Soho Rep’s second FEED event for LIFE AND TIMES looked at the theme of The Everyman, through the medium of radio. We were joined by two of radio’s best: Julie Burstein, creator of “Studio 360” and guest host of “The Leonard Lopate Show”; and by Brian Reed, a producer on “This American Life”. These two consumate radio professionals talked about how stories are found and how Brian captures the unique stories his “real life” American guests relay. All of these ideas were filtered through Brian and Julie’s experience watching LIFE AND TIMES.
JULIE BURSTEIN (Moderator) is a writer, radio host and producer. Julie Burstein is the creator and founding executive producer of Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, which won a Peabody Award in 2004. For twenty-five years, Julie has developed, produced, and directed award-winning radio programs such as the nationally broadcast series AT&T Presents Carnegie Hall Tonight, Time Warner Presents The New York Philharmonic, LIVE!, and Riverwalk, Live from the Landing. Julie is noted for her talents in developing engaging new entertainment programming, her skill at helping talent from other media become effective radio personalities, her leadership of creative teams, and for her on-air presence as a host of music and talk shows for both commercial and non-commercial radio. In addition to extensive experience developing and producing weekly series and documentary specials, Julie Burstein was the first arts reporter for WHYY-FM in Philadelphia. Throughout her career, Julie Burstein has been dedicated to exploring and presenting a broad range of culture on radio. She has directed live jazz performances on Riverwalk: Live from the Landing, produced Mostly Meshugah! The Music and Comedy of Mickey Katz, hosted by Katz’s son Joel Grey, and reported stories for public radio news and information programs on everything from the contemporary sculpture of Jonathan Borofsky to the art of making Easter Peeps and Bunnies. Julie Burstein graduated cum laude from Wesleyan University and was the recipient of an Asian Cultural Council Arts Fellowship for study in Japan, 1988-1989. Her work has received numerous awards, including two Peabody Awards.
BRIAN REED is a producer at This American Life. Before joining the TAL staff, Brian was a producer at StoryCorps and also worked as a reporter for NPR, WNYC, and KPLU in Seattle. He got his start in radio as an NPR Kroc Fellow, reported for NPR’s foreign desk as their first Above the Fray Fellow, and won a Third Coast silver award for the TAL story “What Happened at Dos Erres.”