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WMFE adds arts & culture, in-depth programs to weekend lineup



ORLANDO — Public radio station 90.7 WMFE will debut four shows that enrich the arts, culture, entertainment and in-depth program offerings listeners take solace in on the weekends.

It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders, BBC’s The Arts Hour, The Splendid Table, Planet Money and How I Built This debut this Saturday and Sunday, July 25-26, filling the four hours that were opened by the sunset of Live From Here.

“The new programs were added to satisfy the community’s appetite for arts and culture while complementing the deeper dive into the current news stories that WMFE is known for,” said Erika Pulley-Hayes, president and general manager of WMFE.

Meet our new programs:

View the full weekend lineup here.


It’s Been A Minute with Sam Sanders, 6 p.m.

Each week, Sam Sanders interviews people in the culture who deserve your attention, including Chelsea Handler on white privilege and Nicole Byer on how to love yourself. Plus weekly wraps of the news with other journalists. Join Sam as he makes sense of the world through conversation. Learn more >>

The Arts Hour, 7 p.m.

The Arts Hour, presented by Nikki Bedi, brings you a weekly showcase of the best in global arts from across the BBC and from broadcasters around the world, with a range of rich arts, culture and entertainment stories. The program reaches places that are way beyond most tuning dials, and taps into the stories, the personalities — including Blues pioneer Fantastic Negrito and Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone — and the big global debates. Learn more >>


The Splendid Table, 10 a.m.

Hosted by award-winning food writer Francis Lam, The Splendid Table has been an original weekend companion, celebrating the intersection of food and life for more than two decades. A culinary, culture and lifestyle program, it has hosted our nation’s conversations about cooking, sustainability and food culture and has introduced us to generations of food dignitaries. Tune in and then visit the website for recipes. Learn more >>

Planet Money and How I Built This, 11 a.m.

Two of NPR’s most popular podcasts combined: 

How I Built This host Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best-known companies and weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built. Learn more >>

Planet Money is the economy explained. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, “Meet me at the bar and tell me what’s going on with the economy.” Now imagine that’s actually a fun evening. Learn more >>


The Economy, What Now?, noon Wednesdays, Aug. 5-19

WMFE brings you a three-part Marketplace special series — The Economy, What Now? The convergence of a spiraling pandemic, unprecedented economic free fall and a national reckoning about racial injustice pushes us to examine what happens next. Is this the inflection point where we’ll see change in the direction of our country?

About Community Communications Inc.:

Community Communications Inc. is a locally owned, and operated, non-profit public media organization that operates 90.7 WMFE-FM, metro Orlando’s primary provider of NPR programming; 90.7-2 Classical; and 89.5 WMFV, public radio for The Villages, Leesburg and The Golden Triangle. Listener-supported Community Communications has been serving the community since 1980 with trusted news and programming from a local, national and international perspective. Visit wmfe.org and wmfv.org for more information.

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