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37 minutes | Sep 20, 2022
For one woman in Illinois watching the horrors of 9/11 on her television sparked her own personal call to action. Surely, she thought, New York City hospitals would be in great demand for blood donations and as a young, physically active mother of four – donating blood was the least she felt she could do. But an unexpected low-grade fever turned into something much worse, changing her life and bolstering her promise to help others in need. It’s called “Crēdo” and our story starts here.
35 minutes | Apr 26, 2022
What animals bring to society – to our families, into our homes or our work – is priceless. But sometimes, their lives don’t start out or end up so great. From Houston to Wisconsin, for two women, their passions in life have come as a calling and they care for souls, both two and four-footed, with a love and patience focused to bring, heal or resurrect life. It’s called Rescued and our story starts here.
40 minutes | Apr 5, 2022
For one woman in Teton County, Wyoming, education exposed her to concepts and truths about nutrition’s roll in the health of our communities. A most unconventional date with a guy named Alex piqued her interest – refocusing her life’s work path to non-profit food rescue. It’s called Dumpster and our story starts here.
31 minutes | Mar 22, 2022
The Jennie Effect
For one couple, the quest for a little extra space turned into an improbable journey that centers around the tucked away history of a small house with a captain, and a very special young girl. This episode shares the benefits of historic preservation through the story of the Captain Timothy Hill House on Chincoteague Island, VA. It’s called The Jennie Effect and our story starts here.
26 minutes | Mar 8, 2022
Take Me Home
There is a group of passionate volunteers who feel SO strongly about the Mountain State finding hope that they are collectively writing a new narrative and bolstering their imagination from the inside out.
39 minutes | Aug 24, 2021
From his work with local nuns looking for answers about their barren apple trees to his consulting with golf courses in natural habitat management to classrooms, and his own design workshop - he is a true beeliever in the good story - the gospel of abundance as taught by bees and he’s helping protect Wisconsin’s beloved pollinators. It’s called BEHOLD and our story starts here.
50 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
She sent out an all-points-bulletin to 55 Michigan women - musicians, vocalists, and recording engineers, to gather virtually from across the state. They banded together to demand equality by paying homage to a woman who was among the first to break glass ceilings in the recording industry. It’s called RESPECT and our story starts here.
49 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
For two Jewish women whose parents miraculously survived the Holocaust, storytelling as a means of remembering the tales of horror and heroism are part of their family legacies. While their stories of loss and survival are different, they are bonded in their work as active voices of the Second Generation. It’s called “Testimony,” and our story starts here. Sponsored by: Am Shalom of Glencoe, IL and JLB Images
33 minutes | Dec 31, 2020
We may call nurses humanitarian super heroes for any number of reasons, but at the end of the day they are people just like the rest of us. For one nurse who for decades has been a champion and advocate for her patients and their families through some tough medical therapies – even death, the reality of COVID is beyond her imagination. For another, nursing was not where his career began, but a shift has brought a sense of purpose in caring for both his ICU patients, and his comrades in arms. It’s called ‘One’s breath’ and our story starts here. Sponsored by: JLB Images
27 minutes | Nov 15, 2020
Maria Yuan learned the meaning of democratic civic engagement by witnessing the journey of her immigrant family and how they embraced their duties as new American citizens. For another, Emma Welsh-Huggins, it was a college experience: a broad range of social science studies and a keen eye to the benefits of civic engagement. It's called “Now what?” and our story starts here. Sponsored by: JLB Images
49 minutes | Oct 29, 2020
Sound of Silence
Imagine, or maybe you don’t have to, caring for a dependent with a sensory processing disorder. In the United States alone 1 in 20 people - children, teens and adults, experience some degree of difficulty filtering information from one or more of their heightened seven senses. An overload of stimuli to their sight, hearing, sense of touch, taste and smell, balance and body awareness, become stressful, painful or even terrifying - sometimes resulting in overtly panicked responses. It’s confusing and exhausting. So, what happens when a Pittsburgh airport heavy equipment operator reluctantly drops a letter in his workplace suggestion box, and the CEO responds in a big way? How does a simple ask create a special bond between him and an otherwise unfamiliar co-worker? And how does their work create a lasting impression on a Denver mom whose visit to the Steel City was not only bearable, but a beacon?
