What's been happening in 2016 so far...
Wow, many thanks to Pop Tech Jam for having me on the podcast to talk about tech, superstorms, and um...well, podcasting! Pop Tech Jam is the independent audio magazine devoted to mashing up pop culture, technology and more. It's hosted by JD Biersdorfer and Pedro Rafael Rosado, my two great colleagues at the Gray Lady. LISTEN to the episode HERE.
We're working on new episodes of Strings and Things for this fall! Our next string-changing hang is with the eclectic new music guitarist, James Moore of Dither Guitar Quartet. LISTEN:
Here is a recent episode of the SIGNAL podcast from STAT News, hosted by science and biotech journalists Luke Timmerman and Meg Tirrell. This is my first time producing the show with Senior Editor Jeff DelViscio. SIGNAL examines how scientific controversies, medical breakthroughs and drug companies are changing the medicines or treatments that affect our everyday lives.
I'd like to share with you the release of the first Tilted Axes album, now available online! Tilted Axes is both a processional event and an ensemble of mobile electric guitarists using portable amplifiers strapped to their sides as they walk through the city streets. The music itself, with interlocking layers often found in World Music, makes room for many kinds of genres and grooves in the compositions. The ensemble adapts itself to the environment or occasion, and feeds on the energy of a constantly shifting audience. The new album is comprised of studio recordings of the Tilted repertoire, and I served as a consultant on the project. http://tiltedaxes.com/tiltedaxes.html.
The excellent Mash-Up Americans podcast is a show from KPCC and American Public Media's Infinite Guest network. I started producing the show for APM this spring. The Mash-Up Americans is your guide to hyphen-America. Amy S. Choi and Rebecca Lehrer talk culture, identity, and what makes us who we are. LISTEN to episodes of the show and get to know yourself, America.
The weekly New York Times Book Review podcast, which I've been producing since 2008, celebrated its 10th birthday this past spring! Read an article about the show and listen to the live anniversary panel with host Pamela Paul, Editor of the New York Times Book Review. Visit nytimes.com/books for more!
The New York Times Popcast, which I produce with NYT music critics Ben Ratliff and Jon Caramanica, broadcast some of their discussions on Facebook Live this past spring. These included conversations about the passing of Prince, Beyonce's "Lemonade" and new releases from Radiohead and James Blake. Sadly, Ben Ratliff just parted ways with the paper after 20 years as a New York Times music critic, and will focus on his teaching and other projects. I'll miss his NYT writing and his soulful and curious presence on the show. Here is his final Popcast episode with Jon, a must-listen for anyone interested in the arts and criticism.
In my work with Headstepper Media, I do audio production on a series of podcasts by reporter Colleen Shaddox for the Connecticut Health Investigative Team. I'm very pleased that the episode on young migraine sufferers won first place for audio storytelling at the 2015 CTSPJ Excellence in Journalism Awards.
Feet In Two Worlds, the multimedia reporting project I have been working with for 10 years, was featured in Current, the magazine of public broadcasting. Fi2W also just launched the Unidos app for the 2016 Presidential Election. The Unidos app is designed to engage young Latinos, and give them information that they need to register to vote and become informed voters. LISTEN to an interview about the app and read more from our Executive Producer, John Rudolph. And, we finally got some of our news site back online after being taken down by a serious hack.
Below are recent episodes of Dream City, the occasional podcast series I host and produce for Feet In Two Worlds:
I launched a new music podcast called Strings and Things, a Peppergreen Production for Headstepper Media. Hosted by composer/performer Patrick Grant, the show invites guitarists to hang out, change their strings, tell stories and play music. It's totally chill - check it out at stringsandthingsshow.com!