When I was a little girl, I had a restaurant. It was a playset in my parent’s kitchen, tucked in the corner by a table. Everything about it was plastic and kid-sized. When friends came over, I would take their order, return to my plastic stovetop, and serve them plastic fried eggs. No one complained inside my restaurant, even though they technically never ate anything. Every time I cleared their small, shiny plates, I felt immense pride at feeding my loved ones. Imagination is a skill I never want to lose. That’s why I’m so excited to join PRX as the Community Manager of the Podcast Garage.
I’m a documentary artist who creates and facilitates stories with audio, photography, video, writing, and my own two ears. Over the last few years, I’ve produced stories on my own and at my home NPR station, Rhode Island Public Radio. Working at Brown University, I created a space for storytelling and social change and ran workshops, events, and an editorial team of students. I’ve also collaborated with friends, producers, and musicians on community storytelling projects like a performance of live audio stories spanning birth to death, and a public “living room” for storytelling on a sidewalk in downtown Providence. Sometimes, I just walk around my neighborhood and talk to strangers.
Listening is an act of imagination. That’s why I love audio. When we hear a story, we open up our other senses. We lose the ability to judge the look of things. We form memories out of what happens inside of us. I feel so lucky to be a part of the PRX community, which brings those moments to millions of people.
Until you and I get to meet, here are three other things about me*:
I’ve stealth-camped all over RI and MA.
I can recite the entire pilot’s alphabet.
I have a pet turtle.
*Only two of them are true.
I’ll be spending most of my days at the Podcast Garage. If you haven’t stopped by yet, please do anytime. Or email me at email@example.com. I’ll make you my finest plastic fried egg.
I’m Sean Nesbitt, Station Relations Director for PRX.
I guess you can say I took the path less traveled to arrive in public media. I grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey, a small urban community in central New Jersey. It’s a short Amtrak ride away from Newark. Or a longer Amtrak/Path ride to Manhattan.
My journey started at Norfolk State University, a historically black university. It was a launching pad for my sense of adventure. I learned about business and government affairs at Georgetown; studied the German language intensively at The University of Virginia; and studied in South Africa for three-and-a-half months. Did I say adventure?
After graduation, I worked at Grand-Am Road Racing, the sports car division of NASCAR. Media/Public Relations was at the core of what I did. It was a really cool experience! But I wanted a change of pace—some pun intended—and leapt at a marketing opportunity at PRI. Public media really captured my imagination.
I advocated for big names in public media: BBC, CBC, PRI’s The World ®, This American Life, etc. Exposure to this level of talent sparked my interest in growth. So I enrolled in an innovative MBA program at Western Governors University. A rotation of challenging projects for work and school was my life for 20 months.
Now, three months after graduation, I’m thrilled to help chart the future of public media at PRX. I believe in our ability to make positive change happen—for everyone.
More about me: I’m a very active volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters. (Ask me about it!) Plus, I love wheeling my Dahon C6 folding bike around the Mississippi River.
Hello! I’m Paloma the new Distribution Manager and Customer Support Specialist at PRX. I blame my love of radio and storytelling on my mom and dad who still don’t understand what it is I do in the wonderful world of public radio. “Are you on air,” they ask, “No.” “Then what do you do?”
I attended Columbia College in Chicago, where I earned my degree in Radio Talent/ Production. While a student at Columbia, I started interning at 98.7 WFMT and was promptly offered a full time job as a production assistant upon graduation. I spent quite a number of years at WFMT and wore many hats: board operator, production, producer, engineer, IT, operations, etc…
This led me to working with two of the people that not only mentored me but gave me advice and supported me when I needed it most, the late Studs Terkel and Andrew Patner.
In 2014 The WFMT Radio Network started offering their content via SubAuto. This resulted in my promotion to Production and Syndication Manager at the Network and thus my relationship with PRX began. By coincidence, I actually started working at PRX two years to the date that I starting working with them for the WFMT Radio Network switchover.
