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 ~ June 11, 2017

Jun 11, 2017

7pm  A 20th anniversary of Moth nights - a celebration of stories.


8pm  American Socrates: The Life and Mind of Noam Chomsky


9pm  Dying Words - THe AIDS reporting of Jeffrey Schmaltz


10 pm  PRX Remix: Good Stories on shuffle


Arts and Ideas ~ June 4, 2017

Jun 4, 2017

7pm  Stories of Food and War  and Peace- The Kitchen Sisters 

8pm  Video Games Will Make Us Smarter - NPR's Debate 

9pm  Ten For Gregg: An Appreciation of Gregg Allman

10pm PRX Remix: Good Stories on Shuffle

Arts and Ideas ~ May 28, 2017

May 29, 2017

7pm  Stories of blunders large and Small  - it’s a new Moth Radio Hour -we produce it here.

8pm  We've Never Been The Same: one night of battle and the decades of recovery that followed

9pm  How Do Civil Wars End -  Truth Politics and Power with Neal Conan

10 pm  PRX Remix: Good Stories on shuffle


Arts and Ideas ~ May 21, 2017

May 22, 2017

7pm  Explorers, Organizers and  Interrogations - a new Moth Radio Hour


8pm  Three soundwalks that meander at the pace of real life - from Baltimore to rural Alaska


9pm  The power to fire: Presidential history with the FBI -  Truth Politics and Power with Neal Conan.

10 pm  PRX Remix: Good Stories on shuffle


Arts and Ideas ~ May 14, 2017

May 14, 2017

7pm ​Mother's Day Special Moth Radio Hour 

8pm  Truth Politics and Power: Human Rights in the Trump Administration:

9pm Mother and Son: Two short plays to honor Mothers Day: award winning playwrights, directors and actors.

10pm PRX Remix - good stories on shuffle. 

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.