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A fairy tale podcast for kids about extraordinary women from all over the world. Based on the bestselling series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, each episode explores the lives of women from the books, encouraging young listeners to ask questions and explore their interests. Each episode is narrated by real-life women who are pioneers, creators, champions, and leaders.

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Get To Know Zainab Salbi

Get To Know Zainab Salbi

2021-03-0408:401

Get to know Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International, who narrated the story of Malala Yousafzai. In this interview, Salbi tells us how she escaped from the Saddam Hussein dictatorship and learned to use your voice and exercise her freedom of speech. She also tells us how she found the strength to tell her own story by gaining inspiration from women she worked with in war torn countries. And she tells us how she finds hope even in the darkest times and most challenging places.
Education and peace activist Malala Yousafzai became a household name because of her vocal activism around the education of girls in her hometown in Pakistan. In 2012, at only 15 years old, she was shot by members of the Taliban for her work. Malala survived the attack and has since become an internationally known advocate and the youngest person ever to receive a Nobel Peace Prize. Today, Malala continues raising her voice at every turn to draw attention to the plight of girls around the world and to advocate for peace “in every home, every street, every village, every country.” About the Narrator Zainab Salbi is best known as an international humanitarian, journalist and author. After decades of working in the shadow of violent conflict, Salbi has emerged as a leading advocate for unity at a time of deepening divides. She is the author of Between Two Worlds - Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam, The Other Side of War: Women’s Stories of Survival and Hope, If you Knew Me You Would Care, and her latest, Freedom Is an Inside Job: Owning Our Darkness and Our Light to Heal Ourselves and the World. She is also the founder of Women For Women International.  Credits This podcast is a production of Rebel Girls, Inc. It’s based on the book series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. Executive Producer is Katie Sprenger. This episode was produced, sound designed, and mixed by Isaac Kaplan-Woolner, written by Alexis Stratton and proofread by Ariana Rosas. Original theme music was composed and performed by Elettra Bargiacchi. Special thanks to the whole Rebel Girls team who make this podcast possible. For more, visit www.rebelgirls.com.
Get to know our special guest, Christine Platt! She’s a historian, advocate and storyteller who has written a couple of books that introduce readers to Harriet Tubman. She shares how Harriet’s story resonates with her, untold tales and how she feels Harriet is the ultimate rebel girl.
We have fully remixed this episode with brand new sounds and music! Once upon a time, there was a girl who fought for freedom. Her name was Harriet. In this episode, you will learn about the incredible story of Harriet Tubman, one of the greatest heroes in American history. Harriet risked her life to free hundreds of enslaved people and she remains one of the most powerful symbols of the human need for freedom and equality. The narrator of this episode is the great African-American activist Tarana Burke, who is also one of the founders of the #Metoo movement. This remixed episode was produced and sound designed by Camille Stennis and written by Corinne Purtill. Original theme song is by Elettra Bargiacchi.
Get To Know Marley Dias

