Your week at a glance: August 2-6

Here are the latest updates for upcoming programs. PLEASE NOTE: All details are subject to change. Additional details will be shared via ContentDepot as they become available.

Use the links below to visit our dedicated program pages, where you’ll find show logos, digital assets and more.


News

Marketplace

Marketplace PM

Week of August 2

  • Before every retail price increase there are complicated decisions to be made. Do we raise prices? On what? How much? When? Marketplace’s Marielle Segarra reports on what leads up to prices increases—and what happens after.

Marketplace Tech

  • Throughout the summer, Marketplace Tech will have a rotating schedule of hosts during the summer months. Meghan McCarty Carino hosts August 2-6.

On Point

August 2: With the Senate debating a roughly $1 trillion dollar infrastructure bill, On Point asks: Why does it cost so much more to build transportation projects than it does in most of the rest of the world? And that’s a fact. Our rapid rail infrastructure is the sixth most expensive in the world. Transit researcher Alon Levy tells host Meghna Chakrabarti that it’s not just because we build big, it’s “institutional.” But what’s behind that? We look at how one US light rail project tripled in cost in just three years.


Classical

Performance Today

Between now and October 27, Performance Today audiences will hear new Piano Puzzlers every Wednesday.


Arts and Culture

The Splendid Table

Encore episode – August 6: Summer produce and gardening

  • Chef Abra Berens author of Ruffage: A Practical Guide to Vegetables teams up with Francis to answer listener questions
  • We talk with Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm about the intersection of community farming and social justice.

Timely Selections

Digital / Marketing tool from the BBC World Service

All BBC affiliated stations have access to rights-cleared videos produced by the BBC. Use these shareable videos to bolster your social platforms. Follow the link below and download today!

BBC Minute: ‘I’ve been unemployed for two years’

  • Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has hit labour markets around the world, affecting under 30s the most. More than 600 million young people, aged 15-24 are estimated to be out of work, with young women most affected. The BBC’s Gender and Identity reporter, Megha Mohan, has been speaking with jobless women in Lebanon, Kenya and the UK.

    Produced and directed by: Olivia Le Poidevin
  • Suggested post: The challenges of finding a job in the pandemic
  • Duration: 3 minutes

Spotlight on Virtual Mental Health Care

One-hour

August 13, 2021 – September 30, 2021

In “Spotlight on Virtual Mental Health Care” we explore how mental health care’s urgent pivot to new technologies fared during the pandemic’s critical stress test.

Through interviews with expert clinicians and researchers, we will explore the fast-developing landscape of virtual mental health care — its advancements, and its challenges. How well are telehealth options replacing in-person care? How is access improving for some people with socio-economic challenges, and where has the digital divide gotten worse? How did the relaxation of HIPAA and other medical information laws affect patient privacy? How has the pandemic accelerated the integration of virtual care tools, like mobile apps, into clinical care? What needs to happen to preserve improvements and further reduce barriers to access?

Questions? Please contact your Station Representative

Inside Marketplace Summer ’21

Hopefully most of you are beating the heat and the rain this summer. Hard not to correlate a changing climate with all the unusual hot weather and flooding we’re seeing (shameless plug for Molly Wood’s ongoing climate series, “How We Survive”).

But in all seriousness, fingers crossed you’ve all had a little bit of summer fun. This is what we’ve been working on at Marketplace:

Bringing “Marketplace Minute” to public media audiences
As we announced a couple weeks ago, we’re making “Marketplace Minute” available to you and your audiences. Twice daily, this one-minute module brings important economic content and context to audiences in Marketplace’s signature accessible style. Marketplace reporters will write and produce the one-minute segments, with key voices including Nova Safo, Nancy Marshall-Genzer, Meghan McCarty Carino and Justin Ho.

“Marketplace Minute” will be available at no extra cost to current Marketplace affiliates and will be available starting Aug. 16. More information will be available closer to the launch date, but in the meantime if you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to your station relations representative.

This thing we used to call employment…
What happened to the good American job? The kind where you work for one company for years and get things like health insurance, paid sick days and at least minimum wage. Today, a growing number of companies argue that they’ve come up with something new and better: a gig economy where workers are independent contractors who own their own businesses and get more flexibility, but don’t get the traditional protections that come with being an employee.

In this one-hour special from Marketplace, the team from “The Uncertain Hour” explores the long history and controversial future of the gig economy by turning to a decidedly low-tech example: janitorial companies that rely on an army of independent contractors. We dive in to the story of one of these janitors, a man named Jerry Vazquez.

