New Shows Coming To The Weekend

Feb 17, 2014

Rhode Island Public Radio is bringing eight exciting new shows to the weekend. Starting March 1st, tune in for some of the best new shows in the public radio world. You'll still be able to hear your favorites like Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, This American Life, and Car Talk, and we think these new shows will bring some new perspectives and ideas to your weekend. We've also changed the time of some of the weekend shows in order to bring them to more people. For example, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me will now air at 10:00 AM on Saturdays and Noon on Sundays. You can see the weekend program schedule here.

Here are the new shows. Take a listen to some of the examples for a sneak peak at what you'll hear starting March 1st.

Radiolab - Saturdays at 1:00 PM and Sundays at 7:00 PM

Radiolab is a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience. In this recent episode, hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich look at "Black Boxes" - those peculiar spaces where it’s clear what’s going in, we know what’s coming out, but what happens in-between is a mystery.

Snap Judgment - Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM

Snap Judgment tells intriguing stories about extraordinary and defining events in people's lives. The program’s raw, intimate, and musical brand of storytelling dares listeners to see a sliver of the world through another's eye. Host Glynn Washington takes listeners on a narrative journey - leaping from one person's frying pan into another person's fire. In this excerpt, we hear from rapper Homeboy Sandman. He was struggling to make money with his music in 2008 when his landlord served him with eviction papers. Just before walking into court, the court clerk gave him some advice, and that made all the difference.

The Moth Radio Hour - Saturdays at 9:00 PM and Sundays at 11:00 AM

The Moth features true stories told live. It's storytelling in its purest form: one person, a microphone and an audience, no notes. It is a celebration of both the raconteur, who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life, and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. In this excerpt, a young astrophysicist finds wild parallels between her research and personal life.

Ask Me Another - Saturdays at 6:00 PM

Ask Me Another is a lively hour of puzzles, word games, and trivia played in front of (and with) a live audience. Listeners can play along, testing their knowledge of history, geography, literature, grammar, spelling, pop culture and even mathematics along with the competitors called up to the stage. It's like your favorite pub quiz, re-imagined for the radio. For example, what would it sound like if popular non-fiction books had blockbuster movie-style trailers? A segment called IN A WORLD...

Bullseye - Saturdays at 7:00 PM

Bullseye is a show about what's good in popular culture. With a keen editorial eye, Bullseye sifts the wheat from the chaff, and brings listeners hot culture picks, in-depth interviews with the most revered and revolutionary creative people and irreverent original comedy. The guests include performers, artists, and authors who are shaping and documenting our culture right now. Here's an interview with punk legend Ian MacKaye from Minor Threat and Fugazi.

TED Radio Hour - Sundays at 3:00 PM

TED Radio Hour is a journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions and new ways to think and create. Each episode includes riveting excerpts from the renowned TED stage where some of the world's deepest thinkers and innovators are invited to give the 18-minute "talk of their lives." The TED Radio Hour team takes the most compelling talks and organizes them around a common theme. But the program goes far beyond the TEDTalks. Host Guy Raz interviews the guests, delving deeper, dissecting the speaker's ideas and posing probing questions you’d like to hear answered. In 1984, Nicholas Negroponte spoke at the first TED conference with a few predictions for the future. Almost all of his predictions came true.

The Dinner Party Download - Saturdays at 2:00 PM

The Dinner Party Download is a smart and funny show about everything excellent in culture. In each episode, hosts Rico Gagliano & Brendan Francis Newnam talk with some of the world's most interesting celebrities, and along the way equip you with bad jokes, fresh drink recipes, hot food finds, odd news stories, and etiquette tips from the likes of Author Danielle Steele and Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville.

PRX Remix - Saturdays at 6:00 AM and Sundays at 8:00 PM

PRX Remix from PRX (aka the Public Radio Exchange) is for people who love to listen to great stories. PRX picks the best stories from podcasts like 99 Percent Invisible and from independent radio producers across the country. Then it's mixed all together for new type of listening experience.

Here's an excerpt from 99 Percent Invisible about the New York County Family Court - a building not particularly well suited to its function.

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