Ann Heppermann

Ann Heppermann is a Brooklyn-based, independent radio/multimedia documentary producer and educator.  A Peabody Award-winning producer, she also has received awards from the Associated Press, Edward R. Murrow, and Third Coast International Audio Festival. From 2010-11, she was a Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism fellow, reporting on perinatal depression.  In 2011, she was named a United States Artists (USA) Fellow with Kara Oehler. She is also a faculty member teaching radio writing and radio drama at Sarah Lawrence College.

Ann Heppermann appears in the following:

How to Fly to Alpha Centauri

Friday, July 18, 2014

It’s a staple of sci-fi, but the realities of interstellar travel are grim: it would take tens of thousands of years to get to our nearest neighbor in the galaxy using current technology. But some scientists working on the problem think it can be cracked in about a century.

Slideshow: Starship Designs

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American Icons: Untitled Film Stills

Friday, May 16, 2014

Cindy Sherman launched her career by placing herself in photos that look like movie stills for imaginary movies. With Untitled Film Stills, she also created some of the most recognizable images in 20th century art — and maybe even invented the selfie.

Slideshow: Cindy Sherman's Untitled Film Stills

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Aha Moment: Mary Karr's "Entering the Kingdom"

Friday, May 09, 2014

Ten years ago, Beth Greenspan put a poem in her wallet that she’s carried ever since. Her son was just on the verge of adolescence, and she was wistful. “I noticed that his wrists were starting to get thicker, his hands were starting to look bigger. His hand was almost the size of my own hand.”

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Alex Timbers and Here Lies Love

Friday, April 25, 2014

The director Alex Timbers has carved out a unique niche as a director of historical musicals, including the critically acclaimed Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Last year, Timbers directed Here Lies Love, written by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim. It tells the story of Imelda Marcos ...


American Icons: Untitled Film Stills

Friday, October 11, 2013

In the 1980s, Cindy Sherman began taking self-portraits that showed her in costumes and scenarios that looked just like movie stills, although they were her own inventions. In a media-saturated age, Untitled Film Stills have influenced a generation of artists as well as pop stars who play with identity as a kind of performance.

Slideshow: Cindy Sherman's Untitled Film Stills

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American Icons: Native Son

Friday, September 06, 2013

The story of a young man in the ghetto who turns to murder was an overnight sensation. But some think Native Son exploited the worst stereotypes of black youth. We trace the line from Bigger Thomas to Notorious B.I.G., and visit a high school drama class acting out Native Son, and struggling to grasp the racism their grandparents experienced.

Video: Author Richard Wright's screen test for the film adaptation of Native Son

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The Flame Alphabet

Friday, March 08, 2013

William S. Burroughs famously said that “language is a virus.” Novelist Ben Marcus took Burrough's line as inspiration for The Flame Alphabet. In the book, the language of children has become literally poisonous to adults, and a married couple with a teenage daughter is faced ...

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Reconstructing Viruses

Friday, March 08, 2013

Vincent Racaniello of Columbia University did groundbreaking research on reconstructing the DNA of viruses (sort of like microbial Jurassic Park). The method was used to re-create the spectacularly lethal influenza behind the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic, which killed between ...


Does Your Zombie Have Rabies?

Friday, March 08, 2013

Long before science explained rabies, the virus showed up in folklore and literature. "The vampire myth, the werewolf myth, and the zombie myth," Bill Wasik tells Kurt Andersen, "are all saliva-born infections that manifest as a contagious animal essence. Rabies is the only thing ...

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Movie Date Presents: Oscar...Totally Naked

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

"Oscar...Totally Naked" is an Oscar special hosted by Kristen Meinzer of The Takeaway and Rafer Guzman of Newsday. Listen to this hour-long spectacular, which pulls back the velvet curtain on Hollywood's biggest night.

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Imaginary Friends Forever

Friday, November 23, 2012

Lots of kids have imaginary friends. Marjorie Taylor, a psychology professor at the University of Oregon, has been looking at imaginary friends and the children who have them. “They tend to be more social, less shy, and do better on tasks which require you to take the perspective ...

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American Icons: Monticello

Friday, February 17, 2012

This is the home of America’s aspirations and its deepest contradictions. Thomas Jefferson was as passionate about building his house as he was about founding the United States. Yet Monticello was a plantation worked by slaves, some of them Jefferson’s own children.

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American Icons: Georgia O’keeffe’s Skull Paintings

Friday, September 02, 2011

“The men were all talking about the great American novel, the great American play, ... the great American everything,” said Georgia O’Keeffe. “So I thought ... I’ll make it an American painting ...”

Slideshow: Georgia O'Keeffe's World

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American Icons: Georgia O'Keeffe's Skull Paintings

Friday, November 12, 2010

“The men were all talking about the great American novel, the great American play,...the great American everything,” said Georgia O’Keeffe. “So I thought . . . I’ll make it an American painting.”

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Federal Property

Friday, May 08, 2009

Back in the 1930s, as part of the Federal Art Project, the government paid artists to make thousands of paintings, from famous murals to little landscapes. It wasn't possible to keep track of it all, and some ended up in private hands. Once in a while, a canvas turns up, ...

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Rent Party

Friday, March 20, 2009

The City Reliquary, a scrappy little storefront museum in Brooklyn, decided to try out a Depression-era method for fundraising: a rent party, 1930's style. Produced by Ann Hepperman and Kara Oehler.


Aha Moment: Lar Lubovitch

Saturday, October 08, 2005

One of the big names in American dance, Lar Lubovitch was a painter until he saw a performance by the late Jose Limon. It turned him into a choreographer on the spot. Produced by Ann Hepperman and Kara Oehler.


Phoebe Gloeckner

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Phoebe Gloeckner is a medical illustrator, but she also writes graphic novels. Gloeckner's stories are autobiographical, and feature disturbing content like childhood sexual abuse. She tells her stories through eyes of a girl named Minnie. One day last year, a boy checked out Gloeckner’s A ...


Basket Bridge

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Tucson, Arizona is celebrating one local tribe’s artwork with a new overpass over a 6-lane highway. The bridge is designed with traditional patterns of coyote tracks and lizards used by Tohono O’Odam basketweavers. But, the designer of Tucson’s new bridge isn’t a basket weaver, or ...