WGBH, long a national powerhouse in public television, took a step this week to becoming a national force in public radio as well. The Boston public media station announced Thursday that it has acquired Public Radio International, the Minneapolis company that distributes some of the best known public radio programs, including “This American Life,” “Here & Now” and “The Tavis Smiley Show,” to 880 affiliates across the country and satellite radio, reaching more than 16 million listeners.
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