Official Launch Day for HD2, September 30

September 30 is the official launch day for HD2, our second channel. In order to hear our HD2 stream, you will need an HD radio.  HD radio allows you to hear both our channels in crystal clear high definition audio.

Shows on HD2

BBC World Service: For over 70 years, BBC World Service has been the globe’s most comprehensive source for news. No other news source has a network of international correspondents, reporters, and producers to rival BBC. When news breaks anywhere, anytime BBC is there. Listeners count on BBC to provide superior news programming because they know they can trust BBC World Service, the world’s most respected news source.

The Bioneers: This award-winning series is composed of themed half-hour programs highlighting cutting-edge solutions to major environmental challenges and crises, along with broader social approaches for ecological and cultural restoration. Breakthrough ideas, technological innovations and bold activist social strategies make for compelling radio, powered by the charismatic voices of the Bioneers themselves. These radio series present both the heartbreaking and triumphant stories of Bioneers from around the world.

The Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature was nominated for the United Nations Public Information Program for Environmental Programming. Series III won a Bronze Medal award from the New York Festival of International Radio, and in 2004, the show “Restoring Life’s Fabric: The Biological Bottom Line” with David Suzuki was awarded the Crystal Award of Excellence. “Peace Means Coming Back to the Table: Transforming Urban War Zones” with Aqeela Sherrills was awarded the Crystal Award of Distinction.

Earth Beat is public radio’s new weekly talk program covering the environment and our impact on it. Host Marnie Chesterton takes listeners around the world to hear stories big and small that surprise and illuminate. Audiences will laugh and be engaged in a global discussion of where our planet is heading, and our role in shaping that.

Humankind Weekly is a series that profiles humanitarians, idealists and visionaries, hosted by award-winning documentary producer DAVID FREUDBERG. Hear stories of citizens who inspire us by their courage and motivate us to be good citizens.

Alternative Radio is a weekly one-hour public affairs series that features diverse perspectives on national and international issues. Alternative Radio challenges conventional views and is dedicated to the founding principles of public broadcasting: “to serve as a forum for controversy and debate” and “provide a voice for groups that may otherwise be unheard.” Programs feature Helen Caldicott, Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, Ralph Nader, Michael Parenti, Edward Said, Cornel West, and many others.

On Point unites distinct and provocative voices with passionate discussion as it confronts the stories that are at the center of what is important in the world today. Leaving no perspective unchallenged, On Point digs past the surface and into the core of a subject, exposing each of its real world implications.

Each hour of the broadcast opens with a news brief analyzing the day’s biggest stories, followed by an in-depth conversation decoding a single topic with newsmakers, thinkers, and callers, and closes with compelling personal reactions to news and important issues, including radio diaries, excerpts from speeches, or special series segments.

Host Tom Ashbrook combines his journalistic instincts with a listener’s openness and curiosity — focusing on the relevant topics and deconstructing issues along with the audience. News analyst Jack Beatty, Senior Editor at The Atlantic Monthly, also guides the program by providing his own unique perspective to the conversation.

Michael Eric Dyson Show: Dr. Dyson is one of the nation’s most influential and renowned public thinkers, named by Ebony magazine as one of the 150 most powerful African Americans, and according to The Philadelphia Weekly, “is reshaping what it means to be a public intellectual.” Recent interviews with Bennett College President Dr. Julianne Malveaux, first lady of Neo-Soul Erykah Badu, and unexpected voices from all sides of the Arizona immigration law debate are great examples of the depth, wit, and potency Dr. Dyson brings to mid-days. He instinctively knows when to listen, and when to push back on those not used to being pushed back on.

The Tavis Smiley Show offers a unique blend of news and newsmakers in expanded conversations on topics ranging from presidential power to reparations for slavery, from campaign finance reform to miscegenation in music videos — all with a special focus on black America.

Smiley’s guest roster includes former President Bill Clinton, Fidel Castro, and Pope John Paul II. He also shares the mic with regular guest commentators: Cornel West — professor of Religion at Princeton University and one of the nation’s most provocative public intellectuals. Connie Rice — co-director of the Los Angeles-based Advancement Project and celebrated for her success in tackling problems of inequity and exclusion. J.C. Watts — staunch Republican and former congressman from Oklahoma who continues to wield strong influence in national Republican politics. Michael Eric Dyson — professor of African American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, author, lecturer, community activist. The Tavis Smiley Show is provocative, thoughtful, and thoroughly engaging.

Free Speech– a daily 30 minute ,in depth alternative newscast and discussion from Pacifica network.

Only a Game is a weekly one-hour radio sports magazine featuring nationally known author and veteran NPR commentator Bill Littlefield. The program, crafted to lead into Weekend Edition Saturday, is characterized by Littlefield’s exceptional writing and affable personality.

Only a Game maintains a strong “on-the-scene” presence, to provide listeners with a sound-rich, weekly tour of the world of sports. Over the past four years, the program has covered diverse stories and issues, including Title IX and the explosion of interest in women’s sports, racism, competitive opportunities for the disabled, and the business of sports, in addition to who won and who lost the latest competitions.

Latino USA, the multi award-winning radio journal of news and culture, is the only nationally distributed English-language radio program produced from a Latino perspective. It combines high-quality news, cultural and public affairs journalism with compelling sound to bring a rich understanding to a wide spectrum of listeners.

Latino influences and contributions continue to have an increasingly important impact on the evolving identity, life, and reality of the U.S. Latino USA acts as a forum for connections and reflects the experience of a changing population from a Latino viewpoint.

