Category Archives: APM Celebrates

Summer and Fall Specials from APM Celebrates

New specials highlight the ways Amazon has transformed our lives, debate the biggest questions of our time and feature patriotic classical specials in time for the Fourth of July.

Promote your special broadcasts with customizable digital ads for your website, social media and newsletters. Coming soon to the ‘Marketing Tools’ section of APM Celebrates program pages.

New for FY22, APM specials are available to all APM affiliates (BBC docs and specials are for BBC affiliates).

News

Amazon: The Prime Effect

Episode 1: July 2, 2021 – July 31, 2021
Episode 2: August 6, 2021 – August 31, 2021
Episode 3: September 3, 2021 – September 30, 2021
Three, one-hour long programs – each is stand alone

Amazon: The Prime Effect, from On Point, is an in-depth series exploring the myriad ways Amazon is changing the ways we shop, work and live. These three episodes will look at the company, it’s founder Jeff Bezos, and how Amazon has fundamentally changed the global economy

Munk Debates

July 14, 2021 – October 31, 2021
Three, one-hour long programs.

The Munk Debates brings together acclaimed thinkers around the world to tackle the big questions of our time. These three episodes will debate the usefulness of capitalism, the impact of religion, and the question of whether humankind’s best days lie ahead.

Windfall

July 20, 2021 – December 31, 2021
One hour

Windfall from NHPR’s award-winning podcast Outside/In investigates the launch of the American offshore wind energy industry, the political chicanery that has delayed it, and how past failures define future success at a time when the government is poised to take real action on climate change. Ultimately, this is a story about power: who has power, where does it come from, and who benefits.

Spotlight on Virtual Mental Health Care

August 13, 2021 – September 30, 2021
Three, one-hour long programs.

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.

The Uncertain Hour from Marketplace

August 25, 2021 – October 31, 2021
One hour

When Jerry Vasquez realized he was making less than minimum wage after buying a franchise janitorial business with a company called Jan-Pro, he joined fellow franchisees to sue the company, saying they’d been misclassified as independent contractors when they should have been employees. But the argument over what defines an employee has a long and strange legal history. We’ll dive in and explore the origins of the federal minimum wage, why lawmakers wrote the law as broadly as they did, whom it applied to and whom it excluded.

In Deep: one city’s year of climate chaos

August 27, 2021 – November 30, 2021
One hour

This documentary special will chronicle the effects of multiple disasters on one city in southwest Louisiana over the course of a year, putting the events into context through the lenses of climate change and equity.

Classical

Fourth of July with the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square (encore)

July 1, 2021 – July 17, 2021
One hour

Join Julie Amacher for an hour of traditional, patriotic choral music performed by the world-renowned Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.

To Honor and Inspire (encore)

July 1, 2021 – July 17, 2021
One hour

Andrea Blain hosts this patriotic encore special, featuring performances by the United States Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine bands. Audiences will be moved and uplifted by an hour of music, including marches by Sousa, Jewell and Gould, and classical works by Copland, Saint-Saens and Holst.

Wondrous Strange

July 14, 2021 – August 11, 2021
One hour

Whether it’s the theremin, the octobass or the contrabass flute, this special will explore instruments that are off the beaten track and the musicians that play them. Audiences will hear commentary about the instruments along with music recordings that showcase their unique sound.

Time Signatures

August 3, 2021 – August 31, 2021
One hour

This is a unique celebration of classical music by and for people who have been fortunate to live into their ‘senior’ years – a positive and sometimes surprising look at the power of classical music in the context of older age.

Back to School at the Movies (encore)

August 19, 2021 – September 30, 2021
One hour

An hour of great movie music from films that celebrate school days. Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Dead Poet’s Society, Shadowlands, Mr. Holland’s Opus and more.

Contact your Station Representative to learn more about APM Celebrates, our unique package of seasonal programs and more.

One year later: The loss of George Floyd

In collaboration with The Washington Post and Minnesota Public Radio, American Public Media is offering special programming in recognition of the passage of one year since the killing of George Floyd.

