Rotary Voices Podcast

Rotary Voices Podcast

The official podcast of Rotary magazine, with stories from the magazine and Rotary Voices blog. Learn more about Rotary International, and how to participate in Rotary clubs at


May 26, 2023 18 mins

Last fall, Chris Kolenda set out on his Fallen Hero Honor Ride, covering 1,700 miles on his bicycle to visit the gravesites of the six paratroopers who died under his command in combat in Afghanistan: Jacob Lowell, Chris Pfeifer, Ryan Fritsche, Adrian Hike, David Boris, and Tom Bostick. At the gravesites, Kolenda, a member of the Rotary Club of Milwaukee, met with the men's family and friends to salute them and celebrate everyt...

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Food does more than fuel our bodies; it can nourish our souls and give us a glimpse into other cultures. In this episode of Rotary magazine⁠'s podcast, veteran food reporter Monica Eng and Rotary senior writer Diana Schoberg speak with renowned chef Rick Bayless about his community projects and the ways food can create connections.

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April 17, 2023 19 mins

The 2016 film The Secret Marathon tells the story of the perseverance of female runners in Afghanistan, a country where women regularly face discrimination and violence. In this episode of ⁠Rotary magazine⁠'s podcast, veteran journalist Linda Yu speaks with one of the filmmakers, Martin Parnell. Parnell is a member of the Rotary Club of Cochrane, Canada; a world-class endurance athlete; and an author.

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March 20, 2023 37 mins

March is Women's History Month, a time to celebrate and reflect on the contributions women have made to society. In this episode of Rotary magazine's podcast, we speak with two influential women: U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran, the first woman with a disability elected to Congress, and a former manager at Rotary; and Rotary International President Jennifer Jones, the first woman to hold that office and the f...

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March 2, 2023 33 mins

Last fall, as the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine approached, Rotary magazine’s Wen Huang traveled to Europe to see this humanitarian crisis firsthand. In  Lviv, he witnesses the resilience of the Ukrainian people and the wide reach of Rotary’s global network. This story, which appeared in the March 2023 issue, is narrated by Andy Choi.

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February 7, 2023 42 mins

As the war in Ukraine reaches the one-year mark, Russia’s continued attacks have caused death and devastation, and created millions of refugees. In this special episode of Rotary magazine's podcast, we speak with Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko, a Ukrainian American who has lived in Ukraine and Russia; award-winning Ukrainian writer Andrey Kurkov, who spent most of the past year in Ukraine, documenting the resilie...

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January 30, 2023 18 mins

Well before the COVID-19 pandemic, a University of Chicago professor already was studying loneliness, which he considered a hidden epidemic. His lifework can teach us about overcoming isolation. This audio version of an essay by Wen Huang in the January 2023 issue of Rotary magazine is narrated by award-winning broadcast journalist Linda Yu. (Illustration by Hanna Barczyk)

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January 5, 2023 16 mins

Exacerbated by COVID-19 pandemic seclusion, loneliness has become a global public health crisis, but Rotary clubs, experts, and governments are tackling it with meaningful interactions. This audio version of a story by Dave King in the January 2023 issue of Rotary magazine is narrated by award-winning broadcast journalist Linda Yu.

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December 15, 2022 33 mins

The recipient of Rotary's first $2 million Programs of Scale grant, Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia, is working to eliminate the disease, including training 2,500 community health workers. In Rotary magazine's latest podcast, we check in with Rotarians Martha Lungu and Eric Liswaniso, who are working in their communities to combat malaria. We also explore the science behind malaria with Abigail Pratt, a senior program officer at...

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December 1, 2022 17 mins

Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia, the recipient of Rotary’s first Programs of Scale award, is confronting a worldwide malady at the local level by working to train and equip 2,500 community health workers in Zambia’s Central and Muchinga provinces. This audio version of a story by Diana Schoberg in the December 2022 issue of Rotary magazine is narrated by award-winning broadcast journalist Linda Yu.

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November 11, 2022 44 mins

Trauma, whether from the horrors of war or the loss of a loved one, can feel insurmountable to those experiencing it. In this episode, our podcast team explores stories of hard-won recovery — and even growth.  We talk with Zach Skiles, a veteran of the Iraq war who became homeless, began to heal at a veteran’s facility with support from Rotary members, and is now a clinical psychologist at the Portland, Oregon VA Medical Cente...

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November 3, 2022 22 mins

An Iraq veteran works through his trauma — and adopts a mission to help others, in this audio version of a story in the November 2022 issue of Rotary magazine. Story by Kate Silver. Narrated by award-winning broadcast journalist Linda Yu. 

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October 19, 2022 39 mins

The poliovirus is detected in New York and London. A new polio vaccine offers hope to prevent variant polio outbreaks. In advance of World Polio Day, 24 October, our podcast team sits down for a chat with Carol Pandak, director of PolioPlus for Rotary International, Dr. Ananda Bandyopadhyay, deputy director of the polio team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Jason Keyser, managing editor of Rotary magazine, to discuss...

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September 29, 2022 15 mins

Rotary Magazine Presents: A modified polio vaccine, nOPV2, is offering new hope in the fight to eradicate polio. Broadcast Journalist Linda Yu narrates this story from the Rotary magazine, written by Managing Editor Jason Keyser. 

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August 23, 2022 12 mins

With his play, Visions, Rotary member Lo Bue has turned his addiction into art and provided new roles for former addicts. Story by Steve Almond. Narrated by award-winning broadcast journalist Linda Yu.

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August 23, 2022 14 mins

Alongside Rotary and the nonprofit DigDeep, the Navajo are bringing a vital commodity to their ancestral homeland. Story by Geoffrey Johnson. Narrated by award-winning broadcast journalist Linda Yu.

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Australia is made up of hundreds of different Indigenous nation groups; each with their own culture, customs, language, and laws. The Adelaide City Rotaract Club, based on Kaurna land on the Adelaide Plaines, is among the first within Rotary to have developed a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), endorsed by the not-for-profit organisation Reconciliation Australia. Katey Halliday, a member of Rotary International’s Diversity, Equity,...

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July 22, 2022 19 mins

Genshitsu Sen is former grand master of the Urasenke tea tradition and a member of the Rotary Club of Kyoto, Japan. Sen's father introduced him to Rotary in 1954. "Rotary's values fit perfectly with the tenets of our Urasenke chadō tradition, such as Wa (harmony), Kei (respect), Sei (purity), and Jaku (tranquility)." Upon the death of his father in 1964, Sen acceded to the position of Urasenke grand master, representing the 15th ge...

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June 28, 2022 18 mins

Jennifer Jones, Rotary International’s 2022-23 president and the first female president, is the perfect leader to spread the word about the good Rotary does in the world, and inspire its members to keep going. This profile by Diana Schoberg appears in the July issue of Rotary magazine, and is narrated for Rotary by former broadcast journalist Linda Yu. 

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June 1, 2022 23 mins

Music, it turns out, is medicine for the mind. In this story for the May 2022 issue of Rotary magazine, Kate Silver explores the good things music does for the aging brain and some Rotarians who have been using it to help others. Narrated by award-winning broadcast journalist Linda Yu.

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