Kansas City broadcast veteran Dana Wright has spent 25 years telling stories as an investigative reporter and news anchor and now an afternoon talk radio host. One day her son said to her, "Mom, the news is so depressing you should start telling good stories!" Thus, "The RadioDana Diaries" was born. Tune in each week to hear inspiring interviews and good news through weekly conversations with people who make our world a better place.
Diary Entry #14: Saving Grace.
Grace was an outgoing, popular, and athletic teenager when the pandemic first began. But when the country went on lockdown, she became obsessed with exercise and lost an alarming amount of weight. And Grace isn't alone. Across the country, the number of young people diagnosed with eating disorders has exploded. The problem is so bad, doctors told Grace's mother, "There are so many kids suffering right now, we don't have enough beds." Experts blame a perfect storm of anxiety, isolation, and social media. What's worse? Social media giants like Instagram now acknowledge that their own algorithms pushed dangerous content to vulnerable teenagers searching for information about eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia. When asked about the past year, Grace's mother says, "It's been hell." She is telling her family's story in hopes of saving someone else. Saving Grace is Diary Entry #14.
Diary Entry #13: Notes to Self Socks!!!! Spreading JOY, Love, and Positivity ONE PAIR OF SOCKS AT A TIME!!!!!
If you don't think a pair of socks can change the world... you haven't met Laura Schmidt. Laura is the 'Chief Positive Person' of 'Notes To Self Socks' and she believes that WORDS MATTER!!! One MILLION pairs of positive socks later, she sits down with the 'RadioDana Diaries' to explain how it all came about. YES, famous people wear her socks. But so do a TON of my friends because I started giving them out as gifts several years ago. YOU are SMART, YOU are CONFIDENT and YOU are BRAVE!!! Just ask Laura Schmidt!!!! She is my friend, and she is Diary Entry #13...
Diary Entry #12: Policing Sex in the State of Kansas
My guest this week uncovered an extremely dark past in our collective history regarding women, sex, and mass imprisonment. Between the first and second World Wars, thousands of women were rounded up, tested, and forcibly incarcerated over suspicion that they'd contracted a sexually transmitted disease. Some of the women who were imprisoned were married. None of them had done anything wrong. In fact, the youngest prisoners? Were children. Dr. Nicole Perry, with the University of Kansas, spent ten years researching this deeply disturbing chapter in U.S. history before penning the book, "Policing Sex in the Sunflower State." Dr. Perry's research lends a voice to these young women with lessons that continue to resonate today. Their stories - are Diary Entry #12.
Diary Entry #11: The Hyatt Disaster- What We've Learned after 40 years, and Why We Need More Women in Engineering
This week marks the 40th anniversary of the deadliest accidental structural collapse in the history of the United States. Career engineer and lecturer Robynn Andracsek joins us this week to talk about what happened, WHY it happened, and why it is critically important to get young girls excited about engineering beginning in grade school!!! She is a fierce advocate and ROCK STAR of SCIENCE. And she is diary entry Number 11.
Diary Entry #10: Anne Fraser: An Open Discussion About Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease
The RadioDana Diaries is BACK! This week, we welcome 54 year old Anne Fraser. Four years ago, after losing both of her parents to Alzheimer's Disease, Anne started noticing subtle changes in her memory and cognition levels. She soon learned that she is one of a small percentage of Americans battling Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease, or Pre-Alzheimer's Disease. When you meet Anne? You would never know it. She says some small but incredibly important lifestyle changes have made it possible for her to stay ON her GAME! Anne is my friend. And she is Diary Entry #10.
Diary Entry #9: "The Raisin in the Jello Mold"
The first time you meet Kristen Christian you will want to hug her and be her best friend. In that order. I have known Kristen for a little over a year through her AMAZING organization business, "Bee Organized," in Kansas City. She's the kind of woman you just fall in love with. She lights up a ROOM. I only recently found out that this fierce, funny, energetic mother of four? Is also a breast cancer survivor. I was thrilled that she agreed to sit down with me during 'Breast Cancer Awareness Month' to share her story with ALL of you- because I truly believe her story will save lives. What does breast cancer feel like? Why did her mammogram miss her cancer? How did SHE find it on her own? Kristen is my friend. And her survivor story is Diary Entry #9.
I love the information in this Podcast. Dana asks the questions I would ask. I especially enjoyed the interview with Mindy Corporon. Thank you Dana, I enjoy listening.
Not worth a listen
Host comes off as very privileged. Keeps interrupting guests, very tough listen.
This is such a great podcast! Informative and easy to understand with just the right dose of humor and wit!
Thank you Dana for making this one of my new favs for 2020!