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BBC Cultural Frontline Airs Story about New Amsterdam Musical Association

December 27, 2018

For its episode on “The Art of the Gift,” BBC’s Cultural Frontline aired my story about the New Amsterdam Musical Association in Harlem, NY.

Podcast Extra with Eddy Arias from Episode 1

December 14, 2017

A lot has happened since the series was released this past summer–in particular there’s been a lot of talk about DACA: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The program has protected thousands of undocumented people from deportation. But recently the Trump Administration announced it would phase out DACA in March 2018. I wanted to see what the recent news means for Eddy Arias, the subject of Episode 1.

New Podcast: “Indefensible”

May 16, 2017


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Indefensible is a podcast series brought to you by the Immigrant Defense Project. Over five episodes, we’ll bring you stories from people who are standing up and holding out; fighting to be with their families. They say they’re here to stay.  

Listen: “The Zen Thing” via Interfaith Voices

May 5, 2017

KalaLea and I produced this story for Interfaith Voices:

Koshin Paley Ellison is one of a small but growing number of chaplains in the United States who are Buddhists. In fact, Koshin is a Zen Buddhist monk. He works in hospice, and his goal is to take “the Zen thing” out into the world…and the change the very nature of caregiving itself. Music by LD Brown.

Koshin Paley Ellison, co-founder of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care and editor of Awake at the Bedside: Contemplative Teachings on Palliative and End of Life Care

Listen via @BBCWordService’s Outlook: New York’s trash collector

December 6, 2016

via BBC Outlook:

Nelson Molina finds treasures in trash. During his thirty year career with the New York Sanitation Department he has discovered some amazing objects amongst the rubbish including cameras, jewellery, photos and a framed letter from a former President. Now he exhibits his collection in a special garage at the sanitation department. Reporter Will Coley went for a tour. (Picture credit: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images.)

Listen via @MorningEdition: Former Refugee Helps Others Arriving To America AT JFK Airport

November 17, 2016

via National Public Radio’s Morning Edition:

Omar Nur left his native Ethiopia more than 35 years ago. He landed at New York’s JFK and took his first steps in his new country. In the decades since, he’s helped others arriving at the airport.

Photo credit: copyright Stad Gent

Podcasting for Racial Justice: Breakout Session at #FacingRace in Atlanta

November 12, 2016

This month, I presented at the Facing Race conference with Berry Sykes of Podcasts in Color. We had a full room of folks interested in podcasting for racial justice. Here’s the description:

A tape recorder, with microphone in hand, on the table or the arm of the chair or on the grass, can transform both the visitor and the host. On one occasion during a play-back, my companion murmured in wonder, “I never realized I felt that way.” I was filled with wonder, too. – Studs Terkel

Radio and audio have a long history in representing neglected or unheard voices. The great Studs Terkel used audio to relay the stories of all kinds of Americans including “the non-celebrated” so that “statistics become persons, each one unique.” Today millions of Americans continue to listen to the radio and now on-demand audio (or “podcasts”). Mobile phones make audio even more attractive for our busy lives. Since audio is far cheaper to record and edit than video or film, new producers are capitalizing on today’s “audio renaissance.” Their engaging shows and stories are providing some of the most important conversations around race are happening today. Audiences are hungry for reflections of their own experience in a changing America. At Facing Race, we will discuss what makes audio uniquely suited for telling our stories, challenging injustice, and truly reflecting the experiences of people of color in the United States. We will learn from a range of producers and creators who are pioneering new and exciting ways to use audio. We will share practical advice on telling effective stories with sound, including a hands-on exercise in creating stories.

You can check out our presentation on Prezi. As part of the presentation, we asked several podcasters to send us some clips and you can listen to the unedited audio below.