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 '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.

Public Radio Hour 'Three Holiday Mash Up!' (2/14/19)

Thursday, February 14, 2019

On this episode of The Public Radio Hour, we're celebrating three holidays ... all in one swoop! It's Valentine's Day, so we're talking to people at the recent Community Seed Swap in Huntsville about their love of gardening, and the Sundial Writers Corner shares their ideas on the there 'I Love This'. In honor of Presidents Day, we've got a preview of a brand new show coming to our HD3 News/Talk channels Thursdays at 3pm titled The Thomas Jefferson Hour.

The Public Radio Hour "Freedom Riders and Gospel Roots" (2/7/19)

Thursday, February 7, 2019

This episode celebrates Black History Month with a spotlight on Fantasy Playhouse's 'Freedom Riders' program and a documentary series titled 'The Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul'. We'll also get the low-down on February Bicentennial events and sample a new storytelling podcast.

Public Radio Hour 'Best of Mental Health Coverage 2018' (1/10/19)

Thursday, January 10, 2019

On this episode of The Public Radio Hour, we review some of the best interviews and stories from our year-long coverage of mental health awareness in our community.

Public Radio Hour 'Best of Community Newsroom 2018' (1/3/19)

Monday, December 31, 2018

The Public Radio Hour takes a look back at some of the great content created by our volunteer producers in the WLRH Community Newsroom.

TPRH 'Tweed Ride, Chartreuse Project, Tree of Trust' (12/27/18)

Thursday, December 27, 2018

In the final episode of The Public Radio Hour for 2018, we round out our year-long coverage of mental health awareness with another episode on 'Happiness'. We'll hear the second part of our testimonial series from the Tweed Ride bicycle tour, learn about Joel Elliott's 'The Chartreuse Project' to help Huntsville's homeless population and talk with Christy James and Melissa Ford Thornton about the 'Tree of Trust' podcast and how it hopes to use the power of storytelling to dispell stigmas related to mental health challenges. 

The Public Radio Hour 'Happiness, Sunfish, Hyacinth, Scrooge' (11/29/18)

Thursday, November 29, 2018

In this episode of the Public Radio Hour, we continue our year-long mental health series by learning how to better manage our happiness. We’ll hear from riders in Huntsville’s recent Tweed Ride community bicycle ride. Then, Crisis Services of North Alabama counseling program manager Connie Kane drops by to share some resources to help you during the holiday season (find those Help Line numbers below).

Public Radio Hour 'Fireworks, Autopsy, Art' (11/15/18)

Thursday, November 15, 2018

In this episode of The Public Radio Hour, we learn about ThinkerCon, a global gathering of online educational content creators and hear about what might be the world's first Chemistry Fireworks Show. We'll also preview Lowe Mill's Art After Hours, happening Friday November 16th from 6-8pm.

"The Wall, Heroes Week, Mediation and Music" (11/8/18)

Thursday, November 8, 2018

On this episode of The Public Radio Hour, Community Newsroom producer Cathie Mayne and the WLRH Public Microphone pay a visit to The Wall That Heals to give people a chance to share their stories. We'll also honor Heroes Week as we talk with Steve Mozian with the Semper Fi Community Task Force.

Public Radio Hour 'The Wall That Heals - the Power of Remembering' (11/1/18)

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Tens of thousands of people will engage in a unique community event at Huntsville's John Hunt Park November 1st - 4th. The Wall That Heals is a three-quarters size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC and will be open to the public 24 hours a day until November 4th at 3pm. As part of our continuing exploration of mental health awareness in our community, this episode of The Public Radio Hour visits with veterans and event organizers to ask them about The Wall, and how remembering traumatic events can help heal the mind and spirit.

Public Radio Hour 'Mental Healthy, Music Audit Update' (10/11/18)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

On this episode of The Public Radio Hour, we learn how a Little Orange Fish is battling mental health challenges in our community. We'll also learn about David Person's Healthy Alabama Podcast. Nadia Niakossary with Sound Diplomacy stops by to give us an update on Huntsville's Local Music Audit.

Public Radio Hour 'Mental Health Forum, HMCPL 200th, Chris Thile' (10/4/18)

Friday, October 5, 2018

In this episode of The Public Radio Hour, we hear more testimonials gathered by Cathie Mayne and our Public Microphone at the recent public forum on mental health awareness. Katy Ganaway ha a converation with Connie Chow and Shalis Worthy with the downtown public library about the Bicentennial celebration of the Huntsville Madison County Public Library ... Alabama's oldest library system. Dorrie Nutt talks music education and more with Live From Here host Chris Thile. Brett Tannehill and Nate Emery review Monday's Valley Sounds Local Music Meet and Greet.

Public Radio Hour 'Space App Challenge, Public Mic, AltLatino' (9/27/18)

Thursday, September 27, 2018

On this episode of The Public Radio Hour, Community Newsroom producer Cathie Mayne weilds our Public Microphone at a recent public forum on mental health awareness to gather your thoughts and perspectives. You'll also learn everything you need to know about NASA's Space Apps Challenge from Urban Engine's Toni Eberhart and Hal Brewer of Intuitive Technologies and Research Corporation. We'll also hear a brief preview of The Wall That Heals, coming to Huntsville's John Hunt Park November 1st-4th.

Public Radio Hour 'Domestic Violence and Hispanic Heritage Month' (9/20/18)

Thursday, September 20, 2018

On this episode of The Public Radio Hour, we talk with Salina Brilla, who is helping organize a domestic violence awareness 'Open Open Mic' event on October 5th at Copper Top Dive and Dine in Huntsville. Community Newsroom producer Kathy Jones take our Public Microphone to explore UAH's Archives and Special Collections with Regan Grimsley. And we honor Hispanic Heritage Month with special programming from our HD3 News/Talk channel as we preview music and culture on Alt. Latino.

Public Radio Hour 'Talking about Suicide, Music Survey, TVA Water Plan' 8/9/18

Thursday, August 9, 2018

On this episode of the Public Radio Hour, we talk with Huntsville's Manager of Urban and Long Range Planning Dennis Madsen about the newly release local music survey, which is part of an effort to strengthen our buzzworthy local music scene. Community Newsroom producer Kathy Jones takes our Public Microphone to talk with the Tennessee Valley Authority about how it manages water in the Tennessee River. The show starts with another installment of Ginny Kennedy's interview series is exploring the issue of suicide and a conversation with Wendy Galloway, who lost her son to suicide.

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