The Big Broadcast

7:00 pm

The Big Broadcast, WAMU 88.5's longest-running program, features a collection of vintage radio programs from the 1930s, '40s, and '50s. The show airs Sunday from 7 until 11 p.m. and has been a weekly feature on WAMU 88.5 since 1964. Host Murray Horwitz brings listeners shows like Gunsmoke, The Jack Benny Show, The Lone Ranger, Suspense, Fibber McGee and Molly, and Dragnet, placing them in the context of the time and linking the shows to current entertainment and events.

Links to the latest archived episode and the playlist for the upcoming week are available below. Due to copyright concerns, we can only make available the audio for the latest broadcast.


When Cultural Heritage Is At Risk, Italy's Art Police Come To The Rescue

Over the decades, they've tracked down looted paintings and manuscripts, and rescued artwork after natural disasters. These days, they're salvaging centuries-old works in Italy's Amatrice quake zone.

In Jerusalem And West Bank, Nutella Cafes Offer A Sweet Refuge

Palestinians are flocking to a string of Nutella cafés that have popped up in the region. The cafes offer a welcome refuge from the realities of living in a conflict zone.

From Pot To Guns To School Funding: Here's What's On The Ballot In Your State

Big themes on ballots this November include marijuana, elections, education, guns, tobacco, minimum wage and the death penalty.

Major Websites Experience Outages In Apparent Online Attack

A number of major websites, including Twitter, Spotify and Reddit, were knocked out of service for parts of the day in a sprawling, sophisticated online attack.