WHYY Radio Sunday Specials

The best specials and series to inform, entertain and keep you company.

Listen Sundays at 8 p.m. on WHYY radio.

February 4
Going Black: The Legacy of Philly Soul Radio
Starting in the 1950s, Black radio stations around the country became the pulse of African-American communities, and served as their megaphone during the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. “Going Black” examines the legacy of Black radio, with a special focus on the legendary WDAS in Philadelphia. Hosted by Sound of Philadelphia (TSOP) music producer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Kenny Gamble.

February 11
The Science of Gratitude
The Science of Gratitude combines scientific research with personal stories illustrating the benefits and obstacles to feeling truly grateful. Throughout the hour, you’ll gain practical insights into how to cultivate more gratitude in yourself, your kids, your workplace, and beyond.
Learn more.

February 18
The Invention of Race
This history special traces the development of racial, and racist, ideas, from the ancient world — when there was no notion of race — up to the founding of the United States as, fundamentally, a nation of and for white people (despite the “all men are created equal” language of the Declaration of Independence). Host and reporter John Biewen tells a story that names names: The Portuguese writer who, commissioned by the slave-trading leaders of his country, literally invented blackness, and therefore whiteness. The enlightenment scientist who first divided humanity into five “races.” The black runaway indentured servant in 17th century Virginia whose capture, and sentencing to lifelong servitude, marked the first official sanctioning of chattel slavery, and the first time a black person was treated differently from a white person in the law, in colonial America. And Thomas Jefferson and Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose “Anglo-Saxonist” thinking gets a fresh look. Learn more.

February 25
Commonspace: Teachers Tell All
Being a teacher takes passion and compassion…but a sense of humor certainly helps. Learn more.

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