Communities around the world have mourned the loss of George Floyd’s life over the course of the last year. While the nation watches the Chauvin trial unfold, these specials will provide useful analysis and commentary to help contextualize the trial and honor the life and loss of George Floyd.

This special programming examines the role systemic racism played throughout the course of George Floyd’s life and explores how communities are dealing with the aftermath of his death. Please visit our website for more information or contact your Stations Relations Representative.

The Life of George Floyd

Post Reports, The Washington Post

May 18 – June 30, 2021

One Hour

George Floyd has become a symbol, and a rallying cry. But what’s missing in our understanding is the man himself: a figure who was complicated, full of ambition, shaped by his family and his community and a century of forces around him.

In this one-hour special of “Post Reports,” we explore the life and experiences of the man who sparked a movement, as part of The Washington Post’s series “George Floyd’s America.” The reporting explores the institutional and societal roadblocks Floyd encountered as a Black man from his birth in 1973 until his death, and the role systemic racism played throughout his life.

George Floyd during his high school years

How George Floyd Changed Us

MPR News with Angela Davis

May 18 – June 21, 2021

One Hour


This special will also incorporate the more recent killing of Daunte Wright by police in Brooklyn Center, MN, a nearby suburb of Minneapolis, on Sunday, April 11, 2021.

As we mark a year since George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis, join MPR News host Angela Davis for a reflection on how he changed us.

In this one-hour special, you’ll hear a range of voices articulating the transformation that’s taken place on both personal and community levels – from the young people whose worldview has been forever altered to the community members working to ensure the Black man killed when a police officer kneeled on his neck is never forgotten. We’ll also check in with a renowned expert on trauma and healing on what gives him hope a year later.

Questions? Please visit our website or contact your Stations Relations Representative.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

APM has specials and resources available to help your station commemorate Mental Health Awareness Month throughout May. You can find more information at our website, or contact your Station Relations Representative.

Mental Health in the Media Style Guide by Call to Mind

Call to Mind is American Public Media’s initiative to foster new conversations about mental health. As an initiative of a public media organization, Call to Mind knows intimately that language matters in media coverage as well. As such, the Call to Mind team developed a comprehensive Media Style Guide to address appropriate ways to refer to different conditions and commonly used terms related to mental wellbeing. This guide is intended as a source for journalists and media entities, but is helpful for anyone who wants to understand the implications of their language and how they could do better when it comes to talking about mental health.

Spotlight on Rethinking Mental Health Care

Program 1: April 24, 2021 – May 31, 2021
Program 2: April 25, 2021 – May 31, 2021

Two, one-hour long programs. Each hour can be aired separately or back-to-back

Rethinking Mental Health Care will present an honest critique of the nation’s mental health care shortcomings, while highlighting tangible solutions and models for improving access and quality of care. Hosted by Kimberly Adams of Marketplace, this two-part format will allow guests to deep dive into failures, challenges and opportunities, while also allowing people to question mental health experts to ground the issues in matters most pressing to the public.

Program 1: Our Mental Health Crisis, By Design
America’s mental health system is designed to deliver too little care, too late. Current policy and care systems devote the most resources to treating people in crisis, but provider and bed shortages remain common. How are people still finding ways to connect with help?

Program 2: Reinventing the Future of Mental Health Care
Preventative mental health care is effective and can prevent early symptoms from becoming chronic illnesses. What will it take to reform the nation’s care systems and policies so that people get the wholistic care they need to prevent a crisis?

Alone Together

April 29, 2021 – May 31, 2021

One hour

Featuring music performed by the 8 male voices of Cantus and hosted by Julie Amacher, Alone Together, is a special program highlighting mental health topics including depression and anxiety. The program is a collaboration with Call To Mind. 

Playlist:

  • When the Earth Stands Still – Don Macdonald
  • Deep Blue – Arcade Fire
  • Manifesto – David Lang
  • Twitter Song – Ingrid Michaelson
  • Calme De Nuits (Stillness of the Night) – Camille Saint-Saëns
  • River – Joni Mitchell
  • You III. You, know … who, are – Libby Larsen
  • A Most Peculiar Man – Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel
  • Camina Siempre Adelante – Alberto Cortez
  • Disappear/You Will Be Found – Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
  • We Two – Steven Stametz
  • Gesang der Mönche/Gravedigger – Beethoven/Dave Matthews
  • She’s Leaving Home – John Lennon and Paul McCartney

Questions? Please contact your Stations Relations Representative.

