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WV Public Radio Looks Back on 2013

West Virginia Department of Commerce

On New Year's Eve, it's natural to take a look back at the year that was -- and that's exactly what we're doing at West Virginia Public Radio.

Starting at 9 a.m., we're bringing you some of the best programs about West Virginia from 2013, including three great radio documentaries.

We've also got great music from Mountain Stage and Ed McDonald from Sidetracks.

Let us know what you think about these shows! Go to our Facebook page, tweet us or e-mail feedback@wvpublic.org.

New Year's Eve

9 a.m. -- Inside Appalachia Year in Review

10 a.m. -- Former Governors Caperton and Wise on the Future of Education

11 a.m. -- West Virginia @ 150: a radio documentary on our sesquicentennial that explores the state’s rich cultural diversity and how the state’s history and other characteristics shaped today’s West Virginians.

Noon -- Inspiring West Virginians: profiles of West Virginians from humble beginnings who contribute nationally to science, technology, engineering, math, and business.

1 p.m. -- The Vietnam Veterans Memorial from Studio 360: a beautiful and moving story about how the memorial came to be, and why it means so much to so many.

2 p.m. -- Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday New Year's Edition 2013 -- Help roast 2013 to a crisp with the Capitol Steps and their annual year-in-review awards ceremony.  It’s all in this hour-long special, “Politics Takes a Holiday!”  It’s been a great year for job creation…although of course many of the jobs created were for comedians!

3 p.m. -- Mountain Stage at 30: A Radio Retrospective -- In this hour-long radio special, you'll hear how the show came to be, its rise to a national program, and examine what it is that makes Mountain Stage mean so much to the artists who have performed on the show and the audience it reaches.

4 p.m. -- Mountain Stage's 800th Show: performances by folk-singer Ani DiFranco, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Dave Mason, California rockers Dawes and the high-energy, horn-driven Brooklyn group Red Baraat.

6 p.m. -- Sidetracks: West Virginia's 150th Birthday in music

8 p.m. -- The Long Game: The Battle for the Direction of the Classroom. This new radio documentary from Trey Kay (producer of “The Great Textbook War”) delves into the culture war battles over public school curriculum content in Texas.

9 p.m. -- Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday New Year's Edition 2013

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