Joel became KUER’s program director in 2018, following a westward journey from Chicago that involved a 14-year-old Chevy and a 17-year-old cat. (The car broke down. The cat survived.) He has spent most of his career producing talk shows and podcasts. His most recent project is American Fiasco, the 12-part WNYC Studios podcast about the meltdown of the U.S. men's soccer team at the 1998 World Cup. (If you love soccer, you will love it. If you hate soccer, you will absolutely adore it.) Joel has also worked in content roles for Slate Podcasts and WBEZ Chicago, where he executive-produced Making Oprah and helped launch Making Obama and The Trouble. He first joined WNYC in 2007 as a producer on the eclectic music program Soundcheck. Joel was born and raised in Minneapolis, where public radio is second nature and the Twins are never in first place.