Arts and Ideas on WCAI

Sunday evening from 7 to 11

Credit "3 Stones" by Kevin King

Join station founder Jay Allison for an eclectic mix of topics Sunday evenings 7 to 11pm.

For past shows prior to December 2012, visit the Arts and Ideas Archive.

Many programs on Arts & Ideas come from the Public Radio Exchange, a project of Atlantic Public Media in Woods Hole. If you heard something on Arts & Ideas, chances are you can find it on the PRX.

Produced by Viki Merrick from Atlantic Public Media

Arts and Ideas ~ May 7, 2017

May 7, 2017

7pm  Truth Politics and Power: Politically Correct

8pm  Robert Lowell: The poetry of a suffering mind - Christopher Lydon

9pm  After Paris: Global Approaches to Climate Change - America Abroad

10 pm  PRX Remix: Good Stories on shuffle


Arts and Ideas ~ April 30, 2017

May 1, 2017

7pm  Hearing: stories about this complex vulnerable circuitry

8pm  The Cruelest Month: Ten Poets reflect and US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera  

9pm  Truth Politics and Power: exploring extremes in Party Politics

10 pm  PRX Remix: Good Stories on shuffle


Arts and Ideas ~ April 23, 2017

Apr 23, 2017

7pm  The shouters and the lurkers:  Stories of internet life

8pm  Wind, sun ... and cow dung:  interviews with Scientists and innovators about the struggle that renewable power faces including  the bottlenecks in the energy market.

9pm  - 11pm  The Immortal Otis Redding - a short life with a long legacy.  A two hour special with lots of his music as well as interviews with friends, family and fellow musicians.

Arts and Ideas ~ April 16, 2017

Apr 16, 2017

7pm The Moth Radio Hour: Women Around the World 

8pm  Christopher Lydon in conversation with Cornel West and Roberto Unger – both teaching a different kind of American Democracy class at Harvard.  

9pm Walmart: Good or Bad for America - that’s the premise this time for NPR’s debate series. John Donvan moderates.

10pm   PRX Remix: Good Stories on Shuffle

Arts and Ideas ~ April 9, 2017

Apr 9, 2017

7pm  We’ll Be Here All Night: Stories for passover: family, slavery, food  and more

8pm The new US Approach to the Middle East - America Abroad examines the new choices Trump faces and State Department’s role. NB: This program was published one day before the US cruise missles were fired on Syria so it's a broad view of US-Middle East relations.

9pm The Uninvited Guests Show: old boyfriends, irrational fears and the annoying habits that keep us up at night - from The Third Coast Audio Festival

Arts and Ideas ~ April 2, 2017

Apr 2, 2017

7pm  James Baldwin in the 21st Century - A prophetic voice -  Christopher Lydon in conversation

8pm Truth Politics and Power: Neal Conan looks back at the the “America First”  movement of the 1930’s.

9pm Women in the Labs: Groundbreaking science in chemistry, biology and astrophysics… including Zora Neale Hurston as anthropologist.

10pm   Good Stories on shuffle You never know what you’ll hear on PRX remix.

Arts and Ideas ~ March 26, 2017

Mar 26, 2017

7pm  The Moth Radio Hour: Hip hop, Amnesia and The Berlin Wall 

8pm Charter Schools are overrated -  NPR’s Debate series

9pm Chuck Berry and his disciples - a special tribute in honor of his recent passing - with original recordings as well as some by artists who emulated his music.

10pm   PRX REMIS: Good stuff on shuffle 

Arts and Ideas ~ March 19, 2017

Mar 19, 2017

7pm  The Moth Radio Hour: Facing the Dark - produced here by us!

8pm  Truth Politics and Power - Neal Conan in conversation about Deep State in the Trump Administration


9pm Fargo and The Midwest Psyche - a documentary about  place and identity


10 pm PRX Remix: Good stories on shuffle



Arts and Ideas ~ March 12, 2017

Mar 12, 2017

7pm  The Moth Radio Hour - live from Martha's Vineyard.

8pm Truth Politics and Power - Neal Conan talks with historians and  journalists navigating the Trump administration-  this time: The South China Sea - and tensions between the US and China.

9pm Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and multiple Grammy winner Bonnie Raitt in conversation about her life and career.

10pm  PRX Remix - goods stories on shuffle. 

Arts and Ideas ~ March 5, 2017

Mar 5, 2017

7pm  ​The Moth Radio Hour - People Places and Problems - produced here by us 

8pm Truth Politics and Power - Neal Conan talks with historians, journalists, poets and comedians all navigating the Trump Administration 

9pm To Be Free: Celebrating Nina Simone   - her words and her music

10pm   PRX Remix  Good stories on shuffle from PRX remix.  All kinds of stuff you don’t get to hear in the usual broadcast day.

Arts and Ideas ~ February 26, 2017

Feb 26, 2017

​7pm Christopher Lydon in conversation - about Immigration


8pm  The Brain show: a close look at our brain and its response to depression, concussion and more.


9pm Duke Ellington - an overview from NPR Jazz Profiles

10pm   PRX Remix -  Good stories on shuffle

Arts and Ideas ~ February 19, 2017

Feb 19, 2017

7Pm The Moth Radio Hour -  World Science Festival we produce it here 

8pmThe US - Saudi Arabia special relationship has outlived it’s usefullness  - that’s  the premise this time on NPR’s debate


9pm Not in a Valentine: an honest, very non glossy look at love and how it shapes a life.


10pm   PRX Remix  Good stories on shuffle


Arts and Ideas ~ February 12, 2017

Feb 12, 2017

7pm  Say it Loud: Great Speeches on Civil Rights and African American Identity 

8pm A Honolulu-Tokyo Town Hall from America Abroad 

9pm   Abraham Lincoln - His Life and Death: Celebrated in Music and Letter 

10 pm PRX REMIX  - good stories on shuffle 

Arts and Ideas ~ February 6, 2017

Feb 5, 2017

7pm  The Moth Radio Hour - produced here by us ! 

8pm  The Lemon Tree: a story about an Arab a Jew;  and the longing for land and home

9pm  Leontyne Price - An Appreciation

10 pm PRX REMIX  - good stories on shuffle 

7pm Coney Island, Bellevue Hospital and Supermarkets: The Moth Radio Hour - produced here by us !

8pm King's Last March - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's last and most challenging year

9pm Policing is Racially Biased -  The premise on NPR's Debate Series.

10pm PRX Remix - good stories on shuffle