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

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RE:Defining Black History

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

During a month selected to celebrate “history,” we are treated to a lot of the same familiar civil rights stories. In this special, you can hear some alternate narratives, ones edited out of the mainstream imagining of Black History.

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American Icons: The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Monday, February 10, 2014

When Malcolm X was assassinated at 39, his book nearly died with him.  Today it stands as a milestone in America’s struggle with race.

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Remembering Jim Crow

Sunday, February 09, 2014

For much of the 20th Century, African Americans in the South were barred from the voting booth, sent to the back of the bus, and walled off from many of the rights they deserved as American citizens. Until well into the 1960s, segregation was legal. The system was called Jim Crow.

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A Musical Biography of Florence Beatrice Price

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Join WQXR host Terrance McKnight for "The Price of Admission," a one-hour program that explores the symphonic music, songs, works for piano and legacy of Florence Beatrice Price.

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As Black As We Wish To Be

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Visit a tiny town in the Appalachian foothills of Ohio where, for a century, residents have shared the common bond of identifying as African-American despite the fact that they look white. As a result, everyone’s asking: Am I black? Am I mixed race? Or, am I white?

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Should you eat anything with a face?

Saturday, February 01, 2014

A doctor, a vegan, a researcher and a farmer recently waded into a hot-button topic in the food world: Is it a bad idea to eat meat?

According to a 2009 poll, around 1% of American adults reported eating no animal products. In 2011 that number rose to 2.5%--more than double, but still dwarfed by the 48% who reported eating meat, fish or poultry at all of their meals. In this country, most of us are blessed with an abundance of food and food choices. So taking into account our health, the environment and ethical concerns, which diet is best? Are we or aren’t we meant to be carnivores? The Debaters are Dr. Neal Barnard, Gene Baur, Chris Masterjohn, and Joel Salatin

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Does Domestic Spying Keep Us Safe?

Saturday, January 18, 2014

The NSA collects data on billions of phone calls and internet communications per day. Are these surveillance programs legal? Do they keep us safe? If not for the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, most Americans would be unaware of the vast amounts of information their government is secretly collecting, all in the name of national security. But whether you believe leakers are heroes or traitors, an important public conversation has finally begun, and we should ask ourselves: What tradeoffs are we willing to make between security and privacy?

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Radio Diaries Revisited

Saturday, January 11, 2014

A lot of life happens in two decades. 

Back in the 1990s, Radio Diaries producer Joe Richman gave tape recorders to a handful of teens and asked them to report on their own lives.

Now, almost 20 years later, Joe has checked back in... With Josh, still struggling with Tourette syndrome as an adult; Melissa, who was a teen mom and is now the mom of a teenager; and Juan, a Mexican immigrant who is now a father and husband...and still undocumented. 

Teenage Diaries Revisited is presented by Radio Diaries, in collaboration with NPR and PRX
For more information visit www.radiodiaries.org or email Joe Richman joe@radiodiaries.org

 

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Mexico Uncovered

Saturday, January 04, 2014

The U.S. and Mexico share deep personal, economic, geographic and cultural connections, but our understanding of Mexico is often limited by what we typically see in the media, a laundry list of stereotypes and generalizations. You probably think you know Mexico because a.) you’ve been on vacation there, b.) because we’re neighbors, or c.) you have family there. But in spite of our proximity to Mexico, it remains a mystery to many. Join host Daniel Hernandez as he introduces us to the Mexico you don’t know, using stories rich in sound, place and humanity.

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WNYC 2013 Holiday Special Programming

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Soundcheck - 2013: The Year in Music
Week of December 16, 9pm 93.9FM, Monday-Friday
Join Soundcheck all this week for a round-up of the best -- and worst -- music of 2013. Listen back to our favorite in-studio performances from the past year. Plus: Each day, host John Schaefer reveals ...

