WHYY-FM Spring 2016 Program Changes


Saturdays and Sundays will sound a little different on WHYY-FM, starting June 4. We’re excited to be adding three new programs that have gained great popularity across the country. At the same time, we’ll be saying goodbye to some old favorites and moving some existing programs to better times.

What are the three new programs WHYY-FM is adding?

America’s Test Kitchen Radio
1 p.m. Saturday

America’s Test Kitchen Radio is a great complement to a long-time favorite on WHYY-TV, enjoyed by two million people around the country. Host Chris Kimball shares clear, practical information, without the gourmet fuss. The hour features insights, tips and techniques to illuminate real home cooking. There’s some mystery, too, such as why bad things happen to good recipes, and the science behind good results.

Freakonomics Radio
3 p.m. Saturday

Freakonomics 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 economics to explore real-world behavior. Host Stephen Dubner uncovers the hidden side of everything with Nobel laureates, provocateurs, social scientists and entrepreneurs, and with his Freakonomics co-author, Steve Levitt.

The New Yorker Radio Hour
4 p.m. Saturday

The New Yorker Radio Hour is hosted by David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker magazine. For an hour each week, Remnick is joined by a variety of the magazine’s award-winning writers to deliver a mix of profiles, storytelling and insightful conversations about issues that matter.

What programs won’t be on any longer?

We’re saying goodbye to Car Talk, a program that has had a great run for over a quarter of a century. You can keep enjoying the program at cartalk.com.

We’re also saying goodbye to American Routes. You can hear the program online at americanroutes.wwno.org.

For now, we’ve decided to drop the re-broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion, Sundays from 8-10 p.m.. As you probably know, host Garrison Keillor is retiring and has named his replacement, mandolinist Chris Thile. But, in the next 12 months, Chris will be hosting just 13 new programs, which means 39 of the next year’s programs will be repeats with Garrison Keillor. We’ll be monitoring Prairie Home’s progress as Chris establishes himself as the program’s new host.

What other schedule changes are planned?

  • Ask Me Another moves to 11 am on Saturday, making a two-hour humor block with Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me? at 10 am;
  • Snap Judgment joins The Moth for two hours of great storytelling from 8-10 on Saturday nights;
  • Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me? will have its 2nd airing Sundays at 10 am;
  • The Pulse is moving to noon on Sunday, to join the science and health-oriented programs, Radiolab at 1 and The TED Radio Hour at 2, followed by two hours of great in-depth stories, with This American Life at 3 and Reveal at 4;
  • Latino USA moves to 6 p.m. on Sunday, creating a two hour news block with Weekend All Things Considered at 5 p.m.;
  • Fresh Air Weekend joins the Sunday evening line-up at 7 p.m.; now Fresh Air can be heard at 7, Sunday through Friday evenings;
  • Sunday Night Specials, featuring a variety of local and national limited run programs, including the second series of NPR’s popular program, Invisibilia, beginning June 19, will now start at 8 p.m.;
  • Splendid Table moves to Sundays at 9 p.m.;
  • Marketplace Weekend moves to 10 p.m. on Saturday.

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