Wis. Public Radio Adds New Weekend Shows

Luke Burbank hosts Live Wire, which is being added to Wisconsin Public Radio's schedule. Luke Burbank hosts Live Wire, which is being added to Wisconsin Public Radio's schedule. |  Photo: @Jennie Baker via WPR

Created: August 07, 2018 11:38 AM

Wisconsin Public Radio's Ideas Network is adding several new weekend shows, and dropping others, starting Aug. 11

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The new programs include:

  • "It's Been A Minute with Sam Sanders" (Saturdays at noon and Sundays at 6 a.m.) covers news, pop culture and intriguing interviews in a conversational style.
  • "Hidden Brain" (Saturdays at 2 p.m.) offers listeners a chance to explore the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior with NPR’s award-winning social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam.
  • "Live Wire" (Saturdays at 4 p.m.) featuers live comedy, pop culture conversations, and music from Portland, Oregon and is hosted by Luke Burbank, who listeners might recognize from his appearances on "Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!"

"'Live Wire' is a show we’ve been eager to carry in Wisconsin for a few years now and Sam Sanders and Shankar Vedantam are two rising NPR stars in the world of podcasts. Listeners may recognize their work from regular appearances on 'Morning Edition' and 'All Things Considered,'" said Sheryl Gasser, director of The Ideas Network, in a news release.

To make way for the new programs, WPR is dropping "Travel with Rick Steves," "Podcast Playlist," and "On the Media."  Also leaving the schedule is "On Your Money," a WPR show which ended production.

The Ideas Network will also move some existing shows.  On Saturday morning, Larry Meiller's "Garden Talk" will air at 6 a.m. and "The People's Pharmacy" will air at 7 a.m.  WPR's long-running "To the Best of Our Knowledge" will add an additional airing at 3 p.m. Saturdays.

The Ideas Network is heard in northern Wisconsin on KUWS 91.3 FM (Superior), WUWS 90.9 FM (Ashland), and WHBM 90.3 FM (Park Falls).

WPR's coverage area overlaps with Minnesota Public Radio in the Twin Ports and northwestern Wisconsin, and "On the Media" will continue to air on MPR.  MPR already carries "It's Been A Minute" and "Live Wire" at different times than WPR.

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