Women at Work - Featured Episode

When telling tales becomes art

Storytelling is a powerful tool in helping to advance literacy. But not everyone is capable of telling stories that engage listeners, especially young people, and perhaps inspire them to pursue careers in the arts.

In this episode 4 stories

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What makes a good story?
Theresa Okokon, a storyteller coach and co-host of 'Stories from the Stage' at WORLD Channel, explains her approach to great storytelling.
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Women who tell stories for a living, and how they connect
Storytelling provides a critical link to experiences and lessons of the past. Women, in particular, use personal encounters and traditional tales to lift up each other and change the narratives around what it means to be human.
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JMU center is a repository and sanctuary for Black poetry
A commitment to the work of African-American writers drove a James Madison University academic to create a ‘home’ to preserve their work.

Identity - Featured Episode

Bias against Asians, then and now

During World War II, Japanese Americans were interned and held in detainment camps due to fears and misunderstandings. Hate crimes against Asian Americans have risen since the onset of Covid, racist acts that some feel will continue if not openly discussed and investigated.

In this episode 3 stories

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Whether overt or covert, the message is unmistakable
Asian Americans experience a rise in discriminatory acts, from instances of violence to shunning. ‘As a person of color, you don’t need words to be said when someone is treating you differently.’
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A quiet autumn day, a violent attack
Racism against Asian Americans is not new, but it has escalated since the start of the Covid pandemic.

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Dimensions of Health - Featured Episode

The doctor is in - online

The Covid-19 pandemic and the growth of social media have drastically changed the look of health care. There are bonuses as well as drawbacks in the growing field of telehealth.

In this episode 6 stories

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Physical therapy goes remote due to pandemic
Doctor’s business -- and his patients -- thrive through telehealth video appointments.
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Male sex-abuse survivors find support virtually
Joe Blumenfeld participates in a support group for males of childhood sexual trauma. Instead of driving 90 miles weekly from his home in Natick, Mass., he now opens his laptop and jumps on a Zoom session, and he has discovered some surprising benefits of this new form of support.
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Doctors take to TikTok to reach younger audiences.
On TikTok and Instagram, doctors and public health officials are trying to reach the public with reliable information on the digital platforms where people spend time. Corey Hannah Basch Ed.D., M.P.H., CHES, professor at William Paterson University helps explain why.
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One doctor's journey into social media
Dr. Amy Killen connects with patients and builds her brand on Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube.
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The doctor is definitely in on social-media platforms
With the help of TikTok, YouTube and the like, physicians engage with millions of followers worldwide.

Sports in Society - Featured Episode

Gaining ground

Women continue to build leadership presence in men’s sports. The five major professional male leagues each have established female leadership on coaching staffs, in front offices or league executive roles.

In this episode 4 stories

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Women are breaking barriers in the NBA, other big leagues
More women are climbing the executive ranks in the male-dominated industry of professional sports.
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Curry aims to break glass ceiling in men's basketball
University of Maine’s men’s Division I basketball assistant coach has advice for women who want to blaze their own trails: Stop asking for permission.
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Women in sports positions who are leading the way
These are some of the women who are breaking gender barriers in professional and collegiate sports through their coaching, organizational leadership and advocacy.

The Great Rural - Featured Episode

It's not what you say, but how you say it

People's perceptions of others often fall on the fault lines of accents, with large ideas formed based on the differences between rural and urban accents.

In this episode 3 stories

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Let me tell you a story about a girl named Emiene
When I speak, you might not hear my British-Nigerian roots. And that’s by design. By Emiene (em-ME-in-ay) Wright
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‘It has to do with culture; it has to do with identity’
Dialect coach Denise Woods is using her Hollywood experiences to talk about how diverse dialects can help people find their true voices.

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Frontiers of Enterprise - Featured Episode

Taking the Plunge

While restaurants and retail shutter all around us, some intrepid entrepreneurs have jumped into creating new businesses, many of them food-related. These business owners also seek to reset their financial futures.

