Everywhere Radio returns this season with new voices and new questions. We want to ask rural leaders why they do what they do and how they keep going in the face of conflict: How do you stay in relationship with your neighbors despite differences? What inner resources are you drawing upon to keep showing up when the work gets hard? What are you learning along the way about yourself, your community, and the future you envision? Why does rural America matter to the future of our democracy? These are questions so many of us are grappling with at a visceral level, within our families and our local communities, especially. Read more about this season’s podcast, the episodes and our team below:

 

Everywhere Radio: New voices and new questions

Everywhere Radio returns this season with new voices and new questions. We want to ask rural leaders why they do what they do and how they keep going in the face of conflict: How do you stay in relationship with your neighbors despite differences? What inner resources are you drawing upon to keep showing up when the work gets hard? What are you learning along the way about yourself, your community, and the future you envision? Why does rural America matter to the future of our democracy?

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What our Podcast Guests Were Reading in 2021

When you get a chance to talk to interesting, smart people, you want to know what they are reading. Whitney Kimball Coe asks her guests on the Everywhere Radio podcast just that — and we’ve pulled those answers into one place to share as we wrap up 2021.

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Our Podcast Team

Whitney Kimball Coe

Whitney Kimball Coe

Host
Joel Cohen

Joel Cohen

Producer
Xandr Brown

Xandr Brown

Associate Producer
Teresa Collins

Teresa Collins

Associate Producer

The Podcasts

Oct. 6

Katie Myers + Jessica Shelton

Jessica Shelton and Katie Myers have been on the frontlines of responding to the flooding disaster in Eastern Kentucky in a variety of roles: Katie as a journalist living in the region experiencing the flood both personally and professionally, and Jessica as the director of the Appalachian Media Institute and a volunteer organizer for EKY Mutual Aid.

We talk with them about their work and the region’s recovery.

 

About Katie Myers

Katie Myers is the economic transition reporter for the Ohio Valley ReSource and WMMT 88.7 FM in Whitesburg, Kentucky. Her work has also appeared on NPR and Inside Appalachia, and in Belt Magazine, Scalawag Magazine, the Daily Yonder, and others. We talk with Katie about reporting on the flood and her own experience waking up to the disaster.

About Jessica Shelton
Jessica Shelton is the director of the Appalachian Media Institute at Appalshop in Whitesburg, Kentucky.  We talk with her about her work as an organizer with the grassroots organization EKY Mutual Aid, which has been helping those directly impacted by the devastating floods that hit southeastern Kentucky in late July by meeting needs in real time and offering direct cash assistance.

Katie Myers
Jessica Shelton
Jessica Shelton

Sept. 21

Melody Warnick

When we can work from anywhere, does place matter? That’s the question award-winning writer Melody Warnick poses in her latest book, If You Could Live Anywhere: The Surprising Importance of Place in a Work-from-Anywhere World.  We talk with Warnick about the book, her own life in Blacksburg, Virginia, and the questions of how to you choose where to live — and how to make a community feel like home.

More about Melody Warnick
Melody Warnick is the author of This Is Where You Belong: Finding Home Wherever You Are, a book that explains the concept of place attachment and helps people fall in love with their town. Her second book,  If You Could Live Anywhere: The Surprising Importance of Place in a Work-from-Anywhere World, helps location-independent people find the right place to achieve success and happiness.

Warnick has also written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Reader’s Digest, Fast Company, The Guardian, Slate, Quartz, CityLab, Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, O: The Oprah Magazine, Medium, Livability, and many other publications. Learn more about melodywarnick.com

Sept. 8

Tim Lampkin's Higher Purpose: Building Black Ownership

Whitney talks with Tim Lampkin, co-founder and CEO of Higher Purpose Co, a 501(c)(3) economic justice nonprofit that works with Black residents to build wealth across Mississippi, specifically by supporting Black ownership and financial, cultural, and political power. Whitney and Tim discuss his return to Mississippi more than a decade ago, closing the racial wealth gap, and the power of ownership. Lampkin has over a decade of community development and entrepreneurship experience. He previously managed the racial equity program for the Mississippi Humanities Council, which won the National 2018 Schwartz prize. He also worked for Southern Bancorp Community Partners to implement multimillion dollar community initiatives and has advised rural entrepreneurs in several counties.

