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.

Have a suggestion for this rotating block? Let us know.

WNYC Distribution (NYPR)

With just under a year until Americans elect their next president, "America: Are We Ready? A November Democracy Big Think," will discuss what's working and what's broken; what's threatened and what's missing in American democracy?

Anthony Camerano / AP

Soldiers for Peace takes a deep look at why a significant number of Vietnam veterans felt compelled to oppose the war rather than simply try to put it behind them when they returned home. Through first-person storytelling, it explores the way their conceptions of patriotism changed and evolved as their faith in the Vietnam War and the American government dissolved. Tune in Sunday, November 10 at 7 p.m. for more.

Experiencing infertility

Oct 29, 2019
Jeff Wandasiewicz / Flickr

Infertility is not uncommon. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 12% of women between the ages of 14 and 44 have used infertility services. We're going to explore the topic of infertility -- a sensitive subject with some long held stigma.


In the conclusion of NPR’s special series, “I’ll Be Seeing You,” delve into one of the most damaging spy cases this country has ever know, and find out how casinos, algorithms and data surveillance will transform spying in the modern age. Join NPR’s Dina Temple-Raston as she examines how technology is changing the way the government catches spies. Tune in Sunday, October 27 at 7 p.m. for more.

U.S. Army Cyber Command/Spc. Kiara V. Flowers / Flickr

“Fire.” – With that one command a secret unit, Joint Task Force Ares, launched a 2016 classified military operation and cyber-attack against ISIS. NPR has been given exclusive access to the nearly dozen people involved in the operation.

Dave Morton / Flickr

A recent census found that the African elephant population decreased by a third between 2007 and 2014. Much of the decline can be attributed to poaching.


Adrian Lamo is the hacker who rather controversially turned Chelsea Manning into the authorities almost a decade ago. He died under mysterious circumstances last spring. Investigative reporting will reveal not only how he died but explain how hacks work and what Lamo was doing on the DarkWeb.

In part one of “I’ll Be Seeing You,” hear NPR’s Dina Temple-Raston investigate the mysterious death of one of the world’s most famous hackers. Tune in Sunday, October 6 at 7 p.m. for more.

The cost of health

Sep 26, 2019
imcomkorea / Flickr

Many believe that health care is a basic human right, but there are many Americans who are not receiving the care that they need. This time on “Take Care,” we explore the cost of health – why health care is so expensive and how health care could change. We’ll also take a look at hospital visits and surprise bills, plus one doctor’s prescription for fixing (not perfecting) our health care system.

There's an idea about how people read words that's deeply embedded in teaching practices and curriculum materials used in most elementary school classrooms. While the idea has been disproven by cognitive scientists, it continues to be taught in teacher preparation programs, promoted in professional development sessions, and marketed by publishers.

From APM Reports, this documentary investigates where the idea comes from, why it holds on, and how it harms kids. Tune in Sunday, September 22 at 7 p.m. for more.

Frequent moves are hard on kids. From APM Reports, a growing body of research says children with unstable housing are more likely to struggle in school and more likely to drop out -- and millions of children in the United States face housing challenges.

This documentary focuses on two groups who often change addresses -- homeless kids and children of migrant farm workers -- and explores efforts to help these students do well in school. Tune in this Sunday, September 15 at 7 p.m. for more.

From APM Reports, reporter Jill Barshay of the Hechinger Report examines the growing use of predictive analytics to get more students across the finish line and deliver more revenue to school – and how that's reshaping the college experience.

“American Anthem: The Special” will highlight standout stories from NPR's ongoing periodic American Anthem series – you’ve likely heard some of the songs during “Morning Edition.” In this special, you’ll hear even more on the creation, popularization, and evolution of a selection of songs about our shared national identity as Americans.

Woodstock organizers, musicians and audience members recall the 1969 music festival that rocked the world in more ways than one.

The transatlantic relationship has been a hallmark of the liberal international order for decades and, for many, a source of global peace and stability. But rising populism and inequality, coupled with surprising election outcomes in the United States and Europe, may signal an end to this historic relationship.

Staying active

Jul 25, 2019
Ed Yourdon / Flickr

For many of us, the days of mandatory physical activity are long gone. But when gym class and varsity basketball are no longer part of our daily lives, how do we make sure we keep moving? This week on “Take Care,” we talk about how to stay active. But first, how active are we?

Hear details of the human and technical preparations necessary to win over the moon, such as voices of astronauts from outerspace and our country's influential leaders of the time, JFK, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Lyndon Johnson.  Witness the reasons various space missions like Project Mercury, Mariner, Gemini, USSR Soyus, and Apollo flights succeeded and failed prior to the successful launch of Apollo 11.  Also, recall our nation's controversy over foreign relations, race, and the Vietnam War, that resulted in the Cuban missile crisis, riots, and anti-war demonstrations.

Matthew Septimus

Julie Brown of the Miami Herald conceived, reported, and wrote one of the most explosive criminal justice stories in recent memory. She revealed the shutting down of an FBI investigation that may have been on the verge of discovering the full extent of a child-sex-trafficking operation run by politically-connected billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.

This July 4th, the Capitol Steps answer all of the burning questions! What rhymes with Pete Buttigieg? If Joe Biden and Donald Trump have a Twitter exchange at 3 a.m., how fast can the Capitol Steps write a song about it? And if Vladimir Putin appears shirtless on the radio, does it violate the FCC's decency standards?

Tune in for the traditional Fourth of July radio show -- "Politics Takes a Holiday," from The Capitol Steps.

Tune in Thursday, July 4 at 1 p.m. and again Sunday, July 7 at 7 p.m. on WRVO.

This time on "Re:sound," what we see -- and what we want to see -- when we gaze into our reflections in the mirror.  Stories include:


By Cathy Fitzgerald for BBC Radio 4 / World Service (2017)


On the next "Intelligence Squared U.S." debate: Americans are gearing up for the 2020 presidential elections, and Republicans have a choice: Should Donald Trump be their nominee?

His detractors see a politically vulnerable candidate caught up in the uncertainty of the Mueller investigation, wounded by the longest government shutdown in history, and defeated by House Democrats who refused his demand for border wall funding.

Brett Levin / Flickr

People smoke marijuana. But it's not always experimenting high schoolers, and it's not always even for recreation. Medical marijuana is legal, in some way, in 33 states and the District of Columbia. And while eyes are opening to the benefits of medical marijuana, the debate continues. When it comes to recreational marijuana, many questions remain: How should it be related? Is it wise to open the flood gates to for-profit marijuana production and sales? We'll answer those questions and more this week on "Take Care."

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."

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. 

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.

Climate change and our health

Apr 11, 2019
United Nations Photo

"Take Care" returns with a broadcast examining climate change and it's impact on our health. Global warming is changing our planet -- the temperature, our seasons, agriculture and more -- but what kind of effect does climate change have on our health? In this episode, we ask how climate change is influencing our physical and mental health.

"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.

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.

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.