Shelter in Place: escape into life.

Shelter in Place: escape into life.

An award-winning narrative nonfiction podcast reimagining life through creativity and community. With a musician's ear, a writer's pen, and a voice that invites you in, Narrative Podcasts founder Laura Joyce Davis examines life's timely events and timeless questions. Join us as we escape not out of life, but into it.


May 12, 2022 69 mins

It’s time to step out of the pandemic shadow. After 200 episodes and more than 2 years, we celebrate the journey that has led us from us to you, through the voices in our Shelter in Place neighborhood. Plus, we share our new name, and where we’re headed next.

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What if motherhood could mean finding joy that has nothing to do with the kids? We’re kicking off Mental Health Awareness month with Robyn Alagona Cutler, who has devoted her life to helping moms (and those who want to be them) unlearn cultural norms of putting themselves last in the name of caring and find joy that is all their own.

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April 28, 2022 43 mins

In this conversation with the astonishingly prolific, award-winning author Anne Leigh Parrish, we talk about writing, motherhood, and what we can learn from those who prioritize labors of love.
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April 21, 2022 30 mins

Mothers can be wonderful or controversial. They can shape us profoundly. Laura speaks with fellow podcaster Katie Semro, whose podcast Mother Mine features 75 voices from around the globe about the myriad ways that mothers have made us who we are today. Complete show notes at

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April 14, 2022 25 mins

Laura and fellow Oakland podcaster Catherine Monahon of Material Feels talk about what brings them joy, why they keep creating, and the unexpected gift that podcasting has given them. Complete show notes at

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Relationships, parties, music, learned optimism, and more: life lessons from an eight-year-old, backed up by psychological research—and a shocking yard work incident.

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March 31, 2022 43 mins

As we close our month-long celebration of 2 years of Shelter in Place, we share some big news. And as we enter April, National Donate Life Month, we share a beautiful story from Laurel Morales of 2 Lives about asking for help when your life depends on it. Tell us what Shelter in Place has meant to you here.
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March 24, 2022 31 mins

This month, Shelter in Place is celebrating two years. As we approach 200 episodes and move into the final weeks of season 3, we're looking back to where we were a year ago this time, and drawing inspiration from an unlikely source. 

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March 17, 2022 38 mins

On our two-year anniversary as a show, we look back to where it all began.

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March 10, 2022 50 mins

What if we could escape to a place where we had everything we needed, where all of our longings were fulfilled? Pulitzer prize-winning author Anthony Doerr shows us how to escape not out of life—but deeper into it.

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March 3, 2022 31 mins

The world has always needed fixing. Some weeks it just feels more broken than others. This week, we turn to an unlikely authority to remind us of the things that can help us no matter what state the world is in.

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February 24, 2022 46 mins

Shelter in Place presents Deer Humans, a new podcast series by Eve Bishop about our relationship with the natural world.

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February 17, 2022 28 mins

Laura and Eve Bishop met a little over a year ago—but so much has changed in that time that it feels like a lifetime. They talk about the challenges and changes that have shaped them both, the thing that unites their work, and why they’re still feeling hopeful even in this time of division.

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February 10, 2022 24 mins

This week, we’re doing something a little different. Something a little more playful. Something that can be summed up in one word: Mattéa.

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February 3, 2022 49 mins

Adriana Oyarzun was a child of two cultures, growing up both in Venezuela and Miami. In this conversation, she shares her story of finding home through dancing, art, and community—and the magic and fire she brings to every class at Making Waves studios.

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January 27, 2022 23 mins

"We all have 2 lives. The second begins the moment we realize we have only one.” Laura talks with Laurel Morales about why she chose these words to define her podcast "2 Lives," how they’ve defined their own 2 Lives moments, and what they’ve learned from that journey.

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January 20, 2022 34 mins

Laura talks with The Pod Broads host Alexandra Cohl about burnout, the answer the one question that they ask every guest, and how the women they've never met are shaping them in 2022.

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January 13, 2022 18 mins

Laura’s first two resolutions for 2022 — playfulness and creative solutions to work — are the frame for this reflection on what we learned making the last episode. In this chat between Laura and Nate, we dig into the value of conflict, letting go of ego, and the value of timers and taking breaks.

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January 7, 2022 30 mins

What if life could be an exciting quest — but with sound? 

Laura takes us behind the scenes and into the audio expedition that happens every week at Shelter in Place, from initial idea to published episode. There are highs and lows, twists and turns, and finally, the discovery of what makes a story worth telling in the first place.

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December 30, 2021 31 mins

In a productivity-obsessed culture, the emphasis is always on doing more . . . but what are we really hoping to accomplish with our to-do lists? Today, we hold productivity up to the light, and examine whether or not those pressures to be more productive are actually serving us.

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