Aug. 25, 2022

Tree Thieves: Author Lyndsie Bourgon examines crime and the search for identity in the North American woods

We welcome Lyndsie Bourgon, author of “Tree Thieves: Crime and Survival in North America’s Woods” to Everywhere Radio. Bourgon wanted to know more about how tree poaching affects forests like the one in her front yard. Her research led her to stories about our human quest for dignity and identity in the face of displacement and poverty. Lyndsie Bourgon is a writer, researcher, oral historian, and 2018 National Geographic Explorer. She writes about the environment and its entanglement with history, culture, and identity, and her features have been published in The Atlantic, Smithsonian, the Guardian, the Oxford American, Aeon, The Walrus, Hazlitt, and elsewhere. Her first book, Tree Thieves: Crime and Survival in North America’s Woods, came out in June 2022. Everywhere Radio is a production of The Rural Assembly. 

June 2022

Author Neema Avashia

On this episode of Everywhere Radio, we talk with Neema Avashia, author of “Another Appalachia: Coming Up Queer and Indian in a Mountain Place,” about her memoir, identity, finding your people, and growing up in West Virginia. This interview was first recorded at Rural Assembly Everywhere, a virtual gathering of the Rural Assembly in May 2022. Avashia is interviewed by Skylar Baker-Jordan, Contributing Editor for Community Engagement at 100 Days in Appalachia. 

 

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Neema Avashia
Neema Avashia

May 26, 2022

After Maus: Book Bans and Building an Inclusive Nation in Tennessee and Beyond

On this episode of Everywhere Radio, a group of neighbors from McMinn County, Tennessee, discuss book banning and how it played out in their own community when the school board pulled the Pulitzer Prize winning novel “Maus” from the curriculum.  This discussion first aired live at Rural Assembly Everywhere, a virtual gathering of the Rural Assembly. They talk about the book ban in McMinn as indictaitve  of a broader national trend, how their community is addressing it, and what they feel is truly at stake in this moment. 

The discussion includes Whitney Kimball-Coe, Vice President of National Programs Center for Rural Strategies, and her McMinn County, Tenn., neighbors: Stephen Dick, Austin Sauerbrei, Alex Sharp, Liv Cook, Cynthia McCowen and Dr. Patricia Waters. 

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Whitney Kimball Coe
Host Whitney Kimball Coe is joined by her real-life neighbors from McMinn County, Tennessee on this episode.

May 12, 2022

YouTube Commentator Beau of the Fifth Column on Fact, Opinion, and the Democracy In Between

This week on Everywhere Radio, Xandr Brown, multimedia producer at the Daily Yonder, speaks with Beau of the Fifth Column. A portion of this conversation first aired as part of the Rural Assembly Everywhere virtual festival that took place on May 10 and 11, 2022. We are pleased to bring you the full conversation in podcast form here on Everywhere Radio.

Since starting his channel three years ago, Beau of the Fifth Column has grown his YouTube audience to more than half a million subscribers, connecting with folks from all walks of life and political identities. It isn’t surprising given that he doesn’t shy away from most any topic, whether it’s his almost hourly updates about the Ukraine and Russian conflict to more general sociopolitical topics like political polarization, the misappropriated words of George Orwell, or gun rights and law enforcement in the United States. When you’re watching Beau of the Fifth Column, you know you’re not just watching to hear what you already know. You’re watching to see him illuminate a topic through his variety of experiences. You’re there for his voice. In that spirit, if you’re already familiar with his channel or this is your first time hearing about it, we hope you enjoy this conversation between Xandr and Beau. 

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Beau of the Fifth Column

April 14, 2022

Bridging the rural-urban divide with Anthony Flaccavento

We talk with Anthony Flaccavento about his work in bridging the rural-urban divide, coming from Baltimore to Appalachia, and why farming keeps him humble. Flaccavento is the co-founder of RUBI, the Rural-Urban Bridge Initiative. 

Flaccavento is also a farmer and rural development consultant from Abingdon, Virginia in the heart of the Appalachian Coalfields.  The Founder of Appalachian Sustainable Development, Flaccavento has focused most of his work over the past four decades on building healthier food systems and more diverse, locally rooted economies in Appalchia and around the world. 

Flaccavento is the author of Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up:  Harnessing Real World Experience for Transformative Change.

