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All Things Considered

All Things Considered is the most listened-to afternoon drive-time news radio program in the country. The two-hour show is hosted by NPR and Prairie Public reporters.

American Routes

American Routes is a weekly two-hour public radio program produced in New Orleans that presents a broad range of American music — blues and jazz, gospel and soul, old-time country and rockabilly, Cajun and zydeco, Tejano and Latin, roots rock and pop, avant-garde and classical.

Beale Street Caravan

Beale Street Caravan is a one-hour radio series broadcasting live recordings of Memphis music and its derivative forms to an international audience of 2.4 million worldwide weekly listeners on over 400 stations around the globe.

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The Big Listen

There are tens of thousands of podcasts out there. So how do you know what to listen to? On The Big Listen host Lauren Ober introduces you to podcasts you’ve you might not have ever heard of, and gives you the inside scoop on shows you already love. Through interviews, listener recommendations, show snippets and more, The Big Listen helps you curate your perfect playlist.


Birdnote Audio programming for public radio stations and online content to connect the ways and needs of birds to the lives of listeners, to educate and motivate people to care about the natural world.

Bluegrass Review

The Bluegrass Review is a one-hour weekly radio program for public, commercial and internet radio stations. More than 80 stations across the United States broadcast The Bluegrass Review.

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The Bone Conduction Music Show

This show of shows is a white-hot mega blast of wig singeing rock & roll, hip shakin’ soul music, and industrial strength rhythm & blues. It is the music that moves through you like electricity, the music that uses you as lightning rod, the music that causes you to shake your tailfeather.

Classical Music with Bob Christiansen

A founding voice of Classical 24, Bob Christiansen has managed to combine his knowledge of classical music and history with a sharp wit and a talent for foreign languages into a 48-year radio career. His degree is in history, but his on-air work began at WNIU at Northern Illinois University.

Classical Music with Jeff Esworthy

Jeff Esworthy has been the overnight host of Classical 24 since 1996. He’s a public radio veteran with more than 20 years behind the microphone, where he’s hosted everything from folk to jazz to progressive rock.

Classical Music with Julie Amacher

Julie Amacher’s desire to introduce others to great music is what led her to radio. She began her professional broadcast career at a station in Sun Prairie, WI. She went from rock ‘n’ roll to the Rocky Mountains, where she found her niche in public radio at KUNC in Greeley, Colo.

Classical Music with Ward Jacobson

Ward Jacobson has enjoyed a radio career spanning over two decades as a morning show host and sportscaster, as well as producer/host of an interview program where he chatted up both local and national authors, musicians, politicians and newsmakers.

Composers Datebook

Composers Datebook is a daily two-minute program designed to inform, engage, and entertain listeners with timely information about composers of the past and present. Each program notes significant or intriguing musical events involving composers of the past and present—with appropriate and accessible music related to each.


Dakota Datebook

Dakota Datebook radio features air weekdays at 8:35 am, 3:50 pm, 6:30 pm and 7:50 pm CT on Prairie Public. Find archived Dakota Datebook stories here.

Dakota Datebook Stories: The Great War

Millions of Americans served in World War I — soldiers, sailors , nurses — and many at home provided support, suffered scarcities, and grieved for loved ones lost. The United States entered the Great War 100 years ago on April 6. Dakota Datebook is commemorating this anniversary with stories from North Dakota, thanks to historian Jim Davis and other Dakota Datebook writers. Dakota Datebook radio features air weekdays at 8:35 am, 3:50 pm, 6:30 pm and 7:50 pm CT on Prairie Public. Find archived Dakota Datebook stories here.


Dimensions in Jazz

Each Friday night at 11pm CT, Bob Schieffer chooses a modern jazz artist for the evening’s focus. Find his playlists here.


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DreamFarm Radio

From beautiful southern New Hampshire, WICN is happy to bring you DreamFarm Radio, hosted by the lovely and talented Julie Lavender. DreamFarm Radio is an intimate look inside both the abstract and analytical creative process of special guest musicians. DreamFarm Radio steps over the boundaries of musical genres to explore a broad range of Jazz sounds.


Echoes is a daily two-hour music soundscape distributed by Public Radio International and broadcast on 130 radio stations from Maine to California. With host John Diliberto, a writer for Billboard, Pulse and other magazines, Echoes brings together a wide array of styles, from acoustic to electronic, jazz to space music, the avant-garde to rock.


eTown is an exciting weekly radio show that’s been on the air from coast to coast for 21 years. Unlike any other program, eTown mixes live music from top performers in a wide variety of styles with conversation and information about our communities, our environment and common sense stewardship.

