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Playlist: Project Catapult

Compiled By: Public Radio Exchange (PRX)

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Indulge your senses with select works from participants of PRX's very own podcast training program. This curated playlist will update over time, so check back. Subscribe to your favorite podcasts and never miss an episode.

Sir Floyd

From Out of the Blocks | Part of the Out of the Blocks, Quick Hits series | 04:00

We meet Sir Lister Floyd, Jr. on the 1110 block of Ward Street

Sir_floyd_small In this excerpt of Out of the Blocks, we meet Sir Lister Floyd, Jr. on the 1100 block of Ward Street

68: How To Negotiate Like A Woman-Leanne Meyer, Carnegie Mellon University

From KALW | Part of the Inflection Point with Lauren Schiller series | 52:59

Most women would rather have a root canal than negotiate for themselves. Leanne Meyer is the Program Director of the Carnegie Mellon Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Women. Meyer’s work focuses on two main components that inhibit women’s progress in the workplace: the environments at work and school, and the habits of women themselves. Meyer educates women on the stereotypes and biases holding them back; teaches them to network; how to seek out and make use of the support of sponsors and mentors; and how to understand their environments and not sell themselves short in negotiation.

Leanne_meyer_small Most women would rather have a root canal than negotiate for themselves. Leanne Meyer is the Program Director of the Carnegie Mellon Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Women. Meyer’s work focuses on two main components that inhibit women’s progress in the workplace: the environments at work and school, and the habits of women themselves. Meyer educates women on the stereotypes and biases holding them back; teaches them to network; how to seek out and make use of the support of sponsors and mentors; and how to understand their environments and not sell themselves short in negotiation.

American Muy Thai

From Out of the Blocks | Part of the Out of the Blocks, Quick Hits series | 04:08

a visit with Jesse and Aurora at American Muy Thai

Aurora_small in this Out of the Blocks excerpt, we meet trainer Jesse Swain and fighter Aurora Raiten at the American Muy Thai mixed martial arts gym on the 7200 block of Harford Road

66: How To End Structural Racism in America - Laura Weidman Powers, Code2040

From KALW | Part of the Inflection Point with Lauren Schiller series | 53:59

Bringing more people of color into tech may be the next civil rights movement. Laura Weidman Powers, co-founder and CEO of Code2040, talks with Inflection Point’s Lauren Schiller about income inequality, how the jobs future is wrapped up with the tech industry, and how she keeps things in perspective while fighting structural racism. Weidman Powers is working to smooth the pathways for Black and Latinx leaders and entrepreneurs and in turn to give communities of color a place in the tech-driven economy.

Laura_weidman_powers_headshot_small Bringing more people of color into tech may be the next civil rights movement. Laura Weidman Powers, co-founder and CEO of Code2040, talks with Inflection Point’s Lauren Schiller about income inequality, how the jobs future is wrapped up with the tech industry, and how she keeps things in perspective while fighting structural racism. Weidman Powers is working to smooth the pathways for Black and Latinx leaders and entrepreneurs and in turn to give communities of color a place in the tech-driven economy.

Bobby at JJ's Hair Supply

From Out of the Blocks | Part of the Out of the Blocks, Quick Hits series | 03:59

a visit with Bobby and his customers at JJ's Hair Supply

Bobby_small in this Out of the Blocks excerpt, we visit JJ's Hair Supply on the 600 block of Cherry Hill Road

Out of the Blocks: 2100 Edmondson (mini version)

From Out of the Blocks | Part of the Out of the Blocks series | 06:00

2100 Edmondson: One Block. Everybody's story.

Ootb_2100_edmondson_collage_for_prx_small The corner diner, Soul Source, is the hub of the 2100 block of Edmondson Avenue. The manager, Joyce, has been serving breakfast to the locals for 30 years. Her restaurant looks out onto a West Baltimore block scarred by gunshots and stabbings. But the block is more than its scars. It’s a block where a Pentecostal pastor keeps her faith in the face of suffering, where a reformed drug dealer works as a kitchen appliance repairman, and where a political reporter from Kashmir has found sanctuary working behind the counter at a sandwich shop. It’s a block where a former Nigerian soccer star operates an auto repair shop. In his car lot, he lets a homeless man sleep in a van. Next door is an army veteran who issued air-strikes in Iraq and Afghanistan. And across the street is a tire repairman who’s trying to beat a 30-year heroin addiction. Crystal, who works in the kitchen at Soul Source, sums it up like this: It’s not always peaches and cream, but this is a place that you know is always going to be real.  

Got time for a quick listen?  This is the mini version.