American RadioWorks


APM Reports as a new brand from American Public Media, combining the work of American Radio Works and a new investigative team into one national news unit.

American RadioWorks® (ARW) is the highly acclaimed documentary unit of American Public Media. Its hour-long specials provide in-depth reporting on education and opportunity. Please see the left column for a list of current documentaries available.



number of programs/frequency

Approximately 3 specials per year

Program feed schedule

All current documentaries are available in ContentDepot.

If you are looking for documentaries from previous seasons, please contact your APM station relations representative.

Historically Black

APM Reports has a new, exclusive package for stations -  three, hour-long programs based on its highly acclaimed podcast series, Historically Black, a collaboration with The Washington Post, complete with on-air and digital assets to promote it. This package is available at no charge to APM Stations.

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In the Dark

In the Dark

APM Reports has an exciting opportunity for stations – a series of five radio programs based on its popular investigative podcast, In the Dark, and the on-air and digital assets to promote it.

In the Dark examines how law enforcement handled the kidnapping of Jacob Wetterling – a case that went unsolved for nearly 27 years, but had sweeping national consequences. From the creation of the federal sex offender registry, to the devastating effects of publicly labeling a man a "person of interest," the series will enlighten listeners nationwide about how crimes are – or are not - solved in their communities.

Available November 14, this exclusive radio package consists of five, hour-long programs. Each features one episode of the podcast, followed by a discussion with APM Reports' investigative reporter Madeleine Baran and APM Reports' producer Samara Freemark, hosted by Marketplace Weekend's Lizzie O'Leary.

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Fall 2016 Education Documentaries

Stuck at Square One: The Remedial Education Trap
Spare the Rod: Reforming School Discipline
What It Takes: Chasing Graduation at High Poverty High Schools
Rewriting the Sentence: College Behind Bars

promo access

All promos are available in the ContentDepot for scheduled file delivery. You may also manually download promos at your convenience from ContentDepot.

program web site

broadcast rights

APM Reports documentaries (and earlier docs under American RadioWorks name) are available to American Public Media affiliates. Stations are encouraged to carry all documentaries in a series. Each documentary must be carried in its entirety and broadcast before the broadcast window for each documentary closes: November 12, 2016 for the spring 2016 documentaries (“Thirsty Planet,” “Bought and Sold”). Excerpting is permitted for promotional purposes only or by special request. Simulcast streaming rights are available for this series.See terms and conditions described in the American Public Media Service Agreement. Prior to carrying these programs, stations must confirm carriage with American Public Media.

cds and transcripts

American RadioWorks documentaries can be downloaded or streamed at .

  • Stations needing broadcast CDs should contact their Station Relations Representative.
  • Transcripts are available on each project's companion Web site,

Featured Audio

American RadioWorks: King's Last March
Although it was one of the most challenging and controversial chapters of his career, the final year of Dr. King's life has not been the focus of significant public attention. This dramatic and illuminating documentary marks the 40th anniversary of Dr. King's death on April 4, 1968. The program uses a rich mix of archival tape, oral histories and contemporary interviews to paint a vivid picture of what may have been the most difficult year of Dr. King's life.