WNYC, Minnesota Public Radio News and The Economist Announce “INDIVISIBLE”

WNYC, Minnesota Public Radio News and The Economist Announce

A Weeknight Call-in Radio Talk Show to Bring Americans Together for a National Conversation in a Time of Transition

Longtime Conservative Talk Radio Personality CHARLIE SYKES, Minnesota Public Radio News Host KERRI MILLER, and The Economist’s JOHN PRIDEAUX and ANNE McELVOY

Airing nationally on public radio stations and
available for live streaming and as a podcast online at www.IndivisibleRadio.com

Kicks off on Monday, January 23 at 8 pm ET

(New York, NY and St. Paul, MN – January 13, 2017) — WNYC and Minnesota Public Radio News (MPR) are joining forces to convene a nightly gathering for Americans to talk, debate, and find common ground in the first 100 days of the new administration.

Beginning Monday, January 23 — and airing Mondays through Thursdays for 14 weeks — “INDIVISIBLE” will feature a different host and focus each night, bringing listeners across every divide together to weigh in and participate in lively, candid, and inclusive conversations. 

Hosts include radio personalities whose work is distinguished by a focus on listener interaction: WNYC’s Peabody Award-winning public affairs host Brian Lehrer; longtime conservative talk radio host Charlie Sykes; Kerri Miller, host of MPR News and Talking Volumes; and Kai Wright, host of WNYC’s critically acclaimed podcasts There Goes the Neighborhood  and The United States of Anxiety with co-hosts in London John Prideaux, the US Editor of The Economist, and Anne McElvoy, a senior editor of the newspaper and editor of Economist Radio.

“INDIVISIBLE” will air nationally on public radio stations across the country, including KCUR/Kansas City, MPR News, and WNYC/New York.  Additional stations to be added; check www.indivisibleradio.com for updates.  

The focus of each evening is as follows:


WNYC’s Kai Wright along with co-hosts John Prideaux and Anne McElvoy of The Economist partner on a program that allows Americans to hear and discuss how the world is reacting to the changes that are coming to Washington and what new opportunities and challenges arise as a result. 

WNYC's Brian Lehrer hosts a program evaluating how — and how quickly —American norms are changing. How are language, ethics, the law, and our institutions adopting new contours under a new and unprecedented leader?

Charlie Sykes
, a leading voice in conservative talk radio for 25 years, will interview policy makers and engage listeners in conversation that weighs developments in the new administration’s first 100 days against American values and conservative principles.


Minnesota Public Radio's Kerri Miller will examine American identity at this moment of change. Who is a part of the national narrative, who feels left out, and how might our long-term sense of ourselves change?  This program will be produced by MPR News in St. Paul, Minnesota.

“As Americans, we owe each other honest and respectful dialogue about the issues that matter the most,” said Laura Walker, President and CEO, New York Public Radio, which includes WNYC. “Civil conversation isn’t always easy, but it is a cornerstone of participatory democracy, it is a core value of public radio, and it is worth the effort. At a time of division and change, we have the ability to convene Americans of all stripes to talk across differences and find commonalities. We’re thrilled to join with Minnesota Public Radio to produce ‘INDIVISIBLE’ and we hope it will build bridges at a time when many Americans find it difficult to do so.”

“We’re looking forward to these important conversations over the next 14 weeks,” said Dave Kansas, Executive Vice President, American Public Media Group and Minnesota Public Radio. “These shows are geared to synthesize what has happened each day during the first 100 days of the new administration and give our audiences a platform to reflect and share their perspectives.”

“These First 100 Days of the Trump administration are a critical barometer of the new presidency and will have impact not only on the US but around the world,” said Anne McElvoy, senior editor at The Economist. “As Americans and those outside it seek to understand the changing world, we are delighted that The Economist can serve as a trusted analytical source to help listeners penetrate fast-moving events and their ramifications around the globe.”  

"I'm immensely flattered to be asked to participate in this ongoing conversation that I hope can help some us break out of our ideological bubbles," said Charlie Sykes, Editor-in-Chief of RightWisconsin.com, author, and contributor to MSNBC.



With an urban vibrancy and a global perspective, WNYC is New York’s public radio station, broadcasting and streaming award-winning journalism, groundbreaking audio programming and essential talk radio to the city and beyond. WNYC is a leading member station of NPR and also broadcasts programs from the BBC World Service, along with a roster of WNYC-produced local programs that champion the stories and spirit of New York City and the surrounding region. From its state-of-the-art studios, WNYC is reshaping audio for a new generation of listeners, producing some of the most-loved nationally-syndicated public radio programs including Radiolab, On the Media, The Takeaway and Snap Judgment. WNYC broadcasts on 93.9 FM and AM 820 to listeners in New York and the tri-state area, and is available to audiences everywhere at WNYC.org, the WNYC app and through major digital radio services, all made possible through the generous support of our members, donors and sponsors.

MPR News has long been recognized as one of the foremost journalistic organizations in the Upper Midwest, reaching news consumers across all platforms. Reaching 500,000 listeners each week, the MPR News radio signal can be heard by 95 percent of Minnesotans. MPR News distributes stories daily newspapers statewide, shares news coverage with KARE 11 – Minnesota’s largest television station –and has news bureaus around the state. MPR News has received numerous awards for its reporting and most recently received a George Foster Peabody Award, Alfred I. DuPont Award and RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Award for its investigative reporting. More at mprnews.org.

ABOUT THE ECONOMIST (www.economist.com)

With a growing global circulation and a reputation for insightful analysis and perspective on every aspect of world events, The Economist is one of the most widely recognised and well-read current affairs publications. The paper covers politics, business, science and technology, and books and arts, concluding each week with the obituary. In addition to the web-only content such as blogs, debates and audio/video programmes available on the website, The Economist is available to download for reading on Android, Blackberry PlayBook, iPhone or iPad devices. The Economist Espresso, our daily briefing smartphone app, is also available for download via iTunes App Store or Google Play.