American Radioworks® is the national documentary unit of American Public Media. ARW is public radio's largest documentary production unit; it creates documentaries, series projects, and investigative reports for the public radio system and the Internet. ARW is based at St. Paul, Minnesota, with staff journalists in Washington D.C., Boston, Massachusetts, and Duluth, Minnesota.
American RadioWorks produces hour-long documentaries distributed by American Public Media to public radio stations across the country. ARW produces shorter documentaries and series projects for news magazines, including All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Marketplace, and The World. Extensive online documentaries accompany all ARW radio projects, providing background, original photography, interactive elements and streaming audio of the radio documentaries.
ARW represents a sustained effort at explanatory and investigative journalism. Principal themes include: public affairs documentaries on major social and economic issues, investigative reporting, documentaries that explore significant social and cultural subjects through stories with strong narrative threads and "living History," an ongoing effort to document the 20th century American experience through the lives of those who witnessed it.