Prologue Projects was founded in 2019 by Slow Burn co-creators Leon Neyfakh and Andrew Parsons. We specialize in producing honest, original, and beautifully-crafted narrative and analysis in audio and TV.

Leon Neyfakh

Leon Neyfakh is the host of Fiasco and co-creator of Slow Burn. Before starting Prologue Projects, he was a reporter for Slate, the Boston Globe, and the New York Observer. He is the author of the book, "The Next Next Level."

Andrew Parsons

Andrew Parsons is executive producer of Prologue Projects. His work has been featured on Marketplace, Studio 360 and Snap Judgment, among other outlets. Before arriving at Prologue Projects, he co-created and produced Slate's Slow Burn, and was senior producer on the history show BackStory.


Arlene Arevalo is Prologue Project’s assistant producer. Before working at Prologue, Arlene interned at Pineapple Street Studios working on Pineapple’s “Back Issue”, “The 11th”, and “Unhappy Hour with Matt Bellassai”. In their free time, Arlene likes to read books and watch reality tv.

Francis Carr

Francis Carr is a fact-checker and researcher for Fiasco and other Prologue podcasts. He is a writer, researcher, and musician living in Queens. Francis also works as an archival and research assistant to nonfiction writers, including Legs McNeil, Gillian McCain, and Alice Gregory. His television soundtrack credits include Workaholics (Comedy Central) and How To With John Wilson (HBO).


Before joining Prologue, Dustin co-created and was a producer on the podcast Louder Than A Riot, which investigated the interconnected rise of hip-hop and mass incarceration. He also worked as a producer and director on NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.


Benjamin Frisch is a producer and artist from Williamsburg Virginia. Previously, he created the graphic novel The Fun Family for Top Shelf Productions, and co-created the podcast Decoder Ring at Slate with Willa Paskin before coming to Prologue.

Sam Graham-Felsen

Sam Graham-Felsen is a writer and producer on Fiasco. His debut novel, Green, won the American Library Association’s Alex Award, was named “One of the Books We Loved in 2018” by the New Yorker, and was a New York Times Editors’ Pick. His nonfiction writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, The Nation, and elsewhere. Sam is also the co-host of the lighthearted advice podcast Hey, Man.


Danielle Hewitt is a senior producer for Prologue Projects living in Brooklyn, New York. Before coming to Prologue she produced Slate’s daily news podcast, What Next.

Madeline Kaplan

Madeline Kaplan is a producer for Fiasco from Toledo, Ohio. She previously worked as a researcher for Slate's Slow Burn and an intern for NPR's Ask Me Another. In her free time, she enjoys rewatching TV shows and making crossword puzzles.

Sam Lee

Sam Lee is senior producer on Fiasco. After over a decade in non-fiction TV development, Sam pivoted to audio, producing immersive audio tours for and podcasts including Crimetown Season 2 and Unladylike. Her work has appeared on ESPN, Slate, Studio 360 and more. Sam joined Prologue Projects to produce The Edge: Houston Astros.

Ula Kulpa

Ula Kulpa is a producer and script editor on Fiasco. Before joining the Prologue team, Ula helped produce Crimetown Presents: The RFK Tapes and the independent podcast Going Forward. She got her start as an intern for Retro Report, and she has a master's degree in Journalism from NYU.


Jessica Miller is a producer on Fiasco. She comes to Prologue from Slate, where she made the podcast Thrilling Tales of Modern Capitalism. Before that, she spent many years at WNYC, producing podcasts and directing broadcasts for The United States of Anxiety, The Stakes, Indivisible, and more. She's a graduate of The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and her work has also been featured on NPR and 99 Percent Invisible.

Meg Murnane

Meg Murnane is the producer on Celebrity Book Club. She is a freelance audio and film producer living in Upstate New York. Meg is also from Ohio.


Lena Richards is a senior producer at Prologue. Before joining our team she was at Sony Music, where she made a few shows including Bad Blood: The Final Chapter. Before that she made things at NPR and Morning Edition. Lena likes making podcasts, sure. But she also really likes using a hot glue gun, and playing pickle ball.

Percia verlin

Percia Verlin is the Prologue production manager and has worked in audio production since her post-college internship at Radiolab. She has produced podcasts for Kerning Cultures, a show that tells stories from the Middle East and North Africa, and Marvel Entertainment.  


Rachel Ward is the senior producer on 5-4, as well as freelance audio producer and editor. Her credits include hosting and producing Chompers and Surprisingly Awesome at Gimlet Media, producing Morning Edition at NPR, and hosting and reporting at WXXI in Rochester, New York. She has an MA from Ohio University's Scripps College of Communications and a BA from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland but weirdly, she is not from Ohio. You can find her at


Noor Wazwaz is a producer/reporter on Fiasco. Before joining Prologue, Noor was the lead producer on Land of the Giants: Delivery Wars. She got her start in audio at NPR, producing Morning Edition, Up First and Embedded. She has a MS from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.