted people drawn to the challenges and opportunities of a wild, remote place. In this episode of State Of The Re:Union, meet a number of athletes, journalists, scientists, and activists who embody the spirit of Interior Alaska through their grit, determination, and iconoclasm.

Comment