Saturday nights are for arts and culture on MPR news stations

Starting January 19, MPR News will sound a bit different on the weekends, as familiar shows are moved around, and new shows enter the schedule.

If you’re near a radio on Saturday evenings, you’ll be treated to three programs with a particular focus on arts and culture, starting at 8pm. They are:

Wits

Wits brings world-class comedians, actors and musicians to the stage of St. Paul’s Fitzgerald Theater. Hosted by public radio veteran John Moe, Wits mixes improv, sketch comedy, conversation and music. Past guests include Chuck Klosterman, Neil Gaiman, Patton Oswalt, Sandra Bernhard and Roseanne Cash, among others.

Studio 360

The Peabody Award-winning Studio 360 is public radio’s guide to what’s happening in pop culture and the arts. Host Kurt Andersen interviews the people who are creating and shaping our culture. Formerly the show aired on MPR News Sundays at 6am.

The Strand

The Strand looks at the arts from a British point of view, featuring discussions, reviews, big-name interviews and reports, as well as live studio performances and yes, even Hollywood gossip.

Find out more about the weekend schedule changes here. See the complete program schedule here