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Causepods is a passion project of The Podcast Consultant, Mathew Passy. The aim is to interview folks who are using podcasts to raise awareness for a good cause. Whether that’s a non-profit, charity, medical cause, social justice movement, or anyone looking to create a positive impact in the world, from the local level to the global population. One unique feature to Causepods is that we are going to use this platform to raise money for a 501(c)3 non-profit of your choosing through GoFundMe. If you think you’re a podcaster making a difference in the world, please take a few moments to fill out the Causepods Form and we can’t wait to have you on Causepods.
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In today’s episode, I’m talking with Ben Killoy. After joining the Marine Corps straight out of high school, Ben tells us about his time in the service and what happened in the 10 years following that led him to start his podcast. Ben goes on to discuss where the disconnect is for Dads when they come home and how this affect’s their families. He stresses the importance of working through the emotions they feel instead of suppressing them. In his podcast, Ben gives words to feelings that are not being processed by Veteran Dad’s, helping them to come home emotionally as well as physically. We also talk about the evolution of Ben’s podcast and how he’s changed the format up over time to more effectively get his message heard. We finish up our discussion with details about the charity Ben supports, Angels of America’s Fallen, an organization that helps support the children of our fallen heroes.  Key Topics: ·      Ben talks about his time in the Marine Corps (2:15) ·      What happened to Ben in the 10 years after re-entering the civilian world (4:05) ·      Ben describes the moment he decided he wanted to do something more with his life (5:48) ·      The disconnect Dads experience when they come home (8:49) ·      Ben talks about the format of his podcast and how it’s changed over time (12:13) ·      What the impact has been from starting Facebook Live videos (16:36) ·      The biggest lessons Ben has learned about launching a podcast (19:05) ·      Ben tells us about the charity he’s supporting, Angels of America’s Fallen (22:40) Website: ( Link to Podcast: Apple – ( Google – ( Spotify - (   Social Media: ( ( ( Support Ben's Cause Angels of America’s Fallen - ( DONATE Link: ( Thanks for Listening! Be sure to subscribe on  Spotify ( , or wherever you get your podcasts. And feel free to drop us a line at Follow Mathew on Social Media to stay up to date on Causepods -  LinkedIn ( For help, resources, and community support, please join the  Causepods Facebook Group (  if you are already producing podcasts for a cause or are thinking about launching one. And if you would like to be a guest on Causepods, please fill out this form and schedule  your chat here ( .
In today’s episode, we are talking with Jenny Lisk, who lost her husband 5 years ago, leaving her to raise their two children on her own. Jenny shares the heartbreaking story of the loss of her husband and how it led to starting her podcast. The gap she found while looking for resources for her children to work through their grief is what inspired her to take action. On her podcast, Jenny interviews experts, widowed parents, and adults who lost a parent as a child. She describes her approach to the show and what kind of preparation and research she does before each episode.  Our conversation transitions into talking about the charity Jenny supports, the National Alliance for Grieving Children, what they do, and how you can help. We wrap up with Jenny giving some advice about why building a community and nurturing it is such a critical piece when starting a podcast.   Key Topics: ·      Jenny tells her story of personal loss (1:30) ·      The reason Jenny started her podcast (07:21) ·      Resources that are available during the pandemic (10:33) ·      The moment Jenny decided to start a podcast (12:23) ·      Jenny’s approach to her podcast (17:30) ·      The research Jenny did before launching her podcast (23:42) ·      Jenny’s #1 tip for good interviews (28:44) ·      The charity Jenny supports, what they do, and why they are a great organization to support (31:30) ·      Jenny’s advice to anyone who is looking to start a podcast and how building a community is such a critical piece (35:02) Website: ( Resources from Jenny Not sure where to start? ( Join monthly ( Help spread the word! ( What I’ve Learned About Widowed Parenting: ( (Free Download) How to be Helpful: Tips for Allies of Widowed Families: ( (Free Download) Link to Podcast: Apple – ( Google – ( Spotify – ( Main – (   Social Media: ( ( ( ( ( ( Support Jenny's Favorite Cause National Alliance for Grieving Children - (   DONATE Link: ( Thanks for Listening! Be sure to subscribe on  Spotify ( , or wherever you get your podcasts. And feel free to drop us...
David All is the creator of Belly of the Beast Life Stories, a podcast that tells the stories of a person’s personal transformation story. David explains to us why he started his podcast and why he finds the personal stories of transformation on his podcast so fascinating.  He goes on to tell us the story of his own personal transformation in his career and how he came up with the name, Belly of the Beast and Beyond the Belly. We also find out why he decided to format his show in Seasons and what advice he as for those looking to start their own podcasts. The conversation shifts to why he supports, what they do and how they help children in foster care, even during this global pandemic. We wrap up the show with David announcing a new workshop where he’s helping people who have already found their calling, tell the story of how they got there. Key Topics: ·      David explains why he decided to start his podcast (1:30) ·      David opens up about his career before starting his podcast (4:00) ·      Where the name Belly of the Beast came from (6:47) ·      The story of David’s personal transformation (9:11) ·      Why David decided to format his show with Seasons (11:48) ·      David offers advice to anyone who may want to start a podcast (14:50) ·      What David’s other podcast, Beyond the Belly is about (18:00) ·      David explains the best way to get acclimated with his work (20:30) ·      David tells us about his cause, (22:49) ·      We find out about a workshop David is hosting, helping people tell their own stories (25:00) Website: ( Link to Podcast: Apple – Belly of the Beast Life Stories - ( Beyond the Belly - (   Social Media: Facebook - ( Instagram - ( ( Twitter - ( ( Donation Link: ( Underbelly workshops - ( Thanks for Listening! Be sure to subscribe on  Spotify ( , or wherever you get your podcasts. And feel free to drop us a line at Follow Mathew on Social Media to stay up to date on Causepods -  LinkedIn ( For help, resources, and community support, please join the  Causepods Facebook Group (  if you are already producing podcasts for a cause or are thinking about launching one. And if you would like to be a guest on Causepods, please fill out this form and schedule  your chat here ( .
