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Marketplace host update

Marketplace

**Note: This announcement is embargoed until 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT today**

Dear station partners,

Molly Wood will be leaving Marketplace at the end of the month to take on an incredible opportunity with a venture capital firm specializing in early-stage startup investing. As host and senior editor of “Marketplace Tech,” Molly and her reporting have had an ongoing impact on millions of public radio listeners.

Following 20 successful years as journalist and podcast host, Molly will be moving on from media to make a different kind of impact. She’s joining a venture capital firm based in the Bay Area to work on funding the important climate technologies she’s been covering for years.

Since 2015, Molly has brought her sharp analysis, innovative ideas and quick wit to Marketplace. During her time leading “Marketplace Tech,” she reinvented what tech coverage looks like for Marketplace, growing the show’s audience by more than 300%. And beyond that, she has spent over two years changing and prioritizing how Marketplace covers climate with special dedicated series on “Marketplace Tech,” and beyond with the launch of “How We Survive.”

While it will be difficult to replace her, Marketplace and APM remain committed to continuing to build on the groundwork she has laid covering technology, the climate crisis and the impact they have on our daily lives. We’re incredibly grateful for the terrific work Molly has done and we wish her the best in her future endeavors. Molly’s last day with Marketplace will be December 1st.

We remain dedicated to our broadcast portfolio and are thankful for your support of Marketplace over the years. As you all know, Molly has been off the air on “Marketplace Tech” for a couple months reporting on “How We Survive.” Stations that carry “Marketplace Tech” and their listeners can expect the same slate of gifted Marketplace talent to continue reporting and hosting the show as we search for a permanent host.

Sincerely,
Neal Scarbrough
Vice President and General Manager, Marketplace

Topline Research Sign-up

As a key decision-maker in public radio, and a BBC affiliate station, we are requesting your participation in station focus groups this month about BBC Topline. We are once again partnering with Jacobs Media to conduct the research (along with audience focus groups). The feedback you provide may directly impact the presentation you hear on BBC programming moving forward. We are offering three timeslots: 

For stations who currently carry BBC Topline: 

  • Friday, November 12 at Noon ET / 9:00 am PT – sign up here 
  • Friday, November 19 at 3:00 pm ET / Noon PT – sign up here 

For stations who do not currently carry BBC Topline: 

  • Friday, November 19 at 11:00 am ET / 8:00 am PT – sign up here 

Please sign up for one session using the links above. The session will take about 60-75 minutes of your time, and Jacobs Media will follow-up with any logistics. As a thanks for your participation, APM will send you a DoorDash gift card (our way of treating you to lunch virtually!).   
 
We will be hosting a station webinar in mid-January for Jacobs Media to present the findings from the audience and station focus groups. 

Thank you for your time – your input is invaluable. Should you have any questions about this survey, feel free to reach out to your station relations representative. 

APM at PRPD: Join APM sessions and activities

APM at PRPD

American Public Media is a sponsor of PRPD 2021 virtual conference, Redefining Public Media. We encourage you to seek out APM sessions and activities. Below is a comprehensive list of how you can hear from APM programs and colleagues.

APM Exhibitor Booth

Staffed 3:00-3:30 p.m. ET each day

Join us in our Video Room daily to meet with Station Reps, discuss programming, share ideas and more.

Events in a Virtual World

Monday, September 13, 1:00 p.m. ET

Live events are a mainstay of public media stations. They’re a great way to engage audience, donors and funders and for your fans to see and meet their favorite artists and radio personalities. When in-person gatherings were shut down last year due to the pandemic, many were forced to pivot quickly as they developed new partnerships, opportunities and gatherings in the virtual space. In this session, we’ll talk with The Moth and APM | MPR The Current in Minneapolis and we’ll learn how these organizations adapted to the virtual event space, what they discovered about access and audience and how this experience is informing their decisions about future events.

Trivia Mafia Virtual Happy Hour with APM

Monday, September 13, 5:00-6:30 p.m. ET

American Public Media invites you to join your friends and colleagues in a radio-based trivia contest hosted by Trivia Mafia. If you missed our Trivia Mafia contest last year, you have another chance to show off your knowledge! Join us for a fresh batch of enjoyably and challenging questions about all kinds of topics related to radio.

On Point Networking Break

Tuesday, September 14, 12:30-1:00 p.m. ET

Join us in the Networking Lounge for a chance to meet, mix and mingle with the team from On Point. Based in Boston, Meghna Chakrabarti has been a mainstay on the WBUR airwaves for more than a decade as a host of various acclaimed programs. A former fellow at the Metcalf Institute for Environmental Reporting, Chakrabarti holds bachelor’s degrees in civil and environmental engineering from Oregon State University, a master’s degree in environmental science and risk management from Harvard University, and an MBA with honors from Boston University. She is the mother of two bright sparks, and the lucky spouse of a wise and patient man.

