Broadcast Bits

 Join us for the Trekkie Trivia Challenge! WCBE is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Star Trek's first episode airing (The Man Trap, Sept. 8, 1966, NBC). Later today, at 2:00 PM, we'll play Star Trek themed songs, and we'll have our first Trekkie Trivia Challenge - where you will have the opportunity to ask our Alpha Geek trivia questions about the show. We'll also be live streaming the Trekkie Trivia Challenge via Facebook!  It'll be more fun than a barrel of tribbles! Live long and prosper! 

WCBE is currently not broadcasting from our Newark transmitter. We have several complicating factors, that have lead to our Newark signal being off-air;, however, two main factors plague us at the moment.

One is our tower lease in Newark.  There's a payment glitch we're working on with our owner (Columbus City Schools).  We are hopefully that this issue will be resolved resolved by August 23rd.

Another issue is our physical transmitter there.  It's over 25 years old now, far beyond its design life.  Getting a new transmitter is the ultimate solution for this element.

Weather permitting, WCBE will be off the air later this morning maintenance work needs to be completed a the top the LeVeque Tower,where 90.5's transmitter resides.

WCBE's broadcast signal, 90.5 FM, is currently down due to a technical outage involving our transmitter line. Technicians are currently troubleshooting the issue. Our webstream is still broadcasting at wcbe.org. You can also access our webstream by using the NPR App, or via TuneIn Radio. Please visit our website and Facebook page for updates. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. 

Update: 12/15/2015 @11:09AM

WCBE's broadcast stream has been restored. Thank you for your patience!

Due to maintenance work being done on LeVeque Tower, WCBE will be broadcasting at low power from approximately 1:30pm-2:30pm Wednesday, December 9th. Listeners may have trouble hearing the signal outside of the 270 outer belt. Our on-air broadcast is always available on our webstream, just click on the play button at the top of the page!

Happy Thanksgiving! Be sure to get a heapin' helping of satisfying NPR programming this Thursday on 90.5FM!

Selected Shorts: Going to Extremes with Guest Host David Sedaris

November 22nd at 7am

"Pilgrams" by Julie Orringer performed by Jill Eikenberry

"The Life You Save May be Your Own" by Flannery O'Connor performed by Lois Smith

Selected Shorts: John Updike Redux with Guest Host Janes Kaczmerek

November 15th at 7am

"Unstuck," by John Updike, performed by Jane Kaczmerek

"Playing with Dynamite," performed by Sally Field

Selected Shorts: Welcome to Night Vale with Guest Hosts Joseph Fink & Jefferey Cranor

November 11th at 7am

"Prologue to Middletown," by Will Eno, performed by Cecil Baldwin

"Lab Coats," by Yoko Ogawa, performed by Marin Ireland

"The Beautiful Stranger," by Shirley Jackson, performed by Cecil Baldwin

"List of Cross-Dressing Soldiers," by Patricia Lockwood, performed by Dylan Marron

"Go Back to the Telephone Booth, Clark Kent, Clark Kent," by Sarah Levy, performed by Sarah Levy, Meg Bashwiner, and Dylan Marron

Selected Shorts: Funny/Scary with Guest Host Neil Gaiman

November 1st

"Through the Safety Net," by Charles Baxter, performed by Becky Ann Baker

"Click-Clack, The Rattlebag," by Neil Gaiman, performed by Neil Gaiman

"Strays," by Mark Richard, performed by Alex Hurt

"October Tales," by Neil Gaiman, performed by John Cameron Mitchell

Splendid Table Saturday, August 29th

Aug 23, 2015

This week we talk to chef Pierre Thiam about his new book on modern Senegalese cuisine, Senegal, wee look at the unique flavors of Japanese sweets with Nicold Bermensolo, author of Kyotofu, and award-winning chef Daniel Patterson of San Francisco's Coi tells us what tools a cook really needs. That's this Saturday at 2pm on 90.5 WCBE Columbus.

Update 8/31/2015 - Please note: There have been several reports of listeners not being able to access the webstream via certain web browsers. However, the web browsers in question are not consistent across PC operating systems.  We are aware of the situation and have reported it to NPR Digital Services. If you cannot access the webstream through your normal internet browser, please try an alternative. You can also access our stream via the NPR app, Tune In Radio (app and broswer), and Apple Music. Thank you for your patience!

Splendid Table Saturday, August 22nd

Aug 16, 2015

We look at the Scandinavian way of pickling fish with Paul Lowe, author of Sweet Paul Eat and Make, we play Stump the Cook with a listener from Marietta, Georgia, and we hear some ideas for easy kitchen re-dos with Remodelista editor Christine Hanway. We also get a historical glimpse of a surprising culinary tradition in Detroit -- frog legs. That's this Saturday at 2pm on 90.5 WCBE Columbus. 

Splendid Table Saturday, August 15th

Aug 9, 2015

This week we talk to Leanne Brown, author of Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day. Wendy Suzuki, author of Healthy Brain, Happy Life, shares recent evidence that you can benefit your brain by giving it a smell and taste workout. And curator Josh Kun's latest project is "To Live and Dine in L.A.," a collection of over 9,000 menus dating back to 1875. That's Splendid Table, this Saturday at 2pm on 90.5 WCBE Columbus.

