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American RadioWorks

Radio documentaries have been around almost since the beginning of regularly scheduled radio programming, but not all are created equal (or with great aplomb), and the American Radio Works is certainly one of the finer documentary production units in the field. Based at Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul, Minnesota, Radio Works' primary themes include public affairs documentaries on major social...
American Mavericks

Written and produced by Tom Voegli, and produced by Minnesota Public Radio in association with the San Francisco Symphony and its music director, Michael Tilson Thomas, this lovely 13-part radio series "tells the story of the distinctly American music that grew along with the country." Part of this essential story is the music of such iconoclastic tradition-breaking composers as Charles Ives,...

"Eclectic" would be one of the best adjectives to describe the far-ranging world of the Chicago Public Radio's daily talk show known as "Odyssey". When it seems that the extent of most commercial radio public affairs programs tends towards those who can screech the loudest, Odyssey continues to offer insightful commentary and discussion on any number of issues. The program is hosted by Gretchen...
Wait Wait-Don't Tell Me!

Stage director, essayist, extra in a Michael Jackson Video: Simply put, Peter Sagal has done it all through his long career in the entertainment business. With such a resume, it make sense that he is the host of the popular National Public Radio Program, "Wait Wait-Don't Tell Me!". This weekly hour-long quiz program originates out of Chicago's NPR station WBEZ, and allows listeners to match their...
Fresh Air from WHYY

While Fresh Air is classified as a "talk show", its host Terry Gross takes listeners all over the broad cultural landscape, including trenchant interviews with saxophonist Sonny Rollins and animated discussions with rappers (turned actors) Ice T and Ice Cube. The show is aired daily on National Public Radio and is broadcast from affiliate station WHYY in Philadelphia. This website serves as the...
Earth & Sky (last reviewed in the August 9, 2002 Scout Report)

Under the banner of "A clear voice for science", the radio program "Earth & Sky" has been on the air since 1991. On this site, visitors can listen to the program, which has answered such questions as "How slow does the slowest animal move?" and "How will Antarctic ice sheets behave?" Visitors can browse their archive, listen to their podcasts, and sign up to receive RSS feeds here. One rather fine...

Radiolab is a lively website with a retro look from public radio station WNYC. The Radiolab show is described in the "About" section as a place where "the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience. Big questions are investigated, tinkered with, and encouraged to grow." The focus is science and technology, but it's certainly not filled with cold, dry, unfeeling stories, as...
Science Friday (Last reviewed in the Scout Report on October 31, 1997)

As their tagline notes, "Every day is Science Friday." With a deep archive of past programs and video clips, the website for NPR's Science Friday program is quite a find. The program is hosted by Ira Flatow, and each week he and his colleagues "focus on science topics that are in the news and try to bring an educated, balanced discussion to bear on the scientific issues at hand." Recent segments...