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The Story Exchange: 100 Years of Power
The Story Exchange
The Story Exchange podcast showcases the stories and strategies of entrepreneurial women from San Diego to New York and beyond. Hosted by Colleen DeBaise. TheStoryExchange.org
4 days ago
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Dec 23, 2019
One night, Dr. Laura Stachel was doing a Ceasarean section when she felt a searing pain go down her back. Diagnosed with degenerating discs, Stachel was forced to give up her work as an OB-GYN and decided instead to study public health. On a research trip to Nigeria, she witnessed shocking conditions at a maternity ward, largely because of the lack of reliable electricity. In response, she invented a "solar suitcase" which has lit millions of births all over the world. Listen to her inspiring story.
Dec 2, 2019
A Chorus Grows in Brooklyn
Dianne Berkun Menaker was once a music teacher at a prestigious school in Brooklyn when she noticed something: children's choruses were almost entirely white. That didn't sit right with her. She set about creating a chorus that better represented the community -- and in the process, created a Grammy-winning choir that sings alongside musical greats like David Byrne and Barbra Streisand while also helping kids voice the issues that matter to them most. Listen to how Brooklyn Youth Chorus got its start.
Oct 22, 2019
No More Pesticides
If you are worried about toxic chemicals in food, then this is the podcast for you. We head to Davis, California, to speak with Pam Marrone, the founder of natural pest control company Marrone Bio Innovations. She helps farmers use alternatives to harsh chemicals -- it's a rapidly growing sector called "biologicals." Pam is an entomologist by training and her early love for all things nature started in her mom's Connecticut garden. Now she runs a publicly traded company that makes millions of dollars -- and is helping farmers raise crops in an organic, sustainable way.
Oct 14, 2019
Revisiting 'Helping Native American Women Heal'
Our thanks to the Newswomen's Club of New York for honoring us with a Front Page award for this podcast on Norine Hill of Mother Nation. Native women face disproportionately high rates of sexual violence, domestic abuse — even murder. The Justice Department estimates that 1 in 3 Native women will be raped. Part of the problem is that tribes are restricted in their ability to prosecute, so abusers and predators are attracted to these unprotected women. In Seattle, Norine Hill, who is a member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames, has founded Mother Nation to help women out of abusive situations and bring them culturally appropriate services so they can rediscover their strength. In this incredibly powerful podcast, we explore some of the historical injustices inflicted on Native Americans, while also sharing Hill’s dramatic personal tale that led her to found Mother Nation.
Sep 25, 2019
A Podcast for Dog Lovers
Once upon a time, Sherri Franklin was a successful (but uninspired) hairstylist in San Francisco To find purpose in life, she began volunteering at the SPCA...and an old dog named Heidi captured her heart. Today, Franklin runs Muttville, a $4 million social enterprise that specializes in rescuing senior dogs. Research shows that old dogs over 7 are often considered “unadoptable” and put down even if they are in good health with friendly personalities. Franklin is committed to changing that statistic. In this inspiring podcast, learn how she basically changed everything in her life to make an impact in this world,
Apr 2, 2019
The Healing Power of Creativity
There is so much trauma in the world today, and children in particular are grappling with stress and anxiety produced by everything from school shootings and natural disasters, to domestic violence and terrorist attacks. Steffanie Lorig came up with a suprisingly simple way to help kids cope: An activity book created by artists that's filled with coloring books, games, jokes and puzzles. For over two decades, her organization Art With Heart has used activity books and art workshops to help kids heal, including children impacted by 9/11 and the Sandy Hook school shooting. In this podcast, Steffanie talks about how she founded Art With Heart and how she passed the torch to a new successor, Heidi Durham.
Mar 5, 2019
Instead of Building a Wall...
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.
Jan 3, 2019
Let's Hear It For Honeybees
We talk to Kristy Allen, a beekeeper who turned her love and concern for honeybees into the thriving Minneapolis business The Beez Kneez. She maintains hives, sells honey, and teaches intensive beekeeping classes to the tune of $200,000 a year, all while maintaining environmentally sustainable practices. Allen is an advocate for honeybees, whose numbers have dwindled in recent years due to mites, pesticides and the overuse of monoculture farming. Learn more in this buzzy podcast.
