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Causepods

Summary: Causepods (formerly Causecasts) 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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 Dorothy Illson - Financial Freedom and Generosity (EP.10) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:27:00

On today’s episode we welcome Dorothy Illson, host of The Do Well and Do Good Podcast. The show is focused on talking to guests who have achieved a level of financial freedom and use that opportunity to give back in some way. So Dorothy’s show is not all that different from ours here at Causepods, as she is highlighting great causes and the people behind them. In our conversation, we cover the beginnings of the podcast and how Dorothy got started in the podcasting world. We then go on to chat about her business and how she manages her time between all of her different commitments. Dororthy tells us about the lessons she has learned and hurdles she has faced in this role, and really stresses the value she sees in consistency and sticking to plans and deadlines. We also find time to get a few tips from Dorothy for any hopeful Cause Podcasters out there! For a great chat with a wonderful guest, be sure to tune in! Key Topics: • How Dorothy got started with her podcast. (03:21) • Finding time for running a business and hosting the show. (05:31) • Making the most of time and respecting deadlines. (07:13) • Why Dorothy chose to use audio and the podcast format for her cause. (08:54) • The initial hurdles that Dorothy faced on her podcasting journey. (10:32) • The importance of consistency and the vital role it has played in Dorothy’s success. (12:11) • Dorothy’s favorite story from her series so far. (13:40) • Finding fulfillment through contribution and collaboration. (18:51) • Dorothy’s advice to someone starting out or looking get started. (22:12) • How to get involved with Causecasts! (25:06) And much more! Support Village Impact See the show notes and a transcript at http://www.causecasts.org/podcast/dorothy-illson Thanks for Listening! Be sure to subscribe on Apple, Google, Android, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. And feel free to drop us a line at mathew@causecasts.org Follow Causepods on social media at Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! For help, resources, and community support, please join the Causecasters’ 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.

 Jennifer Fink - Fading Memories Podcast (EP.09) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:29:42

Welcome back to Causepods everybody! Today’s episode is with Jennifer Fink, host of The Fading Memories Podcast. As a newcomer to the podcasting and audio realm, Jennifer and her show, which deals with Alzheimer’s, have quickly shown that they are a force to be reckoned with! Like many of our previous guests, Jen’s desire to create the show grew out of her own need. Having a mother who lives with Alzheimer’s led our guest to seek some more information and reassurance from podcasts and when she struggled to find what she needed she decided to scratch her own itch. During our conversation we talk through the experiences leading up to the creation of Fading Memories, feedback Jennifer has received and the act of aiding others as a means to deal with our own difficulties. Jen is very generous with her own story, bringing us into her world and the struggles of having a loved one with almost no short term memory. We also get into the some of the lessons she has learned, her belief in podcasting and the important ideas of community and collaboration. For a great chat, listen in! Key Topics: • The impetus for Jennifer to start her podcast. (03:33) • The positive response that the podcast has elicited. (06:36) • Dealing with personal difficulty by helping others. (08:14) • Reaching out and connecting with an audience. (09:32) • Some of the support structures Jennifer has found in her research. (11:47) • Collaboration and partnership with similarly focussed groups. (14:19) • A few of the lessons Jennifer has learned producing a podcast. (17:20) • Attracting listeners and the right audience to the podcast. (20:55) • Building a community and offering support for a cause. (23:45) • Cross discipline networking of podcasters with similar goals. (24:31) • How to get involved with Causepods! (27:47) And much more! Support Alzheimer's Association See the show notes and a transcript at http://www.causecasts.org/podcast/jennifer-fink Thanks for Listening! Be sure to subscribe on Apple, Google, Android, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. And feel free to drop us a line at mathew@causecasts.org Follow Causepods on social media at Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! For help, resources, and community support, please join the Causecasters’ 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.

 Larry Gifford - When Life Gives You Parkinson's (EP.08) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:27:08

