Skilled in working independently and in teams to produce informative and engaging audio storytelling. Effective writer and editor for print and web. Founding producer of 4 podcasts and a radio show.
A handful of courts have started to treat people charged with prostitution differently from the rest of the system. Their goal is not to punish the women, but to help them heal from the trauma that often lead them to the streets and holds them there. The CATCH program in Columbus, Ohio, supervised by Judge Paul Herbert, runs one of the most comprehensive programs in the country for victims of sex trafficking. Program graduate Stephanie Rollins, a victim of childhood sexual assault and a former drug user who sold sex to support her addiction, tells the story of her transformation.
An episode of my original podcast LADYPARTS: Taking a Wide View on Women's Health. Two midwives from different backgrounds make cases for how better integration of midwifery into the US medical system could help lower the country's high rate of maternal mortality, cut down on unnecessary interventions, and make birth a more dignified, healthier experience for moms.
This episode of NEXT, the radio show about New England won a 2018 award for best news/public affairs program from the Public Media Journalists Association.
In Vermont, suicides account for 89 percent of gun-related deaths. Why is that percentage so high, and what’s being done to lower the risk? (Interview produced by me) And we explore the wide variety of accents that color the speech of New Englanders and how those sounds are changing (produced by me). Finally, we visit a summer camp with a colonial flair (reported and produced by me).
American canna-food culture has gone way beyond the pot brownies of the past; now we can wake up to sinsemilla-syrup on our pancakes, dress our salads with pot-infused oil, and even sprinkle a little THC on our ice cream sundaes.
In this episode of Different Leaf: the Podcast, host Brit Smith talks to cannabis chef Lianne Whalen, who heads an all-female staff in the kitchen of Cultivate; the first marijuana dispensary to sell to recreational customers on the East Coast. I did the editing and mixing.
For this episode, I produced a discussion between two women from an affluent Western Massachusetts town, two from Kentucky coal country, and guest host Shannon Dooling. The women were part of a project to bridge the political divide between these two communities. Topics included the election of Donald Trump, immigration and rural economies. Listen at 13:05.
I also reported on an exhibition at the Boston Center for the Arts about the business of art-making. My feature incorporates insights from curator Lucas Spivey and selections from his podcast "Culture Hustlers." Listen at 41:00
The scene of a heroin overdose is familiar to Michelle Hodge, a patrol officer on the Near Westside of Indianapolis: someone lying blue and unconscious on the floor, a very faint heartbeat, long pauses between breaths, and the family in a panic, begging her help. Until last spring, all she could do when she arrived was monitor the pulse and wait for an ambulance to arrive.
Then last April, the officers in Hodge’s district received a supply of naloxone, also referred to b...
Spiritual teacher Kristina Luce (aka Anandi) joins Erik and Kim to discuss developing a meditative practice in our fast-paced world. The conversation touches on reconciling science with spirituality, the power of mantras, and of course, meditation. I produced this episode for Healing is in Your Hands, hosted by Erik Harris and Kim Fleck.
Indiana is focusing resources on some of the state’s most vulnerable communities to address a major health inequity. Earlier this month, Governor Mike Pence signed legislation to authorize $13.5 million over the next two years to a grant program aimed at reducing infant mortality, a problem which disproportionately affects African Americans. The program, called Protecting Indiana’s Newborns, or Safety PIN, is the latest in a series of state initiatives to address Indiana’s infant mortality rate.
The American Fitness Index ranked Indianapolis last out of the 50 largest cities. Indianapolis has limited resources to make changes, but grassroots efforts are working to create walkable communities.
In 2013, Niki Quasney was a stay-at-home mom to a two year-old and a three month-old in Munster, Indiana. Her partner, Amy Sandler, carried and gave birth to both girls through donor insemination. But this was before same-sex marriage was legalized in the United States. And because Niki and Amy couldn't get married, Niki had to legally adopt the children. I reported this story for WFYI Indianapolis Public Radio as part of a series on Constitutional rights in the lives of people in Indiana.
Guest Drew Greene is a business major at Northeastern University, a United States Marine, a former medical marijuana patient, and a current recreational consumer. He also happens to be married to host Brit Smith! Drew reports back from his surreal trip to the Comcann dispensary in Millis this week. Plus, Drew and Brit discuss the effect of COVID-19 on Massachusetts' cannabis businesses and consumers, and Brit brings us the latest New England cannabis news. I edited and mixed this episode of Different Leaf: the Podcast, hosted by Brit Smith. I also wrote the show notes.
An episode of my original podcast LADYPARTS: Taking a Wide View on Women's Health. Guest Ariel Vegosen is a gender inclusivity trainer and sex educator who is proud to be kinky, queer, and genderblended. No matter your gender identity, Ariel says expanding your understanding of gender benefits everyone. Andrea and Ariel discuss life beyond the gender binary, femininity, polyamory, self-love, strap-on sex and more. February 2019
From Darkness to Light - Recovery Through Sound Healing by Healing is in your hands - Empower yourself through holistic healing
I edited and mixed this episode of Healing is in Your Hands, Empower Yourself Through Holistic Healing, hosted by Erik Harris and Kim Fleck. Kelvin Young is a sound healer and has been in recovery from alcohol and drugs for over ten years. When Kelvin discovered sound healing it had a profound effect on his life. He has since studied sound healing with master sound healers, studied holistic stress management, and obtained a recovery coach certification.
An episode of my original podcast LADYPARTS: Taking a Wide View on Women's Health. The reproductive disorder endometriosis affects one in ten women. It can cause debilitating periods, pelvic pain and infertility. Endometriosis is most often treated with birth control pills or or surgery. But this summer, the FDA approved the first ever medication formulated specifically to treat this disease. Yet expert disagree on its efficacy. And with a price tag of $1000 a month, is Orilissa worth it?