Thursday at 12:00 pm


Sprouts Radio from the Grassroots is a 30-minute weekly program featuring radio programs produced at community radio stations or by other independent producers from across the country and sometimes around the world.

Upcoming episodes

Connecting Gay Elders With Youth – Interview With Christopher Z. Hobson March 30, 2017 | 12:00 pm

We begin an irregular series connecting LGBTQ youth with elders and providing all listeners with a look into the experiences of people who have participated in the LGBTQ rights movement. On this week's program, we talk with Christopher Z. Hobson, a gay elder and activist.

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Recent episodes

The Tenuous Future of Grassroots Radio March 23, 2017 | 12:00 pm

Under threat from large organizations like National Public Radio, college and community radio stations are losing their place on the airwaves. Today we hear some of their stories and look at what the future might hold.

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How Relationships Drive Creativity March 16, 2017 | 12:00 pm

Tonio Epstein ("Magical Mystery Tour") of WGDR interviews Joshua Wolf Shenk about the creative relationship between John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Shenk describes the essence of that pair's collaborations to illustrate the basic ideas of his book "The Power of Two: How Relationships Drive Creativity". Listeners will inevitably reflect on their own relationships while focusing in on interesting bits of Beatles lore.

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Urban Farming and Self-Determination in Detroit March 9, 2017 | 12:00 pm

Detroit's 7-acre D-Town Farm is one of the largest urban farms in the country and is associated with a "Food Warriors" program for youth age 7-12 and a "What's For Dinner" lecture series. Its founder, Malik Kenyatta Yakini, explains why it was necessary.

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The Jazz Poetry of Fareedah Allah March 2, 2017 | 12:00 pm

We share Grace Cavalieri's lively interview of Washington DC jazz poet Fareedah Allah from a 1990s edition of "The Poet and the Poem", a show that is in its 40th year. Fareedah recites numerous poems, including one written especially for Black History Month. The show also touches on the history of Pacifica station WPFW, the first Black-managed public radio station in the U.S.

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Community Rights and Fixing Democracy February 23, 2017 | 12:00 pm

Along with a growing community of activists who grew weary of traditional activism after years of negligible results, Michelle Holman formed Community Rights Lane County (CRLC; in Oregon. Holman presents "community rights" activism as a way to reclaim democracy in the face of a broken system.

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Women: The Oppressed Majority, Part 3 February 16, 2017 | 12:00 pm

We present the third installment in a three-part audio documentary about how women have been colonized by men and the many ways in which they resist this.

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Women: The Oppressed Majority Part 2 February 9, 2017 | 12:00 pm

We feature the second installment in a three-part audio documentary about how women have been colonized by men and the many ways in which they resist this.

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America, Divided, Goes to DC February 2, 2017 | 12:00 pm

Over two extraordinary days on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., we met Trump voters, and anti-Trump protesters, who had come in from far and wide for the inauguration and the Women's March that followed it. Despite some clashes, most exercised their democratic rights in good faith. But America's stark divisions were nonetheless on display.

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Voices from the Women’s March January 26, 2017 | 12:00 pm

A collection of voices from women and their supporters who will join a march on Jan 21 in Washington DC and other locations.

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Women: The Oppressed Majority (Part 1) January 19, 2017 | 12:00 pm

Starting six centuries ago, the Western male elite has built a viciously patriarchal world, by making war on women and exploiting them mercilessly. The profits of the global capitalist system have been made possible by the genocide and plunder of women. This three-part audio documentary is about how women have been colonized by men and the many ways in which they resist this.

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