On today’s episode we welcome Larry Gifford, host of the When Life Gives You Parkinson’s podcast. Larry, who has been in the radio and podcasting sphere for many years now, was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s. He found that he wanted to find information and solace in the form of podcasts, a source of information for him already. When this search proved unfruitful, he decided to create the podcast that he needed himself and this is how When Life Gives You Parkinson’s was born. In our discussion we look at the genesis of the show and some of Larry’s personal experience around symptoms and difficulties with his diagnosis. Larry shares some of his ideas for staying positive and upbeat despite the nature of the disease, before we move onto Larry’s thoughts on the podcasting format and his advice for prospective creators. We discuss the efficacy of audio as a means to communicate and some simple ways to get your message further afield, and into the ears of the right listeners. For a great chat with a great Causecaster, be sure to tune in! Key Topics: • The events in Larry’s life that led to him launching his podcast on Parkinson’s. (03:14) • The early symptoms of Parkinson’s that Larry did not recognize. (05:06) • Remaining positive in the face of difficult news. (06:37) • Why Larry looked to podcasts for information and comfort immediately. (07:49) • Some of the differences between radios and podcasts. (08:38) • Involving family members and loved ones in the process of documentation. (09:48) • The influence of recording and aiming for an unfiltered conversation. (10:32) • Some of the feedback and reactions Larry has received for the podcast. (12:40) • The strengths of podcasting in communicating a cause.(14:36) • Raising awareness for the podcast and the issue. (15:37) • Larry’s own approach to the medium and his advice to others. (16:58) • Growing support through people in similar situations. (20:05) • Aligning with established causes and societies to gain traction. (21:13) • Simple tactics for bolstering a struggling podcast. (22.58) And much more! Support Parkinson Canada See the show notes and a transcript at http://www.causecasts.org/podcast/larry-gifford Thanks for Listening! Be sure to subscribe on Apple, Google, Android, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. And feel free to drop us a line at mathew@causecasts.org Follow Causecasts on social media at Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! For help, resources, and community support, please join the Causecasters’ 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 Causecasts, please fill out this form.

 Matthew Zachary - Giving A Voice to Young Cancer (EP.07) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:29:09

On todays show we welcome Matthew Zachary, the founder and host of The Stupid Cancer Show. The show started out on the radio during the transition that radio made from terrestrial stations onto the internet and before podcasts were really in the common domain. It focuses on and is aimed at members of the younger generations who are affected by cancer. Since we usually associate cancer with later life, Matthew saw how the experience of cancer in teenage or early adult years was an under represented and marginalized experience. This awareness came from his own battles with cancer in his 20s and him really wanting to extend a limb of support to those who find themselves in a similar situation. Our conversation covers the beginnings of the organization and broadcast. Matthew explains his motivations for confronting the specific challenges facing younger people with cancer. With over a decade passing since Stupid Cancer was established, Matthew has a great perspective on the changes that have occurred in the last ten years and notes some the vast improvements in support that his and other organizations are now able to provide. We also then discuss the podcast format and hear from Matthew why the Stupid Cancer Show migrated to YouTube and away from a purely audio format. One of the big takeaways from the conversation is Matthew’s assertion that the impact of a project such as his show cannot be quantitatively measured when the effects are so often more qualitative and intangible. He also stresses the need for dialogue and the democratization of such initiatives in which those in charge are listening to the audience and those at which it is aimed. For a fascinating talk with someone affecting real positive change in a global community, be sure to to listen in! Support Stupid Cancer See the show notes and a transcript at http://www.causecasts.org/podcast/matthew-zachary Thanks for Listening! Be sure to subscribe on Apple, Google, Android, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. And feel free to drop us a line at mathew@causecasts.org Follow Causecasts on social media at Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! For help, resources, and community support, please join the Causecasters’ 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 Causecasts, please fill out this form.

 Kitty Felde - Book Club For Kids (EP.06) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:25:24

