CONTRIBUTORS

Jonathan Miller, Executive Producer

Jonathan Miller has been executive director of Homelands Productions since 2006. As a freelance journalist, he has reported from Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South America, the Middle East, and North America for NPR, Marketplace, Monitor Radio, BBC, CBC, VOA, Radio Netherlands, and Radio Deutsche Welle, and has written for The New Yorker, LIFE, Condé Nast Traveler, Parents, American Way, Christian Science Monitor, Far Eastern Economic Review, and many other publications. He was executive producer of Food for 9 Billion, a multi-platform series about the challenge of feeding the world, as well as of the WORKING series about the day-to-day experience of work in the global economy, airing on Marketplace. Prior to that, Jon was editorial director of Think Global, the 2005 Public Radio Collaboration on globalization, involving more than 300 stations and 30 national shows. For 13 years he lived and worked in the Philippines and Peru. In addition to his journalism, he has worked as a consulting writer and editor for several international development institutions.

Sandy Tolan, Senior Collaborating Producer

Sandy Tolan is co-founder of Homelands Productions. Since 1982, he has produced dozens of documentaries and features for NPR, Public Radio International, American Public Media, and other public radio outlets. Much of his focus has been on land, water, natural resources, and indigenous affairs in the US, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Central Europe, the Middle East, and South Asia. He is currently working on a book about music, hope, and the struggle for independence in Palestine. Sandy is the author of The Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East (Bloomsbury, 2006), based on his award-winning documentary for NPR's Fresh Air about a Palestinian man and a Jewish woman whose families lived in the same house before and after the founding of Israel. The book won a Christopher Award for "affirming the highest values of the human spirit" and was Booklist's "Editor's Choice" for best adult non-fiction book of 2006. It was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His first book, Me and Hank (Free Press, 2000), is an exploration of heroes and race relations in America through the experience of baseball slugger Hank Aaron. Sandy's radio programs have won numerous awards, including three from the Overseas Press Club, the DuPont-Columbia Silver Baton, three Robert F. Kennedy awards for reporting on the disadvantaged, a Harry Chapin World Hunger Year award, and a United Nations Gold Medal award. Sandy is an associate professor of journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California.

Alan Weisman, Senior Collaborating Producer

Alan Weisman's latest book, Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?, was published in September 2013 by Little, Brown and Company. The book looks at population growth and the planet's carrying capacity. His previous book, the New York Times best-seller The World Without Us (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2007), was named book of the year by TIME magazine and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Alan's writing has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Audubon, Mother Jones, and Condé Nast Traveler, and his radio reports been heard on NPR and PRI. He is also the author of An Echo In My Blood (1999); Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World (1998); La Frontera: The United States Border With Mexico (1986); and We, Immortals (1979). Alan has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Colombia, a writer-in-residence in the Dominican Republic, a fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times Magazine. Along with many radio awards shared with his Homelands colleagues, he has received numerous awards for his writing, including the Social Inventions Award from the London-based Global Ideas Bank.

Cecilia Vaisman, Senior Collaborating Producer

A co-founder of Homelands Productions, Cecilia Vaisman has created radio features and documentaries from Central and South America, the Caribbean, South Asia, and the USA. Cecilia has been co-executive producer for Homelands' World Views series and senior producer for Vanishing Homelands and Searching for Solutions. She also served as project director of the Spanish and Portuguese language versions of Searching for Solutions. Born in Argentina and raised and educated in the United States, Cecilia created Argentina's first radio documentary news program for Radio América in Buenos Aires. After five years in Cuba and a year as a Visiting Fellow at the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the Univerisity of Notre Dame, she joined the staff of Chicago Public Media (WBEZ) as project editor overseeing coverage of the Great Lakes region. She now teaches audio documentary at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Cecilia has received the Clarion Award, Armstrong Award, and National Federation of Community Broadcasters' Golden Reel Award, as well as two Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards for reporting on the disadvantaged.

