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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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. 

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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?

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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
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"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.

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Transformational women leaders are restoring societal balance by showing us how to reconnect relationships -- not only among people -- but between people and the natural world. This astounding conversation among diverse women leaders provides a fascinating window into the soulful depths of what it means to restore the balance between our masculine and feminine selves to bring about wholeness, justice and true restoration of people and planet.

'I Spy: Real Life Spy Stories'

Feb 26, 2020
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Espionage was once a mostly male pursuit but these days the top three officials at the CIA are women. On this program, we hear from Jonna Mendez, the CIA's former head of disguise, and Amaryllis Fox, a former undercover agent. Each one tells the story of one dramatic operation.

Jonna Mendez spent nearly three decades in the CIA and served as the agency's head of disguise. She has co-written several books about her work in the agency including "The Moscow Rules: The Secret CIA Tactics That Helped America Win the Cold War."

Intelligence Squared U.S.

Facing extreme partisanship and polarization, America’s two-party system has come under fire. Critics argue that the two-party system runs contrary to the founders’ intent and has created a political system that fails to represent the electorate, concentrates power for the elites and makes compromise impossible. They say it’s time for real structural change. But others are more cautious. They argue that the two-party system is necessary to rein in extremes on both sides and promote the democratic institutions that are necessary to the nation’s political and social stability.

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The BBC World Service presents a special hour-long edition of its "Witness" program, with incredible, first-person interviews about the African-American experience. Travel back to an iconic photograph from the civil rights campaign with Gloria Richardson. Hear the struggle for fair pay from Doug Williams, the first African American quarterback to play in the Superbowl. And Congresswoman Barbara Lee reflects on the moral stand she took in 2001 against the open-ended Global War on Terror.

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"Say It Loud: Great Speeches on Civil Rights and African American Identity" traces the last 50 years of black history through stirring, historically important speeches by African Americans from across the political spectrum. The documentary illuminates tidal changes in African American political power and questions of black identity through the speeches of deeply influential black Americans.

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Born to enslaved parents on a Mississippi plantation during the Civil War, Ida B. Wells emerged as a powerful investigative journalist. She overcame death threats and published widely in her quest to document the domestic terrorism against African Americans that came to be known as lynching. Ida Wells published the first major study of that crime. A close associate of Frederick Douglass, she helped to found the NAACP and advocate the right to vote for women and black Americans. Her amazing life story is finally gaining recognition, nearly 90 years after her death.

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World War I presented civilization with unprecedented violence and destruction. The shock of the first modern, "industrial" war extended far into the 20th century and even into the 21st, and changed how people saw the world and themselves. And that was reflected in the cultural responses to the war - which included a burgeoning obsession with beauty and body image, the birth of jazz, new thinking about the human psyche, the Harlem Renaissance, Surrealism...and more.

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From KRCB Northern California comes an hour-long special on underage vaping, "What You Don't Know Can Kill You." In the summer of 2019, troubling reports circulated throughout the country that people were being injured and dying after vaping, usually connected to black market THC products. More information surfaced in November of 2019 that a key cause of these injuries and deaths was a substance called Vitamin E acetate.

Third Coast International Audio Festival

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 2019 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:

"Mardi Gras is a State of Mind," produced by Mara Lazer.

Winner of the 2019 Best New Artist Award

The latest in health

Dec 18, 2019
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This week on "Take Care": new and noteworthy developments in health and wellness. We've been sharing the "latest in health" segment with you for a couple of years on the show, bringing listeners new studies and research, interesting developments and so much more. For this show, we're focusing on quite a few different stories in that vein.

Relationships between nature and our health

Dec 11, 2019
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Our relationship with nature has evolved over time, to say the least. Many of us buy our food from a grocery store, instead of working the land. We spent hours of our day inside, in office buildings void of natural light. And many of us are far from rising with the sun. But what does this change mean for our health? How does nature impact our physical and mental health? We ask those questions and more this week on "Take Care."

Diet culture

Nov 20, 2019
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Do diets work? It's a question people have been asking for decades, and one "Take Care" is exploring this week with the help of nutritionists, authors and activists. Turns out, the answer to that question is both yes and no.

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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?

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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
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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.

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“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.

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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.