About This Program
Finding America is an independent public media production comprised of 15 teams embedded for nine months at forward-moving public radio and television stations across the U.S. It’s the third in a series of national productions first launched by AIR in 2010 and led by some of the most gifted independent producers in the nation. Finding America moves into communities large and small to invent new storytelling models with citizens who help us tell a new story of the rich diversity of America today.
AIR matched winning talent with stations and deployed them to build productions over nine months with a mandate to invent new pathways to those citizens not engaged with public media. AIR’s producers then assembled scores of community partners, storytellers, and citizen contributors to produce live events, invent new, blended media models, and produce stories distributed via broadcast and digital platforms.
Principal funding for Finding America provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Wyncote Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and AIR’s network of more than 1,100 producers in 47 states and 30 countries.
Finding America: May It Be So
The Confederate monuments in Richmond, Virginia tell only a small piece of the city's rich history. Free Engunfami is trying to change that.
Finding America: Glory in All Things Creek
Oklahoma is home to 39 federally recognized Indian tribes - some of whom came to the state on the Trail of Tears. The multimedia project Glory in All Things Creek investigates and explores the lives of Native people in stories that go beyond, as one subject puts it, "powwows, gambling and diabetes."
Finding America: The Most Beautiful Hot Dogs
Jesus Guerrero sells Sonoran hot dogs outside Tucson City Court in a cart called Hot Dog Tutuli. The meaning behind the name? "The most beautiful" in the Yaqui language.
Finding America: My Fourth Life
One percent of America’s population bears a large burden: military service. At Fort Drum, thousands are actively serving. In the surrounding communities, thousands more are military retirees. Feed our Vets pantry director Tonia Russell cares for veterans, active service members and herself at the organization’s monthly food pantry.
Finding America: Paralyzed But Still Moving
A daily ritual — the commute — shapes our exploration of mobility, access, and economic movement from the margins of a city to its center. In Paralyzed But Still Moving, Dorian Taylor is an inspired athlete, not just in spite of being paralyzed from the waist down, but also because of it.
Finding America: Shake & Bake Saved My Life
It used to be called Charm City. Now, the Baltimore: Rise of Charm City team seeks the hidden, forgotten allure of Baltimore — and its modern charms — with storytelling in assisted living facilities, libraries, churches, and community centers. Manager Anthony Williams calls Shake & Bake Family Fun Center a safe haven for old and young alike.
Finding America: Iñupiaq Inside
In Alaska, climate change threatens the natural world, and the cultural history held by rural and Native communities. Cordelia Kellie first truly felt at home when she started learning the Iñupiaq language and visited her mother’s hometown, Wainwright. Now she shares her knowledge and pride in Alaska Native culture with other youth Alaskans.
Finding America: The Accidental Baker
Storymakers work with storymakers — people who live in one of the South’s most diverse and fast-growing cities — to explore divisions of race, class, and opportunity. In The Accidental Baker, Courtney Smith hated baking at first but is now learning how to perfect it at Loaf bakery in Durham.
Finding America: The Fresh Prince of Anacostia
What if a radio station sounded like the people it covers? In Anacostia, a historically black and underreported neighborhood, Kymone Freeman, co-owner of We Act Radio, wants to stop displacement of his neighbors as gentrification closes in.
Finding America: Growing Up Philadelphia
Growing Up Philadelphia is a community-based project creating a portrait of the city - giving residents a chance to see and hear each other in new ways. Diane Precht grew up in a tight-knit black community in a Philadelphia neighborhood once known as Jewtown or New Jerusalem. The area has declined and she wonders: what if she'd stayed?