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19 minutes | Dec 1, 2022
With climate change causing more intense storms, flooding and drought, we talk to female scientists with innovative ways to get us out of this mess. Against a backdrop of thunder, we share the story of Paige Peters, who was studying at Marquette University in Milwaukee when a superstorm in 2010 caused raw sewage to seep into people's basements. She has invented technology to treat wastewater at lightning speed -- handy during storms -- and dubbed her company Rapid Radicals. Meanwhile, in Brooklyn, N.Y., Brittany Kendrick is working on Hydronomy, her solution to the lack of clean drinking in countless U.S. cities. Her solar-powered invention literally sucks moisture from the sky. In this podcast, learn about the water crisis and how women are fighting back.
13 minutes | Nov 14, 2022
Eat More Crickets (Especially If Chocolate-Covered)
Did you know that crickets are considered a "perfect" protein -- and that eating insects could help save the planet? We talk to Claire Simons of 3 Cricketeers, a Minneapolis cricket farm that supplies edible insects to restaurants, food companies and consumers. While there is still an "ick factor," Claire says more people are interested in trying crickets, which can be raised far more sustainably than other sources of protein, particularly beef. Not only do cricket farms require a fraction of the land, feed and water, but the insects themselves emit virtually no greenhouse gas, a big contributor to climate change. In this episode, hosts Colleen DeBaise and Sue Williams sample chocolate-covered crickets and interview Claire about her inspiring statup story.
14 minutes | Aug 10, 2022
We're Talking Beer (as an Agent of Social Change, Of Course)
Crack open a can with us and listen while we share the story of Jacquie Berglund, who sarted Finnegans back in 2000 as the first beer company in the world – that we know about – to donate 100 percent of its profits to charity. We love women entrepreneurs who give back, and she is a great example of how one person can make an incredible difference in this world. Proceeds from Finnegans go to the Food Group and fight hunger and food insecurity.
17 minutes | Jul 27, 2022
The Moments That Made Urban Farmer Mama K's Career
The little girl who grew up in the public housing projects of New York City becomes an urban farmer, helping establish community gardens around the city and founding Rise & Root farm for the BIPOC community in Hudson Valley. Listen to the remarkable tale of Karen Washington, who fans and food activists now refer to as "Mama K." We share the poignant moments of her long and illustrious career.
11 minutes | Apr 7, 2022
Her Fashion Brand Empowers Women in Guatemala
We hear so many stories of immigrant families making the painful decision to leave their homes and cross the border... but what if there were more economic opportunity in places like Guatemala? We talk to social entrepreneur Ruth Alvarez-DeGolia, who came up with the idea of fashion brand Mercado Global. She connects hundreds of women sewers in Guatemala to major fashion retailers (Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, Levi Strauss. As a result, women artisans make about $14.50 a day, far more than the average $2 a day, and are able to send their kids to school and provide for their families. Listen to the inspirational story of how Mercado Global came to be.
15 minutes | Mar 25, 2022
Giving Up Cardiology for Public Health
There's been an incredible uptick of interest in public health since the Covid-19 pandemic. So we wanted to talk with a woman (and CNN Hero) who's had a long and widely admired career in public health. We wanted to ask: What's it like to work in public health? Dr. Roseanna Means, who created Health Care Without Walls to care for Boston's homeless women, recounts how work with refugees in Cambodia forever influenced her life. "I wanted to do something that involved social justice and something that's going to be more meaningful," she said, telling us she ultimately decided to give up a prestigious cardiology fellowship as a result. "I thought they were going to take my stethoscope and break it in the public ceremony." For anyone considering a career in public health, it's an inspirational story.
16 minutes | Nov 4, 2021
Healing With Animals
Come with us to Winslow Farm in Massachusetts, where owner Debra White runs a tranquil animal sanctuary that also happens to double as a place of healing for people, too. Hear Debra's inspiring story, starting from when her father was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease when she was a young child and she needed to be his hands and voice. Today, visitors come to Winslow Farm to spend time with the horses, llamas and even an African tortoise named George.
