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This month brings some exciting new programs to the IPR weekend line up!


Created and hosted by award-winning journalist Farai Chideya, Our Body Politic is unapologetically centered on reporting on not just how women of color experience the major political events of today, but how they’re impacting those very issues.

Weekly episodes feature in-depth conversations about the economy, health, politics, education, the environment, and the most prescient issues—because all issues are women’s issues.

Our Body Politic replaces Saturday’s 3pm airing of the TED Radio Hour (except last Saturday of month is still The Roundtable/The Facing Project).





“My own human journey has taken me to 30 countries, 49 states, and to cover every Presidential election since 1996.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, I grew up with family from all walks of life and opinions — military, art school, educators, and civil servants. Every Thanksgiving after dinner, we would hotly debate the issues of the day – from abortion, to transgender rights, to the Vietnam War – and then move on to dessert.

That’s my American side. My paternal Zimbabwean side, which I first visited at age four and then in adulthood
over the past two decades, gave me an increasingly rich perspective on race, culture, politics and economics from an African diasporic and trans-Atlantic perspective.

Today, I work both behind the scenes and in public forums on questions of media equity — meaning, the ways in which media can serve rural and urban Americans; people of all races and national backgrounds, and gender — for the health of civil society. My most recent book, The Episodic Career, is about how we must be psychologically self-employed (including being aware of dynamic shifts in our workplaces, industries and economy) in order to pivot, grow, earn and thrive. On camera and on the air, I talk on a variety of broadcast outlets about politics, demographics and cultural analysis. I also write my own data- and reporting-rich stories.”


Fiesta! is an original production devoted to Latino concert music, and brings artistically significant compositions from Latin America, Spain and Portugal to your listeners.

The acclaimed composer, musician, performer, and professor Elbio Barilari is the host and creative force behind this series. He invites listeners to enjoy and learn about the lively and compelling sounds of Latin American classical music.

Fiesta! provides a valuable platform for the sound, culture, and history of classical music in Latin America. Barilari enriches our listeners by introducing them to a genre that does not typically receive much exposure. Fiesta! fosters an appreciation for Latin American classical music and creates a meeting place for listeners of diverse backgrounds.


“Fiesta!” says the Uruguayan-born composer Elbio Barilari,“features the hottest Latin-American music from the 16th to the 21st centuries.” Mr. Barilari, a faculty member of the University of Illinois at Chicago, is at the helm for this trip through the hidden pleasures of Latino concert music, including the magical rhythms of Silvestre Revueltas and Heitor Villa-Lobos and the power of symphonic tango. Plus, the series shares little-known treasures from the Latin- American Baroque, and celebrates classical guitar through the music of Agustin Barrios, Antonio Lauro, and Leo Brouwer.

Fiesta! replaces The New Yorker Radio on Sundays at 6pm.





Composer, musician, and professor, Elbio Rodríguez Barilari was born in 1953 in Montevideo, Uruguay, where he studied
at the Conservatório Universitario before continuing his education in Brazil at the Cursos Latinoamericanos de Música Contemporáne. Since settling in the United States in 1998, Barilari has lectured at the University of Chicago and the Instituto Cervantes. He is currently on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

As a composer, Barilari has received commissions from the Grant Park Music Festival, Concertante di Chicago, Chicago Park District, and Orquesta Filarmonica de Montevideo. In addition to works for orchestra, chamber ensembles and solo instruments, he has provided scores for more than forty plays in the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay.