Kousha Navidar

Senior Digital Producer

Kousha (he/him) is the Senior Digital Producer for Notes From America with Kai Wright. He explores new ways to share stories and to deepen relationships with our listeners.

Kousha has centered his career around creating content to educate, entertain, and inspire. At WGBH Studios in Boston, he produced Point Taken, a public affairs show on PBS that included a first-of-its-kind YouTube series for the network. On one episode of this series, Kousha described the U.S. consumer debt crisis by singing Taylor Swift. For the 2016 Presidential election, he helped Buzzfeed News produce and launch their first live-streamed election night special. 

Most recently, Kousha was Head of Content at Samsung. There, he led digital strategy and production within the company’s division focused on innovation and corporate investment. Kousha has also had a career as a speechwriter, writing in the Obama Administration for the SBA Administrator and developing speeches with thought leaders around the world.

Born in Iran and immigrating to New York City at a young age, Kousha has had the pleasure of living across the United States, from Durham to Miami to San Francisco, and other places in between. Kousha graduated with a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University. 

Kousha Navidar appears in the following:

Eating Elk Kabobs in Idaho

Thursday, September 21, 2023

When a couple moves their lives from San Francisco to rural Idaho, they experience struggle, surprise, and community in unexpected places. 

When Hip Hop Tried to Fight the Power, and Lost

Thursday, September 07, 2023

On the 50th anniversary of hip hop, how one corner of rap from the ‘80s and ‘90s shaped our culture for decades to come.

The Blurry Line Between Appropriation And Appreciation

Monday, September 04, 2023

You’re in the U.S., you’re an immigrant, but when others try to group you in with a particular diaspora, you don’t feel it fits. Where does your community exist?

Is a Hot Dog a Sandwich? (Small Stakes, Big Opinions)

Thursday, August 24, 2023

As we head into the weekend, we have some fun with something that has caused a debate thanks to a classification by the NY State tax code which designates a hot dog as a sandwich.

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'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' at 25 (Silver Liner Notes)

Thursday, August 24, 2023

Onetime Fugees frontwoman Lauryn Hill released her solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, on August 25, 1998.

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Celebrating the Life of Jazz Great Wayne Shorter

Thursday, August 24, 2023

Dorsay Alavi joins us to discuss the series, titled "Wayne Shorter: Zero Gravity," which begins streaming on Prime Video on August 25.

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Edan Lepucki Talks About Her Latest Novel, "Time's Mouth"

Thursday, August 24, 2023

Edan Lepucki's latest novel, Time's Mouth, follows a woman who discovers an ability to time travel, which she then hones and transmits to other women.

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Charlotte Cardin is Canada's Rising Pop Star (Listening Party)

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Canadian pop star Charlotte Cardin joins us in studio to preview her new album, out this Friday.

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'Landscape with Invisible Hand' Director Cory Finley

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

'Landscape with Invisible Hand' is a new sci-fi comedy-drama of an alien invasion that changes the U.S economy.

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'This Country' Explores Moving to Rural America

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

A new graphic memoir tells the story of a New Yorker cartoonist's decision to move with his wife from San Francisco to rural Idaho.

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Examining the Role of Race in Shakespeare

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

A new book from author and scholar Farah Karim Cooper examines the role of race in Shakespeare's work. 

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How to Find (And Vet) A Potential Roommate (Summer in the City)

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Evelyn Battaglia, contributing writer for Brick Underground, has written a few pieces this summer about the roommate search, and she joins to give some tips on the search process.

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How to Plan to Pay Your Student Loans

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

On September 1, the pandemic student loan relief will expire, meaning millions will need to begin paying their student loans again so we talk about how to plan repayments.

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Steven Soderbergh and Kurt Andersen on ‘Command Z’

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

“Command Z” is a new series from writer Kurt Andersen and director Stephen Soderbergh, released as a surprise last month and available to stream only on Soderbergh’s website.

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Mr. Greg & Cass McCombs’s Folk Songs for Children (Listening Party)

Monday, August 21, 2023

Cass McCombs and his friend Mr. Greg have teamed up to make a new children's album. 

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Regina Spektor Performs Live

Monday, August 21, 2023

Regina Spektor performs live in our studio.

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An Inside Look Into the World of Telemarketing

Monday, August 21, 2023

A new documentary looks at the history and culture of telemarketing.

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'The Inventor' is the Story of da Vinci, In Puppetry and Stop Motion

Monday, August 21, 2023

'The Inventor' is a new animated feature about the inventive life of Leonardo da Vinci

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The Radical Roots of Plant-Based Eating

Monday, August 14, 2023

What hippies, civil rights activists and anarchist punks put on their plates and how it might be the key to imagining a different climate future.

When Barbie Stopped Being White

Thursday, August 03, 2023

The story of the first Black doll to have the name Barbie.