Hillary Frank is host and creator of the Longest Shortest Time. She is the author of the novels Better Than Running at Night, I Can’t Tell You, and The View from the Top. Her radio work has aired on a variety of public radio programs, including This American Life, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Studio 360, Marketplace, and Weekend America.
Hillary’s daughter Sasha was born in Februrary 2010. Hillary created the Longest Shortest Time as a bedside companion for parents who want to hear in the middle of the night (or day—what’s the difference, really?) that they are not alone. And that as never-ending as any parenting stage seems, it doesn’t last forever. Non-parents report that the show helps them relate better to their own parents, and to their friends who have kids.
Associate Producer Abigail Keel may not be a parent herself, but she’s heard her fair share of birth stories. The daughter of a labor and delivery nurse and the sister of a nurse and sexual health educator, you could say reproduction runs in her family. Abigail cut her radio chops at KBIA, an NPR affiliate in Columbia, Missouri, where she produced an award-winning documentary and launched a project to collect stories from the community. Since then she’s contributed to Radiolab, Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, and assisted at a Transom Storytelling Workshop. Abigail studied at the Missouri School of Journalism and lives in Brooklyn.
Associate producer Kristen Clark grew up outside of Seattle, the proud daughter of a kindergarten teacher. Before joining LST, she helped launch How to Be Amazing, a podcast about the creative process hosted by Michael Ian Black. Her other work has appeared on Planet Money, Radiolab, the New York Times, NOVA, and IEEE Spectrum. She’s an alum of CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism, and lives in Chinatown, NYC.
Peter Clowney is our editor, as well as the lead editor at Gimlet Media. He worked for lots of years in public radio, and helped launch This American Life and Studio 360. Peter’s two kids are Tadelech and Owen.
Anthonia Akitunde is the founder and publisher of mater mea, a platform that celebrates women of color at the intersection of career and family. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Fast Company, The Root, and more.
Ann Marie Baldonado is a producer at Fresh Air with Terry Gross. She joined the staff in 1998, and books film, television, and theater guests for the show. She recently began contributing her own interviews to the program. When she isn’t working or wrangling her 2 daughters, she is probably watching television, although she knows she will never, ever be caught up on everything.