Robert Smith is a correspondent for NPR's Planet Money where he reports on how the global economy is affecting our lives.
If that sounds a little dry, then you've never heard Planet Money. The team specializes in making economic reporting funny, engaging and understandable. Planet Money has been known to set economic indicators to music, use superheroes to explain central banks, and even buy a toxic asset just to figure it out.
Smith admits that he has no special background in finance or math, just a curiosity about how money works. That kind of curiosity has driven Smith for his 20 years in radio.
Dave Marlatt is co-host of The Pure Drop.
Miguel "Mike" Ramierz is the founder and host of WMUK's "Alma Latina" program. He is the Assistant Director of Multicultural Affairs at Western Michigan University.
Keith Hall is the host of "Jazz Currents" on WMUK. He teaches at Western Michigan University's School of Music.
Brian Petersen is a part-time reporter/producer at WMUK specializing in environmental stories. He is a part-time instructor in Western Michigan University's Environmental Studies Program. Petersen was previously the host of a talk program at a noncommercial community radio station in California.
James Sanford has been reviewing films since he was hired by the Grand Rapids Press at the age of 16. Since then, he's written for many publications and websites, including WMUK. He's current a staff reporter at the Battle Creek Enquirer. Sanford has also appeared om stage at the API, New Vic, and Whole Art theaters in Kalamazoo. He was a member of the Crawlspace Eviction comedy troupe for six years and starred and co-wrote the feature film "Comic Evangelists," which was showcased at the American Film Instutute's 2006 festival in Hollywood. He's also the author of two memoirs: The Sum of My Parts and Au Naturel: A Summer on Martha’s Vineyard".
World of Opera with host Lisa Simeone brings listeners compelling performances from top American and international opera companies. World of Opera encompasses the seminal operas of centuries past as well as today's masterpieces.
World of Opera is a production of WDAV Classical Public Radio, a service of Davidson College.
American Routes is a weekly two-hour public radio program produced in New Orleans, presenting a broad range of American music. The program also presents documentary features and artist interviews. The songs and stories on American Routes describe both the community origins of our music, musicians and cultures — the “roots”— and the many directions they take over time — the “routes.”
The Tavis Smiley Show is a high-energy exchange of views, information, and insight hosted by Tavis Smiley. Each week Smiley offers a unique blend of news and newsmakers in expanded conversations, along with feature reports and regular commentators Cornel West, Connie Rice, J.C. Watts, Omar Wasow, Dr. Ian Smith, Kimberle Williams Crenshaw, Michael Eric Dyson, Antonio Gonzalez and George Johnson.
Take two nationally respected rock critics, the latest music news, personal commentary, and exclusive interviews and performances, add a huge pile of records old and new, and the result is Sound Opinions—the world's only rock and roll talk show.
Built around the innovative personal vision of host Ira Glass, "This American Life," quite literally, pioneered a new kind of radio storytelling. The weekly program explores a theme — fiascos, conventions, the job that takes over your life — through a playful mix of radio monologues, mini-documentaries, "found tape," short fiction and unusual music.
Peabody Award-winning "Studio 360 from PRI and WNYC" is public radio's smart and surprising guide to what's happening in pop culture and the arts. Each week, Kurt Andersen introduces you to the people who are creating and shaping our culture. Life is busy — so let "Studio 360" steer you to the must-see movie this weekend, the next book for your nightstand, or the song that will change your life.
Tell Me More focuses on the way we live, intersect and collide in a culturally diverse world. Each day's show features a variety of segments examining U.S. and international news, ideas and people; its range of topics covers politics, faith and spirituality, the family, finance, arts and culture and lifestyle."Tell Me More lets me bring together two longtime passions," says host Michel Martin, "the intimacy and warmth you experience with powerful radio, and the lively, sharp debate about things going on in the world that I enjoy having with friends of diverse backgrounds."
A nationally syndicated classical music service, Classical 24 provides great music throughout the week. Hosts include Julie Amacher, Scott Bankenship, Bob Christiansen, Jeff Esworthy, Ward Jacobson, Valerie Kahler, Mindy Ratner, Elena See and John Zech.