American Routes

  We'll remember the late singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester, through his music and his own words. Then a visit to Rugby, VA for a close listen into sustainable guitars and ukuleles, made by Jayne and Wayne Henderson, of Henderson Guitars. That's coming up tonight on American Routes, starting at 9pm, on 90.5 FM WCBE.

Japan's latest nuclear catastrophe, the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant, has brought back memories for the children, grandchildren and great-grand-children of the Hiroshima A-bomb survivors, or “hibakusha.” It has also spurred some into offering help and advice to those who suffered potential radiation from Fukushima, and the uncertainty and discrimination that has come with it. That's coming up tonight at 7pm on The World, on 90.5 FM, WCBE Columbus.

We travel to the island of Ninoshima with reporter Aya Kano. Kano's first trip here was a revelation. She was assigned to cover the exhumation of bodies buried therein haste in the days after August 6, 1945. Previously bored by the Hiroshima's history, Kano became obsessed with it, and with how her own grandmother survived it. That's coming up Wednesday night at 7pm on The World on 90.5 FM WCBE, Columbus.

Sueko Hada was 7 when the A-bomb hit. She was the only survivor in her family. Now, though, she is surrounded by family including four great-grandchildren. Hada isn't bitter about what happened, but there's a sting in the tail of her A-bomb experience: one granddaughter met and married an American serviceman, and they now live in Colorado. Tune in for the next edition of this special series from The World, Tuesday night at 7pm on 90.5 FM WCBE, Columbus.

Splendid Table Saturday, August 8th

Aug 2, 2015

This week we look at why the restaurant world is still run by men with chef Amanda Cohen of New York City's Beloved Vegetarian restaurant Dirt Candy. Lynne invites the authors of Cooking from the Heart: The Hmong Kitchen in America into her kitchen for a lesson in chicken larb, and the Sterns are heading to Local Ocean Seafoods in Newport, Oregon. That's Splendid Table this Saturday on 90.5 WCBE.

Afropop Worldwide Sunday, August 2nd

Jul 30, 2015

San Francisco World Beat, Afropop By the Bay

Splendid Table Saturday, August 1st

Jul 27, 2015

We talk to Dara Goldstein, Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets, we meet Douglas Quint, one of the founder's of NYC's cult-fave the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, we learn how to steep, stew and brew with Eric Prum and Josh Williams authors of Infuse and we learn the simple art of Italian dumplings with chef Jenn Louis author of Pasta By Hand. That's Saturday at 2pm on 90.5 WCBE


Join us for live, one-hour broadcast filled with news, features, commentary, and discussion -- all from a teen perspective.

Listen as History Talk explores the relationship between American university sports and the National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA.

via PRX

  9am: With Good reason: Brining Home The War Dead - Before the Korean War, American soldiers killed in the conflicts abroad were buried in overseas cemeteries. But the conflict in Korea changed that. Plus, Comedy Bootcamp is a stand-up comedy class just for wounded veterans and serves as an emotional and creative outlet. And, with it's rolling green hills and nearly 400,000 graves, Arlington National Cemetery is one of our nation's most impressive military tributes.

To The Best of Our Knowledge presents: Death (A Five-Part Series)

Part 1: The Reckoning

We'll chart the emerging "death movement" - from death cafes and death dinners to innovated schools that now talk openly about death with their students. A therapist/hospice worker will reflect on her own experience of talking to people who are dying. How can we prepare for our own death and for the deaths of our loved ones?

Tune in for part 1 of Death, coming up Saturday, March 7th at 3pm, on 90.5 FM WCBE Columbus.

Joshua Radin: Live from Studio A REPLAY

Feb 25, 2015

Singer/songwriter Joshua Radin recently performed in Studio A. Check out the amazing performance and interview again!

Do you like what you hear?  Let us know what you think about WCBE's online Live From Studio A REPLAY series!


Over the last 30 years, researchers have documented a widening survival gap between black and white women diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. In March 2014, one study found that black women diagnosed with breast cancer are, on average, 40 percent more likely to die than their white counterparts. With that dire statistic in mind, The Takeaway decided to look behind the numbers and hear from a range of African-American women diagnosed with the disease.

Tune in for The Takeaway, Saturday, February 28th at 3pm, on 90.5 FM WCBE Columbus.

Hosted by Charles Dutton, this special examines the relevance and meaning of civil rights in the 21st century and the relationship between the Civil Rights Movement and the efforts of women, other people of color, and the LGBT community to expand our traditional definitions of equality.

That's Civil Rights In America: Seneca Falls, Selma, Stonewall and Beyondcoming up Saturday, February 21st at 3pm on 90.5 FM, WCBE Columbus.

Native Son is Richard Wright's novel about a young man in the ghetto who turns to murder; was an overnight sensation when it was first published in 1940. But some think Native Son exploited the worst stereotypes of black youth. We trace the line from Bigger Thomas to Notorious B.I.G., and visit a high school drama class acting out Native Son as a way to grasp the racism their grandparents experienced.