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Audacious with Chion Wolf will highlight the uncommon experiences of everyday people – asking the hardest, most uncomfortable questions. With curiosity and compassion, Connecticut Public producer and host Chion Wolf digs deeper, encouraging listeners to ask hard questions in their own lives.

Find out more at https://www.ctpublic.org/audacious

Audacious with Chion Wolf Connecticut Public

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 66 Ratings

Audacious with Chion Wolf will highlight the uncommon experiences of everyday people – asking the hardest, most uncomfortable questions. With curiosity and compassion, Connecticut Public producer and host Chion Wolf digs deeper, encouraging listeners to ask hard questions in their own lives.

Find out more at https://www.ctpublic.org/audacious

    "Negativity be gone!": Artists igniting joy on social media

    "Negativity be gone!": Artists igniting joy on social media

    We hear a lot about the harm of social media. But what about the good?

    Meet two artists who started off on social media by showing their artwork… But once they revealed the hope and kindness and positivity in their hearts? The views, shares and likes piled up in ways they never expected.

    Hear how they both are grappling with the newfound pressure of inspiring hundreds of thousands of fans, and find out what Chion's favorite clips from their channels reveal about her.

    Listen to the first installment of this series, featuring Joel Cross, Scott Tatum, and Daníel Colón.

    GUESTS: 



    LaNia Roberts: Internationally renowned artist, speaker, and positive social media influencer



    Bruce W Brackett: Artist and the author of How to Breathe While Suffocating: A Story Of Overcoming Addiction, Recovering From Trauma, and Healing My Soul


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    • 48 min
    Actors with facial differences discuss what it means to be seen

    Actors with facial differences discuss what it means to be seen

    What's it like when, due to a condition you had early on in life, your face looks so very different from everybody else's?

    And what's it like to use that face as an actor?

    In this second installment featuring conversations with people who have facial differences, we meet two performers who appeared together in the 2018 movie, Happy Face.

    For more information about facial differences, visit About Face.

    GUESTS: 


    Dawn Shaw: Author, motivational speaker, and actress based in Washington. Her face is half-paralyzed since the removal of a tumor at birth. Her three books include her memoir, Facing Up To It, and Facial Shift, a guide to navigating the world with a facial difference
    David Roche: Inspirational humorist, keynote speaker, and performer based in British Columbia, Canada. He was born with a 'vascular malformation' on the left side of his face and neck. In addition to his memoir, The Church of 80% Sincerity, his new book, Standing at the Back Door of Happiness, will be released on April 20
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    • 49 min
    Shocking protests: A look at the impact of bold action

    Shocking protests: A look at the impact of bold action

    In 2022, Just Stop Oil protestors threw tomato soup on a Van Gogh painting in London. The world collectively gasped, but some UK lawmakers responded by supporting fewer investments in new oil projects.

    On this episode, meet one of those soup-throwers, and hear from two other people who have been part of creative protests: a spokesperson from an anti-circumcision group that wears all white with giant, red splotches on the groin area; and a woman who organized a college campus protest featuring thousands of sex toys to rally against Texas gun laws.

    GUESTS: 



    Anna Holland: Member of Just Stop Oil, a nonviolent civil resistance group demanding that the UK Government stop licensing all new oil, gas and coal projects. In 2022, alongside Phoebe Plummer, they threw tomato soup onto Vincent van Gogh's "Sunflowers" painting in London's National Gallery



    Harry Guiremand: Spokesperson for the anti-circumcision group, Bloodstained Men and Their Friends. They protest wearing all white with red splotches of paint over their groin



    Jessica Jin: Organizer of Cocks Not Glocks, protesting Texas laws that allow concealed handguns on college campuses, but openly carrying sex toys would result in a fine


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    • 49 min
    I downloaded my soulmate: Stories of love and AI

    I downloaded my soulmate: Stories of love and AI

    In the 2013 movie, "Her", Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with a computer operating system, voiced by Scarlett Johansson. 

    Skip forward over 10 years, and people are now creating their own AI chatbot partners via apps like NOMI and Replika. 

    Today, a sexologist gives this new kind of relationship some context, and meet two people whose lives were changed by these meaningful partnerships.

