Programs A-Z

  • If you showed up on July 6, 1974, at the Janet Wallace Auditorium at Macalester College in Saint Paul and plunked down your $1 admission (50 cents for kids) to attend the very first broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion, you were in select...

  • Acoustic Café is a two hour weekly radio show, and an independent media production of RDR Radio, LLC. The program is produced and hosted by Rob Reinhart, who started the show in 1995. 

    Each week, listeners around the globe tune in...

  • Afternoon Classical Music brings a wide range of music to listeners Monday through Thursday from 1pm to 4pm. Hosted by Susan McTaggart-Dennis, you'll hear classic recordings and new releases from the biggest names in the world of music, as well...

  • All Things Considered is a vital daily companion to people who strive to stay informed and in touch. Since its debut in 1971, All Things Considered has offered in-depth reporting in context, and transformed the way listeners understand the...

  • American Routes is a weekly two-hour public radio program produced in New Orleans, presenting a broad range of American music — blues and jazz, gospel and soul, old-time country and rockabilly, Cajun and zydeco, Tejano and Latin, roots rock and...

  • Every week, 'Destination Out' features creative improvised music, traditional world music, and jazz. Host Mike Johnston also presents a feature each week, focusing on a particular artist, or a unique style of music.

  • Echoes is a two-hour music soundscape, distributed by Public Radio International and broadcast on 130 radio stations from Maine to California. With host John Diliberto, a writer for Billboard, Pulse and other magazines, Echoes brings together a...

  • Folk Alley host Elena See collects the best in traditional and contemporary folk, Americana and roots music from the latest releases, classics, exclusive Folk Alley in-studio and live concert recordings.

  • Bill Rudman’s weekly radio program featuring the best of Broadway and Hollywood has been nationally syndicated since 1998. Embracing music from the turn of the 20th century to today’s biggest hits, each show gathers marvelous songs to explore...

  • An award-winning show and one of public radio's most iconic programs, Fresh Air is a weekday "talk show" that hardly fits the mold. Fresh Air Weekend collects the week's best cultural segments and crafts them together for great weekend...

  • 'Homespun' is a program that focuses on the "traditional" side of music, although that can stretch from very old 78 rpm reissues to the contemporary music of today. Host Tom Ball says there are only two kinds of music: good music and bad music,...

  • Interfaith Voices is an independent public radio show fostering interfaith understanding by providing engaging conversation about religion, across many traditions and beliefs. We explore how faith intersects with culture, public policy, and the...

  • Every week, Christian McBride hosts Jazz Night in America, bringing performances and interviews with jazz greats to central and northern Michigan.

    Bassist extraordinaire, composer, arranger, educator, curator and administrator,...

  • Every Sunday night, the Duke of Juke, Robert Barclay, is in the house spinning a mix of acoustic and electric music from the 1920s to the present, including from the worlds of blues, soul, R&B, gospel and zydeco. 

  • Just Talk is a locally produced discussion program that addresses issues of the day. We open up a space for a thoughtful discussion and consider how national events leave their fingerprints on Michigan’s communities.

  • Living on Earth with Steve Curwood is the weekly environmental news and information program distributed by Public Radio International. Every week approximately 250 Public Radio stations broadcast Living on Earth's news, features, interviews and...

  • Hours before alarms buzz and coffeemakers drip, an international team of award-winning journalists, commentators, producers, and analysts prepare the most popular news program on public radio, offering a welcome alternative to the talking heads...

  • Every day on 'Mosaic,' David Nicholas presents a wide range of music, as well as conversations about the arts and culture from across central and northern Michigan. 

  • Nightside Jazz & Blues is one of the longest running programs on WCMU. Each night, hosts Donovan Boxey, Jeff Patton, and Michael Hamilton bring you selections from our record and CD library. You are welcome to make a request on Nightside's ...

  • On the Media is your guide to how the media sausage is made. Hosts Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield examine threats to free speech and government transparency, criticize media coverage of the week's big stories, examine new technology, and...

  • Radiolab is a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience.

  • We've heard the news, but we want to know what really happened. That's what the Peabody Award-winning Reveal brings to WCMU each week. The goal is to find out what's going on behind the scenes, hidden from public view. Produced by the Center...

  • For 25 years we’ve introduced top scientists to public radio listeners, and reminded them how much fun it is to learn something new. But we’re more than just a radio show. We produce award-winning digital videos, original web articles, and...

  • An idea is the one gift that you can hang onto even after you've given it away. Welcome to TED Radio Hour hosted by Guy Raz – a journey through fascinating ideas: astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, new ways to think and...

  • 'The Beat' is a weekly mix of jazz, blues and much more. Each week, host David Nicholas plays selections from WCMU's extensive record and CD library, and brings in some of his own favorite albums from home. 

  • The International Americana Music Show, presented by Michael Park, is a weekly radio show available for broadcast on public radio stations across America. The show features Americana music made exclusively by non-American artists and includes...

  • Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories told live and without notes. Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it,...

  • 'The Set List' offers an eclectic mix of music, built around various themes. No two shows are the same. Host Rick Westover also often features Michigan musicians, new indie darlings, as well as classic throw-back tracks.

  • The Splendid Table has been at the forefront of food issues and policies since its inception. Long before eating local became a catchphrase and farmers' markets became ubiquitous, The Splendid Table was talking about the changes needed in the...

  • The Takeaway is an hour-long national news program that relies on correspondents, guests and listeners from across the country to provide perspectives and analysis to understand the day's news. Host John Hockenberry convenes a diverse group of...

  • One of our problems from the start has been that when we try to describe This American Life in a sentence or two, it just sounds awful. For instance: each week we choose a theme and put together different kinds of stories on that theme. That...

  • One of NPR's most popular music programs is created in the foothills of the Scottish Highlands. When you turn your radio on, you're there too.

    On The Thistle & Shamrock, award-winning radio host Fiona Ritchie explores evolving music...

  • For a wacky and whip-smart approach to the week's news and newsmakers, listen no further than Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, the oddly informative news quiz from NPR.

    During each fast-paced, irreverent show, host Peter Sagal leads what...

  • 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...

  • Weekend Edition Sunday features interviews with newsmakers, artists, scientists, politicians, musicians, writers, theologians and historians. The program has covered news events from Nelson Mandela's 1990 release from a South African prison to...

  • Host Talia Schlanger presents World Cafe, which features new and significant music and the artists who create it each weekday on WCMU. Serving up a blend of blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country, live performances, and intimate...