WHYY’s The Pulse

The Pulse is a weekly hour-long science show air on Philadelphia’s WHYY. I’ve submitted short independently produced pieces to this wonderful program.

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For the episode Gut Feeling I pitched a story based off my experience living in South Korea. People talked about poop much more readily. It wasn’t as big of a deal as it is here and it made for a surprisingly charming story.

This piece was for the Hard To Measure episode. I went up to Ithaca New York to talk to some Cornell mathematicians about infinity. I naively thought it’d be easy to do: just tell a couple infinity facts and be done. But it was harder to understand and took some extra work trying to learn the basics of infinity theory.

For an episode on the science of policing I did a feature on the energy drink Bang. Caffeine has always been used by cops to get them through 12 hour shifts, especially night shifts, but Bang is a step up from your normal 80mg coffee. It’s 300mg’s of synthetic alchemy. Birthday Cake Bash is one flavor and it taste like it too.

TEETH! Here’s a piece I made for the episode The Hidden Lives of Dentists. What do dentists do to make the experience better? Does it have to (pardon the pun) like pulling teeth?

The Circus is Shutting Down

I made a short piece for Radio Free Brooklyn’s weekly politics show Objection to the Rule. It is an interview with The Muse Brooklyn’s Angela Butch. The Muse Brooklyn is a practice and event space for the circus arts. When the coronavirus hit, the space lost almost all their ability to make rent and quickly they defaulted on their lease. This piece is a walk through the empty space and is about what they will become. After the piece aired Angela made a slide show for the piece, which is wonderful because talking about the circus is fun, but seeing it is a whole other level.

KFAI’s Catalyst

Fake Children, Real Rent: The Story of Minnesota’s Largest Tenant Class-action is an hour-long radio documentary I made for the show Catalyst.

FAKE CHILDRENIn 2015 an innocuous tenants remedy action was taken against a negligent landlord. What should have been a run-of-the-mill settlement turned into something quite more interesting, and to the renters of Minneapolis, much more important.

Fake Children, Real Rent: The Story of Minnesota’s Largest Tenant Class-action follows the legal and human story of The Apartment Shop tenants and their landlord Stephen Frenz. Perjury, deceit, protests, and cats falling from ceilings … this seemingly boring story about rental licenses is surprisingly thrilling.

The photo is of tenants leader Venessa Del Campo Chacon with her child. by Steel Brooks

KFAI’s MinneCulture

MinneCulture is a program that airs on KFAI 90.3FM in Minneapolis/ St. Paul. It focuses on Minnesota history and culture. I was able to do a handful of stories for them before I moved out of state.

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are a rag-tag group of queer drag nuns. They trounce about the globe spreading joy and raising money. In this piece, Minneapolis’ chapter, The Ladies of the Lakes, perform drag for charity and attended an event where they themselves are being honored during 2019’s Pride month.

Using body slams and punches to raise money for a women’s shelter centered around Native women and families may sound strange, but it works! The Midwest All star Wresting Grand Slam was an incredible evening featuring legendary wrestlers, Native contenders, and quite a bit of money raised for the shelter Women of Nations.

In 1896 seven to ten-thousand kids were let out of school for the day to move a house. Why? It has to do with the founding of Minneapolis, a persistent journalist, and the timeless love of spectacle.

Public art can be known for being ostentatious, massive, and often too noticeable, but most public art strives to not be so brash. Some art is so well incorporated it goes unnoticed. Here’s a piece about two of my favorite hidden pieces of art. Recorded in the field at different stops on Minneapolis’s Lightrail train.

Many think of aerobics as a relic of times passed, but storyteller Steve Ray saw potential to create a new medium. Story Aerobics mixes exercise with narrative. The audience mimics two aerobic guides as they, and you, act out the motions of a classic myth or story.

Sister Brigid McDonald is a radical Catholic nun who for decades has been fighting for peace. Sister Brigid and her three biological sisters (All sisters of the church as well) have been in the fight so long they became inspirations for a play. Sisters of Peace tells their story with music and laughs as they fight the good fight against weapons manufacturing, the occupation of Palestine, and war in what form.



This show is on Radio Free Brooklyn. I’ve done it since July 2019. It’s a serious show with some rather fun people. Local, national, global news recaps.

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Lydia Howell, my radio mentor, hosts the long-running weekly politics and culture show Catalyst. It airs on Minneapolis’ community radio station KFAI. For most of 2019 she trusted enough to let me engineer, co-host, and produce segments for the show.

Check out this line up:

7/12: Celebrate Dissent. Final show • 7/5: Airing of my radio doc: Fake Children, Real Rent: The Story of Minnesota’s Largest Tenant Class Action. •  6/28 CAPI rep Ekta Prakash for World Refugee Day • 6/21: Molly Ladd-Taylor Author of Fixing the Poor: Eugenic Sterilization and Child Welfare in the Twentieth Century. • 6/14: MOVIE DAY. Interview with Graeme Stout, Ph.D. Senior Lecturer and Film Studies Coordinator. • 6/7 Raki kopernic poet and author of The Memory House. • Researcher Dr Brittany lewis on The illusion of Choice: Eviction and Profit in North Mpls. Also, a Feature from Your Eulogy, Thao Xiong and Jail. • 5/31 Interview with Alex Provan, Leilah Abdenabi, Kimberly Washington on the trip to Cuba with Pastors for Peace. Also, a feature on visual artist Ellen Sweetman. • 5/24 Andrea Ledger of NARAL prochoice MN. Interview with author Robin Marty Handbook for a Post-Roe America • 5/17 Sue Abderholden of NAMI-MN • 5/10 Mapping prejudice: Kirsten Delegarf, Denice pike, and Maggie Mills. An interview with Metro transit rep plus a feature on The Corpse Flower. • 5/3 No show. Cinco de Mayo. • 4/26 Dr Alice Rothchild on Israel and Palestine. Plus an interview/performance with Robert Dorfman Directory of Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company’s production of Shul and cast. • 4/12 Pat fearing. Saint Paul city council candidate and Legalize Now founder. Interview with Chris wright, Medical marijuana advocate and founder of Grassroots party in MN. • 4/5 Sarah Martin WAMM on Venezuela. Marcus Harcus Minnesota campaign for full legalization Hf717 • 3/29 Pledge Drive: Angela Davis excerpt, Your Eulogy excerpt, and Stu Henry from MN350. • 3/22 Womens’ Prison Book Project reps. Interview with The Cradle Will Rock cast members. Also, interview with performs from BLACK AND FUNNY IMPROV FEST. • 3/15 Pangea theater : Mother courage Director and cast. Interview with KEN PENTEL of ECOLOGY DEMOCRACY NETWORK talking about the GENUINE PROGRESS INDICATOR (GPI). • 3/8 Your Eulogy take over. All excerpt from my podcast. • 3/1 Human trafficking rep and CTUL workers rights advocate. • 2/22 UPRISING THEATRE’s Line of Sight play about school bullying & gun violence (w/ play’s director Shannon TL Kerns) Also, Interview with author MARTIN CASE talking about land theft from Indigenous people (Native Americans) explored in his new book The Relentless Business of Treaties • 2/15 10th MN CUBAN FILM FEST (w/Greg Klave). 2nd annual MNXMN Conference (w. Michelle Gross & Mary Currie) • 2/8 Cast of Medusa collaboration and play. Interview with IWW members on current state of Venezuela.