About Our Producers & Staff

Transistor is a project of PRX, and is brought to you by PRX Chief Content Officer John Barth and PRX Content Coordinator Genevieve Sponsler. Producer Josh Swartz mixes episodes for Transistor. Our intro theme was created by Erika Lantz.

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Photo by Ben Wall, ©2014

Lauren Ober (producer for Michelle Thaller) is a reporter/producer for WAMU 88.5 FM in Washington, D.C. Her radio work about stuff like Senate bean soup, Persian dodgeball, shady landlords and draft horse farming has been heard on NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition, PRI’s The World, 99% Invisible, UnFictional, Only A Game and the BBC, among other outlets. Her radio stories have garnered some honors, including a 2013 PRNDI Award and a regional Edward R. Murrow Award. Then there was that time she won an Emmy. Lauren is a proud graduate of the Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole, Mass.

Julie Burstein (producer for Wendy Suzuki) is a Peabody Award-winning producer, TED speaker, and best-selling author who has spent her working life in conversation with highly creative people – interviewing, probing, guiding, and creating live events and public radio programs about them and their work. In her book Spark: How Creativity Works, she maps out some of the coordinates and dimensions of creativity through stories about contemporary writers, artists, film directors, dancers, architects, and musicians. Julie is the host and producer of Spark Talks at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and creative consultant for TEDxMet, the first TEDx at an art museum. Her TED talk, Four Lessons in Creativity, has been seen by more than one million viewers. Julie is the creator and founding executive producer of Studio 360, public radio’s premiere program about creativity and the arts, and she frequently speaks about creativity at universities, corporations, and international forums.

Kerry Donahue (producer for Christina Agapakis) is a freelance radio producer whose work has been heard on NPR, WNYC, WBGO, Marketplace and Weekend America. Between June 2007 and January 2011, she worked at WNYC as Executive Producer of Special Projects, serving various roles, including Executive Producer of Pop & Politics with Farai Chideya, a series of specials focused on the 2010 midterm elections, and as part of the team that launched The Takeaway in 2008, a new national morning news program produced by WNYC and PRI with The New York Times, the BBC World Service, and WGBH Boston. Prior to New York Public Radio, she was a Producer of Original Content at Audible, the leading site for downloadable premium audio content. She has also covered Essex County, New Jersey as a part-time reporter at WBGO Radio in Newark.

Sruthi Pinnamaneni (producer for Christina Agapakis) is an independent producer based in Brooklyn. She likes to make radio about poison squads, pop-up books and bands that plays molecules. Her stories have aired on Marketplace, Studio 360, Reply All (Gimlet Media), and Freakonomics. As an audio/video correspondent at The Economist, she traveled through India to produce a special report on the informal economy in slums. Sruthi graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.