Like many Americans, Jerry always dreamed of working for himself. So when he saw a notice in the PennySaver saying he could start his own business for $950 down, he decided to go all in. He bought a janitorial franchise with a company called Jan-Pro. But he says Jan-Pro set his rates, directed his work, made him wear a uniform and set his schedule. Soon, Jerry began feeling like he didn’t have much control over a business that he supposedly owned — and he was earning less than minimum wage doing a dirty job. Eventually, Jerry decided it was time to fight back. He and some of his fellow Jan-Pro franchisees — most immigrants or people of color — sued the company.

“The Uncertain Hour” will go deep into the long and strange battle over who deserves worker protections and who is excluded — a struggle that connects to power, race and important questions about what companies owe the people whose labor they rely on.

This station special will be available from Aug. 25 to Oct. 31. Subscribe on Content Depot now.

“One final note on the way out”
Nicole Childers, who was the executive producer of “Marketplace Morning Report,” has moved on to a very exciting role at NBC. Meredith Garretson will be the interim senior producer for the show; she has been with the team for about two years. As usual, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your station representatives!

Thank you,
Marketplace leadership

Your week at a glance: July 26-August 1

Here are the latest updates for upcoming programs. PLEASE NOTE: All details are subject to change. Additional details will be shared via ContentDepot as they become available.

Use the links below to visit our dedicated program pages, where you’ll find show logos, digital assets and more.


News

Marketplace

Marketplace PM

Week of July 26

  • Kai talks with Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America, about nationwide food insecurity during the pandemic, and how ending government programs can affect hunger.

Marketplace Tech

  • Throughout the summer, Marketplace Tech will have a rotating schedule of hosts during the summer months. Kimberly Adams hosts July 26-27, Meghan McCarty Carino hosts July 28-30.
  • July 26: A new kind of technology is changing the way human waste is being processed around the world, and now more US cities are jumping on board. Rather than paying to haul away and dispose of the biproducts of wastewater treatment facilities, municipalities can use a process called thermal hydrolysis to turn that waste into gas and heat that can be captured and reused for energy, with a side benefit of creating fertilizer scientists say is safe for food crops. Washington, D.C. has the largest of these facilities in the world and the first in the U.S., although more on coming online soon. Marketplace Tech visits DC Water to see how it works, and what it means for the future of water treatment.
  • July 27: When you search for someone notable on the internet, the first thing you often see on the search results is a link to their Wikipedia page. But if you’re looking for a notable woman, that might not be the case. About 1.5 million biographies are published on Wikipedia… but only about 19 percent of them are about women. Francesca Tripodi [tree-POE-dee] is a professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She wrote about this gender gap in Wikipedia in her recent paper Ms. Categorized: Gender, notability, and inequality on Wikipedia

The Daily

July 23: Day X – Is Germany’s “defensive democracy” strong enough to withstand the threat of the far right? In the last episode of Day X, Berlin bureau chief Katrin Bennhold examines what some think may be Germany’s greatest internal threat: the Alternative for Germany party.

On Point

  • July 27: We head back to Portland, Oregon. One year after protesters took to the streets and federal agents stormed the city, how has Portland changed? What are the legacies that will outlast the protests? We’ll speak to on the ground reporter Sergio Olmos and hear voices from across the community.
  • July 29: On Point explores how artificial intelligence could be on the front lines of future wars. The US, China, and Russia are developing new weapons and new ways to control those weapons using AI. We speak with John ‘Mike’ Murray, the first commanding general of the US Army Futures Command, and Gilman Louie, a tech entrepreneur and member of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, about glaring problems with this still-emerging technological form of war.
  • July 30: Part Six of On Point’s series, Amazon: The Prime Effect – From warehouse workers saying they are treated like robots to a corporate culture described as “brutal” and “bruising”, what does Amazon’s customer obsession mean for its 1.2 million workers? We’ll look at Amazon’s public efforts to squash unionization at warehouses, plus how Amazon’s corporate leadership development is transforming other companies.  We also hear from Maren Costa, who the National Labor Relations Board found was illegally fired by Amazon last year, after 15 years with the company, and we talk to several current and former Amazon employees about what it’s like to work there

Classical

Performance Today

Between now and October 27, Performance Today audiences will hear new Piano Puzzlers every Wednesday.


Arts and Culture

Time Machine from The Current

Time Machine from The Current is a sonic journey across music history. Each week, host Bill DeVille takes listeners back to the sounds and events of a specific year.

