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Shara Morris

Associate producer

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I produce the podcast “Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly.” Each week we connect the dots on all things tech, economics and culture.

 

What was your first job?

My first paid job was working as a cashier and bar back at Taco Milagro in Houston, Texas. I love that the name of the restaurant means miracle taco in Spanish — because tacos ARE miracles. RIP, Taco Milagro.

Fill in the blank: Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you ______.

Some peace of mind.

What is something that everyone should own, no matter how much it costs?

So many: an external battery charger, a pen and a hair tie. Also … a fun fact about yourself. You never know when an ice breaker's gonna happen.

What’s something that you thought you knew but later found out you were wrong about?

Growing up I had these frameworks in my head of who I was — for example, in college I used to say that I didn't cook. I said it because it was something my parents would say and it was easy to define myself in those terms. I was also probably uncomfortable moving around a kitchen. As I got older, however, I began asking myself why I said that when I really hadn't done much cooking at all. So I started cooking my own dinners … and it turned out that I loved it! It's so creative, meditative and fulfilling. So while I find some self-identifiers can be helpful in understanding who you are, they can also be limiting and need to be periodically re-evaluated.

What’s the favorite item in your workspace and why?

I have a postcard of Laika, the Soviet space dog, who was one of the first animals in space, in my cube. If you know me, you know I love dogs so there's that. I also got it at the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles, which is one of my favorite spots in LA. It's a local gem and if you haven't been, go!

Latest Stories from Shara (4)

Make Me Smart Question

Alison Roman gives some food for thought on writing a cookbook

by Shara Morris Oct 28, 2019
Alison Roman is a food columnist for the New York Times and Bon Appétit.
Alison Roman
Courtesy: Alison Roman
Make Me Smart Question

How Frederick Douglass taught Amanda Gorman how tech can be a tool for social justice

by Shara Morris Oct 25, 2019
The National Youth Poet Laureate answered the Make Me Smart question.
Poet Amanda Gorman says she writes "about hope, so that I can directly challenge that stereotype that black women are just wedded to fury.” Above, she performs at the AltaMed "Power Up! We Are the Future" gala in Beverly Hills in 2016.
Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AltaMed

Can you explain blockchain in just a few sentences?

by Kai Ryssdal, Molly Wood, and Shara Morris Jun 5, 2018
It's the Make Me Smart blockchain challenge!
Blockchain is the digital ledger used for bitcoin transactions.
(Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)

Hollywood turns to... taxidermy?

by Shara Morris Jul 4, 2014
Movie and TV studios save money by renting dead animals.