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A Way Home Together: Stories of the Human Journey

Miranda Shafer

A Way Home Together uses the informal and intimate medium of podcasting to tell personal stories of people on the move, including migrants, refugees and those who have been deeply affected by different cultures. These are stories of the human journey. This is produced for the International Organization for Migration and is part of the TOGETHER campaign.

TOGETHER is a United Nations campaign that promotes respect safety and dignity for migrants and refugees. Launched in September 2016, its aim is to counter the rise in xenophobia and discrimination.

Episcopal News Service Podcast

Miranda Shafer

I worked with the Managing Editor of the Episcopal News Service to produce a series of audio segments about the 2017 Episcopal Youth Event, which is the second largest event in the Episcopal Church

[Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Youth Event is gearing up for its 2017 conference July 10-14 in Edmond, Oklahoma. In advance of the big event — expected to draw 1,300 teenagers from across the Episcopal Church — Episcopal News Service sent Miranda Shafer to meet with the EYE17 planning committee and produce an audio story about how this year’s theme, “Path to Peace,” came to be.

[Episcopal News Service — Edmond, Oklahoma] The Episcopal Youth Event is underway in Edmond, Oklahoma, from July 10-14. Ninety of 109 Episcopal dioceses are represented and more than 1,400 people — including chaperones, volunteers, chaplains, medical workers — are on the ground here at the University of Central Oklahoma. Episcopal News Service sent Miranda Shafer to Oklahoma to cover the event.

[Episcopal News Service – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma] Episcopal youth attending the 13th annual Episcopal Youth Event took a field trip to the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum on July 12. The memorial and museum honor the victims of the April 19, 1995, bombing and tells the story of that tragic day.

[Episcopal News Service – Edmond, Oklahoma] On the eve of their departure from Oklahoma, 1,300 youth from across the Episcopal Church began strategizing about how they will take the “Path to Peace” message home.

Richer Life Lab Podcast

Miranda Shafer

The Richer Life Lab bills itself as "the science and art of managing money, career and life."

Laura Adams and Kate Rodriguez host the podcast. Laura is a nationally recognized personal finance expert and the host of the Money Girl Podcast, which has been downloaded more than 40 million times. Kate is a freelance writer who specializes in employment and professional development.

Each episode is full of practical information and personal experiences geared at helping listeners balance money, career and life. 

As a producer my responsibilities include:

  • Edit the weekly podcast with two show hosts who record their tracks remotely
  • Instruct remote guests doing interviews via Skype on how to achieve the best sound quality
  • Use professional software to edit, reduce noise, and improve audio quality
  • Furnish creative ideas for show topics and content delivery
  • Organize and maintain the production calendar and task assignments  
  • Provide voice coaching and technical support to hosts and guest interviewers
  • Provide post production and musical scoring

The "How Do We Fix It?" Podcast

Miranda Shafer

“How Do We Fix It?” is a production of Davies Content. The podcast focuses on solutions to problems large and small—everything from politics and policy to credit-card debt. 

The show is hosted by Richard Davies (ABC News) and Jim Meigs (the former editor-in-chief of Popular Mechanics).

As a producer I provide the following skills:

  • Contribute and research ideas for every aspect of the podcast
  • Edit and score each episode    
  • Prepare hosts to interview guests
  • Identify and pre-interview potential interview subjects
  • Build website and produce content for the site
  • Serve as a liaison between the host and the studio


Mother: A Podcast, Episode No. 7: "Just Show Up"

Miranda Shafer

Why is it so hard to talk about miscarriages and stillbirths? They are universal phenomenons, but they remain taboo subjects. 

I produced this piece, with help from Amy Gastelum and Anne Noyes Saini, about my sister's stillbirth for Mother: A Podcast.

If you would like more information about a community that can help you with your loss, contact Reconceiving Loss.

Feet in 2 Worlds Podcast: "How to Wear Your Hair? A Potent Question for African & Caribbean Immigrant Women"

Miranda Shafer

I produced this story for Feet in 2 Worlds. You can hear the original story here

I produced this podcast about the natural hair movement in the West African and Caribbean immigrant community with Sally Nnamani and John Rudolph. I  provided research, field recording and audio editing. Together we visited hair salons and homes of women who told us how their hair affects their lives, their sense of self and their wallets. 

Sally is originally from Nigeria; she knows firsthand the pressure new immigrants face. Sally left Nigeria when she was 12, and when her parents told her that they were moving to the United States, her mother said, “You girls are going to have to get your hair done!” Many of our interviewees had similar stories: Straight hair is equated with “putting your best face forward,” having confidence and being beautiful. 

According to Mintel (a market research group), in 2012 the black hair-care industry brought in an estimated $684 million, and by 2017 that number is projected to rise to $761 million. Mintel stipulated that the 2012 figure does not include general market brands, weaves, extensions, wigs, independent beauty-supply stores, distributors, e-commerce, styling tools and appliances. If all of those things were taken into consideration, the $684 million in expenditures could reach a half-trillion dollars.

Despite the massive size of the industry, this story reveals how personal a topic this is for the women of these communities.