37 minutes | Oct 6, 2020
Brother, can you spare a quarter?
Modern philanthropy is known as the powerful impact of kindness directed towards stranger, setting out to improve the human experience. Put giving and wealth together, these two very complimentary instruments allow us to address and work to answer global issues creatively, constructively and with purpose. But with giving patterns focused on 60+ US population and each averaging only two donations each year, what gives? What if technology could change the giving landscape and people’s behaviors? Empowering younger generations to also get involved with global issues and from a place they know best – their smartphone. For a group of do-good student entrepreneurs their mission was to build a software that would give wings to a much larger itch: rewire emerging humanity with hope.
45 minutes | Aug 18, 2020
This is a true, ongoing story of David versus Goliath. Of a tiny, 100-year-old Baptist church that – like David, stands alone in stark contrast to its neighbors – a towering apartment building to one side and a parking lot and open construction site to the other where church elders decry desecration of the remains of their enslaved African ancestors. For an unrelenting parishioner and her team, they are determined in their mission to memorialize the men, women and children who are buried there, and finally grant them a dignified place of eternal rest. It’s called Forgotten and our story starts here.
31 minutes | Jul 14, 2020
What if a large cappuccino could significantly change a person’s life. Sound implausible? Think again. For one woman, opening a small restaurant staffed by at-risk youth was her first step in mending a hole in the social justice system. It’s called Brewed and our story starts here.
37 minutes | Jun 16, 2020
The Last One Out
Think Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, Harry Potter. Dungeons and Dragons is a game of where friends as fictional characters embark on imaginary adventures within a fantasy setting. Each game is a quest. Each quest has a challenge. Ultimately, players must rely on one another to survive. But what happens when one of those friends is faced with a real-life challenge? And how does a game based in fantasy offer answers to reality?
2 minutes | Jun 9, 2020
In light of recent events we’d like to take a moment to #stoptheshow and allow listeners to be quiet, focus on their communities and embrace national healing. Our mission is to notice one another and thoughtfully engage in the national dialogue. To show up and be better.
29 minutes | May 5, 2020
Champale Anderson wasn’t raised with wealth but she remembers goodness around her. Today she is that most important person to her north St. Louis neighborhood. Most notably, she is a champion for the children who call Penrose home. And lucky for them - there is so much more to her mission than food. It’s called Sweetie and our story starts here.
32 minutes | Apr 7, 2020
Music in the Mitten
There's a special bond among Michiganers, particularly in the music community. And there is one woman in this unique fraternity who is playing a significant role in supporting out-of-work artists. Her work manifests as a love for her fellow musicians in good times AND in bad. It’s called Music in the Mitten, and our story starts here. This show is part one of a three-part series focusing on individuals and their communities helping each other during the COVID-19 pandemic.
31 minutes | Mar 24, 2020
Does Anyone Need?
The weight of one man’s gratitude triggered a movement in Pittsburgh that can’t be missed. Sometimes it’s manifested in a small home repair. Sometimes it’s a sizable cash loan. And at least once it was the gift of life. Each deed is based on intuition and integrity. And as long as it’s legal and it won’t harm anyone else, he and his volunteers will carry on that Mister Rogers ethos of being present for other people one deed, one neighborhood at a time. The mission is to bring friends from different situations together sparking the act of people helping people - without pretense or fear.
33 minutes | Mar 10, 2020
Moms On A Mission
Bridging humor with dreaming and exploring big ideas. Taking risks. Building trust. Experimenting. Valuing & encouraging play. Children making a difference in their own lives and the lives of others with kindness. Some schools are building curriculum around these uniquely human skills because we know young minds developmental success depends on it. For two women, Nicole Jakob and Lowey Bundy Sichol, and educator Dr. Tom Flemma, their ideas came from thinking outside the box when it comes to “can do” kids. It’s called moms on a mission!
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