Rob Sachs is an award-winning journalist and the Executive Producer for America Abroad, AAM’s monthly radio documentary series.
He has worked in the national radio industry since 2000. He’s been a producer at NPR on programs such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Tell Me More.
In 2006 he launched his own NPR podcast titled “What Would Rob Do?: An Irreverent Guide to Life’s Daily Indignities.” The audience for the podcast grew to over 15,000 listeners per episode and became the basis of a book published in 2010 by John Wiley and Sons.
Rob has also reported for NPR, WAMU, KUOW, KCRW, and other radio outlets. Additionally he was a lecturer at the University of Maryland where he taught broadcast radio journalism.
Rob received his bachelors degree from the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Maryland with his wife and three children.
A recent espionage arrest in California has echoes of past, more successful incidents of spying against the United State, and is also another indication that even as espionage has become more technologically sophisticated, some of the oldest rules of the profession still hold true.
Arts, Culture & Media
The 90s series of rock festivals, known as The Tibetan Freedom Concert, was a result of a random encounter between a 23-year-old American activist and Adam Yauch.
Science, Tech & Environment
License plate readers scan plate numbers and then cross-reference them with a “hot list” of plates of wanted or stolen vehicles. The problem is that only a small fraction of the plates are on the wanted list; the rest belong to non-criminal, law-abiding people – people whose movements the government could now conceivably track.
In Cuba, electronic communication can be tricky for people on the island trying to reach the outside world. It's not only daunting — but can be dangerous. Despite those obstacles, Cubans have found ingenious ways to make their voices heard.
Conflict & Justice
The rise of ISIS is connected to Jordan. The Israeli-Palestinian crisis plays out in the shadow of Jordan. The Syrian civil war and it's ensuing refugee crisis are taking a heavy toll on Jordan. Even the Iranian nuclear talks has a connection to Jordan. So, why Jordan, a landlocked country with few natural resources but tremendous importance for American foreign policy, at the middle of it all.