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: March 22nd

Mar 22, 2013
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This American Life

Starting from Scratch

Stories of people starting over, sometimes because they want to, other times because they have to.

APR Presents: March 15th

Mar 15, 2013


Stories of people stuck in their own personal reruns—moments or episodes that they revisit over and over again.

APR Presents: March 8th

Mar 8, 2013
dollar bill with "Esther" written on side
This American Life

No Coincidence, No Story!

We asked listeners to send us their craziest, most memorable coincidence stories, and we got so many fun and delightful ones we decided to make a whole show about them. From a chance encounter at a Greyhound station to keys that unlock strange lairs to a baffling apparition in a college shower stall, the world is a mysterious place.

APR Presents: March 1st

Mar 1, 2013
Basketball jersey and football behind glass case
This American Life

Harper High School:  Part Two

We pick up where we left off last week in our second hour of stories from Harper High School in Chicago. We find out if a shooting in the neighborhood will derail the school's Homecoming game and dance. We hear the origin story of one of Harper's more prominent gangs. And we ask a group of teenage boys: where do you get your guns?

APR Presents: February 22nd

Feb 22, 2013
high school football players in uniform sitting on the grass
This American Life

  Harper High School:  Part One

We spent five months at Harper High School in Chicago, where last year alone 29 current and recent students were shot. 29. We went to get a sense of what it means to live in the midst of all this gun violence, how teens and adults navigate a world of funerals and Homecoming dances. We found so many incredible and surprising stories, this show is a two-parter; Part One airs this week, Part Two is next week.

APR Presents: February 15th

Feb 13, 2013
cracked candy heart
This American Life

  Valentine's Day 2013

Love makes us do crazy things. But usually not this crazy. This week for Valentine's Day we have stories of people going to extremes to find and pursue their one true love.

APR Presents: February 1st

Feb 1, 2013
kids wrestling in front of artwork which looks like padded cell
This American Life

  Kid Logic

Stories of kids using perfectly logical arguments, and arriving at perfectly wrong conclusions.


APR Presents: January 25th

Jan 25, 2013
picture of group of men
This American Life

Three Kinds of Deception

A story of self-deception, a story about deceiving others, and a story about accidental deception. And how one type of deception can easily turn into another.

APR Presents: January 18th

Jan 18, 2013
plate of Calamari with lemon
This American Life


Calamari is on one side of the plate, sliced hog rectums are on the other. Which is which? We got a tip about a pork plant selling pig's intestines as fake calamari, and decided to investigate ... with a taste test. In another story, military vets and victims of urban violence share parallel trauma.

APR Presents: January 11th

Jan 11, 2013

Self-Improvement Kick

A perfectly normal guy gets rid of everything he owns, changes his name, says goodbye to his friends — and begins walking. In the name of peace. And Honduran government officials try to heal their corrupt country by starting a perfect city, from scratch. For the new year, we bring you stories about how far some people go in hopes of a better life.

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APR Presents: January 4th

Jan 4, 2013


Five ways of mapping the world. One story about people who make maps the traditional way — by drawing things we can see. And other stories about people who map the world using smell, sound, touch, and taste. The world redrawn by the five senses.

APR Presents airs Fridays at 7:00 p.m.

APR Presents: December 14th

Dec 14, 2012

This Week

This week we take on ... this week. Stories united by one thing: They all happened in the seven days prior to broadcast. We try our hand reporting the global stories in Egypt and Afghanistan; and take on super local stories, too, like a man who tries valiantly — valiantly! — to actually get out of bed when his alarm clock goes off. You can also see this week in pictures.

Dog wearing suicide bomb vest, 1943.
WBEZ - This American Life

Animal Sacrifice

What animals sacrifice for us, and what we sacrifice for them. Including a story from Susan Orlean about dogs in World War II, and the This American Life staff confronts Ira about his dog, Piney.

APR Presents: November 30th

Nov 26, 2012
State seal of Minnesota

Little War on the Prairie

Growing up in Mankato, Minnesota, John Biewen says, nobody ever talked about the most important historical event ever to happen there: in 1862, it was the site of the largest mass execution in U.S. history. Thirty-eight Dakota Indians were hanged after a war with white settlers. John went back to Minnesota to figure out what really happened 150 years ago, and why Minnesotans didn’t talk about it

APR Presents: November 23rd

Nov 19, 2012
This American Life

So Crazy It Just Might Work

A few years ago a cancer researcher named Jonathan Brody gave a speech at his alma mater saying that people in his field really needed to think outside the box to find a cure. Afterward he was approached by his old orchestra teacher, who had something way out of the box—a theory that he could kill cancer cells with electromagnetic waves. And other stories.