Western Wisconsin Groundwater to be Featured on The West Side December 22

December 16, 2014

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3869

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

 

Western Wisconsin Groundwater to be Featured on The West Side December 22

The preliminary findings of a five year study that is being conducted to evaluate the impact of frac sand mining and irrigated agriculture in western Chippewa County will be discussed on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network The West Side Monday, December 22 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.

The study, which started in the fall of 2012 in response to citizen concerns for the conservation of groundwater and stream levels, is in its second year of exploration. The project is studying the hydrogeologic system, pumping rates from high-capacity wells, and the time it takes water to feed back into the wells.

Host Rich Kremer will welcome Michael Parsen, a hydrogeologist with Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey; Bob Smail, a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources water supply specialist; and Katherine Grote, an associate professor of geology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The experts will cover the study’s findings, characteristics of the existing groundwater flow system and ways to improve water conservation.

The West Side is a call-in program focused on issues specific to western Wisconsin.  The show airs on Mondays at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. Listeners may call in with questions and comments during the program at 1-800-228-5615.

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About Wisconsin Public Radio

Wisconsin Public Radio is a service of the University of Wisconsin Extension, the Educational Communications Board and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  For more than 95 years, WPR has served the people of Wisconsin with quality news, classical music, and talk radio programming.  Listen, learn more and donate online at www.wpr.org.

 

 

Nature’s Edge Therapy Center Featured on Spectrum West December 18

December 16, 2014

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3868

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

                       

Nature’s Edge Therapy Center Featured on Spectrum West December 18

Becky Payne and Laura Dietsche of Rice Lake’s Nature’s Edge Therapy Center will be interviewed on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio Ideas Network on December 18 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. The show will also include interviews with University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire educator and Wisconsin Poet Laureate Max Garland, the artistic director of the Festival Theatre in St. Croix Falls, the Master Singers’ composer-in-residence Zachary Moore, and the founder of non-profit organization Fierce Freedom.

Host Al Ross will converse with Becky Payne, the director and speech/language pathologist at Nature’s Edge Therapy Center, as well as occupational therapist Laura Dietsche.  Nature’s Edge Therapy Center is a proud provider of family-oriented occupational, physical, and speech therapies in a natural setting near Rice Lake.  This facility embraces various conventional and innovative therapies used to treat autism, cerebral palsy, and brain injuries.

Ross will also continue his conversation with UW-Eau Claire professor and Wisconsin Poet Laureate Max Garland.  With only a couple of weeks of his tenure remaining, Max will reflect on the honor of his year as Poet Laureate, as well as discuss the places he visited and the people he met while traveling nearly 20,000 miles of Wisconsin roads.

Special Correspondent Jim Oliver will welcome Jaclyn Johnson, the artistic director of the Festival Theatre in St. Croix Falls.  She will discuss the recent announcement of their 2015 season and what to expect.

Ross will talk to Zachary Moore, the composer-in-residence of Chippewa Valley’s community chamber ensemble the Master Singers.  Moore will provide a preview of their 2014-2015 seasons.  Their next two shows take place on December 19 at 7:30 p.m. at First Congregational UCC in Eau Claire and on December 20 at 1:00 p.m. at Saint Charles Borromeo Church in Chippewa Falls.

Ross will also speak with Jenny Alquist, the founder of non-profit organization Fierce Freedom.  Fierce Freedom is dedicated to educating communities about human trafficking and exposing, as their slogan suggests: “Modern-Day Slavery in Our Hometowns.”  She will discuss the organization and provide details of their upcoming December 20 fundraiser in downtown Eau Claire.

Spectrum West is a weekly program exploring the music, arts, and humanities in western Wisconsin. The show includes in-depth behind-the-scenes interviews and stories about area writers, musicians, theater, visual arts, and much more. It is heard weekly on Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. on Ideas 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls, with a repeat broadcast at 7 p.m. Fridays on 89.7 WUEC-FM/ Eau Claire and 90.7 WVSS-FM/ Menomonie.

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About Wisconsin Public Radio WPR is a service of the University of Wisconsin Extension, the Educational Communications Board and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  For more than 95 years, WPR has served the people of Wisconsin with quality news, classical music, and talk radio programming.  Listen, learn more and donate online at www.wpr.org

Cranberry Surplus to be Featured on The West Side December 15

December 9, 2014

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3869

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

 

Cranberry Surplus to be Featured on The West Side December 15

Host Rich Kremer will discuss the recent cranberry surplus driving down prices for growers in Wisconsin on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The West Side on Monday, December 15 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.

Kremer will talk to Tom Lochner, the Executive Director of the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association.  This year, the WI Cranberry Growers Association along with others asked the U.S. federal government to purchase 30 million pounds of cranberries for school lunch programs and food pantries in an attempt to help stabilize prices.  Kremer will discuss with Lochner the USDA’s recent announcement to purchase 68 million pounds around $30 million and what that means for local cranberry growers.

