Julie Hantman has tackled some of the central crises of our times through an eclectic career as anthropologist, radio journalist, storyteller, ethicist, policy advocate, and public health professional.
Working on AIDS in New York City in the 1990’s, Julie saw the uncontrolled spread of HIV/AIDS among illicit drug users as a horrifying and neglected part of this health crisis. She devoted much of her Master of Public Health degree program to conducting a front-line study of activist-led needle exchange programs and the political and cultural forces undermining those efforts. Julie then pivoted to AIDS policy work.
Julie found her love of radio by interning with Marketplace Radio, where she cultivated a casual and conversational voice, and freelancing for WNYC Radio Morning Edition. She worked on two long-form specials for WNYC. In a life-changing experience, Julie led production of a sixty-minute radio special about the psychological aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks. She also was associate producer of a special about AIDS treatment which garnered an Edward R. Murrow regional award.
Moving into national and global advocacy in Washington, DC in the 2000’s, Julie worked with infectious diseases physicians to push Congress for better control of antibiotic resistance and pandemic influenza threats. See LinkedIn for more.
In the early 2010s, Julie heard a searing speech by Bill McKibben about the climate crisis, leading to nights of insomnia and a decision to join the climate fight. Creating a DC chapter for Moms Clean Air Force, she advocated for methane reduction and climate mitigation at local and national levels.
To bring climate conversations to the public, Julie returned to radio in 2018 to create the Climate Seasons series on community radio station Takoma Radio WOWD-LP 94.3FM located in Takoma Park, Maryland on the DC border. Now in its fourth year, Climate Seasons uses varying formats and a conversational tone to engage listeners and break down barriers to conversation and action.
Julie holds degrees in public health from Columbia University and philosophy from Yale University. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and their vivacious daughter.