Special Programming

June 17, 9:00 p.m.

"The Power of Art in a Changing Middle East"

Film, music and art are often the best ways to capture the will and the mood of the people in times of turmoil. Art sometimes has the power to move millions where politics fails. On this edition of America Abroad, we identify some prominent artistic voices in the Middle East and in South Asia and evaluate their take on liberal ideals, on sectarian violence, on terrorism and how they're being received by audiences both Arab and Muslim and in the West.

July 1, 9:00 p.m.

“What Is This Thing Called Love?”

This program ponders the “why” behind humans’ drive to pair up. Why do human beings feel romantic love? What happens to the brains of people who are in love? How can scientifically studying love help us navigate our relationships? A fascinating cast of characters tackles these questions head-on.

Credit A Prairie Home Companion

July 5, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., and

July 6th, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

A Prairie Home Companion celebrates 40th anniversary

On July 6th, 1974, A Prairie Home Companion broadcast its very first show from Macalester College, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Forty years later, Prairie Home will be celebrating its anniversary, with a special three-hour live anniversary broadcast Saturday, July 5th.. Special guests for the three-hour broadcast include: Old Crow Medicine Show, Robin and Linda Williams, the Wailin' Jennys, Jearlyn Steele and members of the original Powdermilk Biscuit band. This special, anniversary edition of A Prairie Home Companion airs Saturday, July 5th, at 5:00 p.m. on Peoria Public Radio. And as always, if you miss the show on Saturday night, you’ll have a second chance to hear it, Sunday morning beginning at 10:00 a.m.

July 15, 9:00 p.m.


July 29, 9:00 p.m.

“Why Do We Share?”

Are humans basically selfish, or basically giving? There’s a widespread assumption that you have to offer people incentives to do good deeds and threaten punishment to stop them from doing evil deeds. But the way people act in the real world contradicts that idea. Humans may actually have been shaped by evolution to care about each other, to share, and to cooperate.

August 5, 9:00 p.m.

“Why Does Music Move Us?”

Music exists in every culture. Does that mean it offers an evolutionary advantage? What drives humans to make music? And why does music get so deeply embedded into our lives? We’ll delve deeper into what music can teach us about the human brain.

August 19, 9:00 p.m.


September 2, 9:00 p.m.

“What Is A Good Death?”

What's a good death? Quick and painless may seem like the obvious answer, but perhaps we’re thinking about it the wrong way. A growing community of people from a diverse set of backgrounds are embracing death as a part of life – they are hosting death salons, building their own coffins, preparing the bodies of loved ones for burial or cremation. This isn’t a new idea: for millennia, philosophers have argued that accepting your mortality is the path to happiness. Today, there seems to be renewed interest in the idea.