YOUNGSTOWN — Beginning Saturday (July 18), 88.5 WYSU-FM will introduce new weekend programs to promote diversity, inclusion and variety.
"I am excited that our new program offerings bring new voices and new points of view to WYSU and our community," Gary Sexton, station director, said in a news release.
The new weekend programs are:
- “It's Been a Minute,” with Sam Sanders from National Public Radio, 4 p.m. Saturdays. Each week, Sanders conducts interviews and wraps up the news with other journalists. Previously, as a key member of NPR's election unit, he covered the intersection of culture, pop culture and politics in the 2016 election, and was embedded with the Bernie Sanders campaign for several months. He graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2009 with a master's degree in public policy, with a focus on media and politics.
- “Snap Judgment,” with host Glynn Washington, 6 p.m. Saturdays. “Snap Judgment” is a weekly storytelling radio program. Each episode is made up of narrative pieces on a common theme. Washington was the winner of the Public Radio Talent Quest, and before hosting “Snap Judgment,” he was winning story slams in Detroit, performing in a band in Indonesia and writing screenplays.
- “The Jazz Sofa,” with Rick Popovich, 7 p.m. Saturdays. The long-running, locally hosted “The Jazz Sofa” will now begin an hour earlier, matching up with the program’s traditional start time on Fridays.
- “Politics with Amy Walter,” 10 a.m. Sundays. Every week in this podcast, Walter goes beyond the breaking news headlines for a deeper understanding of how Washington works, who’s pulling the levers of power and how it all impacts Americans.
- “The Pulse,” 11 a.m. Sundays. “The Pulse” ventures into unexpected corners of the health and science world each week with award-winning host Maiken Scott. It takes listeners behind the doors of operating rooms, into the lab with some of the world’s foremost scientists and back in time to explore life-changing innovations.
- “Latino USA,” noon Sundays. This radio journal of news and culture from a Latino perspective, produced by The Futuro Media Group and distributed nationwide by NPR, explores and gives a voice to the diversity of the American experience. It is based in Harlem and hosted by award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa.