APR Presents

Friday nights from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

APR Presents is Alabama Public Radio's weekly showcase of the variety and diversity of public radio programming. Now featuring the TED Radio Hour, listeners can expect something new and interesting each week.

APR Presents: November 16th

Nov 13, 2012
This American Life

Middle School

This week, at the suggestion of a 14-year-old listener, we bring you stories from the awkward, confusing, hormonally charged world of middle school. Including a teacher who transforms peer pressure into a force for good, and reports from the frontlines of the middle school dance

APR Presents: November 9th

Nov 5, 2012
DonkeyHotey / Flickr

Red State, Blue State

Everyone knows that politics is now so divided in our country that not only do the two sides disagree on the solutions to the country’s problems, they don’t even agree on what the real problems are. It’s two different realities, two versions of the world in collision. This week we hear from people who’ve seen this infect their personal lives.

APR Presents: November 2nd

Nov 2, 2012
wwarby / Flickr.com

Remember Me

Stories about people who are remembered very differently than they'd wished. The ghost of a kindly, distinguished philanthropist supposedly plays pranks on guests at a Ramada hotel in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. A dying mother makes a tape for her developmentally disabled daughter, hoping she'll watch it someday, knowing she might not.

APR Presents: October 26th

Oct 26, 2012

Getting Away With It

Stories of people breaking the rules fully, completely and with no bad consequences. Some justify this by saying they’re doing it for others, or for a greater good. Some really don’t care. And, unlike the mealy weaklings you usually hear on this program: None of these wrongdoers seem regretful about what they’ve done in the slightest.

APR Presents: October 19th

Oct 15, 2012
The Golden Apple restaurant in Chicago, IL
This American Life

Hours at the Golden Apple

The This American Life producers document one day in a Chicago diner called The Golden Apple, starting at 5 a.m. and going until 5 a.m. the next morning. We hear from the waitress who has worked the graveyard shift for over two decades, the regular customers who come every day, the couples working out their problems, various assorted drunks, and, of course, cops.

APR Presents: October 12th

Oct 12, 2012
straightjacket on hanger
This American Life

What Doesn't Kill You

Stories of how people cope after brushes with death. Sometimes death comes as a disease. Sometimes it swims up and bites you. And sometimes it's a pen or pencil, sitting there, just waiting for you to ingest it.

APR Presents: October 5th

Oct 3, 2012
message in a bottle
This American Life

Send a Message

This week people reach out in all kinds of ways to try and get their point across. And the recipients of those messages try to decipher what they mean. Messages in code, over the phone, and from beyond the grave.

APR Presents: September 28th

Sep 28, 2012
photos from P.I. Moms
This American Life

The Incredible Case of the P.I. Moms

What do you get when you take a P.I. firm, then add in a bunch of sexy soccer moms, official sponsorship from Glock, a lying boss, and delusions of grandeur? Tune in tonight at 7:00 p.m. to find out.

APR Presents: September 21

Sep 21, 2012

Back To School

As kids and teachers head back to school, we wanted to turn away from questions about politics and unions and money and all the regular school stuff people argue about, and turn to something more optimistic — an emerging theory about what to teach kids, from Paul Tough's new book How Children Succeed.

APR Presents: September 14th

Sep 7, 2012
Bobby Dunbar and family
This American Life / Co-Author: Tal McThenia

The Ghost of Bobby Dunbar

In 1912 a four year-old boy named Bobby Dunbar went missing in a swamp in Louisiana. Eight months later, he was found in the hands of a wandering handyman in Mississippi (the picture at left was taken just days later). Reporter Tal McThenia co-authored a book about the Bobby Dunbar story called A Case For Solomon.

APR Presents: September 7th

Sep 7, 2012
frightened boy in bed
LauraLewis23 / Flickr

The Fear of Sleep

Mike Birbiglia got used to strange things happening to him when he slept—until something happened that almost killed him (Mike's story is now a feature film, Sleepwalk With Me). This and other reasons to fear sleep, including bedbugs, "The Shining," and mild-mannered husbands who turn into maniacs while asleep.

APR Presents: August 31

Sep 3, 2012


Only the clever need apply. This week, stories of people acting on a technicality in the face of some of life's toughest regulators: financial regulators, parents and God.

