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Thank you so much for all your support during our Backpack Campaign.

The dust is still settling after a very busy Friday during our backpack campaign. We will finalize totals on Monday. Thank you so much to all who contributed during this important drive. Total: More than 450 gifts have leveraged over 1350 Backpacks. Less than 150 Gifts to go. You can still make your charitable end-of-year gift in support of Red River Radio and help four organizations at once! Not only will your gift help to bring public radio to the communities we serve, but you will also...

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La. Industry Tax Exemption Program Oversight

LA TAX EXEMPTIONS – Property Tax Exemptions are a tool that states use to attract businesses to either locate or expand manufacturing operations. This next story gives you a glimpse at how companies try to get as much property approved to save taxes. Louisiana’s Board of Commerce and Industry advises on the Louisiana tax incentive applications. Yesterday, a galvanizing company tried to get a questionable item through Industry Tax Exemption Proposal application, The company's representative,...

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Welcome Christmas

Airs Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 11 a.m . A perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world's premier choral groups. Join host John Birge for an hour of traditional carols and new discoveries.

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Health Matters: Coping Strategies for the Holidays and Beyond

Airs Thursday, December 14, 2017, at 6 p.m. The holidays can be a season of joy, but they can also come along with stress, depression and high expectations. Tune in Thursday for Health Matters at 6 p.m. Dr. Shelley Visconte will host our discussion on “Coping Strategies for the Holidays and Beyond.” She will be joined by Dr. Michelle Yetman, Assistant Professor and Clinical Psychologist at LSU Health in Shreveport. Questions and comments will be taken at 1-800-52-8502 .

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The Rose Ensemble: Christmas in Baroque Malta

Airs Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 11 a.m. The Rose Ensemble’s celestial voices team up with a Baroque band to present this unique seasonal program of glorious 17th-century music from Italy, preserved in the Cathedral archives on the Island of Malta, and now being heard for the first time in hundreds of years.

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Christmas in Appalachia

Airs Friday, December 15, 2017, at 9 p.m. Experience the magic of an Appalachian Christmas with music and readings featuring Brittany Haas on fiddle, Simon Chrisman on hammered dulcimer, percussive dancer Nic Gareiss and piper Christopher Layer. Live acoustic performance from historic Thrall's Opera House in New Harmony, Indiana, in December of 2015.

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The Rose Ensemble: Vamos a Belén

Airs Monday, December 18, 2017 at 11 a.m. The acclaimed Rose Ensemble returns with a special featuring festive and evocative music from early Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, and beyond. Colonial Latin America was a melting pot of ethnic diversity, when newcomers wrestled with local traditions, and cultural conflict was often reconciled through musical collaboration. Dances from the streets of Mother Spain mingle with African rhythms and indigenous languages, while celebration turns glorious in the...

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Harmonia: Noel, Noel!

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Christmas with Madrigalia 2017

Airs Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 11 a.m. The Rochester, NY chamber choir Madrigalia, and their Artistic Director Cary Ratcliff return to public radio for Christmas with Madrigalia 2017, a holiday concert that celebrates the excitement and joy of the holiday season.

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Harmonia: Anonymous 4 Holiday Celebration

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Hollywood Holiday

Airs Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 9 p.m. Lynne Warfel, host of Saturday Cinema, takes you on a one-hour musical retrospective of some of Hollywood's most cherished Christmas-themed movies.

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The Rose Ensemble: A Spanish Renaissance Christmas

Morgan Spurlock, the filmmaker best known for his 2004 documentary Super Size Me, acknowledged on Wednesday examples of sexual misconduct in his past in an online confessional titled "I am Part of the Problem."

Amid a flurry of accusations of sexual harassment and abuse that have taken down numerous high-profile men in recent months, Spurlock linked from his Twitter account to a nearly 1,000-word post, admitting: "I don't sit by and wonder 'who will be next?' I wonder, 'when will they come for me?'"

A Kentucky state lawmaker has apparently taken his own life following accusations that surfaced in reports by the investigative arm of Louisville Public Media – the most serious of which was the alleged sexual assault a 17-year-old girl in the basement of the church where he served as pastor.

The popular crowdfunding service Patreon has backed off plans to change its payment structure, after widespread, vocal and passionate opposition from creators and their fans.

Last week, the site announced it would attach a surcharge to every individual donation pledge — a change that would negatively impact anyone trying to send small quantities of money to multiple artists they support. Many users immediately pulled their support from the platform.

On Wednesday, the site reversed course, apologized to members who have already lost money, and issued a mea culpa.

The liver is a fascinating thing.

If you want to read a thought-provoking story about the liver, you might like to learn about the challenges of building a fairer system for allocating access to liver transplants.

Or the history of efforts to grow "liverettes" in petri dishes.

When Sen.-elect Doug Jones, D-Ala., addressed his cheering supporters Tuesday night in Birmingham, Ala., one of his first shout-outs went to his African-American supporters. As well it should have.

Friday is the last day to enroll in a health insurance plan through the federal government's insurance exchange, HealthCare.gov.

And in a little office park in Northern Virginia, Brima Bob Deen is dealing with the rush.

A class-action lawsuit against the City of New York has spurred the first suit of its kind that promises cash compensation to those who say they were illegally put in solitary confinement while at Rikers Island jail complex between 2012 and 2015. As the Associated Press reports, the city will pay more than $4 million to 470 plaintiffs in the case.

Wildfires in December are the new norm for California.

In the West, they are burning hotter and more intensely than ever due to climate change, and the situation is made worse by the explosion of development in fire prone areas and past firefighting decisions. Here are three reasons the fires are massive and likely won't abate anytime soon.

1. It's nearly impossible to put out a modern mega-fire

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History Matters: The Salvation Army

Airs Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at 7:45 a.m. This week Commentator Gary Joiner takes us back to the beginning and the mission of the Salvation Army.

History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine.

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History Matters: The fate of the Mizpah

Holiday Specials 2017

Once again Red River Radio is excited to offer a wide variety of Holiday specials to help you celebrate the season. We have programs for Advent, Chanukah, The Winter Solstice, Christmas, and New Years to brighten your day. We hope you enjoy.

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Red River Radio Vehicle Donation Program

The Vehicle Donation Program provides Vehicle Donation Services to Public Radio stations across the country. This is a great way to support this station and get a tax write off for your car. Contact the Vehicle Donation program directly online or if you have any questions about the vehicle donation process, please don't hesitate to reach out to our vehicle experts at 855-277-2346 , or you can call our direct line at 401-808-8277.

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The Christmas Bird Count 2018 Schedule.


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Protect My Public Media is a collaboration of local public radio and television stations, national distributors, producers, viewers, listeners and others who support a strong public media in the Unite



The Story Of Bird Calls with Cliff Shackelford on Red River Radio

This video takes you into the studio with Cliff and also through the world of birds that we cover on Bird Calls, which airs the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Please join us and please call in with your questions at 800-552-8502

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