WYPL Radio Programs


Beale Street Caravan – NPR
For more than 20 years, BSC has been capturing and exporting the sounds of Memphis and the Delta region. It is our mission to celebrate the culture of our region by sharing our music with the world.  Beale Street Caravan Website and Podcasts.

  • Sundays, 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Book Talk
Author interview program. Listen to podcasts at the Book Talk blog.

  • 12:30 – 1:00 PM, Mon-Fri
  • 6:00 – 6:30 PM & 6:30 – 7:00 PM, Sat
  • 1:30 – 2:00 PM, Sun

Books on the Air
Book selections are read on the air. Visit the WYPL Books & More blog to find out the current reading selections:

  • African-American Lives & Literature: Sundays, 1:00 AM and 2:00 PM (2 hours)
  • Best-Sellers: Monday-Friday, 2:00 AM and 4:00 PM (1 hour)
  • Biography: Monday – Friday, 1:00 AM and 3:00 PM (1 hour)
  • Classics: Saturdays, 1:00 AM and 2:00 PM (2 hours)
  • Mystery and True Crime: Monday – Friday, 12:00 Midnight and 2:00 PM (1 hour)
  • Self Help: Sundays, 4:00 PM (2 hours)
  • Southern Authors: Saturdays, 4:00 PM (2 hours)

Classical Guitar Alive – NPR
Classical Guitar Alive is a non-profit, tax-exempt, 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote the love of classical music with the guitar to the widest possible audience, and in innovative ways that have the greatest impact and benefit to all. Classical Guitar Alive reaches and serves local, national, and international communities with many innovative projects and programs that are not repeated elsewhere. (Classical Guitar Live Website and Podcasts)

Eye on Vision
Show for those with Visual Impairment. Find out more and listen to podcasts of shows at the Eye on Vision blog.

  • Saturday, 7:00 – 7:30 PM
  • Sundays, 1:00 – 1:30 PM

The Funky Politics
The Funky Politics is a weekly confrontation about politics, policy and popular culture. It creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs.  Funky Politics Website and Podcasts.

  • Saturdays, 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Memphis Music Collection
Listen to Memphis Music selections. (4 hours)

  • The Memphis ’60’s: Mondays, 8:00 PM; Tuesdays, 3:00 AM
  • The Memphis ’70’s: Tuesdays, 8:00 PM; Wednesdays, 3:00 AM
  • Memphis Gospel Music: Wednesdays, 8:00 PM; Thursdays, 3:00 AM
  • Stax and Hi (Soul) Music: Thursdays, 8:00 PM; Fridays, 3:00 AM
  • Sun Studios: Fridays, 8:00 PM; Saturdays, 3:00 AM
  • Current Memphis Music: Saturdays, 8:00 PM; Sundays 3:00 AM
  • The Memphis Blues: Sundays, 8:00 PM; Mondays, 3:00 AM

News & Magazines
Listen to newspapers and magazines read on the air, or listen to radio broadcasts of news programs:

  • Action News 5
    Mon-Fri: 12:00 Noon – 12:30 PM; 5:00 – 5:30 PM & 6:00 – 6:30 PM
  • BBC News – NPR
    Mon-Sun: 6:00 – 8:00 AM & 11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
    Mon-Fri: 6:30 – 7:00 PM
  • The Commercial Appeal – Volunteer Reading (Live)
    Mon-Fri: 8:00 – 10:00 AM
    Sat-Sun: 8:00 – 10:30 AM
  • NBC Nightly News
    Mon-Fri: 5:30 – 6:00 PM, Mon-Fri
  • USA Today – Volunteer Reading (Recorded)
    Mon-Fri: 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Also – Volunteer Reading (Recorded):

  • Business Week: Tue, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Harpers: Wed, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
  • Memphis Business Journal: Sun, 10:30 – 11:00 AM
  • Memphis Flyer: Fri, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
  • New Yorker: Wed, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Newsweek: Fri, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
  • People Magazine: Mon, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
  • Readers Digest: Tue, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
  • Southern Living: Thu, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
  • Sports Illustrated: Thu, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Time Magazine: Mon, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Tri-State Defender: Sat, 10:30 – 11:00 AM

Tech Nation – NPR
Tech Nation is a weekly public radio program, hosted by Dr. Moira Gunn. Founded in 1993, it has grown from a simple interview show to a multi-faceted production, featuring conversations with noted technology and science leaders, and a weekly science and technology-related commentary.  (Tech Nation Website with Podcasts)

  • Sundays, 12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM

That Memphis Music Radio Show with Mitch McCracken
Radio host Mitch McCracken interviews local Memphis musicians and plays their tunes.

  • Sundays at 6:00 PM
  • Friday nights/Saturday mornings at 12:00 Midnight.

The Media Project – NPR
The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with The Times Union’s Rex Smith, WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Professor Rosemary Armao, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld.  The Media Project Website and Podcasts.

  • Saturdays, 7:30 – 8:00 PM

You Bet Your Garden – NPR
An hour of “chemical-free horticultural hijinks,” You Bet Your Garden is a weekly, nationally syndicated Public Radio show airing out of WHYY-FM in Philadelphia that offers fiercely organic advice to gardeners far and wide.  (You Bet Your Garden Website with Podcasts)

  • Saturdays, 12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM