All Things Considered airs “Why Music Matters”

This segment was perhaps my favorite segment EVER On NPR, and that from a very long time listener. Big words, but I’m saying them. Bravo NPR. Truly spectacular segment.

— commenter “William K” on the story, “Finding Hope, With The Cranberries’ Help”

I was honored that Weekend’s on All Things Considered picked up the series I produced for KEXP, and even surprised one interviewee with a phone call from his favorite artists. Find the stories at

Why Music Matters: Stories about the Power of Music

KEXP and AIR (The Association of Independents in Radio) present a new series that demonstrates the power of music through intriguing personal stories ranging from an astronaut, teenager, surgeon, dancer, Yoruba priest and more.

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I produced these stories as AIR’s Live Interactive Resident for Fall 2010.
Editorial oversight by Kevin Cole. Engineering help by Matt Ogaz. Live Interactive is a collaboration of KEXP and AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio with financial support from AIR members worldwide,, and the National Endowment for the Arts which believe a great nation deserves great art.

In Burkina Faso, Women’s Day Commemoration Draws Attention to Cotton Industry

March 8 is International Women’s Day, a national holiday in Burkina Faso. One way of celebrating is by making new clothes from Women’s Day cloth that is designed with a new pattern every year.

Burkina Faso is Africa’s largest cotton producer, but the cloth reveals contradictions in the country’s biggest industry.

Originally aired on Voice of America March 7, 2010, and on Free Speech Radio News.

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Galamsey: Will Work for Gold

Driving outside Prestea, in western Ghana, you might wonder about the makeshift tents lining the roadside, or what the black grime on the ground is, or why there are so many women selling food in such a random-looking place.
But if you went to the area’s chief and got permission to enter the camp, you would see that it’s not a shanty-town but a profitable small business, run by local entrepreneurs.

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