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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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
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"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.

Join us for two consecutive weekends in January for the annual Best of the Best broadcast from the Third Coast Festival. Listen to winners of the 2018 Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation documentary competition.

This year's program will feature producer interviews, highlights from this year’s unforgettable awards ceremony in Chicago, and excerpts from the following stories:

John Thompson vs. American Justice, produced by Andrew Marantz, Sarah Lustbader, and Katherine Wells and edited by David Krasnow for The New Yorker Radio Hour.

The Capitol Steps

Has it been a rough year? Did you buy stock in Sears? Or invest in Ivanka's clothing line? Did you take a job as a public relations spokesperson for Kanye West?

Then you may feel the need to laugh at 2018, and the Capitol Steps could not agree more! So tune in to the Capitol Steps' New Year's edition of "Politics Takes a Holiday," featuring songs from their latest album, Make America Grin Again.

What is health?

Dec 19, 2018
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"Take Care" has always covered a wide range of topics -- addiction, Alzheimer's disease, cancer, winter health hazards, and even mold. As we wrap up the year, we take a step back. Instead of exploring one particular facet of health and wellness, we settle on one broad question for this show: What is health?

Join us for narrative in words and music telling the story of the spontaneous truce arranged among soldiers along the Western Front, Christmas, 1914. Featuring over two dozen voices reading from letters and diaries of those who were there, with music also drawn from the period, including the songs they sang for each other and with each other.

"They ate, they sang, they played together. The cared for the wounded and buried the dead, with men of both armies working as one."

Tune in this Sunday, December 16 at 7 p.m. on WRVO.

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Join us for the Third Coast International Audio Festival's take on the holidays.

Stories include:

No Santa | by John Biewen for Scene on Radio (2015)

A father turns on a recorder while tucking in his 7-year-old, having no idea he’s about to capture a poignant growing-up moment in his son’s life.

Vince Guaraldi: A Charlie Brown Christmas | by Ben Manilla for Inside the National Recording Registry for Studio 360 (2012)

Aging today

Nov 29, 2018
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Aging is inevitable. For many of us, reaching our later years means some more aches and pains -- but hey, retirement isn't that bad! Age related diseases, though -- like dementia and Alzheimer's -- can throw a wrench in retirement plans by putting a strain on loved ones and families as they navigate the new norm. But with the latest advances in technology, maybe we can stave off the effects of some of these diseases or live healthier altogether. This time on "Take Care," we explore what it means to age today.

This week, WRVO brings you the 2018 SUNY Oswego Media Summit, "Viral Voices: Advocacy in the Digital Age." The summit explores how digital and social media have become critical avenues for launching movements and advocating change. Guests include professional communication strategists, an expert on modern social movements and a grassroots community organizer.

Tune in this Sunday, November 25 at 7 p.m.

More about the SUNY Oswego Media Summit:

Extremes in health and wellness

Nov 9, 2018
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Health and wellness is a popular topic these days. It's not just exercising or eating well anymore. With increased interest comes some new ideas – and new research to back them up. Some of those ideas can seem a little extreme. That’s what we’re exploring this time on “Take Care,” tune in for more on health and wellness extremes.

You’ll hear discussions on new algorithms to help diagnose rare disease, the idea of “positive stress” and what it means for our longevity, why the anti-diet movement doesn’t have to be all or nothing, how one organization is literally going door to door to make a difference, and more.

As Democratic leaders and strategists gear up for the 2018 and 2020 elections, the party stands at a crossroads.

For progressive populists, the path forward is clear: Democrats must get back in touch with the party’s working-class roots by championing a specific set of policies, including Medicare for all, free public college tuition, a guaranteed federal jobs program, and housing as a human right. They say this strategy is key to winning back disillusioned working-class voters and to regaining power in Washington and beyond.

This hour stories that dive below the surface to help us understand issues of race, the environment and immigration. Join us this Sunday, October 28 at 7 p.m. for more.

How Race Was Made (Seeing White, Part 2) [excerpt]

by John Biewen (Scene on Radio , 2017)

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Where do you get your health and wellness information? If we asked that question a few decades ago, you may have answered with the name of your primary care physician. But things have changed. In the information age, understanding what's best for your health and wellness is not always easy. From the latest fad diet to the most recent study on the effects of drugs, treatment, environmental stressors -- what should you be paying attention to and what should you ignore? We explore these topics on "Take Care," WRVO's health and wellness show.

New York State Fair

This year, at the Great New York State Fair, everyday New Yorkers told their own compelling true tales. We're sharing highlights of those stories this weekend as part of "Public Radio Presents."

Intelligence Squared U.S.

For the United States, tensions are rising with both allies and adversaries. Rogue states are racing to master new technologies and create weapons of mass destruction. And faith in international institutions is seemingly deteriorating. What does this all mean for U.S. national security?

Staged in the "Intelligence Squared U.S." "unresolved" format, five esteemed foreign policy thought leaders will argue for or against a number of motions revolving around some of America’s most pressing national security issues, including:

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Suicide numbers are up, according to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). When the CDC study came out earlier this year, it gained national attention amid some high-profile suicides and struggles with mental illness. With rates of suicide increasing in nearly every state in the U.S. between 1999 and 2016, many were left asking why?
 

APM Reports

For generations, educators have fought about how kids learn to read and what that means about how they should be taught. Now, there is definitive evidence from neuroscience on how the brain learns to read and it suggests very different approaches to reading instruction than those that are commonly found in schools.

This APM Reports documentary explores why the reading science is not making its way into American classrooms – or teacher preparation programs – and what can be done about it.

Tune in on Sunday, September 23 at 7 p.m. on WRVO.

APM Reports

Mario Martinez and Katy Sorto were the first in their families to go to college. They started at community college in 2008 hoping to earn degrees, but the odds were against them. Both are from low-income families, they ended up in remedial classes, and they knew almost no one who had been to college. This APM Reports documentary tells their remarkable stories 10 years later and provides a rare window on the personal experience of trying to move up through education.

Join us Sunday, September 9 at 7 p.m. on WRVO.

APM Reports

As part of a series on education from APM Reports, we're airing documentaries for the first four weeks in September on Public Radio Presents. For the first in the series, we ask if colleges help Americans move up into a higher socioeconomic class.

By connecting people across the world for free, platforms like Twitter and Facebook set the stage for a promising digital revolution, providing tools that helped foster global friendships, break down long-standing barriers that kept people and ideas from being heard, and served as the ultimate democratizing force for information.

Removing barriers to health

Aug 13, 2018
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Health and wellness isn't a right for all people. For many of us, it's a privilege. Whether the issue is cost, transportation, resources or red tape -- many things can get in the way of living a long, health life. This time on "Take Care," we speak to people who are trying to remove these barriers.

APM Reports returns with a three-part series in July and August. Join us starting Sunday, July 29 for "Order 9066: Japanese American Incarceration in WWII."

On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, just months after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Some 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were forced from their homes on the West Coast and sent to one of ten "relocation" camps, where they were imprisoned behind barbed wire for the length of the war. Two-thirds of them were American citizens.

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When we set out to put together this episode of "Take Care," WRVO's health and wellness show, we were told over and over again that there wasn't a lot known about the topic we wanted to explore -- the brain. The brain is infinitely complex. What we do know about the brain we've learned from neuroscientists, biologists and psychologists -- and they're continuing to make ground-breaking discoveries daily about how the organ works and what that means for our health and wellness. Needless to say, we took a stab at it anyway!

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