Friday Night Swing

On Friday Night Swing, Prairie Public host Lloyd Anderson plays an hour of big band, jazz and classic rhythm and blues recordings designed to get the weekend started.


From the Top

Based in Boston, From the Top is an independent non-profit organization and radio show that celebrates the power of music in the hands of extraordinary young people.


How I Built This

How I Built This is a podcast about innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built. Each episode is a narrative journey marked by triumphs, failures, serendipity and insight


Insight Daily

Insight Daily Radio (ID Radio) is a two-minute module fully loaded with interviews and insights from today’s most influential authors, musicians, artists, and creative minds. Now playing on over 80 non-commercial stations nationally, this latest innovation from OSN features a roster of talent that celebrates the best in art, cinema, music, cuisine, and publishing.

Inside Energy

Inside Energy is a collaborative journalism initiative among public media with roots in Colorado, Wyoming and North Dakota. Our distinctive storytelling focuses on the critical intersection of people and power.

Into the Music with Mike Olson

Prairie Public’s own Mike Olson spins roots, rock, and jazz like no other radio personality when he hosts Into The Music. Take an excursion into music that spans eras and genres.


Jazz After Hours

Jazz After Hours is a late night jazz radio show hosted by Jeff Hanley.



Jazz Junket

Jazz Junket is hosted by Ryan Schweitzer. The radio program airs at 11:00 pm Fridays on Prairie Public.



JazzWorks is classic recordings by many of the legends of American music, new music by emerging artists from all over the world, presented by hosts who know the music and the artists, and an entertaining, engaging tour of an American treasure, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.




Journeys Through Justice

This series of radio reports looks at the criminal justice system, in particular the way that people with mental health and addiction problems end up in jail.  A discussion is currently under way — is this best for the people affected?  Is it an inefficient use of public funds?  What would alternatives be like?



A Little Night Music with Ted Quanrud

Programmed almost exclusively from the host’s personal collection, A Little Night Music, formerly known as Sunday Serenade, is three hours of classical orchestral, instrumental, chamber, choral and vocal music.

Living on Earth

Living on Earth with Steve Curwood is the weekly environmental news and information program distributed by Public Radio International.


The Lohdown on Science

The Loh Down on Science is your daily humorous yet informative syndicated radio science minute.

Main Street

Main Street, hosted by Doug Hamilton and with contributor Ashley Thornberg, keeps its finger on the pulse of Prairie Public’s broadcast region.


The Marketplace portfolio of programs includes Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal, Marketplace Morning Report with David Brancaccio, Marketplace Weekend with Lizzie O’Leary, and Marketplace Tech with Ben Johnson.


Morning Edition

Every weekday for more than three decades, NPR’s Morning Edition has taken listeners around the country and the world with two hours of multi-faceted stories and commentaries. NPR and Prairie Public’s news team informs, challenges and occasionally amuses. Morning Edition is the most listened-to news radio program in the country.

The Moth Radio Hour

The Moth Radio Hour features our most beloved tales and the stories behind the stories. The series debuted in 2009 and is now airing on more than 200 stations nationwide.


Mountain Stage

The Mountain Stage audience is treated to engaging live performances by emerging talent and established favorites in a variety of genres.


Music from the Hearts of Space

Hearts of Space began as a San Francisco late night radio show in 1973 and went national on public radio in 1983.



National Native News

National Native News provides listeners with relevant, timely  coverage on Native American and Indigenous communities. The program began in 1987 and is currently produced in Albuquerque, New Mexico. NNN appeals to radio listeners who are engaged in the world around them and who seek out a broader range of viewpoints.

Natural North Dakota

Chuck Lura has a broad knowledge of Natural North Dakota and loves sharing that knowledge with others. His short essays air weekly.



The New Yorker Radio Hour

The New Yorker Radio Hour is a weekly program presented by the magazine’s editor, David Remnick.


Notas Latinas

Since 1989, Notas Latinas has been your connection to the vibrant rhythms of today’s newest Latino hits as well as yesterday’s favorites. The playlist “rocks” with mariachi, norteño, pop, banda, tropical, Tejano, and grupero music.

On Being with Krista Tippett

On Being is a Peabody Award-winning public radio conversation and podcast, a Webby Award-winning website and online exploration, a publisher and public event convener.


