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Afropop Worldwide

“Afropop Worldwide” is America’s first and longest-lived weekly program on the music of Africa and the African Diaspora.

Hosted by Georges Collinet from Cameroon and produced by Sean Barlow for World Music Productions, “Afropop Worldwide” draws on an unprecedented array of reporters, artists and cultural guides to present an hour that is authoritative, comprehensive and hugely entertaining.

Says “Billboard” Editor-inChief Timothy White, “Serving as both keen entertainers and astute explainers in their programming of the absolute best of world music, the people behind ‘Afropop Worldwide’ do a job that is impossible to overpraise.”

Each carefully crafted broadcast features live concert tape, exclusive interviews, visits to musicians’ houses, urban ambiance from around the African Diaspora and recordings so rare you won’t even find them on Napster!

Over the course of 15 years, the “Afropop Worldwide” staff has accumulated a unique archive of sound recordings, interviews, radio programs, multi-track concert recordings, photographs and out-of-print studio albums. Through its international network of artists, music professionals, fans and supporters, “Afropop Worldwide” receives a never-ending stream of ideas, submissions and inspiration.

“Afropop Worldwide” is the definitive source for the roots and branches of Africa’s enormous musical tree.

America’s Test Kitchen Radio
America’s Test Kitchen Radio applies the no-nonsense, first-hand testing approach of our TV show to the wide world of food, dining, and cooking—with your voices thrown into the mix for good measure. Each episode features food and cookware recommendations and in-depth interviews.
America’s Test Kitchen Radio with host Chris Kimball is one of public radio’s newest weekend anchor programs, distributed by PRX.

Food has become a national obsession and with it a multitude of flashy programs, magazines, books and blogs – ranging from pure entertainment to celebrity showcases. Yet they aren’t much help to the every day cook. That’s why America’s Test Kitchen in Boston wants to find a better way to make a food program for radio.

America’s Test Kitchen Radio is a food program for right now – filled with clear, practical information, without the gourmet fuss. The hour is all about insights, tips and techniques that illuminate the truth about real home cooking. There will be some mystery, too, like why bad things happen to good recipes and the science behind good results.

The team behind America’s Test Kitchen Radio knows something about connecting with audiences. Some two million public television fans watch each episode of America’s Test Kitchen, the most watched weekend lifestyle show on public TV.

America’s Test Kitchen Radio host Chris Kimball will introduce listeners to an eclectic collection of test cooks and food experts from the Test Kitchen, and people who come at food and cooking from unique and useful perspectives, with rich stories to tell. Chris is a natural host during segments and call-ins.

American Routes
American Routes is a weekly two-hour public radio program produced in New Orleans, presenting a broad range of American music — blues and jazz, gospel and soul, old-time country and rockabilly, Cajun and zydeco, Tejano and Latin, roots rock and pop, avant-garde and classical. The show explores the shared musical and cultural threads in these American styles and genres of music and how they are distinguished.

The program also presents documentary features and artist interviews. Our conversations include Willie Nelson, Tom Waits, B.B. King, Dr. John, Dave Brubeck, Abbey Lincoln, Elvis Costello, Ray Charles, Randy Newman, McCoy Tyner, Lucinda Williams, Rufus Thomas, Jerry Lee Lewis and many others. Join us as we ride legendary trains, or visit street parades, instrument-makers, roadside attractions and juke joints, and meet tap dancers, fishermen, fortunetellers and more.

The songs and stories on American Routes describe both the community origins of our music, musicians and cultures — the “roots” — and the many directions they take over time — the “routes.”

As It Happens
In 1968, someone had an idea – a very good idea that went something like this: “Let’s use our telephones to call people around the world. We’ll call them to explain news stories, science stories, or their own peculiar stories. And we’ll put the conversations on the radio!”
And forty-some years on, As It Happens continues to do exactly that.

As a show that prides itself on good writing and original thinking, it would never stoop to alliteration to prove its range. But if were to do so, it could just claim, for example, to take listeners “from Antarctica to Athabasca”, or “from Zimbabwe to Zagreb”. Or even “from the bayous of Louisiana to the barons of Bay Street.” Or something with the letter “N.”

The opportunities for cliché are similarly limitless. Listening to As It Happens is like “taking a trip around the world, five nights a week.” The program takes the listener “where the action is.” It gets the story “from the horse’s mouth.” It goes “where other radio programs fear to tread.” It ranges “from the ridiculous to the sublime.” Its hosts get “to the heart of the story.”

