Crashing: He’s A Fun Date on A Full Moon

“People find wolves fascinating. Whether you hate ‘em or love ‘em, people like to talk about them a lot.” Ed Bangs has always loved spending time in the great outdoors. He worked as a wildlife biologist in Alaska, and then became the first Federal Wolf Recovery Coordinator in 1986. 

“Wolves have always been big symbols in human stories, because they are just like us. Early humans viewed wolves as good parents, strong hunters, and they valued them as fellow passengers on our planet.” That all changed with agriculture. At one time there were wolves everywhere in America north of what is now Mexico City, from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic. Humans killed nearly all of them with poison over the course of the 19th and 20th century, and in 1986, there were only five grey wolves in total north of the Rocky Mountains. 

On this week’s episode of Crashing, Bangs shares stories of his interactions with wolves during the introductory effort that started in the late eighties, and his history with the Fish and Wildlife service. 

This podcast was produced by Perry Gregory.

Leave a Review: How a stranger’s DM changed Maggie’s life

Former graphic designer and current CEO of Us Two Tea, Maggie, spills the tea on her journey coming to the US, and then her trip cross country for the start of a tumultuous relationship with NYC. The job search is tough, but Maggie is tougher, and this is the story of how she was unemployed until she got a DM from a stranger. Produced by Joonyoung Lee

TRUtalk with CK: My Love

Falling in love through waves of emotion.

Producer Carly Kline writes:

Everyone falls in love at weird times. I have never heard a love story that was “planned”, it’s always destined to happen unexpectedly. That’s love I guess…it flows in and out like the ocean, you fall just like the rain…and sometimes it burns so much like fire that it hurts. 

In this week’s episode of TRUtalk with CK, we highlight a story told from the perspective of my girlfriend, Rachael Mast. She retells our coming of age love story that happened at the weirdest time in an unexpected environment…golf camp! The story is also told through sounds of water, fire, and a school bus! Growing up in the south, our relationship wasn’t out in the public eye, it was just us in it together. As young adults, we have learned that we want to be together forever. NO ONE can stop us…not even judgment. 

Listen to this episode with open ears and know that our love story is just a snippet into a long battle of overcoming being in the closet. Everyone’s love story matters and is beautiful. #lovewins

Little Things : Faith

Faith and religion have a lot of connotations, many of which are now negative in the modern world. Wars have been fought around belief, and conflicts have been driven by religion. In this episode, Felicia Sobhani, a practitioner of the Baha’i Faith, talks about how her faith has brought her peace, and a different perspective on conflict in the world and in her daily life.

Little Things is produced By Matthew Lai.

Huztle: Anna Zhang – Youth Advocate, Photographer, Creative Director

Producer Rachel Ombok’s guest is Anna Zhang, a young creative, public speaker, student, photographer, and Forbes 30 Under 30 2021 nominee. Anna has worked with brands such as Uniqlo, Fujifilm, Walgreens, and creates editorial content for her nonprofit magazine, Pulse Spikes, which has garnered over 200,000 readers all over the world. She is incredibly passionate about making youth-centered and driven content and creating a positive impact with her work.

Anna speaks with Rachel about how she stays motivated and focused, and how she connects all the things she learns from her projects, professionally and personally. She discusses all her current and past endeavors including Pulse Spikes, working her on-campus job, and her last summer internship, as well as her views on what she will be doing in the future.

Leave a Review: The Bachelor Virgin

Leave a Review is the show where we talk about first times for everything: shows, books, experiences, and everything else in between.

The Bachelor franchise is one of the longest-running reality TV shows to date, yet it’s known for its humiliation, romance, and a seemingly endless supply of champagne. The Bachelor and Bachelorette have a combined 35 seasons of women and men fighting over the final goal of getting engaged. As a 21-year-old, or anyone for that matter, it seems just a little bit daunting to even consider marrying someone you’ve only known for 2 months which is probably why so many of them break up shortly after. But producer Joonyoung Lee wanted to get the opinion of someone who’s never watched the show before.

“I think that’s all bullshit.” — Kim’s first impression and honest take on The Bachelor.

The Insula Podcast: A Tapestry of My Thoughts

Mella LaFrance’s new short film, Insula, is a personal journey crafted by the thoughts and experiences of the director’s past. 

Largely inspired by the director’s time in NYC during curfew, she says of the film: “Finding myself running back to my apartment by an assigned time, for my own physical safety, I asked myself: what is home? How does my body and consequently my Blackness move through the spaces I occupy? How does my body interact with the world, more so, how does the world interact with me? Insula is a cine-poem that weaves the historical, spiritual, and ancestral tapestry of my mind to visualize my own truth.” She adds, “It is a story of a Black girl who finds her home.”

As the story of Insula is one of inward reflection, I asked the writer and director Mella to share where she drew inspiration as well as her artistic process in creating this project.

This podcast was produced by Parker Kenyon.

Muslimah: Side Hustle Secrets with Aronno Shafi

Have you ever wanted to start a side hustle but feel like it would be overwhelming? Aronno, the founder of @aronnodoesthings, tells producer Asma Bawla all about running a business while also being in college full time! We also talk about how to make your mental health a priority when you’re juggling a lot on your plate.

Muslimah Podcast is a space that empowers Muslim women to speak up and change the world around them. Each week we interview a new Muslimah who is making a difference in her community! This show is hosted by Asma, a student activist, and aspiring lawyer. Stay tuned for a new episode every Wednesday and follow us on Instagram @muslimah.podcast 

Artavia’s Untitled Podcast: My mother on what it’s like to have a son with autism

“Be kind and be accepting of people before you just judge them right away.” 

Producer Artavia Taylor writes:

“I have never had a real in-depth conversation with my mother about what it was like to have her firstborn child be diagnosed with Autism as a baby. In this episode, we talk about her experience raising my older brother, Ryan Taylor, who is now 29 years old and was diagnosed with autism in 1994. It’s an honest, vulnerable conversation about both the very real difficulties and refreshing highlights that come with autism.”