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Wednesday, October 19 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
The Making of Pulitzer Prize Winning Podcast: Suave

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Making podcast series is a team effort, but imagine a podcast about a subject that spans over 30 years. Suave is a podcast about the system that sentences juveniles to life in prison, a story of incarceration, redemption, and the unusual relationship between a journalist and a source.

In 1988, David Luis “Suave” Gonzalez was found guilty of first-degree homicide. A Philadelphia judge sentenced him to life in prison without parole for a crime committed when he was 17 years old. Acclaimed journalist Maria Hinojosa met Suave 27 years ago when she was invited to speak at a graduation ceremony at Graterford prison in Pennsylvania. They kept in touch over the decades by phone, letter, and occasional visits. Eventually, she began to record those conversations. Originally, she maintained contact in order to have a source inside the prison system. But over the years, they became close. Suave thought he would die in prison, but three decades later a Supreme Court decision granted him another shot at freedom. But Suave soon realizes there are limits to how much freedom he can ever truly have, and Maria realizes there are limits to how much she can help him. And the more Maria learns about Suave’s crime, the more she comes to question the events that put Suave in prison — and the system that puts away children to life in the first place. This podcast tells that story spanning several decades through those recorded conversations. 

In this workshop, we will discuss the project with Director of engineering, Stephanie Lebow on the mix and master of this podcast - working with tape spanning decades and producer Julieta Martinelli on how to manage and organize that much tape as well as how to identify the most important pieces to tell a compelling story.

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Jeanne Montalvo

Engineer/Producer, The Futuro Media Group
Jeanne Montalvo is a Grammy-nominated audio engineer and radio producer. In 2017, she was nominated for a Grammy as Mastering Engineer for Vladimir Horowitz: The Unreleased Live Recordings, and her recording of Multiverse by Bobby Sanabria's Latin Jazz Big Band was nominated for Best... Read More →
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Stephanie Lebow

Director of Engineering & Sound Designer
Stephanie Lebow is a Pulitzer and Peabody award-winning Sound Designer & Engineer based in New York City. As the Director of Engineering at Futuro Media & Futuro Studios, she leads the engineering department across varied styles of narrative audio. During her time at Futuro, she has... Read More →
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Julia Caruso

Senior Audio Engineer, Futuro Media Group
Julia Caruso is the Senior Audio Engineer at Futuro Media. She got her start in radio as a broadcast engineer for CBS Radio and spent many years as an audio engineer in recording studios. Prior to working at Futuro Media, she was the Studio Manager for the Music Technology program... Read More →
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Julieta Martinelli

Senior Producer, Futuro Media Group
Julieta Martinelli is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and Senior Producer at Futuro Media where she reports on justice, immigration, and the criminal legal system for Latino USA, Futuro Studios and Futuro’s investigative unit. She reported and co-produced Suave... Read More →

Wednesday October 19, 2022 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT