Karen Frillmann

Executive Producer, WNYC Narrative Unit

Karen is a veteran editor in WNYC’s newsroom, and directs the long-form narrative unit that created the acclaimed podcast series There Goes the Neighborhood and The United States of Anxiety…

Karen lends her expertise as a story whisperer to the New Yorker Radio Hour for the development of long-form features and special episodes like “Syria, The World’s Nightmare.”

As a producer, she launched Senior Edition which helped establish WNYC as a destination for talk and public affairs. She worked for five years as a freelance reporter and producer contributing to National Public Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Company. As a senior producer at Simon and Schuster Audio, Karen worked with Alice Walker, Bob Woodward, Hunter S. Thompson, Stephen Ambrose and many other notable authors. She returned to public radio as an editor and co-producer for a series of documentaries which included an exploration of the changing NY Waterfront, the 1968 New York City teacher’s school strike and the changes in the city six months after the attacks of September 11th. She took on the senior editorial position in the newsroom in 2003. 

Awards for her reporting and editing achievements include recognition by the Society of Professional Journalists, the Armstrong Award, the Dupont-Columbia University Awards, the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, The Investigative Reporters and Editors’ Award, The Associated Press Broadcasters Association, the Newswomen’s Club of New York and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences from whom she received a Grammy nomination for her production of “War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars.”     

Growing up in southeast Queens and having lived in various neighborhoods around the city, Karen is very happy to continue to document and report on her hometown. On summer weekends, she can be found swimming upriver in the Hudson where she has helped to establish a free floating river pool in Beacon, NY.    

Karen Frillmann appears in the following:

Denial at the Trump Hotel

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Climate change skeptics are finding it harder to deny the Earth is warming. So what's their plan now?

White Like Me

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

One family’s generational journey into whiteness, and the shifting roles white identity politics have played in American elections.

A History of Persuasion: Part 3

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Silicon Valley’s “millionaire maker” is a behavioral scientist who harnessed the power of persuasion in a booming tech industry. But it might not be too big to rein in.

A History of Persuasion: Part 2

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Ted Kaczynski had been a boy genius. James McConnell’s ideas about psychology sparked almost as much anxiety as Facebook does today. Here’s how their paths crossed.

A History of Persuasion: Part 1

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

A once-famous psychologist... and how the Unabomber tried to kill him. It's the first episode in our three-part series examining the science of persuasion, technology, and its backlash.

The Invention of 'Sexual Harassment'

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

A group of women in upstate New York forced a new idea into the mainstream at the end of the 1970s. Their story offers a playbook for social change--and its limitations.

Editing Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

The nation's founders didn't want to deal with American society's fundamental contradictions. So they just wrote around it.

The Abortion Clinic That Won't Go Quietly

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

A broken democracy. A Supreme Court showdown. And a group of Alabama women who continue to provide care despite it all.

We’re Here. We’re Fluid. Get Used To It.

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

For Stonewall’s 50th anniversary, an intergenerational queer conversation with a gender fluid, pansexual 21-year-old who takes us through her online and IRL world.

To Be Young, Conscious and Rap

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Hip hop schooled a generation to be unapologetically black and proud, until commercialism changed the rap game.

Who Killed Conscious Rap? Find Out on 'The Stakes'

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Over on the new WNYC podcast The Stakes, Christopher M. Johnson joins host Kai Wright to investigate the origins of conscious rap... and who killed it.

Giving Birth While Black

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Black women and their babies are dying at shockingly high rates during and after child birth. One big reason is the implicit bias of doctors. So what do we do about it?

A Conversation with Eric Holder, Jr.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Former Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr. told us that Dr. King’s long arc of the moral universe only bends towards justice when people put their hands on it and pull it.

The People vs. Dutch Boy Lead

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

What do a handful of baby teeth, a creepy cartoon character and The Young Lords have in common? This is the story of one of our worst public health epidemics.

The System is Broken. But That Means We Can Fix it.

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Coming up on The Stakes podcast, host Kai Wright and team identify what's not working about our society and imagine ways to do it better. 

Kirsten Gillibrand's Path to Power

Thursday, November 15, 2018

As we head towards 2020, what can Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's rise within the Democratic Party tell us about the relationship between gender and power in American politics?

¡Sí Se Puede!

Friday, November 09, 2018

Before “Yes we can!”, there was “¡Sí se puede!”

The New Fight for Abortion Access, by Mail

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Non-surgical, medication-induced abortions have already changed the landscape of reproductive health. A clinical trial is bringing them to women who will never set foot inside a clinic. 

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What Does the Right Kind of Woman Sound Like?

Monday, November 05, 2018

Shrill, strident, bossy. These are the misogynistic slurs women often face when they run for elected office. So what should power sound like?

The Right Kind of Woman

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Stacey Abrams of Georgia and Mikie Sherrill of suburban New Jersey are both Democrats fighting their way into Republican territory, but in very different ways.