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Rural Matters is a biweekly, 30-minute podcast about rural education, business, and health. The podcast’s mission is to increase awareness, inform discussion, and expand the dialogue on the most important issues facing rural stakeholders every day. Guests on the podcast include rural education decision-makers, rural business owners and entrepreneurs, and rural health care representatives. The National Rural Education Association and the Center for Rural Affairs are marketing partners.
 
Health Innovation Matters is a biweekly, 30-minute podcast focusing on the next generation of healthcare innovators and movers-and-shakers who are disrupting the healthcare space. This podcast is all about increasing awareness of future health trends, accelerating technologies, and art and design perspectives. The podcast also provides a forum for elevating public discourse on ways healthcare can be more accessible, less costly, and more efficient. You'll hear about dynamic collaborations, b ...
 
Welcome to Chutzpod! -- ancient texts for modern times. Chutzpod! is a weekly podcast in which Rabbi Shira Stutman, Joshua Malina, and honored guests bring a Jewish lens to life's toughest questions: Who do I want to be in this one life? How do we work to heal this broken world? And how, dear G-d, did gefilte fish become a thing? It's a podcast for people of all or no faiths; Hebrew school truants and proud yeshiva graduates; those who want to be inspired but don't want to schlep to synagogu ...
 
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This week the Rabbi and Joshua speak to an unforgettably unique guest, author Michael Twitty as this weekend is "NYC Pride". Michael is an African-American Jew, who identifies with the LGBTQ community, and has an upcoming book titled: "Koshersoul: The Faith and Food Journey of an African American Jew". Episode Timecodes: (08:30) Michael Twitty Inte…
 
As World Refugee Day is on Monday June 20th, Rabbi Shira and Joshua welcome on a pair of important voices from the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), which is the oldest refugee organization in the world. Mark Hetfield is the CEO & President of HIAS and Melanie Nezer is its Senior VP, Global Public Affairs. Episode Timecodes: (05:10) Interview w/…
 
In the final installment of our six-part series on continuing rural postsecondary education and workforce development, produced in collaboration with and supported by the Ascendium Education Group, Michael chats with two education leaders who are doing some amazing work with rural colleges: Jeb Puryear, the Suzanne and Dave Peterson Endowed Profess…
 
In this sixth and final installment of our excellent series, Living in Rural America —2022 and Beyond, produced in collaboration with and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Michelle discusses the future of rural with three outstanding guests: Dee Davis, Founder and President of the Center for Rural Strategies; David Lipsetz, President…
 
Rabbi Shira and Joshua shine a spotlight on the surprisingly esoteric Jewish holiday of Shavuot, which is coming up in early June. A tradition of the holiday is to stay up all night studying Torah and in that spirit, we welcome on Rabba Yaffa Epstein and Rabbi David Schuck. Episode Timecodes: (00:00) Rabbi Shira’s thoughts after the shooting in Tex…
 
In Part V of our six-part series on continuing rural postsecondary education and workforce development, produced in collaboration with and supported by the Ascendium Education Group. Michelle chats with three education leaders who are doing some amazing work with rural colleges: Cindy Lopez, Executive Director of Network Engagement at Achieving the…
 
Synopsis: In Part V of our six-part series, Living in Rural America, produced in collaboration with and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Michelle discusses Rural Economic & Cultural Success Stories: Lesson Learned from Thriving Communities, with Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney and Dominic Capello, the two authors of the landmark book,…
 
SUMMARY: Rabbi Shira and Joshua welcome the CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women, Sheila Katz. Together, they discuss Jewish thought on reproductive rights, when life begins, and what can be done in response to the Supreme Court's intention to overturn Roe vs. Wade. Episode Timecodes: (04:45) Sheila Katz Interview (35:04) Quick interviews wi…
 
In this episode, Rabbi Shira and Joshua discuss the ins and outs of Judaism's tattoo taboo. Is it verboten? Where on the sliding scale of sin does it fall? And the biggie: will a tattoo get you barred from a Jewish cemetery? Episode Timecodes: (25:18) Janel Moloney defines the Hebrew & Yiddish terms used in our episode (28:51) Rabbi Shira's Guided …
 
