S A M  G R E E N S P A N
265 Alcatraz Ave #182 //
Berkeley, CA 94705 //
510.239.3826 //
sam@bellwether.show //
@samlistens //
samgreenspan.org //

Agent:
Danielle Svetcov //
Levine | Greenberg | Rostan //
dsvetcov@lgrliterary.com //

E X P E R I E N C E

Host & Creator // Bellwether // Oakland, CA // Jan 2017 - present
Bellwether is a forthcoming podcast of speculative journalism.
- Stay tuned

Managing Editor // The City // Oakland, CA & Chicago, IL // Nov 2017 - present
The City is an investigative journalism podcast from The USA Today Network with host Robin Amer.
- Hired as employee #1 and helped build the rest of the team
- Built and manages the show’s production pipelines
- Supervises and sets deadlines for host, two reporters, and two producers
- Voice-coaches narration
- Edits all scripts

Executive Producer // Ripe For Disruption // Oakland & Silicon Valley, CA // Nov 2017 - present
Ripe For Disruption is a limited-run vérité podcast documenting a food bank's journey to design and implement a ‘moonshot’ project to permanently end hunger in Silicon Valley.
- Helped envision the show from idea to air
- Created a production pipeline
- Hired and supervises the work of one producer. Trained three food bank employees in radio production and supervised their efforts gathering tape and writing scripts
- Edits and co-writes scripts
- Performs sound design and audio mixing
- Provides last pass on all episodes

Senior Producer (Temporary) // Stanford Storytelling Project // Stanford, CA // Nov 2017 - Apr 2018
The Stanford Storytelling Project trains Stanford University students in the craft of radio.
- Co-taught course, “Introduction to Podcast Storytelling” (ORALCOMM 127)
- Lead discussions and workshops on radio production
- Edited and line-produced one episode of SSP’s student podcast, State of the Human
- Mentored students in their radio work and academic pursuits

Managing Producer // 99% Invisible // Oakland, CA // Sep 2012 - Apr 2017
99% Invisible is a radio show about architecture and design with host Roman Mars.
- Became employee #1 to help transform a five-minute, bi-weekly local program into a weekly, feature-length podcast that routinely wins awards, tops charts, and enjoys a monthly audience of 3+ million
- Reported, edited, and produced long-form narrative journalism with immersive sound design
- Managed incoming pitches and production calendar
- Supervised junior staff and freelancers
- Assisted with growing the staff from a team of two to ten

Radio Reporter/Producer/Educator // Freelance // Bay Area/NYC/DC/Baltimore // 2008 - present
I freelance as a for-hire radiomaker, and teach others how to make radio.
- Reported and produced stories for All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, WAMU, WYPR, Pacifica Radio, and others. (Most recent freelance story: July 2017 for NPR’s Weekend Edition)
- Lead a one-week intermediate-level intensive on radio production at UnionDocs (Brooklyn, Aug 2017)
- Lead two 5-week beginner-level classes on radio production at The Writing Pad (San Francisco, Spring 2017)
- Consulted on show structure and production pipelines for various podcasts (2013, 2017)
- Lead a one-month intensive on radio production and audio ethnography at New College of Florida (Sarasota, FL, 2009)
- Designed and taught curricula on radio production to high school at the Latin American Youth Center Art + Media House, Radio Rootz, and Woodrow Wilson High School (Washington, DC, 2008-09)

Producer // Public Radio Remix // Oakland, CA // Sep 2012 - Jan 2014
Public Radio Remix is a 24/7 feed of radio stories airing on NPR stations, online, and on the PRX app.
- Helped program content for a 24/7 audio feed of radio stories from PRX
- Produced sound-rich promos to help solidify the sonic identify of the feed
- Developed relationships with an international network of producers

Production Assistant // NPR // Washington, DC // Feb 2010 - Jul 2012
NPR is the nation’s leading source of radio and online journalism.
- Helped pilot The TED Radio Hour as a founding producer
- Temped for All Things Considered (weekday & weekend), Morning Edition, Science Desk, and the Investigative Unit
- Helped manage news logistics at the Operations Desk

Volunteer // WSLR // Sarasota, FL // Aug 2004 - May 2008
WSLR is a 100-Watt community radio station serving Southwest Florida.
- Host of talk and music shows
- Member of Board of Directors (2007-08)
- Lobbied Congressional representatives to support Low-Power FM stations

Intern // Prometheus Radio Project // Philadelphia, PA // Summer 2006
Prometheus Radio Project is a non-profit organization that helps build community radio stations & supports public policy thereof.

- Helped assemble a grassroots network of activists working to build legal Low Power FM radio stations in Southeast Pennsylvania.
- Helped build KPCN, a community radio station broadcasting in Spanish and indigenous Mexican languages in Woodburn, Oregon.


