special program

Selected Shorts: Celebrating James Baldwin

Feb 15, 2021

"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." - James Baldwin

Monday, February 15 at Noon

Guest host LeVar Burton presents a program celebrating the author he calls “potent and polemical.”

Rookwood Pottery: A Cincinnati Treasure

Oct 5, 2020

Tuesday, October 20 at 7 p.m.

As Rookwood Pottery celebrates its 140th anniversary this year, Lee Hay explores its history, innovative designers and artisans, the role of women in its success, and its current revival.  As part of this anniversary celebration, Bob Batchelor has published a book about Rookwood Pottery, "Rookwood: The Rediscovery and Revival of An American Icon" which he discusses during this special.  

Summer Of Racial Reckoning

Aug 20, 2020
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September 1, 2 and 3 at 8 p.m.

Since the killing of George Floyd in an arrest by Minneapolis Police on May 25th, the summer has unfolded with an outpouring of grief, anger and calls to action. NPR presents a special series of three programs, comprised of new reporting as well as its best reporting on racial injustice, the protests that have swept the country and where the nation is headed.

The series is hosted by NPR’s Ailsa Chang and Rachel Martin, who step through the story with other NPR hosts and correspondents bringing the last three months of American history into focus in a new way.

Cincinnati Baseball: The Red Stockings & Beyond

Jun 19, 2020

This one-hour special features the history of the Reds, beginning with the team in 1869.

Monday, May 25 at 12 p.m.

On this very somber Memorial Day weekend, we hope you’ll join us today at noon for a very special one-hour presentation. Gone Too Soon: Memorializing Those Lost To COVID-19, presents short eulogies of 100 of the over 100,000 American lives lost to coronavirus.

The Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul

May 7, 2020

Saturdays in May at 11 p.m.

Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul, hosted by Cece Winans, is a four part documentary series illustrating the influence of Black gospel on early rock and soul music.

May 4th Voices: Kent State 1970

Apr 27, 2020

Monday, May 4 at 8 p.m.

“Kent State was not just Kent State. It was a symbol for everything, and it was indicative of everything at that time. And, as they’ve said, that was the day the war came home."

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.

O'Toole from Moscow

Mar 6, 2020

91.7 WVXU and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music joined forces, led by our Media Beat blogger John Kiesewetter, to coproduce and present the radio adaptation of O'Toole From Moscow, a Rod Serling comedy about confusion between Russians and the Cincinnati Reds at the height of the "Red Scare."

CCM students recorded the radio play, which was directed by Richard Hess, CCM professor of acting and directing, in Cincinnati Public Radio's Corbett Studio. Rod Serling’s daughter, Anne Serling, came to town and serves as the play’s narrator. 

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2019 Musicians Memorial

Dec 17, 2019

Saturday, December 28 from 10 p.m. - Midnight.

This year we lost many greats from the music world.

Music documentarian Paul Ingles shows gratitude, love and thanks as he bids a fond farewell to artists lost in 2019, including: Dr. John, Art Neville, Ric Ocasek, Little Feat's Paul Barrere, Ginger Baker, Leon Redbone, Dave Bartholomew, Nipsey Hussle, Ranking Roger, Eddie Money, Roky Erickson, Clydie King and many more.

Soldiers for Peace

Nov 5, 2019

Monday, November 11 at 8 p.m.

From APM Reports: Soldiers for Peace takes a deep look at how GIs were transformed by Vietnam, and the strategies veterans and active-duty personnel used to bring the war to an end.

American Anthem

Aug 9, 2019
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Monday, September 2 at Noon

Presented by NPR’s Arts Desk, the American Anthem series has highlighted the creation, popularization, and evolution of a selection of songs about our shared national identity as Americans.

Songs like “Fight the Power”, “This Land is Your Land”, “Dixie”, and “The Times They Are A-Changin'” were all written as a response to a moment or a movement and grew into an anthem of its own.

Back To The Garden: Woodstock Remembered

Aug 7, 2019
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Saturday, August 17 at 10 p.m.

Woodstock organizers, musicians and audience members recall the 1969 music festival that rocked the world in more ways than one.


Monday, August 5 at 8:00 p.m.

After a weekend of gun violence that claimed at least 31 lives in El Paso and Dayton, the conversation program Think takes a deep dive into the issues America is grappling with.

Exploring Issues in Education

Jul 19, 2019

Wednesdays in September at 7 p.m.
From APMReports, WVXU presents three weeks of documentaries that delve into issues facing the nation's educational system.

Covid on Campus
September 10 at 8 p.m.

