The Story Exchange podcast showcases the stories and strategies of entrepreneurial women from San Diego to New York and beyond. Hosted by Colleen DeBaise. TheStoryExchange.org
The Women in AI Are Talking
We sit down with three female founders who are running AI startups -- and they tell us exactly what it's like to be a woman in artificial intelligence. "Nobody took us seriously, not a single person," says Davar Ardalan, founder of IVOW, who has been rejected by investors 350 times. "It's incredibly demeaning." At a time when billions of dollars are going into AI startups, and the pandemic has caused a digital transformation in nearly every industry, it could not be more important to get women and people of color involved in AI so their perspectives can inform technology. But bias and sexism and racism in the AI field persist.
We share these women's stories in an effort to raise awareness of the obstacles faced by women in AI. But at the same time, we also want to encourage women and girls to chase their startup dreams, especially in such a game-changing industry. Guests include Ardalan; Sheffie Robinson, of Shamrock Education; and Carolyn Rodz, of Hello Alice.
The episode features music created by women in AI, including Taryn Southern and Holly Herndon.
Ugly Sexist AI
Trust us, you don't need to be a techno-nerd to understand this podcast. We look at how women are faring (or not faring) in the exploding field of artificial intelligence. And if you don't think you use AI, think again. "You use AI in lots of invisible ways," says expert Meredith Broussard, such as every time you use a search engine or when you use facial recognition to unlock your phone or when you tell your home assistant to play the latest Taylor Swift album. The problem -- and this is disturbing -- is that decades and even centuries of bias are embedded in that AI technology, because of the limitations of the humans who built it. We look at how sexism and racism have wormed their ugly way into the AI we're using... and what we can do about it. Guests include Broussard, author of "Artificial Unintelligence," and Davar Ardalan, founder of AI startup IVOW.
A Podcast for Horse Lovers
Horse lover Lynn Hummer was horrified to learn that that thousands of unwanted horses, including healthy trail horses and former racehorses, are sent each year to auction houses, where “kill buyers” purchase them. In 2005, she went online to buy a pregnant pony -- saving the animal from the slaughter house -- and experienced firsthand the magic of its foal being born. After that, Lynn created Pregnant Mare Rescue to save as many horses and their babies as she could. Come with us on a virtual journey to Lynn's ranchette in Central California to learn more about her inspiring work. If you love horses, this is a podcast for you. Read more of Lynn’s story here: https://thestoryexchange.org/baby-horses-pregnant-mare-rescue-lynn-hummer/
Our Award-Winning Podcast About Voting
Named "Best Audio Feature" by the Newswomen's Club of New York! Listen to the 30-second trailer for 100 Years of Power, then check out Episodes 1, 2 and 3. From the judges: "This incredibly well-produced series shed new light on the history of the suffrage movement while tying it powerfully to the present day and how far we still have to go. The hosts were a delight to listen to and did a fantastic job interviewing guests to tease out the best details. The final product was jam-packed with voices and historic audio clips that kept the stories moving. Very well done!"
We're proud to share the story of the strong women who fought, and the strong women who are still fighting. Give it a listen.
100 Years of Power, Part 3: What the Future Holds
In the conclusion to our 3-part series, we question: Is the future really female? As we head into a fierce presidential election, in a nation roiled by a pandemic and protests over police brutality, we look at the role women are playing as candidates and voters. Our guests include Kelly Dittmar of the Center for American Women and Politics; Joanna Weiss of Women for American Values and Ethics; author Molly Ball of the new "Pelosi" biography; Ronnee Schreiber of San Diego State University; and Glynda Carr of Higher Heights.
100 Years of Power, Part 2: Slow Burn of Progress
We spend this episode looking at what happened after women got the vote. If you missed Part 1, check it out -- we looked at the long years leading up to 1920. But in Part 2, we take you on a journey through history, from the Roaring Twenties through the Great Depression, through the Civil Rights Era, to Women's Lib in the '60s and '70s, all the way up to the early 2000s. Suffrage didn't change everything overnight...it was more like a slow burn. Our guests include Susan Ware, a historian focused on feminism; Gina Luria Walker, professor of Women's Studies at the New School in New York, and Nell Merlino, creator of Take Your Daughters to Work Day with Gloria Steinem at the Ms. Foundation.
One of my favorites!
I love this podcast! It’s uplifting and informative.
Inspiring and engaging
Great podcast! The format is helpful and I was able to learn a lot in a short amount of time. I look forward to hearing more :)
I find the stories covered by this podcast very inspirational, especially for women. The podcast episodes are the perfect length (usually about 20 minutes), and always have a clear focus. The episodes contain a nice balance of background information, interviews and general discussion of the topic. I highly recommend this podcast for anyone thinking of starting a business, and wondering how to get it done.