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Documentary Special

Sunday 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

A different documentary special is featured each week.

It is alleged that the practice of gerrymandering — dividing election districts into units to favor a particular group — subverts democracy by making congressional districts “safe” for one party or the other. As a result, only those voting in primaries are in effect choosing our representatives. Are primary voters more extreme in their views, and therefore pulling Democrats to the left and Republicans to the right? Or is the impact of gerrymandering overblown? The debaters are Caroline Fredrickson, David Daley, and Chris Jankowski.

For 2016, the Third Coast Festival is back with our annual "Best of the Best" broadcast featuring the winners of our annual documentary competition. In this two-part special, host Gwen Macsai, presents the top radio stories of the year!

Tune In For 'Hamilton: A Story of US'

Nov 2, 2016

'Hamilton' is "a story about America then, told by America now," and who better tells that story than students from New York City high schools?

The Devil You Know

Oct 27, 2016

The Devil You Know — just in time for Halloween and this year's Election, The Truth offers a special hour of horror stories that take place within the world of electoral politics. The Truth is a podcast that makes movies for your ears. The stories are entirely fictional, created with rich sound and professional-level acting, from Peabody-award winning producers Jonathan Michell (Radiolab, Studio 360) and Kerrie Hillman (Fair Game, Studio 360).

Sunday Special: Women At Work

Mar 3, 2016
Rosie the Riveter mural on an abandoned building in Sacramento, Calif.
Carol M. Highsmith

Sunday at 6:00 p.m. on "BackStory," we’re going to work on stories about women’s work. It’s easy nowadays to roll our eyes at the quaint notion that “a woman’s place is in the home.” But is the real history more complicated than that caricature of bygone values? The Guys will explore the relationship between women’s labor and their legal status as citizens. And they’ll ask, how has the value Americans place on the work that women do — in the home and beyond — changed over time?

Three inseparable words from the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in San Francisco's Yerba Buena Gardens:
Flickr user B.S. Wise (CC-BY-SA)

How do we break the vicious cycle of violence now so relentless at home and abroad? From mass shootings to the barbarism of ISIS, how can we stop this epidemic? People of conscience everywhere are heartsick and looking for answers. As Rev. Martin Luther King declared, "There is another way." 'The Power of Nonviolence,' a timely new public radio project by David Freudberg from Humankind, seeks deep solutions to this vexing problem.

12/27/2015 - With end of the year approaching, it’s time to celebrate all the great music we’ve had the pleasure to hear. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their Best Albums of 2015 and hear nominations from listeners.

https://beta.prx.org/stories/166173

Hanukkah Lights 2015

Dec 10, 2015

12/13/2015 - To celebrate the season of miracles and light, NPR searched far and wide to find the best existing writing about Hanukkah. For this year's annual Hanukkah Lights special, we've assembled beloved stories from iconic writers, as well as hidden gems from writers you may not know.

Join hosts Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz for original work from Isaac Bashevis Singer, Kathryn Blume, Leah Lax, Eric Kimmel and Jonathan Safran Foer. Listen to the full hour-long special above, or hear individual stories below.

Hear The Stories

Each year the Third Coast International Audio Festival honors the best new stories produced around the world for radio and the Internet (in English). Tune in to MTPR Sun. Nov. 22 & Nov. 29 at 6:00 p.m. to hear this year's winners. Here's a taste:

10/18/2015 - High-profile cases have recently put campus sexual assault in the spotlight. One question that has repeatedly come up: why are these cases being handled by campuses at all? Title IX requires that every school receiving federal aid must take concrete steps to deal with hostile environments and sexual assault. This leaves colleges and universities with the task of figuring out what policies and procedures to enforce.

10/11/2015 - Reveal for October - We go on the hunt for super water wasters in rain-starved California. The governor’s asked people to conserve, but some homes are using millions of gallons of water a year. Who are these water bingers? And why are they allowed to keep their yards green while California burns?? We’ll investigate -- next time on Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX.

https://beta.prx.org/stories/160335

10/04/2015 - An American Radioworks Documentary - In the 1940s a British headmaster named Kurt Hahn set up a wilderness school called Outward Bound to teach young men the skills they needed to survive World War II — skills like leadership, persistence, and working together. Hahn believed these were skills conventional schools should focus on too. Fifty years later, Hahn’s ideas about education inspired the founding of a network of public schools in the United States.

09/27/2015 - An American Radioworks education documentary - The longest war in American history is drawing to a close. Now, the men and women who served are coming home, and many hope to use higher education to build new, better lives. They have help from the Post-9/11 GI Bill, a piece of legislation that many advocates say offers more support to returning veterans than any policy since the original GI Bill of 1944.

Reveal for August 2015

Jul 30, 2015

08/02/2015 - The Center for Investigative Journalism and PRX present an investigation into the culture of secrecy within the Jehovah's Witnesses that leads to the story of one woman who was ostracized after she accused an elder of abusing her.

https://www.revealnews.org/episodes/?gclid=COu79JSYgccCFViRfgodA50IBA

07/26/2015 - Here’s a line you might have heard once or twice: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” These words from the Declaration of Independence carry no force of law, but they do evoke an ongoing quest for fulfillment in America. On this show, the Guys consider what “happiness” might have meant to the Founders when they signed-off on the Declaration, and how it has changed in the centuries since.

