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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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American RadioWorks: Keyboard College

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Digital technologies and the Internet are changing how many Americans go to college. From online learning to simulation programs to smart-machine mentors, the 21st-century student will be taught in fundamentally new ways. In this documentary, Stephen Smith asks whether these innovations can help more people get access to higher education and bring down the cost of college without sacrificing learning.

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American RadioWorks: The Rise of Phoenix

Saturday, September 22, 2012

For-profit colleges have deep roots in American history, but until recently they were a tiny part of the higher education landscape. Now they are big players. More than one in 10 college students attends a for-profit. The rapid rise of these career-oriented schools has provoked heated debate, opening up new conversations about the costs, quality and purpose of higher education. In this documentary, correspondent Emily Hanford examines the history and influence of the University of Phoenix, one of the nation's largest colleges, and explores how Phoenix and other for-profits are shaping the future of higher education.

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American RadioWorks: Grit, Luck and Money

Saturday, September 08, 2012

More people are going to college than ever before, but a lot of them aren't finishing. Low-income students, in particular, struggle to get to graduation. Only 9 percent complete a bachelor's degree by age 24. Why are so many students quitting, and what leads a few to beat the odds and make it through? In this documentary, American RadioWorks correspondent Emily Hanford introduces us to young people trying to break into the middle class, teachers trying to increase their chances and researchers investigating the nature of persistence.

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The New Medicine: Hacking Our Biology

Saturday, September 01, 2012

The program looks at some of the technological advances in medical inventions to enhance and extend life including

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State of the Re:Union: Vermont

Saturday, August 25, 2012

To mark the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Irene, this episode of State of the Re:Union explores how people in Vermont reacted and responded to the devastation of the floods of 2011.

Quaint storefronts along Main streets, covered bridges over clear streams, cows from dairy farms dotting green valleys: across the state, these are the iconic images of Vermont. But beyond its pastoral beauty, this is a place that prides itself on its independent spirit. Not only in the ways you might have heard of—first state in the nation to legalize same sex civil unions, say—but in the way Vermonters take on everyday life, and the challenges of it. This is truly a “small town state”—a place where individual communities are self determining, where geographic isolation has forced people to get creative, and take their town’s destiny into their own hands. In this hour, we’ll hear a range of stories of the way Vermont’s “small town state” identity manifests: from finding new ways to treat mental health problems, to a gallery with a surprising monthly ritual to dealing with the most devastating natural disaster the state has ever seen.

 

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WTF with Marc Maron - Carlos Mencia

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Carlos Mencia is a major name in comedy. He's also one of the most reviled characters in the business among other comics. So, naturally, Marc wants to find out what makes him tick, what it feels like to be so controversial, and what he says in his own defense. This may take a while. Then Marc speaks with comics who have worked very closely with Carlos -- Willie Barcena and Steve Trevino -- and then gets Carlos to sit back down for a follow up discussion. Questions will get answered. Opinions will get shaped. Comedians will get serious.

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WTF with Marc Maron - Todd Hanson

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Marc sits down with Todd Hanson, one of the original writers for The Onion. Todd is responsible for some of the smartest, funniest satire of the past two decades. But something goes unspoken during this conversation, and prompts a second discussion about a major event in Todd’s life.

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Wynton Marsalis in Conversation

Friday, August 17, 2012

This season, Wynton Marsalis marks 25 years at the helm of Jazz at Lincoln Center. To celebrate this milestone, Marsalis sat down with Elliott Forrest, the Peabody Award-winning radio host of WQXR and WNYC.

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WTF with Marc Maron - Robin Williams

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Marc Maron sits down with fellow comic Robin Williams for a full hour conversation.

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WTF with Marc Maron - Carl LaBove

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Comedian Carl LaBove was Sam Kinison's best friend and opening act. Sam died in his arms. He talks with Marc about that night, as well as his wild early days at The Comedy Store. Plus, he shares in detail his attempts to get his life back after he found out a secret of Sam's that turned everything upside down.

