Seneca's 100 Women to Hear

Seneca's 100 Women to Hear

What if you could learn from 100 of the world’s most inspiring women? Introducing “Seneca’s 100 Women to Hear” a podcast brought to you by the Seneca Women’s Podcast Network and iHeart Radio in partnership with P&G. Over the course of 100 episodes you’ll hear from women who broke barriers, changed history and are building bridges across political divides. You’ll get insight into not just what they accomplished but how they think about the world. These are Seneca’s 100 women to hear. Listen, learn and get inspired!

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May 19, 2022 28 min

The author of the best-selling memoir, Lessons from the Edge, Marie Yovanovitch has a unique perspective on the war in Ukraine. She tells why Ukrainians will fight on, why women are so valuable as diplomats—and why she is optimistic about the future.

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Glaciers are our “global library,” says glaciologist Dr. M Jackson. They tell us about earth’s past and future. Learn the secrets of glaciers from this geographer and Arctic expert for the National Geographic Society.

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Anna Jarvis, the founder of Mother’s Day, never had children of her own. We revisit this conversation with  Dr. Katharine Antolini, history professor at West Virginia Wesleyan College, who tells us that Jarvis was a tireless campaigner for the  movement to honor mothers—and a fierce defender of her personal vision for the day.

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April 28, 2022 30 min

We can save the planet, says Katharine Hayhoe—and she tells us exactly how to do that. Earth Month is a great time to revisit this conversation with the chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy and professor at Texas Tech.

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Everyone benefits when science includes diverse people and perspectives; that's why Dr. Barabino is determined to make the field more inclusive. She leads the AAAS, which works for global good as the world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific society. 

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Whales, dolphins, squid and a myriad of ocean creatures have so much to tell us about life on this planet and environmental change. Kelly Benoit-Bird, marine biologist and Science Chair for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, uses acoustics to uncover their secrets.

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Collected by institutions from MOMA to the Guggenheim and by museums in Boston, Chicago, Tokyo and more, her vibrant work focuses on Black women and perceptions of beauty--but it's really about changing the way we see. 

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At 17, Christine Ye is already making contributions to our understanding of the universe. The Washington State high school student took home the $250,000 first prize in the Regeneron Science Talent Search for her work on gravitational waves, neutron stars and black holes.

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The first woman appointed US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, who died Wednesday, March 23, was a vibrant advocate on the world stage for US interests and for human rights. We revisit this episode, a conversation between Secretary Albright and Ambassador Melanne Verveer that took place during the Seneca Women Forum at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

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Famous for her wit and inventiveness, she’s written and illustrated dozens of books for both adults and children, won countless awards, collaborated with stars like David Byrne, and made people laugh with her landmark cover for The New Yorker magazine.

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Archaeology “makes history vocal, and it gives voice to people who otherwise have been silenced,” says archaeologist Dr. Alexandra Jones, who focuses her work on historic Black communities in America. She is founder of the nonprofit Archaeology in the Community which shows young people how exciting archaeology can be.

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At this troubled time, Ambassador Markarova stands out as a strong voice for her country. She reveals why the people of Ukraine will always fight for their independence, and for freedom and democracy.

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Everyone knows iconic names like Sojourner Truth and Rosa Parks, but Dr. Kali Nicole Gross, a historian at Emory University and author, says there are other groundbreakers we should remember, too, like Isabel de Olvera, Frances Thompson and Alice Coachman. 

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February 17, 2022 39 min

Hers was a voice you hear once in 100 years, said Arturo Toscanini. Marian Anderson will always be known for her 1939 concert in front of the Lincoln Memorial, but she should also be remembered for her decades-long fight against racism. Rita Coburn, director of a new documentary about Anderson, gives fresh perspective on her amazing life. 

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February 10, 2022 35 min

The first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, Toni Morrison brought eloquence, complexity and fresh insight to novels about the lives of Black Americans, especially women. Dr. Marilyn Mobley, former president of the Toni Morrison Society and Professor Emerita of English and African American Studies at Case Western Reserve University, tells why Morrison’s work has such profound impact.

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Among the giants of American history, Sojourner Truth stands out. After escaping enslavement, she drew huge crowds as a speaker advocating on behalf of abolition and women’s rights. In honor of Black History Month, we revisit this interview with historian Dr. Daina Ramey Berry.

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January 27, 2022 32 min

Video games can offer us beauty, inspiration and meaning, says Tracy Fullerton, creator of hit games like Walden and The Night Journey and head of the USC Game Innovation Lab. 

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An astronomy professor at the University of Arizona, Dr. Rieke is also a key scientist on the just-launched James Webb Telescope, the most powerful space telescope ever built. Dr. Rieke reveals how the Webb could unlock long-held secrets of the universe.

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January 13, 2022 25 min

The award-winning architect, who leads Studio Gang architecture and urban design firm, creates amazing buildings that keep the needs of people and the environment in mind. Among her current projects: a new global terminal for Chicago’s O’Hare airport.

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She's been called the Toxic Avenger and Queen of Slag for her designs that remake toxic waste dumps and polluted industrial sites, transforming them into company headquarters and community centers. For her work, Bargmann was recently awarded the very first Oberlander prize, created to bring greater recognition to landscape architecture. 

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