Flaccavento was the Democratic Candidate for the U.S. House in 2018, and remains involved in trying to impact politics and the public debate.  He is the co-founder of RUBI, the Rural-Urban Bridge Initiative, through which he works with colleagues to lead public forums and trainings designed to help people understand and begin to overcome the rural-urban divide.  He has also compiled The Rural-Urban Divide:  A Guidebook to Understanding the Problem and Forging Solutions.  He is married to Laurel, a retired public school teacher, and has three terrific grown children.

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Anthony Flaccavento

March 31, 2022

Cynthia McCowan: Lifting Black Voices and History in Athens, Tennessee

Our guest on Everywhere Radio is Cynthia McCowan, a community activist and connector. She’s an advocate for black lives in Athens, Tennessee, and is spearheading a project to ensure black histories and experiences are acknowledged in this small rural town.

Cynthia was born and raised in a tiny, rural town in Northwest Mississippi and is an HBCU-proud alum of Alcorn State University. She has two adult daughters, four grandcritters, ranging from 6 to 19 years old, and has lived in Athens, TN for the last 27 years. After retiring from a 22-year career as an Environmental Scientist with the US TVA, she stumbled upon the Athens Area Council for the Arts and the rest is history in the making. With a life-long passion for the arts, Cynthia has been able to immerse herself in all things art through the Arts Center’s broad and diverse array of artistic offerings. She currently serves on the Arts Council’s board and is an active member of Athens City Council’s Council Advisory Committee.

 

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Cynthia McCowan

March 17, 2022

Writing her own story in rural politics with Teri Carter

Teri Carter writes about rural politics, and now she’s living them. Carter talks with Everywhere Radio about why she’s a progressive running as a Republican for magistrate in her Kentucky county, how she stays in relationship with neighbors, and how she became a political writer.

Carter lives in Anderson County, Kentucky, where she writes about rural politics. You can find her work at the Lexington Herald-Leader, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Daily Yonder. She has a BA in English from the University of Minnesota and an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from San Jose State University. She teaches at The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in Lexington, Kentucky, and is working on a book about stepfamilies. 

 

MORE: Episode transcript and interview video

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Teri Carter

March 3, 2022

From Arkansas to Alaska: Empowering Women Everywhere with Staare Haas

On this episode of Everywhere Radio, we talk with Starre Haas, advocate for women’s leadership and empowerment, mother, wife, and entrepreneur. We talk with Starre about her journey from accounting to women’s empowerment and politics and what it has meant to build a new community and life with her family in Hope, Alaska. Former with VoteRunLead, Starre is the founder and CEO of Community Connections Now, a company that focuses on empowering women through networking and leadership development and of the nonprofit, The Everyday Bold Woman, formed to spotlight and provide leadership training and financial resources to women, particularly mothers and homemakers, women who have been suffering as a result of the pandemic. 

 

MORE: Episode transcript and interview video

Starre Haas
Starre Haas

Feb. 17, 2022

You Can Go Home Again with Skylar Baker-Jordan

This week on Everywhere Radio, we welcome writer Skylar Baker-Jordan.

 

MORE: Episode transcript and interview video

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Skylar Baker-Jordan

Feb. 3, 2022

Talking Rural News and More with Daily Yonder Tim Marema

Host Whitney Kimball Coe talks with Daily Yonder Editor Tim Marema about the role news journalism plays in a democracy, how the pandemic has affected Daily Yonder coverage, and why Reservation Dogs is one of the best shows, ever.

Tim Marema is editor of the Daily Yonder, a national rural news platform, and is a founding staff member of the Daily Yonder’s publishing organization, the Center for Rural Strategies. Marema grew up in Eastern Kentucky and started his journalism career at his hometown weekly newspaper while a student at Berea College. He served as editor of the daily Chapel Hill (North Carolina) Herald and as zoned-editions editor of the Durham Herald-Sun, 1988-1992. He was the development director of Appalshop, the Appalachian media-arts collective, in the 1990s. 
Marema holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree from Berea College. He is married, has two adult children, and lives in Norris, Tennessee.

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Tim Marema
Tim Marema

Nov. 23, 2021

In Conversation with author Diane Wilson

This week on Everywhere Radio, we’re sharing a special conversation between Tyler Owens, program associate for the Rural Assembly, and author Diane Wilson (Dakota).

