Robin is the co-founder of Small Good Thing Productions, the Producer and Co-Host for NPR's flagship music program All Songs Considered and a composer. He’s written and recorded music for National Public Radio, National Geographic, Center Stage and, most recently, the documentary film Open Secret.

Before NPR Robin taught English and worked as a translator for the Board of Education in Nagoya, Japan. He’s also worked as an emergency room orderly, a blackjack dealer and a fruitcake factory assembly lineman.