But beyond alliteration and cliché, what As It Happens is, is good radio. It takes on the events of the day. It deals with war, politics, scandal — all the big nouns of journalism – but always through the simple device of having one person talk to another over the telephone. It tells stories you won’t hear anywhere else — whether because those stories are obscure, unjustly ignored or just absurd.

As It Happens has lasted forty-plus years for a reason. And it doesn’t sound a day over thirty.

BackStory with the American History Guys
BackStory is a weekly one-hour public radio show that provides a national broadcast audience with an enjoyable and accessible way of engaging challenging themes in American history and how they connect with today.

New BBC shows

BBC newsroom
The world’s Newsroom brings you global events as they happen.

BBC World Business Report
World Business Report Provides analysis of he big global business and economic issues, as they affect consumers, investors and the environment.

BBC History Hour
History with an English accent!

BBC Arts Hour
Music, T.V. Books, Film and the Arts – Everything that’s new in the global culture.

“Day 6” is a news magazine that serves up a surprising take on the week. On “Day 6” you’ll get a different perspective on the biggest stories going. You’ll find out about some of the stories you might have missed: on news, tech, politics, arts and pop culture.

“Day 6” also features a regular cast of contributors who deliver unexpected and funny views on current events. “Day 6” will give you something to think about, talk about and maybe even to laugh about.

“Day 6” is your news cocktail with a twist.

Dinner Party Download
The Dinner Party Download is a smart and funny public radio show about everything excellent in culture, from the company that brings you A Prairie Home Companion and Marketplace. Think public radio-meets-Vanity Fair.

In each episode, hosts Rico Gagliano & Brendan Francis Newnam talk with some of the world’s most interesting celebrities, and along the way equip you with bad jokes, fresh drink recipes, hot food finds, odd news stories… and etiquette tips from the likes of Henry Rollins and Dick Cavett. It’s all you need to get an edge in your weekend conversations.

Past guests include Michelle Williams, Judd Apatow, Kid Cudi and Sir Richard Branson. Wallpaper magazine calls The Dinner Party one of the “Top 40 Reasons To Live In The USA.”

Filmspotting is an hour-long program about film. Each week, hosts Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen bring you movie reviews, interviews, top 5 lists, listener feedback and insightful film talk. Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune joins in on the last Friday of every month.

Special features include “Massacre Theatre,” movie marathons and “sacred cow” discussions, in which Filmspotting looks back and reexamines films considered to be among the greatest of all time.

“Filmspotting” (formerly known as “Cinecast”) began in March of 2005, and has cultivated a loyal and growing audience.

Live Wire! Radio
Live Wire mixes an old school radio format with a contemporary edge—it is live theatre and a radio variety show that offers a unique blend of interviews, music, comedy, spoken word, and original comedy.

This one-hour weekly radio variety show is recorded in front of a live audience. It’s music, it’s conversation, it’s original comedy. Live Wire highlights the best musicians and most fascinating writers, poets, dignitaries, artists and thought leaders we can find.

From Garrison Keillor – March ‘07
“I like this new show that’s coming out of Oregon Public Radio. It’s called Live Wire, I sit and listen to it and a kind of light comes out of the radio speaker, a whole ‘nother view of human experience, and new voices which we need in public radio. I need, because I’m hoping to retire soon, I’m getting to that age on A Prairie Home Companion. And when I do, I want there to be shows on public radio that I can sit in my car, in my driveway and hang on their every word. Live Wire is one of those shows. It could be for Portland and Oregon, what Prairie Home is for Minnesota and St. Paul and Lake Woebegone.” -Garrison Keillor

“The (Live Wire!) audience is just drunk enough…” -Peter Sagal

Living On Earth
Hosted by Steve Curwood, the award-winning environmental news program “Living on Earth” delves into the leading issues affecting the world we inhabit. As the population continues to rise and the management of the earth’s resources becomes even more critical, “Living on Earth” examines the issues facing our increasingly interdependent world.

“Living on Earth” presents riveting features and commentary on everything from culture, economics and technology to health, law, food and transportation. It covers topics from the small challenges of everyday life to the future state of the environment and the health and well-being of the world’s inhabitants.

Curwood and company draw from an impressive array of experts, commentators and journalists, including Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of New York’s Hayden Planetarium; Mark Hertsgaard, author of “Earth Odyssey”; Janet Raloff of “Science News”; author Sy Montgomery; and award-winning producer Terry Fitzpatrick. It is a truly compelling hour of radio journalism.

