Public Radio Presents

Sundays 7 p.m.

Public Radio Presents is a rotating collection of some of the best productions in public radio. Any given Sunday you'll hear debates, storytelling, historical programming, panel discussions, documentaries, and more. Past programs have included: Intelligence Squared US, America Abroad, State of the Re:Union, Destination DIY, Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin, and locally produced documentaries and panel discussions.

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At one of the most divided times in American history, StoryCorps and NPR Member stations around the country are inviting people to take "One Small Step" to better understand those with whom they disagree.

BBC News: World Service

TikTok has become one of the political stories in the run-up to the US Elections, exposing America's distrust of China. But its users and influencers could help decide who takes the White House. Sophia Smith Galer, BBC reporter and TikTok creator, enters the hype houses of TikTok to find out how influential it really is. Join us for "The TikTok Election," an hour-long special report from the BBC World Service this Sunday, October 18 at 7 p.m. 

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With early voting underway in many states, NPR explores an extraordinary election season coinciding with the global pandemic. Hosts Scott Detrow and Juana Summers report on how to navigate unprecedented challenges to casting a ballot this year. We’ll also hear about long-existing impediments to voting and how they’ve been exacerbated this year.

Safe Space Radio

Courage is the choice to act even when we feel afraid. It gives us the ability to address shame, stigma and silence -- and to feel our own strength. This hour-long show is about how accessing our courage supports our mental health and well-being. We explore the experience of living with mental illness -- such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and borderline personality disorder -- as a kind of “courage boot camp.” We also discuss how culturally-imposed silence can enforce shame and make accessing our courage much more difficult.

American Public Media

In 2015, Lauren Brown left her mostly black neighborhood in Chicago for the University of Missouri. Moving to a predominantly white college was a huge shock, made even more difficult by the racial harassment she faced that fall. That same semester, the campus erupted in protests that made international news after several instances of racial harassment set off a movement led by black students to change the school.

American Public Media

Everyone agrees the goal of reading instruction is for children to understand what they read. The question is: how does a little kid get there? APM Reports continues its series of groundbreaking, award-winning documentaries about reading with a new program about comprehension. Senior correspondent Emily Hanford explores what reading scientists have figured out about how reading comprehension works and why poverty and race can affect a child's reading development.

American Public Media

The coronavirus pandemic represents the greatest challenge to American higher education in decades. Some small regional colleges that were already struggling won’t survive. Other schools, large and small, are rethinking how to offer an education while keeping people safe. This program explores how institutions are handling the crisis, and how students are trying to navigate a major disruption in their college years. 

Radio Diaries

In the early 1970s, author Studs Terkel went around the country with a reel-to-reel tape recorder interviewing people about their jobs. The result was a book called "Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do." The book became a bestseller and even inspired a Broadway musical – something rare for an oral history collection. "Working" struck a nerve, because it elevated the stories of ordinary people and their daily lives. Studs celebrated the un-celebrated.

Intelligence Squared U.S. / IQ2US

How might coronavirus reshape geopolitics? For some, the answer is clear: China is on the rise. While Washington embraces “America First” and abdicates its global leadership role, they argue, Beijing is stepping up to fill the void. By providing material assistance to struggling nations, organizing world leaders, and trumpeting its own virus response, China is vying for power and influence. But others see a global future where Beijing’s standing is diminished, not bolstered.


In the centennial year of the 19th Amendment, Rosario Dawson and Retta guide us through the fight for women’s voting rights, a history that resonates now more than ever.


The pandemic and the financial crisis have highlighted a fundamental truth: our economy has never worked for everyone. Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal will talk with experts about what it will take to begin to end the systemic racism that has defined our society and our economy for the last 400 years. Listen Sunday, August 16 at 7 p.m. on WRVO, on-air and online.

Marketplace Morning Report

We are in the midst of a pandemic that has led to one of the worst economic crises in our history. Once the public health emergency becomes manageable, this country still faces one of the biggest public issue of our lifetimes: will we go back to business, inequity and the systemic racism we had, or will we draw a blueprint for the economy we want?

Marketplace Tech

During this recession, technology has been keeping society and the economy afloat, from the platforms distributing food and masks to the physical wiring that lets us all stay connected. Biotech companies are working to transform the way we fight and cure diseases like COVID-19. And educators are struggling to find ways to make digital learning as effective as in-person classes.

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President Lyndon B. Johnson is today remembered largely for his failure in Vietnam. But before the war sunk his presidency, LBJ compiled a record of accomplishment on the domestic front unmatched since FDR.  Medicare, civil and voting rights, clean air and water, Head Start, immigration reform, public broadcasting — fifty years later, these programs are so deeply woven into the fabric of American life that it is difficult to imagine the country without them.  

