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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. 

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The Harlem Renaissance: Music, Religion, and the Politics of Race

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tuesday, February 14th at 8PM on 93.9 FM, AM 820, and NJPR; Sunday, February 19th at 9PM on AM 820

During the vibrant years of the Harlem Renaissance, music, religion, and spirituality were interconnected - not just in the religious setting of the church, but in the jazz club, the dance hall, the rent party, even the political street rally.  Writer Carl Hancock Rux, Reverend Calvin Butts of the Abyssinian Baptist Church, historian Farah Griffin, Professors Josef Sorett and Obery Hendricks, and others explore these powerful interconnections.  Hosted by Norris J. Chumley of the Columbia University Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life.

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Back of the Bus: Mass Transit, Race and Inequality

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 9PM on 820 AM and Monday, February 13, 2012 at 8PM on 93.9 FM, 820 FM, and NJPR

In the '60s, highway projects nearly destroyed African American communities. Now in this collaborative reporting project from Transportation Nation and WNYC, "Back of the Bus" investigates why America's people of color still struggle for equal treatment in public transportation.

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Say It Loud: Great Speeches on Civil Rights and African American Identity

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Saturday, February 11 at 6AM on 93.9 FM and NJPR; Saturday, February 11 at 2PM on AM 820; and Sunday, February 12 at 8PM on AM 820 and NJPR

This American RadioWorks program traces the last half-century of black history through stirring, historically important speeches by African Americans from across the political spectrum.

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Dickens and India: Mutual Friends

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

In this special from the BBC, Indian born writer Ayeesha Menon explores India’s love affair with Dickens.  India loves Dickens because India today feels what Dickens was writing about then. His themes deeply resonate with Indians: the importance of extended family, familial bonds, the rich-poor divide, child labour, domestic violence, social injustice and stratification, and the plight of the deprived and displaced.

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World Book Club: Great Expectations

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

In honor of Charles Dickens's 200th birthday, the BBC's World Book Club invitied acclaimed biographer Claire Tomalin to talk to Harriett Gilbert about Dickens’ novel Great Expectations with actor Simon Callow, famed for his portrayal of Dickens. Dickens’ popularity extends throughout the world but India’s love for Dickens is likely the strongest.

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Questioning Democracy

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Whose democracy is it?  Who gets to participate and who gets left out? Political influence is bought and sold these days and more and more Americans are opting out.  How do we deal with the tensions of Democracy?  In this program we hear answers from poets and theologians, jazz musicians and exiled dictators.  

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Living Democracy

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Before there was Wikipedia… Before there was Facebook and Twitter… there was Ward Cunningham.  The computer programmer who invented the first wiki, back in 1995.  Cunningham also did something even more radical – he didn’t patent his invention.  He passed up billions of dollars of potential revenue.  Why?  Because he believed the internet needed to be more democratic. How do you live your democratic ideals?

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A Beautiful Symphony of Brotherhood: A Musical Journey in the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up listening to and singing church songs, and saw gospel and folk music as natural tools to further the civil rights movement. In this hour-long special from WNYC, host Terrance McKnight interweaves musical examples with Dr. King's own speeches and sermons to illustrate the powerful place that music held in his work--and examines how the musical community responded to and participated in Dr. King's cause.

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King's Last March

Saturday, January 14, 2012

This documentary will trace the final year of King’s life. It was one of the most challenging and controversial chapters of the civil rights leader’s career, yet it has not been the focus of significant public attention. For many, the image of King is of a social and political leader at the height of his powers – especially the period up through 1965.But that's not the way he was viewed in the last year of his life.

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Writing Democracy

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Some people put their bodies on the line for democracy.  Some pick up weapons.  And some put pen to paper.   Writers who use their gifts to speak truth to power have a special place in the annals of literature.  We revere them for their conscience and their courage.  We'll talk with some of the world’s most celebrated writers talk with us about the literature of democracy. Including and interview with the poet in blue jeans, the dissident playwright who inspired the Velvet Revolution that overthrew the Soviet Union. Vaclav Havel, the former president of the Czech Republic, may have recently passed away, but his ideas live on.

