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Radiotopia and Beyond with Julie Shapiro


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You might think of Julie Shapiro as a master listener.

Back in 2000 – before podcasting was invented – Shapiro was a co-founder and the artistic director of the highly respected Third Coast International Audio Festival in Chicago, dedicated to extending the craft and awareness of artful radio storytelling. She did that for 14 years: a time during which the creative audio community, listenership and marketplace exploded.

Today – amid all the excitement, investment and real innovation around podcasting – she’s the executive producer of Radiotopia, the tightly curated Boston-based network widely considered the ‘indie record label’ of podcasts … and home to 99% Invisible, Ear Hustle, The Heart, Song Exploder and many more.

Shapiro also boasts a strong connection to Australia. From 2014 to 2015, she lived in Sydney as executive producer of ABC RN’s Creative Audio Unit, which produced the boundary-blasting Soundproof and the storytelling show Radiotonic.

This December, she visits Melbourne to share insights from her long career in listening – and to discuss collaboration, reinvention and the long view in the era of the podcast, with host Sophie Black.

In the second part of this event, Julie Shapiro will lend us her ears as a judge of So You Think You Can Pod – the Wheeler Centre’s search for new, audible ideas – alongside Audiocraft executive director Kate Montague, Australian podcast producer Eric George (BowravilleBallarat’s Children) and Wheeler Centre senior digital editor Jon Tjhia.


Julie Shapiro

Julie Shapiro is the executive producer of Radiotopia from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven podcasts. She is also the executive producer of Ear Hustle. From 2014–15, Julie was the executive producer of ABC RN’s Creative Audio Unit. In 2000, she co-founded the Third Coast... Read more

Kate Montague

Kate Montague is the Founder and Director of Audiocraft – an organisation for Australian radiomakers and podcasters. She has made audio stories for ABC RN’s Earshot, This Is About, Pocketdocs and Long Story Short programmes, the CBC’s Love Me podcast, NPR’s Snap Judgement, FBi Radio’... Read more

Sophie Black

Sophie Black is a writer, journalist and Crikey’s editor-in-chief. She has worked in senior management across cultural and media organisations, and has written for outlets such as The Guardian and The Monthly. As the Wheeler Centre’s head of publishing, she oversaw projects such as the Walk... Read more

Eric George

Eric George is a multiple Walkley Award-winning podcast producer and the Australian’s Multimedia Editor. He produced the investigative documentaries Bowraville and Ballarat’s Children and launched the newspaper’s weekly business podcast, The Money Cafe. Eric also covers netb... Read more


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