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Meet Kate Archer Kent

The new host of "The Morning Show" is a voice you already know and love: Kate Archer Kent has been with us since 2016. You've heard her many times as fill-in host for shows on The Ideas Network and for "Morning Edition." As interim host of "The Morning Show" in 2017, she and her team put together shows about community, science, politics, nature, money, space, and much more. Kent also served as executive producer of "The Larry Meiller Show" and manager on The Ideas Network. She's kept things running smoothly and maintained our editorial standards, essential work that happens in the background.

Kent previously hosted "Morning Edition" at Red River Radio in Shreveport, La., where she won many awards for her journalism. She loves Wisconsin, and she loves getting up early. Her husband and four children find it normal for her to be away at work while they're still sleeping. You can read more about her on our website. Her first day hosting will be Dec. 3. She's ready to engage listeners on an array of topics, bringing diverse perspectives to Wisconsin issues. Tune in weekdays from 6 to 9 a.m. on The Ideas Network.
Special Programming On Thanksgiving Day

Join WPR Thanksgiving Day for an audio feast of heart-warming stories, music and, of course, expert advice on preparing your holiday meal.

The celebration starts at 6 a.m. on The Ideas Network as John Birge hosts "Giving Thanks: A Celebration of Fall, Food & Gratitude." At 7 a.m. theologian Frank Rogers, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Rev. Betty Stookey and legendary folksinger Noel Paul Stookey explore the impact of compassion on "Humankind Evergreen." Discover why kids are so fascinated with cooking at 9 a.m. with "Brains On! The Science of Cooking." At 11 a.m. Francis Lam and his guests share stories, take calls from across the country, and come to the rescue of Thanksgiving cooks, kitchen helpers, and dinner guests alike on "The Splendid Table's Turkey Confidential." Listen in on a conversation about the art of appreciation with Larry Meiller at noon. Take in some of the most outstanding radio documentaries of the year from the "The Best of The Best: The 2018 Third Coast Festival Broadcast" at 1 p.m.

The NPR News & Classical Music Network begins its Thanksgiving Day programming with highlights from the Wisconsin School Music Association Honors Concerts at 10 a.m. These performances showcase students from across the state. At 1 p.m. John Birge hosts "Giving Thanks: A Celebration of Fall, Food & Gratitude."
David Folkenflik Visits WPR

NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik (pictured at right, with Peter Bryant, NPR News & Classical Music Network Program Director, and Maureen McCollum, Executive Producer, "Wisconsin Life") spent time with us in Madison the second week of November. Folkenflik has covered the media for NPR since 2004, a beat which has become more visible in recent years. He was invited to town by the Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin. On Nov. 7, the day after the midterm elections, he sat down with WPR staff.

People from many different parts of the organization came together to talk about the theme of Folkenflik's visit to UW, journalism ethics in a contentious age. The conversation dived into compelling issues of fairness and balance, fact-checking, and perceived media bias. He examined with us the kinds of choices news organizations face day by day. Folkenflik later aired his weekly Friday "On Point" show from WPR's Buck Studio. The episode focused on the Great Lakes.

WPR prides itself on reporting that equips listeners to be citizens and not just consumers. The large turn-out for the discussion with Folkenflik shows that WPR staff who work behind the scenes are just as informed and concerned about the landscape of journalism as those who produce and report the news.


(image from "True North" at the Pablo Center)

So Much To Do

This time of year there's so much going on in our state, we thought we'd bring you a curated list. Here's a sampler of art, music, theater and learning for our audience in each of WPR's regions.
  • South Central: Madison Choral Project's annual December concert "Hope in the Future," Madison, Dec. 15 and 16, Milwaukee, Dec. 18
  • Northeast: Edward Curtis, "Beauty, Heart and Spirit" photography exhibit at the Trout Museum, Appleton, through Dec. 16
November 2018
Featured Photo
John Salhus and  Ewa Devereux, art restorers from Parma Conservation, touch up a large mural depicting the history of WHA Radio. The 1943 painting by UW student John Stella suffered minor damage in 2017. It's now again on display in Radio Hall.
Sound Bites
Great Thanksgiving Listen
Known for their mission to preserve and share stories, StoryCorps encourages everyone to record a meaningful conversation this Thanksgiving. The Great Thanksgiving Listen tool kit includes a free app, a guide to getting started, and more to help you record and archive your conversation. Find out how to participate
Wisconsin In The First World War
November 2018 marks the centennial of the World War I armistice. "Wisconsin Life," along with the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, has assembled a collection of stories that explore how Wisconsinites experienced The Great War at home and abroad. Find the collection of articles and audio selections here.
Travel With WPR In 2019 
Book your ticket to explore temples, landscapes and history in Hong Kong and Vietnam on an unforgettable adventure! Enjoy five-star accommodations and cuisine as you travel through Hong Kong, Hanoi and Saigon. Find more information here.
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