John Biewen

Host, Producer of the Peabody Award-nominated podcast Scene on Radio

Dr. Gail C. Christopher, D.N.

President & Founder, The Ntianu Center for Healing & Nature

Béatrice Coron

Visual Storyteller

Craig Richard

ASMR Research Scientist

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John Biewen, of Durham, North Carolina, is audio program director at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (CDS), and host and producer of the Peabody Award-nominated podcast Scene on Radio. He grew up in Mankato, Minnesota and earned a degree in philosophy from Gustavus Adolphus College. He reported for Minnesota Public Radio, NPR News (in the Rocky Mountain West), and American RadioWorks. His work has appeared on all of the NPR newsmagazines as well as This American Life, Reveal, Studio 360 and the BBC World Service. He is co-editor of the book, Reality Radio: Telling True Stories in Sound.

Dr. Gail Christopher is an award winning social change agent with expertise in the social determinants of health and well-being and in related public policies. She is known for her pioneering work to infuse holistic health and diversity concepts into public sector programs and policy discourse. Dr. Christopher recently retired from her role as Senior Advisor and Vice President at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, where she was the driving force behind the America Healing initiative and the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation effort. Dr. Christopher also served as Kellogg’s Vice President for Program Strategy and worked on place-based programming in New Orleans and New Mexico. In 2015 she received the Terrance Keenan Award from Grantmakers in Health. She chairs the Board of the Trust for America’s Health.

Béatrice Coron tells stories informed by her life. She experienced a series of odd jobs such as shepherdess, truck driver, factory worker and New York City tour guide. Born and raised in France she lived in Egypt, Mexico and China. In New York she became an artist to explore visual storytelling in artist books, paper cutting and public art. Her cut designs are made of paper, glass or metal. Her work can be seen in major collections such as the Metropolitan Museum and the Walker, and her public art can be viewed in New York and Paris among other places.

Dr Richard’s lifetime struggles with stress and sleeplessness led to his accidental confirmation of the relaxing benefits of ASMR.  His journey to understand ASMR includes being co-author of the first ASMR brain scan study, coordinator of the largest ASMR database, author of the book ‘Brain Tingles’, founder of the website ‘ASMR University’, host of the ASMR podcast ‘Sleep Whispers’, and consultant for the first ASMR Super Bowl commercial.  His interest in ASMR has resulted in interviews with The Today Show, New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, Women’s Health, NPR, NBC, ABC, Fox, CBS, and CNET.  He is currently a Professor of Physiology at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA.

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