Larissa Anderson

Larissa Anderson is the senior producer for national Arts & Ideas programming. Anderson joined APM, co-created Wits and Marketplace after honing her radio skills as an intern with American RadioWorks and an assistant producer of programs in the MPR newsroom. She also led the Poetry Radio Project, an initiative that spanned many of APM's national programs including Weekend America, Marketplace, Being, The Splendid Table, Performance Today and The Story. Prior to her life in radio, Anderson taught high school English and taught English to adult language learners. She also was a grant writer, waitress and singer/songwriter. Anderson attended the University of Minnesota where she received her bachelor's degree in English literature. She returned to her alma mater and obtained her master's degree in English education. A native and current resident of Minnesota, Anderson likes to hang out with her family and practice yoga.

Stories by Larissa Anderson

How street signs turn drivers into donors

A public art project at the Minneapolis Public Library is designed to get visitors to consider panhandlers in a new light. The exhibit features portraits of nine homeless people, the cardboard signs they used on the street to ask for money, and an artist's interpretation of that sign. The artists' versions are hung next to the original cardboard signs along with a portrait of the panhandler who made the original. These cardboard signs become a marketing tool that help the homeless make some charitable dollars.