F E L L O W S H I P S  /  R E S I D E N C I E S  /  G R A N T S

Institute For The Future
Fellow, 2018-19. Receiving institutional support towards creation of Bellwether.

Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency
Visiting Artist, August 2018. Will spend one month in the desert working on Bellwether.

Shuttleworth Foundation
Flash Grant, 2018. One-time contribution towards production of Bellwether.

 

A W A R D S

2016 // Webby Award: Best Podcast (for 99% Invisible)

2015 //  Third Coast International Audio Festival: Best Feature, Bronze Award (for “Structural Integrity,”     with Joel Werner and Roman Mars)

 

E D U C A T I O N

Goethe-Institut // San Francisco, CA
Coursework in German, 2014

USDA Graduate School // Washington, DC
Coursework in Brazilian Portuguese, 2012

Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University // Durham, NC
Advanced coursework in documentary radio, 2009-2011

New College of Florida // Sarasota, FL
Bachelor of Arts, Concentration in Anthropology (with Honors), 2008
Thesis: Radio Silence: Paradoxes in Audioethnography at Tallevast, Florida
        
Salt Institute for Documentary Studies // Portland, ME        
Certificate in Documentary Radio, 2006    


S E L E C T   B R O A D C A S T   H I S T O R Y

[From September 2012 through April 2017 I was a staff producer at 99% Invisible, during which time I had  an active role in reporting, producing, or other helping to build virtually every episode to air (180 in total). The following is a selection of stories from the show which I reported, wrote, produced, or otherwise had an primary role in shaping. All were edited by Roman Mars and/or Katie Mingle.]

“Plat of Zion.” 12 Dec 2016. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/plat-of-zion/
“Half A House.” 11 Oct 2016. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/half-a-house/
“Photo Credit.” 16 Aug 2016. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/photo-credit-negatives-bauhaus/
“America’s Last Top Model.” Reported by Ryan Kailath. 19 Jul 2016. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/americas-last-top-model/
“H-Day.” Reported with Will Coley. 7 Jun 2016. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/h-day/
“The Giftschrank.” 8 Mar 2016. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/h-day/
“The Ice King.” 2 Feb 2016. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/frozen-assets/
“Atmospherians.” 19 Oct 2015. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/atmospherians/
“Lawn Order.” 18 Aug 2015. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/lawn-order/
“Johnnycab (Automation Paradox, pt. 2).” 30 Jun 2015. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/johnnycab-automation-paradox-pt-2/
“Perfect Security.” 14 Apr 2015. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/perfect-security/
“Palm Reading.” 3 Mar 2015. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/palm-reading/
“Inflatable Men.” 2 Dec 2015. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/inflatable-men/
“Good Bread.” 22 Oct 2015. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/good-bread/
“Port of Dallas.” Reported by Julia Barton. 23 Sep 2014. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/port-of-dallas/
“Walk This Way.” 4 Aug 2014. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/walk-this-way/
“Ten Thousand Years.” Reported with Matt Kielty. 12 May 2014. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/ten-thousand-years/
“Structural Integrity.” Reported with Joel Werner. 15 Apr 2014. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/structural-integrity/
“U.T.B.A.P.H.” 25 Feb 2014. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/u-t-b-a-p-h/
“Future Screens Are Mostly Blue.” 20 Nov 2013. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/future-screens-are-mostly-blue/
“Revolving Doors.” Reported with Avery Trufelman. 6 Nov 2013. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/revolving-doors/
“I Heart NY, TM.” Reported with Mooj Zadie. 21 Aug 2013. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/episode-87-i-heart-ny-tm/
“Noble Effort.” Reported with Eric Molinsky. 29 Jul 2013. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/episode-85-noble-effort/
“Heyoon.” Reported by Alex Goldman. 2 Jul 2013. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/episode-83-heyoon/
“An Architect’s Code.” 28 May 2013. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/episode-80-an-architects-code/
“Game Changer.” Reported by Eric Mennel. 15 Apr 2013. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/episode-77-game-changer/
“The Modern Moloch.” Reported by Jesse Dukes. 4 Apr 2013. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/revolving-doors/
“Secret Staircases.” 21 Mar 2013. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/episode-75-secret-staircases/
“The Red Car Conspiracy.” Reported by Eric Molinsky. 11 Jan 2013. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/episode-70-the-great-red-car-conspiracy/
“In and Out of LOVE.” Reported by Andrew Norton. 23 Jan 2013. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/episode-71-in-and-out-of-love/
“Kowloon Walled City.” Reported by Nick van der Kolk. 19 Nov 2012. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/episode-66-kowloon-walled-city/
“Derelict Dome.” Reported by Katie Klocksin. 25 Oct 2012. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/episode-64-derelict-dome/
“A Series of Tubes.” 20 Sep 2012. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/episode-61-a-series-of-tubes/
“Names vs. The Nothing.” 6 Aug 2012. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/episode-60-names-vs-the-nothing/
“The Arsenal of Exclusion.” 4 Apr 2012. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/episode-51-the-arsenal-of-exclusion/
“The Bathtubs or the Boiler Room.” 26 Feb 2012. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/episode-48-the-bathtubs-or-the-boiler-room/
“Beauty Pill’s Immersive Ideal.” Reported with Roman Mars. 18 Jan 2012. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/episode-45-beauty-pill-immersive-ideal/
“The Accidental Music of Imperfect Escalators.” Reported with Roman Mars. 19 Dec 2012. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/episode-43-the-accidental-music-of-imperfect/
“The Two Fates of the Old East Portico.” Reported with Jess Schreibstein and John Asante. 5 Jun 2011. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/episode-24-the-two-fates-of-the-old-east-portico/


