Happy New Year! Our featured podcasts this week begin with EarthSky 22 (science and music from Austin, TX): "The Mayan calendar and 12-21-12." Then, in EarthSky 8, Neil deGrasse Tyson suggests an appropriate New Year's resolution: "Learning How to Think." Finally, Stephen J. Dubner hosts another episode of Freakonomics Radio: "How is a Bad Radio Station [NOT WHFR, certainly] Like Our Public School System," because no issue is more important in 2012 than the education of our children for today's world.
From everyone here at WHFR.FM, we would like to wish you a Happy New Year! Enjoy extended classical programing this weekend starting tonight at 10pm until 3pm tomorrow afternoon! Also save 20% at the WHFR online store all weekend long when you spend at least $50. Use promo code NY20 at the checkout and remember, every purchase helps us continue making waves! Thanks for supporting WHFR in 2011 and we look forward to celebrating our 27th year of alternative programming with you in 2012!
Each month IMPACT! introduces you to individuals and groups making a positive difference in the community. This month's special guests are Kim & Stephanie Gross from the Forget-Me-Not Thrift Store in Lincoln Park.
What makes this store so special, is the 501c status. All profits go to suicide-prevention entities.
Within two years, Kim lost a 21-year-old nephew and 26-year-old daughter-in-law to suicide. Kim's daughter Stephanie was especially close to her cousin.
To mark the beginning of the Kwanzaa holiday celebration, WHFR is proud to offer "Season's Griot 2011" in our regular Monday FORUM slot (while "Parent Connection" is on hiatus until the 4th Monday in January). Public Radio International has provided to us this annual Kwanzaa holiday show, this year incorporating the always important issue of PEACE.
You may already know what the top-selling songs and albums were for 2011, but what was the BEST of the music released that was EQUAL TO OR BETTER than those "hits"? WHFR DJs look back on their playlists from this year to truly bring you the best of the ALTERNATIVE music, in every style we proudly feature. So you'll hear the year's best from INDEPENDENT and, as much as possible, LOCAL artists that the commercial stations haven't played. WHFR: beginning our 27th year of "making waves."
SPECIAL WHFR-hosted "Winter Season Celebration" shows begin 10 PM Friday 12-23 thru 10 AM Monday 12-26
Our volunteer DJ staff has recorded FOURTEEN different one-hour shows celebrating all the holidays associated with the season: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanaa, New Year's--and WHFR's Birthday (26 years old on Dec. 20, now beginning our 27th year!). So tune in often during these 60 hours. Each set will repeat several times. All of our regular shows are suspended until Monday. ENJOY!
"Forgive and Forget" is the Philosophy Talk episode featured today, especially appropriate for the season, we think. Also EarthSky8 (only 8 minutes!) features an interview with Leon Lederman in which he explains the mystery and beauty of the Higgs boson--a.k.a. the "God"particle.
Catch up on the latest ecology and science news from recent episodes of "Sierra Club Radio (from The Sierra Club)," 12/3/11, and "Planetary Radio (from The Planetary Society), " 12/8/11. Then, one episode of TED Talks: Joe Sabia gives a four minute tribute to the creator of POP-UP BOOKS [great trivia question!] in his presentation, "The Technology of Storytelling."
Dan Merritt, besides being co-owner (with his wife Katie) of Green Brain Comics in east Dearborn, is also the vice president of the EDDDA, East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority. He'll speak of the area's growth and future plans, and the role of the EDDDA, as well as the struggles of today's small business person in general. (NOTE: Dan is also a former WHFR DJ!)
It's the time of the year when people of all ages might actually wish for something. "Theme Attic," the radio show that picks themes and plays music from a variety of genres about selected subjects, takes a non-definitive look at songs about "wishes" and throws in some Christmas songs for good measure! Join host DJ Phil Maq on Thursday, December 8th at 10:00 AM for his clever and unusual takes on music!