New Programming for 2021

We’re welcoming the new year with some changes to our programming on both television and radio.

On TV, our weeknight public affairs lineup will include BBC World News Outside Source at 6 p.m. Monday–Thursday and Connecting Point on Fridays. The PBS Newshour is moving to 6:30 p.m.

During the fall of 2020, we rolled out a number of changes to our radio schedule, and more changes are happening in early 2021.
On NEPM 88.5, building on our core commitment to arts and cultural programming, we’re adding more music shows — jazz and world music components and even a show that specializes in Latino classical music! You’ll find audio documentaries that celebrate heritage months and themed offerings on “The Long Form,” and see that we’re adding new programming to serve the local Latino community.

On the NEPM News Network, you can enjoy the fine art of storytelling on Saturdays, and on Sundays you can satisfy your intellectual curiosity.


  • BBC Worlds News: Weeknights at 5:30 p.m. Host Katty Kay connects the dots between the United States and the world.
  • BBC World News Outside Source: Mondays–Thursdays at 6 p.m. Lively digital engagement takes us to newsrooms around the world.
  • Connecting Point: Fridays at 6 p.m. NEPM’s weekly news magazine covering the issues that matter most to western New England.
  • PBS NewsHour: Weeknights, moving to 6:30 p.m.  In-depth analysis of domestic and international issues.


  • New Yorker Radio Hour at 11 a.m. A diverse mix of interviews, profiles, storytelling, and humor inspired by the New Yorker magazine.
  • This American Life at 12 p.m. An entertaining kind of journalism that’s built around plot and personal stories.
  • Snap Judgement at 1 p.m. Dramatic tales, killer beats and the edgiest new talent in storytelling.
  • The Moth at 2 p.m. Stories told live and without notes by everyday people.
  • Selected Shorts at 3 p.m. Great actors read great fiction in front of a live audience.
  • NEXT at 6 p.m. Its laboratory is all of New England at a time of change — how we power our society, how we move around, and how we adapt.
  • Throughline at 7 p.m. The past is never past. Every headline has a history. This program goes back in time to understand the present.


  • On Being at 7 a.m. Explore what it means to be human, and how we want to live.
  • Hidden Brain at 10 a.m. See the patterns that drive human behavior, the biases that shape choices, and the forces that influence relationships.
  • Reveal at 11 a.m. Investigative journalism that looks at what’s going on behind the scenes, hidden from public view.
  • Freakonomics Radio at 12 p.m. Explore the complexities of modern life and pop-culture through the lens of economics and innovation.
  • Planet Money/How I Built This at 1 p.m. "Planet Money" explains the economy with stories and surprises. "How I Built This" weaves a narrative journey about innovators and entrepreneurs.
  • Innovation Hub at 2 p.m. Today's most creative thinkers explore new avenues in education, science, medicine, transportation, and more.
  • TED Radio Hour at 3 p.m. Host Manoush Zomorodi inspires us to learn more about the world, our communities, and ourselves.
  • Living on Earth at 6 p.m. Your go-to source for the latest coverage of climate change, ecology, and human health.
  • RadioLab at 7 p.m. A show about curiosity, where sound illuminates ideas, blurring the boundaries between science, philosophy, and human experience.


  • 1A at 9 p.m. Weeknights With a name inspired by the First Amendment, 1A explores important issues such as policy, politics, technology, and what connects us across the fissures that divide the country.


  • Latino USA at 7 p.m. Hosted by Maria Hinojosa, Latino USA offers insight into the lived experiences of Latino communities, as well as a window into the cultural, political, and social ideas shaping the nation today.
  • Tertulia at 8 p.m. An NEPM production, hosted by Raquel Obregon featuring Latin Jazz, Boleros, Salsa, Merengue, Nueva Trova, Tango and Folk music from Puerto Rico, Central America, Colombia, the Andean Region and Spain. Plus, news pieces in English and Spanish.
  • Fiesta at 10 p.m. Learn about the lively and compelling sounds of Latin American classical music — “the hottest Latin-American music from the 16th to the 21st centuries.”


  • Jazz Night in America at 8 p.m. on Fridays Hosted by the extraordinary bassist and bandleader Christian McBride, Jazz Night in America showcases the jazz artists who are on the scene today, at the height of their creative powers. Followed by Jazz a la Mode 9-11 p.m.
  • American Routes at 6 p.m. on Saturdays Blues and jazz, gospel and soul, old-time country and rockabilly, Cajun and zydeco, Tejano and Latin, roots rock and pop, avant-garde and classical — American Routes explores the shared musical and cultural threads in these American styles and genres of music — and how they are distinguished.
  • Afropop Worldwide at 11 p.m. on Saturdays The Peabody award-winning radio program, dedicated to music from Africa and the African diaspora, is hosted by Georges Collinet, one of Africa’s best-lovedbroadcast personalitites.
  • Fiesta at 10 p.m. on Sundays Learn about the lively and compelling sounds of Latin American classical music — “the hottest Latin-American music from the 16th to the 21st centuries.”


  • Fresh Air Weekend at 7 a.m. on Saturdays Everything you love about Fresh Air — tailored for the weekend. It highlights the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends.
  • On the Media at 10 a.m. on Saturdays While maintaining the civility and fairness that are the hallmarks of public radio, On the Media tackles sticky issues with a frankness and transparency.
  • It’s Been a Minute 4 p.m. on Sundays Each week, Sam Sanders interviews people who deserve your attention. Plus weekly wraps of the news with other journalists.
  • ‘The Long Form’ at 6 p.m. on Sundays The place on the NEPM schedule for stand-alone hidden gems — ‘long form’ audio documentaries from independent voices on a wide range of topics.