A Transformation Story: Considerations from the BBC’s journey to reshape its public service

Wednesday, September 15 at 1:00 p.m. ET

This year’s PRPD theme is “Redefining Public Media,” and the BBC is currently in the midst of redefining itself. Last March, the BBC revealed ambitious plans for the biggest transformation in decades. By 2027-2028, the BBC will expand its creative and journalistic center away from London to cement their commitment of better reflecting, representing, and serving all parts of the country. According to Tim Davie, BBC Director-General, “these [modernization] plans will get us closer to audiences, create jobs and investment, and develop and nurture new talent.” Sound familiar? While this session will focus on the changes at the BBC, lines can be drawn to similar work being done by public radio stations. Please join APM for this session, where BBC Newshour presenter Razia Iqbal will interview Jon Zilkha, Senior Project Director News Group and incoming News Controller for BBC World Service English about this work. Jon will provide a brief overview of the BBC’s transformative work, considerations for approaching such broad-scale work, implications for content, and other challenges (and success) faced along the way.

APM Research Lab Partners with MPR News on Minnesota Diverse Communities Survey

MPR News has partnered with APM Research Lab to tune in to the perspectives and opinions of Minnesotans across the state, with a special focus on voices less often included in the mainstream narrative. The resulting Minnesota’s Diverse Communities survey reached more than 1,500 residents with intentional outreach to gain valuable perspectives from racial and ethnic groups across the state. The survey data is available to the public with the goal of increasing awareness of perspectives across Minnesota’s communities. Additionally, the data will be used by local news outlets across the state through reporting partnerships with MPR News. 

Launched in April 2021, the Minnesota’s Diverse Communities survey provides an ear to the communities MPR is working to reach in new and meaningful ways. It also offers perspectives that help MPR authentically serve these audiences, creating content that represents them and resonates with them. In turn, more robust reporting about and in these communities informs Minnesota about the views and perspectives of all its community members.  

Topics covered in the survey questions include: 

  • COVID-19 information and vaccines 
  • Inclusion 
  • Police, courts and safety 
  • Quality of life 
  • Discrimination  
  • Schools 
  • Arts and culture 
  • Media/news outlets 
  • Trust in institutions
  • Public k-12 education

This week, MPR News reported on the survey findings related to trust in police. Key insights in this area include: 

  • A strong majority of white Minnesotans (71 percent) report that they trust the police in Minnesota to do what is right just about always or most of the time, compared to only 43 percent of BIPOC Minnesotans. Among BIPOC Minnesotans, the percentage trusting the police varies: 60 percent among Asians, 51 percent among Latinx, 43 percent among Indigenous, and 21 percent among Black Minnesotans. 
  • Over half of Indigenous and Black Minnesotan adults report that they have personally experienced police discrimination due to their race or ethnicity. This compares to 30 percent of Latinx Minnesotans, 24 percent of Asian Minnesotans, and 5 percent of white Minnesotans. 
  • Sixty-five percent of white Minnesotans think that the Minnesota courts and justice system just about always or most of the time treat members of their racial group fairly compared to slightly more than one-fifth of BIPOC Minnesotans (22 percent). Among BIPOC Minnesotans, the percentage indicating that they typically receive fair treatment by the courts ranges from 34 percent among Asians and 27 percent among Latinx Minnesotans, to only 11 percent of Black and 10 percent of Indigenous Minnesotans. 

Craig Helmstetter of the APM Research Lab provided some helpful background of the survey:

Unlike nearly all surveys of Minnesotans, this one includes strong representation of the state’s Black, Indigenous, Latinx and Asian populations, including a large sample of the state’s single largest Asian ethnic group, Hmong Minnesotans. Note that while we are proud of accomplishing this level of representation, we would love for this survey to inspire funding for additional research (by us or others) with many other ethnic groups, including representative samples of Asian Indians, Somalis or any of the Native nations located within the state’s boundaries, just to name a few.

Over the next several weeks, in conjunction with partners at Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) News and elsewhere, we will be diving into the many topics covered by the survey, including policing and the courts, COVID-19, feelings of inclusion (or lack thereof), experiences with discrimination (or lack thereof), news media consumption, trust in institutions, public K-12 education, and experiences with arts and cultural opportunities[….]

The Minnesota’s Diverse Communities survey builds directly on some of the work being done by our broader organization. In 2019, MPR came together with several partners (including the Minnesota Humanities Center, KMOJ, Pillsbury United Communities, ThreeSixty Journalism at the University of St. Thomas, and Hamline University) to form a learning collaborative and ultimately host the Truth and Transformation conference, which centered around improving the way BIPOC communities are covered by local news media. 