In this episode of Causecasts we welcome the host of Book Club for Kids, Kitty Felde. Kitty started the podcast a few years ago as way to create lifelong readers out of middle schoolers, a cause that we fully support! Coming from a career in public radio broadcasting and talkshows, Kitty was perfectly positioned to make the change to the podcast format, something that she views massively suited to the communication of ideas and the forwarding of causes. The idea of this podcast actually dawned on Kitty while she was still hosting her, adult aimed, radio show and she noticed how many children would end up, unwillingly listening to the radio with their parents. This prompted her to want to create something geared towards the younger generation and when the opportunity for a career change presented itself, Kitty chose the path to do just that. In our discussion we look at the reason why Kitty thinks conversations with middle schoolers are important and how this grew out of her own experiences as a child. We also chat about some of the most memorable and surprising discussions she has facilitated on her podcast before moving onto some thoughts about why reading is important at any age and in particular just before high school. We also chat about the usefulness of the podcasting medium and the joys that are now afforded those wanting to create and broadcast content in the contemporary climate. Towards the end of the interview, Kitty is kind enough to share some of her expert radio and broadcast knowledge with us in the hope of inspiring anyone considering the idea of starting their own Causecast and getting their ideas out into the world. So for all this and more, be sure to tune in! Key Topics: • How Kitty wound up creating a podcast about kids’ books. (01:27) • Having interesting and adult conversations with middles schoolers. (03:28) • Some of the most surprising conversations Kitty has hosted. (04:37) • The events that have grown out of the podcast itself. (07:10) • The gift of instilling a love of reading at an early age. (08:26) • The key to getting kids to pick up and books and discuss them. (10:24) • Why podcasts are such an effective way of communicating. (13:30) • Considering the future of podcasts for the younger generations. (15:06) • Kitty’s advice for prospective podcasters. (17:52) • Some insider knowledge and tricks to improving your content and delivery. (18:58) • Things to avoid when starting up your own podcast. (20:28) • How to get involved with Causecasts! (23:29) And much more! Support Access Books See the show notes and a transcript at http://www.causecasts.org/podcast/kitty-felde Thanks for Listening! Be sure to subscribe on Apple, Google, Android, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. And feel free to drop us a line at mathew@causecasts.org Follow Causecasts on social media at Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! For help, resources, and community support, please join the Causecasters’ 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 Causecasts, please fill out this form.

 LOPA - Raising Awareness For Organ Donation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:29:23

Welcome to another episode of Causecasts and today on the show welcome not one, but three amazing guests! Joining us today we have the hosts of The Gifted Life Podcast, Lori Steele, Joey Boudreaux, and Sally Gentry. The podcast is produced by the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency, or LOPA, and is intended to raise awareness and registration for organ donation. The team have already seen the spread and effect of their work and the reward ofsaving lives is a huge part ofit all. We hear from Sally, Lori and Joey about the process of organ donation and the incredible light that can emerge from tragedy when successful transplants occur. Interestingly, the podcasts is aimed at both donors and receivers, and our guests really try to level the show at a wide ranging and reaching audience. They have already seen engagement all across the world and are delighted tobe influencing positive change beyond their local community. During the episode we hear about the genesis of the podcast and each of guests give their back stories leading upto the formation of the group. We also discuss the content of a podcast aimed at recruiting people to a program and how they are able to continually fill their episodes with relevant information. A large part of the chat is spent reflectingon the gifts that creating this package has bestowed on the hosts, who seem to have really found a meaningful channel through which to work in the world around them. They are open and giving with their advice and ideas and have plenty of sound direction for the up and coming or hopeful podcaster, so stay tuned and get it all! Key Topics: •How The Gifted Life Podcast was founded from within LOPA. (01:34) •What drew our guests to the podcast medium in particular. (04:50) •The reason for an ongoing and continual series of episodes from the organization. (06:16) •What drew each ofour guests to the world of organ donation. (10:28) •The unlikely heroes of the podcast. (16:23) •How putting together this podcast has enriched the lives of the hosts. (17:21) •The international reach of The Gifted Life Podcast. (17:48) •The two way nature of the benefits that grow out of a podcast with a cause. (21:33) •Key advice from our guests on starting up a podcast of their own. (23:24) •How to get involved with Causecasts! (27:28) •And much more! Support LOPA See the show notes and a transcript at http://www.causecasts.org/podcast/LOPA Guest Info Lori Steele, LOPA Community Educator Sally Gentry, LPC-S, FAPA, BCPC, LOPA Family Services Coordinator Jason Boudreaux, RN, BSN, CPTC, LOPA Chief Clinical Officer Follow LOPA on Facebook and Twitter Thanks for Listening! Be sure to subscribe on Apple, Google, Android, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. And feel free to drop us a line at mathew@causecasts.org Follow Causecasts on social media at Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! For help, resources, and community support, please join the Causecasters’ 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 Causecasts, please fill out this form.

 Lee Silverstein - WE Have Cancer (EP. 04) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:30:38