Public Radio Remix
Remix is programmed with the best work from the hundreds of independent producers and stations on PRX and beyond, featuring great storytelling, edgy podcasts, cutting edge lectures, interviews and more.

Public Radio Remix is an experimental Internet stream and XM Satellite Radio channel curated and hosted by PRX to showcase pieces from’s producers and develop new approaches to public radio formats and sounds.

Sound Opinions

Sound Opinions is your one-stop-shop for smart and engaging music criticism and conversation.

Each week hosts and nationally respected rock critics Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis talk about pop culture and music industry news, interview artists and bands, review new record releases and highlight their all-time favorite rock and roll. And, because on Sound Opinions, “everyone’s a critic,” listeners are invited to join in the debate.

The Tavis Smiley Show
“The Tavis Smiley Show” is a high-energy exchange of views, information, and insight hosted by Tavis Smiley. This one-hour weekly show offers a unique blend of news and newsmakers in expanded conversations, along with feature reports and regular commentators Cornel West, Connie Rice, J.C. Watts, Omar Wasow, Dr. Ian Smith, Kimberle Williams Crenshaw, Michael Eric Dyson, Antonio Gonzalez and George Johnson.

Each week, Smiley engages commentators and guests in substantive and provocative discussions on a wide range of topics including: politics, health, finance, sports, technology and pop culture. An insightful exploration of the issues that matter from fresh, diverse points of view is the show’s hallmark.

To The Point
“To the Point” is a fast-paced, news-based program that focuses on the hot-button national issues of the day. Hosted by award-winning journalist Warren Olney, the hour-long show presents informative and thought-provoking discussion of major news stories — front-page issues that attract a savvy and serious news audience.

Produced live, “To the Point” presents informative and thought-provoking discussion in three discrete segments: “Making News,” generated by the day’s breaking news headlines;”Defining the Story,” a highly researched, in-depth discussion of a single subject from the front pages; and “Reporter’s Notebook,” a news or human interest feature. In each segment, a dynamic mix of guests cover issues ranging from politics and international affairs to technology, the arts, and the environment. The result is an absorbing hour of smart, relevant radio!

Whad’Ya Know
“Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know?” is a two-hour comedy/quiz/interview show distributed by PRI, Public Radio International.

Regular elements of every program include a “Whad’Ya Know?” Quiz in each hour, Feldman’s foray into the live studio audience to chat with fans, jazz with John Thulin and the “Whad’Ya Know?” Band. During the hourly Quiz, host and quiz-master Michael Feldman invites callers and audience members to test their knowledge from five categories drawn from Feldman’s seemingly limitless store of insignificant (but also somehow, important) information.

When broadcasting from his home-base of Madison, Wis., Feldman opens each broadcast with All the News That Isn’t, a brief monologue filled with his entertaining brand of political and social satire. The second hour leads off with Thanks for the Memos, actual memos sent in from actual listeners. Finally, near the end of the show, an unsuspecting resident of a Town of the Week is surprised by a call from the man many out-of-staters call “The Sage of Wisconsin.”

When taking the show “on the road,” which Feldman does 8–10 times each year, the program guests and features reflect the hosting community. All The News That Isn’t takes on a local flair, as do Feldman’s interviews with celebrities and regular folks native to the area. Often local musicians complete the guest line-up for these fan-favorite “road shows.”

Wits is a live public radio show that brings world-class comedians, actors, and musicians to the stage of the Fitzgerald Theater, where host John Moe gives them and the audience the time of their lives.

Praised as “one of the rare public radio comedy shows that’s actually funny,” and “a wildly successful radio show Wits, both a throwback to the radio’s golden age and also wholly modern,” mixes improvisation, sketch comedy, conversation, music, and genuine beauty in a program that’s been called a model for social media and audience engagement.

Zorba Pastor’s On Your Health
“Zorba Paster On Your Health” is a lively, refreshingly down-to-earth talk show on personal health and fitness. For one hour each week, Zorba Paster, M.D., and Tom Clark take callers’ questions from around the country, covering what’s new in medicine and sharing tips for healthy living.

The show’s upbeat, “wellness” approach emphasizes a healthy lifestyle and diet — right down to a Heart-Healthy Recipe of the Week. As a family physician, clinical researcher, and university professor, Paster has a depth and range listeners can count on during this friendly “house-call.”

No rotating doctors. No narrow areas of expertise. “Zorba Paster On Your Health” is not only highly informative, with Paster and Clark, it’s downright fun!