Stephanie Foo

"One of the things I care about is showing the world there are other perspectives. I try to educate people to open themselves up to others and to different ideas, to make this a less binary world."

Stephanie Foo has always been obsessed with stories. She started her first podcast, Get Me On This American Life, when she was just 21, and it launched her into a career that led to actually working at This American Life just four years later

As a child, Stephanie created comics, got her start in print journalism, then became fascinated with audio narratives. At This American Life, she reported, edited, and mixed radio stories and often produced entire shows. Stephanie produced This American Life’s video project, “Videos 4 U: I Love You,” which garnered three Daytime Emmy nominations and also won the 2015 Webby Award for Online Film & Video in Drama: Individual Short or Episode category.

Altogether, she has been working in audio for over a decade. Stephanie helped create the national radio show Snap Judgment, and her work has been showcased on numerous podcasts, such as Reply All, 99 Percent Invisible, and Radiolab. Stephanie also produced an Emmy-winning video short for TAL. Dissatisfied with the poor technology associated with podcasts, in 2015, Stephanie created a hackathon to brainstorm ways to better share audio. She then led the development of Shortcut, a revolutionary app for sharing podcast audio.

Stephanie is a 2019-2020 Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow, and she is currently working on a book that explores the science and psychology behind Complex PTSD through the lens of her own personal narrative of healing titled What My Bones Know – forthcoming Spring 2022.

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