Stephen Smith

Executive Editor, American RadioWorks
Minnesota Public Radio

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 Rooseveltís 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)