On today’s episode of Causecasts we are so happy and honored to have Lee Silverstein, host of the WE Have Cancer Podcast, as our guest. Lee created this podcast a few years ago as a way to inspire hope and connection within the community of people affected by cancer. Lee’s positive and realistic outlook has directed the tone and reach of his work, which now has a humble yet committed and engaged following, and for Lee, there is nothing that he would rather be putting his time into. During our interview, he even shares that the years since his diagnosis have been the best of his life. After being diagnosed about 6 years ago, a fateful encounter with a friend and an emerging podcast community led to a clear realization of his path, one that he has followed with passion and dedication since. Our conversation includes this origin story of how WE Have Cancer was born; as well as some meditation on what it means to host a podcast with guests whose life expectancy is generally uncertain. Lee sees his work sharing these stories as the ultimate way to honor and provide grace for both guests and listeners, and has experienced the profound effect of this process himself. Lee also explains why he sees podcasting as such a powerful medium for the message he is broadcasting. He acknowledges the direct line it provides to the human voice and how it is something he has come to cherish greatly. As you might expect with a conversation such as this, it is both hopeful and sad, beautiful yet tragic, and this bittersweet atmosphere is touching on many levels. For a truly heartfelt and deeply inspiring discussion be sure to tune in to hear what Lee has to say. Key Topics: • How Lee wound up hosting a podcast dealing with cancer. (01:25) • Lee’s surprise at the lifespan and reach of his podcast. (03:37) • Hope and inspiration as the main reasons for Lee’s work. (04:55) • How Lee manages the emotional and physical toll of dealing with cancer as a topic. (06:57) • Lee’s connection to the podcast format and the uniqueness of his product. (09:07) • Audio and the human voice as an effective means of connection. (11:20) • A particularly meaningful relationship Lee had with an interviewee. (12:27) • Lee’s belief in serving and honoring those who have or will pass on. (15:29) • Advice from Lee to anyone thinking about starting a podcast with a cause. (17:41) • Why it is okay to get something out of a selfless service. (19:57) • Where Lee is at with his own personal journey and health. (22:22) • The difficulties that arise even with such an inspiring outlook. (24:34) • And much more! Support WE Have Cancer See the show notes and a transcript at http://www.causecasts.org/podcast/lee-silverstein Thanks for Listening! Be sure to subscribe on Apple, Google, Android, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. And feel free to drop us a line at mathew@causecasts.org Follow Causecasts on social media at Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! For help, resources, and community support, please join the Causecasters’ 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 Causecasts, please fill out this form.

 Bill Monroe - Strokecast (EP.02) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:28:30

Welcome to the second episode of Causecasts! Our guest today is Bill Monroe, the host of Strokecast, a podcast focused on raising awareness and sharing information on the symptoms, risks and recovery of stroke. Bill himself experienced a stroke at what seemed like a young age and it was this, in combination with his belief in the podcasting format and desire for positive communal work that led to the creation of Strokecast. Another reason for Bill, and a point he makes during our conversation, is the seeming increase in strokes in the younger generation. Although there is no definitive answer to why this occurring, Bill hopes to open up the conversation and build towards more awareness, prevention and care. During the episode we look at the podcasting work Bill did before starting Strokecast and draw some links between his first podcast, Two Minute Talk Tips, a podcast focusing on public speaking and his newer work on strokes. Bill also explains his philosophy around podcasting and why he sees it as such a strong format for delivering meaningful content in the contemporary climate. Our guest is also very open and generous in telling us about his own experiences and personal recovery and what this process has meant to him. The discussion ends off with Bill offering some inspirational advice to anyone thinking about starting their own podcast with a cause, so be sure to tune in and hear it all! Support the American Heart Association Puget Sound Chapter on behalf of Bill at gofundme.com/causecasts-for-strokecast Key Topics: The reasons Bill decided to launch a show called Strokecast. (01:20) How can we account for the increase in strokes among the younger generation? (03:46) Some of the reasons Bill is so connected to podcasts and what they offer. (06:03) Looking at the ways in which a podcast is easier to create than other content. (11:21) Comparing the creation of a podcast with a cause with Bill prior experience. (14:05) An overview of where Bill is at with his own recovery. (18:10) Bill’s advice to anyone considering producing a podcast. (23:55) How to get involved with Causecasts! (26:36) See the show notes and a transcript at http://www.causecasts.org/podcast/bill-monroe Thanks for Listening! Be sure to subscribe on Apple, Google, Android, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.  And feel free to drop us a line at mathew@causecasts.org Follow Causecasts on social media at Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! For help, resources, and community support, please join the Causecasters’ 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 Causecasts, please fill out this form.

