Stephen Smith

Executive Editor, American RadioWorks
Minnesota Public Radio
ssmith@mpr.org

Stephen Smith is the Executive Editor and Host of American RadioWorks, the national documentary series from American Public Media. Smith has covered a wide range of international and domestic issues, including human rights, education, science and health, race relations and American history. Smith and ARW have been awarded the duPont-Columbia University Gold and Silver Batons, regarded as the Pulitzer Prize of broadcasting. Smith is the editor of The First Lady of Radio: Eleanor Roosevelt’s Historic Broadcasts, and co-editor of Say it Plain, A Century of Great African American Speeches; Say it Loud, Great Speeches on Civil Rights and African American Identity; and After the Fall, New Yorkers Remember September 2001 and the Years That Followed. Smith is a graduate of Macalester College. He holds an M.A. from the University of Chicago, where he was a William Benton Fellow.

Stephen Smith Feature Archive

Omar Ansari
Omar Ansari, the founder of Surly Brewing Co., talked with MPR's Stephen Smith, host of the "Bright Ideas" series, before a live audience in the UBS Forum on November 27, 2012. (11/27/2012)
Digital Textbooks
Paying for textbooks is becoming such a burden for college students, that today the University of Minnesota is launching an online project to hunt down free textbooks to replace the pricey ink-and-paper versions. It's part of a national movement to cut the cost of textbooks. (04/23/2012)
Isaac Becker
Stephen Smith welcomes Isaac Becker, co-owner and chef of two popular Minneapolis restaurants -- 112 Eatery and Bar LaGrassa. Becker won this year's James Beard award for best chef in the Midwest. (06/21/2011)
Bright Ideas host Stephen Smith sat down with noted science blogger PZ Myers to discuss evolution and the intersection of science and politics. (05/31/2011)
Artist Charles Biederman, who died Sunday at his Red Wing home, leaves behind a legacy unknown to many people in Minnesota. Biederman is best known for his three-dimensional painted aluminum sculptures, which attempted to capture the "structural processes" of nature. (12/28/2004)
An American Radio Works investigation finds disclosure laws have failed to protect the public from the vested interests of some politicians. (02/15/1999)
Adolescence can be rough for anyone, but these four teens face the extra challenge of living with HIV. (01/15/1999)
A report on the June 25, 1998 decision that people with HIV qualify for legal protection under the Americans with Disablities Act. (06/30/1998)
A Boston program aims to help HIV-positive men and their uninfected female partners have a baby. (04/23/1998)
A Minneapolis lawyer says she will open the first center in Minnesota for surrogate motherhood. (03/20/1998)