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Public Affairs

Issues and stories about matters of social or political concern.

January 13 at 5pm:

When people think of literacy, they think of simple reading and writing. But literacy is a lot more complicated than that. It involves culture, power, and the opinion of others. On the this episode, we'll discuss what literacy means, the way into plays into stereotypes, and how different institutions choose their own definitions for their own members. Tune in as Jack Russell Weinstein and his guest Kim Donehower discuss “What is Literacy?”

January 6 at 5pm:

Tune in for Definition of Resilience, a radio and video documentary series highlighting the dynamic stories of Native American hip-hop MCs. INDIGEFI host Alexis Sallee travels to document their contribution to modern music.

December 30 at 5pm:

Join in a New Year journey with host Hal Cannon to an ancient Gaelic ritual of bringing in the year with fiddler Alasdair Frazier. Then join Jean Redpath for the original “Auld Lang Syne.” From the Isles back to the states we travel to delve into the Native American way of marking time with a heartfelt story from Lakota elder, Leonard Littlefinger telling how ritual can help us transform a brutal history into a new story of hope. We end with the hope of a healthy land from the Grand Canyon.

December 23 at 5pm:

“Interview with God,” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, performed by James Naughton and Jayne Atkinson
“The Fir Tree,” by Hans Christian Andersen, performed by James Naughton
“A Present for Big Saint Nick,” by Kurt Vonnegut, performed by Tate Donovan

December 9 at 5pm:

Host Jack Russell Weinstein and his guest Luke Hunt will discuss "What are the Limits of Power?"

December 2 at 5pm:

Itzhak Perlman invites you to his Chanukah Radio Party. Join the superstar violinist as he tells the story of the Jewish festival of lights, and shares his favorite recordings for the holiday – some serious, some silly. This engaging one-hour special includes numbers from Itzhak Perlman’s radio-addicted childhood in Israel; evocative songs in Yiddish and Ladino; classical music that revolves around the Maccabee heroes of the story; and Chanukah gems by American folk singers. The master storyteller also regales you with jokes and memories, plus tales of three classic Chanukah symbols: the menorah, the latke, and, of course, the dreidel. A good time for the whole family, at Itzhak Perlman’s Chanukah Radio Party! 

November 25 at 5pm:

Red states, blue states – when it comes to our environment, are we really two different Americas? New Yorker writer Eliza Griswold spent time in southwestern Pennsylvania to tell the story of a family living on the front lines of the fracking boom. Berkeley professor Arlie Hochschild traveled to Louisiana to escape what she calls the “bubble” of coastal thinking. Both writers emerged with books that paint an honest portrait of a misunderstood America. On today’s program, tales of the people whose lives have been impacted by America’s craving for energy, the choices they’ve made, and their fight to protect their families and their environment.

November 18 at 5pm: 

Featuring the popular poetry of the time before and during the Great War: the Music Hall songs; the songs the soldiers sang; the poems that served as recruitments in verse; and a sampling of the serious poems, from the War Poets, many of whom died in the trenches. Those who survived against the odds, devoted the rest of their lives to honoring their comrades by telling and retelling the truths of that war. 

November 11 at 5pm:

Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Matthew Talbert and Jessica Wolfendale, co-authors of the book, War Crimes: Causes, Excuses, and Blame.

October 28 at 5pm:

If you drove through the Bakken a few years ago, you would have seen dozens of new hotels, RV parks and mobile homes that popped up when the oil rigs rolled into town.

Tune in as reporters Amy Sisk and Todd Melby examine the Bakken's changing housing landscape.