In this episode, we are talking with Effie Parks, creator and host of Once Upon A Gene. As a parent of a child with special needs, Effie’s cause is to help other families navigate their new realities by sharing stories, creating a community of support. After months of doctor’s visits and tests, Effie shares the emotional road to her son’s rare genetic syndrome diagnosis, CTNNB1. Effie goes into detail about what CTNNB1 is, what the symptoms are and how it can be different in each case. As Effie tried to navigate her new reality, she found herself feeling isolated, scared, and not able to relate to friends with children who didn’t have the same challenges. After searching for some guidance in her journey, Effie found podcasts that became a lifeline, helping her to realize she was not alone. It was then that Effie knew she wanted to help create more of this content in the form of a podcast to help others know that they are not alone. As our conversation goes on, Effie describes the impact she’s seen since starting her show in bringing understanding and awareness to people with disabilities. We also talk about the charity she is raising awareness for, ( and the importance of the amount of people who donate more so than the actual amount of money donated.  The discussion wraps up with Effie talking about the hurdles she had when she started her podcast. She gives advice to anyone who may be struggling with the technical aspect of their show.   Key Topics: ·      Effie explains what CTNNB1 is (1:45) ·      The warning signs that signaled something wasn’t quite right with her son (2:50) ·      Why Effie decided to start a podcast (6:06) ·      Effie talks about the format of her podcast (11:22) ·      The impact Effie has seen since starting her show (12:30) ·      Effie talks about her charity, (17:33) ·      The challenges Effie has encountered since starting her podcast (21:51) Website: ( Link to Podcast: Apple - ( Google - ( Spotify - (   Social Media: Facebook - ( Instagram - ( Twitter - ( Donation Link: ( Erica - Mod Pod Studios: Instagram: ( Email: Thanks for Listening! Be sure to subscribe on  Spotify ( , or wherever you get your podcasts. And feel free to drop us a line at Follow Mathew on Social Media to stay up to date on Causepods -  LinkedIn ( For help, resources, and community support, please join the  Causepods Facebook Group (  if you are already producing podcasts for a cause or are...
During these trying times, it’s great to see companies step up and offer positive solutions to a crisis. One of the first headlines I saw in the podcasting space was when Buzzsprout was giving away free Pro podcast accounts ( for educational, government, and research groups aiding in the spread of reliable information about COVID-19.  To understand why they made this decision and what it means for you, we are joined by Alban Brooke, head of Marketing for Buzzsprout ( .  Thanks for Listening!Be sure to subscribe on  Spotify ( , or wherever you get your podcasts. And feel free to drop us a line at Follow Mathew on Social Media to stay up to date on Causepods -  LinkedIn ( For help, resources, and community support, please join the  Causepods Facebook Group (  if you are already producing podcasts for a cause or are thinking about launching one. And if you would like to be a guest on Causepods, please fill out this form and schedule  your chat here ( .
Today, we talk with Al Levin, creator and host of The Depression Files podcast. On his podcast, Al touches on the topics of mental health and depression, but more specifically as it relates to men. While working as an assistant principal, Al went through two major bouts of depression. The second was severe enough for Al to check himself into a partial hospitalization program for 3 weeks. He goes on to give sound advice on warning signs and what to look for when dealing with stress and depression. Al shares his personal story of depression on every level, from initially recognizing there was a problem, to hitting bottom and seeking help. He speaks candidly about how he dealt with feelings of shame while treating his depression. But stresses the importance to seek help when you need it. The discussion pivots and Al talks about why he decided to start a podcast while at a conference and how it evolved. We also talk about the charity he is promoting: Face it Foundation ( . He explains how the organization was formed, his involvement, and what they do. We wrap up our conversation with Al’s advice on how to start a podcast if you are hesitant about the process. Key Topics: ·      Why male depression is Al’s passion project (0:51) ·      Warning signs and advice for men who may need help wrestling with depression and stress (03:11) ·      Coping with the feeling of shame when going through treatment for depression (06:57) ·      How do men overcome the shame of dealing with depression? (09:26) ·      Recognizing when our thoughts have become our own perceptions of what others think and how that can send us down a rabbit hole of negative thinking (15:11) ·      The best time to start seeing a therapist (18:44) ·      Why Al decided to start a podcast (20:21) ·      The 3 goals of Al’s show (24:56) ·      Who is the Face It Foundation and how can you help? (28:27) ·      Al’s advice to those thinking of starting a podcast (32:11) Website: ( Link to Podcast: (   Social Media: ( Donation Link: ( ( United States of America: Hotline: 1-800-784-2433 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 The Trevor Project (LGBT) Hotline: 1-866-488-7386 International Suicide Prevention Hotline: 702-743-4340 Crisis Text Line TEXT: Text START to 741-741 Thanks for Listening!Be sure to subscribe on  Spotify ( , or wherever you get your podcasts. And feel free to drop us a line at Follow Mathew on Social Media to stay up to date on Causepods -  LinkedIn ( For help, resources, and community support, please join the  Causepods Facebook Group (  if you are already producing podcasts for a cause or are thinking about launching one. And if you would like to be a guest on Causepods, please fill out this form and schedule  your chat here...
