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Bluff and bluster, words and whimsy come to Syracuse and Utica this November with special events from WRVO and “Says You!”

To mark WRVO’s 50th anniversary, the radio quiz show returns to the area for live show tapings. “Says You!” is public radio’s quintessential quiz show. It’s spirited and civil, brainy and boisterous, and peppered with musical interludes. You could be part of the live audience, laughing along with panelists on stage.

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WRVO is bringing another well-known NPR personality to the central New York area this fall. Rachel Martin, host of “Morning Edition,” is visiting Syracuse in September for an evening with listeners and members of the station. She’ll share her experience as host of the most-listened-to news radio program in the country and as National Security Correspondent for NPR.

Neuroscientists and gerontologists see evidence that people become more vulnerable to financial exploitation as they age. Con artists, fraudsters, even family, friends, and caregivers take money from seniors and abuse their trust. According to researchers, the shame of these crimes prevents victims from reporting or talking about them, creating a crucial public policy issue.

"Marketplace Morning Report" host David Brancaccio presents immersive storytelling to explore the evidence for what doctors are calling "Age-Related Financial Vulnerability."

The Research Foundation for SUNY invites applications for a WRVO Digital Coordinator. While this position is located on the campus of SUNY Oswego, this is not a New York State position.

Posting Date: May 15, 2019

Review Date: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

“Tuned to Yesterday: At the Movies” returns this June featuring the 1944 film, “Murder, My Sweet” at the Auburn Public Theater. Join us on Thursday, June 13 at 7 p.m. for a pre-movie presentation, a screening of the film and a reception.

Tune in to the latest from "Can We Talk?" This week, we examine asking for help: why it’s so hard to admit when we need something from another person, and the surprising effects that sharing our vulnerability can have on our mental health.

The episode explores how shame and stigma can prevent us from asking for what we need, why we tend to underestimate the generosity of others, and how asking can make us feel seen in both welcome and uncomfortable ways. Finally, we address the complicated experience of wanting to help to someone who can’t or won’t ask for it. 

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Creating great public radio requires time, effort and money. As we celebrate our first 50 years, please consider making an additional -- or first-time --$50 gift to WRVO.

Everyone at WRVO is thankful for the thousands of listeners who make voluntary contributions to keep this public service strong, but we came up a little short in our recent spring fundraiser. If we missed you during the drive, donate now, during the month of May. If we're able to raise the money we need now, we won't have to interrupt programming later.

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The historic theme you hear on "Morning Edition" each and every day debuted in 1979. The original BJ Leiderman composition and subsequent arrangements by musician Jim Pugh have been heard for decades. Beginning on May 6, listeners will hear a new theme -- one that will be fresh and modern, while also referencing the show’s historic music and honoring its legacy.

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Attorney General William Barr is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee to answer questions about special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. Watch the proceedings in the Republican-led committee live, below:

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This hour-long program is about loneliness: what it is, why so many of us feel it, and the surprising toll loneliness takes on our physical and mental health. The health effects of chronic loneliness are akin to smoking 15 cigarettes every day -- it literally shortens our lives. Yet it can feel vulnerable to name it when we feel lonely.

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We all grow with time. It’s easiest to see in children: they get physically bigger, hit milestones -- learn to crawl, walk and speak. And the same is true of adults. It might not be as obvious, but our interests and experiences evolve over time, as does our understanding of ourselves. This time on “Take Care,” how we help those around us grow and grow into ourselves.

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As the hearings that would determine whether or not Gary Thibodeau would receive a new trial or not got underway, there was plenty of new information pertaining to potential new developments regarding the Heidi Allen kidnapping case.

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Gary Thibodeau was convicted of kidnapping Heidi Allen in 1995, and his appeals ran out in 1999. Things appeared bleak for all parties involved as time moved forward into the 2000’s. But new light was shed on the case in 2013 when a woman came forward to say she had information about who may have kidnapped Allen in 1994.

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Richard Thibodeau’s arrest on May 25, 1994 for kidnapping Heidi Allen changed a lot of things in New Haven, New York.

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The Easter Sunday disappearance of 18-year-year old Heidi Allen from a gas station convenience store gripped the central New York community and has continued to do so to this day.

We're welcoming members, listeners and SUNY Oswego alumni to the station this June to say thank you for your support over the past 50 years. Come to enjoy light refreshments, tours and to mingle with staff, friends and alumni of WRVO on Saturday, June 8 from 2 - 5 p.m.

