WNYC, MPR to launch call-in show with rotating co-hosts

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For the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency, a new public radio call-in show will offer listeners a forum to process the day’s news.

Indivisible, a partnership between New York’s WNYC, Minnesota Public Radio and The Economist, will feature a different host and focus each night. The format aims to draw together listeners across every divide, according to a press release.

Indivisible will air nationally on public radio stations including KCUR in Kansas City, Mo.; New Hampshire Public Radio; WSKG in Binghamton, N.U.; MPR News and WNYC. It will also be distributed as a podcast.

“These shows are geared to synthesize what has happened each day during the first 100 days of the new administration and give our audiences a platform to reflect and share their perspectives,” said Dave Kansas, executive VP, American Public Media Group and Minnesota Public Radio, in a statement.

The show kicks off Monday, Jan. 23, at 8 p.m. Eastern, and will air Monday through Thursday for 14 weeks.

Indivisible is being offered for broadcast nationally, although the timing of its live feed makes it difficult for stations in Pacific and Central Time zones to carry it. They are typically airing All Things Considered at that time.

Producers of the show are talking with stations in western time zones about picking up tape-delayed broadcasts, according to a spokeswoman from WNYC.

In addition to talent drawn from WNYC and MPR, hosts for each weeknight include Kai Wright, a podcaster and former editor for The Nation who recently joined WNYC; conservative talk radio host Charlie Sykes; and journalists from The Economist.

The focus and talent for each evening are:

MONDAYS

WNYC’s Kai Wright along with co-hosts John Prideaux and Anne McElvoy of The Economist partner on a program that allows Americans to hear and discuss how the world is reacting to the changes that are coming to Washington and what new opportunities and challenges arise as a result.

TUESDAYS

WNYC’s Brian Lehrer hosts a program evaluating how — and how quickly —American norms are changing. How are language, ethics, the law, and our institutions adopting new contours under a new and unprecedented leader?

WEDNESDAYS

Charlie Sykes, a leading voice in conservative talk radio for 25 years, will interview policy makers and engage listeners in conversation that weighs developments in the new administration’s first 100 days against American values and conservative principles.

THURSDAYS

Minnesota Public Radio’s Kerri Miller will examine American identity at this moment of change. Who is a part of the national narrative, who feels left out, and how might our long-term sense of ourselves change?  This program will be produced by MPR News in St. Paul, Minnesota.