Nov 27, 2018
The Happiness of Reading
After a stint in the U.S., molecular biologist Rana Dajani returned to Jordan and noticed children didn't read for pleasure. "It's not a habit," she says. The literacy rate is high -- everybody knows how to read and write -- but nobody was opening a book for the simple joy of it. And that's problem, says Dajani, who studied the science behind it and found a surprising connection between reading and happiness. When a parent or a caregiver reads aloud to a child, the neurons in the brain start figuring out “hey this reading stuff is very soothing.” As a result, people read books when they are happy or sad or stressed because it floods them with good feelings. Her social enterprise, We Love Reading, teaches volunteers to read aloud to children, encouraging the habit at a young age. Reading is also associated with better vocabulary and empathy, which decreases violent behavior.
Oct 31, 2018
All About Those Periods
Celeste Mergens was shocked when she learned that girls at a Kenya orphanage were forced to stay in their rooms and sit on cardboard when they had their periods. So she created Days for Girls, a nonprofit that provides reusable sanitary products and health education to girls and women worldwide. Mergens' organization has gotten a recent boost from Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, who has led her own campaign to destigmatize menstruation. For Mergens, the work has special significance. She herself comes from difficult circumstances, and was raped at age 7. In Africa, she was horrified to learn that girls at the orphanage were sometimes sexually abused in exchange for disposable pads. Through Days for Girls, she wants to change "the price they were paying for our silence around menstruation."
Oct 17, 2018
Helping Native Women Heal
Native women face disproportionately high rates of sexual violence, domestic abuse -- even murder. The Justice Department estimates that 1 in 3 Native women will be raped. Part of the problem is that tribes are restricted in their ability to prosecute, so abusers and predators are attracted to these unprotected women. In Seattle, Norine Hill, who is a member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames, has founded Mother Nation to help women out of abusive situations and bring them culturally appropriate services so they can rediscover their strength. In this incredibly powerful podcast, we explore some of the historical injustices inflicted on Native Americans, while also sharing Hill's dramatic personal tale that led her to found Mother Nation.
Jul 24, 2018
Tackling Student Debt
The average student graduates with $37,000 in debt. Kelly Peeler of NextGenVest has developed a text-based platform to educate Generation Z on the perils of student loans, before they become saddled by a crushing amount of debt.
Jun 25, 2018
Saving Our Coastal Communities
Jennifer Bolstad is trying to prevent Rockaway Beach in Queens, N.Y., from sinking into the Atlantic Ocean. She's a landscape architect whose firm, Local Office Landscape and Urban Design, helps coastal communities cope with rising sea levels.
May 22, 2018
The Abortion Clinic Owner
Most abortion care in the U.S. is provided by independently owned clinics, not big health centers like Planned Parenthood. Amy Hagstrom Miller of Whole Woman’s Health is on a mission to make abortions safe and stigma-free. The journey has taken her to the Supreme Court.
May 1, 2018
Empowering Our Young Girls
A girl’s self-confidence peaks when she’s 9 years old. Ret. Lieutenant Colonal Dianna Flett is using her military training to run leadership workshops, dubbed Girl Smarts, for girls in 4th and 5th grades.
Nov 20, 2017
Reuse and Recycle
The women behind U Konserve and My Sister's Closet are doing their part to minimize waste and protect the environment.
Oct 5, 2017
Angie Lozano started Angie's House to give people in need a place to lay their head at night — and reminded us all that just one person can make a real difference.
Sep 19, 2017
Chelsea Harden's horses create magical spaces where kids with special needs can connect and learn. Hear how she manages the unusual business assets at the core of The H.E.A.R.T. Center.
Jun 20, 2017
Restoring Access to Local Farm Food
Tatiana Garcia Granados started The Common Market to bring farm food to her Philadelphia neighborhood. Now she's taking on the nation's broken food distribution system.
Jun 13, 2017
Reinventing the Wheelchair
Tish Scolnik is using the power of business to give people with disabilities a new sense of freedom. At MIT, she designed a wheelchair that can travel rough terrain, whether a dirt road in East Africa or a hiking trail in North America. And now the young entrepreneur's company, GRIT, is selling the invention worldwide.
Jun 6, 2017
Iran-born Fif Ghobadian created San Francisco fashion brand Road Twenty-Two to provide jobs for women released from prison.
May 30, 2017
Making a Difference with Foster Kids
With her nonprofit One Simple Wish, Danielle Gletow is bringing the joy of childhood to the lives of foster kids, one wish at time.
