Announcing: Winter Full Spectrum Intensive Class of 2018

“More than inspiring, this experience gave me the tools and vision to bring my projects to fruition. This Full Spectrum gave me the confidence and support to realize my biggest audio dreams and bring them to life.” — Annie Bartholomew, Summer ‘17 FS class

Sixteen producers, journalists, educators, and artists have received spots in AIR’s Winter 2018 Full Spectrum Storytelling Intensive. They’re based all over the United States, from Aspen, Colorado, to Western Massachusetts. Their work spans science education, community organizing, police brutality coverage, sound design, and more. They’ve waded through swamps and designed theater costumes—one participant recently co-founded a storytelling conference for people of color.

The weeklong intensive, held in collaboration with UnionDocs Center for Documentary Arts and with support from the New York Council on the Arts, is led by 2014 New Voices Scholar Emanuele Berry, who will draw from her work with various shows at Gimlet Media including The NodUndone, and StartUp. She will head an interdisciplinary group of accomplished specialists to take you on a journey from storytelling to interactive design to composing. Our instructors come from RadioLabThis American LifeSerial, Gimlet Media, independent backgrounds, and beyond.

Questions? Contact Program Director Tran Vu at tran@airmedia.org.

Meet the Full Spectrum class of winter 2018!

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Chelsea Beck is an independent audio producer with a background in art. She’s currently working on stories that integrate sexuality and art from a feminist perspective.

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Kristen Bennett is an educator and multidisciplinary artist with experience working at all levels of education from K-12 to Higher Education. She has worked in theatre as an actor, costume and sound designer, teacher, and director for young audiences. She is currently the co-host/producer of the podcast, Your Fave is Problematic

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Jack D’Isidoro is the producer for Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill. His previous work has appeared in The Atlantic, WNYC, Public Radio International, New Hampshire Public Radio, PBS, Observer, City Limits, and DNAinfo. Jack received his M.A. in Journalism from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and lives in Brooklyn.

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Katherine Hernandez is a multimedia journalist based in Brooklyn. She was the 2017 Feet in 2 Worlds Food Journalism fellow and is pursuing a master’s degree in journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Her work has been published on NPR, PRI’s The World, Gothamist, and Edible Manhattan.

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Giulia L. Heyward splits her time working in radio, print and film as the News Producer for WSLR 96.5 LP-FM, an editorial intern at Sarasota Magazine, and as a production assistant for Saloon Media. A recent college graduate, she explores issues of marginalization and systemic discrimination in her work.

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Carolina Hidalgo produces visual journalism and multimedia stories at St. Louis Public Radio. She’s covered protests against police brutality, immigration issues and criminal justice reform efforts. She also serves as a mentor with NPR’s Next Generation Radio. Carolina is a former newspaper photojournalist and a native New Yorker.

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Ben James is a freelance audio and print journalist based in Western Massachusetts. His work has been published in The Atlantic and KROnline. His audio stories have aired on numerous New England stations. A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, Ben taught fiction writing at Hampshire College for five years.

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Courtney Kocak is a Los Angeles-based writer and host of the sex and love podcast Reality Bytes. She was a writer on Amazon’s Emmy-winning animated series Danger & Eggs. She’s recently had essays published in The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times

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Marci Krivonen is associate editor/producer for Public Programs at the Aspen Institute. Based in Aspen, Colorado, she works on communications for the annual Aspen Ideas Festival and produces the Institute podcasts, Aspen Ideas to Go and Aspen Insight. Previously, Marci worked as a journalist in public media.

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Véronique LaCapra grew up near Boston, daydreaming, playing in the street, and bringing home pet insects. As an “adult,” LaCapra has lived in a dozen states and on four continents. She has spent time wading in swamps, serving drinks, getting a Ph.D., regulating pesticides, and telling stories about science.

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Thomas Lu is a production assistant for Hidden Brain. He came to NPR in 2017 as an intern for the TED Radio Hour. Thomas has worked with How I Built ThisAll Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. Before NPR, he was a production intern for StoryCorps.

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Abby Madan interweaves sound and story to build empathy and cultivate community. Her work has featured on public radio stations, the podcast network Canadaland, transom.org, and in museum exhibits. She produces Historically Queer, a podcast about QTPOC activists throughout the decades. She co-created Amplify, the storytelling conference for people of color.

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Kate Sokol is a designer and researcher focusing on creative science communication. Her work considers the human dimension of technological innovation through a variety of media, including visual art, sound, and curriculum design. She has produced audio, video, and developed educational resources with WGBH/NOVA, NASA, and the Museum of Science, Boston.

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Zach St. Louis is the co-host and co-producer of Aspen Insight, the podcast from the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan organization in Washington, DC. Before moving to the nation’s capital, Zach attended the University of Pennsylvania. He is from the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York and loves skiing and theatre.

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David Sutrin is a freelance music producer, sound designer, and podcast producer from Toronto, Ontario. He recently earned his B.A. in Radio and Television at Ryerson University and is now focused on developing unique forms of audio storytelling informed by innovative sound design and editing approaches.