New England Public Radio Refreshes Weekends on The NEPR News Network

Beginning Saturday, August 3, listeners to New England Public Radio’s NEPR News Network (AM 640, 91.7 FM in Franklin County, and 89.5 FM in southern Berkshire County) will notice a change in the station’s weekend line up, including the addition of popular new programs, like The TED Radio Hour and The Moth Radio Hour. Weekend Edition Saturday and Weekend Edition Sunday return to the NEPR News Network from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. both mornings, bringing listeners more local, national and international news on the weekends.

“The NEPR News Network is home to several smart, interesting news and talk programs, and also to some wonderful programs like The Moth Radio Hour, Radiolab and Snap Judgment that bring a new sound to storytelling – something public radio has been known for for years,” says Helen Barrington, Executive Director for Programming and Content for New England Public Radio. “These programs are bringing a fresh perspective, and we’re excited to share that with our listeners.”

New programs to the line up include The TED Radio Hour (Sundays at 2:00 p.m.), which brings the popular TEDTalks to public radio. The TED Radio Houris a journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions and new ways of thinking and creating. Recent programs have explored topics like “why we collaborate,” featuring a TEDTalk by the founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, and “how we learn,” with TEDTalks by science writer Annie Murphy Paul who talks about how fetuses in the womb begin taking cues from outside, and teacher Rita Pierson on how classrooms lack the kind of human connections kids need to learn.   

Also new in August is Here’s the Thing (Sundays at 6:00 p.m.) hosted by award-winning actor Alec Baldwin, which takes listeners inside the dressing rooms, apartments, and offices of people like Thom Yorke, the front man of Radiohead, David Simon, the creator of HBO’s The Wire, and Brian Williams, host of NBC Nightly News. Here’s the Thing will run for fourteen weeks. State of the Re:Union will fill the 6:00 p.m. slot through next July. State of the Re:Union explores the resonating themes, stories, challenges and cultural components that create communities across the country and celebrates the commonality that links us as a people.

On Saturday afternoons at 1:00 p.m. the popular Moth Radio Hour will join the line up. Each show has a theme with true stories told before a live audience. The 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 for Identity, and professional gambler, Annie Duke.  

Many programs that NEPR News Network listeners have enjoyed for years remain in the schedule, including two opportunities to hear Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! (Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. and Sundays at noon), Car Talk (Sundays at 11:00 a.m.) and Bob Edwards Weekend which moves from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturdays.  

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Vanessa Cerillo, Marketing and Communications Director