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Chris Brookes

Chris Brookes is an independent radio producer whose programs have been heard in the US, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, England, The Netherlands, and Canada. His documentaries have have won more than 30 awards, including the Peabody, Gabriel, Gracie, Armstrong, United Nations, Third Coast Festival/Robert H. Driehaus, and New York Radio Festival Grand awards in the US; Prix Italia, Prix Marulic, and Prix Europa Special Commendations for Documentary in Europe; and Canada's Atlantic Journalism Award, ACTRA Nellie, CAJ Best Investigative Journalism, and CBC President awards. He is also an author, television writer, and playwright, and has taught documentary feature-making and storytelling at festivals and workshops across North America and Europe. Chris currently directs the production company Battery Radio, with studios at the bottom of the cliff where Marconi received the first trans-Atlantic wireless message in St. John's, Newfoundland.

Frank Browning

Frank Browning is a former staff reporter for NPR who continues to specialize in issues of science and society. He is also the author of six books: An Apple Harvest: Recipes & Orchard Lore with Sharon Silva (1999); Apples: The Story of the Fruit of Temptation (1998), A Queer Geography (1999), The Culture of Desire (1993), The American Way of Crime with John Gerassi (1980), and The Vanishing Land (1975). His newspaper and magazine articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Newsday, New York Times, Health, Mother Jones, Playboy, and Tikkun. He divides his time between Paris, France, and eastern Kentucky, where he is co-owner of an apple orchard.

Allan Coukell

Allan Coukell has been an award-winning radio reporter, producer, and host. A native of Canada, he founded the weekly Radio New Zealand science program Eureka! in 1999. His documentaries have been broadcast in New Zealand, Australia, and the US, and worldwide on Radio Netherlands International. He has also contributed to the BBC World Service, The Economist, and New York Times, and has taught broadcast journalism at the university level. He has worked as a clinical pharmacist and as a science reporter for WBUR in Boston.

Julian Crandall Hollick

Julian Crandall Hollick is an award-winning producer of radio documentaries and founder of Independent Broadcasting Associates, whose mission is "to bring better understanding of non-American cultures to American audiences." His radio series include The World of Islam, Passages to India, Letters from Jitvapur, Apna Street, Monsoon, Sadak Chhap, and Ganga. He has written on European politics, Islam, and India for newspapers, academic journals, and magazines, including Smithsonian Magazine and Arabia.

Kate Davidson

Kate Davidson is the Michigan reporter with Changing Gears, a public radio project about the transformation of the industrial Midwest. Prior to picking up the economic beat, she worked as a producer at NPR, primarily on Weekend All Things Considered. During the reporting and production of "Saints and Indians," Kate lived in Flagstaff, Arizona. "Saints and Indians" received the 2006 Edward R. Murrow Award for best national news documentary from the Radio-Television News Directors Association. For her reporting on the Indian Student Placement Program, Kate was named a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists.

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Reese Erlich

Reese Erlich began his career in journalism in the 1960s as an investigative reporter for the magazine Ramparts. He reports regularly for NPR, CBC, ABC (Australia), Radio Deutsche Welle, and The World, as well as several newspapers. He was a contract correspondent for Common Ground Radio, a weekly public radio show covering international affairs. Reese is the author of The Iran Agenda: The Real Story of U.S. Policy and the Middle East Crisis (2007) and, with Norman Solomon, Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn't Tell You (2003). He has produced many radio documentary series, including Perspectives in Jazz, The Iran Project, and The Russia Project.

Jason Felch

Jason Felch is a staff reporter for the Los Angeles Times, where he specializes in investigative journalism. Before joining the Times, he reported on Latin America, petroleum and other issues for a number of outlets, including the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, and FRONTLINE/World.

Vera Frankl

Vera Frankl produced hundreds of news reports, features, documentaries, and documentary series for the BBC, NPR, CBC, Deutsche Welle, and Radio Netherlands. She reported from all over Europe and from India, where she covered the Bhopal disaster and the aftermath of Indira Gandhi's assassination. She won a silver medal at the New York Radio Festival for her documentary "Autumn Leaves," a family love story set in the Hungarian revolution. Her Special Assignment for the BBC on Algeria was short-listed for an Amnesty Award. Her articles appeared in The Guardian, Le Monde, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Toronto Globe & Mail, and various magazines in Britain and the US. She also worked as NPR's Europe reporter, and as a senior writer for the BBC World Service. Vera passed away in London in December 2012.

