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The best podcasts about policy, health policy, public health, leadership, culture of equity

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Who am I?

I've been working in rural health for over 25 years and prior to that, in urban health. I am a speaker, facilitator, and served as the host of another rural-focused podcast for three years. In other words, I've facilitated a lot of candid conversations! On my new podcast, The Rural Impact, we're bringing you fascinating discussions about policies and how they affect rural communities and people - directly and indirectly. I founded Impact! Communications, Inc. in 1989. Since day one, I have been fully invested in every project, client, and engagement. I strive for excellence, no shortcuts. I am passionate about developing leadership potential, improving organizational culture, evolving communication skills, advancing quality, care, and service. In December of 1996, when my daughter was ten years young, and my son was only 7; in the throes of the holiday season and at a personal crossroads, I received a diagnosis of malignant melanoma. With that one phone call from my doctor, just a few days before my birthday (which is just a few days before Christmas), all the work pressures, book tours, and family dramas that once sat heavily on my shoulders, I now carried on my back in the form of cancer, stage 3B as it turns out. In January of 1997, after a life-changing ‘awake’ experience on an operating room table and several months of physical and emotional recovery, I began my transformation, and that included my life’s work. From this moment on, I believed that everything I had experienced and accomplished; all that I had learned about survival, communications, alliance building, selling and storytelling to this point, were to prepare me for the next chapter. My cancer journey spoke to me loudly, telling my heart that it now belonged to healthcare – helping others in what felt to be a much more meaningful way, for me.

My Show

What is my podcast about and/or how does it relate to the playlist topic you chose?

The Rural Impact looks at important topics from several angles. In each series, we begin by presenting a hot topic, be it focused on access to food, education, transportation, broadband, and of course, healthcare, and how policies around these issues impact quality of life. Next, over a few episodes, we’ll talk to experts, authors, thought leaders and policy makers who offer informed insights, data, and details that help us understand what’s important, why it matters, and the policies driving decisions and outcomes.

What is my podcast playlist about?

Rural America gets a bad rap most of the time, and with that, is often left behind. I have worked in over 40 states and been embedded in communities as they fight to keep their only source of healthcare local. I've witnessed what happens when a community loses its hospital and the damaging ripple effects of not having access to transportation, a pharmacy, dental care, and doctors. Economies struggle, people lose hope, and all the while, politicians they elect ask for their votes while stabbing them in the back with policies that diminish the quality of their lives. I want to have conversations that help our listeners connect the dots between policy and rural everything, and with that, work to expose non-rural communities to the critical role that rural vitality plays in their metropolitan, suburban and urban lives.

The podcasts I picked and why

1. KFF Health News' 'What the Health?'

Why this podcast?

This is an outstanding digest of the most important policy matters related to health care in America. I NEVER miss an episode and if you are a person who cares about healthcare (the #1 issue for older adults as it happens) it's worth subscribing.

KFF Health News' 'What the Health?'
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5.0

Join Julie Rovner, chief Washington correspondent for KFF Health News, along with top health policy reporters from The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico and other media outlets to discuss the latest news and explain what the health is going on here in Washington, D.C.


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2. Aspen Ideas to Go

Why this podcast?

Love the variety. It feeds my brain and since I've not been able to attend an Ideas Festival, it gives me an opportunity to of being there without actually being there. This podcast makes you smarter.

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Aspen Ideas to Go

The Aspen Institute

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5.0

Aspen Ideas to Go is a show about big ideas that will open your mind. Featuring compelling conversations with the world’s top thinkers and doers from a diverse range of disciplines, Aspen Ideas to Go gives you front-row access to the Aspen Ideas Festival and other events presented by the Aspen Institute.

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3. Pod Save America

Why this podcast?

Been a fan since day one. Intelligent, engaging, covering issues from angles you won't find on network news or corporate owned media.

Pod Save America

Pod Save America

Crooked Media

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4.9

Pod Save America is a no-bullshit conversation about politics hosted by former Obama aides Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer, and Tommy Vietor. It cuts through the noise to break down the week’s news and helps people figure out what matters and how they can help. They’re regularly joined by journalists, activists, politicians, entertainers, and world leaders. You can watch on YouTube or listen to new episodes every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Ad-Free Pod Save America episodes available NOW through Friends of the Pod subscription. Head to crooked.com/friends to join today! For a transcript of an episode of Pod Save America, please email [email protected] (edited)

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4. This American Life

Why this podcast?

It recalls a time when we listened to the radio on Sunday nights. Just so smart. Well produced and super engaging, every episode.

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This American Life

This American Life

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4.8

Each week we choose a theme. Then anything can happen. This American Life is true stories that unfold like little movies for radio. Personal stories with funny moments, big feelings, and surprising plot twists. Newsy stories that try to capture what it’s like to be alive right now. It’s the most popular weekly podcast in the world, and winner of the first ever Pulitzer Prize for a radio show or podcast. Hosted by Ira Glass and produced in collaboration with WBEZ Chicago.

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354 Listeners

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5. Wiser Than Me with Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Why this podcast?

Julia interviews my all-time favorite wise women! I had an opportunity to interview Gina McCarthy on another podcast I hosted and only WISH I could have had more time with her. This one is a listen just for me - not for my work.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus returns for Season 2 of her award-winning podcast, Wiser Than MeTM. Each week, she has funny, touching, personal conversations with iconic older women who are brimming with the kind of unapologetic attitude and wisdom that only comes with age. Julia sits at the feet of some extraordinary teachers this season (discover who in the trailer), and of course her 90-year-old mom, Judy. Tune in to laugh, cry and get wise. All Hail Old Women!

Photo: Ryan Pfluger and August Image

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