April 22nd is Earth Day: Celebrate all month with APM

APM has specials available to help your station commemorate Earth Day throughout April. You can find more information at our website, or contact your station representative for more information.

The Climate Question

Sundays, 9:00-9:30 a.m., 5:00-5:30 p.m., 9:30-10 p.m. ET

Mondays 4-4:30 a.m. ET.

A global, topical weekly show examining climate change and how to stop it. This program isn’t about questioning whether Climate Change is happening; it’s about finding the best ways to respond to it. This is sharp-edged, analytical inquiry, hard scrutiny, touched with a sense of adventure and discovery, and where we can find it: hope. Stories across the world on why we find it so hard to save our own planet, and how we might change that.


Download availability on wspartners.bbc.com: 23 mins or 26 mins 30 secs (or 30 mins including the News Summary, billboard & promo)

Spilling the Beans on Carbon Labelling

April 26 – May 2

23 mins or 26 mins 30 secs (30 mins including the News Bulletin, billboard & promo)

In this programme Graihagh Jackson and Neal Razzell investigate the complex issue of trying to put a useful figure on the carbon footprint of what we eat and why previous schemes that have tried to do this have failed.

Over two-thirds of global emissions are linked to what we do in our homes. That includes the choices we make about the food we eat. Quorn and Oatly are two companies that have recently begun adding carbon footprint information to their products to help us make greener choices. But what does this information really tell us about the greenhouse gas emissions created in production, and how accurate is it?

Download availability on wspartners.bbc.com: 26 minutes 30 seconds available from Mon 02:30 GMT, 23 minutes available from Sun 14:00 GMT for 7 days

Witness History: The Environment

April 1, 2021 – April 30, 2021

One hour

A special hour-long edition of Witness History from the BBC World Service. Remarkable stories of the history of the environmental movement, told by the people who were there. Selected from the BBC’s Witness History program, we hear about the major moments that changed our understanding of the planet we live on.

In Deep: The Hidden Story of America’s Troubled Water Infrastructure

March 22, 2021 – April 30, 2021

One hour

When water comes rushing out of the tap, seemingly clear and perfect, it’s easy to think we’ve got it figured out. But in reality, the underground world of pipes and sewers is in trouble. For the past year, our reporters have been doing a deep dive into America’s water infrastructure. What we’ve found is disturbing.

Spring and Summer Specials from APM Celebrates

New specials highlight community-based money skills, mental health care in the United States, how the killing of George Floyd changed us forever, music composed by Black artists and an investigation into the role of masculinity in our society through music.

Promote your special broadcasts with customizable digital ads for your website, social media and newsletters. Coming soon to the ‘Marketing Tools’ section of APM Celebrates program pages.

News

Small Change: Money Stories from the Neighborhood

April 26, 2021 – June 4, 2021
One hour

Small Change highlights smart, practical and collaborative money skills developed by people living with lower and unstable incomes. Hosts Chris Farrell and Twila Dang talk to community members who are redefining wealth, the value of community and the purpose of money. Money wisdom taught by the true experts – people who have learned from experience.

Call to Mind: Spotlight on Rethinking Mental Health Care

Hour one: April 24 – May 31, 2021
Hour two: April 25 – May 31, 2021
Two, one hour long programs

Rethinking Mental Health Care will present an honest critique of the nation’s mental health care shortcomings, while highlighting tangible solutions and models for improving access and quality of care. Hosted by Kimberly Adams of Marketplace, this two-part format will allow guests to deep dive into failures, challenges and opportunities, while also allowing people to question mental health experts to ground the issues in matters most pressing to the public. This will be a candid, solutions-oriented discussion about mental health policy and care delivery in the U.S. Stations may carry one or both of the hours in this two-part series.