Joining us on the show today, we have Ellen Weatherford, the creator of Just the Zoo of Us Podcast. Along with her husband, Christian, Ellen’s focus is to educate people on topics relating to wildlife, threats to endangered species and biodiversity, threats posed by invasive species, and what we can do to help. Ellen starts by recounting the story of how the amazing name for her podcast came about. From there she explains the layout of her creative show. Ellen and Christian research a different animal for each show and give them a rating out of 10 in each of the following categories: effectiveness, ingenuity, and aesthetics. The topic of her podcast seemed like a natural choice. Ellen’s love for animals is deeply ingrained, from her first job working at a pet store, studying to be a zoologist in college, to exploring her talents as a nature and animal photographer and artist.  Ellen goes on to explain that in every episode, she and Christian includes each animal’s conservation status, factors threatening their numbers as a species, and what we can do to help. The discussion shifts a bit to explain how having a passion for environmental causes and wanting to encourage others to make changes in their lifestyle was a large reason for exploring this topic. We then talk about Ellen’s love for educational podcasts beginning at a very young age and how they have had an influence on her life. After attending a lecture by Griffen McElroy and venturing out on Jonathan Coulton’s JoCo Cruise, Ellen and her husband were inspired to finally take the plunge and start recording their podcast.  Ellen then shares the biggest lessons she learned in community building and networking during the process of launching a podcast.  We wrap up by discussing Ellen’s advice for someone who may be on the fence with starting their own podcast. Key Topics: ·      Ellen talks about how they came up with the name Just the Zoo of Us (0:22) ·      Ellen discusses the format of Just the Zoo of Us and how the structure for each episode is made (01:08) ·      The reason Ellen chose this topic as her cause (01:46) ·      Do the animals get upset about low ratings? (02:46) ·      How Ellen digs into the education of endangered species and different types of threats that are out there and how her audience has received that information  (04:01) ·      Why Ellen and her husband decided to start a podcast on wildlife and how it’s impacted their lives (07:27) ·      The types of guests Ellen has on her show and the insights they’ve received from them (09:55) ·      Why Ellen wanted to start a podcast in the first place (10:49)  ·      Challenges and lessons learned from getting her podcast off the ground (14:00) ·      The most rewarding part of having a podcast (19:44)     ·      Ellen’s advice to start your own podcast and enjoy the process (20:58) Website: ( Link to Podcast: ( Social Media: ( Donation Link: ( Support this podcast
Today on the show we have Alina Boyte, the creator of The Heart Centered Life Podcast. Alina is committed to being a social entrepreneur, encouraging others to live a more heart centered life and in turn creating a positive change in our world. Her company partners with people with the same commitment. Trained as a law professor, Alina realized through her years of research that if we want to see social change in the world, the answer will not come from laws and regulations. We discuss how most corporations are motivated by the bottom line and are not concerned with their impact on the environment and our communities. As a result, we’ve seen a growth of social entrepreneurs who are more socially and environmentally conscious. Alina goes on to explain the difference between corporations whose mission it is to make a social impact and corporations who are more concerned about their profits and make smaller efforts towards helping those in need. Our discussion transitions to thoughts on how to start a socially conscious company as well as what to keep in mind as the company grows.  Alina goes on to talk about why and how she started a Podcast and why she’s also had success with creating videos to engage with her audience. As a new entrepreneur herself, Alina discusses how she hopes to expand her audience to reach outside of her current network and what she loves about the podcast community. Key Topics: ·      Alina’s realization of what will help create positive change in our world (00:48) ·      Identification of companies who have identified themselves as agents for social change (01:34) ·      Are companies that have corporate social responsibility initiatives genuine in their efforts to have a social impact? (02:57) ·      Steps on how to start a social entrepreneurship (05:42) ·      Can a traditional Corporation transition to a social entrepreneurship? (07:27) ·      Why Alina decided to start a podcast as well as videos to tell her story and encourage social entrepreneurship (10:27) ·      Alina’s biggest challenges launching the podcast and how she overcame them (12:57) ·      The biggest impact Alina has experienced since starting her podcast (13:51) ·      The ideal audience for Alina’s podcast and who would be the perfect guest (15:16) ·      Alina’s advice for those who would like to get started on their own podcast for their social initiative (16:25) Link to Podcast: ( ) ( Social Media: (
The issue of homelessness is one that is gaining more and more attention in mainstream media but not something that we have touched on here at Causepods yet. Today we are joined by Russell Clair to talk about his new podcast called the Homeless Podcast, in which he interviews and shares the stories of people who are currently living on the street for a variety of reasons. Russell's goal with the show is to share the lives of people who are so often forgotten and ignored. Russell emphasizes the common desire of his guests to just be heard and treated like any other human being. The different reasons that people end up without a physical home might come as a surprise to certain listeners and it was only by asking and taking an interest that Russell learned certain things and realized certain truths. These are the things he thinks are worth sharing with the world and he hopes to get out to a larger audience. The love of podcasting has been in Russell for some time now and it suddenly clicked when he saw the need for the