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. 

"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 Health, 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.

The Public Radio Hour presents 'APM Reports: Order 9066 - pt1'

Thursday, July 12, 2018

During the month of July, The Public Radio Hour is featuring a new documentary series from American Public Media Reports titled 'Order 9066', which documents the events surrounding the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. 

Listen to the first episode 'The Roundup' HERE

Public Radio Hour 'Nostalgia' (7/5/18)

Thursday, July 5, 2018

This episode of The Public Radio hour features a segment by Sarah Williamson on the theme of 'nostalgia' ... and what happens when a person finds love and then it goes away. Sarah talked with her grandfather, 'GaGa' ...

Public Radio Hour 'STEM School, Suicide Awareness, Water Plan' (6/28/18)

Thursday, June 28, 2018

This episode of The Public Radio Hour takes us from Hunsville to Hartselle to the Tennessee River to the Ozarks. Katy Ganaway visits Barkley Bridge Elementary School to discover how teachers and students earned a special STEM-related designation.

Public Radio Hour 'Sundial Writers Short Works Show' (6/21/18)

Thursday, June 21, 2018

This episode of The Public Radio Hour features a radio version of the WLRH Sundial Writers Corner's recent 'Short Works Show'. This live performance featured storytelling, spoken word poetry and live music before a full house at Flying Monkey Arts Theater at Lowe Mill. This radio edition includes works by David LIttle, Joyce Billingsley, Susan Luther, Susan Hazen Guthrie, Monita Soni and Jimmy Robinson, as well as live music by Dawn Osbourne with Jason Humphress and With Love.

Public Radio Hour 'Summertime Music Madness' (6/14/18)

Thursday, June 14, 2018

In this episode of The Public Radio Hour, we explore summertime music madness in the Tennessee Valley. We'll learn more about Huntsville local music audit from Nadia Niakossary, a consultant with Sound Diplomacy. Independent Musical Productions hopes to release our inner ogre with Shrek the Musical. Our Public Microphone talks with music fans at the 14th annual Cigar Box Music Festival. We'll visit with Amanda Campbell and Suzanne Flynn with the Huntsville Madison County Public Library system about its Concerts at the Library series and other library activities.

The Public Radio Hour - "Funny Words, Millennial Politics, The Right To Vote, Local Music Audit" (May 31, 2018)

Thursday, May 31, 2018

On this episode of The Public Radio Hour, the WLRH Community Newsroom shares more funny words and phrases and talk politics with millennials. We'll also talk with Shane Davis, Huntsville's director of urban development about the Rocket City's thriving music scene and a new local music audit intended to help that scene grow.

The Public Radio Hour - "Slang at Lee High, Good-byes and Panoply" (May 10, 2018)

Thursday, May 10, 2018

On this episode of The Public Radio Hour, we explore the concert of slang with Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett, hosts of A Way with Words. We also hear from two long-time WLRH hosts, Beth Norwood and Judy Watters, as they revisit memorable on-air experiences and look ahead to the future.

The Public Radio Hour - "Storytelling on the Main Channel" (April 12, 2018)

Thursday, April 12, 2018

This Spring Fund Drive episode of The Public Radio Hour explores the storytelling tradition with powerful tales from program on our main 89.3 FM/HD1 signal, including RadioLab, TED Radio Hour, Snap Judgment and The World Cafe.

The Public Radio Hour - "Exploring the HD3 News/Talk Channel" (April 5, 2018)

Thursday, April 5, 2018

In this episode of The Public Radio Hour, we explore some of the amazing programs on our HD3 News/Talk channel and encourage you to make a donation for our Spring Fund Drive. The show includes segments from Ask Me Another, Live From Here, The Hidden Brain, Planet Money's How I Built This and The Big Listen. 

The Public Radio Hour - Women's History Month (March 22, 2018)

Thursday, March 22, 2018

On this episode of The Public Radio Hour, we celebrate Women's History Month with interviews from the WLRH Community Newsroom.

The Public Radio Hour - "Black History Month / Huntsville Arts Educators" (Feb. 22, 2018)

Thursday, February 22, 2018

This episode of The Public Radio Hour celebrates Black History Month through conversations with two of Huntsville's top music educators. WLRH Community Newsroom producer Tim Miller with the "In Tune with TMill" podcast talks with Mario Maitlin of The Maitland Conservatory about how a love for the arts can translate into a career opportunity for young people. Then, Beth Norwood visits with Oakwood University Academy Choir conductor Justin Jordan about music's role in telling the story of America.

The Public Radio Hour - State of the State address (Jan 11th, 2018)

Thursday, January 11, 2018

On this episode of The Public Radio Hour (1/11/18) ... The Alabama Legislative session convenes for its regular session beginning February 6th, and lawmakers will face many of the same challenges. How does the state spend its money by creating responsible budgets for Education and the General Fund? How does the state ensure people have adequate access to health care and education? How does Alabama work to create jobs and create a healthy climate for industrial growth? We’ll some ideas from Governor Kay Ivey, as she delivered the State of the State address.

The Public Radio Hour presents RadioLab's 'More Perfect'

Saturday, November 11, 2017

During the month of November 2017, the Public Radio Hour presents a new documentary series on the US Supreme Court titled 'More Perfect'. Tune in 7pm Thursday November 2nd-23rd, or listen to the episodes on the More Perfect website. 




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