Get To Know Marley Dias

2021-02-1807:342

Get to know activist and author, Marley Dias. Marley tells us how she founded her campaign to get more books with Black girl lead characters into schools, her continued work for diversity and inclusion, and how others can make important changes in their own communities. She also shares how she wrote her book, and how she learned to be brave.
In this episode we meet Ruby Bridges, who, as a very young child desegregated a public elementary school in New Orleans, Louisiana. That means she was the first Black student ever to go to that school. Ruby’s bravery in the face of immense bigotry helped further the cause of equal access to education! Her story is brought to us by Marley Dias, the amazing founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks and author of Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You!  About the Narrator Marley Dias is the 15-year-old founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks and author of Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You!. #1000BlackGirlBooks is an international movement to collect and donate children’s books that feature Black girls as the lead character. Marley launched the #1000BlackGirlBooks drive in November of 2015 with the help of GrassROOTS Community Foundation, leveraging the power of social media to reach a larger audience. Marley has collected over 12,000 books to-date. She was recognized by TIME, as one of the 25 most influential teens in 2018 and was identified as the youngest member of the Forbes 30 under 30 list to date. Marley resides in West Orange, NJ with her mother and father.  Credits This podcast is a production of Rebel Girls. It’s based on the book series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. Executive Producers are Jes Wolfe and Katie Sprenger. This episode was produced, sound designed, and mixed by Isaac Kaplan-Woolner. Corinne Peterson is Production Manager. This episode was written by Kirsti Jewel. Proofread by Ariana Rosas. It was narrated by Marley Dias, who we will get to know better on Thursday’s episode! Original theme music was composed and performed by Elettra Bargiacchi. For more, visit Rebel Girls dot com. Until next time, stay rebel!
Get to know model and beauty pageant titleholder, Zozibini Tunzi. Zozibini tells us what it means to have accomplished her dream of becoming Miss Universe, her continued hope for changes in the beauty industry, and how others can be changemakers. She also shares how you can change the world around you, no matter your age.
Once there was a girl who sang from the heart, and fought for freedom through her music. Her name was Miriam Makeba. She was raised in South Africa in the 1930s, where laws oppressed Black people like her. She rose up in song to fight the racist system of Apartheid. She used her voice to travel the world and bring awareness about the injustices her people faced at home. Because of this, she was banned from returning to South Africa for many years. After moving to the United States her career was upended when she married a controversial leader of the civil rights leader. But she still used her fame as a platform for change, and came to be known as “Mama Africa”. About the Narrator Zozibini Tunzi is a passionate activist engaged in the fight against gender-based violence and a supporter of the #HeForShe social media campaign which is changing gender stereotypes. In 2019, Tunzi was the first Black representative from South African to be crowned Miss Universe. Zozi was also the first Miss Universe to be crowned wearing her natural curls, serving as an example to young girls to embrace their most authentic selves. She is using her voice as Miss Universe to encourage young women to “take up space” and hopes to bring more voices together to make change across the world. Credits This podcast is a production of Rebel Girls. It’s based on the book series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. Executive Producers are Jes Wolfe and Katie Sprenger. This episode was produced by Isaac Kaplan-Woolner. Corinne Peterson is Production Manager. This episode was written by Grace Boyle. Proofread by Ariana Rosas. It was narrated by Zozibini Tunzi, who we will get to know better on Thursday’s episode! Sound design and original theme music was composed and performed by Elettra Bargiacchi. Final mix by Mattia Marcelli. For more, visit Rebel Girls dot com. Until next time, stay rebel!
Get to know organizer, trainer, big sister, godmother of four, and National Director of BYP100, D’atra “Dee Dee” Jackson. D’atra tells us how her grandmother inspires her, and how kids and younger people can really make a difference in the world. She also tells us how she stays healthy and strong while fighting for equality as an activist.
Once there was a girl whose powerful voice would inspire people to fight for equality. Her name was Isabella Baumfree, but we know her now as Sojourner Truth. She was a Black woman born into slavery in Dutch-speaking rural New York in 1797. She escaped to freedom after nearly 30 years of being enslaved, was one of the first Black women to successfully sue a white man, and later changed her name to Sojourner, becoming a abolitionist and suffragist fighting for equality and women’s rights.    About the Narrator Organizer and trainer D’atra “Dee Dee” Jackson is Co-Founder of the Durham Chapter of Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100). Dee Dee has had her hand in efforts and actions such as bringing Participatory Budgeting to Durham, Justice for Reefa campaign, and Black Mama's/Black August Bail Outs. Now, as the National Director of BYP100, she dreams of freedom, Black worlds, and building a movement of ungovernable and strategic lovers of Black liberation.    Credits This podcast is a production of Rebel Girls. It’s based on the book series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. Executive Producers are Jes Wolfe and Katie Sprenger. This episode was produced by Isaac Kaplan-Woolner. Sound design by Elettra Bargiacchi and final mix by Mattia Marcelli. Corinne Peterson is Production Manager. This episode was written by Gina Gotsill. Proofread by Ariana Rosas. It was narrated by D’atra Jackson. Original theme music was composed and performed by Elettra Bargiacchi. For more, visit www.rebelgirls.com. Until next time, stay rebel!
