About The Promised Land

Vision and leadership — these are the ideas at the heart of the public radio series The Promised Land. Our host, the ever-dynamic, much-acclaimed Majora Carter, visits locations coast to coast and introduces us to passionate men, women, and young people who are changing their communities with innovative thinking and tireless effort. Smart, compelling, and powerful, The Promised Land delivers their stories with a sense of adventure that engages and inspires.

The Promised Land is produced by Launch Productions, Minneapolis, with major production support from American Public Media. It is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

About Launch

Launch represents an extraordinary collaboration in national program development. It consists of Mary Beth Kirchner, Julie Burstein and Marge Ostroushko — three award-winning veteran producers based respectively in Los Angeles, New York, and Minneapolis — who have participated in the creation of many of the public radio system's favorite programs, including PRI's Studio 360, American Routes, Speaking of Faith, A Prairie Home Companion, This American Life, Carnegie Hall Tonight, The Satellite Sisters, Jazz Profiles, Gray Matters, and More by Corwin, to name a few. Launch has years of experience in identifying and cultivating on-air talent and creating successful new public radio programs.

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The Promised Land STAFF

Majora CarterHost
is founder of Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx), a nonprofit community organization established in 2001 to advance the environmental and economic rebirth of her hometown, one of the poorest areas of the U.S. She is now president of her own economic consulting firm, the Majora Carter Group. A sought-after speaker, Majora was named one of Essence magazine's "25 most influential African-Americans" and one of Newsweek's "25 to Watch." She is co-host of The Green on the Sundance Channel. In 2005, she was awarded the MacArthur "genius" Fellowship in recognition of her revolutionary approaches to persistent social problems. Other honors include New York University's Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award, the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal, and the Lewis Rudin Award for Public Service. Majora holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.F.A. from New York University.



Marge OstroushkoExecutive Producer

has lent her talents to some of public radio’s most loved shows, including A Prairie Home Companion, This American Life, and Speaking of Faith. In her 25 years in public radio, she has won many honors, including two Peabody Awards, for Mississippi: River of Song and A Prairie Home Companion. Marge is a partner of Launch Productions, a collaboration in national programming development with years of experience in identifying and cultivating on-air talent and creating successful new public radio programs.



Mary Beth KirchnerProducer

spent a decade as the executive producer of American Routes and is now an independent radio producer and national programming consultant. During her 25 years in public radio, she has been honored with more than 50 national and international awards. Mary Beth is a partner of Launch Productions, a collaboration in national programming development.



Emily BoteinProducer

is an independent radio producer, editor, and consultant based in New York. She has helped to launch national shows and series, focusing on documentaries and cultural programming. Her work often brings new voices to radio — as reporters and hosts. Emily has been associated with a range of shows and institutions, including American Routes, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, The Metropolitan Opera, National Public Radio, The Next Big Thing, Studio 360, and Weekend America.

See what Emily had to say about producing this season of The Promised Land, which took her from a mountain cave in Yosemite to a beach on the Atlantic Ocean.



James Chase


started volunteering as Communications Director for Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx) after a decade in NYC’s cable TV and advertising industries. He is now Vice President of Media and Communication for the Majora Carter Group, managing Majora's expanding radio and TV presence.



Robin WiseTechnical Director
is all about sound. In her studio, Sound Imagery, Robin works as a mix engineer, digital editor, sound recordist, and sound designer. She has mixed/mastered more than  400 radio, music, and multimedia productions, and her projects have won many awards, including a Peabody Award and Columbia duPont Silver Baton. Prior to working in audio, Robin was a music educator and conductor of award-winning ensembles. She taught digital audio at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley.

Robin talks about recording in the rain and being a conductor of sound. Check out the conversation on our blog.



Emily TorgrimsonProduction Assistant

has worked on environmental stories with PRI's Living on Earth and documentaries with American RadioWorks. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Boston University and is working on a master’s in public health. Emily is the founder and organizer of Eat for Equity, which brings people together for monthly benefit shindigs.

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