A companion to Weekend Edition Saturday and Morning Edition (weekdays), Weekend Edition Sunday premiered on January 18, 1987, and was the last of NPR's major news magazines to hit air. Since then, Weekend Edition Sunday has covered newsmakers and artists, scientists and politicians, music makers of all kinds, writers, thinkers, theologians and all manner of information including news that breaks on the weekend.
Saturday mornings are made for Weekend Edition Saturday, the program wraps up the week's news and offers a mix of analysis and features on a wide range of topics, including arts, sports, entertainment, and human interest stories.
The two-hour program is hosted by NPR's Peabody Award-winning Scott Simon. Drawing on his experience in covering 10 wars and stories in all 50 states and seven continents, Simon brings a humorous, sophisticated and often moving perspective to each show. He is as comfortable having a conversation with a major world leader as he is talking with a Hollywood celebrity or the guy next door.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir's first network radio program (with the organ, choir, and announcer sharing a single microphone) was transmitted on July 15, 1929. Today, after more than 80 years and over 4,100 broadcasts, Music and the Spoken Word is the oldest continuous nationwide network broadcast in America.
Through sacred choral music and thoughtful commentary expressing the biblical themes that are the basis of Christian worship for each week in the church year, Sing for Joy prepares listeners for worship, reinforces their worship experience and, for many listeners, is their primary form of worship during the week.
The musical performances "do the talking," while the concise commentary illustrates the meaning of the texts. There are a lot of songs about love in this wide world, but songs about the deeper beauty of love divine seem to be the most enduring.
Everything from home remedies to the latest break-through drugs are discussed each weekend on The People’s Pharmacy. Pharmacologist Joe Graedon and medical anthropologist Terry Graedon talk to leading experts to discuss issues relating to drugs, herbs, home remedies, vitamins and related health topics. And they take calls from listeners. The People’s Pharmacy airs live Saturday mornings at 7:00 on WVTF.
Every weekday for over three decades, NPR's Morning Edition has taken listeners around the country and the world with multi-faceted stories and commentaries that inform, challenge and occasionally amuse. Morning Edition is the most listened-to news radio program in the country and that's certainly also true at WVTF and RADIO IQ.
The Beethoven Satellite Network is the all-classical service hosted by Peter Van De Graaff. Produced at WFMT's state-of-the-art broadcast studios in Chicago, radio outlets including WVTF air portions of the daily satellite feeds.
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Peter Van De Graaff, programs the service conservatively, while focusing on the standards of the repertoire, he doesn't hesitate to go beyond that and draws from the rich and varied music that comprises all of what we call "classical music." The Beethoven Satellite Network is the reliable and quality programming leader in classical music format service.
Cheryl Corley is an NPR correspondent who works for the National Desk and is based in Chicago. She travels throughout the Midwest covering issues and events throughout the region's 12 states.
In recent years, Corley has reported on the campaign and re-election of President Barack Obama, on the efforts by Illinois officials to rethink the state's Juvenile Justice System, on youth violence in Chicago, and on political turmoil in the Illinois state government. She's reported on the infamous Trayvon Martin shooting case in Florida and covered tornadoes that have destroyed homes and claimed lives in Harrisburg, Illinois; small towns in Oklahoma; and Joplin, Missouri.
Rob Stein is a correspondent and senior editor on NPR's science desk.
In his reporting, Stein focuses on the intersection of science, health, politics, social trends, ethics, and federal science policy. He tracks genetics, stem cells, cancer research, the obesity epidemic, and other science, medical, and health policy news.
Before NPR, Stein served as The Washington Post's science editor and national health reporter for 16 years, editing and then covering stories nationally and internationally.
Earlier in his career, Stein spent about four years at NPR's science desk. Before that, he served as a science reporter for United Press International in Boston and the science editor of the international wire service in Washington.