I am an award-winning radio and podcast producer. Sometimes I also host.
Artwork by Lindsay Mound
In the 1980s the ‘male exotic dancers’ of Chippendales were everywhere: on beefcake calendars and daytime TV, gyrating on stages across the world in their signature cuffs, and collars and spandex pants. But behind the powerful mullets, oiled pecs and g-strings stuffed with bills lies a much darker story.
With over one hundred hours of archival footage, sixty-plus interviews with investigators, co-conspirators, former dancers and the women who loved them, historian Natalia Petrzela exposes one of the great, sordid, unexamined stories in American culture.
Artwork by Dadu Shin
Julie: The Unwinding of the Miracle (2018) is a companion to Julie Yip-Williams' posthumous memoir. Julie was diagnosed with cancer, and decided to observe her own death. This series documents her experience.
Hear a piece I produced about Julie for NPR's All Things Considered.
Going Through It (Season 1, 2018) is a series produced in partnership with Pineapple Street Media and Mailchimp. Its first season was hosted by Ann Friedman and featured 14 women—like Samin Nosrat, Hillary Clinton, Cameron Esposito, Soledad O'Brien, and Ellen Pao—talking about a moment in their life when they had to decide whether to quit, or whether to keep going
Here are more podcasts I've worked on.
Here are a few episodes I'm particularly proud of.
Another Round — "Madam Secretary, What's Good?", October 12, 2015
Heben Nigatu & Tracy Clayton interview Hillary Clinton about Black Lives Matter, reparations, sexism in politics, TheGood Wife, squirrels, and so much more.
Another Round x WNYC's Only Human — "I Got Indian In My Family", April 19, 2017
In this collaborative episode, Tracy Clayton embarks on a journey to trace her African lineage and ends up dissecting the "I got Indian in my family" oral history that is so common in the American South.
Another Round — "shETHER", March 7, 2017
Pure Heben & Tracy in a deep interview with Remy Ma at the height of that Nicki Minaj beef.
Thirst Aid Kit — "Chris Evans (feat. Chris Evans)", January 11, 2018
Yes. Thirst Scholars Bim Adewunmi & Nichole Perkins ask the man himself why he's so damn hot.
Thirst Aid Kit — "Looney For Tunes", November 30, 2017
A very special guest (me) asks a very personal question about childhood cartoon bear crushes.
No One Knows Anything — "A Baggie Full of Jimmy Carter's Hair", October 29, 2016
Producer Meg Cramer and I took a look at how gender and race play into the way we talk about political hair—from scrunchies to combovers to very expensive haircuts. And we visited an unusual collection of presidential relics that includes hair clippings from George Washington and Jimmy Carter.
See Something Say Something — "Banned Together", Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 2017
A four-part series examining the nuances of Trump's immigration ban.
Women of the Hour — "Episode 2: Body", November 12, 2015
I produced a trio of hair stories that are sprinkled throughout the episode, featuring Hannah Giorgis, Meredith Talusan, and Rachel Fleit.
The Library — "Sasha Velour: America's Next Drag Superstar!", June 26, 2017
I got to interview my favorite drag queen/performance artist/activist/dog mom Sasha Velour, who was fresh off her RuPaul's Drag Race win.
Bonnie & Maude — "Slums of Beverly Hills 15-Year Reunion", April 24, 2013
From 2012-2015 I co-hosted this feminist film discussion show, and the highlight was reconvening Natasha Lyonne, director Tamara Jenkins, actor Kevin Corrigan, and DP Tom Richmond to discuss one of my all-time faves. Recorded live at 92YTribeca.