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In life, sometimes we have a unique experience that leaves us with big emotional questions. And sometimes, there’s no one around us who can answer our questions. Each episode, host Yowei Shaw (formerly of NPR's Invisibilia) connects a guest with the “proxies” they need - experts and strangers with shared experience. Not an advice show and definitely not therapy, Proxy offers something different: a space for people to confront, commiserate and even find the comedy (or cringe) through frank conversation. Proxy is a completely independent production. To support the show and get exclusive bonus episodes and other goodies, go to

Credits: Host/producer: https://www.yoweishaw.com - Yowei Shaw
Editor: https://www.starlightdiner.studio - John DeLore
Reporter/producer: Kim Nederveen Pieterse
Mixing engineer: https://www.kylepulley.net - Kyle Pulley
Tile art: https://goodtape.com - Good Tape Studio
heme music: https://breakmastercylinder.bandcamp.com - Breakmaster Cylinder

Proxy with Yowei Shaw Y3 Productions

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    • 4.8 • 283 Ratings

In life, sometimes we have a unique experience that leaves us with big emotional questions. And sometimes, there’s no one around us who can answer our questions. Each episode, host Yowei Shaw (formerly of NPR's Invisibilia) connects a guest with the “proxies” they need - experts and strangers with shared experience. Not an advice show and definitely not therapy, Proxy offers something different: a space for people to confront, commiserate and even find the comedy (or cringe) through frank conversation. Proxy is a completely independent production. To support the show and get exclusive bonus episodes and other goodies, go to

Credits: Host/producer: https://www.yoweishaw.com - Yowei Shaw
Editor: https://www.starlightdiner.studio - John DeLore
Reporter/producer: Kim Nederveen Pieterse
Mixing engineer: https://www.kylepulley.net - Kyle Pulley
Tile art: https://goodtape.com - Good Tape Studio
heme music: https://breakmastercylinder.bandcamp.com - Breakmaster Cylinder

    Exploding the Myth of Meritocracy with Ofer Sharone [BONUS TEASER]

    Exploding the Myth of Meritocracy with Ofer Sharone [BONUS TEASER]

    Teaser for full-length exclusive bonus episode on Patreon. An in-depth interview with UMass Amherst sociologist and professor Ofer Sharone about the stigma trap that laid off workers can fall into and how the myth of meritocracy impacts even people who don't think they believe in it. For the full bonus episode, go to patreon.com/proxypodcast.
    From the episode:
    Ofer Sharone's book The Stigma Trap Proxy is a completely independent production. To support the show and get exclusive bonus episodes and other goodies, go to patreon.com/proxypodcast.
    Other ways you can support:
    Rate and review us on Apple Podcasts! That stuff matters apparently. Follow us on Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, and Twitter for updates, BTS, and shenanigans. Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite podcast platform. Sign up for our free newsletter at patreon.com/proxypodcast. Share with loved ones and spread the word! We don't have a marketing budget and rely on word of mouth.

    • 9 min
    #3 The Layoff Trilogy, Part 3: HR by Proxy

    #3 The Layoff Trilogy, Part 3: HR by Proxy

    With every layoff, there's the blackbox of what's really going on behind the scenes. Why did it go down the way it did? Was it really not about your performance, like they told you? How does the layoff list get made anyway?
    In our inaugural proxy conversation, we connect Miles and Elliot with a proxy HR professional to answer their layoff questions.
    From the episode:
    You can listen to original layoff song Gold Star on Tidal and Spotify, and watch the ridiculous layoff interpretive pole dance music video on YouTube. Gold Star was written by Yowei Shaw and Kyle Pulley, produced and mixed by Kyle Pulley of Headroom Studios, The music video was directed, filmed, and edited by Alex Beebe, with art by typobrekkie, and production and costume support from Joanna Solotaroff. Thank you to Catie Maillard for being our proxy HR professional. You can find out more about Catie's work at somehowimanagehr.com, LinkedIn, and TikTok. Episode credits:
    Produced by Yowei Shaw
    Edited by John DeLore
    Mixed by Kyle Pulley
    Research and reporting support by Kim Nederveen Pieterse
    Proxy is a completely independent production. To support the show and get exclusive bonus episodes and other goodies, go to patreon.com/proxypodcast.
    Other ways you can support:
    Rate and review us on Apple Podcasts! That stuff matters apparently. Follow us on Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, and Twitter for updates, BTS, and shenanigans. Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite podcast platform. Sign up for our free newsletter at patreon.com/proxypodcast. Share with loved ones and spread the word! We don't have a marketing budget and rely on word of mouth.

