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Spotlight | Public Media in a Multilingual America – Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Art, clockwise from top left: KRSU-TV Cherokee lesson, Claremore, OK; KUNR Tu Voz Spanish language app, Reno, NV;  ‘Bonjour Louisiane’ radio show and podcast, KRVS, Lafayette, LA; Radio Bilingüe public radio network, based in Fresno; CA; KYUK’s ‘Yuk to Yuk’ Yup’ik language call-in show, Bethel, AK; ‘Buscando America,’ KBOO, Portland, OR. 
Striving to reach all Americans with high-quality content that informs, educates, and enlightens, public media serves an increasingly diverse American society by producing content in at least 14 languages other than English. This work furthers the mission of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) — to ensure universal access to trusted content and services that help inform civil discourse essential to American society.  
According to U.S. Census Bureau estimates for 2021, 41.25 million people over age 5 in the U.S. speak Spanish at home. Public media reaches and engages this growing audience in all kinds of ways:
In many states and counties, public media’s digital and broadcast infrastructure is the backbone for emergency alert, public safety, first responder, and homeland security services.
Public media plays a key role in helping to preserve language and culture, from French Cajun to Alaskan Indigenous languages. There are 169 Native American and Alaskan Indigenous languages spoken in the United States today, many of which are listed by UNESCO as vulnerable or critically endangered languages.
Public media also supports language acquisition.
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Public media stations collaborate with schools, organizations and with each other to celebrate the PBS docuseries  
Animated PBS KIDS show, premiering Oct. 3, follows the adventures of a 5-year-old Mexican American girl and her blended, mulitracial family.

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