How George Floyd Changed Us

Coming Mid-May (watch your inbox for details):
One hour

As we mark a year since George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis, join MPR News host Angela Davis for a reflection on how he changed us. In this one-hour special, you’ll hear a range of voices articulating the transformation that’s taken place on both personal and community levels – from the young people whose worldview has been forever altered to the community members working to ensure the Black man killed when a police officer kneeled on his neck is never forgotten. We’ll also check in with a renowned expert on trauma and healing on what gives him hope a year late

Classical Music

Song and Story

April 1, 2021 – April 30, 2021
One hour

Join John Birge for a classical program featuring music with connections to works of literature, including Rossini’s “The Thieving Magpie” Overture (in Murakami’s “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle), Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata (in Leo Tolstoy’s “The Kreutzer Sonata”), or Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto (in Zoe Morrison’s “Music and Freedom”).

Alone Together (encore)

April 29, 2021 – May 31, 2021
One hour

Join Cantus for Alone Together, a special program highlighting mental health topics including depression and anxiety. The program is a collaboration with Call To Mind.

Fields of Wonder – Juneteenth Special

May 27, 2021 – June 30, 2021
One hour

Join Andrea Blain and Cantus for a concert celebrating music composed by Black artists, primarily the song cycle of Margaret Bonds.

Brave – Father’s Day Special

May 27, 2021 – June 30, 2021
One hour

Just in time for Father’s Day, join Cantus for a live recorded concert featuring music that focuses on the idea of masculinity in our society.

Contact your Station Representative to learn more about APM Celebrates, our unique package of seasonal programs and more.

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Women’s History Month with APM

APM has specials available to help your station commemorate Women’s History Month. You can find more information at our website, or contact your station representative for more information.

Witness History: Women’s History Month special

March 1 – 30
One hour

Remarkable stories of women’s history, told by the women who were there.

We meet the women who launched an anonymous poster campaign against sexism and racism in the art world in the 1980s, hear the story of a pioneering feminist in Iraq, and consider the impact of The Jane Fonda Workout.

Performance Today: Classical Woman of the Year Award

Performance Today closely tracks the diversity of the artists on our show and compares those statistics with the U.S. population. Three years ago, we realized that the statistically most underrepresented group on Performance Today was women (comparing percent of featured performances broadcast on PT with percentage of women in the U.S. population). There are also very few women in leadership roles in classical music, either in administration or performance.

We decided to create an award to honor the women making a difference in classical music to encourage and inspire other women in music to follow in their footsteps. In 2021 Performance Today will name the third Classical Woman of the Year Award winner. The winner is nominated by listeners and chosen by a committee. This year nominations will be accepted March 1 – 14 on the Performance Today website and an interview with the winner will broadcast by the end of March.


Questions? Contact your station representative for more information.

Black History Month with APM

We have several specials available to help stations commemorate Black History Month this February. You can find more information at our website, or contact your station representative for more information.

Selected Shorts: Celebrating James Baldwin

LeVar Burton, known for his work on the award-winning series Roots, Reading Rainbow, and Star Trek: The Next Generation

Guest host LeVar Burton presents a program celebrating the author he calls “potent and polemical.” Christopher Jackson reads an excerpt from Baldwin’s famous letter The Fire Next Time: in “My Dungeon Shook,” he addresses internalized racism.

Next, Anthony Rapp performs an excerpt from Giovanni’s Room, in which an expat comes to terms with his sexuality and loneliness in Paris. And Baldwin contemplates The Great Migration in his novel Go Tell It On The Mountain. We hear an excerpt performed by Charlayne Woodard.

Broadcast Window: January 5, 2021 – February 28, 2021

Note: This program originally aired in 2019.

Lift Every Voice: A Musical Story from Sorrow to Justice

A collection of powerful songs, stories and interviews with some of today’s most acclaimed Black Artists and Scholars.

This program was curated with the intent of creating awareness around the African American musical past, while inspiring listeners to cling to the hopefulness of our musical future together as every voice is heard and celebrated.

Broadcast Window: January 28, 2021 – February 28, 2021

Witness History: Black History Month Special

This special features eyewitness accounts of important moments in recent African American history.

