Jason Dean is the production manager and videographer. He has worked as a gaffer and grip in the independent film industry, as station manager for his campus radio station, and as a field producer and video editor for Against the Odds. He holds a B.A. in mass communication from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
Wade Dean is one of the most impressive voices interpreting American classics in the new generation of “Young Lions” invigorating the East Coast jazz scene today. Dean is a 29-year-old saxophonist/composer. Grounded in the rich traditions of jazz since his teen years, Dean commands enormous respect from contemporaries and music critics for his soulful interpretations of jazz chestnuts and his contributions to the literature of jazz.
Aware of its rich musical tradition, Dean deliberately chose Philadelphia to showcase the lessons he learned as a sideman performing with exceptional musicians on variety of bandstands.
Dean received his B.A. in music education from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. After teaching for one year at a Memphis public school, he continued his formal music studies at Philadelphia’s University of The Arts where, in 2007, he earned a master’s degree in jazz studies. While there, he was recognized with the “Merit Award for Excellence in Music.” Dean is now the Director of Jazz at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jonathan Miller is executive director of Homelands Productions and executive producer of the WORKING project. He has reported from Asia, Latin America, Africa, Europe, and the US for NPR, BBC, CBC, Marketplace, Weekend America, Monitor Radio, Voice of America, Radio Netherlands, Radio New Zealand, and Radio Deutsche Welle, and has written for the New Yorker, LIFE, Cond Nast Traveler, Parents, American Way, Christian Science Monitor, Far Eastern Economic Review, and many other publications. He also worked as a correspondent for Video News International/NY Times TV. Between 1988 and 2001, he lived and worked in the Philippines and Peru.
Miller was executive producer of Homelands’ Worlds of Difference series about the responses of traditional societies around the world to rapid change (2002-2005), distributed nationally by NPR. He was also editorial director of Think Global, the 2005 Public Radio Collaboration on globalization, involving more than 300 stations and 30 national shows. He has served as a consulting writer and editor for international development institutions, including the Food & Agriculture Organisation of the UN, Oxfam America, International Rice Research Institute, Centre for Research in Agroforestry, International Potato Center, and Asian Development Bank. An Affiliated Scholar at the Polson Institute for Global Development at Cornell University, Miller is spending the winter and spring of 2009 in Kenya with his wife, biologist Rebecca Nelson, and two teenage sons.
Ben Shapiro is an award-winning radio and television producer. Over the past twenty years, his radio projectsÑfrom segments to series Ð have aired on many stations, most NPR programs, the BBC and the CBC. Shapiro is also an editor and program consultant, with credits including Joe Richman’s RadioDiaries, American RadioWorks, The Next Big Thing, and the Dupont Award-winning North Carolina Voices series for WUNC. He was co-producer of Mandela: An Audio History, and with the Kitchen Sisters of the Peabody-award winning Sonic Memorial Special.