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Lyse Messmer

Stateside Production Assistant

Lyse (pronounced "lease") grew up in Portland Oregon, where she was surprised to learn as a teen that the radio played music and not just Fresh Air and All Things Considered. While she officially studied painting, history, and urban planning at Brigham Young University, she made a much more comprehensive study of This American Life. After graduation, she moved to Detroit to see what all the Brooklynization was about.

For the past three years, she worked as a graphic designer, unofficial podcast curator, and a novice conversationalist, badgering friends and neighbors with questions to understand the complex dynamics of identity, poverty, race, and spatial politics in Detroit Metro.

Four months ago, she became a real Michigander when she and her husband bought a house (and spent a summer weekend "Up North").

Right back where she started, she lives in a mini-Portland (Ann Arbor) and still forgets that the radio can dial past 91.7 FM.

She is excited to work on Stateside this semester!