My Parents' Extreme Tango Makeover
Yowei Shaw


WNYC's Studio 360, USA, 2012
TCF Winners
Family, Humorous, Identity
09 17


When Yowei Shaw was in college, her parents' relationship began to change.

Maybe it was empty nest syndrome, maybe it was a midlife crisis - she's not quite sure. But after taking dance lessons on board a cruise ship, her parents turned their lives upside down for the tango. They went from a couple who stayed home watching the History Channel to dancers going out five nights a week. But their daughter observed that if tango solved some marital problems, it created others.

My Parents' Extreme Tango Makeover won a Best Documentary: Honorable Mention Award in the 2012 Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. The story was produced by Yowei Shaw with editors Michele Siegel and David Krasnow for Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, a co-production of PRI and WNYC.

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Yowei Shaw is a freelance audio producer, public radio reporter, and the director of Philly Youth Radio, a project that works with high school students to produce radio stories about their lives and communities. She has contributed stories to WNYC’s Studio 360, NPR’s All Things Considered, PRI's The World, and other programs. Yowei has also produced for NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross and World Cafe with David Dye. She lives in Philadelphia.


Winner photo by Vanessa Churchill Photography.

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