In this episode 4 stories

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SoCal restaurateur doesn't let pandemic stop new venture
Inspired by the hardworking young entrepreneurs in his native Ethiopia, 28-year-old Genemo Ali launched his latest culinary venture just as a third coronavirus wave swept through the U.S.
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Woman starts dream seltzery business during pandemic
The day bars and restaurants in North Carolina were forced to shut down due to the Covid-19, Kristin Cagney closed on the loan to start her dream business. Despite the challenges, Summit Seltzer opened in September 2020.
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Barbecue blues: Restaurant owner tries to keep fires lit
In the midst of the pandemic, Ruth Parks took over Jon Jon’s BBQ in San Jose, Calif. She and her husband are trying to keep multiple businesses afloat, including a nursing school and a daycare.

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Points of View - Featured Episode

Jan. 6: Can we talk, America?

At iPondr, we produce journalism from a range of perspectives to inspire insightful conversations. In times of great significance, such as Jan. 6, when pro-Trump insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol, some of us decided to share our personal experiences to illuminate the urgency of the moment.

In this episode 6 stories

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America, you're in denial. Rise up and do the right thing
The attempted coup at the U.S. Capitol isn’t an anomaly. It is exactly who we are.
Read 4 mins
How we feel every day; what images can show and tell us
What comparing images from the capitol insurrection and the movement for Black lives tell us about America.
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Sweatshirt no joke: 'How can people still be anti-Semitic?'
Annie Sinsabaugh grapples with the realities of anti-Semitism … and why she’s still hopeful for the future.
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I choose empathy and compassion, not sides
Always the minority, iPondr editor Jason Gonzalez has found that being quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger have been useful action steps to compassion and for building a better future.
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We live in two different Americas; let's fix this
Raiding the Capitol is so much more than raiding the Capitol. It is about humans that have the power over the actions and decisions that would affect the lives of so many people.

Women at Work - Featured Episode

Statements of style and identity

Norms for hairstyles are evolving. Coifs once banned in the workplace, or frowned upon by mainstream society, are more visible than ever.

In this episode 4 stories

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Inch by inch, protection for natural hair grows
Five states pass laws barring discrimination and, with passage in U.S. House, the CROWN Act advances one step closer to becoming federal law.
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Where style and acceptance are of equal importance
California barbershop’s niche: Catering to clients who seek gender-affirming hairstyles.
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‘It’s a feeling unlike anything in the world’
After spending 16 years shunning her natural hair, Andradia Scovil now embraces it.

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Frontiers of Enterprise - Featured Episode

Pipeline vs. network

BIPOC technologists create connections and jobs for other people of color in the tech industry. From placing workers to investing in a community, work experiences serve as their common thread.

In this episode 4 stories

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Recruiters work to improve BIPOC representation in tech
BIPOC technologists create connections and jobs for other people of color in the tech industry. From placing workers to investing in a community, work experiences serve as their common thread.
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Native Americans in tech: For a solution-based future
Chelsea Chee's interest in science is rooted in her Navajo cultural heritage. Her work with the American Indian Science and Engineering Society allows her to tackle the lack of Native American representation in tech.
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Interested in tech? Find a connection for your level, age
Here’s a resource list of groups for people of color interested in networking and training in tech.

Identity - Featured Episode

Gathering around a cornucopia of cuisine

Traditional dishes, some centuries-old, connect families to immigrant roots even as cultural norms evolve through the generations.

In this episode 3 stories

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Ample helpings of culture are part of holiday rituals
Traditional immigrant dishes link family members near and far. But some are putting a new twist on food and gatherings.
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Traditional food connects family’s past and present
Jennifer Chau, the newly elected county attorney in Palacios, Texas, and her father, Lin Van Chau, the city’s first Vietnamese mayor, talk about how important food has been during the family's journey from Vietnam to Texas.

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Dimensions of Health - Featured Episode

No longer infected, but still sick

Even after the Covid-19 virus is no longer detectable, some patients suffer debilitating side effects.