More recently, under the leadership of Director of Community Impact and Engagement Ka Vang, MPR convened a series of listening sessions with Indigenous and communities of color throughout the state. Some of what we have learned through these conversations directly informed the questions that we included in the survey.Minnesota is rapidly becoming more racially and ethnically diverse. We hope that the results of this survey will help Minnesotans better understand and appreciate one another. We also know, however, that surveys are only one method of learning about a community. Therefore, we hope that the results serve as a catalyst for additional research, improved reporting, and both broader and deeper public dialogue about the racial and ethnic issues confronting the state.  You can find MPR News’ first story on the APM Research Lab results here.

Jean Taylor Named President & CEO of APMG

American Public Media Group’s (APMG) Board of Trustees announced today the selection of Jean Taylor as the next President and Chief Executive Officer of APMG. A search committee appointed by the Board led a rigorous, national search in partnership with Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in partnering with mission-driven clients. Taylor will begin her duties as CEO on Aug. 23.

Taylor is the first woman to lead the organization.

“Our goal throughout this seven month process was to identify and select a strategic leader with a passion for public media, a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and a vision that will inspire our employees, listeners and donors,” said Jim Dwyer, Chair of the Search Committee and of APMG’s Board of Trustees. “We are confident Jean embodies these attributes and priorities and believe she is the right leader to take APMG forward.”

Taylor is an experienced CEO with proven success leading organizations through transformational change, creating and sustaining strong inclusive cultures and driving growth.

“It is an exciting and critical time for public media, with tremendous opportunities to deliver quality journalism in new ways, connect with new audiences and more intentionally serve diverse communities,” said Taylor. “I am honored to lead this organization alongside the talented team at APMG.”

Find American Public Media Group’s full statement here, and join us in welcoming Jean Taylor to the organization.

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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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!

From the APM Research Lab: Inoculation Nation

The APM Research Lab continues to provide weekly updates on vaccine distribution and administration, as well as a projected timeline of how soon each state would be able to reach herd immunity from the deadly virus. As part of their acclaimed Color of Coronavirus project, the APM Research Lab will continue to provide updates regarding vaccination rates amongst racial groups to help guide policy and community responses to the disproportionate impact Covid-19 has had across racial and ethnic groups.

INOCULATION NATION: U.S. EXPERIENCES ANOTHER WEEK OF RECORD HIGH VACCINATIONS

News on the COVID-19 vaccination front in the U.S. has been predominantly good for the past couple weeks. Federal goals have been met, vaccination eligibility continues to expand, and last week a clinical trial found that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is extremely effective in children ages 12 to 15.

See how many vaccinations the federal government has distributed across the 50 states, how quickly each state is vaccinating their population, how far each state remains from herd immunity and more on their website.

INOCULATION NATION:
LIMITED COVID-19 VACCINE DATA SHOWS UNEVEN ACCESS BY RACE

Based on the limited available data, Black and Latino Americans—who have experienced among the highest age-adjusted mortality rates during the COVID-19 pandemic—still appear least likely to have been vaccinated against COVID-19 so far.

Indigenous Americans’ second-highest vaccination rate and continued steady improvement is heartening news. As reported in our previous work regarding race and COVID-19, Indigenous Americans have seen the highest mortality rate from COVID-19 of any racial and ethnic group. This faster rate of vaccination may be due to the fact that tribal health programs and urban Indian organizations were given the opportunity to choose whether they received the vaccine through the Indian Health Service (IHS) or their respective states.

Explore states’ vaccination data by racial and ethnic group at their website. Follow updates to this project on social media using #InoculationNation

What’s coming up from APM January 4-10

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

Week of January 4

Marketplace (PM)

  • Kai talks with Koa Beck about her new book White Feminism: From the Suffragettes to Influencers and Who they Leave Behind.
  • Marketplace is following three small biz retailers throughout the holidays – what they are facing in terms of selling & shipping. We check back in with Irene Kesselman (Ali Cat toys in Carrboro, NC), Rue Newby (Label by Three in Phoenix, AZ), and Annie Lang Hartman (Compass Paper, Co in Lealanau County, Michigan).

Marketplace Tech

  • January 4: Telehealth has spiked dramatically since the start of the pandemic. PwC’s Health Research Institute put out a report in December, saying telehealth will be huge in 2021, but there are roadblocks, especially around racial equity.
  • January 5: This is the first time that AI could be playing a role in creating our congressional districts. What does that mean, will it actually help, and which companies stand to benefit?

Arts and Culture

NEW: Time Machine from The Current

Time Machine from The Current is 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. Plus, he’ll invite you to reexamine some deeper cuts as we look back on what happened that year in music, pop culture and the world.

