Announcing: 2017 Summer Full Spectrum Intensive

“The best thing about this program is being surrounded by people who love what they do, and who are obsessed with story and sound. It felt good to be a part of this small tribe of curious minds, everyone trying to fill up on ways to be better at their craft.”

Leila Day, Full Spectrum Summer 2016

May 22, 2017 — We’re excited to introduce you to the 14 producers, filmmakers, musicians, and artists chosen to attend AIR’s 2017 Summer Full Spectrum Storytelling Intensive. Selected from a competitive pool of applicants, these makers come from across the United States, Toronto, Nova Scotia, and Jerusalem. They are multimedia storytellers who have reported around the globe, on topics ranging from punk rock clubs to women’s health to criminal justice.

Isaac Kestenbaum and Josie Holtzman of “Frontier of Change” from Localore: Finding America are leading the charge in collaboration with oral historians, radio producers, art directors, number fanatics, composers, fiction producers—and then some. For one week in June, Full Spectrum students will learn new ways of storytelling from a roster of trailblazing instructors including N’Jeri Eaton (NPR), Sean Cole (“This American Life”), Alex Overington (“Radiolab”), Ann Heppermann (The Sarah Awards), and many more. 

Missed this round of Full Spectrum? Worry not! Keep your eyes peeled for our New Voices Scholarship, which will be open to applications in June.

Full Spectrum is held in collaboration with UnionDocs Center for Documentary Arts, with support from the New York Council on the Arts. Questions? Email tran@airmedia.org. 

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Mari Amend is a writer, artist, and activist based in San Francisco. Through her work, she seeks to connect the power of oral history with the magic of performance. Currently, she is the communications manager at The Crossroads, a nonprofit that works with homeless youth.

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Kalli Anderson is an award-winning freelance audio producer, filmmaker, and writer in Toronto. She makes radio documentaries for the CBC; her short films have screened in major festivals across North America; and she writes for a number of magazines and online publications. She also teaches multimedia reporting at Ryerson University.

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Annie Bartholomew is an Alaskan musician and Arts and Culture producer at KTOO Public Media in Juneau. She programs the 24-hour music station and NPR Affiliate KXLL 100.7 FM and interned at NPR Music’s “All Songs Considered.”

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Ann Bennett is an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker and multimedia producer with over twenty years of experience producing content for film, television, exhibition, educational, and interactive projects. Her credits include: PBS, WGBH, HBO, Showtime, History Channel, and numerous Non-Profits. Bennett is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and Harvard College.

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Laura Carlson is a freelance audio producer based out of Toronto, Ontario. She is the executive producer and host of “The Feast,” a podcast about great meals in history. She has taught history and classics at Queen’s University and the University of Oxford.

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Liam Elder-Connors is the Morning Edition producer at Vermont Public Radio. He’s produced and reported stories on topics ranging from state politics to punk clubs. He’s a native Vermonter and graduate of St. Michael’s College.

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Francella Fiallos is the programming and development director at the only campus radio station in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She has a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa. Her work has been featured on CBC Radio, AMARC, rabble.ca, and The Ottawa Citizen.

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Annie Gilbertson is an investigative reporter at KPCC in Los Angeles. She focuses on criminal justice and works on an investigative series about police shootings called “Officer Involved.” She joined KPCC as an education reporter, and her coverage of L.A. schools’ iPad deal contributed to the resignation of the superintendent.

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Jason Gots is a writer and podcast host, known for his podcast “Think Again,” one of iTunes’ Best Podcasts of 2015. He’s currently developing “THE IDEATORS,” a fiction comedy and non-fiction dramedy rolled into one show about people on a quest for the grand solution to all of life’s problems—most of which they’ve created for themselves.

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Carlee Kuhn is the Program Director and Executive Producer at KKWE 89.9fm Niijii Radio. She has worked at this independent community radio station going on five years. Kuhn also has a radio program called “As the Drum Beats.” She is very active in the communities served by KKWE.

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Audrey McGlinchy is a senior reporter at KUT, Austin’s NPR Station. She covers city council and how the policies they approve affect residents. Audrey holds degrees from Wesleyan University and the City University of New York. A native of rural Pennsylvania, her first job was on a farm.

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Roxanne Scott is a reporter at 89.3 WFPL, Louisville’s NPR member station. She has reported on significant topics from craft beer to shanty boats. She has also covered stories in Ghana, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo. A long, long time ago she was an elementary school teacher.

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Shaina Shealy has produced stories addressing identity and conflict transformation from Gaza City to Oakland. She has reported from Myanmar, Uganda, Bolivia, India, Israel and Palestine. Shaina’s work has been featured on PRI, NPR and Haaretz. She’s currently following her fascination with the intersection of religion and women’s health in Jerusalem.

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David Tatasciore is the lead engineer and studio manager at Heritage Radio Network, the world’s pioneer food radio station, broadcasting from two recycled shipping containers inside Roberta’s Pizza in Bushwick, Brooklyn. He is also a freelance mixing engineer, and co-producer of the fictional storytelling podcast “What’s the Story?”