In this episode, the fourth in our six-part series, Living in Rural America, produced in collaboration with and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Michelle chats with Mil Duncan, Professor Emerita in Sociology at the University of New Hampshire and Senior Fellow at the Meridian Institute. Her work focuses on opportunity and social cha…
 
The Rabbi and Joshua welcome editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg, to discuss his fascinating sit-down with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at his compound in Kyiv. Goldberg explains the similarities that Zelensky shares with many American Jews and why it is so noteworthy that Ukraine's President is Jewish at this particular tim…
 
Rabbi Shira and Joshua welcome Israeli and Palestinian guests to the podcast to engage in an inclusive and nuanced conversation around Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut. Episode Timecodes: (6:15) Leah Solomon Interview (38:18) Layla Alsheikh Interview (60:45) Reading the names of those who recently were killed in the region…
 
Michael chats with Rich Miller, chief strategy officer at QGenda, leading innovator in provider operations and healthcare workforce management. Rich, who is a career entrepreneur in the health care and software arenas, founded OpenTempo in 2006, which joined QGenda in 2019 to form one of the most comprehensive companies in health care workforce opt…
 
Michael chats with Yoni Nevo, CEO of Sweetch, a digital therapeutics innovator and creator of a clinically validated, personalized, and adaptive AI platform and companion app for chronic health conditions. Yoni is an entrepreneur and executive with over 20 years of experience in international business development, marketing, strategy, and software …
 
In this fourth installment of the fabulous series we’re doing in collaboration with and supported by the Ascendium Education Group, Michelle interviews three professionals with hands-on experience collaborating with employers to help rural learners: Dani Douglas, a Research and Policy Associate at the Center on Rural Innovation; Dr. John Fitzsimmon…
 
In this final installment of our fabulous four-part series, Designing Postsecondary Alternatives for Rural Learners, produced in collaboration with and underwritten by PelotonU, Michelle chats with four terrific guests who provide additional perspectives on the rural learning experience: Rocío Rangel, Director of the College Assistance Migrant Prog…
 
Joshua and Rabbi Shira reconvene after spending Passover seder with friends and family. As Yom HaShoah (Holocause Remembrance Day) approaches, we take this opportunity to hear an unforgettable family story from Esther Safran Foer and her son Franklin Foer about their ancestry that was affected by the Holocaust. Esther has written a book titled, “I …
 
In our second bonus brief episode of 2022, Michelle is joined by former New Orleans Mayor, and current Biden Administration Senior Advisor and Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu to discuss how the President’s $1.2 billion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will help rebuild rural America. Mitch and Michelle begin their discussion by commenting on…
 
As Passover has arrived, we welcome to the Chutzpod! Seder Table a very different Jewish background and perspective from Shira & Joshua. Rabbi Sandra Lawson is one of the world’s first African American, queer, female rabbis. She works with Reconstructing Judaism to help it realize its deeply held aspiration of becoming an anti-racist organization a…
 
In Part III of our superb series, Designing Postsecondary Alternatives for Rural Learners, produced in collaboration with and underwritten by one of our most exciting new partners, PelotonU. Michelle chats with three terrific guests about pathways for collaboration with rural communities: Laura Wise, Program Director for the Michigan State Universi…
 
In the third installment of our superb six-part series produced in collaboration with and supported by the Ascendium Education Group, Michelle chats with Leslie Daugherty, Senior Education Designer at the Education Design Lab; Kathy Temple-Miller, Dean of Student Success at Washington State Community College in Ohio; Dr. Dana Cotton, an instructor …
 
Our hosts discuss the upcoming festival of Passover, and the symbols and goals of a meaningful seder. Plus, Rabbi Shira chats with The Sporkful's Dan Pashman about Passovers past, and a spiritual connection to eating. Episode Timecodes: (20:32) Dan Pashman Interview (39:27) John Ross Bowie defines Hebrew & Yiddish terms used in our episode (44:35) …
 