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Song Travels with Michael Feinstein

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Host Michael Feinstein uncovers the intimate journey singers and songs take with one another, each changing the other through the course of a lifetime.

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WTF with Marc Maron - Ben Stiller & Tig Notaro

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Two conversations, first with Ben Stiller and then with comic Tig Notaro. Ben Stiller may be one of the biggest movie stars in the world, but he is not above sitting in the garage for a chat with Marc about show biz, parents, rivalries, Apatow, anxieties and, of course, Heat Vision & Jack. Plus Tig Notaro talks about why she hates people who take pity on female comics.

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Fastest On Earth

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Olympic Gold Medal winner and world record holder Usain "Lightning" Bolt is the fastest human on Earth, but what's the fastest fish?  Fastest car?  Fastest train? As a prelude to this summer's Olympic Games, IEEE Spectrum Radio takes your listeners around the globe to find the fastest on earth.

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WTF with Marc Maron - Sally Wade

Saturday, July 21, 2012

A tribute to George Carlin with one of the people who knew him best — his "spouse without papers," Sally Wade. She reveals the George that few people got to know and talks about her last moments with him. Sally provides a fitting memorial to the man who influenced just about every comedian in the business

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Intelligence Squared US

Saturday, July 14, 2012

No Fracking Way: The Natural Gas Boom is Doing More Harm Than Good

Can natural gas be part of a clean energy solution, or is it a dangerous roadblock to a fossil-free future?

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Amy Poehler

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler remembers her early days as an improv comedian in New York City when she used to cross paths with an edgy young stand-up named Marc Maron. She also talks about her feelings toward Lorne Michaels and her marriage to another very funny individual.

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Dave Foley

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Kids in the Hall. Newsradio. A Bug's Life. Now you can add Marc's Garage to Dave Foley's amazing list of credits. Dave talks with Marc about the roots of Kids in the Hall, some turbulent times in his life, and getting into the stand-up game -- not because he WANTS to, but because he HAS to.

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SOTRU: The Community of Comic Books

Saturday, June 30, 2012

In a series first, SOTRU explores a vast community that's based around a medium, rather than a geographic location. Despite the outdated stereotype of a solitary nerd holed up in his bedroom, burying himself in a world of fantasy, comic books serve as the connection point for a diverse community of people, who are drawn to them for all manner of reasons. And sometimes, comics become the vehicle for people to take action within the community itself or inspire individuals to make a difference in the wider world. We meet the wide range of people who make up this community and hear stories of their efforts to seek justice and right wrongs in the comics ecosystem. We'll meet the people who love this world, the people who create it, those who believe there's something awry in Nerdville, and those who've made it their life's missions to bring superheroes off the page and into the real world.

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SOTRU: Missouri's Ozarks

Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Ozarks have long been an isolated place—steep mountains break up the landscape into hills and hollows, making each little town its own microcosm.  Outsiders might know little beyond the stereotypical hillbillies, generations of poverty, and an infamous meth problem, one of the worst in the country. But people in the Ozarks are pushing for ways to build community with few resources, to hold on to what is authentic about their identity while bucking stereotypes imposed on them by the outside world.  In this hour we meet fathers parenting from prison, famous fiddlers passing on their craft, and people re-imagining the iconic Ozarks one-room schoolhouse, finding pockets of innovation in a place that much of America seems to have forgotten.

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SOTRU: Baltimore

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Baltimore is a city of many neighborhoods, of intense divides--racial, class, and otherwise--not easily overcome. It’s a city bogged down by a reputation for crime, poverty and dysfunction--a reputation not entirely undeserved. But all of that overshadows the passion and dedication many Baltimoreans have for their city, and for taking on what’s wrong with it in ways small and large. In this episode, we tell stories of people who are working from outside the system to take on Baltimore’s problems and shepherd its promises into fruition. 

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