The Public Radio Hour

This weekly mix of special programs and homemade radio features seeks the untold story and digs down deep into idea that matter. And better yet, it's produced in part by our volunteer WLRH Community Newsroom ... and you can be part of the show. Stay tuned for your chance to speak your mind into the Public Microphone! Contact us through the WLRH Community Newsroom web form, and through the WLRH Facebook page. 

Public Radio Hour 'Spooky Skies, Local Aliens IV, Sally Ride' (10/17/19)

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Take a trip to space with WLRH as we hear a rare interview with astronaut Sally Ride, preview our new Local Aliens CD and get the 411 on VBAS' Astronomy Day event!

Public Radio Hour 'Energy, Candy Bomber, Team Rubicon, etc.' (9/26/19)

Thursday, September 26, 2019

On this Public Radio Hour: Energy Alabama talks sustainable energy, Alabama Ambassador for Team Rubicon talks restoring lives in the face of disaster, more AL Bicentennial events and The Big Pond Podcast time-warps to introduce us to 'Uncle Wiggly Wings.'

Public Radio Hour '20th Anniversary Chandra Observatory' (8/29/19)

Thursday, August 29, 2019

We're honoring the Chandra Observatory's 20th anniversary! Hear about the past, present and future of X-ray observation from Marshall Space Flight Center chief scientist Dr. Martin Weisskopf, MSFC historian Brian Odom and NASA study scientist Dr. Jessica Gaskin ...

Public Radio Hour 'Twickenham Fest, Recycle Pt2' (8/22/19)

Thursday, August 22, 2019

On this episode of The Public Radio Hour, Dorrie Nutt welcomes co-founders of Twickenham Fest to discuss its 10 year history and what's to come this year. We also hear part two of Planet Money's two-part series on recycling.

Public Radio Hour 'DeQn Sue, Recycle pt1, Theater pt3' (8/15/19)

Thursday, August 15, 2019

This episode of The Public Radio Hour feature part 1 of 2 special podcasts from Planet Money on recycling, a visit with musician DeQn Sue, a chat with Sally Warden about upcoming Bicentennial events and the final installment of a three part series exploring challenges faced by Huntsville's theater community ...

Public Radio Hour 'Willie Ruff, Public Transit, Local Theater Pt. 2' (8/8/19)

Thursday, August 8, 2019

This episode of Public Radio Hour: a stellar conversation w/ Jazzman Willie Ruff, local bus riders talk on recent changes to Huntsville's public transit system, and part 2 of a 3-part series on local theater spaces.

Public Radio Hour 'Local Theater Pt1, Auto Jobs, Toot, Sundial' (8/1/19)

Thursday, August 1, 2019

This episode of Public Radio Hour features an update on MAZDA TOYOTA’s efforts to build a workforce, part 1 of a 3-part series on local theater spaces, Sundial Young Writer Olivia Fox and more.

Public Radio Hour 'One Giant Leap: Integration at NASA' (7/25/19)

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

This episode of The Public Radio Hour features the original WLRH documentary 'One Giant Leap: how integration at NASA helped mankind reach the moon'. We'll retrace how the integration of Werner von Braun's German rocket team, women and minorities into NASA's workforce was necessary for America's successful lunar mission.

Public Radio Hour 'Creepy Apollo, Elder Care, Bicentennial' (7/11/19)

Thursday, July 11, 2019

On this episode of The Public Radio Hour, we launch our Elder Care series, we hear an eerie radio drama depicting an alternate outcome for the Apollo 11 mission, take an adventure with Sundial Young Writer winner, and preview upcoming Bicentennial events happening around Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley ...

Public Radio Hour 'Sunfish, Bicentennial, Estonia Cyber' 6/20/19

Thursday, June 20, 2019

On this episode of The Public Radio Hour, we'll talk cyber security with the Estonian ambassador, learn about new protections for the rare Spring Pygmy Sunfish and preview upcoming Bicentennial events happening around Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley ...

