Alex Lewis

Alex Lewis is an independent radio producer based in Philadelphia. He's written and produced longform audio documentaries including The Gospel Roots of Rock & Soul (nominated for a 2020 Peabody Award) - with WXPN and NPR Music - and Going Black: The Legacy of Philly Soul Radio (winner of a 2015 National Edward R. Murrow Award).

Other work includes lead producing Every ZIP Philadelphia, a 2016 Localore: Finding America production in collaboration with member station WHYY, and numerous Philadelphia-area audio projects with organizations such as Mural Arts, Bartram's Garden, Reading Terminal Market, Ars Nova Workshop, and the Association for Public Art. He's also produced projects with podcast companies including Pushkin Industries, Magnificent Noise, and Audible.

Alex graduated with a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University, where he studied music theory and musicology. He studied radio documentary at the Transom Story Workshop on Cape Cod.

We're bringing you something special today. A documentary called Kanaval: Haitian Rhythms & the Music of New Orleans. It chronicles the history of Haiti and explores that nation's influence on the music, culture and identity of the Crescent City: New Orleans.

New York-based singer-songwriter Paul Beaubrun was born into the legendary musical family behind Boukman Eksperyans, one of Haiti's most famous bands. But in recent years, Paul has also made a name for himself as a solo artist thanks in part to two stellar albums under his own name and through collaborations with artists like Jackson Browne, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jenny Lewis and Arcade Fire.