This American Life – call for pitches

From the good folks at TAL – go for it! -Mia

Hello Contributors!

We're once again gearing up for a "This Week" show, where we tackle the week's news in our own way, far from the TV cameras and the standard headlines. We'll cover stories very big and very small. We've done two of these shows already, and your ideas and pitches have been critical to making the whole thing work. We figure the best way to thank you for that, is to just keep on taking (we pay!). So we're appealing to you again.

Here's what we’re looking for: Things that are happening to you, or to someone you know, or just out in the world, from June 8 – 14. These can be little, personal things – a first date, a divorce becoming final, opening a new business, a crucial baseball game. We'd especially like local news stories from your neck of the woods that aren't getting national coverage, but still tell us a lot about what it's like to live where you live. Or one that’s just absurd – the kind that’s a sheer pleasure to tell other people. Or just any interesting situation coming to a head that week — at school, at work, at city council, at your family reunion — where things will be decided, lines drawn, sides taken. That would be perfect, too.

Here’s the other thing we’d like: If something’s happening to you that week, please tape it yourself. On your phone, or your camera – the quality doesn’t have to be perfect, as long as it’s audible.

Please email your ideas and pitches to: And again, thank you so much, in advance, for all your great help. We can't pull off this show without you.


Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder

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