In this episode 3 stories

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‘We’re not recovered’
While it started mild for most, some Covid-19 patients are still dealing with ongoing symptoms weeks and months later.
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In it for the long haul: When Covid symptoms linger
Even after the virus is no longer detectable, some patients suffer debilitating side effects.

The Great Rural - Featured Episode

Some 21st-century TLC for the soil

Land restoration is the goal. So is creating farms that are economically and socially sustainable.

In this episode 3 stories

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Honoring the land by regenerating the soil
Starting with a small farm, a pair of brothers do their part to improve the environment through their farming.Their goal is to create healthier soil.
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Inside the world of regenerative aquaculture
Bill Dewey, senior director of public affairs at Taylor Shellfish Farms in Washington, found his calling in sustainable aquafarming.

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When telling tales becomes art

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Oh, the stories they tell
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What makes a good story?
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Women who tell stories for a living, and how they connect
Read 4 mins
JMU center is a repository and sanctuary for Black poetry
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Bias against Asians, then and now

Listen 7 mins
Japanese-American granddaughter questions internment
Read 6 mins
Whether overt or covert, the message is unmistakable
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A quiet autumn day, a violent attack
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The doctor is in - online

Watch 5 mins
Physical therapy goes remote due to pandemic
Read 7 mins
Yes, teletherapy works. But it's far from perfect
Listen 11 mins
Male sex-abuse survivors find support virtually
Watch 3 mins
Doctors take to TikTok to reach younger audiences.
Listen 10 mins
One doctor's journey into social media
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The doctor is definitely in on social-media platforms
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Gaining ground

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Beyond the playing field: Equality for women in sports
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Women are breaking barriers in the NBA, other big leagues
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Curry aims to break glass ceiling in men's basketball
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Women in sports positions who are leading the way
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It's not what you say, but how you say it

Listen 10 mins
When ways of speaking create great divides
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Let me tell you a story about a girl named Emiene
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‘It has to do with culture; it has to do with identity’
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Taking the Plunge

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To live in Black America is to live in contrast
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Sweatshirt no joke: 'How can people still be anti-Semitic?'
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I choose empathy and compassion, not sides
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We live in two different Americas; let's fix this
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Statements of style and identity

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Inch by inch, protection for natural hair grows
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Crowning glory: What a black woman's hair says about her
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Where style and acceptance are of equal importance
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‘It’s a feeling unlike anything in the world’
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Pipeline vs. network

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Recruiters work to improve BIPOC representation in tech
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Create your own business, create your own culture
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Native Americans in tech: For a solution-based future
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Gathering around a cornucopia of cuisine

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Chef Vang’s Hmong cuisine honors cooking at home
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Ample helpings of culture are part of holiday rituals
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Traditional food connects family’s past and present
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No longer infected, but still sick

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‘We’re not recovered’
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In it for the long haul: When Covid symptoms linger
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39-year-old: Months later, simple chores still sap energy
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Some 21st-century TLC for the soil

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Farmers return soil to its healthier roots, gradually
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Honoring the land by regenerating the soil
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Inside the world of regenerative aquaculture

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The words of MLK need to be heard now more than ever
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To live in Black America is to live in contrast
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America, you're in denial. Rise up and do the right thing
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How we feel every day; what images can show and tell us
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Sweatshirt no joke: 'How can people still be anti-Semitic?'
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I choose empathy and compassion, not sides
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We live in two different Americas; let's fix this
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“I posted on Instagram, some pictures of Pad Thai and stuff like that. ‘If you guys want to pick up, call me and pick up from my house.’ And so I was literally cooking the food, and my friends would come, call me and pick up. I sold out in the first day.”

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“It’s my Dad’s job to cook the egg rolls outside. They send him into the wild.”

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“I’m not going to cut corners and I’m not going to compromise on access anymore. Because I’ve done that my whole life. And I felt that I was ready and deserved to live differently.”

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