    • 50 min
    #2 The Layoff Trilogy, Part 2: Danger Day

    #2 The Layoff Trilogy, Part 2: Danger Day

    Please note: This story contains brief mention of suicidal ideation. If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by dialing 9-8-8, or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.
    Elliot and Miles loved working at the same company, until the spectre of layoffs came to haunt them.
    From the episode:
    Ofer Sharone's book The Stigma Trap Episode credits:
    Produced by Yowei Shaw
    Edited by John DeLore
    Mixed by Kyle Pulley
    Research and reporting support by Kim Nederveen Pieterse
    Proxy is a completely independent production. To support the show and get exclusive bonus episodes and other goodies, go to patreon.com/proxypodcast.
    Other ways you can support:
    Rate and review us on Apple Podcasts! That stuff matters apparently. Follow us on Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, and Twitter for updates, BTS, and shenanigans. Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite podcast platform. Sign up for our free newsletter at patreon.com/proxypodcast. Share with loved ones and spread the word! We don't have a marketing budget and rely on word of mouth.

    • 42 min
    #1 The Layoff Trilogy, Part 1: Layoff Girl

    #1 The Layoff Trilogy, Part 1: Layoff Girl

    When Yowei Shaw got laid off from NPR, she didn't just feel bad. She was confused by how bad she felt and how long the bad lasted. So Yowei does what she usually does in a situation like this - she reported on her feelings. Then things go left.
    From the episode:
    Ofer Sharone's book The Stigma Trap Episode credits:
    Produced by Yowei Shaw
    Edited by John DeLore
    Mixed by Kyle Pulley
    Research and reporting support by Kim Nederveen Pieterse
    Proxy is a completely independent production. To support the show and get exclusive bonus episodes and other goodies, go to patreon.com/proxypodcast.
    Other ways you can support:
    Rate and review us on Apple Podcasts! That stuff matters apparently. Follow us on Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, and Twitter for updates, BTS, and shenanigans. Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite podcast platform. Sign up for our free newsletter at patreon.com/proxypodcast. Share with loved ones and spread the word! We don't have a marketing budget and rely on word of mouth.

    • 42 min
    Welcome to Proxy

    Welcome to Proxy

    Sometimes in life, you have an emotional question that no one in your life can relate to. Maybe you’re an introvert who wants to stop feeling resentful of the extroverts in your life? Maybe you’ve survived prostate cancer and have questions around sex?
    That’s where Proxy comes in. Host Yowei Shaw (formerly of NPR's Invisibilia) connects you for a frank conversation with experts and strangers who have shared experience. In other words, the "proxies" you need.
    The show launches on May 22 with a 3-part series on the emotional and mental health toll of layoffs. It's the prologue to Proxy.
    Episode credits:
    Produced by Yowei Shaw
    Edited by John DeLore
    Mixed by Kyle Pulley
    Research and reporting support by Kim Nederveen Pieterse
    Proxy is a completely independent production. To support the show and get exclusive bonus episodes and other goodies, go to patreon.com/proxypodcast.
    Other ways you can support:
    Rate and review us on Apple Podcasts! That stuff matters apparently. Follow us on Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, and Twitter for updates, BTS, and shenanigans. Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite podcast platform. Sign up for our free newsletter at patreon.com/proxypodcast. Share with loved ones and spread the word! We don't have a marketing budget and rely on word of mouth.

    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
283 Ratings

283 Ratings

WMassCarrots ,

My new favorite listen

Love the idea of the show, and the first few episodes are incredibly good. I can tell that this is going to be one of those few pods I listen to the second a new episode drops. So excited to have this is my ears and can’t wait for the next episode.

susan_coach ,

Healing

Thanks for exploring this topic. I got fired from a role early on in my career and it was devastating. The worse part is that most people around you can’t understand all the emotions that come up, mostly of grief and deep loss of identity.

Umm Isa ,

Healing

Thank you Yowei. This podcast was raw and beautiful. So many of us are experiencing layoffs and it is more valuable than one realizes to know we aren’t alone.

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