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Demanding Democracy

Saturday, January 07, 2012

When your country doesn’t live up to its own values, what do you do?  Put your head under the covers or man the barricades?  Fighting for freedom means different things to different people. In this hour,  we talk with some of them -- from Wikileaks’ controversial founder Julian Assange, to the first Tea Party activist, to the influential media duo of Cornel West and Tavis Smiley.   What do they all have in common?  They’re Demanding Democracy.

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A Great Miracle Happened There

Sunday, December 18, 2011

A conversation between Rabbi Ismar Schorsch and host Larry Josephson about the history, rituals, foods and meaning of Hanukkah--and its importance to American Jews in our time. Cantors David Lefkowitz and Elisheva Dienstfrey sing the music of Hanukkah.

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Hanukkah Lights 2011

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Hanukkah Lights for 2011 presents a collection of specially commissioned works — brand-new stories in which a bookish schoolboy finds a troublesome streak of defiance, a young woman finds a rewarding new life while confronting sudden tragedy, and a few desperate men find miraculous comfort in a quiet ceremony of light — all read by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz, in a program that launches the third decade of this annual holiday favorite.

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Thirty Years of John

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Hear highlights from "JS:30," a Greene Space concert celebrating John Schaefer's 30 years on the air at WNYC. Guests include singer Angelique Kidjo, musician Laurie Anderson, composer Steve Reich and others. Plus: a roast in John's honor.

The World Would Be Better Off Without Religion

Sunday, December 04, 2011

In the words of Blaise Pascal, mathematician and Catholic, “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.” Does religion breed intolerance, violence, and the promotion of medieval ideas? Or should we concede that overall, it has been a source for good, giving followers purpose, while encouraging morality and ethical behavior?

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WNYC Holiday Special Programming

Monday, November 28, 2011

Hanukkah Lights 2011
Airs December 17 at 2PM on AM 820, December 18 at 8PM on AM 820, and December 20 at 3PM on 93.9 FM
A perennial NPR favorite, Hanukkah Lights features Hanukkah stories and memoirs written by acclaimed authors expressly for the show, as read by NPR's Susan ...

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Men Are Finished

Sunday, November 27, 2011

In a modern, post-industrial economy that seems better suited to women than men, many are wondering if men have been permanently left behind. Education and employment statistics point to a clear and growing dominance in women’s status at home and in the workplace. Are men primed for a comeback or have the old rules changed for good? The debaters are Hanna Rosin, Dan Abrams, Christina Hoff Sommers, and David Zinczenko.

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Cheryl Rogowski, Food-to-Plate Innovator

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Where does our food come from? Since we pay close attention to so many aspects of food in the holiday season, host Majora Carter visits Cheryl Rogowski, a fourth-generation farmer and the first farmer to receive a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship. Cheryl gives us a tour of her farm, and we'll hear from people she works with in the many programs she has created - from mentoring migrant farmers to creating low-cost CSAs for senior citizens. 

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Third Coast International Audio Festival

Thursday, November 24, 2011

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The Third Coast International Audio Festival brings the best new documentaries produced worldwide to the national airwaves in a special two-hour program, Best of the Best: The 2011 Third Coast Festival Broadcast. The featured documentaries, all winners of the 11th annual TC / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition, demonstrate just how powerful radio can be. This is the place to hear the most accomplished producers and best emerging talent from around the world, artists who are shaping the future of public radio.

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Do Grandma’s Benefits Imperil Junior’s Future?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Commitments made to seniors decades ago failed to foresee the harsh economic realities of the present. Do entitlements saddle our children with unmanageable debt, asking them to sacrifice their future for the sake of the elderly? Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid were created to provide a social safety net. But if we cut these programs, are we balancing the budget on the backs of the aged and sick, leaving behind society’s most vulnerable? The debaters are Margaret Hoover, Mort Zuckerman, Howard Dean, and Jeff Madrick.

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