Programs A-Z

  • An hour of classical music, featuring live performances from local organizations around our listening area.  See playlists from past programs at the bottom of this page.

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  • Since its debut in 1971, this afternoon radio newsmagazine has delivered in-depth reporting and transformed the way listeners understand current events and view the world. Heard by more than 13 million people on over 600 radio stations each...

  • For close to 80 years, BBC World Service has been one of the globe's most comprehensive sources for news. Few networks can rival the list of BBC international correspondents, reporters and producers - it's one of the world's most respected news...

  • Big Picture Science takes on big questions by interviewing leading researchers and weaving together their stories of discovery in a clever and off-kilter narrative style. Science radio doesn’t have to be dull. The only dry thing about our...

  • Bob's Record Shelf presents a wide range of composers for the classical music lover,  every Monday evening on WEMC from 7 pm to 10 pm.

  • Centerpiece is a series of 'short messages of insight and inspiration' written by Harvey Yoder of the Family Life Resource Center.

  • Classical music makes up the core of the programming on WEMC.

  • Freakonomics Radio ferrets out connections between seemingly unrelated things. The program explores the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature-from cheating and crime to parenting and sports-using the tools of...

  • Fresh Air opens the window on contemporary arts and issues with guests from worlds as diverse as literature and economics.

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  • Here & Now is public radio's daily news magazine, bringing you the news that breaks after Morning Edition and before All Things Considered.

  • While WMRA's Virginia Insight is on sabbatical, we're presenting

  • Invisibilia NPR’s series about the unseen forces that control human behavior.  

  • Live from Here with Chris Thile is a Saturday-night destination for audiences everywhere. This variety show features a unique blend of musical performances, comedy and audience interaction. Acclaimed musician and songwriter Chris Thile...

  • Award-winning Marketplace is public radio's daily magazine on business and economics news "for the rest of us." The 30-minute program-with an irreverent reporting style all its own-airs weekday evenings on more than 320 public radio stations...

  • Marketplace Weekend gives the week's business and economic news a human voice. Host Lizzie O'Leary guides listeners through the most fascinating economic stories of the week, exploring what happened, why it matters, who it affects and what...

  • The sources and mainstreams of European music from the thousand years before the birth of Bach.

  • WMRA is proud to partner with The Miller Center, to showcase their work and give the American Forum Series a broader...

  • Waking up is hard to do, but it's easier with NPR's Morning Edition. National hosts Renée Montagne and Steve Inskeep, and local host Bob Leweke, bring the day's...

  • Mountain Stage offers the best seats in the house for performances captured in front of a live audience by established stars and emerging artists. It's a two-hour weekly...

  • On Point unites distinct and provocative voices with passionate discussion as it confronts the stories that are at the center of what is important in the world today. Leaving no...

  • A weekly one-hour radio sports magazine that appeals to sports fans and sports avoiders alike. On each program, hear about the significance of sports in our culture and the drama, comedy, and poetry of athletics.

  • Park View Mennonite consists of many smaller communities who relate to each other in various ways every day, who worship God together, study the scriptures, pray together, and support each other as we...

  • Greg Versen, "The Professah", began playing the best blues music on WMRA in 1985 and kept it up for about 32 years, retiring from the airwaves on December 31st, 2016. Blues Valley with Greg Versen aired Saturday nights 8:00 pm to 1:00 am...

  • After 21 years of delighting the WMRA audience with stories of composers, performers and famous works, Dick Jamison has decided to retire from the air waves. He will be missed by many and all of us at WMRA wish him the best.

  • Jan Hill has retired from Jan's Jamboree and the program is no longer in production.  

  • Mel Lee has retired from the Songbag and the program is no longer in production.  

  • PROGRAM NOTE -- Shanil Virani, host of Our Island Universe, is no longer serving as Director of the JMU John C. Wells Planetarium. As a result, we will be unable to continue the series Our Island Universe.<...

  • Weekly broadcast production of The Best of Car Talk has come to an end... and what a ride it has been!  Beginning Saturday, October 7, 2017, WMRA is now presenting Weekend Edition Saturday from 8am - 11am, extending the...

  • The Spark aired on WMRA from late 2011 to December 2016, with a creative look at --well-- creativity. Our interviews focused on whatever people are passionate about in the WMRA region: sculpture, model railroading, costume-making,...

  • Virginia Insight has a rich history of archives to peruse. From politics to culture, technology to religion, entertainment to relationships, Virginia Insight inspires understanding.

  • WMRA presents a different public radio special each week.

  • Radiolab, created by WNYC, is unlike any other program you have encountered. It is truly "must hear" radio. Each episode is an experiential investigation in sound and style......

  • Explore science-related topics -- from subatomic particles and the human genome to the Internet and earthquakes. Listen to in-depth discussion with scientists and others from all walks of life whose work influences our daily lives.

  • Second Look compiles the week's stories from the WMRA newsroom into one news magazine.

  • Sing For Joy has a simple mission: to provide music and commentary that will support the church in evangelism and worship. By providing sacred choral music and thoughtful...

  • Snap Judgment is the storytelling phenomenon electrifying audiences nationwide. Created by Glynn Washington and co-produced by WNYC Studios, Snap delivers a raw, intimate, musical brand of narrative - daring audiences to see the world through...

  • An idea is the one gift that you can hang onto even after you've given it away. Welcome to TED Radio Hour hosted by Guy Raz – a journey through fascinating ideas:...

  • There is a link to Amazon.com with each song in the playlists. Your purchases via these links will benefit WMRA. Or click here and all your...

  • Funny. Sad. True. The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. The Moth was founded in 1997 by poet and novelist George Dawes Green who strove to recreate in New York the tradition of...

  • The Takeaway is a national morning news program that delivers the news and analysis you need to catch up, start your day, and prepare for what's ahead. 

  • Each week, listeners join award-winning host Fiona Ritchie to explore the evolving Celtic musical traditions of Europe and North America. In addition to well-known artists and selections, Ritchie introduces curious listeners to Celtic...

  • What is This American Life? It's "like movies for radio."

  • 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...

  • Whether revealing events in small-town America or overseas, or profiling notable personalities, Weekend Edition from NPR News appreciates the extraordinary details that make up every story. This two-hour weekend morning newsmagazine...

  • Examine a wide range of topics with leading scholars and discover such things as the traditions of the samurai warrior, hear about the ways we pre-judge others based on their accents, or laugh at the surprising history of Hawaiian shirts.

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  • The WMRA Daily brings you the latest local, regional and statewide news, and WMRA feature stories.  Find it here early every weekday morning, or subscribe to the podcast.