I’m super excited to be part of the team and can’t wait to see what adventures await me!
More about me: I hail from Chicago. In my spare time I like traveling, concerts, reading, zombies, creating sound art pieces, listening to podcasts with my mom on Sunday mornings (although, now remotely) and special effects makeup.
Hi everyone! My name is Maggie Taylor and I am very excited to be joining PRX as the new Director of Marketing, and to be making my first foray into both the public media and nonprofit spaces.
I obtained my undergraduate degree in Public Relations from the University of Rhode Island. Since then, I have built a marketing background that’s heavy in tech and start-ups, in both the B2B and consumer spaces. I love working directly with consumers, and using PR, influencers, and social media tools to help grow brand awareness and adoption. I enjoy representing the voice of a brand, and the opportunity to facilitate new customer exposure. I’m also an avid reader and writer, and like to create engaging pieces of content and experiences. I love public radio and listening to podcasts; I remain in constant awe of their ability to create such intimate relationships between host and listener. It reminds me of a quote from the book “All the Light We Cannot See”: “Radio: it ties a million ears to a single mouth.”
On the personal side, I hail from the Seacoast area of NH, but had the pleasure of living out a West Coast adventure in San Francisco for two years, and returned last summer via a cross-country road trip. In my spare time I love traveling, food, reading, and spending time with my friends and family. I also have a penchant for song memorization and, consequently, karaoke.
I’m delighted to join this intimate and passionate team to help craft and spread the unique PRX story to a large, diverse audience. I’d love to personally connect with all of our readers and listeners, so please feel free to reach out and introduce yourself: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If someone were to draw a picture of me when I was a little girl: I’d be standing in the middle of a tomato garden with seeds and juice dripping off my chin.
If someone were to draw a picture of me last year: I’d be on stage, at a Moth StorySLAM, baring my soul to complete strangers.
If someone were to draw a picture of me last month: I’d be in a hot & sweaty muscle confusion class, Eye of the Tiger blasting in the background.
If someone were to draw a picture of me last week: I’d be sitting on a porch swing next to a 95 year old farmer in West Virginia, recording his life story.
If someone were to draw a picture of me today: I’d be literally jumping up & down with excitement – I’m an official part of the PRX Crew as the newest Manager of Development and Operations!!!
My name is Gina James. After studying Cultural Anthropology + Business Administration at BU, I’ve journeyed through various industries (education, travel, hospitality, tech) … to finally land where my heart has always been: public radio.
For the last 12 months I have focused mostly on the craft of gathering oral history. It was this past year when I had an ‘aha’ moment of a lifetime. I love listening to stories via audio because unlike other forms of media, you must rely on your heart to truly assess the content. You are able to experience an individual’s true voice instead of the masks that can be created through literary tricks.
Radio is Real.
I can’t wait to bring more of it to every pocket of our world.
Hi, my name is Alexandra Morrow (but you can call me “Alex”). I’ll be here at PRX as an intern through the end of August. I’m an only-child born and raised in Southern Maine, 4 houses over the border from New Hampshire (but that still makes me a Mainer, right??). I just finished my Junior Year at Bates College in Lewiston, ME where I’m a self-designed Narrative Studies Major. I’m interested in using stories and public media to organize communities and connect people across lines of difference. In Lewiston I run an after-school workshop for Middle Schoolers – helping to guide them through the process of conducting audio interviews to learn more about their community.
Last summer I interned at Atlantic Public Media in Woods Hole, MA. I spent the summer making Sonic IDs and produced a 6-minute feature about the upcoming 400th Anniversary of Plymouth Plantation (in 2020) from the perspective of Native Wampanoag. I’d played around a little with audio editing before getting to APM, but didn’t realize just how much work goes into production until I was sitting at a desk, staring at hours upon hours of audio, and trying to find those golden 30-60 seconds.
