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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 Witches of Lublin

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Lublin, Poland, 1797: While they prepare for Passover, a family of Jewish women klezmer musicians struggles for survival, but when music and love prove not enough, only the unthinkable can save them. A story as ancient as myth, and as modern as every family that struggles to hold its center in a world of strife and conflicting loyalties.

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Why This Night?

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Larry Josephson, a secular Jew who now wants to know more about the religion of his grandparents, asks Rabbi Ismar Schorsch to explain the meaning of Passover. Dr. Schorsch tells Larry the story of Passover -- its history, rituals and foods, and the origins and structure of the Seder. The music of Passover, sung by some of the best cantors and choirs in the world, is woven in and out of the conversation.

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Voices From the Gulf Coast: Nat Turner

Saturday, April 16, 2011

For Nat Turner, garden rakes and shovels are tools for transformation. He's transformed an old store in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward into an urban Eden. Blair Grocery is now both a nontraditional school and an urban farm run by youth who've dropped out of mainstream education. Majora spends two days observing the teaching and training that makes the Blair Grocery Project a true innovation.

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The Gas Rush

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Nine thousand feet beneath the surface of several Northeastern states lie vast deposits of shale impregnated with natural gas. The Marcellus Shale play, as it is called, is being touted by energy analysts as one of the largest in the world. For a chronically hard-pressed region in a season of recession, the promise of mailbox money just for signing a simple lease to subsurface rights is almost irresistible. Almost, that is, until they’ve signed and discover the implications of their decision.

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Voices From the Gulf Coast: Kyshun Webster

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Dr. Kyshun Webster is a man who gets things done. And before that, he was a kid who got things done. Now the founder and executive director of Operation Reach, an extensive family of programs for kids throughout the Gulf South, Kyshun has been working to improve his community since he was a kid himself. Majora joins Kyshun as he returns to his childhood roots to explain the inspiration for his 20 years of inspiring youth to greatness. 

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Appalachia Rising

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Rural Appalachia has long been portrayed in the media as a place of victims: people at the mercy of the region's poverty or bigotry. In this episode, SOTRU turns that notion of Appalachia on its head, telling stories of Appalachian residents fighting for the well-being of their land, people and culture. We travel to southern West Virginia, where former coal miners and their families are fighting destructive mountain-top removal mining and a small town is reinventing itself as a center for the arts. We visit Eastern Kentucky, where a community radio show has inspired an outpouring of activism around Appalachia’s for-profit prisons.

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Austin: Growing Pains

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Unlike places that have been thrown into a state of crisis by a disaster, Austin, Texas has been thrown into crisis by success.  It’s become a hot place to move to-- in the 1970s, Austin had 325,000 people… today it’s over a million. But, along with the economic advantages of that popularity, has come a considerable identity crisis. Austin has long prided itself on its funkiness, and many residents have grown worried new development and growth might jeopardize the city’s countercultural “feel”… So they’re doing all they can to make sure it survives. In this hour, SOTRU looks at the tension between “keeping Austin weird” and it’s growing success.

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Los Angeles: Home, Sweet Home

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Los Angeles, Lala land, often thought of as the city of movies and money and fame. But that characterization doesn’t get at the heart and soul of this City of Angels. SOTRU will spend the episode telling stories of habitat and how several groups of people are making a home in this beautiful and sprawling metropolis.

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Twin Cites, Minnesota: World in Two Cities

Saturday, March 12, 2011

It isn’t exactly Lake Wobegon anymore… Once known as the home of Midwestern Lutherans and Scandinavian farmers, the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are now wildly diverse. They have become cities of immigrants, from Tibetans to Somalis, Iraqis to the Khmer people of Cambodia. In this episode, SOTRU explores the worlds within the Twin Cities, from Ethiopian Lutherans to Hmong rappers to a Somali community struggling with a devastating mystery. 

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Espanola: The Land Remembers

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Española, New Mexico is known as the first Capitol City in America. Settled by Spanish conquistadors in 1598, the area's rich cultural past is still evident today in it's music, art, and way of life. But changing demographics, along with a shift in the local economy has left many residents without land, water, and a sense of identity. State of the Re:Union travels to the Española Valley of Northern New Mexico to explore the area's history of dispossession, and to discover what the rest of the country can learn from this still vital region of the American Southwest.

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Who Is This Man?

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech” is an iconic moment in the history of civil rights. But this historic moment may have never happened if it weren’t for a man standing in King’s shadow, Bayard Rustin, a man with a number of seemingly incompatible labels: black, gay, Quaker. Although he had numerous passions and pursuits, his most transformative act, was to counsel MLK on the use of non-violent resistance. Rustin also helped to engineer the March on Washington and frame the Montgomery bus boycott. Why is Rustin not synonymous with Civil Rights? This program is hosted by Al Letson.

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A Musical Biography of Bill T. Jones

Saturday, February 19, 2011

The legendary artistic director, choreographer and dancer reminisces about listening to B.B. King back when he and his parents pulled potatoes as migrant workers; discovering Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez at college; and sharing Barbra Streisand recordings with his late partner, Arnie Zane, with whom he founded the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.

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Maya Angelou's Black History Month Special

Friday, February 18, 2011

Maya Angelou celebrates Black History Month by hosting a special program on public radio. Special guests include Chris Rock, Lee Daniels, Common and Cornel West.

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State Of Siege: Mississippi Whites And The Civil Rights Movement

Thursday, February 17, 2011

This new American RadioWorks program shines a light on the stories and strategies of the white opponents in Mississippi during the '60s, including their extraordinary tactics used to battle integration—and the legacy they left.

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

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

This new 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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Still Swinging, Still Classic: A Musical Biography of Pioneering Pianist Hazel Scott

Monday, February 14, 2011

A musical portrait of the wife of late Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. and Julliard-trained pianist who performed in the most prestigious concert halls in the world.

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Transportation Nation - Back of The Bus: Mass Transit, Race and Inequality

Thursday, February 10, 2011

A new documentary about the fight for equal rights on America's roads and transit lines. Many African American communities were bulldozed in the 1960s to make way for highways. Today, bus service to poor neighborhoods is cut in favor of more expensive rail. This collaborative reporting project from Transportation Nation and WNYC visits communities across America where people of color still struggle for equal treatment in public transportation.

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Joined by War: A Conversation Between Afghans and Americans

Friday, February 04, 2011

In this special town hall program, an audience in Washington DC speaks with local Afghans in Kabul about life in the battlefield. And an Afghan audience speaks with Americans about what it’s like fighting in a foreign land.

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Black History Month

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

WNYC honors Black History Month throughout February with special programming.

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Different Takes on the Legacy of M.L.K.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Host Majora Carter takes a fresh look at the reach of King's influence. Some of the most interesting voices in civil rights today weigh in and help us gauge how far we've come. Meet a minister who suggests that King's legacy holds no meaning for today's children, and author and activist Dr. Vincent Harding, who recalls his association with Dr. King. Find out how King's dream has expanded beyond the black community through the work of Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers union, and Judy Bonds, a rural white woman fighting mountaintop mining.

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