Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about our programs or what we do here at PRI? At PRI we're committed to helping you get the most out of our content. Check out the FAQ's below to see if we can help you out!

Where can I hear or purchase one of your programs that I heard?

The best place to tune into or purchase a program is at that program's respective website (please note that some shows may not be available for purchase or download due to broadcast rights or agreements). Take a look at the list of our programs.

I heard an NPR/APM program, but can’t find it on your website.

PRI is an independent public radio network from NPR; and American Public Media is the distributing arm of Minnesota Public Radio. Although your local public radio station may air programs from both PRI and other networks, we only have information and material for you about programs produced here at PRI. For NPR programs, visit the NPR website; for APM programs, visit the APM website.

I heard a story on my local station, and I know the time and date, but don’t know the name of the show.

The best thing to do when you know the time and date of a program, but don’t know the name of the program, is to visit your station’s individual website and check their schedule for the program you're trying to find. This will help narrow the search for what you heard, and speed results.

I have a great show for PRI.

Fantastic! Go here to get submission guidelines so we can take a look and consider your show. PRI doesn’t do a network-wide review of musicians, spoken-word artists, or writers. If there’s a story or performance idea you have for one of our shows, you’ll have to submit it to the specific show you’re interested in, following their guidelines.

Program comments?

We want to hear what you think! If you have a comment you want to share about a specific program of ours, please feel free to contact the show directly. Here you can see this list of our individual programs.

Do you have any stories on X?

Start with our site search. This will help you find any stories on on that topic you have in mind. currently includes all stories from PRI's The World®, a great deal of stories from The Takeaway, Studio 360®, and Living on Earth, as well as many stories from other shows and partners.

When is my favorite PRI program on in my town?

To find out when you can tune into your favorite PRI program, please visit our program locator.

Who is the person that does your audio logo?

Flutist and composer (among many other things) James Newton is the voice heard in our audio logo. At the time the audio logo was recorded in the mid '90s, Newton was on the PRI board; if you would like to hear more about him you can check out More on James.

How is PRI funded?

PRI generates revenue in three primary ways:

  • Fees that public radio stations pay for PRI content that they air. Station revenue comes from a mix of sources, including individual member support, local underwriting, Community Support Grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and foundation grants.
  • Underwriting (sponsorship) from corporations wishing to reach PRI’s national audience.
  • Grants and gifts from philanthropic foundations and individuals.

Federal Government Funding

With the exception of specific project-based grants (such as our Global Nation Education series) that we receive from CPB, PRI receives no direct funding from the Federal Government.

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