The purpose of The Plural of You is to encourage social optimism, one episode at a time. Start here for a 2-minute introduction to the podcast.
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This is a preview of The Plural of You, a podcast about people helping people. I’m Josh Morgan.
I’m a sociologist by training, and I enjoy spreading trust and compassion wherever I can in my life. One way I’ve decided to do that is to provide trustworthy and caring people with a platform to talk about themselves, and that’s the premise of this podcast. We don’t always realize it, but there are thousands of people doing good things all around us. I think acknowledging these people instead of only focusing on the mistakes and tragedies in society can help us in more ways than one.
With that in mind, each episode of the podcast follows a general format. I spend the first few minutes introducing my guest. From there, I invite them on to discuss what they do and why they do it. I then conclude with details about the podcast and a homework assignment, through which I suggest activities that listeners can try to improve their own lives and those of others. No phony optimism or forced positivity here—just honest people sharing their thoughts about a better world. Here are some examples, like Ian Acker, who started a sober gym in Utah.
IAN ACKER (POY #6): I always kind of felt bad for the person that didn’t fit in. This gym is a direct reflection of helping people try and feel like they fit in.
JOSH MORGAN: Katherine Weathers, the detention center volunteer from Alabama.
KATHERINE WEATHERS (POY #9): It’s mostly for the men in detention as well as the general population—kind of an outreach to show them that people on the outside know they are there and that people care.
JOSH MORGAN: And Alvin Irby, the founder of Barbershop Books in Harlem.
ALVIN IRBY (POY #11): I just want to see reading spaces and children’s books find their way into every single barbershop across the United States that serves young boys.
So that’s the podcast. I’m just getting started so I’ll need a couple of things to keep this going: people willing to talk to me, and people willing to listen. That’s where you can help. Follow The Plural of You on social media and share it with those you care about. Rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast in your favorite podcatcher. Most of all, take the message to heart, and let me know what you think. I’d appreciate the support, and I’d be happy to know that you’re one of the good people out there, too.
That’s all for now. Thanks for helping.