American Public Media

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American Public Media is one of the nation's premier public radio producers, bringing you more than 20 national public radio programs and specials. 18 million people listen to American Public Media programs each week.


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AMERICAN RADIOWORKS® is the highly esteemed national documentary unit of American Public Media. ARW creates documentaries, series projects, podcasts and online content for the public radio system and the Internet.

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APM Reports is built on the distinctive reporting done by journalists shining light on the truth

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From preschool to the post-secondary years, this series of documentaries explores the question, "What kinds of education are needed for people and communities to thrive in the 21st century?"

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Historically Black reveals intimate and surprising aspects of history through interviews, archival sound, and music. The episodes are hosted by popular African American actors and writers.

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In the Dark examines how law enforcement handled the kidnapping of Jacob Wetterling, an 11-year-old Minnesota boy – a case that went unsolved for nearly 27 years. Unlike other true crime programs, In the Dark goes beyond the horror of the story to reveal the sweeping consequences of the case: the creation of the federal sex offender registry; a community damaged by law enforcement mistakes; the devastating effects of publicly labeling a man a “person of interest.” Moreover, the reporting introduces data that will enlighten communities nationwide about their local crime solving.

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Speeches and conversations from the Aspen Institute

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This is a selection of some of Marketplace’s best stories intended to run any time during the spring fundraising season. We’ve provided you with content that highlights Marketplace’s appeal as a destination program and reinforces general local fundraising themes.

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MPR's Young Reporters Series pairs high school and college-age reporters from diverse backgrounds with an experienced MPR producer to create compelling stories each month.

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Vision and leadership — these two elements are at the heart of the new public radio series The Promised Land. Our host, the dynamic Majora Carter, introduces us to today's visionaries—the passionate men, women, and young adults who see potential in unlikely places. These leaders are literally changing their worlds with innovative thinking and tireless effort.

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Caption: Residents of India, Israel confront water issues such as flooding, drought, pollution, and lack of access by the poor.
Scientists say most people on Earth will first experience climate change in terms of water — either too much or too little. This documentary explor...

Bought by Interlochen Public Radio, WVPE, WRIR, WEKU, WHRV and more

  • Added: May 12, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: A student at the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School in New York conquers a high ropes course., Credit: Stephen Smith
In the 1940s a British headmaster named Kurt Hahn set up a wilderness school called Outward Bound to teach young men the skills they needed to surv...

Bought by, WITF, Vermont Public Radio, WGBH Radio Boston, KSFR and more

  • Added: Sep 10, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: A student hangs a flag outside the veteran’s center at Pasadena City College., Credit: Stephen Smith
The GI Bill of 1944 revolutionized the lives of millions of young veterans, America’s institutions of higher education, and American society at lar...


  • Added: Sep 10, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Teachers in Chicago doing "lesson study," a teacher improvement practice borrowed from Japan., Credit: Emily Hanford
This documentary what it would take to improve American teaching on a wide scale. We meet researchers who are trying to understand what makes teach...

Bought by Prairie Public and WCAI / WNAN

  • Added: Sep 10, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Students at Howard University graduation, class of 2015, Credit: Emily Hanford
Graduates of historically black colleges and universities helped launch the civil rights movement and built the black middle class. But after deseg...

Bought by WUFT, Georgia Public Broadcasting, WESM 91.3 FM, and WCAI / WNAN

  • Added: Sep 10, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: A student learns welding at a vocational high school in Massachusetts., Credit: Photo by Emily Hanford
Vocational education used to prepare some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Now advocates say career and tec...

Bought by WHRV, KUHF, 90.5 WESA, KPIP-LP, WSKG and more

  • Added: Sep 11, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12
Caption:  A graduate and her parents celebrate first-generation college students at Amherst College., Credit: Photo by Suzanne Pekow
Today's college students are more likely to be older, working class, and ethnically diverse than in the past. Colleges must figure out how to serve...

Bought by KQED, WESM 91.3 FM, 90.5 WESA, KPIP-LP, WYSO and more

  • Added: Sep 08, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 15
Caption:  Students in Kentucky taking a Common Core math test, Credit: Photo by Emily Hanford
New Common Core education standards are surrounded by controversy. Most teachers actually like the Common Core, but they’re worried about all the s...

Bought by WESM 91.3 FM, WNIJ, KPIP-LP, Capital Public Radio, WYSO and more

  • Added: Aug 28, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Students in a Chinese immersion class in Utah., Credit: Photo by Stephen Smith
Schools across the country are trying new ways to teach based on brain science. Teachers say current techniques are failing, but new approaches can...

Bought by WHRV, KUNM, WCAI / WNAN, KPIP-LP, WYSO and more

  • Added: Aug 21, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: Studying for the GED at an adult education school in Washington, D.C., Credit: Emily Hanford
Millions of high school dropouts hope their ticket to a better job is getting a GED. But critics say passing a test is not the same as getting a hi...

Bought by C89.5 - KNHC Seattle, KPIP-LP, WITF, 90.5 WSNC, WRST-FM Oshkosh and more

  • Added: Sep 06, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 14