Nick Spitzer

Host - American Routes

Nick Spitzer is a scholar, documentary producer, and program host known for his informed and witty style in presenting American cultures and communities to audiences from Carnegie Hall to the National Mall, from American Public Media to PBS.

He spent a decade at the Smithsonian and has recently returned to Louisiana where he had previously served as the State Folklorist. Currently the Zemurray Professor of Folklore and Cultural Conservation at the University of New Orleans' College of Urban and Public Affairs, Spitzer is known to public radio audiences nationwide for his award-winning Folk Masters series from Wolf Trap, cultural features on All Things Considered and as artistic director of the annual American Roots Fourth of July.

With his background in documentary media, American culture and "underground" progressive radio, Spitzer is well positioned to bring new audiences to the music and musicians he loves through American Routes.

American Routes

American Routes is a two-hour weekly excursion into American music, spanning eras and genres—roots rock and soul, blues and country, jazz, gospel and beyond.