Robyn Semien has been with This American Life for 7 years-- initially as an associate editor on the television series and as a radio producer since. Prior to working at This American Life, Robyn was a freelance video editor, among her credits (2007) Manda Bala, and (2011) Kumare. Her years as a freelancer include stints at TIME Magazine (Picture Department), Fast Company, and a year teaching high school in a juvenile detention center in the Bronx.
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Harper High School: Parts I and IIApril 10, 2014 by Julie Snyder, Ben Calhoun, Alex Kotlowitz, Linda Lutton, Robyn Semien, Ira Glass
This stark two-part radio series follows students, school staff and families as they confront and cope with the deeply disruptive impact of gun violence on their everyday lives. The series offers revelatory insights into gang geography, youth culture, the corrosive impact of trauma and the overwhelming limitations to stemming the tide of violence. Judges called “Harper High School” “profoundly moving” and “extraordinarily comprehensive and compassionate” in its complexity. Originally broadcasted on NPR in February 2013.
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