07/19/2015 - In April 2015 the 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany negotiated an interim nuclear accord with Iran that includes limiting Iran's enrichment capacity and stockpile. Many in the U.S. fear that a deal as it is being negotiated would not go far enough and, instead of being a benefit, would strengthen Iran’s hand in the Middle East. Is this agreement a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to halt nuclear proliferation, or does President Obama have this wrong? The debaters are Philip Gordon, Michael Doran, Thomas Pickering, and Mark Dubowitz.

07/12/2015 - Climate change is impacting much more than the environment. It’s also slowly changing the political landscape – in Washington and beyond. What’s the best way to move our economy towards a renewable future? More environmental regulation or less? More financial oversight or freer markets? And with mega economies like China and India creating ever-increasing carbon pollution, how do we bring our international friends – and foes – along with us?

https://beta.prx.org/stories/151777

06/21/2015 - These are public radio stories made over many years, by producer Jay Allison -- working together with Christina Egloff, and friends, colleagues, neighbors, strangers and whoever would take the loan of one of his tape recorders. They are are stories about life as we find it, and record it. Dad's Moving Out (11:56) There was a moment when Dan knew for sure his parents we?re splitting up. He remembers it clearly. His parents remember it clearly too, but differently. Produced with Dan Robb. My Brother, Tom Jones (20:56) Alex is a Tom Jones impersonator, a dedicated one.

Reveal for June 2015

Jun 10, 2015

06/14/2015 - The Bakken and Oklahoma earthquakes are explored.

06/07/2015 - This hour we listen in on hearing — a complex system of circuitry that is vulnerable to all sorts of interruptions, misfires and breakdowns.

https://beta.prx.org/stories/146367#description

05/31/2015 - Smart technology grants us unprecedented, immediate access to knowledge and to each other -- a ubiquitous and seamless presence in everyday life. But is there a downside to all of this connectivity? It’s been said that smart technology creates dependency on devices, narrows our world to echo chambers, and impairs cognitive skills through shortcuts and distraction. Are these concerns an overstatement of the negative effects of high-tech consumption?

Reveal

May 17, 2015

05/24/2015 - Continuing in depth coverage of law and disorder

05/17/2015 - - In this special from High Plains News - produced in association with Mountain West Voices, West Virginia Public Radio and Allegheny Front - we look at the present and future of coal in America. Reporter Catherine Moore traveled the back roads of West Virginia to learn how individuals and communities are dealing with the difficult economic and social transition away from coal. And we go to the Powder River Basin, the region straddling Wyoming and Montana that produces the bulk of the nation's coal.

05/03/2015 -The Water-Energy Crunch is a clash of essential needs. Humans are thirsty creatures who need water to drink and bathe, but also to produce most forms of energy. No water, no energy, and nothing goes on. Literally. How we resolve the competition between water and energy needs is a defining issue of this century. "The Water-Energy Crunch," a co-production of IEEE Spectrum Magazine and the National Science Foundation.

https://beta.prx.org/stories/57464

04/05/2015 - "We’re members of each other—all of us—everything. The difference is not whether you are or not, but whether you know you are or not. Because we’re all under each other’s influence. We’re all are affected by one another’s others lives and decisions. And there is no escape from this membership."

Wendell Berry is an American man of letters, academic, cultural and economic critic, and farmer.

The author of more than forty works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, Berry has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors.

Sonia Narang

In celebration of International Women's Day and Women's History Month 2015, Beth Judy and Ann Szalda-Petree produced what Ann calls an hour-long "docu-drama." It's about about access to justice,  health care, education and political power, but also about why we often don't hear about the lives of women, whether they live in far-flung parts of the world or in our own backyard.

Reveal for March 2015

Mar 17, 2015

03/22/2015 - We look at the power of a photo, what happens when a VA doctor hands out opiates to veterans like candy and surgery patients who got screwed out of the real deal.

https://beta.prx.org/stories/143424

03/15/2015 - Hosted by Tina Fey.  From the dunes of the Sahara to a slumber party in Manhattan, from the dance halls of Jamaica to a racetrack in Ramallah, Tina Fey takes us around the world  into the secret life of girls and the women the become.  Sound-rich, evocative, funny, and powerful - stories of coming of age, rituals and rites of passage, secret identities.

http://www.kitchensisters.org/girlstories/tina-fey-the-hidden-world/

03/08/2015 - Hosted by Tina Fey. From the dunes of the Sahara to a slumber party in Manhattan, from the dance halls of Jamaica to a racetrack in Ramallah, Tina Fey takes us around the world into the secret life of girls and the women they become.

03/01/2015 - America owes $6 trillion to China, the War on Terror has stripped us of the moral high ground, and our middle class is no longer the world's most affluent.  Are our best days behind us or should the world still bet on America?

http://intelligencesquaredus.org/debates/past-debates/item/1251-declinists-be-damned-bet-on-america

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