Exciting Changes Coming to the NEPR News Network

Beginning Monday, July 1, New England Public Radio will make some exciting changes on The NEPR News Network, AM 640, 91.7 FM (Franklin County, MA) and 89.5 FM (Southern Berkshire County).

“NPR is ending production of Talk of the Nation with Neal Conan on June 30,” says New England Public Radio’s Executive Director for Programming and Content, Helen Barrington, “This opened up the opportunity to look at the schedule and offer listeners exciting new programs, including a new collaboration between WBUR-Boston and NPR – an expanded two-hour version of Here & Now.”

Produced in Boston and hosted by Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson (formerly of Marketplace Morning Report), Here & Now brings listeners the news that breaks after Morning Edition and before All Things Considered. Here & Now‘s Boston staff will be complemented by NPR reporters and hosts, as well as contributors like Radio Lab‘s Robert Krulwich for science.

Fresh Air will follow Here & Now at 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and the popular Science Friday will continue Fridays at 2 p.m..

Evenings on The NEPR News Network will bring a new program from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation called Q, with host Jian Ghomeshi. Q is an energetic daily program that takes you on a smart and surprising ride, interviewing personalities and tackling issues that matter. Recent interviews include Joni Mitchell, Ireland’s first female president, Mary Robinson, and a live studio concert by indie rock darlings, The National. Q will air weekdays at 7 p.m.. Two full hours of On Point with Tom Ashbrook follows Q weekdays at 8 p.m..

Changes to the NEPR News Network’s weekend schedules will begin on Saturday, August 3, and include some exciting new programs. Saturday afternoons the popular Moth Radio Hour will air at 1 pm.. Each show has a theme with true stories told before a live audience. Moth stories dissolve socio-economic barriers, expose vulnerabilities and quietly suggest ways to overcome challenges. Recent storytellers have included Maurice Ashley, the first African-American International Grandmaster of Chess, Andrew Solomon, award-winning author of Far From The Tree: Parents, Children and the Search of Identity, and professional gambler, Annie Duke.

TED Radio Hour, hosted by Guy Raz will air Sundays at 2 p.m., beginning August 4. Based on riveting TEDTalks from the world’s most remarkable minds, TED Radio Hour is a journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions and new ways of thinking and creating. Recent programs have explored topics like what we mean by beauty, with philosopher Denis Dutton and model Cameron Russell, and what happens when we make mistakes with TED speakers like Dr. Brian Goldman, who asks if medicine’s culture of denial keeps doctors from learning from their mistakes.

The complete updated schedule is available online at NEPR.net.