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A picture of Skylar Gudasz.

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast with a look at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery stream, WUNC Music.

Steven's "famous" pecan pie
Steven Petrow

Kim Severson of The New York Times joins me for a  special holiday episode of The Civilist podcast. Right at the top we make a promise: To give you the best advice we know to make your Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Christmas run smoothly, whether you're talking politics or turkey.

Kim and I tackled a number of “battleground” issues, including:

Rob Me Ronnie

Nov 18, 2016
McGovern, Kathleen

The History Lesson

This week back in 2001, Ronnie Biggs returned to England. For most people, robbing a train is a pretty unusual thing to do. For Ronnie Biggs, that was just the beginning. The robbery went down on August 8th, 1963 — Ronnie’s birthday. Which he decided to celebrate by helping some pals steal 2.6 million pounds sterling from a mail train. Today, that’d be $60 million bucks. It was the biggest heist in British history.

Image of Dyanna Taylor and Dorothea Lange
Paul Taylor

Dorothea Lange is best known for her portraiture photography documenting America’s Great Depression. Her image “Migrant Mother” depicts a destitute woman with three children in California. It is one of the most recognized photographic portrayals of that era. When Lange passed away in 1965, her granddaughter, Dyanna Taylor, inherited one of her cameras and began to follow in her footsteps.


Image of Luray Performing Live
Courtesy of Luray

Shannon Carey grew up playing guitar in a musical family. She wrote her own songs in high school, but then started a career as a social worker and put her passion for music to the side. Years later she witnessed both of her younger brothers pursuing their musical dreams, one alongside the now-famous Bon Iver, and decided to pursue her own musical career.

Bonus: Anthony Bourdain Extended Interview

Nov 18, 2016
The Splendid Table

In addition to our regular episodes, we occasionally offer Splendid Table Sides - extended interviews and other bonus cuts that don’t make it into the broadcast show. For this Side, Anthony Bourdain joins Lynne Rossetto Kasper talk about his new book, Appetites, the stress of cooking for five people versus 500, making Spam musubi for his daughter's school lunch, and his Oval Office-approved opinion on the matter of ketchup on a hot

The Tamarind

Nov 16, 2016
McGovern, Kathleen

The History Lesson

This week back in 1922, the entrance to King Tut’s tomb was discovered. Tut’s tomb may be the most important archaeological find in history. And it was all made possible by a bored rich guy.

His name was George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert. And — surprise! — he was a British aristocrat. He loved racing around in newfangled contraptions called “automobiles.” That is, until he crashed one. Frail of health, he started spending winters in Egypt.

The Young American

Nov 16, 2016
McGovern, Kathleen

The History Lesson

This week back in 1973, an already odd kidnapping — got odder. Money can’t buy happiness. Case in point: John Paul Getty the Third. His grandfather, Getty Senior, was one of the richest oil men on Earth. So when John Paul was kidnapped in Italy at age 16? He probably didn’t think it’d be long before grandpa paid the $17 million dollar ransom.

The Song for Sejong

Nov 16, 2016
McGovern, Kathleen

The History Lesson

This week back in 1446 the Korean alphabet was first published. They say the truth will set you free. But first you gotta be able to read the truth. And in 15th-century Korea, most people couldn’t. Read, that is. Or write. How come? Even though everyone spoke Korean, all writing was in a form of Chinese. And Chinese is hard. It’s made up of thousands of complex characters. Only a bunch of elite scholars really understood it. Everyone else was — illiterate.

An image of Dave Chappelle with members of A Tribe Called Quest Joribe White and Q-Tip
Rosalind O'Connor / AP

After years of mostly staying out of the spotlight, comedian Dave Chappelle hosted NBC's  "Saturday Night Live" last week. Chappelle's opening monologue mirrored the stand-up comedy that helped make him famous more than a decade ago. Chappelle's jokes grappled with a Trump presidency.  

Image of South African guitarist Derek Gripper
Coutesy of Derek Gripper

South African musician Derek Gripper has been playing classical music since he was 6-years-old. But after years of studying in Cape Town, he felt uninspired by the classical guitar repertoire available to him, so he set off on a journey to discover musical inspiration from around the world. He traveled first to South India, and then explored Brazilian music before he happened upon the instrument that changed the direction of his career: the kora.

Glare of the spotlight

Nov 16, 2016

Oscar season is upon us, and one of the best picture nominees is a film that hits pretty close to home for us here at Reveal: “Spotlight.” In case you haven’t seen it yet, it’s a movie about The Boston Globe’s investigative team that exposed the Catholic church sex abuse scandal. In this hour of Reveal, we’re going to take you behind the scenes of that investigation, look at the legacy of the groundbreaking story and see how other journalists went on to expose more crimes by Catholic priests around the world.