May 23, 2017
Women Helping Women
In our first "Good on the Ground" episode, we meet Kathy Brough and Anita Saville, the founders of Chelmsford, Mass., nonprofit Budget Buddies. Learn how they're equipping homeless women to lift themselves out of poverty with the help of women volunteer "buddies," who coach them in personal-finance basics.
Mar 14, 2017
Hear how Houston pool-builder Kryshon Bratton has used the entrepreneurial "pivot" to stoke growth and create the work-life balance she wants.
Feb 13, 2017
A $20 Million Comeback Story
How Angelica Garcia-Dunn went from struggling to feed her kids to building a booming Texas-sized trucking company.
Nov 16, 2016
On a Mission - Ep. 14
Meet Donna Peel and Stacy Ratner, two very different women taking on two very different social missions -- both with inventive, entrepreneurial nonprofits.
Oct 19, 2016
Running the Boys' Club - Melissa Austria - Ep.13
Toronto retailer Melissa Austria has created thriving menswear stores that appeal to guys who hate to shop but want to look good.
Mar 16, 2016
A Winemaker's Pleasure and Pain
Delia Viader may make “liquid cashmere,” but it took more than fine wine to restore her winery after a devastating setback.
Mar 2, 2016
Jacket Dreams - Jan Erickson - Ep. 11
Jan Erickson was hounded by vivid dreams about a jacket -- so she started an outerwear company. It was a prescient move. Today, Janska sells $3 million worth of made-in-the-USA apparel a year.
Feb 17, 2016
Off the Slopes and Into the Wine Shop - Anne Dowling - Ep.10
For Anne Dowling, a former member of the U.S. Ski Team, successful entrepreneurship means having the flexibility to live a life she loves. In the mornings, she carves Colorado powder and in the afternoons tends to her wine and cheese shop.
Feb 3, 2016
Cleaning Up Our E-Waste Mess - Traci Phillips - Ep 09
Traci Phillips recycles dead cellphones, washed-up computers and old dot-matrix printers so they can't clog landfills and release toxic substances into the environment. Hear how the Tulsa, Okla., entrepreneur's Native American roots inspired her to turn a personal mission into a successful business.
Jan 20, 2016
A Free Spirit Gets Hard-Nosed About Business - Kristine Jones - Ep 08
Kristine Jones started a business on a whim in the obscure, cutthroat "flagger" industry in 2008. Then she got serious about building a strong company that, today, has 70 employees.
Nov 3, 2015
The Honest Pet Food Jackpot - Lucy Postins - Ep 07
This San Diego entrepreneur turned “human-grade” pet food -- healthy, artisinal canine feasts you could eat, too -- into a multimillion dollar business.
Oct 20, 2015
Feeding the Ambitions of Female Chefs - Jody Adams, Ana Sortun - Ep 06
Female chefs get short shrift in the media — and in many restaurant kitchens. We tell the stories of two Boston-based chefs who beat the odds. Hear how they overcame bias to rise the ranks — and the lessons they learned along the way.
Oct 6, 2015
How Good Ideas Become Good Businesses - Kimberly Crupi Dobbins - Ep 05
How one woman turned a corporate sabbatical and a kitchen dream into a snack company that let her quit her day job. Follow Dobbins' journey from big-company employee to founder of Simple Squares, healthy snack bars that are now sold everywhere.
Sep 22, 2015
Succeeding as a Woman in Tech - Shaan Kandawalla, Melody McCloskey, Amy Sheng - Ep 04
If there were more women in tech, would women enjoy better tech products? We look for answers through three women who are succeeding in the tech industry with innovations that address female painpoints.
Sep 8, 2015
The ‘Rain Woman’ Behind a Digital Detective Agency - Alison Chung - Ep 03
The Chicago businesswoman parlayed a phenomenal gift for numbers into a successful computer-forensics firm called TeamWerks.
Sep 8, 2015
Creating Indiegogo - Danae Ringelmann - Ep 02
The San Francisco native was inspired by her small-business-owner parents to create the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform. Little did she know her big idea would spawn a new industry.
Sep 8, 2015
Turning Setbacks into Triumphs - Felena Hanson - Ep 01
The San Diego entrepreneur launched Hera Hub, a co-working space company supporting women entrepreneurs, after a near-fatal car crash pushed her to add meaning to her life.
Sep 1, 2015
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