About Us

Who We Are

Tradeoffs started with a simple idea: There are no silver bullets in health care. Dan Gorenstein learned this covering the business of health care at the public radio show Marketplace. Economists, physicians and researchers taught him even the most well-intentioned plans to fix issues like unaffordable insurance, high prescription drug prices and inequitable care for marginalized patients carried risk and unintended consequences. He struggled to fit all that nuance and complexity into his short radio stories.

He thought a show that examined research, outlined policy pros and cons and chronicled how policy impacted spending and people could help folks on Main Street, Wall Street and Capitol Hill have smarter, more honest conversations about health policy. In the fall of 2019, Dan and University of Pennsylvania community health expert Courtney Summers launched Tradeoffs, a show that tells intellectually engaging, emotionally resonant stories about the complicated, costly and often counterintuitive world of health care.

Our Team

Dan Gorenstein, Executive Producer and Host

Before launching Tradeoffs, Dan was the senior reporter for Marketplace’s Health Desk, covering the business of health care, and before that, he spent more than 11 years at New Hampshire Public Radio. He got his start in journalism at the Chicago Reporter, an investigative journal that examines race and class disparities in the Chicago area. He’s won numerous national and local awards, including the Society of Professional Journalist Sigma Delta Chi investigative reporting award.

Twitter: @dmgorenstein

Sayeh Nikpay, PhD, MPH, Contributing Research Editor

Sayeh has been a part of the Tradeoffs team since 2019. She helps Tradeoffs stay up on the latest health policy research in the Research Corner both on air and in the weekly Tradeoffs newsletter. She is an associate professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, and her research focuses on the impact of health reform on labor market decisions of individuals and hospital finance. She served  a staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisers from 2010-2011.

Twitter: @saynikpay

Ryan Levi, Producer

Ryan has been reporting and producing stories for Tradeoffs since 2019. Before that, he spent three years doing a little bit of everything at KQED, the NPR member station in the San Francisco Bay Area, and his work has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition and Here and Now. When he’s not reporting, Ryan loves baking and reading.

Twitter: @ryan_levi

Andrew Parrella, Producer and Sound Designer

Andrew began working on Tradeoffs in 2018, helping to create the pilot episodes to see if this ship could fly … turns out it can! He spent more than 15 years producing live radio and podcasts at public radio stations in New Hampshire (NHPR) and Boston (WGBH). In addition to making Tradeoffs sound beautiful, he also runs Methusaleh Productions, where he helps passionate individuals start their own podcasts. He’s been known to play AC/DC on his ukulele.

Twitter: @NhParrella

Jessica Silverman, Chief of Strategy and Operations

Jessica joined Tradeoffs in the summer of 2019 doing everything that isn’t making the podcast. In addition to working with Tradeoffs, she runs her own consulting firm that helps nonprofits build the fundraising, branding and operations they need to grow. Prior to starting her own firm, Jessica ran the development team at Code for America and built public sector partnerships at Carnegie Hall. When she is not at work, you can find her exploring the many beaches and hills of the Bay Area.

Jamie Song, Operations Assistant

Jamie has been with Tradeoffs since 2019, working on everything from marketing and communications to grant reporting. He is currently a Master of Public Health student at the University of Pennsylvania focusing on health equity and epidemiology, and he is set to graduate in May. Outside of the virtual workplace and classroom, Jamie enjoys playing guitar, cooking and exploring new places in Philly.

Leslie Walker, Senior Producer

Leslie joined Tradeoffs in the early days of 2019. She reports, produces and edits episodes for the show. Leslie has had what’s now fashionably known as a “nonlinear career,” having worked in health care, startups, communications and politics — and she even co-owned an artisan bread bakery.

Twitter: @leslie_walker_

Our BOARD & ADVISORS

Governing Board

Senior Counsel, Berger Montague; Novelist

Program Officer, Milbank Memorial Fund

Former Media Relations Manager, Urban Institute (Ret.)

Senior Adviser, Waxman Strategies; Founder, Open Way Coaching

Advisory Board

Co-founder & Chief Health Officer, Cityblock Health

Dean and the Emmett Dedmon Professor, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy

Henry and Allison McCance Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy and Director of Health Policy Research, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law; Associate Director, UCLA Center for Law and Economics

Associate Director, Center for Community and Population Health, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine; Director, Center for Public Health Initiatives, University of Pennsylvania

Helen Ross Professor, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Health Economics, Bloomberg School of Public Health and Carey Business School

​Executive Director, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics; Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine; Robert D. Eilers Professor of Health Care Management, The Wharton School; and practicing physician at the Philadelphia VA.

EDITORIAL INDEPENDENCE POLICY

We subscribe to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News:

Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.

Our organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.

Our organization will make public all donors who give a total of $5,000 or more per year. We will accept anonymous donations for general support only if it is clear that sufficient safeguards have been put into place that the expenditure of that donation is made independently by our organization and in compliance with INN’s Membership Standards.

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