Claudia Saffar / Flickr

The Supreme Court narrowly rejected the Trump administration’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program -- meaning life for its nearly 700,000 participants remains in limbo.

Nubar Alexanian

Voices from all sides of adoption. Stories about living with questions and searching for answers. We hear from birth families (mothers, siblings and a father), adoptees (both kids and adults), and various adoptive families including open adoption and international adoption (China). 

Listen Sunday, July 5 at 7 p.m. on WRVO, on-air and online.

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Celebrating America with Flags and Festivals, featuring:

Recitations and reflections on “The Pledge” of Allegiance” and “War vs. Peace” (by Joe Frank).

Jay Allison

"The Life Stories Collection" are public radio stories made over many years, by producer Jay Allison -- working together with Christina Egloff, and friends, colleagues, neighbors, strangers and whoever would take the loan of one of his tape recorders.

They are stories about life as we find it, and record it.

We meet the class of 2020 - school leavers and graduates from around the world - who would be, in normal circumstances, entering the labor market now.

Listen Sunday, June 14 at 7 p.m. on WRVO, on-air and online.

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Public radio hosts, past and present, read short eulogies to just some of the tens of thousands lost to the coronavirus pandemic in the United States in the months of March, April and May, 2020.


As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the globe, the World Health Organization is warning of the spread of something else -- an information epidemic or "infodemic." And while diligent consumers of the news are inundated with stats, graphs, press conferences, and think-pieces, so too are they exposed to dubious data, miscredited quotations and outright harmful claims. 

Library of Congress

Some say motherhood is the hardest job in the world; turns out, there's a lot of history to back that up. In this special Mother's Day episode, the American History Guys explore changing expectations of mothers over the centuries.


The 67 shots that rang out at Kent State amid a May 4,1970 Vietnam War protest, killing four students and wounding nine, reverberate nearly 50 years later. Many historians see the shootings as the moment America turned, finally and forcefully, against the war.

'A Change of World'

Apr 24, 2020

"A Change of World," tells the story of how poets who were swept up in the Women’s Movement of the 1960s and 70s radically changed American poetry. As poet Alicia Ostriker says, "For the first time in the history of writing, which is about 4000 years or so, women could write without fear, without constantly looking over their shoulder to see if they were going to be approved of by men.” How did this come about?

Southern Adirondack Library System / Flickr

Americans visit the library more often than they go to a movie theater or attend a sporting event. But as we hear in this "Humankind" documentary series by David Freudberg, libraries are far from stagnant institutions of the past. Today they are rapidly evolving -- carried along the tide of information technology that has transformed modern life. Digital natives are the most likely generation to visit the library building (and to access the library online).

Bianca Giaever and Jay Allison / Transom Radio Specials

What if you have a story that’s really complicated, and you have 546 tapes to listen to, and you get obsessed and don’t know where to stop? All of those things were true for “Two Years with Franz.” The “Two Years” refers to two years of tapes recorded by the Pulitzer-winning poet Franz Wright before his death, and then, the two years Bianca Giaever spent listening to them. This is a story of art and love, of madness and beauty, of youth and age and death. Listen Sunday, April 12 at 7 p.m. on WRVO, on-air and online.

Senior Airman Nathanael Callon / U.S. Army Europe/Flickr

After a three-year legal battle, The Washington Post obtained hundreds of records of candid interviews assessing the war in Afghanistan and its failures. PRX worked with The Post to turn their podcast on "The Afghanistan Papers" into a radio special, with broadcast-exclusive reactions from veterans.  Listen Sunday, April 5 at 7 p.m. on WRVO, on-air and online.


"Hearing Voices, Her Stories: For Women's History Month" is hosted by Dmae Roberts of MediaRites.

American Public Media

The BBC World Service presents remarkable stories of women's history, told by the women who were there. Selected from its "Witness" program, audiences will hear moving, inspiring and even outrageous stories about a few of the most important women in living memory.

'Rocket Girls and Astro-nettes'

Mar 12, 2020
Eileen Collins / NASA

"Rocket Girls and Astro-nettes" is the story of women in the ultimate "Man's World" -- the labs and Shuttle crew cabins of NASA. Told in the first person, these stories explore the experiences of NASA's first woman engineers and scientists and its first astronauts. It also tells the fascinating story of a group of women pilots who -- in the early 1960s -- were led to believe that they would be America's first women astronauts and were given the exact same physical tests as the Mercury astronauts.