Order 9066

Jun 18, 2018

July 16, 17 and 18, 2018 at 1:00 pm

From APM Reports: In 1942, just months after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. As a result, 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.

Thanksgiving Specials

Nov 20, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at WVXU and WMUB!

Whether you need help in the kitchen, or just a way to escape from football (or family) - we have some special Thanksgiving holiday specials available for you.

Cincinnati Edition will be taking this week off, so tune in for these special programs:

A Nation Engaged

Apr 25, 2017

Friday, April 28 at 7:00 pm

As the Trump presidency approaches its 100th day, NPR News presents A Nation Engaged, fostering conversation on the topic of Power & the Presidency with this framing question: “How powerful should any American president be?”


Saturday, August 13 at 8:00 pm:

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles’ appearance at Crosley Field on August 21, 1966, John Kiesewetter looks back at the Beatles phenomena with local music experts and some fans who were there. Along with the remembrances, you’ll enjoy the Beatles music heard at the concert as well as music from the opening acts, The Cyrkle, The Remains, Bobby Hebb and The Ronettes.

Appearing on the show are:

Espionage in the Age of Terror

Jul 7, 2016

Thursday, August 11 at 7:00 pm:

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Thursday, June 23 at 7:00 pm:

From American RadioWorks: Advocates for kids are pushing for a new approach to combating underage prostitution: treating young people caught up in sex trafficking as victims, not delinquents.

This documentary looks at how police and lawmakers are increasingly turning to a public health approach to help vulnerable young people break free of sex trafficking. And it explores the high-tech chase to thwart traffickers and buyers.

Civil Resistance: The Power of The People

May 6, 2016
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Thursday, June 9 at 7:00 pm:

From America Abroad: All across the world people are using nonviolent resistance to tackle corruption, to challenge their governments, and to protect their lands and their culture. The strategies for a successful movement have evolved since the days of Gandhi, but at its heart civil resistance harnesses the power of many to oppose those in power.

Thirsty Planet

Mar 18, 2016

Thursday, May 26 at 7:00 pm

From America Radioworks: Scientists say most people on Earth will first experience climate change in terms of water — either too much or too little. 

Selected Shorts

Dec 28, 2015

Selected Shorts is an award-winning series of classic and contemporary fiction read by acclaimed actors.

Thursday, December 26 at 12 p.m.
Tough Love for the Holidays
Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents three ways of looking at the holiday season. "Interview with God," by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, performed by Jayne Atkinson and James Naughton; "The Fir Tree," by Hans Christian Andersen, performed by James Naughton; and "A Present for Big St. Nick," by Kurt Vonnegut, performed by Tate Donvan.

Examining the Nuclear Deal with Iran

Aug 31, 2015

Wednesday, September 9 at 7:00 pm:

From America Abroad: On July 14, the United States and five other world powers signed an agreement to limit Iran's nuclear capability in exchange for lifting crippling economic sanctions. It's the culmination of nearly a decade of negotiations and will have far reaching impact throughout the Middle East. 

The Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday

Jun 15, 2015

July 4 at 1:00 pm:

So you think you don’t have any plans for July 4th?  WRONG!  SAD! 

Celebrate the holiday and pick up a few new legal explanations from Rudy Guiliani when the Capitol Steps poke fun at today’s news.  Call your friends!  Call your lawyer!  Call your lawyer’s lawyer!  This special promises to be huge, fantastic, tremendous… the highest ratings ever, believe me.

If there’s anything both sides can agree on, it’s that we all could use a laugh.  Tune in as the Capitol Steps rhyme the news of the day. 

Understanding Islamic Feminism

May 1, 2015

Thursday, June 11 at 7:00 pm

From America Abroad: In some Muslim-majority countries, women are struggling for basic equal rights: the right to drive, the right to travel without their husbands, the right to divorce. Meanwhile, In other parts of the world, Muslim women -- like all women worldwide -- are striving for full gender equality in how they speak, work, and pray. On this edition of America Abroad, an exploration of the ideals and promise of modern-day feminism as it relates in particular to Muslim women. We explore how both men and women grapple with practicing gender equality when those ideals diverge.

Burma at the Crossroads

Apr 10, 2015

Thursday, May 14 at 7:00 pm

From America Abroad: This fall, Burma is scheduled to hold its first truly democratic elections in half a century. But despite this progress, the military-run government continues to crack down hard on ethnic minorities and student protesters, putting serious limits on freedom of speech and religion. In this hour, America Abroad looks at the major players in the region promoting change, including Nobel Prize-winner Aung San Suu Kyi. And we'll explore the evolution of democracy -- a process that, as Burma proves, doesn't happen overnight.