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Public Radio Presents
Last show -- September 26, 2021

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: Amended, Intelligence Squared US, Fifty and Forward: An Anniversary Celebration of NPR, and locally produced documentaries and panel discussions.

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  • October brings some changes to your weekends on WRVO. Five new programs join the weekend schedule. Read an update from Station Manager Bill Drake and download a copy of the new schedule.
  • This week on Public Radio Presents: APM Reports - Under pressure: The college mental health crisis. What is a college’s responsibility for helping students navigate mental health challenges, and how well are colleges rising to the task? Listen Sunday, September 26 at 7 p.m. on WRVO, on-air and online.
  • This week on Public Radio Presents: APM Reports - Who wants to be a teacher? Many schools around the country are struggling to find enough teachers. Enrollment in teacher training programs at colleges and universities is plummeting, and schools are looking to other sources to fill classrooms. Listen Sunday, September 19 at 7 p.m. on WRVO, on-air and online.
  • This week on Public Radio Presents: APM Reports - Fading Beacon: Why America is losing international students. In this hour, APM Reports teams up with Karin Fischer of the Chronicle of Higher Education to trace America’s rise as a global beacon for higher education and examine what’s lost as that changes. Listen Sunday, September 12 at 7 p.m. on WRVO, on-air and online.
  • This week on Public Radio Presents: "Blindspot: The Road to 9/11" brings to light the decade-long “shadow struggle” that preceded the attacks. This 2-hour special is hosted by WNYC reporter Jim O'Grady and draws on interviews with a range of sources. Listen Sunday, September 5 at 7 p.m. on WRVO, on-air and online.
  • This week on Public Radio Presents: "In Deep: One City's Year of Climate Chaos," In summer and fall of 2020, amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic, two hurricanes hit Lake Charles in short succession. This program will put these events into context through the lenses of climate change and equity. Listen Sunday, August 29 at 7 p.m. on WRVO, on-air and online.
  • Is the cost of leaving Afghanistan greater than the cost of staying? And was pulling out the right decision? "Intelligence Squared" examines these competing perspectives in this special timely edition of "Agree-to-Disagree: Leaving Afghanistan." Listen Sunday, August 22 at 7 p.m. on WRVO, on-air and online.
  • This week on Public Radio Presents: Intelligence Squared U.S.: Has The New York Times lost its way? Critics argue it has sacrificed journalistic and intellectual balance in favor of correcting historic inequalities. Listen Sunday, August 15 at 7 p.m. on WRVO, on-air and online.
  • This week on Public Radio Presents: "Windfall" from NHPR’s award-winning podcast "Outside/In" investigates the launch of this brand new American industry, the political chicanery that has delayed it, and how past failures define future success at a time when the government is poised to take real action on climate change. Ultimately, this is a story about power: who has power, where does it come from, and who benefits. Listen Sunday, August 8 at 7 p.m. on WRVO, on-air and online.
  • Humans have been obsessed with Mars from a distance for thousands of years. At first, maybe it was the fact that Mars stands out in the night sky because of its reddish color. But, as we learned more about Mars, and the conditions there, it was the possibility of life on this distant planet that captured our imagination.