Professor Gloria Browne-Marshall; Image courtesy of Professor Browne-Marshall’s website.

We hear from the daughter of the man named in the court case which became a turning point in the battle for civil rights, plus the sister of a teenage girl killed in a racist bomb attack. We learn how the winning performance of an all-Black basketball team helped change White American’s attitude to segregation in sport.

Later, hear about Rodney King, whose attack by police in 1991 was caught on camera and seen by millions – the later acquittal of the officers sparked days of rioting. Finally we hear from Bilal Chatman, who was sentenced to 150 years in prison under the 1994 ‘three strikes law’ which disproportionately affected Black Americans.

Presenter Max Pearson talks to Professor Gloria Browne-Marshall of John Jay College of Criminal Justice to help put it all into context.

Broadcast Window: February 1 – 28, 2021
Length: One hour

Performance Today: Black History Month

Performance Today listeners will hear a major musical work composed or performed by a Black artist each hour of the show, every day in the month of February.

The program regularly features BIPOC composers, conductors, and performers, but this will be a special celebration of the contribution of Black artists in honor of Black History Month. 

Broadcast Window: February 1 – 28, 2021

Questions? Reach out to your station representative here.

Specials for summer holidays, milestones and appetites

The latest specials from APM Celebrates honor our nation’s independence, first Moon landing and favorite foods, and the 200th birthday of a classical music prodigy.  

Promote your broadcasts with digital ads for your website, social media and newsletters. Available now in the ‘Marketing Tools’ section of APM Celebrates program pages.

Arts & Culture

Witness History: The Race to the Moon

One hour. Available July 1-31, 2019.

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing with this moving and memorable new special from the BBC World Service, featuring highlights from its Witness History programs and presenters.

“The Race to the Moon” presents stories and recollections of key moments from diverse voices – all of whom recollect the Moon landing with fondness and pride.

Let’s Be Frank: TBTL Salutes The Great American Hot Dog(Encore)

One hour. Available July 1–September 30, 2019.

Join hosts Luke Burbank and Andrew Walsh over a sizzling grill as they celebrate one of America’s most beloved and most ridiculed foods: The Hot Dog.

Perfect for Independence Day, Labor Day and the entire summer grilling season, this lighthearted encore special takes audiences from the grill to the ballpark, and shines a funny, mouthwatering spotlight on an American favorite (and veggie alternatives), with special guest Francis Lam, host of The Splendid Table.

Classical Music

To Honor and Inspire: U.S. Military Bands Special

One hour. Available July 1-12, 2019.

Andrea Blain hosts this uplifting, patriotic new special featuring performances by the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine bands, including marches by Sousa, Jewell and Gould, and classical works by Copland, Saint-Saens and Holst. 

Let Freedom Sing (New for 2019)

One hour. Available July 1-12, 2019.

Join Julie Amacher for this new Independence Day celebration with traditional, patriotic choral music performed by the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra.

Clara Schumann: ‘A fallen, abominable, wicked girl’

One hour. Available September 1-30, 2019.

September 13, 2019 is the 200th birthday of world-renowned performer and composer Clara Schumann.

Classical concert pianist and storyteller Jade Simmons hosts this celebration of Schumann’s extraordinary life and inspiring musical achievements, and the challenges of being a female prodigy in the 19th century.

Winter specials from APM Celebrates

New specials celebrate winter holidays, history months and remembrance days.

Promote your special programming with digital ads for your website, social media pages, and newsletters. You’ll find them under ‘Marketing Tools’ on the APM Celebrates program pages.

NOTE: You must subscribe to ContentDepot pages for this year’s specials, even if you aired the same title last year.

Kaddish: Reflections on the Holocaust in Music and Words (Encore)
One hour. Available now through May 16, 2019

 Mindy Ratner hosts this powerful, 2017 encore special, with first-person stories by survivors, and works by composers affected by the Holocaust. The program offers thoughtful reflections for International Holocaust Memorial Day (Jan. 27) and Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day, May 1-2).