Kremer will also speak with Karl Pippenger, the Assistant Manager at Cranberry Lake, owner of Pip’s Cranberries LLC, and a grower of cranberries for the Ocean Spray Cooperative.  Since 2013 in Wisconsin when a surplus of fruit and cranberry products drove down the price growers get, independent growers have only been getting around 10 to 19 cents per pound, in comparison to the 25 to 30 cents it takes for growers to breakeven.  They will discuss these kinds of implications and troubles weathered in the past.

The West Side is a call-in program focused on issues specific to western Wisconsin.  The show airs on Mondays at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. Listeners may call in with questions and comments during the program at 1-800-228-5615.

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About Wisconsin Public Radio

Wisconsin Public Radio is a service of the University of Wisconsin Extension, the Educational Communications Board and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  For more than 95 years, WPR has served the people of Wisconsin with quality news, classical music, and talk radio programming.  Listen, learn more and donate online at www.wpr.org.

 

Tonic Sol-fa Featured on Spectrum West December 11

December 9, 2014

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3868

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

                       

Tonic Sol-fa Featured on Spectrum West December 11

A member of the popular Midwest a cappella quartet Tonic Sol-fa will preview the group’s upcoming Eau Claire performance on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio Ideas Network on December 11 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. The show will also include interviews with an Eau Claire children’s author, an Eau Claire bead artist, and Jon Thorpe of the Friends of the Chippewa Valley Symphony.

Host Al Ross will speak with Greg Bannwarth, the tenor of the Minneapolis-St. Paul based all-male a cappella group Tonic Sol-fa.  The quartet has been entertaining audiences for over a decade with its CDs having sold over a million copies.  The group is bringing its holiday show to the State Theater in Eau Claire on Thursday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m.  Ross will talk to Bannwarth about the group’s history, a cappella as a medium, and what’s to come in the holiday show.  Ross will also sample some of Tonic Sol-fa’s music.

Special Correspondent Jim Oliver will welcome Caroline Akervik, a library media specialist at Lakeshore Elementary School in Eau Claire.  She is also the author of children’s Christmas book, “Calvin and the Cookie Maker.”

Ross will talk to bead artist Brenda Brousseau.  Her exhibit “Head vs. Heart” is currently on display at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire.  Her intricate and ornate headdresses and wall mandalas as a continuation of her spirituality will be discussed, in addition to what inspires her and where and when her love of bead art began.

Ross will spend time with Jon Thorpe to hear about the new unique effort by the Friends of the Symphony to raise funds for the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra (CVSO).  Now in its 40th season, the CVSO is reprising an opportunity to own a very limited-edition print of an original work by western Wisconsin artist Anders Shafer.

Spectrum West is a weekly program exploring the music, arts, and humanities in western Wisconsin. The show includes in-depth behind-the-scenes interviews and stories about area writers, musicians, theater, visual arts, and much more. It is heard weekly on Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. on Ideas 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls, with a repeat broadcast at 7 p.m. Fridays on 89.7 WUEC-FM/ Eau Claire and 90.7 WVSS-FM/ Menomonie.

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About Wisconsin Public Radio WPR is a service of the University of Wisconsin Extension, the Educational Communications Board and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  For more than 95 years, WPR has served the people of Wisconsin with quality news, classical music, and talk radio programming.  Listen, learn more and donate online at www.wpr.org

 

Extremely Rare Mineral Find to be Featured on The West Side December 8

December 2, 2014

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3869

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

 

Extremely Rare Mineral Find to be Featured on The West Side December 8

Host Rich Kremer will discuss the recent discovery of an extremely rare mineral found in a western Wisconsin meteorite crater on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The West Side on Monday, December 8 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.

Kremer will welcome University of Puerto Rico Geologist Aaron Cavosie.  Cavosie discovered the extremely rare mineral reidite in a rock sample taken from the Rock Elm meteorite impact structure in Pierce County.  This find makes the Rock Elm location one of only four places on Earth where the mineral has been discovered and the oldest known reidite on Earth.

Kremer will also talk to William Cordua, a retired University of Wisconsin- River Falls geology professor about the important finding of this mineral as well.  The meteorite, estimated to have been two football fields wide, struck the planet about 450 million years ago, the impact releasing the energy equivalent of 63,000 Hiroshima atomic bombs and forming the rare amount of reidite.

The West Side is a call-in program focused on issues specific to western Wisconsin.  The show airs on Mondays at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. Listeners may call in with questions and comments during the program at 1-800-228-5615.

