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Susie Kahlich


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Tell us about yourself – what is your background?

Susie Kahlich has been a passionate advocate for women's rights and against gender-based violence for over 30 years. She is the founder of Pretty Deadly Self Defense, certified in DV awareness, and has consulted individuals, companies, NPOs and NGOs on women's safety throughout the US, EU and Southeast Asia. Born and raised in the US, she has lived in the US, France and Germany. She is also a published author, art collector, martial artist, and violent crime survivor.

Why did you get into podcasting?

After launching my self defense business, I added a podcast for this side of my life experience as well, as a lot of people in the industry were looking to me as an industry leader and I wanted to share my knowledge. I produced and hosted a radio show on World Radio Paris in France in 2014 called "Expo Paris" -- the original version of Artipoeus. After moving to Berlin in 2016, I could no longer call it Expo Paris, so I converted the show to a podcast and renamed it Aritpoeus: art you can hear.

How did the idea for the show come about?

Pretty Deadly Podcast was developed help other martial artists and instructors teach responsible self defense to women, and to help women access self defense strategy when they can't access a physical course. Expo Paris/Aritpoeus was born out of the desire to show that art can be a bridge between the personal and the outer world. Both shows are motivated by my passion for making the inaccessible accessible to everyone.

What do you hope listeners take from the show?

From Pretty Deadly: a different view of the things women actually face, the way we actually learn and what can actually be done about it :) From Artipoeus: I hope listeners are taken on a journey that touches them and inspires them to see art everywhere.

What's been the biggest challenge for you?

Reaching a wide audience.

How can your listeners support your show?

Tune in, share episodes with friends, let them and us know what you love most about it.

Any future plans that you'd like to share?

Artipoeus has been on hold since 2020, but will be making a comeback soon :)

Anything else you'd like to share?

When I was 8 years old, my school had an assembly and it was the first time I was introduced to professional storytellers. Those storytellers were able to touch and even transform almost every person in that gymnasium, and it changed my life. Storytelling is what connects us, and what makes us human, and if you give someone a chance to tell their story, and really listen to it, you are both transformed.

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