In Part II of our fabulous four-part series we’re producing in collaboration with and supported by PelotonU, called Designing Postsecondary Alternatives for Rural Learners, Michelle discusses decisions rural learners have to make to pursue their educational goals and why and how rural learners choose whether to stay in their communities or leave to…
 
Michael chats with Krish Ramakrishnan, co-founder, executive chairman, and chief innovator at BlueJeans by Verizon, a video collaboration platform that empowers fast and easy face-to-face communications using high-quality audio and video conferencing technology. Krish, who is considered a video visionary and is widely regarded as the founder of the…
 
Michael chats with Ivan Childress, Director of Healthcare Identity Cloud at Saviynt, a provider of intelligent, cloud-first identity governance solutions. Ivan has spent 20 years in healthcare technology and security roles, including stints at Mass General Brigham and Boston Children’s Hospital. Currently, he leads the development of Saviynt's indu…
 
…because on all other episodes we talk about what we want to talk about, but in THIS episode we talk about what you want to talk about! And never mind four, we answer SIX listener questions. Get your hosts’ takes on therapy, Luther, volunteerism, and more! Episode Timecodes: (40:05) Hrishikesh Hirway defines Hebrew & Yiddish terms used in our episo…
 
In this first of our four-part series, Designing Postsecondary Alternatives for Rural Learners, produced in collaboration with and supported by PelotonU, Michelle chats with three terrific guests about the latest trends and statistics pertaining to rural learners and rural education, best practices for engaging student support, and actual rural lea…
 
Michael chats with Jeff McDaniel, principal security engineer at Airgap Networks. Airgap’s zero-agent, zero-trust approach to universal network segmentation, preventing lateral threat movement, stopping ransomware propagation by ringfencing every endpoint, and protecting high-value assets and mission-critical infrastructure. Jeff is a customer-focu…
 
Fins, and scales, and split hooves…. oh my! The Rabbi and Josh get back to the text, as they look at the Torah portion Shmini, which includes the laws of keeping kosher, and they ponder how to sanctify the act of eating. Episode Timecodes: (38:19) Noah Emmerich defines Hebrew & Yiddish terms used in our episode (40:47) Rabbi Shira’s Guided Meditati…
 
Michael chats with Scott Francis, technology evangelist at Fujistu Imaging, about how AI, digitization, and document-imaging technologies are helping to advance health care. Fujitsu recently unveiled a new line of scanners, the fi-8000 series, for health care that offer high-quality, straight-to-cloud document-imaging systems. Francis is a leading …
 
In Part III of this series, Life in Rural America — 2022 and Beyond — produced in collaboration with and underwritten by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Michelle chats with Ge Bai, Professor of Accounting at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and Professor of Health Policy & Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health…
 
Michael chats with Andrew Feldman, co-founder and CEO of Cerebras Systems, about the role of AI in transforming health care. The team at Cerebras includes computer architects, system engineers, software engineers, and ML researchers who design and build systems to accelerate AI in multiple industries, including health care. Feldman is an entreprene…
 
As Purim begins at sunset on Wednesday, “Chutzpod!” follows suit. This is a unique episode as you will hear a live Zoom taping where Joshua & Shira were joined by a legion of the “Chutzsquad”. Multiple guests came by as we do our best to fulfill all of the Purim Mitzvot (Commandments). Coming your way are Megillah Readings, the “Jewish or Antisemit…
 
In March of 1922 in New York City, twelve year-old Judith Kaplan had the first ever Bat Mitzvah and we are here to celebrate this momentous occasion. Rabbi Shira tells Joshua about her own Bat Mitzvah and explains the reasoning for why this rite of passage occurs when it does. Our interview this episode is with Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Hermann, who wo…
 
In Part II of our superb six-part series produced in collaboration with and underwritten by the Ascendium Education Group, Michelle chats with three academic researchers who are responsible for the new groundbreaking report published by the Alliance for Research on Regional Colleges, (ARRC) called Introducing Our Nation’s Rural Serving Postsecondar…
 
Synopsis: Michelle chats with Danielle McGeary, Vice President of HTM for the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) and Maggie Berkey, CBET, Senior Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET) for CommonSpirit Health at the Good Samaritan campus in Nebraska, about AAMI’s innovative BMET Apprenticeship Program. McGeary and Berk…
 
