Sundays at 7:01pm
A tiny radio show about design, architecture and the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world.
Saturdays at 5pm
One of public radio’s most celebrated variety programs with music, sketches, monologues, the latest News from Lake Wobegon and more. Hosted by Garrison Keillor.
Weekdays at 2pm
The Afternoon Shift, a live talk show featuring in-depth interviews and conversations with newsmakers, artists, writers and innovators, airs weekdays from 2 to 4 p.m. Hosted by veteran reporter Niala Boodhoo, The Afternoon Shift features a series of expert contributors from WBEZ and beyond in lively, thoughtful dialogue with newsmakers of the day. In addition to news, The Afternoon Shift delves deeply into arts and culture, media, technology, science, human behavior and the workplace. Music and social media also figure prominently.
Monday - Friday at 4pm
An afternoon newsmagazine featuring a mix of interviews, commentaries, reviews and offbeat features–from around the world, and in and around Chicago. With NPR hosts and WBEZ's Melba Lara.
The third Wednesday of every month at 11pm.
America Abroad’s monthly radio programs are your source for depth, context, and analysis on the critical foreign policy and international affairs issues of the day.
Sundays at 6pm
BackStory is a one-hour program offering an enjoyable and accessible way of engaging challenging themes in American history and how they connect with today. Hosted by renowned historians Peter Onuf, Ed Ayers, and Brian Balogh, the program is produced by VFH Radio at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
Sundays at 3pm
The Barbershop Show is recorded at Carter’s Barbershop in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood. Each week WBEZ/Vocalo host Richard Steele asks journalists, activists, academics, and regular people alike to pull up a chair and talk about issues that impact our community. It’s a weekly dose of real talk, straight from the shop floor.
Monday - Friday at 10am
The one-hour BBC flagship program that provides the latest news and interviews with newsmakers, eyewitnesses, correspondents, and analysts. Offering the best BBC reportage and features, debate and discussion, it's global in reach, authoritative in style.
Mondays 1am to 5am; Tuesdays- Fridays 12am to 5am; Saturday 1am to 6am; Sundays 1am to 7am
BBC World Service is the leading international broadcaster, and includes a network of correspondents providing impartial news, reports and analysis in 33 languages from locations around the world. BBC is far more than just breaking news, though. It offers a wide variety of information programming, including programs on arts, sports, science and business.
Sundays at 10am
Bob Edwards hosts two hours of in-depth interviews with newsmakers, journalists, entertainers and other compelling figures.
Sundays at 5pm
Intelligent car advice mixed with hilarious stories of automobile mayhem. Hosted by "Click and Clack": Tom and Ray Magliozzi.
Tuesdays at 10pm
The Commonwealth Club of California is the nation's oldest and largest public affairs forum, offering over 400 annual events on topics ranging across politics, culture, society and the economy.
CLICK HERE for the WBEZ schedule of Commonwealth Club speakers.
Saturdays at Midnight
Enjoy engaging discussions with some of today's most important artists, hosted by David Dye of the World Cafe.
Sundays at 6am
WorldLink brings you 60 jammed-packed minutes of personal tales and emotions from around the world - looking at the people behind the current affairs headlines.
Filmspotting airs Friday and Saturday at 11pm
Movie reviews, interviews and more, hosted by popular podcasters and cinephiles Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen.
Monday - Friday at 11am and Monday - Thursday at 9pm
Fresh Air is the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues hosted by Terry Gross.Though Fresh Air has been categorized as a "talk show," it hardly fits the mold. Its 1994 Peabody Award citation credits Fresh Air with "probing questions, revelatory interviews and unusual insights."
Monday – Thursday at 1pm
Hosted by Robin Young, “Here and Now” combines the best in news journalism with intelligent, broad-ranging conversation to form a fast-paced program that updates the news from the morning and adds important conversations on public policy and foreign affairs, science and technology, and the arts: film, theater, music, food and more.
Monday - Thursday at 11pm; Saturdays at 12am
A program from the CBC about contemporary thought that explores social issues, arts & culture, geopolitics, history, biography, science & technology and the humanities hosted by Paul Kennedy. Click here for the WBEZ broadcast schedule of Ideas episodes.
