Music discovery is nothing new to host of the World Cafe, Talia Schlanger. For the final installment of Sound of the Season this summer Talia joins the program to discuss the journey of discovering new music on an international level. 

This week we also hear about up and coming Canadian artists, what cuts make the summertime swimming playlist, and something called "chunk-playlists". 

Tonight, President Trump is delivering his State of the Union address to Congress, which will be followed by a response from the Democratic Party. Journalists across the NPR newsroom will be annotating those remarks, adding fact-checks and analysis in real time. 

You'll also be able to hear President Trump's address along with the Democratic response and analysis from NPR by tuning into WAER, 

This Saturday at Noon WAER will debut a new weekly show from NPR, It's Been A Minute with Sam Sanders.  Sanders joined NPR in 2009 as a Kroc Fellow, and since then has worn many hats within the organization, including field producer and breaking news reporter. He's spent time at three Member stations as well: WUNC in North Carolina, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and WBUR in Boston, as an intern for On Point with Tom Ashbrook.

In anticipation of his show coming to WAER, Kevin Kloss had a chance to chat with Sam and talk about what he hopes to accomplish.

On NPR's new weekly one-hour program It's Been a Minute, host Sam Sanders talks with journalists, newsmakers, and listeners about news, popular culture, and the Internet. Think of it as an irreverent, casual space for listeners who don't know how to process the pace of current events, but can't think about anything else.

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The excitement has been building for weeks and weeks. Today the solar eclipse will finally be here. It will darken the skies along a path from Oregon to South Carolina. It's the first eclipse that will be seen from coast to coast in 99 years. Millions will don special glasses or watch through pinhole projectors. Eclipse enthusiasts say totality never disappoints. Follow this live updating map tracking the position of the eclipse across the United States.

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Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, told lawmakers in a statement on Monday that he "did not collude... with any foreign government."

Kushner is meeting behind closed doors with the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday and the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday. Both panels are investigating Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election and whether any members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.

Season Three of Invisibilia continues this Friday at 7pm on WAER. Last week Hanna Rosin and Alix Spiegel asked the question, how is it possible for two people to look at the exact same thing but see something completely different.

This week the focus is shifting and they'll be exploring if there is a part of ourselves that we don't acknowledge, that we don't even have access to and that might make us ashamed if we encountered it.

Tune in for the answers from Invisiblia, Friday at 7pm on WAER.

  How much can we learn about our current democracy from looking back at key events and time periods in US history?  That’s what NPR’s Morning Edition Host Steve Inskeep sought to do when he began reading documents, letters and studying 1820s America.  What he found was a story that fascinated him about Andrew Jackson and the conflicts over land between the US and Native  Americans, particularly the Cherokee. 


A new NPR voice will quickly become one of the most-heard in radio broadcasting. Sabrina Farhi joins NPR as the first on-staff Announcer – voicing all broadcast and digital underwriting credits. Listeners will begin to hear Farhi’s own articulation of “Support for NPR comes from…” in November, as she reminds audiences of the multitude of Member stations, corporations and institutions who contribute funding to NPR and public radio. “Out of hundreds of voices, Sabrina’s immediately stood out for its warmth and conversational approach,” says Eric Nuzum, vice president of NPR Programming. “We think listeners and supporters will find her engaging.”