Children and adults alike love Sesame Street. It’s a place where multiethnic, multigenerational, and even multispecies residents live together in harmony. It’s a place where people and Muppets have fun and learn from each other.
Sesame Street premiered in 1969 with a goal of creating a TV program that would make a difference in children’s lives and help them prepare for school. Teaching letters and numbers has been joined by a Spanish word of the day, tips to live and eat healthy and more over the years. The lessons continue every day on this very special street, to the joy of three generations of devoted fans.
Sesame Street airs weekdays at 10 am
WGCU's new local music radio program on its AAA channel highlightes local singer/songwriters performing their own original works. The musicians are auditioned by Nita Flores from Southwest Florida Music. “We have a wealth of talent in Southwest Florida,” said Flores. “I believe this is a terrific project that allows not only musicians a platform but gives listeners an opportunity to hear some great original music,” she said. Gulf Coast Music will air on 90.1-2 HD and 91.7-2 HD. Gulf Coast Music is also available online at wgcu.org/listen live or with the WGCU Public Radio App that may be downloaded at wgcu.org.
Tune in for Southwest Florida's own:
Gabrielle Macafee Thursday, May 2 at 8pm, Saturday, May 4 at 10pm and Sunday, May 5 at 3pm
Gabrielle Macafee was raised around music. Her dad plays drums, while mom sings and plays piano. She’d tinker around on the piano when she was little but said, “The past couple of years I just realized that I can make music that nobody’s ever sung before or heard, and I thought that was a really cool idea.” She says she draws inspiration for her songs from her experiences. Macafee is also involved in musical theatre and says her dream role would be to play Christine in Phantom of the Opera. Macafee plays guitar and the ukulele. She’s an FGCU voice student who sings at Fort Myer’s Music Walk.
Fresh Air opens the window on contemporary arts and issues with guests from worlds as diverse as literature and economics. Terry Gross hosts this multi-award-winning interview and features program. The veteran public radio interviewer is known for her extraordinary ability to engage guests of all dispositions. Every weekday she delights intelligent and curious listeners with revelations on contemporary societal concerns.
Mondays – Fridays @ Noon; Reairs @ 7 pm
Fresh Air Weekends Sundays @10 am
Fresh Air Weekend collects the best cultural segments from the week’s programs and crafts them together for great weekend listening.
The disabled young veteran thanked his community for chipping in to help him get on with his life after he was nearly killed.
“I’m not much of a public speaker but I just wanted everyone to know that I really appreciate all the support I’ve gotten,” he said. “I couldn’t have asked for a more supportive community.” READ MORE
The hit series Call the Midwife is coming back for a second season on WGCU HDTV. Set in East London in the mid-1950s, Call the Midwife depicts the struggles of the young midwives and the seasoned nursing nuns of Nonnatus House. In its debut season, Call the Midwife attracted over 3 million viewers in the U.S., 50 percent above PBS’ primetime average for the 2011-12 season. In the United Kingdom, the first season was the highest-rated BBC new drama on record.
At the heart of Call the Midwife is the work of the women who provide healthcare to the gritty post-war neighbourhood of Poplar. The program takes the viewer into their world and, in many ways, into their hearts as they provide pre-natal care, deliver babies and help moms care for their newborns. Season Two premieres Sunday, March 31 at 9 pm with eight new episodes and follows midwives: Jenny Lee, Chummy, Trixie and Cynthia; along with the nuns of Nonnatus House: Sister Julienne, Sister Evangelina, Sister Monica Joan, and Sister Bernadette. Based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth and written by Heidi Thomas, Season Two features Vanessa Redgrave as the voice of the mature Jennifer.
The second season opens with a Poplar woman in a dangerous relationship with the father of her unborn child and Trixie facing a difficult birth on board a Swedish trawler. Chummy makes a big decision that may mean major changes at Nonnatus House and Jenny Lee’s run-in with her old friend Jimmy brings out some feelings from her past she’d rather forget. Cynthia has her confidence shaken and doubts her ability as a midwife, while Jenny’s skills are tested in a setting that’s a far cry from the clinic and homes of Poplar. Sister Bernadette and Doctor Turner oversee an emotionally and technically challenging situation involving two sisters whose outdated views on childbirth put mother and child at risk.
Watch on HDTV: Call the Midwife Season 2, Sundays @ 8 pm
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