 James Thomas - Four Seasons, One Family (EP.03) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:21:38

Today’s guest is James Thomas, the host of Four Seas One Family, a podcast aiming to show how common the human experience is and break down the barriers that divide us. As an American immigrant who now lives and works in Taiwan, James’ experiences in Asia have taught him so much of the connectedness and shared nature of the human race, something he felt compelled to bring to light with his own podcast. For James, the medium is so direct and accessible to listeners that it makes perfect sense as the vessel for his message. During our chat we look at James’ background and the years leading up to his life in Taiwan and then move onto some of his underlying philosophy and the experiences that informed this. James emphasizes the concepts of trust and family and has a few interesting anecdotes that illustrate his ideas on human unity. Our guest also offers some insight into his relationship with the podcasting medium and the greater practice of storytelling and information sharing. Familiar themes arise of cultural exchange and the affirmation that blossoms out of this and James is very quick to optimistically drive home how we can all do our part to build a better, more connected planet. For all this and more, be sure to tune in! Support Depaul to combat homelessness. Key Topics: • How James found himself working in Taiwan. (01:54) • Some of the most common traits that unite all humans. (05:37) • The importance of trust throughout cultures.(06:52) • What audio and podcasts have to offer in terms of achieving James’ goal.(10:21) • The power of sharing stories on Four Seas One Family. (12:20) • Comparing altruistic podcasts with those with other motivations.(13:41) • James’ experience as an immigrant and a ‘stranger’ away from home. (15:59) • Learning about yourself through the study of others’ cultures.(17:50) • The hopes James has for making positive change.(19:15) • And much more! See the show notes and a transcript at http://www.causecasts.org/podcast/james-thomas Thanks for Listening! Be sure to subscribe on Apple, Google, Android, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.  And feel free to drop us a line at mathew@causecasts.org Follow Causecasts on social media at Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! For help, resources, and community support, please join the Causecasters’ 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 Causecasts, please fill out this form.

 Judithe Registre - The Get InPowered Podcast (EP.01) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:33:19

Our first guest on Causecasts, The Get InPowered Podcast’s Judithe Registre, has a main goal with her podcast to bridge cultural gaps and bring about more understanding through the use of narratives that challenge the simplified cultural myths we are so often told. For Judithe the exercise of stepping out of these comfortable, unchallenged spaces into a more empathetic realm is the test that really faces our current society and one that she believes her podcast and others like it can help to address. She also tells us about her work and the potential for change that podcasts offer us. Originating from Haiti, before moving to the US, Judithe cites her upbringing in a culture of strong oral traditions as the building block in her inclination towards podcasting. She also chats about how the low cost and pressure of podcasts facilitate a more open and honest conversation with guests. During our discussion, we cover Judithe’s background and how she ended up hosting a podcast before moving onto a meditation on the medium. Judithe goes on to assert that contact with cultures other than our own, actually reinforces and strengthens our sense of where we come from, rather than the nationalist myth of dilution and decay. We also discuss the role of fear and security in an increasingly conservative and regulated first world and Judithe gives her perspective on what this means in terms of laws and identity. We finish off the episode with some thoughts on the practice of kindness and just how important that can be in today’s climate. For a fascinating chat with a wonderful guest, be sure to tune in! Key Topics: The limiting nature of single story narratives. (01:23) How Judithe became involved in podcasting. (03:23) How the medium of podcasts lends itself to effective social change. (04:57) The joys of audio recording compared to video. (08:45) Getting out of our comfort zone and opening ourselves to the experience of others. (11:07) The affirmation of culture through contact with others. (15:35) The effects of fear and a need for security on cultural exchange. (17:05) Legality and identity. (20:04) The American experiment around co-existing. (21:28) Judithe’s goals with her podcast and her work in general. (25:33) The importance of a practice of kindness. (28:07) How to get involved with Causecasts! (31:23) Donate to Inclusivus today See the show notes and a transcript at http://www.causecasts.org/podcast/judithe-registre Thanks for Listening! Be sure to subscribe on Apple, Google, Android, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. And feel free to drop us a line at mathew@causecasts.org Follow Causecasts on social media at Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! For help, resources, and community support, please join the Causecasters’ 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 Causecasts, please fill out this form.

 Welcome to Causecasts | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:03:56

Welcome to Causecasts. I'm your host Mathew Passy and I am delighted to be launching this passion project aimed at raising awareness, and some funds, for those using podcasts purely for a good cause. Each week, I'll highlight a new show, what positive change they are looking to make in the world, and why podcasting is an effective medium for their story. If you like what they are doing, please consider checking out the shownotes for each episode to find a link to their episode and a way to support their efforts. And if you're a podcaster making a difference in the world, please take a few moments to fill out the CauseCasts Form. I am always looking for people who are using podcast as a way to make a positive impact in their local community, country, or the world as a whole.

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