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Programming Notes: June 2020

The light at the end of the tunnel - As we dive into summer while the Northeast slowly reopens, we eagerly try to return to normal. June is a time for enjoying the sun and celebrating. Perhaps the shutdown spring has given you a fresh, thankful perspective on all we've taken for granted. WAMC has remained a constant during the spring, and your support in the May Locked Box will keep your favorite programs on the air through summer.

Special Programming
WAMC will offer live coverage of the one-hour Massachusetts U.S. Senate Democratic primary debate on Monday, June 1 starting at 7 p.m. The debate between incumbent Sen. Edward J. Markey and primary challenger Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III is being produced in Springfield by a media consortium. To keep you informed and up-to-date, WAMC will continue to offer coronavirus coverage. Tune in each day to WAMC to hear news and updates on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now that the archival Met Opera season has wrapped up, WAMC will return to regular Saturday programming with “TED Radio Hour” at 1 p.m. and “Radio Deluxe” at 2 p.m.  

Regular Programming

This month on “Person Place Thing,” host Randy Cohen speaks with Drew Gilpin Faust, the esteemed historian (“This Republic of Suffering”). The President Emeritus of Harvard suggests that the widespread misuse of “disinterested” to mean “uninterested” rather than objective, reflects a broad undervaluing of objectivity, open-mindedness, and intellectual honesty.

Anna Deavere Smith is an admired actor (“The West Wing”), but it’s her playwriting (“Fires in the Mirror”), that draws on the techniques of documentary film that first caught our attention. Just starting out as a writer, she met a woman at a party who gave her three questions you she could ask people. She claims those questions changed the course of her life. Hear “Person Place Thing” Fridays at 10:30 p.m.

On “Earth Wise” we’ll hear how tree plantings can provide many environmental benefits, including improving water quality, biodiversity, and increasing shade. We’ll also talk about whether when the world emerges from the pandemic, renewable energy will end up on a faster track than before or in a long-term slowdown. The answer will depend to large extent on the choices political leaders make. Leaders will unquestionably be designing economic recovery packages. Such packages could accelerate the shift toward wind and solar power, or they could prop up the fossil fuel economy. Airing daily at 11:10 a.m. and 4:04 p.m.

Coming up on “The Academic Minute,” we will cover topics ranging from home prices to how we value land, from environmental justice to urbanization. Tune in each weekday at 7:30 a.m. and 3:56 p.m. on WAMC or anytime at AcademicMinute.org.

Since the health of our community is extremely important to us, we are canceling/postponing events at The Linda, WAMC's Performing Arts Studio, until further notice. We will do our best to reschedule these events for a future date. Please visit thelinda.org for more details and updates.

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