July 30 – 1979: 

  • New bands emerged like the Pretenders and The Knack, who released what was probably the biggest song of the year. Prince released his 2nd album and had his first hit, it was a huge year in classic rock circles with Pink Floyd issuing the rock opera The Wall, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers dropped Damn the Torpedoes and Led Zeppelin released what would be their last official studio album. There was tragedy in Cincinnati, as 11 died at a rock concert by The Who. Disco was still here, with big songs from Donna Summer and Chic, and it was the year of rap’s first hit by the Sugarhill Gang – who borrowed a good chunk of Chic’s hit.
  • Outside the world of music, 52 Americans are taken hostage in the American Embassy in Tehran. Margaret Thatcher was elected Prime minister in the UK. It was good times in Pittsburgh – Willie Stargell and the Pittsburgh Pirates won the World Series, defeating the Baltimore Orioles – and Terry Bradshaw and The Steelers won the Super Bowl. Kramer vs. Kramer, was one of the most popular films of the year, and the hot gift was the Sony Walkman.

The Splendid Table

NEW episode – July 30: Summer Eating

  • Alison Roman, the author of Dining In, brings us her best thinking around the warm weather kitchen.
  • What’s the best hot dog in America? Food and culture reporter, Maura Judkis shares the results of their taste test
  • Andy Baraghani of Bon Appétit Magazine explains the how’s and why’s of cooking seafood on the grill.
  • America’s Test Kitchen takes on homemade ice cream sandwiches.

Timely Selections

Spotlight on Virtual Mental Health Care

One-hour

August 13, 2021 – September 30, 2021

In “Spotlight on Virtual Mental Health Care” we explore how mental health care’s urgent pivot to new technologies fared during the pandemic’s critical stress test.

Through interviews with expert clinicians and researchers, we will explore the fast-developing landscape of virtual mental health care — its advancements, and its challenges.

Questions? Please contact your Station Representative

Register for the BBC Newshour webinar with Jacobs Media

Join American Public Media for a webinar where Jacobs Media will walk through the findings of their most recent BBC Newshour survey. APM commissioned this survey in early 2021, and the findings include feedback directly from audience members from major markets, as well as programming decision makers at public radio stations around the country. Register today to reserve your spot. There will be time at the end of the event for questions.

Date: August 5, 2021

Time: 11am Pacific / 1pm Central / 2pm Eastern

REGISTER

 

PANELISTS FROM JACOBS MEDIA

Fred Jacobs, President

Fred has emerged over the past two decades as one of radio’s leading visionaries. He founded Jacobs Media in 1983. In 2018, Fred was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame and is the first radio consultant to ever receive this honor. Fred has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, and a Master’s degree in Telecommunications from Michigan State University.

Paul Jacobs, VP/General Manager

Paul started his career as a radio Account Executive in Detroit with both WNIC-FM and WRIF-FM. He then became the General Sales Manager for KZEW-FM in Dallas, and ultimately, the General Manager for KHYI-FM, also in Dallas. He was then lured home to run WDFX-FM in Detroit before joining Jacobs Media as its General Manager in 1991. Paul has a BA in Advertising from Michigan State University.

Jason Hollins, Research Director

Jason has conducted hundreds of studies for a large portfolio of clients including Fortune 500 companies, radio groups large and small, and digital media properties. Before Jacobs, Jason spent the entirety of his career in media with Edison Research, including serving nearly twelve years as Vice President

Olympics coverage from the BBC World Service

Special programming and digital assets are now available to BBC affiliates in recognition of the Olympics. See below for details. Please contact your Station Representative with questions.

A new 5-minute module about the Olympics, “Today in Tokyo”

Broadcast window: Daily 11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET
Available: Daily July 24 – August 8

The Tokyo Olympics will be a games like no other. They are the first-ever to be postponed and the first to take place amid a worldwide pandemic. But for the eleven thousand athletes taking part they remain the pinnacle of sporting achievement. Daily throughout the games the BBC will bring you the top stories in Today in Tokyo.

Available via email, the Media Partner Centre and RSS. Please contact your Station Representative if you are interested in learning more or signing up.

Digital assets: videos available for use across all social pages

Explore the BBC Media Partner Centre for additional videos to share across your social pages. Video topics range from special events like the Olympics to evergreen content centering climate change, arts, culture and history.

Global Citizen: The armless archer aiming for gold

  • Description: Matt Stutzman was born without arms and always wanted to be a professional athlete. He practiced basketball for years but knew he wouldn’t make the NBA league. Then he found archery and his life changed forever. He won a silver medal at the 2012 London Paralympics and now he’s aiming for gold in Tokyo.

