American RadioWorks Announces Documentaries for Spring 2009

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American RadioWorks Announces Documentaries for Spring 2009

Lineup Focuses on Economic Crisis Gripping America

(St. Paul, Minn.) April 2, 2009American RadioWorks, the award-winning documentary unit of American Public Media, today announced its spring 2009 lineup of public radio documentaries. Through American RadioWorks’ in-depth and innovative investigative reporting, the four documentaries will provide audiences a deeper understanding of the current economic crisis.

Spring 2009 Schedule:

Available April 23—“Foreclosure City

Las Vegas was recently a new kind of boomtown, but today it has the country’s highest foreclosure rate. American RadioWorks takes a sober look to find out what happens to the American Dream after foreclosure and how residents are trying to build new lives.

Available May 7—“A Better Life: Creating the American Dream

American RadioWorks chronicles the history of the American Dream throughout the 20th century. The program examines how this ideal has changed during cycles of economic boom and bust and asks—if the dream is indeed out of reach again—what the next version will look like?

Available May 20—“Bridge to Somewhere”

The Obama administration is seeking a 21st century version of the New Deal, but can this really pull us out of the deep recession? American RadioWorks explores the benefits and effects of President Roosevelt’s New Deal—and the legacy that still lingers today.

Available May 21—“Hard Times in Middletown

Since the 1920s, Muncie has been home to our country’s proto-typical middle-class, but today it’s a rust-belt city. American RadioWorks documents how the changing world economy and the new economic crisis are affecting the people of "Middletown USA." "Hard Times in Middletown" is a collaboration between American RadioWorks and American Public Media’s Marketplace®. This documentary will be hosted by Marketplace’s Kai Ryssdal.

TUNE IN: The documentaries will broadcast on public radio stations nationwide. Check local listings for availability.

WEB SITES: The documentaries will have companion Web sites at, which include audio, transcripts and links to additional resources.

American RadioWorks
Based in St. Paul, Minn., American RadioWorks is public radio’s largest documentary production unit. American RadioWorks creates documentaries, series projects and investigative reports for the public radio system and the Internet. Its hour-long specials provide in-depth reporting on public affairs, social and cultural subjects and the 20th-century experience. Major funding for American RadioWorks is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. American RadioWorks is on the Web at

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