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- Documenting the “Wounded Healers” – David Freudberg (POY 47)
David Freudberg made his career documenting America’s caregivers for public radio. Josh talks with him about why and asks how he copes with negativity.
- Protecting Small Farmers and Their Land – Jillian Hishaw (POY 46)
Jillian Hishaw offers legal aid to America’s small farmers as they age. She’s also helping them feed families in need across the Southeastern US.
- STORIES: Lights in a Dark Place / The Turkey Sandwich (POY 45)
To celebrate The Plural of You’s third anniversary, Josh invites two people to share stories of the nicest things strangers have done for them.
- The Little Free Pantry – Jessica McClard (POY 44)
Jessica McClard founded The Little Free Pantry with a simple model: take groceries when you need, leave them if you can. Now the concept has gone worldwide.
- Want to Contribute to POY? Let’s Talk About It!
Josh here. I’d like to open The Plural of You for your contributions! Mind taking a 5-minute survey to start the process?
- A Tragedy Given Purpose – Pardeep Kaleka (POY 43)
Pardeep Kaleka grew up near Milwaukee’s toughest ZIP code. After a horrific event changed his life, he dedicated himself to uniting with others in service.
- Changing Conversations on Health Care – #IamMedicaid (POY 42)
Christy Cain and Evey Bell Owen started the #IamMedicaid campaign to protect public health care funds in Alabama. Now they’re taking it nationwide.
- Getting Back to Sleep – Keith Cushner of Tuck (POY 41)
Keith Cushner founded Tuck to build one of the best websites on sleep health. Here’s his advice on how to sleep well and to help others sleep.
- A Manual for Building Community – Neighborhood Playbook (POY 40)
Kevin Wright and Joe Nickol wrote The Neighborhood Playbook to unite community developers and everyone else around common goals, starting in Cincinnati.
- Using Journalism to Bridge Divides – Spaceship Media (POY 39)
Eve Pearlman and Jeremy Hay founded Spaceship Media to convince opposing sides to talk. They’re using journalism to reconnect Americans and restore trust.
- Awakening Compassion at Work – Monica Worline (POY 38)
Monica Worline has co-authored a book about the benefits of compassion at work, and about how we can make our workplaces better for everyone.
- Feeling Powerless? Try Family Dinners – Lynn Barendsen (POY 37)
Lynn Barendsen directs The Family Dinner Project at Harvard, where she and her team help American families gather around their dinner tables again.
- Our Right to Fair Repair – Gay Gordon-Byrne (POY 36)
Gay Gordon-Byrne directs The Repair Association, a group of repair professionals and advocates fighting to make the products we buy easy to repair again.
- How Your Slow Cooker Can Change a Life – Crescent City CrockPot (POY 35)
Aaron Taylor and Rosie Nolan co-founded Crescent City CrockPot in New Orleans to slow-cook meals for those who are homeless. Here’s why it matters to them.
- Overcoming Fear of the Future – Yisroel Roll (POY 34)
Yisroel Roll is a psychotherapist and rabbi from Baltimore. He’s helped hundreds of people overcome fear, anxiety, and depression to find their true selves.
- Healing the Sickness of Our Secrets – Cheri Speelman (POY 33)
Cheri Speelman leads The AIDS Outreach Project near Seattle, helping those at risk for drug-related afflictions. Here she shares her compassionate outlook.
- Violence Can Be Stopped – Tony Barksdale (POY 32)
Tony Barksdale is a retired commissioner from the Baltimore Police Department. He believes violence can be solved, and he’s committed to see that happen.
- Defending the Earth from Asteroids – Danica Remy (POY 31)
Danica Remy is the COO at B612, an organization out to detect and deflect asteroids before they can impact the Earth. Here she shares their unique mission.
- Bringing Local Government & The Public Together – Kirsten Wyatt (POY 30)
Kirsten Wyatt co-founded ELGL to bring government employees together and to inspire confidence in local government. Listen as she shares what motivates her.
- The Search Engine for Social Services – Selina Sosa (POY 29)
Selina Sosa directs Community Outreach at Aunt Bertha, the Texas B Corp offering a search engine for social services. Listen as she shares their mission.
- How to Award Politeness Points – Bill Durkin (POY 28)
Bill Durkin gives cards, or Politeness Points, to thank polite train riders in Boston. He and Josh talk about how this simple idea can spread empathy.
- Touch Awareness & Sculptures of Hugs – Bonnie Kemske (POY 27)
Bonnie Kemske creates sculptures mimicking hugs using touch research. Her goal is to raise awareness of the benefits of touch and bring people together.
- Building Community with Local Homestay Programs – Julie Knopp (POY 26)
Julie Knopp directs City Stay, which offers local homestay programs in Minnesota. Listen as she compares this one-of-a-kind idea to study abroad education.
- Emotional Labor Among 911 Dispatchers – Jim Marshall (POY 25)
Jim Marshall trains 911 dispatchers to protect their mental health in their high-stress jobs. He also shares why he enjoys serving these hidden caregivers.
- 100 Tools to Empower Global Women – Betsy Teutsch (POY 24)
Women are the largest group affected by poverty worldwide. Betsy Teutsch has written an outstanding book on 100 tools they are using to improve their lives.
- The Social Benefits of Trees – Paul Johnson (POY 23)
Paul Johnson helps Texans manage their trees, and he also hosts a podcast about the benefits of trees. Learn more about this surprisingly important field.
- BeArded WARRIORs, A Veterans Support Group – Ty Oswald (POY 22)
Ty Oswald started BeArded WARRIORs, a veterans support group, to help others in Alabama like him. He’s also committed to reaching veterans across the US.
- NOTE: Early Episodes Have Been Archived
Here’s a quick announcement about The Plural of You’s early episodes.
- INTRO: Welcome to The Plural of You (Updated Fall 2017)
This is Josh’s summary of The Plural of You, as well as three key lessons learned so far from helpers who have appeared on the podcast.
Note: Episodes 1-21 are at POY’s Archive.