Tyler spoke with Diane Wilson during our Rural Women Everywhere virtual conference to talk about Wilson’s most recent book “The Seed Keeper.” During this conversation Owens & Wilson explore where Wilson finds her inspiration, the importance of continuing a tradition of storytelling, and the importance of connection to the earth.

MORE: Episode transcript and interview video

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Diane Wilson

Nov. 11

Tending Art and the Land with Organic Farmer and Artist Nikiko Masumoto

This week on Everywhere Radio, Whitney welcomes Nikiko Masumoto, organic farmer, memory keeper, and artist. She is Yonsei, a fourth generation Japanese American, and works the same soil her great-grandparents worked in California. In an agricultural world where 86% of farmers are men, most landowners are white, and few are queer, she employs art and creativity to access her power as an organic farmer. Whitney and Nikiko discuss making art, family history, farming, and seeking wholeness rather than perfection.

MORE: Episode transcript and video of Nikiko reading “You are Welcome Here” poem at Rural Women Everywhere

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Nikiko Masumoto

Oct. 28

Knowing Your Worth with Norma Flores Lopez and Gladys Godinez

This episode of Everywhere Radio features a conversation between Gladys Godinez and Norma Flores López, Chief Programs Officer for Justice for Migrant Women. From working in the fields at the age of 12 to advocating for Immigrants, Latine/x/os and migrant farmworkers in Washington D.C. today, Norma’s story inspires. This episode, which first aired during Rural Women Everywhere, is brought to you by the Rural Assembly, Justice for Migrant Women, and United by Culture Media. Godinez recorded this interview for both Everywhere Radio and her own podcast, Courageous Mujer.

MORE: Episode transcript and video recording

Gladys Godinez recorded this interview for both Everywhere Radio and her own podcast, Courageous Mujer, during Rural Women Everywhere, a two-day virtual event held by The Rural Assembly.

Oct. 14

Meagan Kaiser: Bringing Broadband Internet to the Fields

Bringing high-speed internet to rural America isn’t just about Zoom meetings and remote work. Reliable access can also make or break a farming operation. Just ask Meagan Kaiser of Kaiser Family Farms in Carrolton, Missouri. Meagan farms corn and soybeans along with her husband Marc, and she’s also a soil scientist and chief operating officer at Perry Agricultural Laboratory, Inc. She recently contributed to a comprehensive report that tells the story of broadband as an indispensable tool for farmers and the communities they serve. The report was produced by the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society and the United Soybean Board, where Kaiser is a member of the executive committee. This week on Everywhere Radio, Whitney talks to Meagan to learn about her journey into farming and soil science, and to find out what it’s like chatting with Vice President Kamala Harris.

MORE: Episode transcript

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Meagan Kaiser

Sept. 30

Aallyah Wright

On this episode, Whitney talks with journalist Aallyah Wright about her journey to journalism, reporting on issues of labor, race, and equity in her native  Mississippi.  Wright reports on rural affairs and leads race and equity coverage for Stateline. Previously, Aallyah worked for Mississippi Today, a digital nonprofit newsroom covering K-12 education and government in the Mississippi Delta—her home region. As a member of the Delta Bureau, she investigated Mississippi’s teacher shortage, finding it was six times worse than in 1998 when the Mississippi legislature passed a bill to alleviate the crisis. She is a 2020 Mississippi Humanities Council Preserver of Mississippi Culture Award Recipient, 2019 StoryWorks Theater Fellow, and 2018 Educating Children in Mississippi Fellow at the Hechinger Report. Wright graduated from Delta State University with a bachelor’s in journalism and minors in communication and theater.                   

MORE: Episode transcript

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Aallyah Wright

Sept. 16, 2021

Sandy Pope

On this episode of Everywhere Radio, Whitney talks with labor veteran Sandy Pope.
Today, Pope is the Bargaining Director for the Office of Professional Employees International Union or OPEIU, an organization that represents more than 110,000 employees nationwide. With more than three decades of union organizing experience, Pope is perhaps best known for her 2010 campaign for general president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, when she ran against a three-term incumbent, who happened to be the son of Jimmy Hoffa. Whitney and Sandy talk about what the future holds for rural workers — whether they’re working in meatpacking, trucking, or manufacturing — as well as the communities that rely upon them.

