PRI and the Science Friday Initiative announce Science Content Development and Distribution Partnership

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MINNEAPOLIS, September 13, 2013 — Public Radio International (PRI) and the Science Friday Initiative today announced a partnership to develop multi-platform content around the topic of science.  As part of the partnership, beginning January 1, 2014, Science Friday will be distributed by PRI. 

The two organizations recognize the complementary nature of the content created by Science Friday, the pre-eminent source of science content in public radio; award-winning science content from PRI’s The World; and The Takeaway’s host John Hockenberry’s expertise in science and technology.  By creating more science content across multiple broadcasts and making it available on more platforms, the partnership aims to reconnect people’s innate curiosity about how the world works with the everyday relevance of science.

PRI is exploring collaborations between Science Friday and its established programs including PRI’s The World®, The Takeaway, and Studio 360, as well as on-line and as podcasts.  “Ira’s passion for and knowledge of science is unmatched, resulting in an avid fan-base that wants to consume his content in many different forms. He and Science Friday will be a great addition to the PRI family,” said Alisa Miller, President and CEO of PRI. 

“Recognizing the importance of fact-based science reporting to our nation’s ability to successfully compete in a global economy, PRI and the Science Friday Initiative have agreed to build on science content we already create to increase Americans’ access to science. We are thrilled to add the Science Friday broadcast as well as this new content to our portfolio,” said Melinda Ward, PRI’s Chief Content Officer.  

“We’re excited to work with PRI to expand their science and technology coverage," said Science Friday host and Executive Producer Ira Flatow. “PRI shares our vision of serving the public by telling compelling stories about timely issues. We look forward to collaborating with them.” 

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About Science Friday Initiative

The Science Friday Initiative is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing public access to scientific information. They produce the radio program Science Friday and other content that promotes a greater understanding of science and technology.