After 17 years, Public Radio International says it will no distribute the iconic program produced by WBEZ in Chicago. But avid listeners need not worry. PRI says This American Life is continuing production and will soon announce plans for new distribution. PRI notifed stations yesterday in a statement that it would be ending its agreement this summer. “During our most recent negotiation, it became clear that our organizations’ expectations regarding our futures were different, and therefore, we mutually agreed that beginning July 1, 2014, PRI will no longer distribute the program,” the statement said. This American Life features a different theme on each episode, focusing mainly on true stories of everyday people, along with other things. It’s currently broadcast on 587 public radio stations with an audience of 2.2 million weekly listeners, according to PRI. A TV version of This American Life aired from 2006-2008 on Showtime and won three Emmys.
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