Public Radio Hour 'Listen Local, Clotida, Z. Suara, NextFlex' (6/6/19)

Thursday, June 6, 2019

On this episode of The Public Radio Hour, we’ll hear about the rediscovery of The Clotilda, learn about Next Flex student training efforts, discuss the problem with the ‘Us Versus Them’ mentality, and get updates on Listen Local Huntsville's 'Music From The Moon' songwriting contest.

Public Radio Hour 'Apollo 50 at HMCPL, Bicentennial Events' (5/30/19)

Thursday, May 30, 2019

On this episode, we’ll hear about the Huntsville Madison County Public Library’s Apollo 11 festivities and programs. We’ll also hear about some upcoming local Bicentennial events. We’ll check out a special episode from the podcast, ‘Unmute the Commute,’ and we'll visit with retiring Huntsville Symphony Orchestra harpist Katherine Newman.

Public Radio Hour 'Mother's Day Musings with the Sundial Writers' 5/9/19

Thursday, May 9, 2019

In this episode of The Public Radio Hour, the WLRH Sundial Writers Corner honors Mother's Day with a series of stories, poems and commentaries. Featured writers include Rita Monteiro, Terri French, Sri Bhooshanan, Chris Ferguson, Mariah Beachboard, Monita Soni, Rose Battle, Peggy Tucker, Margaret Vann, Rebecca Harbor Jones, Nancy Rohr, Sally Estes and Cindy Small. And a shout out to the Mother of Sundial and Hall of Fame broadcaster Judy Watters!

Public Radio Hour 'Chasing The Moon, Arthur Hullett' (5/2/19)

Thursday, May 2, 2019

On this episode of The Public Radio Hour, we talk with Robert Stone, producer and director of 'Chasing The Moon', as well as Arthur Hullett, one of the early African-Americans working in a technical field during the Apollo program.

Public Radio Hour 'Statehouse Update, Microplastics, Cancer (4/11/19)

Thursday, April 11, 2019

On this episode of The Public Radio Hour, we get an update on the Alabama Legislative Session, learn about microplastics and other pollutants in the Tennessee River and hear about a new study on gynecological cancers.

Public Radio Hour 'Von Braun, A Smart Place, Legislative Update' (4/4/19)

Thursday, April 4, 2019

On this episode of the Public Radio Hour. NASA historians will shed light on legendary rocket scientist Werner von Braun’s connections to Nazis and desegregation. We’ll learn about efforts to connect high school students with jobs at the Mazda Toyota plant, and go job hunting on the A Smart Place website. We'll also hear a legislative update on proposals regarding Common Core, abortion, prison reform and medical marijuana.

Public Radio Hour 'Race to the Moon pt1' (3/28/19)

Thursday, March 28, 2019

In this episode of The Public Radio Hour, we'll have the first of a two-part discussion with NASA's chief historian Dr. Bill Barry and Marshall Space Flight Center historian Brian Odom about America's 'Race to the Moon. We'll also explore the legacy of Werner von Braun, and his connection to the Nazi party and to desegregation in Alabama. We'll also preview Bicentennial events around Huntsville with Sally Warden, executive director of the Huntsville Madison County Bicentennial Committee.

Public Radio Hour 'Wrestle, Music From The Moon, Women in Art' (3/20/19)

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

On this episode of The Public Radio Hour, we'll hear about the documentary 'Wrestle', learn about the "Music From The Moon" songwriting contest and chat with Sarah Williamson, about her 'Perceptions' series.

Public Radio Hour "State of the State, Bicentennial for March" (3/7/19)

Thursday, March 7, 2019

On this episode of The Public Radio Hour, we'll replay Governor Ivey's State of the State address and the Democratic Response by Representative Barbara Drummond of Mobile. We'll also chat with Huntsville Madison County Bicentennial Committee chairperson Sally Warden about Bicentennial events happening in the month of March ...

Public Radio Hour "Math Wizards-Scissum and Stevenson" (2/28/19)

Thursday, February 28, 2019

In this episode of The Public Radio Hour, we'll wrap up our celebration of Black History Month and kick Women's History Month by meeting two two amazing people … math wizards who blazed a trail for women and African-Americans in America’s space program.

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