Deborah George

Deborah George is an independent producer, editor, and reporter. Her career has taken her to Asia, Africa, and South America; she has covered the Rwandan genocide, the war in Sierra Leone, the politics of biotechnology, and the AIDS epidemic. She was with NPR for 15 years, as producer of Weekend Edition Sunday and as an editor and producer on the Arts, National, Foreign, and Cultural Desks. She produced several special series for NPR's news magazines and was the network's first liaison for independent producers. She was also the senior editor of American RadioWorks, producing documentaries and investigative reports for public radio. Since 1996, Deb has edited the RadioDiaries series with independent producer Joe Richman. She has received numerous awards, including the duPont Columbia Gold and Silver Batons, the Robert F. Kennedy Award, and the Casey Award for reporting on children. "Saints and Indians," which she edited, received the 2006 Edward R. Murrow Award for best national news documentary from the Radio-Television News Directors Association. It was Deb's second Murrow Award.

Nancy Hand

Nancy Hand is a reporter/producer for Arizona Illustrated, a nightly television news magazine produced by Tucson's PBS affiliate, KUAT-TV, and co-host of KUAT's bilingual news and entertainment program, Reflexiones Domingo. Her articles have appeared in National Catholic Reporter, Recycling International, Coast Weekly, and Tucson Weekly. She has lived in El Salvador and Spain, and has worked as a Spanish interpreter for the US State Department and the federal courts.

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María Hinojosa

María Hinojosa is senior correspondent for the PBS program NOW and host of NPR's Latino USA, a weekly program reporting on news and culture in the Latino community. Born in Mexico City, she is a magna cum laude graduate of Barnard College, where she majored in Latin American studies, political economy and women's studies. From 1997 to 2005 she was a New York-based correspondent for CNN. Prior to that, María spent six years at NPR as a general assignment correspondent. She has written two books and has won numerous awards for her radio and television work.

Lorne Matalon

Lorne Matalon is a reporter for The World, a daily international affairs program jointly produced by the BBC World Service, WGBH in Boston, and Public Radio International. He has reported for The World from Mexico, the US-Mexico border, and Venezuela. Prior to reporting for The World, he was reporter and host at WUNC in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He has filed for NPR's Morning Edition, Marketplace, CBC Radio, and Radio Canada International. His television documentary examining slavery in Sudan was nominated for an Emmy, and he has also reported and produced television documentaries in Brazil and Africa. He is a contributor to National Geographic's Ethnosphere Project, an initiative that documents cultures around the world, and to National Geographic's online news service.

Victoria Mauleón

Victoria Mauleón is a documentary radio and film producer based in San Francisco. Her first radio piece, "Panorama, Texas," which chronicled a Mexican-American family's efforts to bring running water to their colonia outside El Paso, Texas, aired on NPR's Latino USA. Her production company Wide Angle Pictures recently completed a film that follows four African-American students at UC Berkeley. She is currently producing a cooking series for Spanish language television.

Marianne McCune

As a staff reporter for WNYC, Marianne McCune has focused on immigrant communities and law enforcement issues in New York and New Jersey. She has also reported from Burndi, Ethiopia, Haiti, Pakistan and Mexico. She won the Daniel Schorr Journalism Award in 2003 for her report following Pakistani deportees back to Pakistan. She has also received awards from the New York Press Club, New York State AP Broadcasters Association, Newswomen's Club of New York, and Public Radio News Directors, Inc. Marianne founded Radio Rookies, a project that trains New York teenagers to report and produce their own pieces. Among the Rookies' awards are a George Foster Peabody Award, Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the Casey Medal and two Third Coast Audio Festival awards.

Karen Michel

Karen Michel is a longtime "sound designer, sound junkie, and producer of radio documentaries, features, and experiments in transient work for the ears." A regular contributor to the NPR news magazines, she has won many major awards and fellowships, and spends much of her time teaching at radio stations, colleges, and institutions around the country.

Chris Raphael

Chris Raphael began his career covering crime and courts for a small newspaper in Northern Virginia. In 2002 he helped launch The Big Story, an annual magazine that critiqued media coverage, and served as the magazine's first managing editor. A graduate of the UC Berkeley graduate school of journalism, Chris was named a FRONTLINE/World fellow in May 2003, and has reported for NPR, Diversion magazine, and other media organizations. He now lives in San Francisco, where he works as an editor covering environmental and energy topics in California, including renewable energy, global warming, emissions credit fraud, and nuclear waste disposal.