Plains Folk

Plains Folk, a commentary by Tom Isern devoted to life on the great plains of North America, is a special weekly feature on Main Street.

Planet Money

Imagine you could call up a friend and say, “Meet me at the bar and tell me what’s going on with the economy.” Now imagine that’s actually a fun evening. That’s what we’re going for at Planet Money.

The Show with Chris Thile

The Show with Cris Thile, formerly known as Prairie Home Companion, is produced by Prairie Home Productions, and distributed nationwide by American Public Media.


Prairie Public Presents

Tune in Sundays at 5 pm CT for a fresh variety of radio programs—a new one each week!


Scott Prebys, Radio Host/Arts Producer, Prairie Public Broadcasting studio

Prebys on Classics

Prebys on Classics with Prairie Public host Scott Prebys is an integration of a rich and varied repertoire of classical music with brief comments meant to enhance the listening experience.


Scott Prebys, Radio Host/Arts Producer, Prairie Public Broadcasting studio

Prebys on Jazz

Prebys on Jazz with Prairie Public host Scott Prebys reflects a wide variety of performance genres.




The Pulse

Go on a sonic adventure into unexpected corners of the health and science world each week with host Maiken Scott. The Pulse is created by WHYY in Philadelphia, the NPR member station that brought you Fresh Air with Terry Gross.




Red River Ramble

Red River Ramble is a bluegrass show produced locally by David Smith, who was nominated for a ‘broadcaster of the year’ award by The International Bluegrass Music Association.



Saturday Evening Blues Cruise

Saturday Evening Blues Cruise is hosted by Prairie Public’s own Mike Olson.


Song Travels

Host Michael Feinstein uncovers the intimate journey singers and songs take with one another, each changing the other through the course of a lifetime.


Sound Beat

Sound Beat is a daily, 90 second show highlighting the holdings of the Belfer Audio Archive. The Belfer is part of the Syracuse University Libraries, and is one of the largest sound archives in the United States. Each SB episode focuses on one particular recording from the Archive, and provides a back story detailing its place in recording history.

Sounds Eclectic(KCRW)

World-renowned for its music programming, KCRW DJs are given one directive: “play what you love.”



StarDate is the perfect skywatching companion for amateur astronomers or anyone interested in celestial events and space exploration.

Studio 360

The Peabody Award-winning, Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, from PRI and WNYC, is public radio’s smart and surprising arts and culture guide.


Sunday Baroque

Sunday Baroque is a celebration of beloved and appealing music from the baroque era (1600-1750) and the years leading up to it.

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TED Radio Hour

The TED Radio Hour is a journey through fascinating ideas: astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, new ways to think and create. The TED Radio Hour is hosted by Guy Raz, and is a co-production of NPR & TED.

The Takeaway

The Takeaway is an hour-long national news program that relies on the contributions of listeners across the country to deliver the perspectives and analysis you need to understand the day’s news.


The Thomas Jefferson Hour

The Thomas Jefferson Hour is a weekly radio program dedicated to thesearch for truth in the tradition of Thomas Jefferson.

This American Life

This American Life is a weekly public radio show broadcast on more than 500 stations to about 2.1 million listeners. It is produced by Chicago Public Media, delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards.


Travel with Rick Steves

Guidebook author and travel TV host Rick Steves is America’s most respected authority on European travel.



Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!

Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! is NPR’s weekly hour-long quiz program. Each week on the radio you can test your knowledge against some of the best and brightest in the news and entertainment world while figuring out what’s real news and what’s made up. On the Web, you can play along too.


A Way With Words

A Way With Words is a public radio program about language examined through history, culture, and family.



Weekend All Things Considered

While you were out over the weekend, the All Things Considered team was putting together “must hear” Saturday and Sunday shows.

Weekend Edition

Saturday mornings are made for Weekend Edition Saturday, the program wraps up the week’s news and offers a mix of analysis and features on a wide range of topics, including arts, sports, entertainment, and human interest stories.

Why? Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life

Hosted by University of North Dakota professor Jack Russell Weinstein, WHY? features a range of guests who either work in academic philosophy or whose professions are ideal for bringing out philosophical issues and assumption.

Women in Music

Women in Music is a dynamic group of individuals in music working together to support, cultivate and recognize the talents of women in our field.

World Café with Talia Schlanger

World Cafe is hosted and produced by Talia Schlanger, who presents interviews and performances with today’s essential and emerging artists.

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