Get to know Randi Zuckerberg, who narrated the story of computer programmer Grace Hopper. Randi, one of the early employees at Facebook, is the best selling author of four books, and producer of multiple television shows and theater productions to help kids have “aha moments” about technology. She tells us why it’s important to have even more girls getting into STEM fields, and what it takes for girls to make it in the tech world.
In this episode, the Queen of Code! Navy Rear Admiral Grace Hopper was the third-ever programmer for the world’s first programmable computer, the Mark I. Through her years of service to the U.S. Navy and private business, including during World War II, Grace helped push the boundaries of the new computer industry by developing key innovations in computer programming. Known today as Amazing Grace, the Grandmother of Programming, and the Queen of Code, Grace’s contributions to computing continue to shape the way computers operate around the globe. About the Narrator Randi Zuckerberg likes to call herself “a professional mom to entrepreneurs”. She currently works with more than 20 early and mid stage companies as an advisor, investor, or board director, the vast majority started and run by female founders. Randi also has a passion for producing and creating media content that celebrates strong, smart women and girls. Through her company, Zuckerberg Media, she is the best selling author of four books, producer of multiple television shows and theater productions, and hosts a weekly radio show, Randi Zuckerberg Means Business, on SiriusXM. Randi has been recognized with an Emmy nomination, two Tony awards, a Drama Desk Award, and a Kidscreen Award. Prior to founding her own company, Randi was an early employee at Facebook, where she is best known for creating Facebook Live.  Credits This podcast is a production of Rebel Girls. It’s based on the book series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. Executive Producers are Jes Wolfe and Katie Sprenger. This episode was produced by Isaac Kaplan-Woolner. Sound design and mixing by Luis Miranda. Corinne Peterson is our Production Manager. This episode was written by Alexis Stratton. Proofread by Ariana Rosas. It was narrated by Randi Zuckerberg, who you can learn more about in the next Get to Know episode. Original theme music was composed and performed by Elettra Bargiacchi. For more, visit Rebel Girls dot com. Until next time, stay rebel!
Get to know actor, comedian, and activist Ilana Glazer, who narrated the story of Vice President Kamala Harris. Ilana tells us how she got into comedy and acting, and why it is so important to use her platform to encourage young people to vote and become involved in politics. She also gives ideas for how (and why) kids can get involved in politics and make a difference in the world even before they are old enough to vote.
Once upon a time, in Berkeley, California, there was a girl, who would shatter glass ceilings. Her name is Kamala Harris. Kamala is the daughter of immigrant parents from Jamaica and India who both became PhDs and taught their daughter about the importance of her heritage and her voice.  Kamala would grow up and forge her own path - from the halls of her Historically Black College to the halls of congress and then onto the second highest office in the land. About the Narrator Actor and comedian Ilana Glazer is the co-creator of "Broad City" on Comedy Central and has a stand-up special on Amazon Prime Video called "The Planet Is Burning." She is also one of the co-founders of the non-profit, Generator Collective, which defines minimal civic engagement and invites the average American to embody that.  Credits This podcast is a production of Rebel Girls. It’s based on the book series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. Executive Producers are Jes Wolfe and Katie Sprenger. This episode was produced by Isaac Kaplan-Woolner. Sound design and mixing by Bianca Salinas. Corinne Peterson is Production Manager. This episode was written by Robyn Adams. Proofread by Ariana Rosas. It was narrated by Ilana Glazer. Original theme music was composed and performed by Elettra Bargiacchi. For more, visit www.rebelgirls.com. Until next time, stay rebel!
Get to know Lindsey E. Murphy, who narrated the story of chemist Alice Ball. Murphy is the award-winning creator and host of The Fab Lab With Crazy Aunt Lindsey. In this episode, she tells us what made her fall in love with science, and why kids, especially girls, should be excited by science today. She also talks about the importance of representation in STEM fields, and how we can go about designing our own experiments at home!
