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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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No Brother of Mine

Saturday, August 14, 2010

To protect the public from sexual violence, the U.S. has enacted get-tough laws targeting released sex offenders. Many were inspired by high-profile cases in which children were raped and killed by strangers, a heinous albeit rare crime. Since 2006, we’ve interviewed leading experts and victims’ advocates about the impact of these laws. 

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The Retooling of the American Auto Industry: Part I

Saturday, August 07, 2010

In this first part of Shifting Gears, host Craig Fehle examines the challenge of retraining a work force that built the US car industry. Could the midwest become one of the centers of the emerging electric auto industry; we'll check in with Bill Anderson at KCUR who has the story of one emerging truck company near Kansas City; and then it's to Washington, DC to examine how the changing political lineup on Capitol Hill is already affecting the fortunes of the auto industry.

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New Orleans: The Big Easy

Saturday, May 29, 2010

The city of New Orleans is as proud of its traditions as it is steeped in them. But since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the city and its residents have been thrust into new relationships with those very traditions they hold so dear. State of the Re:Union visits the Big Easy and explore how the city is negotiating that tension between the old and the new — from race relations to po boys to combating crime — five years after the storm.

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Oakridge: A Work in Progress

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Back in the timber industry’s heyday, the small mill town of Oakridge, Oregon was thriving. Business was booming. Then in the early 1990s, the saws stopped. The mills shut down and their economies crumbled. State of the Re:Union surveys how a town that has lost its identity reinvents itself through recreation, community-building, and entrepreneurial spirit.

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Milwaukee: City of Vision

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, once referred to as "America's Machine Shop", has suffered a similar fate to other rust-belt cities. But despite the decline of some of its industries, passionate, hard-working citizens are changing this manufacturing mecca into a city of ideas. This episode of SOTRU explores the depth and viability of some of Milwaukee's most surprising community projects, and a people of unwavering resolve.

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Greensburg: To the Stars through Difficulties

Saturday, May 08, 2010

One night in May of 2007, a tornado wiped Greensburg, Kansas, off the map. The town's residents have decided to not only resurrect the town, but to rebuild in a true spirit of renewal. State of the Re:Union examines the profound devastation and the rigors and rewards of this innovative rebirth.

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Brooklyn: Change Happens

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Brooklyn is New York's most populous borough. Ever evolving, Brooklyn has been celebrated as everything from a bastion of industry to a refuge for immigrants from around the world. This episode of SOTRU charts Brooklyn's evolution, celebrates the diverse communities and explores both sides of the dilemma that high-rise condos and gentrification has brought.

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Coming Home

Saturday, April 03, 2010

President Obama says our combat mission in Iraq will end by August 31, 2010. This leaves many unanswered questions. What was our mission in Iraq? Did we succeed? What will become of the country we invaded? Whatever the answers, our troops are coming home. But what are they coming home to? In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll talk with Iraq War veterans about the challenges of coming home. And, what about us? Are WE ready for THEM?

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Covering the War

Saturday, March 27, 2010

At least 120 journalists have been killed in Iraq since the war began. They're targets for insurgents. But what are journalists to the US military? A necessary evil? Or weapons of war? In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, How well have journalists covered the war. We'll hear from journalists embedded in Iraq. Can journalists accurately report on the very soldier or Marine who protects them? 

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Esprit de Corps

Saturday, March 20, 2010

For many soldiers and Marines, war is not fundamentally about the mission. War is not really about the enemy. It's not even about patriotism. War is about the man to the left and right of you. War is about your buddy. And it's that camaraderie, that esprit de corps that is the glue that holds the U.S. military together. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge – a talk with U.S. soldiers and Marines who served in Iraq about Esprit de Corps.

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The Architects of War

Friday, March 12, 2010

On March 20, 2003, the US invaded Iraq. More than 6 years later we're still there. What happened? Were we prepared? We hear from the planners of the war in Iraq, from Neoconservatives, to Department of Defense officials. From members of the Iraqi government to military personnel. Will their preparations lead us to peace or … more war? 

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April 6, 2004

Saturday, March 06, 2010

This day marked the Marines’ heaviest fighting since Vietnam and was the start of the Iraqi insurgency. By the end of the day more than 40 Marines and hundreds of Iraqis were dead. General Sanchez, commander of US forces that day, gives his perspective. And, we hear from the Marines who were there about a day they’ll never forget. 

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Encountering Islam

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Can Muslims assimilate in the Secular West?

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Culture In The Crossroads

Sunday, March 16, 2008

A "Bollywood" filmmaker talks about cross-cultural movies, a Pakistani comedian find the funny side of Islam, and an Iraqi heavy-metal band feels the noise.

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The New Silk Road

Sunday, March 09, 2008

The ancient rading routes through Persia, India and China were once the crossroads between East and West. Is the blogosphere the new Silk Road?

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East Meets West

Sunday, February 24, 2008

A roundup of prominent Western and Muslim intellectuals debate the conflicting world views that spark tensions between East & West.

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Ten After Eleven

Friday, April 15, 2005

WNYC

"Ten After Eleven," is a radio play written for The Next Big Thing by Theresa Rebeck, in collaboration with the Naked Angels Theater Company, starring Marlo Thomas, Lili Taylor, Dan Lauria and Fisher Stevens. The play was inspired by the infamous 1964 murder of Kitty Genovese -- a crime said to have been heard by many, but acted upon by virtually none, in a Queens neighborhood. 50 years after the murder, the details of the case have changed, but the reaction is still the same. 

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