Vera Carothers is a producer and writer who holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Brown University. Before joining the Freakonomics Radio team, Vera completed a yearlong tour of the country collecting stories with the StoryCorps Mobile Tour. She has also worked for The Moth, Panoply, Slate Studios, and WAMU. She enjoys reading in Spanish and French, and riding her bike in all five boroughs.
Alison Craiglow Hockenberry
Alison Craiglow Hockenberry is executive producer of Freakonomics Radio and Tell Me Something I Don’t Know, and is chief-of-staff of Dubner Productions. She is an Emmy- and Peabody-Award winning journalist who has worked in T.V., film, print, radio, podcasts, and on the web. She is also a proud mother of five children — which is not all that different from producing: scrambling to deal with late-breaking news, meeting impossible deadlines, managing stubborn personalities, and best of all, getting a front row seat to great stories.
Merritt Jacob is the Technical Director for Freakonomics Radio. The joy of creating and manipulating sound has fueled his lifelong pursuits of guitar and audio engineering as a long-time recording studio professional. After earning a B.A. in Music from the University of Arizona, he further developed high standards of excellence in audio, working at Trout Recording in Brooklyn, before landing jobs in the WNYC news room. There, working on a diverse range of broadcast features, he developed the radio editing and mixing skills that led him to the Freakonomics Radio team. He is a fan of WNYC Radio, Freakonomics, and all things sound-related.
Prior to joining Freakonomics Radio, Max Miller produced independent radio documentaries while working as an urban planner. While at Cornell University, he spent a year writing a graduate thesis on parking, and he feels no shame about it. In a former life, he produced television shows on food, fashion, and travel. Max studied history and film during his undergraduate years at Bard College and values using a multi-disciplinary approach. Max enjoys recommending beer, cooking, biking, reading non-fiction, and eating strange apples that aren’t commercially viable to produce. He loves any excuse to use Excel.
Prior to joining Freakonomics Radio, Greg Rosalsky studied economics and public policy at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. He loves bad puns, writing, and social science. In a former life, he was a researcher at the White House and involved in politics. Raised in California, he can now be found in Brooklyn grumbling about bad weather and burritos compared to the ones at home.
Stephanie Tam is a producer, researcher, and writer. She began her radio adventures as an intern at WNYC’s Radiolab, and she has also worked for First Look Media’s Maeve in America and the Centre for Effective Altruism’s Doing Good Better podcasts. Before journalism, she pursued her love of stories and the social sciences through her master of studies in world literatures and master of science in social policy and interventions at the University of Oxford as a Daniel M. Sachs Scholar. Every so often, she spouts poetry, puts on running shoes, and rambles through Central Park – all at the same time.