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The Story Exchange podcast showcases the stories and strategies of women entrepreneurs from San Diego to New York and beyond. Our "Good on the Ground" series profiles women who use the power of business to solve pressing social issues. If you're sick of negative news, give this podcast a listen. Hosted by Colleen DeBaise.

The Story Exchange podcast showcases the stories and strategies of women entrepreneurs from San Diego to New York and beyond. Our "Good on the Ground" series profiles women who use the power of business to solve pressing social issues. If you're sick of negative news, give this podcast a listen. Hosted by Colleen DeBaise.
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The Story Exchange podcast showcases the stories and strategies of women entrepreneurs from San Diego to New York and beyond. Our "Good on the Ground" series profiles women who use the power of business to solve pressing social issues. If you're sick of negative news, give this podcast a listen. Hosted by Colleen DeBaise.

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Episodes

The Healing Power of Creativity

4/2/2019
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There is so much trauma in the world today, and children in particular are grappling with stress and anxiety produced by everything from school shootings and natural disasters, to domestic violence and terrorist attacks. Steffanie Lorig came up with a suprisingly simple way to help kids cope: An activity book created by artists that's filled with coloring books, games, jokes and puzzles. For over two decades, her organization Art With Heart has used activity books and art workshops to help...

Duration:00:22:08

Instead of Building a Wall...

3/5/2019
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We hear plenty of talk about "build the wall." We hear much less about why caravans of migrants are leaving Central America to come to the United States. In this podcast, we talk to Kate Curran of School the World, a Boston-based social entrepreneur who is going to the heart of the crisis and trying to make life better for families in Guatemala and Honduras. Her organization builds schoolhouses in Central American villages where illiteracy rates are high and poverty is rampant. If you want...

Duration:00:17:31

Let's Hear It For Honeybees

1/3/2019
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We talk to Kristy Allen, a beekeeper who turned her love and concern for honeybees into the thriving Minneapolis business The Beez Kneez. She maintains hives, sells honey, and teaches intensive beekeeping classes to the tune of $200,000 a year, all while maintaining environmentally sustainable practices. Allen is an advocate for honeybees, whose numbers have dwindled in recent years due to mites, pesticides and the overuse of monoculture farming. Learn more in this buzzy podcast.

Duration:00:18:44

The Happiness of Reading

11/27/2018
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After a stint in the U.S., molecular biologist Rana Dajani returned to Jordan and noticed children didn't read for pleasure. "It's not a habit," she says. The literacy rate is high -- everybody knows how to read and write -- but nobody was opening a book for the simple joy of it. And that's problem, says Dajani, who studied the science behind it and found a surprising connection between reading and happiness. When a parent or a caregiver reads aloud to a child, the neurons in the brain start...

Duration:00:16:49

All About Those Periods

10/31/2018
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Celeste Mergens was shocked when she learned that girls at a Kenya orphanage were forced to stay in their rooms and sit on cardboard when they had their periods. So she created Days for Girls, a nonprofit that provides reusable sanitary products and health education to girls and women worldwide. Mergens' organization has gotten a recent boost from Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, who has led her own campaign to destigmatize menstruation. For Mergens, the work has special significance....

Duration:00:18:56

Helping Native Women Heal

10/17/2018
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Native women face disproportionately high rates of sexual violence, domestic abuse -- even murder. The Justice Department estimates that 1 in 3 Native women will be raped. Part of the problem is that tribes are restricted in their ability to prosecute, so abusers and predators are attracted to these unprotected women. In Seattle, Norine Hill, who is a member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames, has founded Mother Nation to help women out of abusive situations and bring them culturally...

Duration:00:25:04

Tackling Student Debt

7/24/2018
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The average student graduates with $37,000 in debt. Kelly Peeler of NextGenVest has developed a text-based platform to educate Generation Z on the perils of student loans, before they become saddled by a crushing amount of debt.

Duration:00:13:03

Saving Our Coastal Communities

6/25/2018
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Jennifer Bolstad is trying to prevent Rockaway Beach in Queens, N.Y., from sinking into the Atlantic Ocean. She's a landscape architect whose firm, Local Office Landscape and Urban Design, helps coastal communities cope with rising sea levels.

Duration:00:14:36

The Abortion Clinic Owner

5/22/2018
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Most abortion care in the U.S. is provided by independently owned clinics, not big health centers like Planned Parenthood. Amy Hagstrom Miller of Whole Woman’s Health is on a mission to make abortions safe and stigma-free. The journey has taken her to the Supreme Court.

Duration:00:17:10

Empowering Our Young Girls

5/1/2018
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A girl’s self-confidence peaks when she’s 9 years old. Ret. Lieutenant Colonal Dianna Flett is using her military training to run leadership workshops, dubbed Girl Smarts, for girls in 4th and 5th grades.

Duration:00:12:48

Reuse and Recycle

11/20/2017
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The women behind U Konserve and My Sister's Closet are doing their part to minimize waste and protect the environment.

Duration:00:20:52

Community Housing

10/5/2017
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Angie Lozano started Angie's House to give people in need a place to lay their head at night — and reminded us all that just one person can make a real difference.

Duration:00:12:59

Horse Business

9/19/2017
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Chelsea Harden's horses create magical spaces where kids with special needs can connect and learn. Hear how she manages the unusual business assets at the core of The H.E.A.R.T. Center.

Duration:00:13:32

Restoring Access to Local Farm Food

6/20/2017
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Tatiana Garcia Granados started The Common Market to bring farm food to her Philadelphia neighborhood. Now she's taking on the nation's broken food distribution system.

Duration:00:14:54

Reinventing the Wheelchair

6/13/2017
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Tish Scolnik is using the power of business to give people with disabilities a new sense of freedom. At MIT, she designed a wheelchair that can travel rough terrain, whether a dirt road in East Africa or a hiking trail in North America. And now the young entrepreneur's company, GRIT, is selling the invention worldwide.

Duration:00:14:28

Second Chances

6/6/2017
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Iran-born Fif Ghobadian created San Francisco fashion brand Road Twenty-Two to provide jobs for women released from prison.

Duration:00:13:36

Making a Difference with Foster Kids

5/30/2017
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With her nonprofit One Simple Wish, Danielle Gletow is bringing the joy of childhood to the lives of foster kids, one wish at time.

Duration:00:14:45

Women Helping Women

5/23/2017
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In our first "Good on the Ground" episode, we meet Kathy Brough and Anita Saville, the founders of Chelmsford, Mass., nonprofit Budget Buddies. Learn how they're equipping homeless women to lift themselves out of poverty with the help of women volunteer "buddies," who coach them in personal-finance basics.

Duration:00:15:00

Embracing Change

3/14/2017
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Hear how Houston pool-builder Kryshon Bratton has used the entrepreneurial "pivot" to stoke growth and create the work-life balance she wants.

Duration:00:11:56

A $20 Million Comeback Story

2/13/2017
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How Angelica Garcia-Dunn went from struggling to feed her kids to building a booming Texas-sized trucking company.

Duration:00:12:45