As tragedies continue in Ukraine, Joshua & Rabbi Shira dedicate this episode to the 200K+ Jewish people who live there and are in harms way. The episode begins by letting people know the ways they can help and what Jewish relief organizations are lending their support. Then we are joined by Oksana Galkevich, born in Ukraine and as of the past few y…
 
What is the purpose of a community? Rabbi Shira and Joshua look at this very simple yet complex question in this episode that aligns with the Torah portion “Vayakhel”. They are then joined by the esteemed author Wajahat Ali for his unique viewpoint on the subject. Episode Timecodes: (17:32) Wajahat Ali Interview (41:07) Dule Hill & Jazmyn Simon def…
 
In Part II of this six-part series — Living in Rural America, 2022 and Beyond — produced in collaboration with and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Michelle chats with three experts on how rural America is dealing with the pandemic and other significant issues. Dr. Don Albrecht, Director of the Western Rural Development Center (WRDC…
 
Our hosts welcome the Queen of TikTok Talmud to the show, and they discuss the Golden Calf, feeling lost without a leader, and the rabbi under your bed. Episode Timecodes: (18:20) Miriam Anzovin Interview (39:21) James Roday Rodriguez defines Hebrew/Yiddish terms used in the episode (42:18) Rabbi Shira’s Guided Meditation…
 
Rabbi Shira and Joshua welcome ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt to the show, to discuss antisemitism in general, and Whoopi Goldberg’s comments on the Holocaust in particular. Also, we talk about what we’re wearing, who we’re wearing, and why we’re wearing. And…our hosts welcome their spouses to the show! Episode Timecodes: (05:40) Melissa Merwin (Joshu…
 
In the first installment of our six-part series produced in collaboration with and underwritten by the Ascendium Education Group, Michelle chats with Kirstin Yeado, a program officer at Ascendium responsible for strategic grantmaking in support of Ascendium’s Rural Education and Workforce Training program.: Shanell Watson, a program officer with th…
 
This week Rabbi Shira and Joshua are joined by Architectural Digest’s Mayer Rus. Together they look at the weekly Torah portion, Terumah, and consider the specificity of the instructions for constructing the Tabernacle, the portable sanctuary for worship built by the Israelites in the desert. Episode Timecodes: (17:47) Mayer Rus Interview (37:58) P…
 
Michelle chats about the incredibly important topic of heart health in Rural America with Dr. Jessica Barnes, co-founder and CEO of 20Lighter, LLC, an award-winning cardiometabolic health program targeting inflammation and visceral fat, the holy grail of cardiovascular and metabolic disease; and Irion “Chip” Pursell, M.P.H., R.N., B.S.N., the direc…
 
With the week’s Torah portion, Mishpatim, as a guide, Rabbi Shira and Josh probe the Jewish take on lying — is it ever acceptable? And we are joined by Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD), who discusses his new book “Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy”. Episode Timecodes: (25:01) Mary McCormack defines Hebrew & Yiddish ter…
 
In Part I of our six-part series, Living in Rural America — 2022 and Beyond, produced in collaboration with and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Michelle discusses myths and realities of the rural experience today with four experts in this space: John Pender, a senior economist in the Rural Economy Branch of the USDA Economic Resear…
 
Rabbi Shira and Joshua discuss the giving of the Ten Commandments, and what it takes to be prepared for “revelation” in our lives. Then they kick back with actor-writer-director David Wain to discuss his connection to Judaism, and the Ten Commandments-inspired film he co-wrote and directed, “The Ten”. Episode Timecodes: (26:01) David Wain Interview…
 
Don’t pack away those NYE decorations just yet! Rabbi Shira and Joshua discuss Tu Bishvat, the Jewish “New Year of the Trees.” They’ll help you spruce up your observance with new ways to celebrate an ancient holiday. Also, we book our first guest, and it’s Santa Claus. No, really. Episode Timecodes: (15:30) Mark Donovan Interview (48:10) Scott Fole…
 
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