Free Range Radio
Not all great public radio programs are easily categorized. That's where WNIJ's Free Range Radio comes in. It's a collection of nationally-syndicated and locally-produced documentaries, features and music specials which otherwise might not find a home on our regular program schedule. Hear something new every week.
- Free-Range Radio for March 2014:
March 2nd: The Hidden World of Girls, Part 1
This encore broadcast of the two part series is hosted by writer/comedian Tina Fey. From the dunes of the Sahara to a slumber party in Manhattan, from the dancehalls of Jamaica to a racetrack in Ramallah, Fey takes us around the world into the secret life of girls and the women they become. These specials are produced by Peabody Award-winning producers, The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva), in collaboration with NPR reporters and foreign correspondents, independent producers and listeners around the world. Part one features rite of passage stories about Sioux girls, Travellers, and hunters in MIssissippi.
March 9th: The Hidden World of Girls, Part 2
The second hour of this Kitchen Sisters-produced special honoring the lives of girls includes Horses, Unicorns, and Dolphins, The Hidden World of Kandahar Girls, and Chicken Pills: The Hidden World of Jamaican Girls and eight other fascinating stories.
March 16th: Adapting to Climate Change
This special explores the ambitious plans that engineers, scientists, government officials, business leaders, NGOs, and community groups around the world are making to deal with future catastrophic events and shifting weather patterns. Among the stops on this global discussion: the Midwest, to explore preparations for droughts and floods.
March 23rd: Stories from the Heart of the Land -- Depending on Nature
What better way to celebrate spring than by getting in touch with nature? We're all dependent on the land, although some people feel that connection more keenly than others. Those are the people we'll hear from in this one-hour special from producer Jay Allison. They'll take us foraging in the woods of northern Vermont, on a hunt for a sense of "home" in New Guinea, stone wall building in the U.K., and looking for wide open spaces in Mongolia. Producer Charles Bowden even introduces us to a plant that only blooms on the hottest, darkest night of the year.
March 30th: Reveal
This new investigative series from PRX and the Center for Investigative Reporting takes on a number of important issues in a fast-moving hour. This is the second in the series and features the following:
- Where is all that heroin in the Midwest coming from? WBEZ and The Chicago Reader trace the path from Ciudad Juarez to Chicago and beyond.
- We travel to Rikers Island in New York to see what life is like for teens in solitary confinement.
- We check back in on a story from last year's Reveal pilot: the over-prescription of opiates to veterans through the VA.
- No animals were harmed in the production of this film? Sure of that? We look at the questionable relationship between filmmakers and the American Humane Society.
- A female farmworker talks about how her life has changed since she spoke out about sexual abuse in the fields.
- Previous Free-Range Radio Broadcasts:
February 2nd, 2014: Re:Defining Black History introduces us to some of the stories outside of the usual great moments in civil rights history.
February 9th, 2014: We bring back the 2011 special Say It Loud: Great Speeches on Civil Rights and African-American Identity to hear some of the greatest civil rights speeches from the 60s to the present.
February 16th, 2014: Going Black: the Legacy of Philly Soul Radio revisits the music of the civil rights era and the deejays who brought it to audiences hungering for change.
February 23rd, 2014: Actor Charles S. Dutton hosts Civil Rights In America: Seneca Falls, Selma, Stonewall, and Beyond. The hour-long special examines the connections (and disconnects) throughout history between activists fighting for equal rights for African-Americans, women, and homosexuals.
January 26th, 2014: Best of the Third Coast Short Docs Contest, as compiled by WNIJ's Susan Stephens.
January 12th and 19th, 2014: Best of the Best 2013: The Third Coast International Audio Festival, parts 1 & 2.
January 5th, 2014: Reveal - The pilot episode of an occasional investigative series by The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX. Hosted by Al Letson.
