Free Range Radio


Free Range Radio is a weekly program featuring radio productions from across the country and around the world that wouldn't ordinarily be heard in our area. (Due to copyright limitations we are not always able to provide links to program audio.)





November 6th: The Hidden World of Girls ( Pt. 1)

  • Host Tina Fey, star of  30 Rock, takes listeners around the world into the secret life of girls -- from the dunes of the Sahara to a slumber party in Manhattan, from the dancehalls of Jamaica to a racetrack in Ramallah -- and reveals some of her own hidden worlds. Produced by the Peabody Award-winning Kitchen Sisters and NPR, the special showcases stories of coming of age, rituals, rites of passage, and trailblazing for women.


November 13th:  The Hidden World of Girls, ( Pt. 2)


November 20th:  The Promised Land, ( Pt. 1) - Think Like a Bee

  • When you sit down at your holiday table, thank a bee. A third of the food on your plate is made possible by these pollinators, whose numbers are being decimated by disease and colony collapse disorder. But the bees have a champion in Marla Spivak, a University of Minnesota researcher and MacArthur "Genius" who thinks like a bee. Her intuitive approach — combined with scientific method — has given the world tremendous insight into these fascinating insects.


November 20th:  The Promised Land, ( Pt. 2) - Farm-to-Plate Innovator

  • Where does our food come from? Since we pay close attention to so many aspects of food in the holiday season, host Majora Carter visits the northern reaches of the New York metropolitan area, where Cheryl Rogowski, a fourth-generation farmer, grows 200 varieties of fruits and vegetables. In 2004, Cheryl became the first farmer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship. She was honored for her innovative approach to agricultural programs and for reimagining and reinvigorating the American family farm.



OCTOBER:  All month State of the Re:Union with Al Letson

October 2nd: Bronx, NY

  • The Bronx has long been a symbol of America's failings. It's still the poorest urban congressional district in the nation, and for many who live in New York's other boroughs, the Bronx is usually a place to avoid. But despite the area's troubles, some have stayed and put down roots, intent on surviving and making their borough better. This episode looks at the hold-outs and the dreamers who've committed their lives to building community in the Bronx.


October 9th: Gulf Coast of Mississippi

  • After Hurricane Katrina ravaged the area, Mississippi Gulf Coast residents were forced to come together to deal with the aftermath. Just as they were starting to get back on their feet, the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster resulted in millions of barrels of oil being dumped into the water just off their shores. These events have made environmentalists out of a lot of Gulf Coast residents who would never have considered themselves as such. We tell an hour of stories about how the fight for the natural world is bringing Gulf Coast residents together, sometimes with unlikely partners -- and how, in some instances, that fight is turning out to be exactly what a community needed to survive.


October 16th: Southern Wyoming

  • Wyoming is the least populated state in the United States. In this sparsely populated landscape where private property and self-sufficiency are prized, community is built on the (somewhat unwelcome) expectation that distant neighbors might need to rely on one another one day. When people come together here, they have to have good reason to. This episode will bring listeners to the towns of Laramie, Cheyenne and the surrounding landscape in Southern Wyoming, looking at how the things that happen in the small towns and countryside of rural America can change the country as a whole.


October 23rd: Cleveland, OH

  • From Rockefeller's Standard Oil to GE's first industrial park, Cleveland was a city made by entrepreneurs. But since the polluted Cuyahoga River caught fire in 1969, it's been trying to shake the moniker of "The mistake on the lake." Today Cleveland is being embraced by a new generation of entrepreneurs who are using their business sense to try and revitalize neighborhoods, clean-up the environment, and improve education.


October 30th: Sacramento, CA

  • A company town, where the company is government. In a city where one in four households contain a government employee, the crippling state budget deficit, police layoffs, fire engine brown-outs and park closures could easily signal only the bleakest of futures. But for the oldest city on the West Coast, persistence is key. This is a town where, through sheer force of will, residents and an enthusiastic mayor are keeping their major league basketball team around for another year. It's a town where, despite that recession gloom, the numbers of chronically homeless people on the streets actually went down this past year. It's a place where residents are volunteering to maintain city parks when the Parks and Recreation budget is slashed. And where people are figuring out ways -- from clothing swaps to home shares -- to deal with the hard new economic reality.