Welcome to The Shape of Care, a dynamic new podcast that explores the world of caregiving through storytelling and information-sharing. We’re shooting to launch the podcast THIS FALL! 

Here’s an update on our progress!

  • We now have a production team! 
      • Helen Barrington is Executive Producer; She coordinates and oversees the editorial arc of the project, and directs the mixing of episodes. That includes pre-production work, like editing the narration I record (and selecting the best passages of the options I record), and “cutting” the sections of interviews I’ve recorded.
      • Then Helen and her business partner, James Donahue – a Grammy-nominated broadcast and recording engineer and Berklee College of Music Professor – put all of the elements together, including music, into “the mix” at Whiskey Lane Productions in West Roxbury, MA.
      • We’re supported by Alex Birch, who is Assistant Producer. Alex is also Senior Manager at the PRX Podcast Garage. She’s worked with me on field recording, some coaching in the studio, and generally sharing her podcast wisdom.
  • 10 guests with incredible stories to tell!
      • I’ve done 10 studio interviews with guests who speak from the heart and share important and useful information about caregiving, based on their vantage points as caregivers, care workers and activists. And I’ve had informal recorded conversations with a few others during field recording.
  • Five scripts written!
      • I’ve written 5 scripts which incorporate the diverse perspectives of my guests! And we’re set to record the final episode in this pilot series (Episode 6) with Karen Wasserman, an elder care expert. In each of the episodes, we ask people for their questions. And in Episode 6, we’ll pose as many questions as we can and record Karen’s answers to share with listeners.
  • Weaving the stories together!
      • I’ve recorded my narration tracks, which weave all the guests’ stories together. Now that Helen (Exec Producer) and James (Mix Engineer) have all the tracks selected from my guests and my narration tracks, they’re doing their magic – mixing them, adding music and creating a quality piece of audio that you’ll want to listen to!
  • Website and more!
      • We have a website, which we’ll launch in the summer; we have a logo designed by Sarah Wasko; and theme music, by Josh Rosen and Stan Strickland.
      • And I’ve been working with Lisa Mullins, anchor of WBUR’s All Things Considered, who has been coaching me on writing and reading for audio!

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Thanks for your support!  And stay tuned!

A little back story about why I wanted to create a podcast about caregiving…

As you know, there are millions of people caring for family members, and there are millions of workers providing paid caregiving to elders. Despite the importance of this work, it’s largely invisible – and many people providing care feel isolated and unsupported.  In creating this podcast, my aim is to create platform for a “caregiving conversation”, hopefully one that will help people feel less alone.

A year ago, I knew I wanted to start a podcast about caregiving, but I knew nothing about how to do that. I’m thrilled to say that I now know a ton more about audio production, how to WRITE scripts for the ear, how to READ scripts for the ear, how to market a podcast, and more. My passion for creating The Shape of Care has only grown.

“The Shape of Care” (formerly “Who Cares?”) in the Media!

March 1, 2018 – Interview with Chris Lovett about “Who Cares?” on Neighborhood Network News

March 2, 2018 – Interview with David Ertischek about “Who Cares?” in the Jamaica Plain News

Q: Now you’re creating a podcast called “Who Cares?” How will the podcast relate to the book?

Fried: Good question! As I spoke with people about their caregiving experiences, I discovered the universality of many of the issues I was dealing with – the challenges of being a “parent” to one’s parent, coordinating care with siblings, and making decisions about whether and/or when to put a loved one into an institution when you’re not able to provide adequate care. “Caring for Red” is my personal story, but there are many stories out there. The podcast will provide a platform for people to share their stories. Also, after all that travel, I’m pretty excited about turning to the power of audio – and broadening the conversation to anyone with access to the internet!


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