About

The Difference ATL is a podcast that shares stories of organizations and individuals taking solution-driven action to make positive changes in Atlanta and beyond.This program also explores the intersection of the arts and social justice while offering listeners a unifying alternative to a divisive narrative prevalent in news and entertainment. Field and studio interviews along with narration and sound design detail innovative solutions to societal issues and offer inspiration for engagement in creative and humanitarian endeavors. The topics range from arts to architecture and agriculture. Each episode will share the stories of organizations and projects that are making lasting positive change in the communities they serve.

Claire Reynolds

Creator, host, producer

I’m currently a freelance and independent podcast producer. Most recently I worked at WABE-FM (NPR) as Sr. Producer of the arts and culture program, “City Lights.” Before returning to Atlanta, I lived in Humboldt County, California where I created, produced, directed and promoted television series and documentaries at the Eureka, CA PBS station KEET-TV. My most recent award-winning documentary told the story of swing bands in WWII Japanese-American incarceration camps with interviews with camp musicians and animation. It was broadcast on PBS stations across the country. While leading a youth media training program, I worked with rural youth to create videos about LGBTQ issues and racial profiling of Native Americans by police. At the NPR station at Humboldt State University, I co-produced a series of long-form radio interviews with Native American artists, educators and environmentalists. During my time in California, I also received extensive training for my work as a community organizer. I am happy to bring this depth and breadth of experience back to my hometown of Atlanta.

Rob Gal

Composer

In 1992 I opened a small Westside studio called the Snack ‘n’ Shack where I spent fifteen years recording and producing records for the Atlanta indie scene. During that time, I formed the Super Model Music Agency to write and produce commercial ad music. The agency created music for The USA Network, Coca Cola among others. I closed Snack ‘n’ Shack in 2006 and went freelance, continuing to produce records as well as doing audio post for TNT and TBS and mixing the sitcom “House of Payne” for Tyler Perry. Recently, I have been composing scores for film, including the silent movie, “11p.m.” from Pioneers of African-American Cinema released by Kino Lorber and “Those Who Deserve to Die” by Atlanta film creator Bret Wood. I’ve recorded mixed and scored the dramatic podcast series, “The Control Group” seasons one and two and “The Seventh Daughter” for iHeart Radio. I’ve also performed with The Anne Richmond Boston Band, The Coolies, The Ottoman Empire, 6X, Pink Pompeii, Lord High Admirals.

The Difference ATL is funded in part by the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.

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