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Insightful On Being programs available to ALL APM affilates

As an APM affiliate, we want to be sure that you are aware of the fresh, creative, and original programming produced by On Being. During the next couple of weeks, On Being will feed two shows that capture the breadth and depth of the award-winning program; W.E.B. Du Bois is a compelling addition to the ongoing coverage of Mississippi Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights 50th Anniversary milestones and Revealing Ramadan was created from the contributions of Muslim public radio listeners and brings this religious holiday to life through human stories.

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ARW documentary focuses on GED

There are big changes coming to the GED exam, America’s high-school equivalency test. In January, the GED is going digital and will be harder to pass. In Second-Chance Diploma: Examining the GED, American RadioWorks documents how the GED – originally designed to help World War II veterans go to college – became the fallback option for millions of high school dropouts. It explores how the GED is changing and what those changes mean for millions of Americans being left behind in the new economy. Air this documentary in December before the changes take effect.

This program is available now in Content Depot. For more information visit APM Stations.

New American RadioWorks documentary now available

Starting today, a new, free, documentary is available from American RadioWorks, APM’s award-winning national documentary unit: “One Child at a Time: Custom Learning in the Digital Age”.

Learning with a personal tutor is one of the oldest and best ways to learn. Hiring a tutor for every student was never a realistic option … until now. New computer programs can customize education for each child. But adding computers to classrooms isn’t likely to help unless teachers are willing to change their approach to teaching. Contact your station rep and visit APM Stations  for more info.

Announcement from APM and The Story


Dear Stations,

American Public Media and WUNC – North Carolina Public Radio are announcing today that The Story with Dick Gordon will cease production, with the final episode to air Friday, November 22nd, 2013.

After much consideration, WUNC and APM have decided not to continue the program without Dick, and will each turn their attention to other projects. Dick’s last day hosting the show will be in October. After that, we will make archival shows available as well as a temporary host to fill the time to get us to the November 22nd date.

As many of you know, the program was originally created and designed around host, Dick Gordon’s, unique skills and personality. Over the show’s 8 year run it has earned several national awards and has developed a strong and loyal public radio audience. Dick has announced his intention to step away from the The Story with plans to return to his native Canada, to be closer to his family.

APM will work with you to find quality, alternative programming to fill the gap in your schedule. We know you and your audience will be sad to say goodbye to The Story and we thank you for your loyalty throughout the years.

Your Station Relations Representative will be in touch with more details and to answer any questions that may arise.

Thank you,

Nancy Cassutt
Managing Director, National Distribution
American Public Media

Nelson Mandela Critical: BBC Coverage Plan Reminder

Nelson Mandela has become critically ill. In the event of his death, the BBC will interrupt programming and will be in rolling news coverage immediately following his death. With rolling news, there will be no breaks at 00:29:00 or 00:59:00 for several hours. The BBC plans to keep top and bottom of the hour newscasts as well as the 00:19 and 00:49 breaks during the rolling news period, but that may change if there are any important announcements, so stayed tuned to Content Depot for further messaging.    

For the Newshour rolling news broadcast period, we will communicate with you once the 00:29:00 and 00:59:00 breaks are restored so stay tuned for those updates.

At this time, BBC’s Newshour will continue with the planned live coverage from Boston and southern Russia on Monday, June 24th at 0800 EDT and 0900 EDT. The Boston bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, makes his first public court appearance in July. This planned coverage will be interrupted in the event of Mandela’s death.

Nelson Mandela Additional Content: The BBC will provide two versions of the obit following the death announcement. There will be two versions of the obit by the BBC’s Alan Little. One will be 26 minutes in length and the other 1 hour in duration. This one-hour sound-rich package will cover the life and contributions of Mandela. In addition, as the news unfolds around Mandela’s death, there will be much more content being made available from the BBC and we will be sending along that information as it becomes available.

Stay tuned for further updates and please reach out to your APM Station Relations Representative if you have any questions.

Boston Bombing: Newshour live from Boston and southern Russia on Monday, June 24th

Ahead of the Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s first public court appearance in July, BBC’s Newshour will have special live coverage from Boston and southern Russia on  Monday, June 24th at 0800 EDT and 0900 EDT. This will be followed with substantial coverage later in the day on Monday at 1500 EDT and 1600 EDT as well as coverage in all editions of Newshour on Tuesday, June 25th.

James Menendez will be at the studios of WBUR in Boston while fellow Newshour presenter Tim Franks will be over five thousand miles away in the troubled republic of Dagestan. On the edge of the Caucasus, Dagestan is on the front line of Russia’s war against local Islamic militants, a place of regular shootings, explosions and assassinations. But was it also the breeding ground for the extremism which drove the Boston bombing suspects? The Tsarnaev family lived in Dagestan in 2001-2002, and it’s the current home of the alleged bombers’ parents.

Newshour has a rare interview with the mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva. She still maintains her two sons are innocent. And,  having previously blamed America for taking her sons away from her, she tells Newshour she now wishes to apologize to the people of America for some of those outspoken remarks. Tim Franks also speaks to many of those caught up in Russia’s “war on terror”: Islamist radicals, moderate clerics, local officials, victims of violence, and families made homeless because one of their sons have joined the armed guerrillas.  In Boston, James Menendez will hear how the city is recovering from the trauma of the marathon bombing. And he’ll report from the first official Boston Athletics Association race since the marathon.

New episodes of Freakonomics coming in July!


If you didn’t get a chance to air Freakonomics this past season, good news: we are extending the broadcast window for the five hours of Freakonomics Radio: Season 3 through July 31, 2013. We know it’s been a busy season and that last fall’s election coverage plus a range of other news didn’t allow some stations to air these five great Freakonomics specials, which cover topics like commitment devices, misadventures in baby-making, weird recycling items (like chicken feet) and more. We all think the show’s quality is top-notch and we believe your audiences will agree.

In addition, the next season’s five Freakonomics specials will be available starting July 1, with a broadcast window through December 31, 2013. As Freakonomics touches on “the hidden side of everything,” it offers strong evergreen content to build into your schedules as you see fit. Please take advantage of this extension for your listeners, and let us know if you have any questions.


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