    Post by July 23, 2021
  • Suggested post: Meet the armless archer aiming for gold at the Paralympics
  • Duration: 3 minutes 5 seconds
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BBC Minute: ‘I wake up every day thinking, what’s next?’

  • Description: After being postponed by coronavirus, the Tokyo Olympics are now weeks away. But what has it been like for the athletes during the pandemic – and how have they coped with the delay? Kash Jones has been talking to two athletes about what their last year has been like.

    Post by July 23, 2021
  • Suggested post: Two Olympic hopefuls tell the BBC about the mental health impact of the delay to the Tokyo games.
  • Duration: 3 minutes 21 seconds
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2021 BBC Proms Programming

For all stations:

American Public Media is thrilled to showcase the most memorable performances of the 2021 BBC Proms, the U.K.’s annual celebration of classical music. Share up to eight weeks of memorable performances from London’s Royal Albert Hall.

SymphonyCast will broadcast each concert in its entirety, including the last night of Proms. All concerts will follow the standard SymphonyCast clock (1:59).

Hosted by Julie Amacher, these eight programs are available to all APM affiliate stations, free of charge via ContentDepot, regardless of SymphonyCast carriage. These are regular weekly feeds, and open for all Proms concerts.

View our detailed list of weekly broadcasts through Tuesday, September 27.

If you would like to carry this programming, please contact your Station Representative.

For BBC affiliates:

The BBC World Service will broadcast six specially selected highlight programs of Proms concerts, featuring one each week from Saturday, August 7 through Saturday, September 11, with repeats each Sunday.

The 2021 season features leading British orchestras as well as international soloists and conductors. Highlights include a performance from the UK’s first professional orchestra with a majority of ethnically-diverse players, a musical journey through the sights and sounds of two continents and two centuries featuring Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, and winner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician competition Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s performance of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor.

NOTE: These programs will be broadcast on the BBC World Service – so news stations will hear this classical music programming during the regular schedule.

These highlight programs make great complements to the full concerts from SymphonyCast and are available for broadcast to all current BBC World Service affiliate stations through APM.

Details and downloads for all six programs are coming soon to the BBC Media Partner Centre:

  • Broadcast time: Saturdays, 2-3 p.m. ET; repeats Sundays, 7-8 a.m. ET
  • Length: 49 minutes 30 seconds or 59 minutes including News Update, billboard & promo
  • Clock: Proms programs will not follow the BBC World Service clock; there are no breaks at the bottom of the hour.
  • Promos: Promo spots will be made available via the BBC Media Partner Centre.

Questions about BBC Proms programming? Please contact your Station Representative.

Announcing Marketplace Minute for the public radio network

A twice-daily weekday :59 economic update module from Marketplace 

Dear colleagues –  

I have some exciting news. After successfully launching Marketplace Minute with Westwood One (also known as Cumulus Podcast Network) this past year, we’re now making it available for public radio stations as well. The public radio network continues to be our priority and core business, and we’re excited to be able to provide even more high-quality Marketplace content for your audiences, adding to our existing portfolio of Marketplace programs

Twice daily, this one-minute module brings important economic content and context to audiences. Stories will focus on providing up-to-the-moment economic news in a quick, digestible format in Marketplace’s signature accessible style. Marketplace reporters will write and produce the segments, along with other members of the Marketplace editorial team as determined by the news of the day. Familiar to public radio audiences, key voices of the show include Nova Safo, Meghan McCarty Carino and Justin Ho. 

Marketplace Minute will be available at no extra cost to current Marketplace affiliates and will be available starting on August 16, 2021. More information will be available closer to the launch date, but in the meantime if you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to your station relations representative.  

Best, 

Chandra Kavati 
Vice President of Distribution and Underwriting, American Public Media 

FAQ 

Q: Where is the best place in my schedule for Marketplace Minute? 
A: The Marketplace Minute economic update is an ideal module to place in All Things Considered. Utilize the music beds in the clock to insert this :59 weekday module.  

AIR WINDOWS:  

  • Midday: 11:30 a.m. – 2:59 p.m. ET 
  • Closing Bell: 5:30 – 11:59 p.m. ET 

Q: Do I have to pay an additional fee for my station to carry Marketplace Minute? 
A: Marketplace Minute is available for Marketplace affiliates at no additional cost. 

QWho will be hosting the module? 
A: Key voices of the show include established Marketplace voices – Nova Safo, Meghan McCarty and Justin Ho. 

