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


February 19, 2024 41 mins

February 24, 2024 marks the two-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Russia still occupies 18 percent of the country. In light of this anniversary, we’re bringing back an episode from this time last year where we analyzed the situation in Ukraine, explored the prospect of peace, and discussed the importance of civil society in Ukraine’s postwar rebuilding.

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“The more people that are prepared to deal with an event, the safer everybody is going to be.” Elizabeth Hewitt shares alarming statistics on opioid addiction and the stories behind the numbers as Rotary members join the race to save lives. This audio version of a story in the January 2024 issue of Rotary magazine is narrated by Scott Thomas.

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Since joining Rotary in 1991, President-elect Stephanie Urchick has served the organization in many roles, including as a director, Foundation trustee, and chair of the RI Strategic Planning Committee and the Foundation’s Centennial Celebration Committee. She is a Rotary Foundation Major Donor and a member of the Bequest Society. In this town-hall-style Q&A, Urchick answers questions from Rotary’s incoming class of leaders.

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December 21, 2023 35 mins

There has long been suspicion that Santa Claus is a Rotarian. Believe it or not, Rotary magazine has tried to track down Santa for some time! In this special holiday episode, we finally pull it off. Bruce Templeton and Raimo Laitinen are Santa’s helpers. Templeton lives in Canada, and Laitinen lives in Finland. Although they help Santa connect with children in different ways, their mission is the same: make sure every child is care...

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December 10, 2023 16 mins

“’To the people, food is heaven,’ says an ancient Chinese adage. If there is a food heaven on Earth, I’m convinced that I have found a colorful slice of it in Singapore.” Rotary editor Wen Huang navigates the diverse culinary offerings of Singapore ahead of the 2024 Rotary International Convention. This audio version of a story by Wen Huang in the November 2023 issue of Rotary magazine is narrated by Linda Yu.

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November 27, 2023 30 mins

For Derrick Kinney, money is not a stressor, but a tool to help others. He believes that by seeing money as empowering, you can motivate yourself to make even more money, encourage your colleagues, and bring in more business. But it all starts with reconstructing your mindset. Derrick Kinney is a financial coach, frequent Rotary magazine contributor, and author of Good Money Revolution: How to Make More Money to Do More Good.

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November 16, 2023 19 mins

“This expanded wastewater surveillance network around the globe has a vast potential for the future.” Rotary senior staff writer Diana Schoberg explains how the evolution of the GPEI’s surveillance system during the COVID-19 pandemic can bring us closer to polio eradication. Looking ahead, the new infrastructure can also be used for surveillance of other viral illnesses. This audio version of a story in the October 2023 issue of Ro...

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October 24, 2023 41 mins

Wild poliovirus is circulating in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Last year, the variant poliovirus was detected in a few previously polio-free places – a stark reminder that if polio exists anywhere, it’s a threat everywhere. To get an idea of the recent progress made – and challenges met – the Rotary magazine team sat down with Aidan O’Leary of the World Health Organization, Melissa Corkum of UNICEF, and Dr. Omotayo Bolu of the U.S. Ce...

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October 7, 2023 32 mins

Four years ago, Iowa Rotarian Peter Teahen was enchanted by the idea of flying around the world. He called upon Rotarian John Ockenfels to join him. Together, they planned their expedition and tied it to an apt cause: polio eradication. In this episode of Rotary magazine’s podcast, Peter and John recount their journey circumnavigating the globe to raise money and awareness in the fight against polio.

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September 15, 2023 16 mins

“You think you know Singapore? Think again.” Rotary editor Wen Huang explores an always-changing Singapore ahead of the 2024 Rotary International Convention. He steeps himself in the culture and natural beauty of the garden city through its food, architecture, and people. This audio version of a story in the September 2023 issue of Rotary magazine is narrated by Linda Yu.

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September 1, 2023 35 mins

Community organizations like Rotary provide the perfect opportunity to help others and better ourselves. But in an era of overwhelming responsibility and constant distraction, what prompts people to join community-based membership organizations? In this episode of Rotary magazine’s podcast, we sit down with U.S. Rep. French Hill, Rotary One president Aleta Williams, and Louie De Real, a young Rotary member in the Philippines.

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July 18, 2023 35 mins

As scientists rush to develop powerful and meaningful new treatments for Alzheimer's disease, which affects millions of people globally, a group of Rotary members in the U.S. are using a unique method to raise funds for cutting edge research. In this episode of Rotary magazine⁠'s podcast, we talk with Rotarian Rod Funderburk, who heads the Coins for Alzheimer's Research Trust Fund, and Dr. James Lah, a leading expert o...

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July 3, 2023 19 mins

Gordon McInally, the 2023-24 Rotary International president, has been on a lifelong journey of helping and caring for others, one that took root during his youth in Scotland. He begins his term with a hope-filled agenda, and a special focus on mental health. This audio version of a story by Dave King in the July 2023 issue of Rotary magazine⁠ is narrated by Heather McInally.

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Ivo Daalder, president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and John Hewko, CEO of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation spoke at a live event recently about the current situation in Ukraine, the war's long-term impact on global security and prosperity, strategies for peace, and the role of nongovernmental organizations in humanitarian relief and postwar reconstruction.

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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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May 15, 2023 28 mins

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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