Hélène Biandudi Hofer

Award-winning journalist, documentary filmmaker, TV news magazine host and producer. Creator of The Empty Hanger, a documentary news series currently in production by Hélène's media group, HBH Enterprises.

WATCH: A Woodshop Teaches Teens How To Build Furniture & Character

From ancient Egypt to modern times, the skill and art of woodworking continues to hold a place in society. As Need to Know host Hélène Biandudi Hofer recently learned, if anything it’s a craft with benefits that might far outweigh what you would expect. At least that’s the case for one Rochester woodworking program which has been teaching teens not only how to build furniture, but also character, personal value, and respect.

WATCH: The Incomparable Garth Fagan Talks Life, Dance & New Work

His work has been described as “unfailingly original.” His dancers have been called “fearless.” He has been given the title “creative genius.” And according to the LA Times if there’s such a place as dance heaven, Garth Fagan Dance knows how to get there. Garth Fagan, one of the most acclaimed choreographers in the world talks with Need to Know's Hélène Biandudi Hofer about life, dance and new work.

WATCH: Photographer Arleen Thaler Gives Voice To The Voiceless Through Raw & Powerful Images

Her photographs capture the beauty of a community but also reveal the dark side of humanity. On this edition of Need to Know we’ll see how Rochester photographer Arleen Thaler is advocating for the disadvantaged one picture at a time. We’ll also learn how Thaler’s photographs are being used in partnership with a national campaign to empower survivors of abuse and trafficking.

WATCH: The Presiding Bishop Of The Episcopal Church Talks Battling Poverty, Racism & Violence

Divided is one of the single most common words used to describe the state of our country after the 2016 Presidential election. But on this edition of Need to Know the leader of one of America’s oldest religious denominations offers a unifying charge. The Most Reverend Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, talks with Hélène Biandudi Hofer about racial justice and reconciliation.

WATCH: Radio Hosts & DJs Share The Thoughts & Concerns Of Listeners In Election 2016

In an era when media outlets are working overtime to tap into the minds of readers and viewers, some would say it’s the radio market that has been most successful. I’m talking about programs where callers are viewed as stakeholders and offered a platform to share their thoughts. So what are listeners in the Rochester, New York, region saying about this year’s historic presidential election? Local radio hosts and DJ’s join Need to Know with Hélène Biandudi Hofer to share the thoughts of their listeners.

WATCH: Soul Singer Danielle Ponder Tackles Racial Injustice Through Music

It’s a rather simple equation.  Soul + Groove = Danielle Ponder and the Tomorrow People. The New York group has performed throughout Europe and around the US winning over audiences and the “Best Local Band” award from the 2015 Roc Awards. But the meaning behind the songs written by Rochester native and vocalist for the band, Danielle Ponder, are anything but simple and surface-level. Ponder talks with Hélène Biandudi Hofer about her story, her band and the influence of her work as a public defender on her music.

WATCH: Award-Winning Journalist Michele Norris Uncovers America's Attitudes About Race

Her voice is a familiar one for public radio listeners, but her request may be an uncomfortable one for many. Distill your questions, experiences, hardships, and dreams about race and identity in six words. Award-winning journalist and former NPR host, Michele Norris on coming face-to-face with race in America on this edition of Need to Know with host and producer, Hélène Biandudi Hofer.
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