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‘Gun Play’ Podcast Team

Hady Mawajdeh is a Reporting Fellow for the public media collaborative Guns & America, and previously, he was an Arts Reporter and Digital Editor for KERA’s Art & Seek. He’s been the producer of statewide news shows in North Carolina and Texas. Mawajdeh is Gun Play‘s creator, host, and lead producer.

Jerome Weeks is the Senior Arts Reporter/Producer for KERA. At The Dallas Morning News, he was the book columnist for ten years and the drama critic for ten years before that. On Gun Play, he worked as co-host, co-producer and co-creator with Hady Mawajdeh.

A.C. Valdez is a Senior Editor for Guns & America. He’s a Peabody Award-winning audio producer and editor. He was the founding producer of’s The Weeds and The Ezra Klein Show. Valdez is Gun Play‘s editor.

Micaela Rodriguez is KERA’s first podcast producer. Before coming to North Texas, she worked with CQ Roll Call, POLITICO, WITF and NPR, among others. On Gun Play, Rodriguez handled production and engineering responsibilities.

The instrumental version of “Hold My End Up” in Gun Play is used by permission from Delta Spirit. The complete song appears on the indie rock band’s 2014 Dualtone album, Into the Wide. Delta Spirit’s personnel are Matthew Logan Vasquez (vocals and guitars) — Vasquez grew up in the Texas Hill Country — Kelly Winrich (keyboards, programming, guitars, percussion, lapsteel), William Mclaren (guitars), Johnathan Jameson (bass) and Brandon Young (drums, percussion). In addition to their albums, Ode To Sunshine, History From Below, Delta Spirit, Into the Wide and What Is There, Delta Spirit’s music can be heard in episodes of the TV shows Friday Night Lights, Sons of Anarchy, Grey’s Anatomy, The Walking Dead and American Dad!