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In Great.com Talks With... we aim to break down the world’s most pressing problems in a way that is interesting, exciting, and easy to understand. Our podcast hosts, Emil Ekvardt and Spirit Rosenberg, talk with organizations and experts dedicated to doing good in the world. Together, they shed light on some incredible work being done globally.

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December 6, 2021 21 min

A staggering 1 in 7 Americans rely on food pantries and meal programs. The coronavirus pandemic has only made matters worse, hitting poorer communities hardest as it ravages the hospitality job market.

 

Food Finders is tackling hunger in Southern California, providing vital food assistance to anyone struggling to make ends meet by salvaging food that would otherwise go to waste.

 

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A terrifying half of all the world’s plants are at severe risk of disappearing. The primary cause is shifting weather patterns brought about by global climate change.

 

Native Plant Trust promotes the conservation of New England’s plantlife while educating about the importance of biodiversity.

 

Find out how you can help protect native flora and preserve fragile ecosystems for future generations.

 

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Approximately 3 billion people cook their food over open fires. Not only is fueling an open fire a drain on time and resources, but the smoke and ash can have a lasting impact on respiratory health.

 

Solar Cookers International champions thermal cooking that relies solely on the sun’s heat.

 

Find out about the environmental, health and financial benefits that come from helping communities around the world make the switch. 

 

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More than seventy thousand people a year are diagnosed with kidney cancer in the USA. Fortunately, survival rates are high among those diagnosed early.

 

The Kidney Cancer Association was founded in 1990 and promotes scientific advances in kidney cancer research through grants, advocacy and education. 

 

Find out how you can help contribute to research on groundbreaking treatments and patient care.

 

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We all deserve connections that matter. But for the one New Jersey child in thirty-two who is diagnosed with autism, communication can sometimes be a difficult challenge.

 

POAC Autism Services aims to improve the quality of life of autistic people in New Jersey.

 

Find out how investing in training and recreational enrichment can uplift children with autism, their families and the whole community. 

 

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Many factors shape our odds of success. Some come into play almost from the moment we are born. When a child is encouraged to engage with books from a very young age, their chance of success in later life skyrockets. 

 

Reach Out And Read GNY provides children and parents or carers with books during pediatric care.

 

Find out how you can help level the educational playing field for disadvantaged children.

 

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There are a shocking 40 to 45 million slaves in the world today. That equates to around 1 in 200 people living on our planet. And it’s a problem that affects every country in the world, even the most developed.

 

Love Justice International intercepts and prevents human trafficking. They have so far stopped 24 thousand instances.

 

Find out how you can help ensure vulnerable communities don’t fall victim to traffickers.

 

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A huge proportion of the food that sustains the world is produced by smallholder farmers - independent, often family-run operations. These smallholders feed over 2 billion people.

 

Heifer International is helping farmers in 21 countries produce food sustainably to help end global hunger and poverty.

 

Find out how you can help galvanize farming communities and support long-term economic growth across the developing world. 

 

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Many of us see the big city as an alienating place, where busy people rush past each other, never stopping to catch their breath and appreciate their surroundings.

 

The Project For Public Spaces is reimagining the way we interact with our towns and cities, focusing on community, health and wellbeing.

 

Find out how enhancing public spaces could improve the health and prosperity of a district near you.

 

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September 21, 2021 22 min

Many of us are aware of the potential health benefits of a plant-based diet. But fewer people know that there are several proven ways of testing new medical treatments that don’t involve animals. 

 

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) promotes the ethical treatment of animals as well as plant-based diet plans to help tackle health epidemics.

 

Find out how you could benefit from going vegan.

 

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September 21, 2021 20 min

If your child were diagnosed with a serious illness, the last thing you’d want to think about is the logistics of caring for them. Family House provides a broad range of services to ease the burden on families whose child has a life-threatening condition such as cancer.

 

Find out how providing accommodation next to a world class hospital can make the world of difference to underprivileged families.

 

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The UN targets an AIDS-free world by 2030. To get there, we need to step up education, testing and treatment throughout the world.

 

Nebraska Aids Project fights to overcome the stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS through education, supportive services and advocacy. 

Find out how your donation can help make HIV an epidemic of the past by funding awareness and treatment programmes.

 

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Large corporations spend millions of dollars every year fighting legal battles that can gain them a competitive edge. But the interests of their legal teams are often at odds with increasingly environmentally conscious local communities.

 

Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) levels the playing field by presenting legal and scientific challenges against environmentally unsound projects.

 

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September 15, 2021 23 min

One in fourteen children in the USA will experience bereavement before the age of eighteen. It’s important that these kids receive compassion and empathy, as the loss of a parent or carer can greatly affect their development.

 

Judi’s House in Denver, Colorado serves children and families who are grieving a loss.

 

Find out how your donation can help children build resilience and develop healthily.

 

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September 13, 2021 21 min

In Haiti, well over half of the population works in the agricultural sector. Sadly, many aspirational and enterprising rural communities struggle to source the supplies and training required to farm sustainably.

 

The Lambi Fund champions the social and economic empowerment of rural Haitians by funding grassroots community-led movements.

 

Find out how you can help the development of a more inclusive, harmonious and affluent Haiti.

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A staggering 1 in 7 Americans rely on food pantries and meal programs. The coronavirus pandemic has only made matters worse, hitting poorer communities hardest as it ravages the hospitality job market.

Redwood Empire Food Bank is tackling hunger in several counties of Northern California, providing vital food assistance to anyone struggling to make ends meet.

Find out how you can get involved with a food bank near you.

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August 1, 2021 31 min

Humanity is thriving. In the last 5 decades, we have seen a rise in the global population by nearly 5 billion. On the other hand, the natural state of the planet is in a decline. Our ways and means of living are severely harming the earth, and a more sustainable model of habiting the planet is needed. 

Rare is an organization that champions sustainable living and conservation, while empowering the communities who live in areas that...

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Without a doubt, Diabetes is one of the biggest health problems in the world. It affects 1 out of 10 people in the US, caused by a myriad of reasons and is currently incurable. 

Diabetes Research Institute Foundation seeks to end the diabetes pandemic by researching for a cure.  

Find out how you can help end one of the most prevalent diseases in the world. 

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Caring for a sick child is a very challenging part of life that some parents go through. Oftentimes, specialized care is needed far away from home for certain illnesses, which is a challenge for both child and parent. 

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) offers temporary housing for parents and provides meaningful, compassionate care for families and children. 

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All over the world, there are plenty of human rights violations that go unnoticed. Dictatorial regimes, violence and unjust incarceration are among some of these flagrant offenses to human rights. 

Human Rights First is an organization that fights against these injustices to human rights for more than three decades now.  

Find out how you can support the fight for freedom of our fellow men all over the world.  

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