14 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
Recycling Fashion's Cast-Offs
Jessica Schreiber is fascinated by trash. And in New York City, where she runs a fashion recycling startup, there is plenty of it. In 2016, Schreiber left the agency to launch Fabscrap, a nonprofit that heads directly to the city’s world-famous fashion industry to pick up and resell textile cast-offs — yards of cotton, strips of wool, pieces of luxurious silk, linen and leather. As commercial waste, the scraps aren’t eligible for the city’s residential recycling programs, and, more often than not, end up in landfills. “That to me was unacceptable,” she said.
21 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Women Scientists Get Respect (At Last) for Covid Vaccines
We feature the story of BioNTech's Kati Kariko, who may just win the Nobel Prize for her heroic effects despite years of setbacks. The podcast includes the song "Hit Me With Your Best Shot," written by Eddie Schwartz, published by Round Hill Music and performed by Pat Benatar.
17 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Revisiting 'Instead of Building a Wall...'
To our listeners: The migrant crisis is once again in the news with Vice President Kamala Harris's first foreign trip in office to Guatemala and Mexico. We originally released this podcast in March 2019 but we’ll share it again today. Kate Curran's School the World provides much-needed schoolhouses for children in Central America. Podcast description: We hear plenty of talk about "build the wall." We hear much less about why caravans of migrants are leaving Central America to come to the United States. In this podcast, we talk to Kate Curran of School the World, a Boston-based social entrepreneur who is going to the heart of the crisis and trying to make life better for families in Guatemala and Honduras. Her organization builds schoolhouses in Central American villages where illiteracy rates are high and poverty is rampant. If you want to be inspired about how one person can make a difference, give this podcast a listen.
21 minutes | May 11, 2021
The Women in AI Are Talking
We sit down with three female founders who are running AI startups -- and they tell us exactly what it's like to be a woman in artificial intelligence. "Nobody took us seriously, not a single person," says Davar Ardalan, founder of IVOW, who has been rejected by investors 350 times. "It's incredibly demeaning." At a time when billions of dollars are going into AI startups, and the pandemic has caused a digital transformation in nearly every industry, it could not be more important to get women and people of color involved in AI so their perspectives can inform technology. But bias and sexism and racism in the AI field persist. We share these women's stories in an effort to raise awareness of the obstacles faced by women in AI. But at the same time, we also want to encourage women and girls to chase their startup dreams, especially in such a game-changing industry. Guests include Ardalan; Sheffie Robinson, of Shamrock Education; and Carolyn Rodz, of Hello Alice. The episode features music created by women in AI, including Taryn Southern and Holly Herndon.
27 minutes | May 4, 2021
Ugly Sexist AI
Trust us, you don't need to be a techno-nerd to understand this podcast. We look at how women are faring (or not faring) in the exploding field of artificial intelligence. And if you don't think you use AI, think again. "You use AI in lots of invisible ways," says expert Meredith Broussard, such as every time you use a search engine or when you use facial recognition to unlock your phone or when you tell your home assistant to play the latest Taylor Swift album. The problem -- and this is disturbing -- is that decades and even centuries of bias are embedded in that AI technology, because of the limitations of the humans who built it. We look at how sexism and racism have wormed their ugly way into the AI we're using... and what we can do about it. Guests include Broussard, author of "Artificial Unintelligence," and Davar Ardalan, founder of AI startup IVOW.
20 minutes | Dec 22, 2020
A Podcast for Horse Lovers
Horse lover Lynn Hummer was horrified to learn that that thousands of unwanted horses, including healthy trail horses and former racehorses, are sent each year to auction houses, where “kill buyers” purchase them. In 2005, she went online to buy a pregnant pony -- saving the animal from the slaughter house -- and experienced firsthand the magic of its foal being born. After that, Lynn created Pregnant Mare Rescue to save as many horses and their babies as she could. Come with us on a virtual journey to Lynn's ranchette in Central California to learn more about her inspiring work. If you love horses, this is a podcast for you. Read more of Lynn’s story here: https://thestoryexchange.org/baby-horses-pregnant-mare-rescue-lynn-hummer/
0 minutes | Oct 28, 2020
Our Award-Winning Podcast About Voting
Named "Best Audio Feature" by the Newswomen's Club of New York! Listen to the 30-second trailer for 100 Years of Power, then check out Episodes 1, 2 and 3. From the judges: "This incredibly well-produced series shed new light on the history of the suffrage movement while tying it powerfully to the present day and how far we still have to go. The hosts were a delight to listen to and did a fantastic job interviewing guests to tease out the best details. The final product was jam-packed with voices and historic audio clips that kept the stories moving. Very well done!" We're proud to share the story of the strong women who fought, and the strong women who are still fighting. Give it a listen.
