Everywhere Radio, hosted by Whitney Kimball Coe, features rural leaders and allies spotlighting the good, scrappy, joyful ways rural people are building a more inclusive nation. Everywhere Radio is a production of the the Rural Assembly


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.


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Rev_Claire Brown
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.

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Jeff Eastman
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.

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Krista Tippett
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. 

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.

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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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