- Norwich, United Kingdom
LanguagesConversational Cantonese, French, and Esperanto
Stephanie is available forAt the moment, I'm primarily available for audio consulting and editing, and especially interested in working on new fiction/narrative, diverse voices, and popular science podcasts. However, I'm curious about most things and always open to new opportunities, so please reach out if you have special collaboration in mind!
Primarily: Consulting, Editing, Research
Selectively: Reporting, Producing, Presenting/Hosting, Scripting/Writing
Stephanie Tam has over seven years of audio experience and has worked for various podcast/radio shows and studios, including Freakonomics Radio, Radiolab, and WNYC Studios/New York Public Radio. As a consultant and editor, she's developed production strategy, editorial structure, and pilot episode/templates for new podcast series for First Look Media, Theos Think Tank, the Centre for Effective Altruism, and NYT-bestselling author James Clear.
As a producer, researcher and writer, she’s known for her ability to swiftly metabolize a wide range of interdisciplinary material and to craft compelling narratives around complex issues. Special research and reporting interests include psychology, immigration, behavioral economics, postcolonial politics, sociolinguistics, and medical history — but her omnivorous curiosity means those interests expand to just about anything, from the science of trees, the calculated risk of playing football, and the economics of altruism, to the quirky history of invented languages. She has been interviewed about her reporting on language politics for KERA’s Think (on NPR).
Before her adventures in audio, she pursued her love of storytelling and the social sciences through two master’s degrees in evidence-based social intervention and world literatures as a fully-funded Daniel M. Sachs Scholar at the University of Oxford; she also graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's in English literature from Princeton University. Her research has been published by the academic publisher Brill and in top social policy journal Trauma, Violence, & Abuse.
Her writing has been published in various outlets, including The Believer, The Behavioral Scientist, and Slate, and she's been shortlisted for the Fitzcarraldo Editions/Mahler & LeWitt Studios Essay Prize. Her literary agent is Clare Alexander.
As an intern at Radiolab, I helped to produce an episode on the wonder-filled underground network of forests. During the course of several interviews and a reporting trip to the New York Botanical Gardens, I learned the art of listening not only to people, but also trees. “A forest can feel like a place of great quiet. But dig a little deeper, there’s a hidden world…"
For First Look Media's MAEVE IN AMERICA, I produced this season finale in which Irish comedian Maeve Higgins follows the incredible Dan-el Padilla Peralta on a journey to rival Odysseus — from an undocumented child living in NYC homeless shelters to a professor at Princeton, and his epic fight to become a legal US resident.
I served as an independent consultant and founding producer for Theos Think Tank, helping to develop the concept and produce the pilot episode for a new interview-based podcast show hosted by Nick Spencer: READING OUR TIMES.
Based on my reporting adventures with the modern-day Esperanto community, I wrote this feature essay exploring the language politics of English and Esperanto — the first driven by global imperialism, the second invented by a Jewish ophthalmologist. I was subsequently interviewed by KERA's Think about the story.
As a staff producer at Freakonomics Radio, I produced roughly two dozen episodes over two years. One of my favorites was a three-part series that placed the hidden side of medicine under the telescope. The episodes shed light on centuries of trial-and-error and the (surprisingly recent) rise of evidence-based medicine. They ended up being some of the show's most downloaded episodes. For the series, I identified and researched the stories, booked the guests and studios, conducted over half the interviews, and prepped the host for the rest of the interviews. I also scripted and fact-checked the episodes in editorial collaboration with the host and executive producer, and worked with our technical director on sound design.
Ever wondered what it would be like to walk into an enchanted village that only appears once a year? That’s a bit like how it felt undertaking my curious reporting adventures in Esperanto-land. I pitched, reported, and produced this special feature for the Freakonomics Earth 2.0 Series. I also conducted the research, interviews, and scripting.
This episode was one of the most popular Freakonomics episodes. It was full of twists, an unsettling cautionary tale in humility against sensationalist journalism. We like to play psychologists in our everyday lives, but there’s a danger in pushing our wonder buttons with pseudo-science... I took this episode from pitch to finish: identifying guests, storyboarding structure, conducting interviews, prepping the host, scripting, fact-checking, and advising sound-design and social media. I worked closely with the executive editor and show host on all the edits and final revisions.
- Tape Syncs
- Story Editing
- Sound Design
- Show Development
- Grant Writing
- Field Recording
- Fact Checking
- Stedman Microphone Pop Screen Filter
- Glyph Blackbox Plus External Drive
- Zoom H5 Recorder
- Sennheiser MKE 600 Shotgun Mic
- Acoustic Soundproofing Panels
- Pro Tools
- Rode NTG2 Shotgun Mic
- Sony MDR7506 Headphones
- Izotope RX 8
- Rycote Windjammer Shield + Deadcat Softie
- Pistol grip + shock mount
- Senior Producer at James Clear LLC (2021-2022)
- Producer at Freakonomics Radio (2016-2018)
- Intern at Radiolab (2015-2016)
- Consultant & Producer at Reading Our Times (Theos Think Tank) (2020)
- Researcher at Dan Heath LLC (2019)
- Consulting Editor at Behavioral Scientist (2021)
- Founding Producer & Co-Host at Doing Good Better (Centre for Effective Altruism) (2016)
- Founding Producer at Maeve in America (First Look Media) (2016-2017)