telling of these stories that he could align these two passions. Having studied music and recording, there was not much of a learning curve and the only challenges he notes are around marketing and building a bigger listenership. With the world of podcasting still growing, there is continually possibilities and markets to service and Russell has seen in his travels how many of his guests and acquaintances are familiar with the world of podcasting, so it makes perfect sense to make that the repository of the stories he collects. In our conversation, Russell shares his thoughts on regional homeless issues, the cyclical nature of life on the street and some of the disturbing realities that those without a steady place to live face. He also gets into the ins and outs of how he approaches people, makes space for them to share, and aims to give them some care and attention when needed. For all this be sure to listen in for this great episode of Causepods! Key Topics:   •   Reasons that Russell wanted to work to help the homeless. (01:15) •   Shocking facts about homeless income and social security. (04:10) •   The different types of people you might find without a home. (06:58) •   The self-sustaining and cyclical nature of life on the street. (09:04) •   Approaching people to share their stories and how Russell goes about it. (10:42) •   Russell's love of podcasting and true crime stories! (15:03) •   Challenges that Russell has faced getting his show off the ground. (16:04) •   The prevalence of podcasts and how commonplace they have become. (17:50) •   Russell's guests' hopes of being heard at the end of an interview. (18:31) •   A charity of choice from Russell and why he has chosen to focus on it. (20:47) •   The regional issues that arise within the broader problem of homelessness. (24:49) •   Russell's advice for anyone wanting to get their message out into the world. (26:35) Link to Podcast: ( ( Social Media: ( ( ( Donation: Charity link - ( Sarges Place - ( His Patreon - ( Thanks for Listening!Be sure to... Support this podcast
Our guest today is Jason Jacobs, host of the podcast, My Climate Journey. Jason led a long career as the (former) Co-Founder and CEO of the popular fitness app, Runkeeper (acquired by ASICS). Like many of us, Jason always had a strong conviction to care for the environment and after his app was sold, he decided he wanted to do more, but didn’t know how. So, he began making his private climate journey public and soon enough, My Climate Journey emerged.  As you can tell by the podcast name, Jason’s cause is all about his evolution of getting into the fight to help save the environment, help save the planet, and help make for a better world for the next generation and beyond. What started out a newsletter to a few friends, the My Climate Journey podcast has grown into a thriving community with a strong ethos of collaboration, ambition, determination, and optimism around climate change.  Often times, many people care about the climate and want to make a difference, but don’t know where to start! According to Jason, the biggest problem is standing right in front of us. The problem is us, and only when we learn how to step out of our own way, can we begin to make a change. My Climate Journey is not only a platform for discussion and interesting conversations, but it has become a proactive catalyst for change, connecting and inspiring more and more people to get educated, share resources, network, work together, and ultimately, take action. In this episode, Jason shares his own journey, not only with climate change, but with the podcast itself; how it started, how it has evolved, how audiences have responded, and the impact it hopes to make. This episode is also packed with loads of resources and organizations who are setting brilliant examples for us to follow as we set off on our own climate journey’s as companies, leaders, parents, students, scholars, and, ultimately, people who deeply care about the planet and want to make a difference, starting today.   Key Topics:   •   Jason’s background and how he first started mobilizing around climate change. (01:52) •   Why Jason decided to make his private learning journey a public learning journey. (02:55) •   How the intimacy of podcasting led Jason to choose this medium for his cause. (03:28) •   How creating a podcast can be a catalyst for deeper engagement and networking. (04:32) •   Using a podcast as a vessel to educate and inspire others around climate change. (06:17) •   How a podcast can be used to create a culture and ethos around climate change. (08:40) •   Why the real climate change issue is about getting out of our own way and acting. (11:02) •   How you can join the fight and begin your own climate journey, starting today! (11:47) •   Helpful resources and tools to help set you up on your own climate journey. (13:09) •   It’s more important to get started than to be perfect: advice for new podcasters. (14:32) Jason Jacobs, Host of My Climate Journey Link to Podcast: Spotify ( Social Media: LinkedIn ( Charity Link: Project Drawdown ( Thanks for Listening! Thanks for Listening! Be sure to subscribe on  Spotify ( , or wherever you get your podcasts. And feel free to drop us a line at Follow Mathew on Social Media to stay up to date on Causepods -  LinkedIn ( For help, resources, and community support, please join the  Causepods Facebook Group (  if you are already producing podcasts for a cause or are thinking about... Support this podcast