MORE: Episode transcript

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Sandy Pope

Sept. 2, 2021

Jan and Sarah Pytalski

This week on Everywhere Radio, Whitney talks with Sarah and Jan Pytalski, the show’s first rural husband and wife team. Sarah is a senior associate at the global communications firm Burness, where she supports rural health equity work. And Jan is an associate editor at the Daily Yonder, and a colleague of Whitney’s at the Center for Rural Strategies, which publishes the Yonder and produces this podcast. The three talk about building a rural life,  honoring connections between people and the land, and much more.

MORE: Episode transcript

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Sarah and Jan Pytalski

August 19, 2021

Jazzmine Brooks

This week, guest host Adilia Watson talks with Jazzmine Brooks,  founder, owner, and full-spectrum doula of Jai Olive Wellness in Iowa. Known as the “Rural Black Doula”, Brooks talks with us about advocating for patients, how she became a doula, and mental health. 

MORE: Episode transcript

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Jazzmine Brooks

August 5, 2021

Nelson Brooke

This week, guest host Adilia Watson talks with Nelson Brooke, a Riverkeeper from rural Alabama. In that role, Nelson investigates pollution on the Black Warrior River and takes pictures of illegal polluting activity. His work was recognized by the Alabama River Alliance when they named him the 2010 Alabama River Hero. Don’t miss this episode of Everywhere Radio, as we learn about the impressive biodiversity of rural Alabama and the importance of protecting our natural resources.

MORE: Episode transcript

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Nelson Brooke on the Black Warrior River where he is a River Keeper fighting to keep the watershed healthy and clean.

July 22, 2021

LB Prevette and Michael Cooper

Whitney talks with LB Prevette and Michael Cooper, who are both part of a growing movement of rural homecomers, younger people who are returning to their rural roots and hometowns to build a life and committing to making their communities more inclusive, vibrant places to live.

MORE: Episode transcript  

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Michael Cooper

July 8, 2021

Stephen Gong

Whitney talks with Stephen Gong, Executive Director of the Center for Asian American Media, about making visible the experiences and contributions of Asian Americans in our rural communities. Gong has been associated with CAAM since its founding in 1980, and has served as Executive Director since 2006. 

MORE: Episode transcript  

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Stephen Gong

June 24, 2021

Hahrie Han

This week on Everywhere Radio: Host Whitney Kimball Coe talks with political scientist and author Hahrie Han about democracy in a changing nation and what the rural “agora” means in the 21st century. As a professor and faculty director at Johns Hopkins University, Han studies civic and political participation, social movements, collective action, and organizing, particularly as it pertains to democratic revitalization.

Han is faculty director of the P3 Research Lab at Johns Hopkins University and is also the inaugural director of the SNF Agora Institute, an academic and public forum focused on strengthening democracy across the world. She specializes in the study of organizing movements, civic engagement, and democracy, and her newest book debuts in July: “Prisons of the People: Power and Organizing in 21st Century America.” She’s also working on her fifth book, about race and faith in America with a particular focus on evangelical megachurches.  

MORE: Episode Transcript 

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Hahrie Han

June 10, 2021

Rev. Claire Brown

This week on Everywhere Radio: Host Whitney Kimball Coe talks with Rev. Claire Brown. Brown is an Episcopal priest, writer, facilitator, wife, and mama living and ministering in rural Tennessee. She talks with Whitney about how rural churches and faith communities are called to show up on the front lines of social healing work in this moment: facing the challenges of the pandemic, responding to calls for social and racial justice, and grappling with how we build more just and inclusive communities.

 

MORE: Get the episode transcript

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Rev. Claire Brown

May 27, 2021

Jeff Eastman

This week on Everywhere Radio: Host Whitney Kimball Coe checks in with her neighbor Jeff Eastman, who is also CEO of the nonprofit Remote Area Medical (RAM). Whitney and Jeff discuss RAM’s efforts to provide Covid-19 vaccines at its pop-up clinics, and how to overcome vaccine hesitancy in rural areas. 

At RAM, Eastman works to deliver free dental, vision and medical services to uninsured people and communities across the country.

