Consider More Things, Plus New and Old Friends Join our Lineup

2013 will bring some changes to the St. Louis Public Radio program schedule beginning this weekend with the permanent return of some familiar programs plus a new NPR show to test your knowledge.  Then, on Monday you’ll get more things to consider with an additional hour of All Things Considered each weekday.

The new friend joining our schedule on Saturday at noon is Ask Me Another, a lively hour of puzzles, word games, and trivia played in front of (and with) a live audience.   Ask Me Another‘s entertaining melange of brainteasers and fun is a descendant of Weekend Edition Sunday‘s Puzzle Segment with Will Shortz, but infused with the vibrancy and quick wit of Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me.

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Listeners can play along, testing their knowledge of history, geography, literature, grammar, spelling, pop culture, and even mathematics, with the competitors called up to the stage.

Ask Me Another host, noted comedian, and storyteller Ophira Eisenberg, guides listeners with her witty banter aided by the comedic riffs and songs of house musician Jonathan Coulton. Each episode features an interview with a Mystery Guest (noteable actors, comedians, and authors whose identities are revealed via puzzle clues throughout the show), who then takes a turn in the contestant’s chair facing trivia games written especially for him or her.

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Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg

This American Life, which has been airing at noon on Saturday, will move one hour later to 1 p.m. with its Sunday broadcast remaining at 6:00 p.m.

Also joining our weekly line-up is Radiolab, which will air each Saturday at 3 p.m.  Listeners have been able to hear the program in short runs on the station so we’re excited to have the series on each week beginning in 2013.  Hosted by Jad Abumrad with co-host Robert Krulwich, Radiolab is designed for listeners who demand skepticism but appreciate wonder; who are curious about the world, but also want to be moved and surprised. Radiolab won a Peabody Award in 2011.

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Radiolab hosts Jad Abumrad & Robert Krulwich

Another program that you may have heard in short runs is The Moth Radio Hour, which will be heard weekly beginning this Sunday at 7 p.m.

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.

Originally formed by the writer George Dawes Green as an intimate gathering of friends on a porch in Georgia (where moths would flutter in through a hole in the screen), and then re-created in a New York City living room, The Moth quickly grew to produce immensely popular events at theaters and clubs around New York City and later around the country.

The final major change in the schedule begins next Monday with an expanded version of All Things Considered.  ATC will begin at 3 p.m. each weekday beginning on January 7, 2013, running until 7 p.m., with Marketplace still at 6 p.m.  We’ll also bring you expanded news coverage from the St. Louis Public Radio newsroom with news updates from Maria Altman beginning at 3:04 p.m.

The move to start All Things Considered at 3 p.m. means that we will end our broadcasts of PRI’s The World as of this Friday.  We had a long run with the program, but in looking at how we could better serve our audience we believe this is the best choice for listeners to St. Louis Public Radio.

With the new programs on the weekends, there are also new times for Snap Judgment and Marketplace Money, plus the Sunday airing of Car Talk will be leaving the schedule.  For the complete schedule see our Program Grid on the website.

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About Tim Eby

General Manager of St. Louis Public Radio.

17 responses to “Consider More Things, Plus New and Old Friends Join our Lineup”

  1. Lauren Buchsbaum says :

    thanks for adding radiolab and the moth. along w/TAL, my 3 fave podcasts.

  2. Deb Stoller says :

    I do wish you weren’t dropping “the world” though.

  3. Frank A Synek says :

    You are NOT better serving this member by no longer carrying THE WORLD
    – bad decision, similar to the Post-Dispatch discontinuing the weekly TV schedule.

  4. Sarah K says :

    How could you drop The World? Great programming at mid-day & the Geo Quiz which the kids listen to, answer to & learn from just as they’re dismissed from school. Disappointed that breadth of programming is receding.

  5. Rebeccabf says :

    Also disappointed to lose The World. My evening commute and driving schedule means I often end up hearing ATC loop already.

  6. Jenny B. says :

    I miss “The World,” already. It was a nice break from American interpreted news, offering a different emphasis on what other countries view as important. Since I do not have the opportunity to travel abroad, listening to “The World” (and the BBC) make me feel “worldly”–in a good way.