Today on the show we have Brian Dunning, the creator of the Skeptoid podcast, join us to talk about their non-profit mission and, more specifically, the evolution of their podcast. What started in 2006 as a hobby soon developed into a serious source of information that quickly gained considerable traction from teachers. Brian started hearing how educators were using their podcast to facilitate learning in the classroom, which inspired him to get more scientific and formal in his approach. Their aim over at Skeptoid is to provide quality edutainment that is based on facts and science and that people of any age can enjoy and learn a great deal from. In addition to providing interesting content for the classroom, they also reach the general public with their podcast, covering popular topics such as UFO stories, global warming, and electric cars. But Skeptoid is not only about the podcast; they also do speaker series, produce documentary films and other educational content, and have a lot of exciting projects in the pipeline for 2020. Tuning in to this episode, you will also hear great advice regarding the setting up of a nonprofit. Brian shares how he managed to convert their organization to a 501(c)(3) and the criteria for meeting the requirements of a non-profit. We transition to talking more about the podcasting process, with Brian explaining why podcasts are not necessarily the best platform for everybody. If you are an individual who has no organizational backup or an established audience, it might not be advisable to go this route as very few people manage to build a large following in this way. Brian also gives potential podcasters loads to consider in terms of sponsors and adds, warning them about the restrictions on the type of content allowed in sponsored messages. Not adhering to the regulations for non-profits might result in financial penalties from the IRS. Before starting a podcast, Brian advises listeners to think carefully about the motivation for wanting to do so. While anyone can start a podcast, you want to make sure that is will be worth the time and effort. He wraps up the episode by sharing the other exciting projects Skeptoid is working on and releasing later in the year, including a full-length feature documentary film.   Key Topics: •   The origins of the Skeptoid podcast and non-profit, and the interesting topics covered. (01:47) •   Ranting about pet peeves and other reasons why Brian started the podcast. (03:15) •   Why the podcast soon became more formal and scientific in approach. (03:36) •   How the podcast branched out into other activities and what their main mission is. (04:36) •   The process of converting to a 501(c)(3), and the criteria for qualifying as a non-profit. (06:17) •   Advice for non-profits whose podcasts have sponsored messages and are sources of revenue. (10:27) •   Common misconceptions about the reach of podcasts. (17:08) •   Why Brian chose podcasting and the importance of knowing what your motivation is. (18:38) •   Other projects that Brian and his team are working on, including a documentary film. (21:06) Link to Podcast: ( ( ( ( Social Media: Support this podcast
The journey a person who suffers from bipolar disorder inevitably has with the condition is a challenging one. Diagnosis can often be postponed until late in life because telltale behaviors get mistaken as symptoms of different root causes. Our guest on the show today is Dawn Sherine Bernard, and while she knew from a young age that her mental health was not optimal, she was only finally diagnosed at age 40. The lessons she learned from the battle she fought have inspired her to start a podcast called Dancing with Bipolar, and today she joins us to speak more about it. Dawn never had the privilege of a medical aid and so even scheduling a meeting to get a diagnosis was riddled by obstructions for her. She ended up having to fake a suicide attempt just so that she could get admitted and finally see a healthcare provider. Joining this episode, you will hear Dawn share her experiences living with bipolar disorder and how these have taken her to a place where she felt a calling to become a voice on the matter through her podcast. She shares the memories of how she ended up getting diagnosed, which form a scathing critique on privatization and the lack of a good public healthcare system in the US. We also get into some of the other ways a person with no medical aid might begin the process of seeking help and discover that the national suicide hotlines might be a good place for somebody to start. This episode also covers the story behind Dawn’s podcast’s name. Dawn tells us about her love for dancing and her daily practice of going dancing with her dog. For Dawn, the relationship a person with bipolar has with the condition feels like a dance for several reasons. It becomes a play of smoke and mirrors which presents a constant struggle between making progress and then losing ground. Dawn also talks about how starting Dancing with Bipolar has been an incredibly empowering experience, one which has helped her with her journey, as well as hopefully touched the lives of her listeners. We hear how Dawn has grown her listener base and what she has to keep doing to stay afloat and be a service to her audience. Living with bipolar is something which can be made much more bearable with the right set of tools, so tune in to find out what an incredible resource Dawn’s show could be to those in need of it. Key Topics:   •   The impetus behind Dancing with Bipolar originating in Dawn’s own struggles. (01:13) •   Challenges to diagnosis and accessing help that Dawn faced. (02:08) •   Non-medical aid users having to use suicide attempts to access healthcare. (03:43) •   Other ways of seeking emergency help by using a national hotline. (05:44) •   How Dawn came up with her podcast’s name: links between bipolar and dance. (06:52) •   Dawn’s hopes for how her story might help others who listen to her show. (08:19) •   Why Dawn chose the podcast as a format to accomplish her mission. (09:52) •   Personal gains Dawn experiences from her show that help her stay on track. (11:01) •   Ways Dawn promotes her podcast so that it can reach people who need it. (13:12) •   Advice for people who want to start a podcast: make sure you know your subject. (16:09) •   Why Dawn wants listeners to support unMASKing Hope which explores trauma. (18:56)   Guest Info: Dawn Sherine Bernard, creator of the Dancing with Bipolar Podcast. Link to Podcast: ( ( Support this podcast
