Heidi Shin

Podcast + Public Radio Producer

Writer / Journalist

Heidi Shin

Bylines in: The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, WBUR, WGBH, BBC, PRX Snap Judgment, Atlas Obscura, PRI's The World, and more



Embracing our Immigrant Identities to Counter Racism

My daughter was the only kid who didn’t have a separate Korean name when we signed her up for Korean classes three years ago. The blank space on the registration form looked at me, as if to say we’d forgotten something as parents. When she was born in the United States in 2012, my spouse and I, who are both Asian-American, never thought to give her a name like Seohyun or Haeun.
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Why I changed my mind about raising my child to be bilingual

There were two things I despised growing up as a kid in New York: piano lessons — the kind that required Czernys (and recitals with frilly dresses). So when my daughter...
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Deep Dive: Haenyeo

A story that explores working motherhood, elderly divers, and the relationship with my own aging mom.
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Modern Love: Old Roots Bearing Fruit

On a brisk November morning, I found myself climbing a fruit tree in my mother’s backyard in suburban Virginia. My 3-year-old insisted that I pick the last persimmon at 6:30 a.m. My father planted that tree two decades ago because the persimmons reminded him of the home he left behind in Korea. Now each year, come Thanksgiving, the tree bears vibrant orange fruit on the grayest of almost-winter mornings, and I am reminded of him.
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Postcards From a World on Fire

Cities swallowed by dust, human history drowned by the sea. These 193 stories show the reality of climate change. In every country in the world.
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Oakland’s Chinatown searches for solutions to hate crimes

Seeing a surge in attacks against Asian Americans during the pandemic, community ambassadors are finding ways to help elders in Chinatown feel safe.
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The Great Stalacpipe Organ

A studious engineer who abandons the practical to pursue an unwieldy dream in mid-life.
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He Started A Movement To #StopAAPIHate

Russell Jeung says: "Even now we’re learning that with trauma people have different responses, there’s depression and anxiety, but responding gives you a sense of control rather than a sense of hopelessness."
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Hospital Chaplain Finds Joyful Sorrow For COVID Patients

A hospital chaplain cares for COVID patients when their families can't visit because she believes no one should die alone.
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The Pennsylvania Firefly Festival

How a Firefly Festival in rural Pennsylvania changed the lives of bed and breakfast owners.
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Dancing hope for a Cambodian American genocide survivor

When the Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia in 1975, the regime carried out a genocide that killed over 1.5 million people and specifically targeted nearly all of the country’s artists and musicians. Very few survived. After the genocide, thousands of Cambodian Americans were resettled in the US as refugees in the city of Lowell, Massachusetts.
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Why young North Koreans are daring to wear skinny jeans

Danbi, a black market smuggler, shares about her quest to wear skinny jeans, which were illegal in North Korea. From cell phones to movies, she shares what it was like to be a North Korean teen.
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Heidi Shin

Heidi Shin is a writer + audio producer who is especially interested in the stories of immigrant communities and the inevitable connections between stories from abroad and our lives here in the US.

Amongst many adventures, she’s been diving with elderly mermaids on Jeju Island, trailed a group of Catholic nuns that reunites families separated at the US Mexico border, and interviewed a North Korean film director with his leading lady.

Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Geographic, California Sunday Magazine, Snap Judgment, Atlas Obscura, 70 Million, the BBC, and PRX The World. She also co-created and produced WGBH/The Ground Truth Project's "The New American Songbook," a podcast about immigrant musicians whose awards include an ONA, a Webby, and an Edward R. Murrow Award. Other recent awards include The New Yorker Festivals Radio Award.

Live storytelling experience includes The Moth, PRX LA Live, and Club Passim.

Heidi also teaches at the PRX Podcast Garage and Harvard University’s Sound Lab and organizes the Sonic Soiree. She is often invited to speak about reporting in immigrant communities, reporting about mental health, women’s issues, and bringing new voices to podcasting.