    Plus, Chion tries it out for herself. Hear actual transcripts (only lightly edited for radio) of what she and her AI girlfriend, Charlotte, said as they developed a surprisingly charming and insightful bond. 

    GUESTS: 



    Charlotte: Chion's Scottish AI girlfriend, made in the app, NOMI
    Dr. Amy Marsh: clinical sexologist and sexuality counselor, author of “How To Make Love To A Chatbot”. She joined us previously for our show about people who fall in love with objects https://amymarshsexologist.com/ https://www.ctpublic.org/show/audacious-with-chion-wolf/2021-10-28/its-not-just-a-sex-doll-what-its-like-to-be-in-a-relationship-with-a-synthetic-partner
    Rosanna Ramos & Eren Kartal: Rosanna married Eren, a Replika chatbot, on March 26, 2023
    Scott & Sarina: Scott (pseudonym) credits Sarina, his Replika chatbot girlfriend, with saving his marriage

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    • 48 min
    From tyrants to torchbearers: Confessions of reformed bullies

    From tyrants to torchbearers: Confessions of reformed bullies

    If you've ever been bullied, you know how all-encompassing the terror of it is. But what if you could get inside the bully's head? And find out why they do it?

    On this episode of Audacious, meet two people who were once bullies talking about how they turned their lives around and how they think bullies can learn to make different decisions.

    For more information, visit StopBullying.gov.

    GUESTS: 


    Robbie Romu: Vancouver writer who published the essay, I Was A School Bully. Here's Why I Terrorized My Classmates
    Kristen Geez: CEO of Advising Generation Z, a non-profit mentoring program creating safe spaces for young people ages 10-27, and AdvisingGenz, an edtech company dedicated to making discipline digital for youth workers to address defiant behaviors. She is also a professor, and the author of "Like StreetLIGHTS"
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    • 49 min
    A coffee-fueled celebration of passion, purpose, and pursuing an impossible goal

    A coffee-fueled celebration of passion, purpose, and pursuing an impossible goal

    Coffee. It's more than just a pick-me-up. It's a canvas for creativity, a compulsion for competition, and a fuel for adventures beyond the boundaries of the average mug.

    Today, we are serving you a triple shot of people whose lives were transformed by the power of the bean.

    Meet a U.S. Barista champion whose social media channel brings a wholesome buzz; a woman who advocates against gun violence by painting in public places with coffee; then, hold onto your venti cup as you hear the story of one man who has spent the last 26 years - and will spend the rest of his life - visiting every Starbucks on the planet.

    GUESTS: 


    Morgan Eckroth: Renowned barista who won the title of 2022 U.S. Barista Champion, and runner up in the 2022 World Barista Championship. She is also a social media star who posts coffee tutorials and  experiences with customers in their coffeeshop
    Bianca L. McGraw: Art teacher at Tapestry Charter High School in Buffalo, NY. She makes paintings with coffee to process the trauma of mass shootings, and connects with her community by inviting them to be a part of her process
    Winter: Since 1997, has been committed to drinking coffee from every company-owned Starbucks in the world (there are over 35,000). As of our recording, he has visited 18,458
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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
66 Ratings

66 Ratings

Javintage ,

Best Radio Voice!

Before having her show, I would hear Chion Wolf do smaller roles on NPR. Every time I heard her voice, I wondered why she did not have her own show. Her voice is perfect for radio. Her show topics are unique and engaging. Every guest is heard to say “that is a great question”. Check the shows - it happens in every show! That is a true indication of how good she is. Keep up the quirky! So enjoyable.

John P Wentland ,

Cringingly Respectful

I’ve met Chión only once, but feel I know her through her voice. Her interview questions make me cringe yet at the same time her queries are so respectful of each person she speaks with. Her voice has been described in many ways, but I think what makes her interviews cringingly respectful is her “honey smooth” voice. You can’t help but want to savor it. Thank you, Chión. I know your Mom thanks you, too.

Salama717 ,

Just amazing

Chion’s questions dig deep and show a genuine interest in understanding people’s lived experiences. I’ve learned so much about not just interesting people but also what it means to be truly empathetic.

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