January 8: 1996

  • The Fugees scored big with the album The Score, Beck dropped his best yet and 2PAC released his first ever rap double album – the same year he was gunned down. Sublime & Rage Against the Machine both issued debut albums, The Wallflowers featuring Bob Dylan’s son Jacob had their biggest year, and there were phenomena like The Spice Girls and the Macarena. Outside the world of music, Clinton and Gore won a 2nd term, over 12 million Americans tuned in to watch the final episode of Murder, She Wrote, AOL was the biggest website around and Dolly the Sheep became the first mammal ever cloned. Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers were on their way to winning the Super Bowl, Michael Jordan and the Bulls won their 4th NBA title and the New York Yankees won their 1st world series in 18 years.

The Splendid Table

As The Splendid Table continues to take listener home cooking questions, please follow the program’s updates on Twitter and encourage listeners to send in their questions as voice memos to contact@splendidtable.org, or via phone at 800-537-5252.

NEW episode – January 8:

  • Soup is on this week with award-winning chef Jenn Louis and her new book The Chicken Soup Manifesto. Jenn answers listener questions and brings us her uniquely global take on chicken soup. She’s collected recipes from all over the world, from Algeria to Columbia to Panama.
  • Then, the Splendid Table staff holds a taste-off of store-bought chicken stock. Make sure you tune in to find out who the winner is.

Questions? Please contact your Station Representative.

What’s coming up from APM December 28-January 3

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

Week of December 28

Marketplace (PM)

  • Kimberly Adams talks to Lynzee Loveridge, executive editor at the Anime News Network, about the anime industry in 2020.
  • Some people have started receiving COVID-19 vaccines. But the clinical trials roll on. In fact, as Blake Farmer of WPLN in Nashville reports, they’re still recruiting participants – and they’re particularly focused on signing up people who tend not to be part of clinical trials.

Marketplace Tech

  • December 28: Technology will be key to helping us adapt to climate change.  But who will have access and what if some solutions make the problem worse for others? An excerpt of our special, “How We Survive”.
  • December 29: There are laws around data collection, kids’ privacy, and online learning – but some are lifted when there is an emergency, and many school districts and teachers aren’t aware of the laws.  What does that mean for data collection around our kids, as many learn in a virtual classroom? Our guest is Amelia Vance, Director of Youth and Education Privacy at the non-profit Future of Privacy Forum.
  • December 30: As millions of students are asked to learn from home, there’s been an enrollment spike in for-profit virtual schools. Our guest is Jennifer King Rice, a professor of education at the University of Maryland.
  • December 31: The FCC is spending billions to increase broadband availability but is relying on faulty maps. We’ll talk with our guest Nicol Turner Lee of Brookings about broadband speeds, access and how little we really know about coverage.
  • January 1: Bill Gates, on the role of his foundation in deciding what gets funded.

The Daily

Over the holiday season, from December 24 – January 1, The Daily will feature a series of encore episodes that look back over some of the most compelling stories from this past year. Please note that many of these episodes have been updated to keep the content current or to share new information, and all are subject to change based on breaking news.

Classical

Performance Today

  • January 1: Listeners will hear “Dance of the Hours” played by the U.S. Marine Band and the most anticipated New Year’s musical debut perhaps ever… of 1879. Violinist Julia Fischer performs the Brahms Violin Concerto which debuted in a big, splashy concert event on New Year’s Day in 1879.

Arts and Culture

NEW: Time Machine from The Current

Time Machine from The Current is 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. Plus, he’ll invite you to reexamine some deeper cuts as we look back on what happened that year in music, pop culture and the world.

January 1: 1989

  • The year that the Berlin Wall Came Down & Neil Young was Rocking in the Free World. Veteran artist like Tom Petty, Lou Reed and Bonnie Raitt all had big albums, the B-52’s and Fine Young Cannibals both issued their most successful works, and there was hip-hop albums from De La Soul and Beastie Boys. Madonna and Janet Jackson had big selling albums, new alternative bands were emerging like Pixies and Nirvana – who dropped its debut – and across the pond the Manchester scene was buzzing with the debut from Stone Roses. Outside the world of music, a massive earthquake hit the San Francisco Bay area minutes before the World Series between the Giants and A’s. The largest oil spill in U.S. history occurred after the Exxon Valdez strikes Bligh Reef in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, the Bad Boys of Detroit swept the Lakers for the NBA title, and both Seinfeld and The Simpsons began long, successful runs.

The Splendid Table

As The Splendid Table continues to take listener home cooking questions, please follow the program’s updates on Twitter and encourage listeners to send in their questions as voice memos to contact@splendidtable.org, or via phone at 800-537-5252.

Encore episode – January 1:

  • We’re spending an hour with one of the great champions of Southern foodways, award-winning chef Sean Brock. Raised in rural Virginia, Sean has spent 20 years highlighting the unique culinary characteristics of the South. He is the author of the bestselling book Heritage and his latest book, South.

Questions? Please contact your Station Representative.