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About Wisconsin Public Radio

Wisconsin Public Radio is a service of the University of Wisconsin Extension, the Educational Communications Board and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  For more than 95 years, WPR has served the people of Wisconsin with quality news, classical music, and talk radio programming.  Listen, learn more and donate online at www.wpr.org.

 

 

 

Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra concert featured on Spectrum West December 4

December 2, 2014

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3868

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

                       

Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra concert featured on Spectrum West December 4

A focus on the next Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra (CVSO) concert will be featured on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio Ideas Network on December 4 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. The show will also highlight Eau Claire Memorial High School’s 46th “Tudor Dinner,” a University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire professor and alumnus, and a River Falls poet. 

Host Al Ross will discuss the upcoming second concert of the CVSO’s 40th season.  The show, “Winter Jubilee,” in addition to classic holiday favorites, is set to feature music from the hit motion picture “Frozen.”  The concert will also feature special guest Anna Johnson, a singer-songwriter of Nashville, originally from Chippewa Falls.  She will be singing original compositions and classics, accompanied by the orchestra.  The performance is Saturday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the State Theatre in Eau Claire.

Special Correspondent Jim Oliver will welcome Brad Henderson, the producer of Eau Claire Memorial High School’s 46th Tudor Dinner.  Oliver will also speak with Jim Jeffries, who along with his wife Jane, both of Jest Scripts, wrote this year’s play.  The event takes place Sunday, December 7.

Ross will talk to Dr. Bob Nowlan of the UW-Eau Claire English department and 2003 UW-Eau Claire grad Zach Finch.  Nowlan and Finch have teamed up to write a book that’s becoming part of an iconic series.  “Directory of World Cinema: Scotland,” part of the “Directory of World Cinema” series, is a broader conversation of Scottish film and culture and will be released this December.

Ross will spend time with and welcome back River Falls poet Thomas R. Smith.  Smith, with friends both musical and literary, will present the 3rd annual “Tribute to John Lennon & The Beatles- In Poetry and Song,” on Tuesday, December 9 at 7 p.m. at the River Falls Public Library.

Spectrum West is a weekly program exploring the music, arts, and humanities in western Wisconsin. The show includes in-depth behind-the-scenes interviews and stories about area writers, musicians, theater, visual arts, and much more. It is heard weekly on Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. on Ideas 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls, with a repeat broadcast at 7 p.m. Fridays on 89.7 WUEC-FM/ Eau Claire and 90.7 WVSS-FM/ Menomonie.

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About Wisconsin Public Radio WPR is a service of the University of Wisconsin Extension, the Educational Communications Board and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  For more than 95 years, WPR has served the people of Wisconsin with quality news, classical music, and talk radio programming.  Listen, learn more and donate online at www.wpr.org

Focus on Eau Claire Hunger to be Featured on The West Side November 24

November 18, 2014

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3869

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

Focus on Eau Claire Hunger to be Featured on The West Side November 24

Host Rich Kremer will discuss the issue of hunger in western Wisconsin and the need for food security on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The West Side on Monday, November 24 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.

Kremer will welcome Emily Moore, the executive director of Feed My People Food Bank in Eau Claire.  Feed My People has been concerned with hunger, rescuing food before it is wasted, and distributing it to people in the community who struggle to put food on the table since 1982.  It is an independent, nondenominational, and nonprofit organization.  Kremer will talk with Moore about the food bank and the increased demand for their services in recent years.

Kremer will also converse with Jayne Stewart, the director of Paul’s Pantry from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Rice Lake.  This pantry responds to the needs of the hungry in Barron County.  In addition to non-perishable items, the pantry supplies bread, frozen meat, milk, eggs, other dairy products, and personal care products.  Kremer will speak with Stewart about the difference the food pantry makes and what others can do to help.

The West Side is a call-in program focused on issues specific to western Wisconsin.  The show airs on Mondays at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. Listeners may call in with questions and comments during the program at 1-800-228-5615.

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About Wisconsin Public Radio

Wisconsin Public Radio is a service of the University of Wisconsin Extension, the Educational Communications Board and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  For more than 95 years, WPR has served the people of Wisconsin with quality news, classical music, and talk radio programming.  Listen, learn more and donate online at www.wpr.org.

 

 

UW-Eau Claire Poet Laureate Featured on Spectrum West November 20

November 18, 2014

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3868

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

UW-Eau Claire Poet Laureate Featured on Spectrum West November 20

A University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire professor and poet laureate will be featured on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio Ideas Network on November 20 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. The show will also highlight the coordinator of a ‘Friends of the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra’ event, a non-fiction children’s book author, and the Chippewa Valley Museum editor.

Host Al Ross will talk to Max Garland, a UW-Eau Claire professor that is nearing the end of his tenure as a Wisconsin poet laureate.  Ross will welcome Garland to talk about his experiences and to preview his appearance at a special “Writers Read” event at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire on November 20 at 7 p.m. This free, all ages occasion will honor his contributions to the growth of poetry across the state.

