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Updates about new and special programming and changes to NHPR's program schedule.

Special Programming: Memorial Day Weekend

This Memorial Day weekend, turn to NHPR for special programming that remembers the sacrifices of our veterans, and the founding of NPR.

50 and Forward: An Anniversary Celebration of NPR

NPR is celebrating 50 years of news and programming in 2021. The network aired its first broadcasts on May 3, 1971, and since then has grown as a news organization and a cultural influencer. As a member station, we’re proud to bring this special to our loyal listeners, taking a look at NPR’s history, challenges, and evolution. Stories and anecdotes will include such public media luminaries as Linda Wertheimer, Susan Stamberg, Robert Siegel, Michele Norris, and Bob Boilen. The special covers three major areas:

Part 1: How NPR Set the Tone for Public Radio

Part 2: How NPR Grew as a Network

Part 3: NPR in the Digital Space

For more details on the program, visit here.

PROGRAM NOTE: The NPR special will air on NHPR on Saturday, May 29 at 1 p.m., in the program slot usually reserved for the TED Radio Hour.

“We’ve Never Been The Same: A War Story”

This Memorial Day, the voices of veterans come to life through an in-depth look at the surviving members of the Vietnam-era paratrooper unit Delta Company.

The fabled unit became heroes on the evening of March 18, 1968, enduring a long and devastating battle that ultimately earned their leader the Medal of Honor, with two other company members awarded the nation’s second highest military honor, the Distinguished Service Cross.  The one-hour radio documentary looks at the origins of the company, from when soldiers first met up together at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. It then traces the history of the years since the war and how veterans encountered and faced common challenges around trauma, guilt and heartbreak – but ultimately how courage and the renewing spirit of reunion ultimately played a part in their shared story.

Journalist Adam Piore spent five years gathering the stories of the surviving members of Delta Company; during the last two years he was joined by Peabody Award-winning producer Jay Allison (The Moth Radio Hour) who helped turn Piore’s reporting into a radio story.

Brought to NHPR by PRX, in collaboration with Transom, channeling new works and voices to public radio.

PROGRAM NOTE: The special will air on NHPR: Monday, May 31, from 9 -10 a.m., with a repeat broadcast from 9 to 10 p.m. (in the program slot usually reserved for The Exchange).  This broadcast contains vivid descriptions of war and injury.

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