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Richard started his career on Capitol Hill, as National Affairs Press Secretary for Sen. Frank Murkowski (R-AK) and Press Secretary for the Senate Subcommittee on Children, Families, Drugs And Alcohol. At night, he wrote and performed satirical political songs as a member of The Capitol Steps.
He jumped into radio at WAMU-FM in Washington, DC, working in the newsroom and producing The Diane Rehm Show and other programs over 14 years. He now runs rlpaulproductions, LLC.
Richard has won numerous awards for his audio stories, podcasts and documentaries. He is a contributor to PRI's Studio 360, a weekly program on pop culture, design and creativity.
His recent book, We Could Not Fail: The First African Americans in the Space Program, chronicles how the space race and the civil rights movement came together to help reshape the American South.