MORE: Get the episode transcript

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Jeff Eastman

May 13, 2021

Krista Tippett

This week on Everywhere Radio: Whitney Kimball Coe welcomes Krista Tippett, founder and CEO, The On Being Project and  host of On Being. Whitney and Krista discuss the pandemic, the fallacy of blue and red states, developing a moral imagination and creating the creating the conversations you want to be hearing.

Tippett is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster, a National Humanities Medalist, and a New York Times bestselling author. She grew up in a small town in Oklahoma, attended Brown University, and became a journalist and diplomat in Cold War Berlin before launching On Being in 2003. She is currently at work on a new book about moral imagination and the human challenges and promise of this young century.

MORE: Get the episode transcript and mentions from the episode

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Krista Tippett

April 29, 2021

Eliza Blue: The Accidental Rancher

This week on Everywhere Radio, Whitney talks with Eliza Blue, a shepherd, writer, and folk singer who lives on a ranch in South Dakota with her husband and two children. The ranch has been in her husband’s family for five generations, but Eliza took a more circuitous route to South Dakota. She is a contributing columnist to our media partner, The Daily Yonder, and calls herself the accidental rancher. Whitney and Eliza talk about the gift of the outsider status and how a sabbatical from city life turned into a life on the prairie.

MORE: Get the episode transcript, hear Eliza and her band, read her Daily Yonder columns, and see a glimpse into her life on the prairie. 

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Eliza Blue

April 15, 2021

Deb and James Fallows

You’ll find the award-winning writing of Deb and James Fallows in publications across the web, from The Atlantic to National Geographic and more. Together, they are the authors of the bestselling book, “Our Towns: A 100,000 Mile Journey Into the Heart of America,” now a documentary film on HBO. This week, Deb and James talk with Whitney about showing up and finding hope while telling the complex stories of America’s small towns.

Read more about the episode, and access a transcript.

Deb and James Fallows

April 1, 2021

Harry Gottlieb and Kiran Singh Sirah

This special episode of Everywhere Radio features two contributors to the upcoming Rural Assembly Everywhere virtual event: Kiran Singh Sirah and Harry Gottlieb. Kiran Singh Sirah, president of the International Storytelling Center, and Whitney Kimball Coe talk about the healing power of storytelling, perfecting the practice of the “porch sit,” and Saint Dolly. Harry Gottlieb, founder of JackBox Games and a new organization called Unify America, talks with Whitney about what he believes it will take to move us from a country of politics to a country of problem-solvers.. Read more about the episode and check out the transcript of the podcast.

Harry Gottlieb will lead a breakout session on unity and bridge-building on April 21 5 p.m. ET. Kiran Singh Sirah will deliver a keynote on April 21 at 2 p.m. ET. Register at ruralassembly.org/everywhere.

March 17, 2021

Gladys Godinez

How did planning for a potential ICE raid lead to a festival to celebrate immigrant communities in rural Nebraska? Hear this and other stories about living as an immigrant in rural America as community organizer Gladys Godinez and host Whitney Kimball Coe discuss the importance of inclusion, welcoming, and being seen. Read more about Godinez and check out the transcript of the podcast.

March 4, 2021

Wendy Feliz

For the inaugural episode of Everywhere Radio, Whitney interviews Wendy Feliz, the Founding Director of the Center for Inclusion and Belonging at the American Immigration Council. Whitney and Wendy talk about building common purpose between new immigrant communities and long-time rural residents, the prospects for progress on national immigration policy, the importance of welcoming and inclusion, and much more.

Wendy Feliz on Rural Assembly Everywhere podcast

About the Host

Whitney Kimball Coe is the director of National Programs at the Center for Rural Strategies. In that role, she leads the Rural Assembly, a nationwide movement striving to build better policy and more opportunity for rural communities across the country. 

As an organizer, speaker, moderator, and writer, Whitney has shared her perspectives on community and civic courage with audiences around the world. She has been featured on stage at the Aspen Ideas Festival and the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit, and as a guest on the radio program On Being with Krista Tippett.

She writes a regular column for her local newspaper, the Daily Post Athenian, and has participated in Citizen University’s Civic Saturday Fellowship program. She holds a M.A. in Appalachian studies from Appalachian State University and an undergraduate degree in religion and philosophy from Queens University. She lives in her hometown of Athens, Tennessee with her husband Matt, and daughters, Lucy and Susannah.

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