My appreciation for public radio and audio-storytelling increased exponentially in those moments. It’s hard work, people!! It takes a long time to really figure it out and get it right. I can’t count how many times I read Ira Glass’ quote about creativity that summer. It’s going to take a while, it’s going to take a while… just gotta fight through it. Nothing I produce at this stage in my life is actually going to feel good enough. Just. Have. To. Keep. Trying. Ahhh.
I spent August – December 2014 in Kathmandu, Nepal living with a host-family and learning Nepali. I worked with the phenomenal power-couple Jaya Luintel and Madhu Acharya, two incredible and renowned radio-Journalists in Nepal. I worked mostly with Jaya doing some writing for her organization The Story Kitchen. I didn’t produce a radio story in Nepal for a number of reasons, but largely I was trying to figure out ethics of recording in a cultural context completely different from my own. I did a final project on Women Exercising in Nepal. I was inspired by a group of women from the Siddhipur Jogging Group. I met them while on one of my early morning runs with a friend and we were graciously welcomed into their community and their homes. These women became family. I returned in late-December to a world of snow, and ice, and closed-off New England homes. It was a hard transition to say the least and I miss my family every day. We talk on the phone often.
The recent earthquake in Nepal has been devastating. To learn that the people who so graciously shared their lives and their culture, who became both my family and my friends are struggling in ways that are difficult to fathom is heartbreaking. My host-family and many of the women from the Siddhipur Jogging group lost their homes. Many lives have been lost and countless more will be threatened as the situation continues to worsen. I’m trying to find ways to effectively assist in recovery efforts from afar. Nepal and its people have a long road ahead in terms of recovery. I had been planning to return in June with my parents (this would be their first time out of the US!), but we all agree the money can be better used to support relief efforts.
I’m really excited to be here at PRX this summer. I’ll be here in the office once a week, on Tuesdays. When I’m not at PRX I’ll be working at Brandmoore Farm in Rollinsford, NH. At Brandmoore I’m doing a combination of farm work and media production. Becky and Phil Brand so graciously invited me to work as a Digital Media Producer / Outreach Coordinator this summer. I’ll be creating content to showcase their farm and also look into the ways that local farms and food systems can reach a wider range of the population through public media. The content I produce might also be used for a Kickstarter Campaign they’re organizing in the near future. I’m hoping to integrate that work into something I do here at PRX. What that will look like, however, I’m not sure!
In my spare time I like to run in the woods, bike long distances, and experiment with fresh ingredients in the kitchen. 🙂
If you read all the way to here, you’re a trooper! I definitely wrote way too much – but hey, that’s me.
Hi everyone, I’m Eve, the new software engineer at PRX. I started learning to program about a year ago after finishing up my English degree at Kenyon College. I was obsessed with public radio, and I thought to myself, “Maybe if I learn to program, I can work somewhere cool, like PRX.” So, I decided to go to Launch Academy here in Boston, and now, here I am. I’m excited to learn from the awesome tech team here at PRX!
Now’s the part where I list my radio nerd credentials. As a child I looked forward to Car Talk and Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! all week. In junior high I streamed BBC Radio 4 while writing HTML for my various websites. (I was very popular.) Then I discovered podcasts, and loaded up my iPod with The Sound of Young America and This American Life to make it through gym class. When I got to Kenyon, I tried to replicate shows like You Look Nice Today and Jordan, Jesse GO! with my own silly show on WKCO. I was lucky enough to intern at Studio 360 after my junior year. For my final project at Launch Academy, I made a social network for podcast listeners called Pod People. (Good name, right?)
But there’s more to my life than just listening to podcasts. I also make podcasts! I have a show about Disney Channel Original Movies where my friend and I use our liberal arts degrees to overanalyze them. It’s called The DCOM Podcast. (Good name, right?) The next episode will be about Johnny Tsunami. Check us out on iTunes.
Some quick introductory words for my first day as an intern at PRX. How did I get here?
I was born in Brighton, UK to an artist and teacher and grew up in Southern Maine in a town called Yarmouth. I went to school at Boston University, where I studied cultural history and wrote a final paper about composers John Cage and Erik Satie, two exceptional dudes.
