Be the change. Podcast

A weekly podcast featuring young activists, advocates, and changemakers who are making a difference around the world

On June 1, 2020, I finished up my workday at Congressman Joe Neguse’s (CO-02) office in Washington, DC and took off running down Independence Avenue. Finally reaching Lafayette Square Park, I pulled out my phone and began to record the Black Lives Matter protest unfolding before me. I spent the next seven hours at the protest, at one point being tear-gassed and fired on by police with rubber bullets. After I got back to my apartment at 1am, I decided to record my experience on my phone as an audio note. The next day, I published that note as the first episode (linked below) in what has since turned into a weekly podcast called “Be the change.”.

While I used this first episode of my podcast to recount my experience and educate my friends and family about what was happening at the protests they’d seen on the news, the podcast quickly evolved to feature the stories of young activists, advocates, and changemakers around the country who are leading movements toward change. Since I had never conducted an interview, used audio editing software, or created graphic design content before, I leaned heavily on Google how-tos and Amazon reviews. Nonetheless, within the first few weeks of June, I had ordered recording equipment, designed an Instagram page, and used Audacity to publish four 20-minute episodes. 

Now, more than three years later, I’ve published over 180 episodes, featuring over 180 guests from 27 countries. My listenership has grown at the same time, with more than 25,000 downloads from people in 61 countries, including every continent except Antarctica. Guests on the podcast have discussed a range of issues from local political controversies to international crises like climate change and mental health awareness.

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Change comes when you support others. Peren Tiemann is an activist who is passionate about gun violence prevention, LGBTQIA+ rights, voter registration, suicide prevention, and more. For more information about Students Demand Action, click here. To get connected with Peren, find them on Instagram at @peren.tie.

Change comes over time. The first episode of “Be the change.” podcast was released on June 2, 2020, and this episode marks three years since that first episode. This episode features some of the most memorable guests from the last three years including: Sophie Beren, Kahlil Greene, Francesca Reicherter, Paxton Smith, Dineo Mya Serame, Isaias Hernandez, Angeles Ponpa, Natalie Magness, Ellis Lloyd Jones, Ideja Bajra, Sophie Sandberg, Marlow Baines, Aaliyan Khan, Bianca Hayles, Hailey Rodgers, Alisha Aslam, Ransom Fox, Rebecca Joseph, Ruhani Walia, Seika Brown, and Austen Wyche.

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Be the change. - On Air with Lizzie O'Brien

Lizzie O’Brien is a co-founder of the Cardiff Refugee Health Project which is a student-led project raising the profile of refugee and asylum-seeker health through education and advocacy.

To learn more and get involved with the Cardiff Refugee Health Project, find them on Instagram at @cardiffrefugeehealthproject.

To listen to Be the change. On Air live at 5pm GMT, visit: https://player.broadcast.radio/xpress. A recording of each live show will be published as a podcast on this feed every Frid

Be the change. - Checking In with Changemakers - Seika Brown

Episode 4 of Checking In with Changemakers features Seika Brown who is a global mental health researcher. We talked about Seika’s work raising awareness about mental health at Cornell University, her plans for the future, and more.

To get connected with Seika, find her on Instagram at @seikabrown.

Checking In with Changemakers features young activists, advocates, and changemakers who have previously been featured on Be the change. podcast. Each episode of Checking In with Changemakers airs liv

Be the change. - Checking In with Changemakers - Joshua Gabriel Oluwaseyi

Episode 3 of Checking In with Changemakers features Joshua Gabriel Oluwaseyi who is a climate storyteller and environmental activist. We talked about Joshua’s work with LEARNBLUE, Our African Climate Story, and more.

To get connected with Joshua, find him on Instagram at @joshgseyi.

Checking In with Changemakers features young activists, advocates, and changemakers who have previously been featured on Be the change. podcast. Each episode of Checking In with Changemakers airs live on Be the cha

Be the change. - Checking In with Changemakers - Srijanita Maurya

Episode 1 of Checking In with Changemakers features Srijanita Maurya who is the founder of The Animal Patronage. We talked about Srijanita’s life as an international student in the UK, some of her plans for future projects, and more.

To get connected with Srijanita, find her on Instagram at @srijanitamaurya.

Checking In with Changemakers features young activists, advocates, and changemakers who have previously been featured on Be the change. podcast. Each episode of Checking In with Changemake

Be the change. - Checking In with Changemakers - Samuel Schwartz

Episode 2 of Checking In with Changemakers features Samuel Schwartz who is a gun violence prevention activist and gun violence survivor. We talked about his work raising awareness about gun violence, the importance of voting, and more.

To get connected with Samuel, find him on Instagram at @samuellschwartz.

Checking In with Changemakers features young activists, advocates, and changemakers who have previously been featured on Be the change. podcast. Each episode of Checking In with Changemaker

Be the change. - Ashwath Narayanan

Change comes when you realize that no one really knows what they’re doing. Ashwath Narayanan is a co-founder and CEO of Social Currant which is an agency and platform that helps nonprofits, impact organizations, and issue-focused organizations collaborate with creators to reach audiences more effectively. To get connected with Ashwath, find him on Instagram at @ashwathhhh. For more information about Social Currant, visit: https://socialcurrant.co.

Be the change. - On Air with Agathe Dijoud

Agathe Dijoud works at the Wales Millennium Centre's Radio Platfform which is a youth-led radio station based in Cardiff.

To get connected with Agathe, find her on Instagram at @agathe_dijoud. For more information about Radio Platfform, visit: https://www.wmc.org.uk/en/your-visit/our-spaces/radio-platfform.

To listen to Be the change. On Air live at 5pm GMT, visit: https://player.broadcast.radio/xpress. A recording of each live show will be published as a podcast on this feed every Friday.

Be the change. - On Air with Saadia Abubaker

Saadia Abubaker is a motivational speaker, workshop facilitator, podcaster, and author who is committed to giving young people the tools and resources to achieve their aspirations.

To get connected with Saadia, find her on Instagram at @saadiaspeaks. For more information about Saadia Speaks, visit: https://www.saadiaspeaks.com/.

To listen to Be the change. On Air live at 5pm GMT, visit: https://player.broadcast.radio/xpress. A recording of each live show will be published as a podcast on this
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