Becky Harlan Becky Harlan is a video producer at NPR.
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Becky Harlan

Video Producer

Becky Harlan is a video producer at NPR. In this role, she makes videos for things like "Maddie About Science"; explainers covering everything from the impact of green roofs in New York City to food deserts in Washington, D.C.; and interview-based videos that create space for individuals to share their own experience on topics like treaty relations between the U.S. and Native Nations, American Sign Language, menstruation, and childbirth with complications.

Before she came to NPR in 2016, Harlan was an associate photo editor at National Geographic, where she worked as an editor and writer for its photography blog and contributed to the food blog, science blog, and photo community "Your Shot" as a producer and picture editor. She also worked as the video intern for NPR Music in the fall of 2013, where she filmed and edited videos for Tiny Desk Concerts and field recordings, and as a graduate intern at the Smithsonian American Art Museum where she made trailers for exhibitions and edited artist interviews.

Harlan has taught photography courses at the New York State Summer School of the Arts, Sitar Arts Center, and the Corcoran College of Art and Design. She has an MA in New Media Photojournalism from the Corcoran College of Art and Design and a BA in Art History from Furman University.

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Studying active volcanoes can be dangerous. Which is why a group of 40 scientists and engineers from all over the world came together to simulate volcanic blasts. What they're learning will help them at a real eruption. NPR hide caption

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Dasani Watkins video chats with her friend from her bedroom in Barry Farm on October 15. 2016. Watkins moved to Barry Farm with her family in 2013. "I thought this was the worst place in the world, and I could not believe my mom would bring us to this hood," she said. "But I was excited to have my own room." Joy Sharon Yi hide caption

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Joseph Quarterman (left), Bob Martin, Howard Gasaway, and Chubby Martin wear their Captain's uniforms as they prepare for the annual flag raising ceremony in June, 2016. Becky Harlan hide caption

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"Hydrant: In the Air," 1963 — "It's significant because it shows us. We were not allowed to go to the public pools. So we opened our hydrant and we cooled ourselves off. But when I saw it and photographed it I made it more than just poor people turning on a hydrant. I'm very proud of that image. And it says a lot to my community. Hopefully when you look at my image you don't see poor people." Hiram Maristany/ Smithsonian American Art Museum hide caption

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Artist Imani Turner works on a watercolor piece inspired by the solar system. "Art creates opportunities for all of us to learn about ourselves," says Tony Brunswick, the executive director of Art Enables. "We really believe in the power of art." Becky Harlan/NPR hide caption

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Atole de elote is a warm corn drink from Central America. Student Jose Rivas wrote an essay about a weekly tradition of enjoying atole with his late father in El Salvador, and how the drink helped him to feel more at home after he moved to the U.S. Becky Harlan/NPR hide caption

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