Welcome Alex Braunstein!

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.

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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*:

  1. I’ve stealth-camped all over RI and MA.
  2. I can recite the entire pilot’s alphabet.
  3. I have a pet turtle.
Imagination on full blast. Playing dress-up with my older brother, Simon.
Imagination on full blast. Playing dress-up with my older brother, Simon.

*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 alex.braunstein@prx.org. I’ll make you my finest plastic fried egg.