WABE Updates Weekend Programming

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Starting Saturday, July 11, WABE is updating our weekend programming lineup to bring you more shows that speak to culture and curiosity, and inspire lifelong learning.


We’re bringing back two public radio programs, moving some of your favorite shows into prime timeslots, and bidding farewell to a longtime staple.

The Splendid Table at 1 p.m.: Host Francis Lam is the former Eat columnist for The New York Times Magazine and also served as a regular judge on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters. The Splendid Table celebrates “the intersection of food and life,” and the culinary and lifestyle program hosts “our nation’s conversations about cooking, sustainability and food culture.”

Bullseye at 2 p.m.: Host Jesse Thorn created the program in 2007 and is the owner of MaximumFun.org, a network of over 40 podcasts. Bullseye describes itself as “a public radio show about what’s good in popular culture. Whether you’re already plugged in to the culture map, or looking for a signpost, Bullseye will keep you on target.”

Fresh Air Weekend at 6 p.m.: The Peabody Award-winning magazine has focused on contemporary issues and the arts for the past 45 years, and Fresh Air continues to surprise us. Public radio fans love host Terry Gross for her in-depth interviews and the variety of people and topics she covers. This is your chance to hear the very best Fresh Air interviews of the week.

Sound Opinions at 7 p.m.: The show previously aired at 1pm on Saturday, but music journalists Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot will now lead into Jazz Classics with H. Johnson. The program is billed as “the world’s only rock and roll talk show,” with a diverse sampling of music throughout the hour.

Earlier this month American Public Media announced that it had “made the difficult decision to end production and national distribution of Live from Here.” As the successor to A Prairie Home Companion, APM says the program “has and always will hold a spot in the hearts of public media listeners. After a 44-year run it was an incredibly complex decision to sunset this program. We are grateful to the entire Live from Here team and Grammy award-winning host Chris Thile for their exemplary work over the last few years.”


Some of your favorite shows are moving into new time slots, including:

Hidden Brain at 2 p.m.: Host Shankar Vedantam “uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.”

Reveal at 4 p.m.: Hosted by Al Letson, the program aims to “engage and empower the public through investigative journalism and groundbreaking storytelling that sparks action, improves lives and protects our democracy.” Topics include government fraud and waste of taxpayer funds, human rights violations, environmental degradation and threats to public safety.

And finally, WABE is pleased to announce the addition of one new program to replace the Sunday airing of Live From Here:

American Routes at 6 p.m.: This two-hour program is hosted by Nick Spitzer, a folklorist and professor of anthropology at Tulane University. American Routes brings “a broad range of American music – blues and jazz, gospel and soul, rockabilly and country, Cajun and swamp pop, Tejano, Latin… and beyond. Songs and stories from musicians describe a deep and diverse nation with sounds and styles shared by all Americans.”

You can view WABE’s detailed daily schedule here.