The Brookings Cafeteria podcast features in-depth conversations with experts about their ideas and research.
The bi-weekly show debuted in August 2013 and won Best News & Politics podcast from the Academy of Podcasters Awards at the Podcast Movement conference in 2015.
Its Host is Fred Dews, who is also Managing Editor of New Digital Products at the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Apart from the Brookings Cafeteria podcast, for the past two years, Fred has been chief writer and editor of the Brookings Now blog.
Prior to that, for 14 years, he managed the Brookings website as editor. He has participated in five website redesigns while at Brookings and has been a member of the Communications staff since 1999. In his first three years at Brookings, Fred was a senior research assistant and center manager in the Governance Studies program.
Fred is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service (Diplomacy & International Security; Soviet & Russian studies); an honor graduate of the U.S. Army Field Artillery School (earned Master Gunner award); and holds masters’ degrees in public policy and U.S. history from Georgetown University and George Mason University, respectively.
He listens to punk rock (particularly The Clash), watches the Tour de France intensely every summer, and loves family history/genealogy. On his blog, publichistorian.com, he writes about his ancestors and stories of history that are of interest. You can follow him on Twitter @publichistory. In all of his spare time, Fred continues to work on a novel, a piece of historical fiction.
Fred, who was born in Texas and grew up in Dallas, lives in Northern Virginia with his family.