Not currently broadcasting
Invisibilia is a program about the unseen forces that control human behavior -- things like ideas, beliefs, assumptions, and thoughts. Invisibilia interweaves narrative storytelling and new psychological and brain science, in a way that ultimately makes you see your own life differently.
Sundays at 11pm
Showcases the work of critically acclaimed broadcaster and performance artist Joe Frank—known best for his engaging, often philosophical, monologues and radio dramas. Click here
for the WBEZ broadcast schedule of Joe Frank episodes.
Sundays at 2pm
Since 1993, NPR’s Latino USA has been documenting one of the most incredible transformations of American life and reality—the exploding Latino population and its integration in the a changing America. Award-winning multimedia journalist Maria Hinojosa hosts.
Sundays at 10pm
A weekly, hour-long romp through the worlds of media, politics, sports and show business, leavened with an eclectic mix of mysterious music, hosted by Harry Shearer.
Monday nights 10pm
Live Wire! is radio variety for the attention-span challenged. It's music from up-and-coming bands, original comedy, performance and scintillating interviews with writers, filmmakers, comedians and people who think cool thoughts. Hosted by Luke Burbank (Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, Too Beautiful to Live), the show is taped in front of a live audience in Portland, Oregon and aired on public radio stations around the country.
Monday - Friday at 6:30pm
Hosted by Kai Ryssdal, award-winning Marketplace is a daily magazine of business and economics.
Sundays at 1pm
Marketplace's weekly look at personal finance and economics.
Monday - Friday at 5am
Up-to-the-minute news, background analysis, commentary and coverage of news, politics, arts, sports and more—from around the world and in and around Chicago. With NPR hosts and WBEZ's Lisa Labuz.
Weekdays at 8:50
The Morning Shift with Tony Sarabia is a live talk show weekdays from 8:50-10 a.m. It offers a dynamic mix of news, culture and music that relies heavily on authentic engagement with listeners on-air and via social media.
Sarabia, a longtime WBEZ journalist who also hosts the weekly music program Radio M, brings his skills as a broadcaster to create conversations with local impact and universal relevance.
“I want to create an ‘of-the-moment’ experience that’s intelligent, serious and fun,” Sarabia said. “It's a place for listeners to hear new ideas, voices and feel a sense of surprise.”
Sundays at 7am
On Being host Krista Tippett takes up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? We explore these questions in their richness and complexity in 21st-century lives and endeavors. She’s joined by scientists and theologians, artists and teachers — some you know and others you'll love to meet. Each week a new discovery about the immensity of our lives.
Saturdays at 3pm and Sundays at noon
On the Media explores how the media 'sausage' is made, casts an incisive eye on fluctuations in the marketplace of ideas, and examines threats to the freedom of information and expression in America and abroad. For one hour a week, the show tries to lift the veil from the process of "making media," especially news media, because it's through that lens that we literally see the world and the world sees us. Hosted by Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield.
Monday - Thursday at 8pm
Q is an energetic daily arts, culture and entertainment magazine that takes you on a smart and surprising ride, interviewing personalities and tackling the cultural issues that matter. Q, from the CBC, covers pop culture and high arts alike with forays into the most provocative and compelling cultural trends.
Fridays at 9pm
Journey with our host Tony Sarabia around the world as he explores world cultures and people through music and sounds. He’ll also delve deep into Chicago’s world music scene, interviewing local artists and helping listeners understand their worldly influences.
Sundays at 9pm
Each hour we take a big idea, so big that it lives everywhere, hiding in a thousand places under different names, and we chase that idea, going wherever whim takes us. Along the way, hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich interview, argue, imagine, and discover the hidden connections that make this idea so surprisingly powerful. And the sounds you hear are as new and startling as the ideas we explore. It's Technicolor radio.
Saturdays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 10pm
Hidden stories, uncovered – that's what this show is about. It takes you deep inside stories that impact your world, revealing injustice and holding the powerful accountable. The first-of-its-kind investigative program on public radio, "Reveal" is hosted by Al Letson.