Once upon a time, there was a girl who wanted to help people who were in pain. Her name was Alice Ball, an incredibly bright, determined young woman who grew up to be a brilliant chemist — developing life-changing treatments for patients with leprosy. She was also the first woman and first African American to graduate with a master’s degree in chemistry and also teach at the University of Hawaii It all started when she was just a young girl growing up in Seattle, observing her family use science to make art. About the Narrator Lindsey E. Murphy is the award-winning creator and host of The Fab Lab With Crazy Aunt Lindsey, a kids science web series on YouTube that takes everyday science concepts and turns them into fabulous DIY projects children can do at home with their families. Since launching in 2010, the show has garnered partnerships with the likes of Scientific American Magazine, the New York Academy of Sciences, been published in various national family magazines, and crowdfunded nearly $100,000 for independent production in 2019. She is the four-time livestream host of TEDxPortland and has hosted two travel web series for Travel Oregon and Wieden+Kennedy’s On She Goes, Seasons 1 and 2.  Credits This podcast is a production of Rebel Girls, based on the book series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. Our Executive Producers are Jes Wolfe and Katie Sprenger. This episode was produced by Isaac Kaplan-Woolner, written by Caitlin Madrigal, with sound design and mixing by Luis Miranda. Ariana Rosas is Proofreader. It was narrated by Lindsey E. Murphy. Original theme music by Elettra Bargiacchi. For more, visit Rebel Girls dot com.
Get to know Science communicator Emily Calandrelli. She is the host and co-executive producer of the hit Netflix series Emily’s Wonder Lab. In this episode, Emily tells us what made her fall in love with outer space, and why kids should be interested in space exploration. We even get to learn how to create our own science experiments at home!
In this episode, a girl who dreamed of the stars, and launched herself into history. In 1992, Dr. Mae Jemison became the first Black woman to go into space. Mae dreamed of becoming a scientist when she was a child, and along with being an astronaut, she also worked as a doctor, professor, Peace Corps member, and CEO. Today, she continues reaching for the stars through the 100 Year Starship project, which aims to make interstellar space travel possible by 2112. This story is narrated by science communicator Emily Callandrelli.   About the Narrator  Science communicator Emily Calandrelli is the host and co-executive producer of the hit Netflix series Emily’s Wonder Lab. Each episode features Emily and a group of kid-scientists as they learn about STEAM through experiments and fun activities. Emily is also an Executive Producer and Emmy nominated host of FOX’s Xploration Outer Space and was a correspondent on Netflix’s, Bill Nye Saves The World. Emily, who was named to Adweek’s“11 Celebrities and Influencers Raising the Bar for Creativity in 2017”, is also an accomplished writer and speaker on the topics of space exploration, scientific literacy, and equality. Her chapter book series, The Ada Lace Adventures, centers around an eight-year-old girl with a knack for science, math, and solving mysteries with technology. Emily frequently gives talks about the importance of science literacy, the benefits of space exploration, and the challenges for women in STEM careers. Her first two TEDx talks, “I Don’t Do Math” and “Space Exploration Is The Worst,” have garnered over one million views on YouTube.    Credits This podcast is a production of Rebel Girls. It’s based on the book series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. Executive Producers are Jes Wolfe and Katie Sprenger. This episode was produced by Isaac Kaplan-Woolner. Sound design and mixing by Luis Miranda. This episode was written by Alexis Stratton. Proofread by Ariana Rosas. It was narrated by Emily Calandrelli, who we will get to know better on Thursday's episode! Original theme music was composed and performed by Elettra Bargiacchi. For more, visit www.rebelgirls.com. Until next time, stay rebel!
Get to know actress and activist Freida Pinto! Freida is known for acclaimed films such as ‘Slumdog Millionaire,' 'Trishna,’ 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes,' 'Desert Dancer,' and ‘Knight of Cups.' She has been involved with Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls' education and empowerment, for 4 years. In this interview she explains where her commitment to activism comes from.
In this episode, a princess who became a spy, the story of Noor Inayat Khan. Noor was born in Russia to an American mother and a Muslim father who came from a noble family. By the time she was a young girl she had moved from Russia to England and then to France, gaining understanding of all of these cultures along the way. This would serve her well when, during World War II, she joined British intelligence and was the first female wireless operator to be sent to occupied France. Noor Inayat Khan lived a short, full life, and in the time exemplified what it means to be a Rebel Girl. About the Narrator Actress and Activist, Freida Pinto, is known for acclaimed films such as ‘Slumdog Millionaire,' 'Trishna,’ 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes,' 'Desert Dancer,' ‘Knight of Cups.’ Her upcoming films include Ron Howard’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy,’ ‘John Ridley’s ‘Needle in a Timestack,’ ‘Love, Wedding, Repeat,’ ‘Only,’ and a very timely and hard-hitting film on the world of global human trafficking, 'Love Sonia'. She has been involved with Girl Rising for 4 years. The movement is focussed on creating behavioral changes towards the way girls are viewed in many parts of the world by helping them get an education and through the use of the visual medium - storytelling. Credits This podcast is a production of Rebel Girls and Boom Integrated, a division of John Marshall Media. It’s based on the book series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. Our Executive Producers are Jes Wolfe and Katie Sprenger. This season was produced by John Marshall Cheary, Sarah Storm, and Robin Lai. Corinne Peterson is our Production Manager. This episode was written by Jestine Ware and edited by Katie Sprenger. Proofread by Ariana Rosas. Original theme music was composed and performed by Elettra Bargiacchi who has also sound designed this episode. Mattia Marcelli was the sound mixer.
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Yvonne Milosevic

