NPR Cross Currents with Scott Widmeyer

NPR Cross Currents with Scott Widmeyer

Cross Currents dives into a broad range of national and world topics, with influential guests and thought leaders from media, politics, business, academia, NGOs and beyond. Host Scott Widmeyer has been in the communications field for four decades-- he has advised presidents, governors, CEOs and leaders of major foundations and companies. His show, Cross Currents, is a weekly public affairs and lifestyle program produced by Nantucket's own WNCK 89.5 FM.


October 31, 2020 54 mins
Welcome back to Cross Currents! This is the final episode of our fourth season, and we have one message to share: VOTE. Joining Scott and Maura Flynn today are guests Barry Chaiken, Lenny Steinhorn, Jason Bridges, Alison Peck, Rev. Matthew Wright and Catherine Mackay. And, we'll finish with a clip from “Vote,” written and directed by TaNisha Fordham. You can find the full video of this beautiful, moving performance here: https://yo...
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On the show this week, it's all about disrupting media-- from fake news to political legacies, and what's critical to know as you cast a ballot.

Featuring authors Cindy Otis and Jonathan Alter, both out with brand new books; highlights from journalists working in the field through COVID-19; and a segment from Inside Appalachia, an incredible podcast from West Virginia Public Broadcasting, celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day.

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October 10, 2020 54 mins
This week on NPR Cross Currents, we're joined by writers Jonathan Alter and Crocker Snow Jr., featuring reading recommendations from Tim Ehrenberg and a story on artist Robert Villamagna's COVID-19 recovery-- with partners 100 Days in Appalachia and the American Pops Orchestra. Make sure to download, subscribe and rate the show today & follow @NPRCrossCurrents on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
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What's on the agenda today? President Donald Trump was taken to Walter Reed on Friday for coronavirus treatment, joining over 7 million Americans who've been infected so far.

Candidate for Georgia HD 67 Angela Mayfield Warner joins us to talk about the looming election and voter turnout w/ @senatormaura who unpacks the first debate. We’re also celebrating the passing of feminist icon Helen Reddy, the artist behind I Am Woman, died ...
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September 26, 2020 54 mins
This week on Cross Currents, Scott is joined by writer, lecturer and former Nixon White House counsel John Dean; his latest book, Authoritarian Nightmare: Trump and His Followers, was released last month. Then, Maura Flynn dives into the state of feminism amid the impending election as we celebrate the life and legacy of progressive icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Download the show today and be sure to follow @NPRCrossCurrents to stay u...
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This weekend on NPR Cross Currents, we're joined by musical duo Junelle and Abe Kunin to talk about their latest project with the Dalai Lama, public health expert Dr. Chris Martin and Sue O'Connell from Nantucket Bookworks-- also featuring a segment from West Virginia Public Broadcasting on the new book, Appalachian Fall. Tune in today and make sure you're following along @NPRCrossCurrents for the latest updates!
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Happy Labor Day weekend, listeners! Cross Currents is back this week to talk about the pandemic as we begin month six of our heavily-disrupted new day-to-day normal. Joining us today are Dr. Barry Chaiken, a Harvard-trained doctor who is board certified in Public Health and one of the nation’s leading experts applying public health technology during crises; and Sheila Bair, NYT bestselling author, former college president and FDIC ...
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August 29, 2020 54 mins
Summer is quickly winding down as students begin the next school year, however complicated, and this week we're wrapping up coverage on the political conventions that kick the 2020 campaigns into high gear. Joining us today to unpack the RNC are political strategists David Avella and David Leiter. Then, we move on to higher education, speaking with public health expert and instructor Dr. Christopher Martin, first-time freshman Chri...
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August 22, 2020 52 mins
We're halfway through the 2020 Democratic/Republican conventions, and this week on Cross Currents we're joined by two experts to help us unpack-- Frank Fahrenkopf, chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1983 to 1989 and current Chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates; and Loretta Ucelli, Director of White House Communications during the Presidency of Bill Clinton from 1999 to 2001.

Then, Bruce Mehlman joins th...
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What's the word on Washington, D.C. streets ahead of the 2020 election? Could UBI help rebuild Appalachia? What books on race should top your list?

Today on NPR Cross Currents we're joined by the dynamic news duo Peter Baker of The New York Times and Susan Glasser of The New Yorker, Wendy Hudson from Mitchell's Book Corner and a segment from 100 Days on Appalachia on economic policy across the U.S. With, as always,

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We’re talking about the next step of the pandemic, WW2-era child refugees and a look inside the White House— new episode, streaming now with

* Sally Susman, Pfizer Executive Vice President/Chief Corporate Affairs Officer. She is also vice chair of the Pfizer Foundation and co-chair of Pfizer’s Political Action Committee;

* Mary Jordan, a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, best-selling author and National Correspondent for ...
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There are five months left in the year and less than 100 days until the election. This week we're talking about representation, supporting creativity and First Lady Melania Trump with guests
- Dawn Hudson, CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences;
- Harvey Mason Jr., Acting President of the Recording Academy;
- Tim Ehrenberg, creator of Tim Talks Books;
- Mary Jordan, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.

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Today we welcome to the show Karen Gross, author of the new book Trauma Doesn't Stop at the School Door; Kenny Dichter, aviation entrepreneur; and Helen Bouygues of the Reboot Foundation. Tune in, share with a friend and be sure to follow us on social media @NPRCrossCurrents!
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July 18, 2020 54 mins
Tune in! We're talking Canada, voting, literature, healthcare and beyond with guests Paul Frazier, Peter Loge, Bruce Bond, Sue O'Connell and Thomas Koulopoulos-- along with, as always, great music from the American Pops Orchestra. Stream the show today and follow us @NPRCrossCurrents on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
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This week on NPR Cross Currents we're focusing on civil discourse, corporate welfare, recent environmental happenings and mixing politics with spirituality-- with guests Peter Loge, Bruce Bond, Lisa Conyers and Linda Seger. Tune in now!
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July 4, 2020 54 mins
In prime 2020 fashion, Independence Day has the country reflecting on patriotism through unparalleled unrest. Our guests are pushing the conversation forward: Luke Frazier, Nikki Fleming, Linda Seger, Alexis Michelle— along with a collection of voices from Appalachia. From confederate statue controversy to celebrating the arts, safety, spirituality and beyond, we’re getting into it.
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June 27, 2020 54 mins
Listen in as we dive into Pride 2020 with policymakers, cultural trailblazers and leaders of the LGBTQIA+ community who are paving the way to inclusivity. This week the NPR Cross Currents team is joined by Alexis Michelle, David Mixner, Julian Cyr and Rosemary Ketchum-- with pride-centric music from the incredible American Pops Orchestra.
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This week on NPR Cross Currents, we're tackling how the pandemic is affecting families with guests Dr. Phil Fisher, Anne-Marie Phelan, Frank Sesno, Lenny Steinhorn and Richard Rothstein. We're also featuring two of our 2020 partners-- a hands-on, kid-friendly project from 100 Days in Appalachia (produced in partnership with West Virginia Public Broadcasting) and a performance from the American Pops Orchestra with artist Milck.
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This week on Cross Currents we hear from leaders on the front lines of civil discourse in America. We hope the show and our guests cast new light on the darkness of the current hour through endurance, patience and reconciliation. Follow the show at @nprcrosscurrents and subscribe to stay tuned in.
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There's a lot going on in our world. We're chiming in. NPR Cross Currents is back for season four-- with twice the episode length, more in-depth coverage than ever, incredible guest hosts, collaborative partners and more. Follow the show at @nprcrosscurrents and subscribe to keep tuned in.
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