Melissa Robbins

Melissa Robbins has worked as an independent producer and as an associate producer with The Kitchen Sisters, Homelands Productions and WNYC's Radio Rookies. She has produced pieces for NPR, Third Coast Audio Festival and the Holocaust Memorial Museum, and reported for the BBC World Service. Prior to radio, Melissa worked as a newspaper reporter in London and New York City. She was an associate producer of Worlds of Difference, handling the bulk of the production duties for the special hours.

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Dmae Roberts

Dmae Roberts is a two-time Peabody award-winning independent radio artist and writer who has written and produced more than 400 audio art pieces and documentaries for NPR and PRI programs. Her work is often autobiographical or about cross-cultural peoples and is informed by her biracial identity. Her Peabody award-winning documentary "Mei Mei, a Daughter's Song" is a harrowing account of her mother's childhood in Taiwan during WWII. Her most recent project has been Crossing East, the first Asian American history series on public radio which just garnered a Peabody award. The eight-hour series took three years to produce and ran on more than 230 stations around the country. She received the Dr. Suzanne Award for Civil Rights and Social Justice from the Asian American Journalists Association and was one of 50 artists around the country to be selected recently for the 2007 United States Artists (USA) Fellowship. Other awards include the Peabody, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism award, the Casey Medal, the United Nations Silver award, two Clarion Awards, two Heart of America awards, and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Award.

Tatiana Schreiber

Tatiana Schreiber has worked as an independent radio producer since 1984. Her documentary series Places Like This: Women in Prison, and Other Colors: Stories of Women Immigrants received a NFCB Golden Reel award, two Clarion Awards, and a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. Tatiana has produced more than 100 feature pieces for NPR, BBC, Latin File, Horizons, Monitor Radio, Living on Earth, Crossroads, Artbeat, The Cultivated Gardener, Common Ground Radio, and other outlets. In recent years her focus has been on agriculture, the environment, and Latin America. She recently completed a doctoral degree in Environmental Studies, looking at cultural pluralism in relationship to the environment, through the stories of the indigenous and mestizo coffee farmers of Chiapas. She is also a part-time farmer, raising and selling organic produce in Vermont.

Elif Shafak

Novelist, journalist, and teacher Elif Shafak was born in France and spent her teenage years in Spain before returning to her native Turkey. After earning a Ph.D. in political science, Elif went to the US, where she worked as a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan and an assistant professor of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona. She has taught courses on "Ottoman History from the Margins," "Turkey & Cultural Identities," "The Queer in the Middle East," "Literature and Exile," "Politics of Memory," and "Sexualities and Gender in the Muslim World." She now lives in Istanbul. Among her novels are The Bastard of Istanbul (2007) and The Saint of Incipient Insanities (2004).

 

BOARD OF ADVISORS

Bill McKibben is an environmentalist and writer. His books include Deep Economy, Enough, The End of Nature, The Age of Missing Information, and Hope, Human and Wild.

Wade Davis is an ethnobotanist and anthropologist and an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. He is author of several books, including The Serpent and the Rainbow (1986) and Light at the End of the World (2001). He is co-editor of Book of Peoples of the World (2008).

Michael Hardt is a political philosopher at Duke University who specializes in political, legal, economic, and social aspects of globalization. He is co-author, with Antonio Negri, of the books Empire (2001) and Multitude (2004).

Richard Chase Smith is a cultural anthropologist who has been working with Amazonian peoples since the 1960s. He is founder and director of the Instituto del Bien Común (Institute for the Common Good) in Lima, Peru.

Billie Jean Isbell is a cultural anthropologist who specializes in gender, peace and reconciliation, and social movements in Latin America. Now retired from teaching, she is former director of the Latin American Studies Program at Cornell University.

Julian Crandall Hollick is a radio producer and founder of Independent Broadcast Associates. He is the creator of many documentary series, including Ganga, Passages to India, and World of Islam.

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Last updated 4 August 2008

 

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