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 "Vaccines, Spaceline, Kling, Choral Champs" 4-29-21

Thursday, April 29, 2021

On this episode of the Public Radio Hour, producer Dorrie Nutt pays a visit to the 2021 All-State Choral Festival in Huntsville. We'll also talk with Pat Ammons from the US Space and Rocket Center, and Dr. Neil Lamb with the Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology answers the latest COVID vaccine questions, and producer Katy Ganaway talks with Councilman Bill Kling about his plans to respond to a public report from the Huntsville Police Citizens Advisory Council on aggressive defensive tactics used by local law enforcement during social justice protests in downtown Huntsville, Alabama on June 1 and June 3, 2020.

Public Radio Hour "Rayna Cahill, War and Treaty, JM Ferdinand" 4/22/21

Thursday, April 22, 2021

In this episode of The Public Radio Hour, we hear a new episode of Funny You Should Ask featuring Huntsville comedian Rayna Cahill. We'll also get a preview of Panoply weekend with a conversation from The War and Treaty. And we'll hear about The Jason Max Ferdinand Singers.

Public Radio Hour "Citizen Journalist" 9-3-20

Thursday, September 3, 2020

In this episode, citizen journalists explain the importance of documenting racial injustice; a local photographer talks capturing history through the lens at protests in downtown Huntsville; we reunite two protesters from that rally to hear their experiences; plus a panel discussion on 'trust in media.'

Public Radio Hour "Mountain Lakes, Local Lineup, AI, the Didge" 3-11-21

Thursday, April 1, 2021

On this episode of the Public Radio Hour, we'll hear how businesses and local makers are finding success thanks to north Alabama's amazing trails and lakes. Then, we'll dive deeper and explore how Alabama's workforce is changing and evolving with the rise of automation and artificial intelligence. We'll also continue our local music stage check-ins at Mars Music Hall and we hear about the Local Lineup public concert series. And after all that wandering, we'll end up in The Invisible City drifitng on the ancient sounds of the didgeridoo.

Public Radio Hour "Singing River Trail, Princess Theatre, FOR" 3-11-21

Thursday, March 11, 2021

On this episode of The Public Radio Hour, we’ll connect communities across north Alabama, from Bridgeport to Sheffield, with a massive greenway called Singing River Trail. The Arts Underground is spotlighting Huntsville’s comedy scene with a series called Funny You Should Ask … we’ll relive Brandon Ijames *Eyems* first time on stage. And while our amazing performing arts scene faces continued COVID struggles, people are making it work, and that includes The Princess Theatre in downtown Decatur.

Public Radio Hour "Ghost Stories & Aeolians Evade a Bus Fire" 10-29-20

Thursday, October 29, 2020

In this episode, Theatre Huntsville presents two 'Stories by Ghost Light,' a traditional Scottish tale about lost love found and a story about a collision that was too close for comfort from conductors and producers for the Oakwood University choir, the Aeolians.

Public Radio Hour "Election, Science Fest, New Trail, The Hard Part" 10-22-20

Thursday, October 22, 2020

In this episode, simplifying language for 6 new AL amendments, HPD Capt. DeWayne McCarver & the importance of communication in a new installment of 'The Hard Part,' look toward the future & the Singing River Trail, and geek out with the Huntsville Science Festival.

Public Radio Hour "COVID Masks & Tests; White Lies; Sundial" 7-23-20

Thursday, July 23, 2020

In this episode, we go behind the scenes of 'White Lies' w/ co-creator Andrew Grace; Hsv. Hospital CEO David Spillers talks masking/ a lack of COVID testing, and haunting prose from Young Writer Calvin Engstrom.

Public Radio Hour 'Alabama's New Normal pt. 4' 5/28/20

Thursday, May 28, 2020

We continue to explore Alabama's New Normal as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grow. We'll talk about the challenges of reigniting live music, discover the joys of curbside library checkouts, learn about efforts to keep the mission alive at Redstone Arsenal and visit Greene Street Market at Nativity.

The Public Radio Hour 'Alabama's New Normal - pt. 3' (5/21/20)

Monday, May 18, 2020

This episode, how a local 'cupcakery' is faring, how a Hsv. library is archiving our experiences, why U.S.S.R.C. made massive layoffs & HudsonAlpha's Dr. Lamb returns.

The Public Radio Hour 'Alabama's New Normal - pt. 2' (5/14/20)

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Hear about the challenges of reopening child care centers, get an update on COVID-19 testing efforts, learn more about playing defense against infection, and more!

Public Radio Hour 'Alabama's New Normal: pt. 1' [5/7/20]

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Alabamians are living under a new order, where businesses are opening back up to the public. This episode, hear how they're adjusting to the new normal...

The Public Radio Hour " COVID Testing 1..2..3.." [4/16/20]

Thursday, April 16, 2020

In this episode, we talk about our personal experiences in quarantine, and we talk with the people offering and analyzing tests in the TN Valley.

Public Radio Hour "Trailblazing Women of North Alabama" [4/23/20]

Thursday, April 23, 2020

This episode honors North Alabama women paving the way for a brighter future, for the next generation. We hear from women 'bossing up' in STEM, politics, music & beyond.

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.

The Public Radio Hour "Stories of Love" [2/13/20]

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Settle in for an hour of stories about love lost, found and unrequited. From the WLRH Sundial Writers Corner, we bring you "Stories of Love."

The Public Radio Hour "A Clean Slate" [1/30/20]

Thursday, January 30, 2020

At the start of 2020, we bring you this episode featuring stories about how some folks are wiping their slates clean, and how some are helping others start anew. We hear from Bio-One Huntsville, SWDA/ RANA, Recovery Resource Hub and TN Valley Gardeners.

PRH "Aging Gracefully and the Challenges of Elder Care" (12/12/19)

Thursday, December 12, 2019

How would you like to age, and what concerns do you have once you start? Learn more with our Elder Care Panel, Tweed Riders and members of Monte Sano Village.

Public Radio Hour 'Stories of Haints, Greed and Dagger-Teeth' (10/31/19)

Thursday, October 31, 2019

This episode, we're bringing you all-spooky, all-spellbinding stories from our Sundial Writers, Local Aliens and Kathryn Tucker Windham! Enter the realm of... The Public Radio HoOoOur!

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!

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