Q: Is Marketplace Minute carried on a commercial station in my market? 
A: There are commercial AM stations throughout the country that carry it, predominately between the hours of 10pm-4AM EST. During Prime-time NFL, the minute also currently airs on game nights (M, Th, Su) between 8pm-1am EST (metro and rural stations). At this time, this makes the versions available on public radio stations the earliest broadcast airings occurring throughout the country; scheduling is subject to changes. If you have questions about your specific market, please reach out to your station relations representative.

Q: How is this unique from (or the same as) the commercial Marketplace Minute? 
A: The commercial Marketplace Minute is a few seconds longer than the public radio version and has a morning feed in addition to the midday and closing bell feeds. The commercial version also has one additional ‘story’ or headline, which was trimmed to fit the public radio clock. 

Q: Can I also air the morning version of Marketplace Minute that’s available on commercial radio?  
A:  The morning version of Marketplace Minute is not available to Public Radio given Marketplace Morning Report’s six daily feeds starting at 5:51 a.m. ET through 10:51 a.m. ET. 

Q: Do my Marketplace fees contribute to the program’s production? 
A: Public radio fees do not pay for the production of this product. Marketplace Minute is a co-production between APM and Westwood One, also known as Cumulus Podcast Network, and is offered to APM affiliates as part of our agreement. 

BBC videos boost engagement on all social pages

We are excited to share an opportunity to engage your audiences in new ways: The BBC videos that once fueled station Facebook pages across the country are now shareable across all social media platforms.

Head to the BBC Media Partner Centre to explore the library of engaging videos. From there, simply download and share across your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn pages. Videos include the following:

Research shows that BBC listenership in the United States is comprised of people who care deeply about environmental issues, arts, culture, and history. The BBC Partner Center has evergreen videos that fit these listener interests. These videos offer a unique way for you to connect with your listenership by highlighting the topics they care about — and because these videos aren’t tied to broadcast programming, you can share them anytime.

Explore the BBC Media Partner Centre video library and view our helpful Video Access Guide here. Not to mention, these videos are FREE for all BBC affiliates. Questions?  Please contact your Station Representative. Otherwise, start downloading videos today!

Upcoming APM programming: July 12-16

Here are the latest updates for upcoming programs. PLEASE NOTE: All details are subject to change. Additional details will be shared via ContentDepot as they become available.

Use the links below to visit our dedicated program pages, where you’ll find show logos, digital assets and more.


News

Marketplace

Marketplace PM

Week of July 12

  • Kai talks to Barney Santos, founder of BLVDMRKT in Montebello, CA, a market designed out of old shipping containers.
  • July 13: We’ll get the latest read on inflation when the Bureau of Labor Statistics puts out its Consumer Price Index for the month of June. As you may recall, the May report showed the biggest annual increase in consumer prices (four-point-nine percent) in 13 years. If you’re in the housing market, you may also have noticed that home prices have been spending a lot of time in record-breaking territory; and given that housing inflation is measured as part of the CPI, you might expect that number would be heading toward higher ground, too. But whether we’re in a housing boom or a housing crisis or neither, housing inflation – as measured by the CPI – doesn’t seem to notice: it’s been hovering around two-and-a-half percent for the past couple decades. Marketplace’s Amy Scott went looking for an explanation of why housing inflation calculations seem to have lost touch with reality.

Marketplace Tech

  • Throughout the summer, Marketplace Tech will have a rotating schedule of hosts during the summer months. Kimberly Adams will host July 12, 15-16, and Molly Wood will host July 13-14.
  • July 12: The neighborhood social media platform Nextdoor is planning to go public. It’s valued around $4-point-3 billion dollars. Its revenue comes from advertising, and the company says it saw astronomical growth this past year. At the same time, it’s had problems with both hate speech as well as the spread of misinformation. This made us wonder: how does Nextdoor keep from making the same mistakes Facebook did? Is there a way to sell ads but not rely on controversial content? Guest: Susan McGregor, a scholar with the Data Science Institute at Columbia.
  • July 13: EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager is Europe’s top antitrust regulator—akin to the FTC’s Lina Khan. There’s a lot on her plate: investigations into all of the big US tech companies being top of the list. She’ll talk about how we’re at a turning point when it comes to tech regulation and what is shaping her approach.

The Daily

July 9: Day X – What inspired Franco A, the German military officer accused of terrorism charges? On this episode of Day X, Katrin Bennhold digs into Franco’s personal history and reports on what set him on his far-right course.