Order 9066: Japanese American Incarceration in WWII
Three one-hour episodes. Available January 28-March 31, 2019

Order 9066 chronicles the history of World War II incarceration with first-person accounts of those who lived through it. Hosted by Sab Shimono and Pat Suzuki, veteran actors who were both incarcerated at the Amache camp in Colorado, this three-episode series offers a moving tribute for Japanese American Remembrance Day (Feb. 19).

Love is on the Air: A TBTL Valentine’s Day Special
One hour. Available February 1-March 1, 2019

 Too Beautiful to Live (TBTL) podcast hosts Luke Burbank and Andrew Walsh share stories of puppy love, first crushes, and misadventures of the heart. This lighthearted new special is perfect for Valentine’s Day and winter weekend programming.

Witness: Black History Month
One hour. Available February 1-28, 2019

The BBC World Service presents a new special edition of its Witness program, with incredible, first-person interviews about the African-American experience. This year’s special includes interviews with civil rights activist Gloria Richardson, Superbowl quarterback Doug Williams, and Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

Irish Inspirations: Women in Irish Classical Music
One hour. Available February 28-March 31, 2019

Host Andrea Blain presents this celebration of the lives and achievements of Irish female musicians and composers. Perfect for Women’s History Month and St. Patrick’s Day.

Witness: Women’s History Month
One hour. Available March 1-31, 2019

The BBC World Service presents this new edition its Witness program to celebrate women’s lives and stories. Audiences will hear interviews with Eleanor Roosevelt’s granddaughter, a woman who ran a secret school for girls in Afghanistan under the Taliban, and the astounding journey of the remains of Eva Peron, one of Latin America’s most popular politicians.

Contact your Station Representative to learn more about APM Celebrates, our unique package of holiday programs and more.

Celebrate the new year with new specials

New specials celebrate winter holidays, history months and remembrance days.

Promote your special programming with digital ads for your website, social media pages, and newsletters. You’ll find them under ‘Marketing Tools’ on the APM Celebrates program pages.

NOTE: You must subscribe to ContentDepot pages for this year’s specials, even if you aired the same title last year.

Kaddish: Reflections on the Holocaust in Music and Words (Encore)
One hour. Available January 3-May 16, 2019

 Mindy Ratner hosts this powerful, 2017 encore special, with first-person stories by survivors, and works by composers affected by the Holocaust. The program offers thoughtful reflections for International Holocaust Memorial Day and Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day).

Order 9066: Japanese American Incarceration in WWII
Three one-hour episodes. Available January 28-March 31, 2019

Order 9066 chronicles the history of World War II incarceration with first-person accounts of those who lived through it. Hosted by Sab Shimono and Pat Suzuki, veteran actors who were both incarcerated at the Amache camp in Colorado, this three-episode series offers a moving tribute for Japanese American Remembrance Day.

Love is on the Air: A TBTL Valentine’s Day Special
One hour. Available February 1-March 1, 2019

 Too Beautiful to Live (TBTL) podcast hosts Luke Burbank and Andrew Walsh share stories of puppy love, first crushes, and misadventures of the heart. This lighthearted new special is perfect for Valentine’s Day and winter weekend programming.

Witness: Black History Month
One hour. Available February 1-28, 2019

The BBC World Service presents a new special edition of its Witness program, with incredible, first-person interviews about the African-American experience. This year’s special includes interviews with civil rights activist Gloria Richardson, Superbowl quarterback Doug Williams, and Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

Irish Inspirations: Women in Irish Classical Music
One hour. Available February 28-March 31, 2019

Host Andrea Blain presents this celebration of the lives and achievements of Irish female musicians and composers. Perfect for Women’s History Month and St. Patrick’s Day.

Witness: Women’s History Month
One hour. Available March 1-31, 2019

The BBC World Service presents this new edition its Witness program to celebrate women’s lives and stories. Audiences will hear interviews with Eleanor Roosevelt’s granddaughter, a woman who ran a secret school for girls in Afghanistan under the Taliban, and the astounding journey of one of Latin America’s most popular politicians.

Contact your Station Representative to learn more about APM Celebrates, our unique package of holiday programs and more.