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Joe Linstroth

Joe Linstroth is the executive producer of The Next Idea. Prior to joining the Michigan Radio team, he was the founding senior producer of Current State, a daily magazine show on WKAR in East Lansing.

Joe’s public radio career began atWBEZin Chicago, where he was a production assistant, then a   producer, for the long-running global affairs show,Worldview, and also contributed to The Morning Shift and The Afternoon Shift.

His passion for world news, and the Balkans specifically, led to some reporting abroad, including stories about Bulgaria's rebuilding wine industry and Kosovo’s parallel education systems. Joe got his start in journalism thanks to theEvanston RoundTable, a bi-monthly newspaper in Evanston, Ill.

In previous lives, Joe co-founded two sketch comedy groups in Chicago and was a case manager and health services coordinator for a 250-bed homeless shelter on the city's Westside.

Originally from Minnesota, he has a BA in history from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in journalism from Indiana University.