Maria Hinojosa is the popular host of Latino USA. She is also urban affairs correspondent for CNN and a former NPR News reporter. In addition to being a venerable broadcaster, Hinojosa is the author of Raising Raul (Viking Press, 1999), a frequent lecturer on college campuses, a devotee of the arts, and a first generation American Latina. A widely acclaimed journalist, she has received the Robert F. Kennedy Award, an Associated Press award and the National Council of La Raza’s 1999 Ruben Salazar Award, to name a few.

Snap Judgment’s raw, intimate, and musical brand of storytelling dares listeners to see a sliver of the world through another’s eyes . . .

Snap Judgment host Glynn Washington takes listeners on a narrative journey – leaping from one person’s frying pan into another person’s fire.

Deejay-driven musical delivery, paired with lush sound design, drops listeners into the very heart of what matters. Snap Judgment’s fast-paced (sometimes dark, sometimes playful) narrative highlights stories burning hot on the lips of people from across the globe.

Get your radio transmitter seismically retrofitted because this will generate some waves. It’s a sweet rhythmic blend of drama, humor, music and personality all hosted by the man who won the Public Radio Talent Quest. Snap Judgment. Storytelling . . . with a beat.

Le Show w/ Harry Shearer: A weekly, hour-long romp through the worlds of media, politics, sports and show business, leavened with an eclectic mix of mysterious music, hosted by Harry Shearer.

PRI’s Peabody Award-winning “Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen” from WNYC is public radio’s smart and surprising guide to what’s happening in pop culture and the arts. Each week, Kurt Andersen introduces you to the people who are creating and shaping our culture. Life is busy – so let “Studio 360” steer you to the must-see movie this weekend, the next book for your nightstand, or the song that will change your life.

Kurt Andersen – novelist, journalist, and co-founder of legendary “Spy” magazine – gets inside the creative mind through conversations with guests such as Yo-Yo Ma, Zadie Smith, Sean Lennon, Sean Penn, Walter Mosely, Dolly Parton, Ang Lee, Dave Eggers, Frank Gehry, and Tori Amos. “Studio 360” is also the place where a Freudian shrink can analyze a videogame about bunnies and astronauts play piano on the International Space Station.

Spend an hour at Coney Island with “They Might Be Giants,” walk through steel monoliths with sculptor Richard Serra, and hang out with indie rock stars in an Omaha basement. Let “Studio 360” be your cultural guide.

Are We Alone: one hour weekly program. Searching for life as we don’t know it begins with understanding life as we do. From amoebas to zebras, from androids to antimatter, Are We Alone? explores the science that makes life possible. Find out how to extract DNA from a banana, what size wrench you need to build a time machine, and whether dark energy can be bottled (yes). Also, separate the science from pseudoscience during our monthly feature on critical thinking. Are We Alone? : Science radio for thinking species on any world.

Jazz Profiles: Nancy Wilson is host to this NPR radio series, a weekly one-hour documentary series profiling the people, places and things in jazz.

European Jazz Stage: From the great stages of Europe, Radio Netherlands Worldwide brings you this year’s European Jazz Stage with host Daniel Frankl. Go on a jazz vacation: 13 hours of performances beckon from venues across the continent including the acclaimed North Sea Jazz Festival. And we’ll bring jazz names you may not have heard: Han Bennink, Fay Claassen, Till Brönner and more. Don’t let the consonants and accents faze you — these musicians swing.

This year, Afropop Worldwide celebrates 20 years of excellence in connecting Americans to Africa and the World!

In 1988, Afropop was launched by NPR as a weekly series. It was the first of its kind and, 20 years later, the program has expanded its vision to include the music and cultures that encompass the entire African Diaspora. The program is still the standard for both the curious and the connoisseur, and takes listeners to dynamic music capitals such as Dakar, Senegal; Johannesburg, South Africa; Cairo, Egypt; Havana, Cuba; Salvador de Bahia, Brazil; New York and Paris. Listeners meet the leading stars as well as emerging artists. Live concert recordings of world-class artists such as Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Cesaria Evora, Gilberto Gil, Baaba Maal, Kanda Bongo Man and others are featured on the program.

Hosted by one of Africa ‘s best-loved broadcast personalities, Georges Collinet, and produced by Sean Barlow

Brazilian Hour is an eclectic show devoted to Brazilian music, and featuring styles such as samba, bossa nova, instrumental, pop, afro-bloco, and more. The show also features interviews.

Hear the World: Radio Netherlands Worldwide takes you on a global adventure: visiting all the continents, finding the roots, and exploring crossovers of a vast mixture of musical ideas…. Get inspired by the colors, tastes, and sounds on Hear the World.
American Routes is a two-hour weekly excursion into American music, spanning eras and genres — roots rock and soul, blues and country, jazz, gospel and beyond.

From moody streets and muddy waters to purple mountains and the open range, America has produced an incredibly wide body of music, and host Nick Spitzer samples it all. He takes listeners on exciting musical journeys from the known to the unknown and back again, visiting sites with familiar sounds but also making side trips to the places where Cajun, klezmer, and Téjano flourish.

American Routes features interviews with renowned artists such as Marcia Ball, Doc Cheatham, James Cotton, Steve Earle, Jerry Garcia, Dr. John, Ellis Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Pharaoh Sanders, Mavis Staples, Allen Toussaint, Doc Watson.

Berimbau: Sounds of Brazil Hosted by Tony Regusters and Zezeh Maria
Since Antonio Carlos Jobim brought the bossa nova to the U.S in the 1960s, Jazz artists have always had a special relationship with Brazilian music. Veteran radio, tv and film broadcaster Tony Regusters and Afro-Brazilian dancer Zezeh Maria take us on a cultural excursion with beautiful ballads sung by Brazilian and American artists, the thumping rhythmic sambas, joyful carnival tunes and the ethereal sound of the new Brazilian artists.

Please note! This list is subject to change and some shows may be added or dropped on HD2, WNCU.