25 minutes | Jun 30, 2020
100 Years of Power, Part 3: What the Future Holds
In the conclusion to our 3-part series, we question: Is the future really female? As we head into a fierce presidential election, in a nation roiled by a pandemic and protests over police brutality, we look at the role women are playing as candidates and voters. Our guests include Kelly Dittmar of the Center for American Women and Politics; Joanna Weiss of Women for American Values and Ethics; author Molly Ball of the new "Pelosi" biography; Ronnee Schreiber of San Diego State University; and Glynda Carr of Higher Heights.
39 minutes | Jun 23, 2020
100 Years of Power, Part 2: Slow Burn of Progress
We spend this episode looking at what happened after women got the vote. If you missed Part 1, check it out -- we looked at the long years leading up to 1920. But in Part 2, we take you on a journey through history, from the Roaring Twenties through the Great Depression, through the Civil Rights Era, to Women's Lib in the '60s and '70s, all the way up to the early 2000s. Suffrage didn't change everything overnight...it was more like a slow burn. Our guests include Susan Ware, a historian focused on feminism; Gina Luria Walker, professor of Women's Studies at the New School in New York, and Nell Merlino, creator of Take Your Daughters to Work Day with Gloria Steinem at the Ms. Foundation.
38 minutes | Jun 16, 2020
100 Years of Power, Part 1: Battle for Suffrage
72 years. That's how long it took for women to win the right to vote, after suffragists first rallied at the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention. The battle was long, heart-felt, and sometimes bitter -- with a surprising split over race issues after the Civil War ended. The 19th Amendment was finally ratified on August 18, 1920, in the wake of the Spanish Flu Pandemic. 100 years later, the war for equality is still being fought -- making the history explored in this podcast more important than ever. Ellen DuBois, author of Suffrage: Women's Long Battle for the Vote, joins reporter Victoria Flexner to answer this question: How did getting the vote in 1920 change women’s ability to wield power in America?
1 minutes | May 21, 2020
"100 Years of Power" Trailer
100 years ago this August, women finally won the right to vote . Coming soon, The Story Exchange will explore the bruising battle for suffrage, the women who took up the fight, the women who are still fighting. These are the stories that history often forgets. We haven't. In the 3-part-series "100 Years of Power," we'll take a how the 19th Amendment challenged basically every aspect of existence as people knew it -- and started a fire that is still burning. Music credit: Madame Gandhi, The Future Is Female.
12 minutes | Mar 24, 2020
Making Affordable Prosthetics for Amputees
Here's one good use for plastic: Medical devices. At UMass-Lowell, plastics engineer Erin Keaney decided to re-imagine the artificial limb after learning that much of the world’s amputees couldn’t afford high-cost prosthetics. In this inspiring podcast, listen to how 29-year-old Keaney has developed a patented prosthetic that is changing amputees' lives in India, Rwanda and the Philippines. She and classmate Jonathan de Alderete have raised $1 million for Nonspec.
14 minutes | Mar 9, 2020
Changing Immigrants' Lives Through Food
"In every kitchen in the country," says Paty Funegra, "you are going to find Latinos." But too few programs help newly arrived immigrants learn food or language skills. Listen to how Paty, who was born in Lima, Peru, came to the United States and decided to start a program, La Cocina VA, to help her fellow immigrants land jobs in the restaurant industry. We spoke with Paty not long after the El Paso shootings targeted Hispanics. This inspiring podcast story works like a salve against the disheartening crush of stories about immigrants, and showcases their resilience and entrepreneurial spirit.
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