I am a multifaceted communicator and public health professional who is drawn to grappling with the key crises of our time. Currently I am creator, producer, and host of the live radio series Climate Seasons, broadcasting quarterly over Takoma Radio WOWD-LP 94.3FM in Takoma Park, MD. My series seeks to strengthen understanding of the climate crisis while breaking down barriers to conversation and action.
I bring to this role nearly thirty years of eclectic experience as an anthropologist, radio journalist, storyteller, and public health policy advocate.
Here is the gist of my career, by decade (for more detail, see Linkedin.com/in/juliehantman):
In the 1990’s I was deeply involved in protecting the lives of injecting drug users amidst the raging HIV/AIDS epidemic in New York City. First I was an anthropologist studying how political and social forces were undermining the operations of activist-led needle exchange programs, sharing my findings with other public health professionals through articles and speeches. Then I turned policy advocate, expanding a state-wide coalition to fight for policy solutions to the crisis.
From the late 90’s to the early 00’s, I did some freelancing for NPR-affiliate WNYC Radio working twice with their stellar documentary unit. I produced a sixty-minute special on the psychological aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks. And, I was associate producer on a thirty minute special on AIDS treatments that won an Edward R. Murrow regional award.
In the 2000’s I relocated to Washington, DC to work on global AIDS prevention and national infectious diseases challenges. See my LinkedIn profile for more.
In the early 2010s I heard a searing speech about the climate crisis, leading to nights of insomnia over the state of our world and what all this meant for my young daughter. I pivoted my work to climate change, establishing a DC chapter of Moms Clean Air Force and executing local and federal campaigns to promote a clean energy transition.
My writing has appeared in Moms Clean Air Force’s blog, POZ magazine, and City Limits magazine, with two letters to the editor published in The New York Times. I am a storyteller who has performed first-person, live stories at DC’s storytelling venue, Story District. I earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Columbia University and a BA from Yale University.
I live in Washington, DC with my husband Jeff and our daughter Lila.