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Chicago Public Media, host Ira Glass, to independently distribute 'This American Life'

CHICAGO - The popular public radio show "This American Life" is getting a new distributor.

Chicago Public Media and host Ira Glass said Wednesday they will start independently distributing the show to more than 500 public radio stations. Public Radio International has distributed the show since 1997. The show debuted in 1995.

"This American Life" shows will be delivered via PRX, The Public Radio Exchange. The show also will take over other operations that Public Radio International handled, including selling, underwriting and marketing the show to stations.

"This American Life" officials said in a news release that the show has about 2.2 million listeners a week and its podcast episodes each get about 1 million downloads on iTunes.

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Online: http://www.thisamericanlife.org

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