The Story with Charu

The Story with Charu

What are the stories we are told and what are the stories we believe? In most newsrooms across the world there is a morning meeting where reporters discuss the most important stories of the day and which ones to put resources into covering. We live in a time where information comes at us fast. It’s hard to take a breath or know what to trust. Knowledge is power, and when you know better you do better. I want to explore the questions we need to be asking, the stories we need to hear and what exactly is the truth.... Show More

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February 25, 2021 43 min

Dara King, who is Black,  grew up in an all consuming white experience. 

Her family became active in an evangelical white church when she was a child.  She attended several times a week, even going to the church school.  Hearing racist interpretations of the Bible and cruel things from other members started to wear thin on King, who (even at a young age) was Black and proud.

In this interview - she talks about the last 4 years in Am...

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February 18, 2021 31 min

Patsy Keever is a school teacher turned political servant.  She was a county commissioner and state legislator in North Carolina for years.

In 2010 Keever ran for Congress.  That year North Carolina’s political districts were so out of whack, her district was redrawn and gerrymandered to the point that she couldn’t vote for herself (even though she had lived in that district for decades).

 In 2019 a 3 judge panel would rule that the...

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Tom Johnson has had an interesting career.  Starting out at a local newspaper in Macon, Georgia to working for President Lyndon B. Johnson to heading up CNN in its early years. (Full bio below)

In this interview - writer Charu Kumarhia talks to Johnson about his career, his thoughts on politics and journalism today - and why everyone should have a dog.  Tom Johnson is also candid about his struggles with depression.

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As a young child, MacLeod would experience premonitions then be stunned that they would come true.  He says he would also see spirits.  Later, after years of being an atheist and non believer (and after a rather in your face encounter with a deceased relative at a Borders bookstore)  he embraced his talent for communicating with “spirit guides”.

MacLeod embraces the concept of reincarnation - the idea that your soul is born and born...

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January 28, 2021 49 min

Brittany Kelly’s family has been part of the Rock Hill, South Carolina community for generations - the good and bad parts of its past.

Rock Hill is the small southern town were civil rights icon and former Georgia congressman John Lewis was beaten and bloodied by members of the KKK.

Kelly returned to her hometown and married another local.  In 2018 they opened The Mercantile, a local retailer that sells all sorts of cute goodies - an...

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In this episode writer, speaker and preformer Hannah Hasan talks about how the last part of 2020 is still affecting most of us and how we all go forward from here, especially since we may not be able to find common ground. 

Hasan feels one of the most actionable things we can do is find joy in everyday activities and in small random acts that bring joy to others we love.

You can find out more about her here:

https://www.facebook.com/...

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Kelly Rowe was a comic booking emcee and hosting gigs across the country when she met and married the love of her life, Terran Walker.  Then they received the news of his cancer diagnosis.  

The next several years she dropped out of an extroverted life to help him manage until his death in March of 2019.  Rowe who never believed much in spirtual things says she started receiving signs through the process that haven’t stopped.  She t...

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Journalist Charu Kumarhia talks about how the lofty goals many of us set at the beginning of each new year might be kept more in check at the start of 2021.

For great mental health care tips Kumarhia recommends:
https://www.nedratawwab.com/
https://www.instagram.com/dr.marielbuque/?hl=en
https://www.instagram.com/southasiantherapists/?hl=en
https://www.sylvestermcnutt.net/

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Season 5 of The Story with Charu podcast wraps up with the host’s thoughts on the oddest year in most people’s lives.

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December 10, 2020 29 min

Journalist Charu Kumarhia talks to Tammy Gibson who works to fund her travel passion.  She uses those travels to educate those who follow her about Black and African culture.

Find out more about Sankofa TravelHer here:
Tammy Gibson, Entrepreneur, Travel Historian & Author
Purchase my book:  https://www.sankofatravelher.com/book-honoring-the-legacy



Sankofa TravelHer

Black History Traveler & Blogger

"Black History Is More Than ...

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December 3, 2020 41 min

Archna Malhotra Becker grew a passion for home cooked, authentic Indian meals into a family business, and then a personal business.

Her restaurant Bhojanic is wildly popular in the Atlanta area - and has grown to include cooking classes, a food truck and other avenues.  

Find more about the chef here:
https://www.bhojanic.com/

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November 20, 2020 34 min

Filmmaker, documentarian and friend Frederick Murphy and Charu Kumarhia talked about the killing  of George Floyd - here is that conversation.


More information about Murphy’s project- History Before Us can be found here:
https://www.historybeforeus.com/

At History Before Us, we understand the importance of history to our collective humanity and we are committed to collecting and preserving it. We are born from many years of family res...

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November 19, 2020 36 min

Filmmaker and amateur historian Frederick Murphy talks about how black and brown people can find peace of mind moving forward after a divisive election.

Find more about Murphy, including a link to his latest documentary here:


https://www.historybeforeus.com/

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November 12, 2020 24 min

Charu talks with Diana Moscoso, a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA) about how her own experiences in childhood shaped her career choice.

She grew up in Columbia, South American which at the time had a huge problem with narcotics trafficking.  She also is a survivor of child abuse.

Moscoso works at Sanctuary Counseling Group.  You can find more information about their practice here:
https://www.sanctuarycouns...

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November 5, 2020 43 min

What a strange trip it’s been.

In today’s episode actor, writer and novelist J. Shawn Durham and Charu Kumarhia discuss the 2020 election results and what we know thus far.

It’s a lighthearted talk that promises to make you laugh and think.

Check out Durham’s latest work The Great Recession Podcast - more information can be found here:

https://thegreatrecessionpodcast.com/story/
Attention-craving​ ​billionaire​ ​Richard​ ​J.​ ​Spade,​ ​...

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October 29, 2020 30 min

Journalist and writer Charu Kumarhia talks to her sister - Pooja Kumarhia Patel about her efforts to become a mother. 

Patel was selected to contribute to this year’s Brown Girl Magazine’s published anthology.  She talks openly about her journey thru infertility, miscarraige, losing a son born through an emergency c-section - and the birth of her daughter through a surrogate earlier this year.

More information about the anthology ca...

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October 22, 2020 28 min

Charu and guest Sarah Hosseini talk about what it means to be a good wife and a good daughter how that often tears at one’s inner psyche.  They also talk about what it means to break free. 

Sarah Hosseini is a writer and speaker. She delivered the powerful Tedx Talk "Not Sorry" about women finding and harnessing their unapologetic voices. She has written reported features and essays published in/on CNN, Harper's Bazaar,...

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October 15, 2020 21 min

Journalist and writer Charu Kumarhia talks to Chavi Khanna Koneru and Olivia Zalecki about their efforts with NCAA Together.  The non profit works to create an inclusive democracy built by drawing on the strength of diverse traditions, common values and community togetherness.

Find more information here:
 https://ncaatogether.org/

Chavi Khanna Koneru
Executive Director, Chavi@ncaatogether.org

Chavi Khanna Koneru is co-founder and E...

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In today’s show, Charu talks to Gunjani Patel - a Licensed Mental Health Counselor  who works with adults, children, couples, and families. 

She received post-graduate training at The Village Family Service Center, a community mental health counseling center in Grand Forks, ND, where she worked with adults, couples, families, and children. Trained in both psychodynamic as well as family systems psychotherapy, she worked with familie...

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Russ Green is a DC area based comic, writer, husband and father.  He’s written for B.E.T.  and other publications.  His work aims to make us all think and laugh. 

Find out more about Green on his Instagram @russ_jokes and here:
http://russjokes.com/

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