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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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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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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Special Programming

Monday, January 17, 2011

WNYC celebrates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Paul Winter's Winter Solstice Celebration

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

From the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, WNYC's John Schaefer hosts Paul Winter's unique exploration of the solstice tradition in cultures near and far. Paul Winter is joined by musicians from all over the world, including Russia's Dimitri Pokrovsky Ensemble and gospel singer Theresa Thomasson.

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States of Marriage: The Debate Over Gay Rights

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Vermont Public Radio examines the last decade of significant change in marriage rights for same-sex couples including the politics legalities and advocacy efforts in various states, with particular attention to Vermont, Massachusetts, California, Iowa and Maine.

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Holiday Standard Time with Michael Feinstein

Thursday, December 16, 2010

This hour-long celebration of the American holiday songbook features nearly 30 rare and unusual tracks culled from Michael Feinstein’s personal collection of 20,000 recordings, including rare performances by Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, Louis Prima, and Donny Hathaway.

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Winona LaDuke

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Winona LaDuke has spent decades working on issues of renewable energy, health, and environmental justice on northern Minnesota's White Earth Reservation and beyond. Outspoken, engaging, and unflaggingly dedicated, LaDuke introduces host Majora Carter to the pine forests, lakes, and windswept plains of her land. She talks about harnessing wind power, improving nutrition, preserving heritage crops, and a mandate to protect the land inherited from her ancestors.

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John Francis

Saturday, December 04, 2010

John Francis spent two decades walking across North and South America, spreading a silent message of respect for the earth. He takes host Majora Carter on a day-long walk across his hometown, Cape May, New Jersey. We get to know this man who has raised awareness and changed minds globally, a man who, no surprise here, chooses his words carefully - a man who has dedicated his life to saving the planet one step at a time.

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Holiday Programming

Friday, December 03, 2010

Check out the entire schedule of special holiday programming on WNYC.

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