APR Presents: August 24th

Aug 20, 2012
David Rakoff, long-time contributor to "This American Life"
This American Life

Our Friend David

Favorite stories by our (This American Life) longtime contributor and friend David Rakoff. Note that the podcast and streaming versions contain unbeeped words that could not play on radio.

APR Presents: August 17th

Aug 15, 2012
Photo of FBI informant, Craig Monteih, a.k.a. Farouk al-Aziz.
This American Life

The Convert

In 2006, a new convert showed up at a mosque in Orange County, California, eager to study the Koran and make new friends. But when he started acting odd and saying strange things, those friends got suspicious. To them, he was Farouk al-Aziz. But his real name was Craig Monteilh, and he was working undercover for the FBI.

APR Presents: August 10

Aug 10, 2012
Sean Costello and Robert Bird from "How's Your News?"
NY Daily News

Special Ed

Stories about people who were told that they're different. Some of them were comfortable with it. Some didn't understand it. And some understood, but didn't like it. .

APR Presents: August 3

Aug 3, 2012
polarized lab goggles
ilovebutter / Flickr

Show Me the Way

Stories about people in trouble, who look for help in mystifying places. A 15-year-old boy travels more than 1,000 miles, alone, to seek out his hero, whom he's never met. And from Wiretap, Jonathan Goldstein and David Rakoff tell the story of a man with a terrible medical problem, hoping for a cure from a famous doctor — who only communicates in rhyme.

APR Presents: July 27

Jul 25, 2012
light spectrum of colors
Ms. Phoenix / Flickr


APR Presents: July 20

Jul 18, 2012
foggy road
eioua / Flickr

After Life

What happens at the moment when we slip from life...to the other side? Is it a moment? If it is, when exactly does it happen? And what happens afterward? It's a show of questions that don't have easy answers. So, in a slight departure from our regular format, we bring you eleven meditations on how, when, and even if we die.

This hour: Radiolab stares down the very moment of passing, and speculates about what may lay beyond.

APR Presents: July 13

Jul 16, 2012
shimmering light dancing off of blurry sequins


Stochasticity (a wonderfully slippery and smarty-pants word for randomness), may be at the very foundation of our lives. To understand how big a role it plays, we look at chance and patterns in sports, lottery tickets, and even the cells in our own body.

Along the way, we talk to a woman suddenly consumed by a frenzied gambling addiction, meet two friends whose meeting seems to defy pure chance, and take a close look at some very noisy bacteria.

APR Presents: July 6

Jul 10, 2012
group of bonobo apes at a wildlife preserve
Pierre Fidenci at http://calphotos.berkeley.edu / Wikimedia Commons


Chimps.  Bonobos.  Humans.  We're all great apes, but that doesn't mean we're one happy family.  This hour of Radiolab:  stories of trying to live together.  A chimp named Lucy teaches us the ups adn downs of growing up human, and a visit to The Great Ape Trust in Des Moines, Iowa highlights some of the basics of bonobo culture.  (Be careful, they bite!)

This program was originally produced in 2010.  For more information, visit the website:  http://www.radiolab.org/2010/feb/19/

APR Presents: June 29th

Jun 25, 2012

Ghost Stories

Ghosts, ghouls, shades from the past...in this episode of Radiolab, real-life people try to pin down, and make peace with, mysterious figures that haunt them, prod them, and fade out of existence. One man finds a way to put the beatdown on his personal bogey man, a dead monk spurs a king to build a perfect prayer machine, an unknown face launches a thousand dummies (actually, a whole lot more than that), and a skeptic goes on a one-way journey to find out whether spirits exist.

APR Presents: June 22nd

Jun 18, 2012

When Brains Attack!

In this episode of Radiolab, strange stories of brains that lead their owners astray, knock them off balance, and, sometimes, propel them to do amazing things. We hear from a kid whose voice was disguised from himself, relive a surreal day in the life of a young researcher who was hijacked by her own brain, and try to keep up with an ultra-athlete who, after suffering terrible seizures, gained extraordinary abilities through removing a chunk of her brain.

APR Presents: June 15th

Jun 13, 2012
artistic photo using the word "guts"
Charles Michelet via Radiolab.org


We stick our hand in a cow stomach, get a window into our core (thanks to a hunter who became a walking science experiment in the 1800s), and listen in on the surprising back-and-forth between our gut and our brain. And we talk to a man who kind of went out of his mind when a medical procedure left him (for a little while) gutless.