Rhys Mathews created the podcast Queer Margins to give a voice to members of the LGBTQ+ community who are rarely heard from. In its first series of the podcast, Rhys interviewed Old Queens to hear their stories and experiences. The result has been a catalyst for connecting members of the LGBTQ+ community of different ages as well as giving deeper context to the changes in the political landscape. In this episode, Mathew discusses how Rhys developed the idea for the podcast and the challenges of launching a show without a previous track record. There were times when potential guests were critical and unsure if they should participate in his show.  Sometimes because they were suspicious of his motives or simply because guests were unfamiliar with podcasting as a communication medium. We discuss how Rhys overcame these challenges and the positive benefits that have come from being able to share these stories with a wider audience. Finally, we discuss the benefits of podcasting as a medium to hear personal stories through direct storytelling. There are intangible benefits of hearing a story through someone’s own voice and hearing their own particular laugh, for example.  This is something that cannot be conveyed through text and is a reason why Rhys believes the show has been so impactful in connecting with audiences. Listen in now, on Rhys’ story of launching a podcast from zero with no previous track-record as well as his views on the current state of the LGBTQ+ community. We also discuss how the charity Stonewall’s message of “Acceptance without exception” inspired the show and continues to do great work by helping all types of communities. Key Topics Introducing Rhys Mathews. [00:02] Why LGBTQ+ is an important cause for Rhys. [01:13] Transphobia in LGBTQ+ communities  [03:31] Why create a podcast about this topic? [04:09] Reaching old queens and older listeners with podcasting [07:09] How Queer Margins is creating an impact [09:16] Rhys’ advice for those who are considering launching a podcast for a cause [12:35] Stonewall, the organization that inspired Rhy [14:36] The future of the Queer Margins podcast [16:44] Link to Podcast ( ( Social Media ( ( Charity Link ( Thanks for listening! Be sure to subscribe on Spotify ( , or wherever you get your podcasts. And feel free to drop us a line at Follow Mathew on Social Media to stay up to date on Causepods - LinkedIn ( For help, resources, and community support, please join the Causepods Facebook Group ( if you are already producing podcasts for a cause or are thinking about launching one. And if you would like to be a guest on Causepods, please fill out this form and schedule your chat here ( . Support this podcast
Dave Gardner is the director of the documentary, GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth and host of the GrowthBusters podcast which is a part of GrowthBusters project, which promotes sustainable living (perpetual growth in the scale of the human enterprise is physically impossible, and our pursuit of continued growth of our economy and human population is stressing and injuring Earth\'s life-supporting ecosystems).  Project began as a documentary (GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth) released in 2011. Key Topics Introducing Dave Gardner and his podcast. [00:47] How Dave got into his work on sustainable living [01:12] The reason behind why Dave started a podcast after producing his documentary [03:54] Advantages of audio in conveying a message [05:45] Unique experiences and challenges that Dave encountered in the beginning [07:15] Dave’s advice for cause-based podcast who wants to reach out to community radio stations [11:12] Challenge with radio series [14:21] Dave’s radio special and reusing of content [16:38] Citizen Powered Media [19:31] Link to Podcast Social Media Charity Link Support this podcast
You may have recently found out you are celiacs, gluten intolerant or have an allergy to gluten. You may be feeling frustrated, sad or even depressed that gluten can no longer be a part of your life! When Elikqitie first found out that she wasn't able to eat gluten, she felt like my life was over, that she couldn't eat anything and that enjoying going out to eat was a thing of the past. After months of research and gathering the right tools and information, Elikqitie figured out how to enjoy life again! Knowing what to eat, how to eat out and feeling safe when you travel. She knows how it feels to wonder if you are going to end up getting sick on vacation. Elikqitie found her calling for health and wellness after having her first daughter 23 years ago. She entered the health and wellness field as a Breastfeeding Counselor with La Leche League, working with other moms to give them support to successfully breastfeed their newborn babies. Fast forward to 2015...Elikqitie decided to try the Adrenal Fatigue diet. While practicing this diet, she discovered she was gluten intolerant. She hadn’t realized how much this intolerance had affected her until she noticed her stomach wasn’t hurting or feeling bloated on a daily basis and she overall felt better. The culmination of many different backgrounds and her experience with celiacs disease led her to publish her podcast Travel Gluten Free ( . Elikqitie noticed the difficulties of living a gluten-free lifestyle and how isolating this can be. She understands that eating out can be scary and anxious and that travel can be hard. It's understandable why so many people with celiacs are afraid to travel! Who wants to be in nerve-wracking situations when you should be relaxed and enjoying yourself? Elikqitie wanted to give others the information she had learned after years of trial and error and finding out what works and what doesn't. Her goal is to provide support to all who lead a gluten-free lifestyle and to support our community. Being gluten-free can be a challenging way of life – even on good days! Let Elikqitie be your guide on your journey to lead a healthy, happy and enjoyable gluten-free life! Key Topics Introducing Elikqitie. [00:47] How Mathew and Elikqitie met and the reason behind The Travel Gluten Free Podcast [01:37] Elikqitie’s family history of celiacs [04:02] Best basic tips for people who are travelling but gluten intolerant [07:25] Why a podcast? [09:31] Ways in which having a podcast for the message has been beneficial. [12:27] Benefits of The Travel Gluten Free Podcast for its demographics [14:25] Elikqitie’s podcasting journey [15:07] Biggest challenges in podcasting and advice for potential podcasters [17:01] Link to Podcast ( ( ( ( Social Media Support this podcast