S E L E C T   P R I N T   H I S T O R Y

“Transparency Settings.” Logic Magazine (Issue 3: Justice). Winter 2017. Editor: Ben Tarnoff. https://logicmag.io/03-transparency-settings/
“Social Media Detox.” re:form. 13 Mar 2015. Editor: Sarah Rich. https://medium.com/re-form/social-media-detox-the-album-e341c6574bd
“Radio Producer as Flâneur.” Transom.org. 23 Aug 2013. Editor: Sam Broun. transom.org/2013/sam-greenspan/)


P R O J E C T S

Oakland Center for Radiophonic Arts (OCRA)
Founder & director of a new organization promoting listening culture in the Bay Area. In progress.

Youth Radio
Volunteer educator & mentor for high school students learning the craft of radio journalism. 2016-17.

YSLTF (‘You Should Listen To Fridays’)
Weekly newsletter recommending radio stories. 2014-present. tinyletter.com/ysltf

2 Miles of Telegraph
Ongoing photography project documenting the southernmost two-mile stretch of Telegraph Avenue in Oakland, California. 2013-present. 2milesoftelegraph.us

Megapolis Audio Festival 2015
Regional Coordinator for a volunteer-run DIY festival in Oakland and San Francisco celebrating the art of sound. 2013-15. megapolisaudiofestival.org
    
Social Media Detox
Essay & music album (with musician Matt Farley) about quitting social media for a month. 2015. tinyurl.com/farleyandgreenspan

HearNow
Organizer for a quarterly series inviting radio producers from around the world to share their work before a live audience at the Goethe-Institut in Washington, DC. 2011-12. hearnowradio.org

DC Listening Lounge
Core member of a monthly gathering of radio producers in the Washington, DC area. Helped organize yearly “Sound Scene” art installation. 2008-12. dclisteninglounge.org


T A L K S

2018 // Invited Speaker. Mozilla Foundation. San Francisco, CA
2017 // “Transparency Settings.” Reading at live event for Logic Magazine. San Francisco, CA
2017 //  Guest on Kamau Right Now! (live show with W. Kamau Bell on KALW). Oakland, CA
2016 // AIR Pitch Panel. Third Coast International Audio Festival, Chicago, IL
2015 // “Deconsecration: A Radio Sermon.” HearSay International Audio Arts Festival, Kilfinane, Ireland
2015 // “Telling stories of the built world.” Encuentro la Palabra, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2014 // Invited Speaker. Stanford Storytelling Project. Stanford, CA
2014 // Invited Speaker. UC-Berkeley School of Journalism. Berkeley, CA
2013 // Invited Speaker. UC-Berkeley School of Journalism. Berkeley, CA
2013 // “Radio Producer as Flâneur.” Megapolis Festival, New York, NY
2013 // Live presentation of 99% Invisible episode “Heyoon.” UnionDocs, Brooklyn, NY
2012 // Invited Speaker. UC-Berkeley School of Journalism. Berkeley, CA
2012 // Panelist. Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC), San Francisco, CA
2012 // Invited Speaker. Youth Radio, Oakland, CA


P R O F E S S I O N A L  O R G A N I Z A T I O N S

Association of Independents in Radio (AIR). 2006-present.
- Served as AIR Ambassador at Third Coast International Audio Festival in 2017

 

L A N G U A G E

Native in English, conversational in Spanish, previously conversational in Brazilian Portuguese, and beginner in German.


H O B B I E S

I enjoy rock climbing, impractically long walks, public transit, old movie theatres, science fiction, writing longhand in graph paper notebooks, and playing guitar and piano.