Fridays at 1pm
Science Friday is a weekly science talk show, broadcast live over public radio stations nationwide from 2-4pm Eastern time as part of NPR's 'Talk of the Nation' programming. Each week, we focus on science topics that are in the news and try to bring an educated, balanced discussion to bear on the scientific issues at hand.
Panels of expert guests join Science Friday's host, Ira Flatow, a veteran science journalist, to discuss science - and to take questions from listeners during the call-in portion of the program.
Saturdays at noon and Sundays at 7pm
Snap Judgment tells intriguing stories about extraordinary and defining events in people’s lives. The program’s raw, intimate, and musical brand of storytelling dares listeners to see a sliver of the world through another's eye.
Snap Judgment host Glynn Washington takes listeners on a narrative journey - leaping from one person's frying pan into another person's fire. Deejay-driven musical delivery, paired with lush sound design, drops listeners into the very heart of what matters. Snap Judgment's fast-paced (sometimes dark, sometimes playful) narrative highlights people from across the globe who put everything on the line.
Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 11am
Every week, Sound Opinions fires up smart and spirited discussions about a wide range of popular music, from indie rock to classic rock, hip hop to R&B, and every genre under the sun. Take 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. Hosted by Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis.
Curated special programming from Chicago Public Media and Public Radio producers from across the country.
Sundays at 8pm
An eclectic mix of specials, including music, lectures and documentaries.
Saturdays at 2pm and 10pm
"True Stories Told Live." Moth storytellers stand alone, under a spotlight, with only a microphone and a roomful of strangers. The storyteller and the audience embark on a high-wire act of shared experience which is both terrifying and exhilarating.
Monday - Thursday at 7pm
The World is a one-hour, weekday radio news magazine offering a mix of news, features, interviews, and music from around the globe. Hosted by Lisa Mullins and Marco Werman.
Fridays at 7pm and Saturdays at 10am
Peabody and Emmy Award-winning host Ira Glass features documentaries, stories and more about everyday life. Produced by WBEZ.
Saturdays at 6:30am
Host Terry O'Reilly presents the CBC distributed half-hour on advertising, marketing and why we buy what we buy.
Thursdays at 10pm
The Vinyl Cafe is written and hosted by Stuart McLean and features stories, essays and music—both live and recorded. The Vinyl Cafe stories are about Dave, owner of the second hand record store, and his family and friends.
Saturdays at 8pm
Hosted by Jesse Menendez, Vocalo is a two-hour mixtape of music, stories, and conversations which encapsulates youth culture and diverse cultural perspectives from Chicago and the world around us. Produced in collaboration with #teamvocalo, Vocalo invites you to tweet using #teamvocalo to join the conversation.
Saturdays at 9am and 7pm
Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! is a weekly hour-long quiz program. Each week on the radio you can test your knowledge against some of the best and brightest in the news and entertainment world while figuring out what's real news and what's made up. Hosted by Peter Sagal featuring Carl Kasell.
Saturdays and Sundays at 4pm
The news doesn't stop on the weekends, so in 1977, All Things Considered expanded to seven days a week with one-hour news magazines weekend evenings. Today All Things Considered on the weekend is hosted by Guy Raz, NPR's former bureau chief in Berlin and London.
Saturdays at 7am and Sundays at 8am
News, analysis, essays and features for your weekend anchored on Saturdays by Scott Simon, NPR's Peabody Award-winning host and correspondent.
Sundays are anchored by Rachel Martin. When she's not in the studio interviewing movers and shakers in politics, science, business and the arts, Rachel is out in the field reporting.
Sundays at midnight (12am Monday morning)
Music and words collide in this fascinating audio oddity. Hosted by Ken Nordine.
Weekdays at Noon
Jerome McDonnell hosts WBEZ’s long-running global affairs program Worldview. From Nobel Peace Prize winners to Nicaraguan sweatshop workers, Worldview highlights a range of voices that go beyond the headlines.
The show also delves deep into the people and forces shaping Chicago’s world communities, exploring issues and events through in-depth series and public events.