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As the 25th anniversary of Heidi Allen's kidnapping approaches on April 3, WRVO is bringing you a special series on the story that has transfixed residents of Central and Northern New York for decades. Your host is Ryan Zalduondo, a senior at SUNY Oswego. Here's more from Ryan:

I only learned about Heidi Allen's story about a year and a half ago, in December of 2017.

A friend and I were on our way up to Potsdam to cover one of our school’s hockey games for the student newspaper, when we passed a Valero gas station pretty early in the trip.

Some recent international research involving a scientist at Upstate Medical University is giving new insight into the biology behind attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

Stephen Faraone explains that certain genetic variants can increase a person's risk for developing ADHD. Faraone is a distinguished professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and a professor of neuroscience and physiology. He and colleagues published their work in the journal Nature Genetics.

"Here's the Thing" is a series of intimate and honest conversations hosted by Alec Baldwin. Alec talks with artists, policy makers and performers -- to hear their stories, what inspires their creations, what decisions changed their careers, and what relationships influenced their work.

This season of "Here's the Thing" includes six hour-long episodes, which you'll hear through the month of March and into April on WRVO. Tune in each Sunday night at 7 p.m. for eye-opening conversations.

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Michael Cohen, President Trump's former lawyer, is testifying on Capitol Hill at 10 a.m. today. Cohen has been sentenced to three years in prison, to begin in May. He pleaded guilty last year to charges of campaign finance violations and other charges related to his work for Trump.

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Update: NPR has received notification that President Trump's remarks will occur closer to 10:30 this morning.

President Trump is speaking about border security at the White House. Congress passed a compromise spending measure Thursday to avert a government shutdown that includes some funding for the border barrier. But the White House says Trump will also sign an emergency declaration that will allow him to divert additional funds to build a wall as he has long promised.

Join us via the video stream below:

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President Trump is delivering his State of the Union address, which the White House says will outline a "policy agenda both parties can rally behind." Yet the speech follows the longest shutdown in U.S. history, and the deadline to avoid another one is in less than two weeks. NPR reporters covering the White House, Congress, immigration, national security and more are annotating his remarks live, adding context and analysis.

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Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost the Georgia governor's race in November, is delivering the Democrats' response to President Trump's State of the Union address. Reporters across the NPR newsroom are annotating her remarks, adding context and analysis.

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President Trump is delivering a State of the Union address after a delay due to the government shutdown. Watch his speech live, followed by a Democratic response delivered by former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. 

Without gospel music there never would have been an Elvis Presley. There never would have been a Ray Charles, or a James Brown. From the mid-twentieth century on, gospel music not only thrived within a separate sphere as vital as the jazz, rock and rhythm and blues worlds; it also constantly intersected with the secular music industry, providing models that countless artists outside the church emulated.

More than 10 years ago, Lehman Brothers collapsed, and the world witnessed one of the worst financial crises in global history. In the United States, the stock market plummeted, unemployment soared, and the economy was thrown into a recession. And many other countries faced a similar fate. Has the world learned its lesson?

Some argue that the international framework for handling and responding to a future crisis is lacking. Beyond that, they argue, there is reduced market-making activity, less scope for reduced interest rates, and increased government spending and borrowing.

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The Senate is holding confirmation hearings this week for President Trump's pick to run the Justice Department. William Barr is the nominee to be the next Attorney General. Lawmakers are questioning his views on the Special Counsel's Russia investigation, whether a sitting president can be indicted, and other matters. Watch the proceedings live starting at 9:30 a.m.

Join us for a special broadcast this month in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. King grew up listening to and singing church songs, and saw gospel and folk music as natural tools to further the civil rights movement.

"A Beautiful Symphony of Brotherhood: A Musical Journey in the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr." interweaves musical examples with Dr. King's own speeches and sermons to illustrate the powerful place that music held in his work. The special also examines how the musical community responded to and participated in Dr. King's cause.

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Tonight at 9 p.m., President Donald Trump will address the nation from Washington. Trump is expected to talk about security and humanitarian aid on the US-Mexico border, his call for $5.7 billion in funding for a border wall, and the current partial government shutdown (now heading into its third week). His address will be followed immediately by a joint resonse from Democratic leaders, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

NPR News will have special coverage of Trump's remarks (his first from the Oval Office) along with analysis and reaction.

WRVO Public Media

WRVO Public Media is celebrating a milestone in 2019. On January 6, 1969, WRVO aired its very first broadcast. Through the year, we'll be commemorating our 50th birthday, but we wanted to start with some history.

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