John Asante, Co-Host, Co-Writer, & Co-Producer

John Asante was raised on a healthy dose of dance-worthy music from his family’s homeland of Ghana, disco jams, and Motown hits. Through grade school, John’s friends turned him onto all sorts of “rock” – punk, alternative, and emo (yes, emo). While attending Georgia State University, he DJ’ed at the college’s noteworthy radio station, and formed a vast appreciation for hip-hop, instrumentals, classic rock, blues, and the far reaches of the indie music scene, including Swedish psych rock and British electropop. At this point, John was a full-on concert junkie, attending more shows with friends than he could likely afford, just to chase that high.

His love of music and storytelling led him to a career in public radio, crafting pieces on pop culture, health, tech, and race for NPR’s Talk of The Nation, Ask Me Another, Morning Edition, and Tell Me MoreCurrently, John is an Associate Producer for There Goes The Neighborhood, WNYC’s podcast about gentrification in Brooklyn, and The Takeaway – WNYC and PRI’s national daily news program. Outside the cubicle walls, John tells stories about his African heritage and unabashed love for ABBA (among others) on shows like The MothThe Soundtrack Series, and The Shed Story Salon, and co-runs an online mixtape trading collective that you should totally join, no pressure. 

Jia H. Jung, Co-Host, Co-Writer, & Co-Producer

Jia H. Jung’s love of music began with twelve years of classical piano training that culminated in the performance of Schumann’s Concerto in A minor in her senior year of high school. At UC Berkeley, she worked as an Arts and Entertainment reporter and then editor at The Daily Californian, attending over fifty concerts in a summer through press tickets and writing reviews of most. As an adult in New York City, she has expressed her love of music by working for a time at ASCAP and daring to dabble in songwriting for Susan Hwang’s Bushwick Book Club.

She’s told winning stories for The Moth, appearing on the organization’s program broadcasted on NPR stations. She has also popped up at The Shed Storytelling Salon of Jason Fried, Audrey Evans, and Chrysanthe Tenentes, and Dana Rossi’s The Soundtrack Series, among other outlets. Jia can also be found dancing to the music and drumbeats of the South Pacific with Lei Pasifika, a traditional Tahitian group composed of lovely vahinez far more fetching and talented than she is.

Steve Francis, Sound Engineer & PIB’s Creative Therapist

Amos Rose, Composer of PIB Theme Music

Play It Back is a podcast all about the memories we make as we discover new music. Hosts John Asante and Jia H. Jung ask friends, musicians, writers, storytellers, performers, intellectuals, and creatives to share their stories and memories about the songs that have altered the course of their lives. In a world where music is more accessible than ever, Play It Back is a space for music lovers to explore how the power of music connects us with others, influences huge life decisions, and fans the flames of unabashed obsessions. New episodes are released monthly on iTunes, Soundcloud, and wherever you find podcasts.. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for even more updates.


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