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Mandela: An Audio History

Friday, December 06, 2013

Mandela: An Audio History is from the award-winning radio series documenting the struggle against apartheid through intimate first-person accounts of Nelson Mandela himself, as well as those who fought with him, and against him.

Recognized as one of the most comprehensive oral histories of apartheid ever broadcast, the series weaves together more than 50 first-person interviews with an unprecedented collection of rare archival recordings, some of which had never been heard before.

First-person accounts from former ANC activists, National Party politicians, army generals, Robben Island prisoners, and ordinary witnesses to history. A range of voices from Desmond Tutu to former President F.W. de Klerk to Nelson Mandela himself.

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A Great Miracle Happened There

Sunday, December 01, 2013

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 2013

Friday, November 29, 2013

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 Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

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Third Coast Festival 2013

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Every fall, the Third Coast Festival brings the best new documentaries produced worldwide to the national airwaves in a special two-hour program, Best of the Best: The Third Coast Festival Broadcast. The featured documentaries, all winners of the annual Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition, prove just how powerful radio can be. The stories engage, provoke, entertain, and transport listeners, proving that all you need to discover new worlds is a little box and an antenna.

This year's program includes winning segments from WNYC: 

Radiolab’s “Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl (Best Documentary: Silver Award).

Radio Rookie’s “The Modern Day Scarlet Letter A (Radio Impact Award).

Hurricane Sandy Coverage, Woman Emerges from the Dark (Best News Feature).

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Should We Break Up The Big Banks?

Saturday, November 23, 2013

To prevent the collapse of the global financial system in 2008, Treasury committed 245 billion in taxpayer dollars to stabilize America’s banking institutions. Today, banks that were once “too big to fail” have only grown bigger, with JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Goldman Sachs holding assets equal to over 50% of the U.S. economy. Were size and complexity at the root of the financial crisis, or do calls to break up the big banks ignore real benefits that only economies of scale can pass on to customers and investors?

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News Quiz USA: Obamacare and Miley Cyrus

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Join Andy Borowitz (The Borowitz Report at The New Yorker) as he challenges comedians Negin Farsad, Baratunde Thurston, Sara Schaefer and James Adomian to dissect the week's news in this special panel show recording for WNYC and BBC Radio 4.

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We Knew JFK

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Never-before-broadcast memories from JFK's confidantes recorded just after the assassination. The special is hosted by legendary journalist Robert MacNeil. 
Listeners will hear from JFK colleagues who were with him during his first political race in 1946, until his last days in office.
Famous names and voices wrestle with grief and memory; they provide intimate details on JFK the man, the president and father.

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The Long Game

Saturday, November 09, 2013

For more than a half a century, citizens of the Lone Star State have had intense, emotional battles over what children should and shouldn’t be taught in public school classrooms.

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BURN: Rising Seas

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Sea level rise is just one of the ugly faces of climate change. A dangerous one too. Especially for the US, which has 20 of the most threatened coastal cities in the world. With reports and interviews from the beaches of Southern Florida, the glacier fields of Greenland, the coastal wetlands of Louisiana and the streets of New York City, Rising Seas takes an in-depth look at the potentially devastating impact of sea-level rise on two major American cities in addition to the Gulf Coast’s vulnerable marshlands and its oil and gas industry. The special also captures the sights and sounds of Greenland’s ice sheets, which are melting more rapidly than anyone had anticipated, unleashing huge quantities of water into the North Atlantic. That, in turn, is driving the unusually fast sea rise along the coast.



 

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American Icons: The Disney Parks

Friday, October 18, 2013

Generations of Americans have grown up with Walt Disney shaping our imaginations. We’ll tour Disneyland with its art director, a second-generation Imagineer, who explains why even the trash cans are magic. In Florida, urban planner Andres Duany shows how a theme park helped reimagine city life; Tom Hanks, the first person to play Walt Disney on screen, and futurist Cory Doctorow explain how Disney made them kids for life.

Bonus Track: Cory Doctorow on the Disney theme parks

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