The Response Podcast RFP

The past two years have set records for weather and climate disasters in the United States, with 16 separate events costing over $1 billion each in 2017 alone. This phenomenon was far from unique to the US: monsoon flooding in Bangladesh, the earthquake in Mexico City, and the landslides in Colombia, Sierra Leone, and Japan are just a few of the many disasters that took place elsewhere. It’s fair to ask if this is a “new normal” and if so, what can be done to avert, prepare, and learn from these disasters?

The Response is a podcast and radio documentary series exploring the remarkable communities that arise in the aftermath of natural disasters. Spanning the globe, each episode takes a deep dive into a unique location to uncover the extraordinary stories that are hidden just beneath the surface.

The podcast explores core themes and lessons learned from a range of communities, including:

  • how members of impacted communities take care of each other’s needs in the aftermath of a natural disaster, regardless of government response;

  • the balance between the desire to get back to “normal” as quickly as possible and rebuilding in ways that ensures greater resilience and sustainability;

  • disproportionate impact of disasters the most vulnerable and what can be done to respond and rebuild in a just and equitable way; and

  • how communities can prevent “disaster capitalists” (those who seek to profit through rebuilding/recovery efforts) from preying on communities in the aftermath of a crisis.

  • beneficial long term changes to impacted communities following the rupture to society caused by disasters.

In season one, we shared stories of community-led disaster recovery projects from Hurricane Sandy in NYC, Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, and the Tubbs Fire in Northern California.

For season two we’re exploring international stories such as the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown in Japan and the 2017 earthquake in Mexico City.

We’re currently searching for a field producer to work with our team on an episode about the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017.

We’re looking for audio producers who are currently based in London, ideally with deep ties to the region and a depth of knowledge to tell a nuanced story. We’re seeking a four week turnaround time, from the time your proposal is accepted, though there’s some flexibility.

Season two of The Response will be released starting in June 2019. The Response is a collaboration between Shareable and Post Carbon Institute and is syndicated on ~150 radio stations across the US, Canada, and Australia on Making Contact.

Pay: $750-1,500 per episode

Application deadline: June 23rd (applications will be reviewed as they are submitted)

Editorial process:

  • Story must include 4+ interviews (with at least one coming from a scholarly, expert, or official source) at roughly 30 minutes each (no phone interviews unless pre-approved).

  • In addition to the interviews, tape must be included that gives a sense of place or context. For example, if the story includes something about a factory, some sounds from the factory. This might require additional b-roll tape to be collected after your original submitting.

  • The series producers will provide you with any relevant deadlines and will work together to establish a timeline.

  • Producers will work with you to conceptualize the episode, compose interview questions, craft the themes that will guide the episode, and fact check the final script.

  • This will be a collaborative production process that will likely require you to participate in remote editorial meetings from time to time.

  • The final episode will be completed by the series producers. They will write and piece together the story, write and record the host’s script, and edit together the interviews and any other tape that you have recorded.

  • Payment will be depending on experience, and quantity and diversity of tape collected.

Technical needs:

  • Use a professional microphone and/or recorder.

  • Files should be saved as WAV files (not MP3s) and clearly labelled.

  • Recording levels should be precise.

  • Audio should be as clean as possible, and not contain any unusable or extra material (heads and tails of files should be trimmed, long gaps or breaks should be removed, etc.).


  • Selected producers will need to submit a W-9 (or W-8 outside the U.S.) to Shareable in order to receive payment.

  • If located outside the U.S. you will also need to provide information to be paid via wire transfer.

If you have any questions about the project or application, feel free to drop us a note at:

Ready to pitch? Here’s the application.