On Point

  • Boston Globe columnist and MSNBC contributor Kimberley Atkins Stohr hosts On Point from July 12-16.
  • July 12: Since 1964, a Supreme Court ruling known as New York Times Co. v. Sullivan has protected the press and the public’s right to criticize public officials in the conduct of their duties. But now Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch has joined Clarence Thomas in calling for that landmark ruling to be re-examined. We explore how the ruling came about, why it has been so important, and the arguments for re-visiting it in this social media era.
  • July 13: After more than a year of trying to sustain work in a pandemic, at a time we’re seeing record numbers of workers quitting their jobs, is it time for a fundamental change in the role of work in our lives?  To consider this question, we’ll look to Iceland, where more than 2,500 workers, or more than 1% of Iceland’s workforce, participated in a 4-day work-week study and found no decrease in productivity. On day two of our 5-day work week, The Boston Globe’s Kimberly Atkins Stohr explores the 4-day work week.

Arts and Culture

Time Machine from The Current

Time Machine from The Current is a sonic journey across music history. Each week, host Bill DeVille takes listeners back to the sounds and events of a specific year.

July 16 – 1986:

  • Paul Simon took a trip all over the world, which included stops in South Africa and Graceland. Things were hoppin’ in Minneapolis with Prince writing a big hit for The Bangles, while his protegee’s Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis produced Janet Jackson’s biggest album yet. The catch phrase of the year may have been “Word Up!” thanks to Cameo’s funky hit single, Rap and Rock met in the middle on Run DMC & Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way,” there were debut albums from Beastie Boys & Bruce Hornsby and the Range, and in the alternative world both REM and New Order released their 4th albums.
  • Outside the world of music, the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after takeoff, killing all 7 aboard. Oprah Winfrey’s talk show debuted, Top Gun was #1 at the box office, your sport coat or power suit probably included shoulder pads and you may have been sporting parachute or stirrup pants.

The Splendid Table

Encore episode – July 16: Padma Lakshmi

  • We’re spending the hour with Padma Lakshmi. Padma is the host of the award-winning Top Chef and the new series on Hulu, Taste the Nation. She is also the author of Love, Loss and What We Ate: A Memoir.

Timely Selections

Digital / Marketing tool from the BBC World Service

All BBC affiliated stations have access to rights-cleared videos produced by the BBC. Use these shareable videos to bolster your social platforms. Follow the link below and download today!

‘My dad became my best friend’

  • Suggested post: This dad and daughter became best friends during COVID-19 lockdown.
  • Duration: 3 minutes 49 seconds

Munk Debates

Three, one-hour long programs

July 14, 2021 – October 31, 2021

Established in 2008, the Munk Debates brings together acclaimed thinkers around the world to tackle the big questions of our time. Since its launch, the Munk Debates have become the world’s leading debate series focusing on civil and substantive public conversation.

These three episodes debate the usefulness of capitalism, the function of religion, and whether the best of humanity’s days are still ahead of us.

Questions? Please contact your Station Representative

Replacement programming for NPR’s Ask Me Another

Looking for replacements to your schedule for Ask Me Another? Here are some weekend programming replacements that your audiences will love. If you have any questions or want to add any of these programs, please reach out to your station relations representative.


The Splendid Table – A culinary, culture and lifestyle program that has hosted our nation’s conversations about cooking, sustainability and food culture. 

The Splendid Table audience:

  • 52% female, 48% male.
  • Median age of 60, with 35% between 25 and 54.
  • 69% hold bachelor’s degrees or higher.
  • 47% have an annual household income of $75,000 or more.

Listen to a sample episode of The Splendid Table.


The Arts Hour – The Arts Hour brings you the best in global arts in a weekly showcase of rich arts, culture and entertainment stories from across the BBC and broadcasters around the world. 

The Arts Hour is carried on 500 stations and reaches nearly 250,000 listeners each week.

Listen to a sample episode of The Arts Hour.


Newshour Weekend – The weekend edition of the one-hour daily flagship news program providing definitive, on-the-ground reporting and analysis of the biggest international stories of the day. 

Newshour audience:

  • 44% female, 56% male.
  • Median age of 59, with 39% between 25 and 54.
  • 71% hold bachelor’s degrees or higher.
  • 59% have an annual household income of $75,000 or more.

Listen to a sample episode of Newshour.


Time Machine – A sonic journey across music history. Each week, host Bill DeVille takes you back to the sounds of a specific year with a carefully curated list of the best songs. 

Listen to a sample episode of Time Machine from The Current.