Bonus: Anthony Bourdain Extended Interview

Nov 16, 2016
The Splendid Table

Anthony Bourdain (Photo: Dimitrios Kambrouris/Getty)

The secret Trump voter

Nov 15, 2016

It’s over. One of the longest, craziest and most lurid elections in memory is, thankfully, over. So, now that the ballots have been cast, what were the biggest lessons learned? We cut through the noise and ask what matters most: Did democracy win on Election Day? In the first presidential race since the Supreme Court seriously weakened the Voting Rights Act, Reveal examines where the U.S. lived up to its democratic principle – and where our history of voter suppression reared its ugly head.

Lynne Rossetto Kasper Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Nov 15, 2016
The Splendid Table

The Splendid Table's host Lynne Rossetto Kasper was honored recently at the 2016 Charlie Awards. The awards are an annual event celebrating the exceptional contributions of the Twin Cities area restaurant, food and beverage industry. However, Lynne's deep connection to and advocacy of food and good eating goes far beyond the Twin Cities. She shared this thought on the globally connective power of food during her acceptance speech.

PHOTOS: Comicon Fans Descend On Downtown Durham

Nov 13, 2016
Sarah Harrod of Illustrations and Creations by Sarah Harrod sold her products on Saturday at ComicCon.
Sarah Muzzillo / WUNC

Fans of comics, superheroes and cosplay gathered in downtown Durham this weekend for the annual NC Comicon event.

Lopez, Kristina

Before Rico and Brendan had all of our guests pile onto the stage to answer our live audience’s etiquette dilemmas at the Now Hear This Festival, they first chatted with guest Annabelle Gurwitch. You may know her from her appearances on TV shows like “Seinfeld,” and “Dexter,” or as host of the TBS series “Dinner and a Movie.”

Gustavo Arellano Pushes A Few Buttons

Nov 11, 2016
Lopez, Kristina

Normally during Small Talk, we have a newshound share their favorite under-the-radar story. For our show at the Now Hear This podcast festival, we welcomed to the stage one of the most delightful bomb-throwers in Southern California journalism — Gustavo Arellano.

Davy Rothbart Finds the Hidden Tales in Lost Items

Nov 11, 2016
Lopez, Kristina

Davy Rothbart is probably best known for his wonderful pieces on “This American Life” and for his magazine Found. The latter has been turned into a musical and, most recently, a hit podcast.

In a couple of weeks one of TV’s most beloved recent dramas is getting a reboot on Netflix… and Rico and Brendan have never watched an episode of it.

The show is “Gilmore Girls.” It ran on the WB and the CW networks from 2000 to 2007. It’s about a mother-daughter duo in a small Connecticut town. The revival, consisting of four 90-minute episodes, is called “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.” It premieres on the November 25th on Netflix.

Sound Opinions Show

Nov 11, 2016


ANNOUNCER COPY: Coming up… hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot take a sonic tour of Canada and discuss the country’s music scene, from Drake to Rush. Later, they review the new record from singer and songwriter Alejandro Escovedo.


The First-Ever Podcast – ‘Da Carriage House

Nov 11, 2016
Lopez, Kristina

This historical first podcast was encoded decades ago with super primitive technology. To play it back, we had to use fire, a raptor bone… and an iPhone 3. Which was impossible to find. But we did it, and now, today, we’re unveiling it for the first time ever.

Listen below and enjoy!

An image of classical musicians
Courtesy of Mallarme Chamber Players

Austrian composer Franz Joseph Haydn is most known for writing more than 100 symphonies in the 18th century. However, Haydn also wrote 175 compositions featuring a unique instrument: the baryton. The baryton is a string instrument similar to a cello in the front with six string that are bowed.

Chinyere Amanze, Steven Petrow, Monique LaBorde
Rebecca Martinez / WUNC

In this episode of The Civilist podcast, I invited two kick-ass college senior to join me in answering questions from their peers about college life, free speech, trigger warnings and more.

Wild rice - preserving and cooking with an endangered food

Nov 10, 2016
Wild Rice - Then & Now.jpg
National Archives / Marcia Lavine

Wild rice is considered as one of the United States' most endangered foods. It grows wild and has been harvested naturally for generations in northern Minnesota. Contributor Jennie Cecil Moore talked with several people in the region to learn more about their efforts to preserve the culture and culinary joy surrounding the grain.

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