Programs

“Blazing hot media.” —Los Angeles Times

As the second largest producer and distributor of public radio programming in the nation, American Public Media has won nearly 1,000 broadcasting and journalism awards, including seven George Foster Peabody Awards, six Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Gold Baton Award and a GRAMMY Award.

American Public Media is also the largest producer and distributor of classical music programming in the country. We have a range of innovative music programming, from a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week classical music service to Performance Today, a daily two-hour classical music program, to weekly programs and specials that are mainstays of public radio. We also enjoy an exclusive partnership with the European Broadcasting Union, allowing us to broadcast special musical events like the popular Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols and a series of live broadcasts from the BBC Proms in London.

Our radio programming is complemented by a spectrum of new media content and platforms, including online Web streaming, podcasts, video, RSS feeds, interactive Web elements and extensive audio archives.

News/Talk

BBC World Service

For more than 80 years, the BBC World Service has been the globe’s most comprehensive source for news. The BBC is the world’s most trusted new source and has more journalists in more countries covering stories from more locations than anyone else. Whenever and wherever news breaks, the BBC World Service is there.

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Marketplace®

Award-winning Marketplace is public radio’s daily magazine on business and economics news “for the rest of us.” The 30-minute program—with an irreverent reporting style all its own—airs weekday evenings on more than 470 public radio stations nationwide and boasts the largest audience for any business program in the United States on radio, cable or network television. In conjunction with Marketplace Morning Report, Marketplace Money and Marketplace Tech Report, this package of financial programming covers listeners from wallet to Wall Street.

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Marketplace Morning Report®

Marketplace Morning Report (MMR) is produced by the same award-winning staff of Marketplace. Bringing you the morning business news “for the rest of us” in the time it takes you to drink your first cup of joe, MMR is a great way to start your day. From 5:51:30am ET to 11:51:30am ET you can catch one of the seven eight-minute modules designed to air weekdays during NPR’s Morning Edition. Tune-in to Marketplace Morning Report and get a head start on the day!

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Marketplace Weekend™

Marketplace Weekend™ gives the week’s business and economic news a human voice. Host Lizzie O’Leary guides listeners through the most fascinating economic stories of the week, exploring what happened, why it matters, who it affects and what happens next. Join us for an engaging and lively conversation, on air and online.

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Marketplace Tech Report™

Technology is reshaping our world; Marketplace Tech explores how through a daily four minute program, podcast, blog and Twitter feed. Guest hosts talk to newsmakers, innovators, visionaries and creators about how technology is expanding, informing and transforming everyday experience. Tune in for the big news and the stories you won’t hear anywhere else.

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On Being™

On Being is a social enterprise with a radio show at its heart. It’s a Peabody Award-winning public radio conversation and podcast, a Webby Award-winning website and online exploration, a publisher and public event convener, led by Krista Tippet, winner of the 2013 National Humanities Medal. On Being opens up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? On Being explores these questions in their richness and complexity in 21st-century lives and endeavors. On Being pursues wisdom and moral imagination as much as knowledge; esteeming nuance and poetry as much as fact.

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American RadioWorks®

American RadioWorks is the highly acclaimed documentary unit of American Public Media, hosted by Stephen Smith. Its hour-long specials provide in-depth reporting on public affairs, social and cultural subjects and the 20th century experience.

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MUSIC

Performance Today®

Performance Today is a two hour weekday program which features classical music in concert from American Public Media studios and sites across the nation and around the world, as well as classical music news, interviews and features. Listeners experience the finest solo, chamber and symphonic works—not on CD, but in richly textured live performances recorded for broadcast. With host Fred Child.

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SymphonyCast®

SymphonyCast, with host Alison Young, is a two-hour weekly radio program featuring a full-length concert by a major symphony. Material is drawn from Europe’s premier symphony orchestras, along with U.S. orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra.

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Pipedreams®

Pipedreams, hosted by the eloquent and good-humored Michael Barone, spotlights extraordinary instruments and performers in stirring works that display the variety and wonder of the pipe organ. The program has been a classical music staple on public radio for more than 30 years.

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Composers Datebook®

John Zech hosts Composers Datebook, a daily two-minute program designed to inform, engage and entertain listeners with timely information about composers of the past and present. Produced in association with the American Composers Forum.

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Classical 24®

A nationally syndicated classical music service dedicated to live classical music programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Classical music specials

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A Chanticleer Christmas »
Echoes of Christmas »
Giving Thanks »
St. Olaf Christmas Festival »
Thanksgiving with Cantus »
Welcome Christmas »

ENTERTAINMENT

The Dinner Party Download®

The Dinner Party Download is a smart and funny public radio show about everything excellent in culture. In each episode, hosts Rico Gagliano & Brendan Francis Newnam talk with some of the world’s most interesting celebrities, and along the way equip you with bad jokes, fresh drink recipes, hot food finds, odd news stories, and etiquette tips from the likes of Henry Rollins and Dick Cavett.

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A Prairie Home Companion®

Live every Saturday night, A Prairie Home Companion features comedy sketches, music and Garrison Keillor’s signature monologue, “The News from Lake Wobegon.”

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The Splendid Table®

The Splendid Table is radio’s preeminent food program, airing on more than 400 public radio stations in the United States, plus SIRIUS satellite radio and World Radio Switzerland. Host Lynne Rossetto Kasper and producer Sally Swift create this award-winning program that explores the entire spectrum of food: from cheese making to finding wine bargains to the science of a great cup of coffee great to the best little greasy spoons in America.

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The Writer’s Almanac®

This five-minute radio gem is a listener favorite as host Garrison Keillor recounts the highlights of that day in history and reads a short poem or two.

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