Ross will speak with Jon Thorpe, the coordinator of the 16th Annual Friends of the Symphony Christmas Stroll.  This public event takes place on November 22 and features six locations.  Thorpe will join Ross with additional information and a preview of the stroll.

Special Correspondent Jim Oliver will speak with Joanne Linden, a Wisconsin author of three non-fiction children’s books.  She has also released a work of fiction, the children’s picture book “Ben & Zip: Two Short Friends.”

Ross will spend time with Chippewa Valley Museum Editor John Vanek.  The museum is currently putting the finishing touches on their new exhibit, “Changing Currents: Reinventing the Chippewa Valley.”  The nine-year project culminates with a grand opening scheduled for Sunday, December 7.  Vanek will provide a background and description of this new display.

Spectrum West is a weekly program exploring the music, arts, and humanities in western Wisconsin. The show includes in-depth behind-the-scenes interviews and stories about area writers, musicians, theater, visual arts, and much more. It is heard weekly on Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. on Ideas 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls, with a repeat broadcast at 7 p.m. Fridays on 89.7 WUEC-FM/ Eau Claire and 90.7 WVSS-FM/ Menomonie.

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About Wisconsin Public Radio

WPR is a service of the University of Wisconsin Extension, the Educational Communications Board and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  For more than 95 years, WPR has served the people of Wisconsin with quality news, classical music, and talk radio programming.  Listen, learn more and donate online at www.wpr.org

2014 Gun Deer Hunt to be Featured on The West Side November 17

November 11, 2014

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3869

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

2014 Gun Deer Hunt to be Featured on The West Side November 17

Host Rich Kremer will be joined by the Outdoor Guys to preview this year’s gun deer hunt season on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The West Side on Monday, November 17 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.

Kremer will welcome the Outdoor Guys Joe Knight, outdoor editor for the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram and Dave Carlson, the former host of “Northland Adventures.”

Kremer, Knight, and Carlson will also focus on changes to the deer hunting regulations.  These include the introduction of online deer registration and the opportunity for hunters to use bows and crossbows during the 9-day gun deer season.

The West Side is a call-in program focused on issues specific to western Wisconsin.  The show airs on Mondays at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. Listeners may call in with questions and comments during the program at 1-800-228-5615.

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About Wisconsin Public Radio

Wisconsin Public Radio is a service of the University of Wisconsin Extension, the Educational Communications Board and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  For more than 95 years, WPR has served the people of Wisconsin with quality news, classical music, and talk radio programming.  Listen, learn more and donate online at www.wpr.org.

 

 

Beginning Author Featured on Spectrum West November 13

November 11, 2014

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3868

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

Beginning Author Featured on Spectrum West November 13

A University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire alumnus and first-time author will be featured on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio Ideas Network on November 13 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. The show will also highlight the artistic director of the Minnesota Ballet, an award winning culinary author, and the executive director of a Red Wing art exhibit.

Special Correspondent Jim Oliver will speak with Tom Pamperin, a Chippewa Falls resident, UW-Eau Claire grad, and retired Chippewa Falls Sr. High School English teacher.  Pamperin has just released his first book, “Jagular Goes Everywhere: (mis) Adventures in a $300 Sailboat.”  The mostly-true stories and an account of his writing will be among issues covered.

Host Al Ross will spend time with Minnesota Ballet Artistic Director Robert Gardner.  Gardner and Ross will talk about the history of the ballet, Gardner’s background, and the performance planned for the Eau Claire audience.  The “Minnesota Ballet Choreographers Showcase” is coming to the State Theatre Friday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Ross will welcome Cynthia Graubert, the author of “Slow Cooker: Double Dinners for Two; Cook Once, Eat Twice.”  Graubert is a James Beard Award winner and a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Ross will also converse with Wendy Ward, the executive director of downtown Red Wing artistic exhibit “Art: The Replacement of Vacancy with Attention.”  Ward will join Ross to discuss details on the current display, which includes works by several Wisconsin artists.  The show runs through December 21.

 Spectrum West is a weekly program exploring the music, arts, and humanities in western Wisconsin. The show includes in-depth behind-the-scenes interviews and stories about area writers, musicians, theater, visual arts, and much more. It is heard weekly on Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. on Ideas 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls, with a repeat broadcast at 7 p.m. Fridays on 89.7 WUEC-FM/ Eau Claire and 90.7 WVSS-FM/ Menomonie.

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About Wisconsin Public Radio

WPR is a service of the University of Wisconsin Extension, the Educational Communications Board and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  For more than 95 years, WPR has served the people of Wisconsin with quality news, classical music, and talk radio programming.  Listen, learn more and donate online at www.wpr.org