January 01, 2015

About the show:

Innovation Hub features today's most creative thinkers - from authors to researchers to business leaders. It explores new avenues in education, science, medicine, transportation, and more. Guests have included Michael Pollan, Sal Khan, Marissa Mayer, Clayton Christensen, Jared Diamond, Paul Farmer, Sherry Turkle, and Brian Greene.

About Kara Miller:

Kara Miller is the host and executive editor of Innovation Hub, which she launched in 2011. PRI took the program national in May, 2014. Kara also contributes to “The Takeaway,” a national radio program hosted by John Hockenberry, WGBH’s “Morning Edition,” and “Greater Boston,” which airs on Boston’s PBS station.

As a host, Kara has interviewed Tom Friedman, Sherry Turkle, Jared Diamond, Sal Khan, David Pogue, and Marissa Mayer, among others. Her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, The National Journal, The Boston Herald, TheAtlantic.com, The Huffington Post, and The International Herald Tribune. Kara holds a Ph.D. from Tufts and a B.A. from Yale.

• Follow Kara on Twitter: @karaemiller.

About the staff:

Mary Dooe

Mary is the producer/editor/jack-of-all-trades at Innovation Hub. A graduate of Columbia University and the New School for Social Research, she did stints at Studio 360, Marketplace, and NPR's Weekend All Things Considered before landing at WGBH in Boston (my hometown, Go Sox!) She's also spent time at places as varied as Harper's Bazaar, New York Magazine, the New York Daily News, the Newark Star-Ledger, and CBSNews.com.

Beyond her day job, Mary's converted her former years of competitive swimming into a recurring need to run half-marathons. Also likes: Real books with that booky smell, plane tickets to foreign countries, and red, red wine.

• Follow Mary on Twitter: @dooezer.

Marc Sollinger

Marc Sollinger is an Olympic gold medalist, shark wrestler, and lead cultist of the dread god Cthulhu. In addition to all this, he’s a total liar.

Actually, Marc’s the Associate Producer of Innovation Hub and has previously worked for The PBS NewsHour and Marketplace.

Some fun facts about him: he grew up overseas, created an extremely nerdy radio drama based on War of the World (you can listen to it here), and speaks just enough French to know when French people are making fun of him. He can also bake croissants, though the amount of time this takes means he does so very rarely. And the funnest fact of all is that Marc Sollinger is extremely uncomfortable writing about himself in the third person, so he will stop doing so now.

• Follow Marc on Twitter: @HarmonyInHead

Matt Purdy

Matt Purdy is an associate producer on Innovation Hub. Before joining the show, he was senior producer of Maryland Morning, a local news show in Baltimore. He was part of a team there that won a 2014 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award for a series on race and inequality in the Baltimore region. His earliest foray into radio, a story about a bicycle trip he took across the United States, won a 2010 ShortDoc Award from the Third Coast Audio Festival.

Before radio, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Bulgaria (zdravei!). When not producing, he’s likely biking around Boston or trying to not stare at computer screens.

• Follow Matt on Twitter: @matthewpurdy

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Let us know your thoughts on the show - and what topics you'd like to hear more of: innovationhub@wgbh.org.

If you're a program director and want to know more about adding Innovation Hub to your schedule, please call PRI at 617.300.5336

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