From Colorado to Angola, this podcaster helps communities command tales for substitute

From Colorado to Angola, this podcaster helps communities command tales for substitute

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Catherine de Medici Jaffee thinks smartly-told tales can promote certain action. So she shares podcasting tools with folk that work to larger the planet.

Revealed August 30, 2022

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Catherine de Medici Jaffee has always been surrounded by storytellers. The first used to be her father—a literature-loving rancher with a radio relate who, even when terminally in sorrowful health, led their family on world travels. Following in that adventurous spirit, Jaffee frolicked in India and Japan, learning how smartly-told tales can attain religious, political, and social substitute.

She then became storytelling into a profession and at the open thought to be constructing documentaries. However one thing felt off, she says: “The camera would attain out, and the folk stopped smiling.” Jaffee questioned whether or no longer her subject issues would feel more happy talking into a microphone than being filmed.

Her resolution: podcasts, both much less intimidating and more accessible. In 2017 she based House of Pod, a nonprofit that helps would-be podcasters command tales centered on their communities, which frequently lack a allege. A Nationwide Geographic Explorer, Jaffee recently labored with Angolan biologist and environmental anthropologist Kerllen Costa on Guardians of the River, piece of the Nationwide Geographic Society’s Okavango Desolate tract Challenge, which surveys and seeks to provide protection to the biodiverse river basin in southwestern Africa. In 2021 Guardians of the River obtained the Tribeca Pageant’s Podcast Non-Fiction Award.

One other virtue of podcasts, Jaffee says, is that “audio moves with you.” She has many more tales on the method.

The Nationwide Geographic Society has funded the work of audio storytelling specialist Catherine de Medici Jaffee since 2012. Be taught more about its lend a hand of Explorers at

This story appears to be in the October 2022 scenario of Nationwide Geographic magazine.