December 29th, 2013: A Season’s Griot - This annual one-hour Kwanzaa special captures the tales and traditions of African-American and African peoples
December 22nd, 2013: Tinsel Tales 2 - More humor, warmth, and festive voices
December 15th, 2013: Tinsel Tales - Stories from the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas
December 8th, 2013: Arts Adapting - How arts organizations in Rockford are adapting to changing cultural and economic environments
December 1st, 2013: Hanukkah Lights - Hanukkah stories and memoirs as read by NPR's Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz
November 24th, 2013: Ties That Bind - The Story Corps Tenth Anniversary Special
November 17th, 2013: We Knew JFK
November 10th, 2013: BURN: An Energy Journal, Rising Seas
October 6th - November 3rd, 2013: State Of The ReUnion - Season 4
September 15th, 2013: Rockford Symphony Orchestra 2013-2014 Classics Concert Series Preview
September 8th, 2013: American RadioWorks - "Second Chance Diploma - Examining the GED"
September 1st, 2013: American RadioWorks - "One Child At a Time: Custom Learning in the Digital Age"
August 25th, 2013: The Tobolowski Files - "The Afflictions of Love"
August 18th, 2013: The Tobolowski Files - "The Classic"
August 11th, 2013: The Tobolowski Files - "The Alchemist"
August 4th, 2013: The Tobolowski Files - "The Dangerous Animals Club"
July 28th, 2013: Becoming Bionic
July 21st, 2013: Diary of a Bad Year: A War Correspondent's Dilemma
July 14th, 2013: Burn: An Energy Journal - The Switch
July 7th, 2013: America: Our Country Our Music
June 2nd, 2013: Culture Shock 1913
June 9th, 2013: Intelligence Squared U.S. - The GOP: Seize the Center or Die?
June 16th, 2013: Hidden Kitchens - The Raw & the Cooked
June 23rd, 2013: Invisible Americans - Stories From the New Immigrants
June 30th, 2013: Intelligence Squared U.S. - Is the FDA Hazardous to Our Health?
May 26th, 2013: State of the Re:Union - Coming Home: Stories of Veterans
May 19th, 2013: State of the Re:Union - Dropouts to Graduates
May 12th, 2013: State of the Re:Union - Back to the Basics
May 5th, 2013: Generation Putin
April 7th, 2013: Holocaust Voices (for Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 8th)
April 14th, 2013: Confronting the Warpland: Black Poets of Chicago (for National Poetry Month)
April 21st, 2013: Fresh Greens 2.0 (for Earth Day, April 22nd)
April 28th, 2013: Mapping Eliza: Decoding DNA Secrets (April is th 60th Anniversary of the discovery of the structure of DNA, and the 10th Anniversary of mapping of the human genome; DNA Day is April 25th)
March 31st, 2013: Intelligence Squared U.S.: Does America Need a Stronger Dollar?
March 24th, 2013: The Witches of Lublin (for Passover)
March 17th, 2013: Notes on Spring - A Seasonal Music Special
March 10th, 2013: Intelligence Squared U.S.: Should We Prohibit Genetically-Engineered Babies?
March 3rd, 2013: Her Stories (for Women's History Month)
February 24th: William's Leap for Freedom
February 17th, 2013: The Children of Children Keep Coming
February 10th, 2013: Maya Angelou's Black History Month Special (2013)
February 3rd, 2013: Let Freedom Sing: The Music of the Abolitionists
January 27th, 2013: Life in 2030
January 20th, 2013: American RadioWorks - King's Last March (for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
January 13th, 2013: Best of the Best - 2012 Third Coast Festival Broadcast (part 2)
January 6th, 2013: Best of the Best - 2012 Third Coast Festival Broadcast (part 1)
December 30th, 2012: A Season's Griot
December 23rd, 2012: J.R. Sullivan's "Home For the Holidays"
December 16th, 2012: Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites
December 9th, 2012: Hanuakkah Lights
November 25th, 2012: State of the Re:Union - East Jackson, Ohio - As Black as We Wish to Be
November 18th, 2012: State of the Re:Union - Internet Communities - Making the Virtual Real
November 11th, 2012: State of the Re:Union - Jacksonville, Florida
November 4th, 2012: State of the Re:Union - Tucson, Arizona
October 28th, 2012: The New Medicine: Hacking Our Biology
October 21st, 2012: BURN: The Power and Politics of New Energy Frontiers
October 14th, 2012: BURN: The Power of One Election and America's Energy Future
October 7th, 2012: Notes On Autumn - A Seasonal Music Special
September 30th, 2012: Groundwork - Democracy Close to Home
September 23rd, 2012: Keyboard College - How Technology is Revolutionizing Higher Education
September 16th, 2012: The Rise of Phoenix - For Profit Universities Shake Up the Academy
September 9th, 2012: Grit, Luck and Money - Preparing Kids for College and Getting Them Through
September 2nd, 2012: Rockford Symphony Orchestra Season Preview
August 26th, 2012: Highlights from Charlotte's Web's 40th Anniversary Celebration
August 19th, 2012: Gas Planet: The Impact of the Natural Gas Boom on Climate Change
August 12th, 2012: Paul Simon: Graceland
August 5th, 2012: Go For It: Life Lessons From Girl Boxers