Message From the President

Each May, we celebrate Asian Pacific American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, recognizing the contributions and cultures of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans.

May 30 marks Memorial Day, and on May 29 you can experience celebrities and servicemembers sharing their real-life stories regarding our nation’s military conflicts in the National Memorial Day concert. This celebration has taken place annually for three decades, and we expect this year’s celebration to be spectacular and moving in equal measure.

Beloved British historian Lucy Worsley returns this month with an exciting new direction in the form of Lucy Worsley Investigates. This new series explores unsolved mysteries in British history. Fans of English programs will also want to dive into the new drama series Ridley Road. Set in the summer of 1962, London’s swinging Sixties are suddenly disrupted by a wave of neo-Nazi violence, and the ancient city’s response to their incursion.

WFYI’s events calendar wouldn’t be complete without Listen Up! On May 24, you can join the fun — in person. At this Listen Up, presented by Lumina Foundation and Plews Shadley Racher & Braun, you can hear from Sesame Street legend Sonia Manzano. Learn about her 44-year career on the show, along with insights from her life growing up as an impoverished Puerto Rican girl in the South Bronx to becoming one of the most influential Latinas on television.

Your continued support of public media means so much to us at WFYI, and we are grateful to be here for you with our reporting, programming and events.


Greg Petrowich
WFYI President and CEO