In this episode I sit down with F5 Project ( a non profit set up to help coordinate services and provide personal support in order to deter repeat offenses. He got involved with F5 to keep himself accountable for recovery from his gambling addiction, he was at rock bottom with nothing left when he decided to get his life right. He is coming from a place that a lot of these inmates are, he finds that it is easy for them to relate to him. They started the podcast Eat.Sleep.HUSTLE.Repeat, to let as many people as possible know about the issues inmates face once they are released. “If we are able to provide continued support when they leave confinement, we have a greater chance of positively impacting their lives”. The F5 Project was started in 2016 by Adam Martin ( a 5 time felon that decided to turn his life around and by doing that help others. He is working to change the lives of inmates while they are still in confinement and prepare them to break the cycle once they are released. F5 believes that what happens in someone's past does not determine their future.   Key Topics Mathew introduces his guest Ricky Pallay [00:51] Ricky tells us how he got involved with the F5 Project [01:43] He tells us about his ongoing recovery from a gambling addiction and how the mission of this project resonated with him [04:15] Ricky explains how the podcast got started and his role in it [08:26] Mathew asks Ricky what one of the most inspiring stories or results he’s seen since working with F5 [10:52] They discuss how when these people are incarcerated, they aren’t able to communicate with family and friends [14:57] Ricky talks to us about the challenges they have with the program and the direction they are taking it today [15:30] He speaks about how the stigma of being a felon is hard for most people to see past [16:57] His advice for anyone who is thinking about starting a podcast is “come on in, the water is nice” consistency is the key to growing your listeners. [20:34] Link to Podcast: ( Social Media: ( ( Charity Link: ( Support this podcast
What is The Power Project Podcast? The Power Project is a platform and online community created by Brandi Voth to build awareness of the issue of human trafficking. Brandi interviews survivors and soldiers in the fight against human trafficking, in hopes to inspire women to lead purposeful lives and take back their god-given power. Origins of The Power Project As an entrepreneur, Brandi was working with a team of women who were training women to build sales teams for a skincare franchise. She encountered a lot of women with limited mind sets -- women who had given up on their ability to achieve their hopes and dreams. At the same time, Brandi was getting involved in the fight against human trafficking. In that community, she met some incredible people doing massive things for the cause. She also met trafficking survivors who, despite having lived through horrific situations, were able to find strength and take the steps towards a successful second chance at life. Brandi recognized that the two worlds could benefit from each other. So she decided to build a community where women could inspire each other through example. That community is The Power Project. So why a Podcast?  Divine design! Brandi is a podcast junkie, and she felt compelled to do a podcast to spread her message. She doesn’t even like the sound of her voice, but she knew she had a greater responsibility to get other people involved in a cause share. An Apple Store employee finally pushed her to do it, and days later, she launched her podcast. Brandi’s Advice for New Podcasters ●     Done is better than perfect. Get it done and know that you can make it better as you go. You can build on terrible! ●     Google and Siri can be your best friends in the learning phase. ●     Find someone who’s done a successful podcast and learn from them. ●     There are some many resources out there for new podcasters. Brandi relied on Tutorial podcasts and YouTube videos when she started producing her podcast. ●     Make a content calendar so you know what direction you’re heading in. Be flexible, but have some direction. Key Topics:  What Brandi thought was a problem in a developing country was actually happening in her own backyard in Texas. (6:54) Brandi found A21 - a global organization that works to fight human trafficking through education. (7:53) Why authorities and ordinary people can’t stop human trafficking. (8:45) The internet and technology have made human trafficking a really really accessible crime. (9:21) What human trafficking looks like, and where it’s happening. (10:28) Where trafficking predators are hiding. Online gaming chat rooms are the #1 place where predators can be found. (11:20) Brandi works with a mentor program for women. It’s a 9-12 month program where women are restored and re-engaged in life. (11:57) Profile of an easy target for human trafficking. (13:50 The difference between trafficking and prostitution. (14:40)   Mentioned in This Episode ●      A21 ( ●      Refuge for Women ( ●      Ranch Hand Rescue ( ●     Refuge Support this podcast
What is the Mo Sybil Show? The More Sibyl Podcast show is a platform born out of a place of growth and struggle for Blacks and Asians, and those who care about and love them. Mo looks at cultural issues that are important to Blacks and Asians including acculturation problems, travels, preserving cultural values, the relationships between African Americans and West Africans, developing resilience, using emotional support, mental health issues, surviving graduate school, and so much more! As a Nigerian born-US educated-Korean speaking-struggling intellectual, the podcast is an homage to the different struggles and growing pains and success stories that Mo has encountered since she came to America eight years ago. Building CommunityMo’s goal is to build community and make the world a smaller place, and the response from the African and Korean communities to Mo’s podcast has been great. She is often asked why she cares so much about Korea. She’s Nigerian! Why does she care about Korea? Korea is a second culture for Mo. She speaks the language, and she has very close friends in Korea. She sees a lot of connections and commonalities between African and Asian cultures, and she wanted to incorporate that into her show. Both cultures value family, respect their elders, have amazing food, and are very modest. There are so many similarities between the two cultures. Once people see that, they understand why she has grouped the two components together in her podcast. The More Sibyl Podcast show is about Black and Asian people and their stories. Her listeners feel less alone in their own problems hearing that someone else with a name and a story like theirs has gone through the same thing. That’s how Mo speaks to her communities, and that’s why they continue to support her and praise her for