Meet Our Team 


Producer & Co-Editor 

Lauren Kelly

Lauren is a recent graduate of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and will begin her Internal Medicine residency in the Summer of 2017. Before going to medical school, she studied Narrative Medicine at Columbia University, where she began honing the craft of storytelling. In medical school, Lauren was drawn to the care of seriously ill patients. Through a combination of her experiences with her own family and with patients, Lauren felt compelled to engage more deeply with the narratives of serious illness, death, and dying. Her hope with the 'When I Die, Let Me Live' podcast is to foster a collective storytelling experience, provide support and education to patients and their caregivers, and to consolidate meaning in her own journey toward becoming a physician who cares for seriously ill patients.


Aaron Shapiro 

Aaron is a doctoral candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication. His research is located at the intersection of critical urban studies and media studies. He studies power, aesthetics, and the interactions of new media and urban space. Before coming to Annenberg, Aaron received an MA in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and worked as a researcher on the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance project at the NO/AIDS Task Force in New Orleans. Aaron also is a producer for the Annenberg student-run 3620 Podcast. Aaron was drawn to the 'When I Die, Let Me Live' podcast because of his interest in the medium of radio for communicating critical, interdisciplinary questions and commitments.




A special thanks to our sponsor, the Fostering Improvement in End-of-Life Decision Science (FIELDS) program at the University of Pennsylvania. The FIELDS program is dedicated to understanding and improving upon the ways in which end-of-life decisions are made by patients, their families and clinicians. 



We would also like to acknowledge Elana Gordon, Vidya Viswanathan, Jess Holler, and Peter Cronholm for their guidance and input. Our website was designed by Tyler Rainer and social media support from Lauren Sinnenberg.