Radio Specials

Wednesday 10pm specials repeat Thursday at 1am.

November 2022

Wednesday, Nov. 24, at 10pm
Estranged: A Special From Embodied
What is the holiday season like when you're disconnected from your nuclear family? Embodied from WUNC (North Carolina Public Radio in Chapel Hill) presents Estranged, a new, hour-long radio special about finding belonging when your family bonds are broken. Host Anita Rao meets two women who — by choice or circumstance — became estranged from their parents. Writer Raksha Vasudevan shares how being an immigrant shapes how she thinks about creating distance from her family, and Tiffany Scott talks about what it was like to be ghosted by her dad. The two reflect on finding belonging elsewhere and seeking support from non-traditional sources. Anita also learns from two siblings who were estranged for more than 40 years that while reconciliation is possible, it's not for everyone.

Recent Specials

Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 10pm
No Excuses: Race and Reckoning at a Chicago Charter School
Producer DJ Cashmere, who is white, spent seven years teaching Black and brown students at a Noble Street charter high school in Chicago. Noble followed a popular education reform model called "no excuses," which promised low-income students better test scores and increased access to college in exchange for hyper-strict discipline. After DJ left the classroom to become a journalist, Noble disavowed "no excuses," calling it "assimilationist, patriarchal, white supremacist, and anti-black." In this hour, DJ revisits his old school as it tries to remake itself. And he searches out his former students to ask them how they feel about the time they spent in his classroom, whether they believe they received a racist education, and whether, if given the chance, they'd opt for "no excuses" all over again.

Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 10pm
The So-called Mystery of Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
Who moved the giant monolithic statues of Rapa Nui, a remote island in the South Pacific? And how did they do it? These questions have been at the center of much debate since Europeans first arrived there 300 years ago, but according to the indigenous people of Rapa Nui their oral history has always been clear about how they were transported. From the Outside/In podcast and NHPR, this award-winning, sound-rich documentary will transport listeners to the shores of Rapa Nui, where they will hear the voices of both white and native indigenous archeologists who have studied the famous moai.

Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 10pm
The Middle
The Middle is a national call-in talk show aimed at elevating the voices of Americans who live in between the coasts - who are so important in our politics but are often ignored by the media. Public radio veteran and central Illinois native Jeremy Hobson will host four one-hour specials on Wednesdays.

Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 10pm
The Middle
The Middle is a national call-in talk show aimed at elevating the voices of Americans who live in between the coasts - who are so important in our politics but are often ignored by the media. Public radio veteran and central Illinois native Jeremy Hobson will host four one-hour specials on Wednesdays.