driving connections in the community. Addressing Tough Issues for the Black and Asian Communities As a Nigerian immigrant, Mo addresses common topics like mental health, loss of pregnancy, infertility and caring for elders in a way that Black and Asians can relate to. By discussing difficult topics in a genuine way, and by showing her own vulnerability with those topics, her listeners feel less uncomfortable sharing and exploring their own problems. Where she comes from, it was taboo to talk about those topics, but she’s doing it now and showing other Blacks and Asians that talking about these important issues can really help. Mo’s ability to share her own stories has made her a trusted figure in the public space. Her listeners open up and share their stories with her. She doesn’t take it for granted, and when she shares their stories with the world, she does it in a gentle, respectful way. So why a Podcast?When Mo grew up in Nigeria in the 80s, televisions were a luxury most families couldn’t afford. Her family could afford a transistor radio, and that radio became Mo’s life. As a visual learner, she loved to hear the voices and imagine what the people looked like. It was a spiritual experience for her. When she came to America, radio had a different feel for her. It wasn’t like her childhood experience. It was full of ads and distractions, and in 2011, Mo discovered Podcasts. Four years later, she wanted a medium to progress beyond her blog, and the natural progression for an ex-radio lover was a podcast. She has the support of family and friends, and she started! Fast forward to today. How to Build a Community? In order to build your own community, Mo advises podcasters to “be consistent and be genuine.” If you say you’re going to be a weekly podcast, do it weekly. Be genuine and focus on your tribe. Take a pulse of your community to make sure you’re creating content they want to hear. When you are in the public space,...
Our guest this episode is Jenna Spinelle, she is the host and producer for Democracy Works a podcast that is dedicated to bipartisan discussions about important issues like democracy. With the last presidential election, there seemed to be a renewed interest in discussing democracy, people wanting to be more informed about what it meant to live in a democracy. There were a lot of books being written but not a lot of conversations happening in the podcast space so they took a chance. They knew they wanted to start a podcast but none of them knew how to get it started. WPSU Radio, a local public radio station wanted to partner with them which worked out great. They now have an arrangement where their show has a dedicated place on WPSU’s website, Jenna does promo’s for the podcast that air on the radio and some of the interviews they do end up on the radio as well. They take pride in the fact that what they put out on the podcast has led to many comments letting them know that people are listening and thinking about politics. It doesn't matter if it is at the Federal level or at the local school board, our voices must be heard to make cause change. With outlets like the Democracy Chronicles, a site that publishes news, commentary, and analysis about democracy in the US and around the world, they are educating people on what democracy means. Key Topics ● Introducing Jenna [01:01] ● Jenna explains how she got interested in advocating for a healthy democracy [01:32] ● The reasons she was interested in doing a podcast about democracy and why this format works [02.58] ● How Using local public radio station’s resources can help you start a podcast [05:00] ● Jenna tells us what the response has been from her audience when being educated about democracy and how they can get more involved no matter what their politics are [07:43] ● The Challenges, road bumps and hurdles of hosting a podcast [09:21] ● Jenna’s best advice and tips for people that are thinking of starting a podcast [12:08] ● Face to face interaction can strengthen democracy, we as a people don’t relate one on one as they did years ago [16:15] ● New trend happing with social media and YouTube content, explainers are being used to teach people more about the issues [17:32] ● Jenna explains Democracy Chronicles, a site that publishes news and commentary about democracy [17:54] Learn more at: Link to Podcast: Social Media: Charity Link:
In today's episode we are talking to Sandy Joy Weston she is the author of Train Your Head & Your Body Will Follow and the host of the podcast Let’s Keep It Real. Her podcast is all about hearing from amazing people around the world who are making a positive impact and spreading joy. She has been fortunate enough to be able to travel the world and do speaking engagements. The people she talked to had stories that she wanted to tell so she decided to do a podcast to talk about their positivity and strength and give voice to what they were trying to accomplish. Her career started when she opened her in-home private training company then went on to own three health clubs over thirty years. She was always interested in mental health as much as physical well-being, her main mission was to show clients that they were awesome and worthy right where they were. Her goal was to get people to spend a few minutes every day to get into a positive headspace, because what you think really matters. She now travels the world as a Keynote speaker at conferences specializing in health, psychology and women empowerment. Her vivaciousness and positive outlook on life inspire people every day to bring a little more joy to the world. Key Topics Introducing Sandy [00:48] Why Sandy wanted to launch her podcast Let’s Keep It Real [01:35] The positive message behind her book Train Your Head & Your Body Will Follow [02:30] Women of Tomorrow Conference was the catalyst for starting the podcast [06:04] The benefits of using the podcast medium to spread the message [07:26] Challenges of getting a podcast off the ground [09:46] Launching a podcast changed her perspective on podcasts in general [12:51] Charity Water Organization, helping to bring water clean water to areas with none [14:10] Sandy is now a podcasting powerhouse with multiple podcasts [15:33] What do you tell someone that wants to start a podcast? [20:26] Learn more at Link to Podcast: Social Media: Charity Link:
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