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Brendan Newnam

  • Brendan Newnam

    Brendan Newnam is the Public Insight Analyst for the national public radio programs "Marketplace," "Marketplace Money" and "Weekend America." As an analyst he is part reporter and part producer. His responsibilities include tapping the expertise of the 40,000 people that have agreed to help American Public Media cover the news. He also produces features for "Marketplace" and "Marketplace Money."

    Newnam is a native of Philadelphia, Pa., who still can't come to terms with the fact that he lives in Los Angeles. Before coming to American Public Media he was a freelance radio reporter and he freelanced domestically and abroad for various publications. He worked for three years as an associate producer for a local arts program at WRTI in Philadelphia and prior to that he was the staff researcher at the national public radio program "Fresh Air with Terry Gross." Newnam holds a B.A. in English Literature from Rutgers University, where he graduated with high honors and he holds (and still pays for) a J.D. from Temple Law School where he was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society.

    He enjoys eating decadently, engaging in spirited debate and writing pop songs.

Recent Stories


  • The 99-Cent Chef

    Wallets are being squeezed from all sides, but with an eye for bargains, you can eat healthy and on the cheap. Brendan Newnam dines with L.A.'s 99-Cent Chef.

  • Hitchin' a ride online

    Life's tough for the carless and gas prices are stinging car owners. Brendan Newnam learns how both sides can get a bargain by turning to Craigslist.

  • Listeners Weigh in on Having More than One Child

    Listeners are still weighing in on Weekend America host Bill Radke's ambivalence about having a second child. We also hear from Louis Wynne, a professor of psychology at the University of New Mexico and the author of the "Healing the Hurting Soul: a survival manual for the black sheep of every family."

  • The Weekend America All Stars do Super Tuesday

    There was only one thing, we thought, keeping Super Tuesday from being really super: no music. Phew. That's fixed. Here are two more Super Tuesday tracks to get your election on.

  • The Kids are All Right

    Listeners took issue with our panelists' take on the intentions of children. We take the opportunity to learn about the history of children's rights.

  • Giving Up Cell Phones and Cocaine

    Last week listeners thought we talked too light- heartedly about addiction. But they were pleased that we explored the idea of trashing the cell phone.

  • Too Much Army, Too Much Home

    Last week listeners thought we had too much army, and too much home sweet home on the show.

  • Letters: Horse Rustlin' and "Puff" Endings

    This week we open the Weekend America mailbox, and we hear your thoughts on chopping down Christmas trees, how "Puff the Magic Dragon" could end happily and how horse theft is a real problem in the U.S.

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