  7. Chris S says :

    Please consider bringing back The World. So well-produced, and so relevant to our globalized culture today. I don’t know how another hour of All Things Considered could be better than The World.

  8. Kaldrich says :

    KA I am very sorry that you are dropping The World. Is it possible to have it later in the evening. I don’t think it is better to have All things Considered 2Xs

  9. Brian J says :

    What a bad decision to drop PRI’s The World. We live in a complicated world. We have lost a perspective that is not available on another loop of ATC. We used to listen to KWMU all afternoon. Now we will be looking for other things to listen to.

  10. Andy says :

    I am sad to see The World cut from KWMU. It was my favorite program. 3.5 hours of All Things Consider is too much! I will be pulling my regular donation. The program changes should have posted clearly on your website, I spent too much time finding it.

  11. Michel says :

    I for one welcome the earlier start of ATC. I spent the previous 25 years in the Washington DC area listening to WAMU. In DC you get ATC at 4 EST (3:00 here). ATC at 3:00 helps my homesickness.

  12. Brass says :

    I am AMAZED at this terrible decision to drop the PRI’s The World. ATC and ME do a great job of covering a wide spectrum of news but it’s still from the very Americanized perspective of life and things as we know it. The World, while certain Americanized did a phenomenal job of bringing relevant world news to our US centric 24/7 news cycle. There are important things going on in the world that may not fit nicely into our ATC and ME program topics. The World was great for filling that void for the short hour it did each day.

    I’m normally proud of the programming that STLPR chooses to carry and I usually promote and certain SUPPORT those decisions financially. This is one that is disturbing enough that I will go back to my former city’s public radio internet stream and financial support them with a chunk of the money I usually devote to STLPR.

    It goes both ways. The hosts always say, “if you care about XYZ show on STLPR, call us now.” Guess what, I know where I’ll be calling in the spring… with a little of your previous funding.

    Disappointed. Very much so.

  13. echomanstl says :

    There’s nothing wrong with All Things Considered, but dropping The World is a disheartening choice. The World was a unique voice and perspective that offered up stories that I rarely heard about *anywhere* else, on NPR or elsewhere. Please reconsider getting rid of the show – it’s probably too late for now, but please see if you can find some slot for it in the near future, it was a wonderful program.

  14. Kyle says :

    I’m not sure how we are “better served” by dropping The World. Please expand upon this.

  15. Osman says :

    I also agree with the above commentators. It is a great loss to not listen The World. The fact is your listeners and members care about it so much, they come here and complain. And that fact is in contrast with your justification about you serving the best interest of your audience. Further more, isn’t All things Considered is a 2 hour program? So how does it helps me to listen the same stories twice within the 3.5 hours block you have allocated?

    I’m a proud member of Stl. Public Radio, but what you are forcing us is to go ahead and listen PRI’s The World on the web or on a smart device. That means when it is time for fundraising week, I will pay less to Stl Radio because my financial support will go to that program itself, instead of diverting it to you.

    I hope you reconsider your decision and continue enlightening your listeners on the world events too.

  16. donnaf says :

    Bravo to the decision to make “Radio Lab” and “The Moth” permanent additions to the schedule. I love both of these programs and am pleased that I get to hear them weekly. However, I am saddened to see that “The World” is gone and I’m still bitter about Zorba Pastor and Michael Feldman being cancelled. “Ask Me Another” is amateurish and a lower quality than the rest of the programs. Not sure why it was added when you already have the outstanding “Wait Wait” quiz show.

    I was told that the decision on which shows to keep and which to cancel is based on what people say is their favorite show at pledge time. I really don’t think this is an effective method for determining programming. Maybe instead, you should ask people what shows they could live without?

  17. Mary Kniep says :

    I do not find “Ask Me Another” nearly as entertaining as “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me”. Also, “Science Friday” was a superb show and unique in its offerings. Please find something similar to fill this void in your programming. Change can be very good, but eliminating excellent programming is not a good move.

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