PRI Fact Sheet


Public Radio International (PRI) is an independent, non-profit multi-media organization that seeks to build knowledge and understanding of the world's peoples, issues, and events through storytelling. Since we were established in 1983, Americans have used PRI's content to help them explore and form opinions about issues that matter to them, as well as share their own knowledge and ingenuity. Here at PRI, we strive to gain insights from new voices, global perspectives, and journalism in order to promote discourse and present fresh viewpoints to Americans. Programs produced by PRI are featured on almost 900 radio stations across the U.S., in addition to other various types of digital media that is able to reach millions of people around the world. Through partnerships with trusted media leaders like the BBC, the CBC, the New York Times, and others, PRI develops solutions to address the critical but unmet needs of today's media consumers. By encouraging exploration and uniting various cultures, PRI enables our listeners to "hear a different voice™."


To serve audiences as a distinctive content source for information, insights and cultural experiences essential to living in our diverse, interconnected world.

Where to Find Us

Want to listen in? You can find PRI audio and digital content on the radio, on the web, and on your mobile devices. PRI shows are heard on almost 900 public radio affiliate stations by 9.6 million people (Arbitron, Fall 2013). Through various forms of digital media, millions are able to read PRI articles, listen to PRI audio, and interact with us on websites, streams, in iTunes, on our iPhone and Android apps, and on Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter. PRI content can also be found in apps like Flipboard and Apple News. We are constantly working to make our content easily accessible, so that our viewers and listeners can listen in and connect with us on our mission to expand knowledge and explore world topics, whenever and wherever they want.


PRI distributes more than 280 hours of weekly content that includes a wide variety of news, entertainment and classical offerings that contribute to our goal of expanding American understanding of global issues. Take a peek at some of PRI's most recognized, award-winning programs and services:


As It HappensCanadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Living on EarthWorld Media Foundation Inc.
PRI's The World®BBC World Service, PRI and WGBH Radio Boston 
The TakeawayPRI and WNYC Radio

Talk, Entertainment & Music

Classical 24American Public Media and PRI
EchoesJohn Diliberto
QCanadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Studio 360 from PRIPRI
Science FridayScience Friday Initiative

To see a complete list of PRI's programming, visit our Programs page.


PRI is able to deliver our mission with the help and support from station fees, corporate underwriters, as well as grants and gifts from individuals and foundations. Foundation support for PRI is provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, and more. 


PRI was established in 1983 to develop distinctive programming and to diversify the public radio offering. Originally known as American Public Radio, PRI changed its name to Public Radio International in 1994 to mark its new position as a source for international broadcast news information. In 1996 PRI launched PRI's The World®, public media's first global news program, and Classical 24, a 24-hour classical music service. In 2001 it premiered Studio 360 from PRI, a weekly guide to pop culture and the arts, and in 2008, launched The Takeaway, a groundbreaking news show co-produced with WNYC Radio in collaboration with the BBC World Service, the "New York Times" and WGBH Radio Boston.