About the same time as the paper, I began work on Stylus, a documentary program about sound, music, and listening. My co-producer Zack and I made a pilot episode about silence and pitched the series to WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station. They eventually picked it up and, along with a bunch of wonderful people in and around the station, we produced four themed programs. We’re finishing up that first series now.
I’ve arrived at PRX to continue work as a producer of public media.
I love radio. Partly because it is a creative medium, but mostly because it is an essential institution.
The question often asked of radio people, these days, is “How do we make audio go viral?” It seems, to me, that the far more basic question facing our moment is: How do we save ourselves from Total Noise? How do we maintain the best public space for listeners, producers, and communities to work together and stay connected in a meaningful way?
PRX continues to carve out that space, and I’m very excited to help do a part.
Hi! I’m Kathleen, the newest PRX’er! I’m joining the team in the new role of Station Relations Director. I’m excited to be coming aboard at such an amazing time in PRX’s history.
PRX was one of my clients when I worked as Marketing and Advertising Director at Current. I remember meeting John Barth at PRPD back in the fall of 2010. He was marketing a new program called The Moth Radio Hour. I later spent some time giving myself a crash course on The Moth so I could try and impress my new client. I recall listening to the podcast of Molly Ringwald’s story “Mothering in Captivity” on one of my many flights to and from DC. I was going through something very similar with my daughter at that time and I can’t believe how I felt that show was tailor-made for me. Another favorite that producer Jay Allison turned me on to aired on the Moth Radio Hour in early 2013. This hour is truly an emotional roller-coaster. The clown with a broken heart will move you to tears. The fine folks at the Moth have an uncanny ability to connect with us in the most human of ways. I can’t believe I am lucky enough to get to help market the show to make sure the stories of the nation are heard in first person.
Speaking of mothering, I’m blessed to be the mom of two kids, Maren and James who manage to keep me feeling young and old at the same time. My husband Don and I live in Webster Groves, MO just outside of St. Louis. I home office here with my two office mates, a black dog named Raven and a gray tabby cat named Phoebe. They have the funniest dog/cat relationship I have ever seen. (See the pics below.) When I’m not working, I love to read and garden–advice on both fronts is always welcome.
I’ve long admired how the team at PRX always seems have their hands in the most interesting work and projects in pub media. They always seem to be solving problems–whether discovering new voices and talent or implementing great new technology. PRX has accomplished much in the past ten years and I look forward to being a part of what’s next.
It turns out that I get to continue working with many of you that I already know–just in a new role! I’m excited to get to make some new pub media friends as well. Please reach out any time.
Station Relations Director
kathleen [at] prx [dot] org
Hello! I’m Erika, the new Assistant Producer for PRX Remix. I feel very lucky to join a team of such imaginative people.
I grew up in Minnesota, land of 10,000 lakes and Minnesota Public Radio. I spent a lot of time making music and thinking about words, and feeling torn between the two. Then it hit me that words and sound work together all the time. I turned to radio.
I got my start at KFAI in Minneapolis. Since then, I’ve spent time at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, APM’s Performance Today, State of the Re:Union, and, most recently, WBUR.
I’ve worked in other media, but sound affects my emotions more than any other thing I perceive. There’s no better way to get drawn into a story, a perspective, a place. Good radio makes me feel connected, in some new way, to the world around me. It seems to me most of us spend our lives looking for connections like that.
PRX Remix lets you roam a sonic world more immersive and surprising than you find on traditional radio stations. There’s a whimsy to the random curated stream. You can bump into subjects you might not have thought to learn about, trip over shows otherwise unencountered, and get lost in archival sounds from the past. I’ll be spending my days scouting for new producers and sounds. I’ll share the best on PRX Remix.
Beyond building new platforms, PRX keeps looking for ways to push the medium while supporting storytellers. In the few days I’ve been here, I’ve already learned about upcoming projects I think you’ll want to hear about. I’m excited to get to work. Stay tuned.