I love listening to these podcasts with my daughter at bedtime. However, the commercial break in the middle of the show is very jarring and breaks the spell these stores cast. i really wish the ads would run at the beginning and/or end of the episodes.

Feb 13th
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Margarita Kertes

Great podcast

Dec 28th
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Moana

Hello from Iran. So happy to hear that😍

Dec 21st
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Abby MOGFORD

yeah we need more stories

Dec 15th
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A Fitzpatrick

I love this

Dec 14th
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Bahram Sangelaji

but some of its dramatic like we dont wear Vail or cover our face and it ok to listen to music to so dont believe everything thing in this podcast and no she is not ban from her country or not allowed to show her work in iran so as i said its quite dramatic so could you please fix it because its kinda of offensive thank setaiesh sangelaji

Nov 24th
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Bahram Sangelaji

im iranian and this is all true

Nov 24th
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Lila Mae

I love this podcast! And i love the animal episodes! 🐨🐯🐼

Oct 6th
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Aanisha

Amazing story and truly inspiring.

Sep 19th
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jadesallen@yahoo.com

so good

Aug 9th
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___mahsa

I love her

Aug 2nd
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Yamikani Anikah Banda

Making a change takes courage and Billie Jean was courageous.

Jun 25th
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soleil soleil

Michelle is such a great women, true inspiration💕

Jun 3rd
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Rachel Najjar

I love This Podcast

Jun 3rd
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Laura O'Connor

Do one about Turia Pitt

May 23rd
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Laura O'Connor

This is AMAZING 😉

May 23rd
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Risper Mwendwa

listening during quarantine from Covid 19 I must say I loved it

Mar 25th
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Karen Armstrong

Mario bros and the axe of the piper and the first thing that comes to the piper is not an easy thing to do

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A Fitzpatrick

hi I just wanted to say I'm tired and I don't care if this is a waste of my life but idk

Jan 13th
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lorien hammond

I ❤ you guys

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