Women Who Dare
By Kerry Gross
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Kerry Gross figured the best way to find stories of inspirational women would be to go meet them herself. So, she packed her panniers and set off to meet and interview women whose lives have inspired others. This was the start of a 5-month mostly bike-powered journey from California to Maine. The Women Who Dare podcast tells the story of Kerry's 5,700-mile ride and features her interviews with remarkable women.
||CleanEpisode 18: The End of the Road||Kerry continues on final part of the Women Who Dare, with a journey south through Connecticut and east through Rhode Island. After deciding to ride back north to Maine, Kerry reflects on the journey. Then, she struggles,||7/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 17: Decisions, Decisions||Kerry continues on her northeastern journey with some days in Boston and a ride out to western Massachusetts. Along the way, she finds hills, rain, and a hike-a-bike bushwhack adventure. Plus, some big decisions are made. For more about this episode,||7/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview: Colette Chretien, founder and principle designer at La Fille Colette||Colette Chretien is the founder and principle designer at La Fille Colette, a boutique dress company based in Massachusetts. Driven initially by a desire to design dresses, Colette has developed La Fille Colette into a ethical,||7/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: First Taste of New England||Kerry makes it home to Maine in time to celebrate her friend's wedding. Then, she turns her attention to the final, northeastern leg of the Women Who Dare ride. Departing from Camden, ME, this episode takes Kerry down the coast, through New Hampshire,||6/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview: Rebecca Goodale, book artist||Rebecca Goodale is a book artist and Art Department faculty member at the University of Southern Maine. She's been creating art ever since she sold her first book, My Chicken, to her mother at age 5. Her work can be seen in museums and libraries across.||6/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: GAP Trail and C&O Canal Towpath||Kerry makes her way from Pittsburgh to DC on the GAP trail and the C&O Canal Towpath. Riding trails rather than roads takes some adjustment, but it's well worth it in the end. After lots of quiet time in nature, Kerry arrives in DC.||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview: Beth Leonard, sailor, author, and world circumnavigator||Beth Leonard was once an international business consultant for McKinsey. After a harrowing flight, plus some encouragement from her husband, they quit their consulting jobs and headed out for a quick sailing adventure. More than 20 years later,||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Crossing Ohio||Traveling on two-lane highways, country roads, and rail trails, Kerry rides from Bloomington, IN, across Ohio, into Pittsburgh, PA. It's a 500 mile ride covered in 8 days. Despite meeting some wonderful people, Kerry is getting increasingly road-weary.||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitInterview: Lora Woodward, previous Program Director at Venture Outdoors||Lora Woodward spent 10 years working for Venture Outdoors, helping Pittsburghers get outside. As Program Coordinator and then Program Director, Lora steadily increased her skills in outdoor leadership and non-profit management. Now,||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: The Good and Bad of Indiana||On Kerry's ride from Chicago to Indianapolis she encounters kindness, storms, and epic rudeness. She recovers at a friend's for the weekend. Then, it's time for more happy reunions and bike repairs. For more about this episode, head to http://kerrygross||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview: Afreen Rahman, software engineer||Afreen Rahman is a software engineer and computer scientist. She started her computer coding in high school in Qatar, studied in India for college, and completed graduate school in the States. Kerry met Afreen in Indianapolis, IN,||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitInterview: Jerusalem Singleton, writer, speaker, and musician||Jerusalem Singleton is a writer, speaker, and musician from Chicago, Illinois. Originally from the north side of Chicago, Jerusalem uses her voice to speak truths for herself and for those who are unable. Kerry found Jerusalem in Chicago,||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: On to Chicago||Kerry spends more time interviewing than biking during her two final days in Minneapolis. Then, she takes an early morning bike ride to catch her train to Chicago. In the Windy City, the Women Who Dare project continues with an interview,||5/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview: Nancy Feldman, retired CEO of UCare||Nancy Feldman led UCare, a health plan covering low income and senior persons, for 20 years. During her tenure, UCare grew from a small demonstration project to a plan covering more than 400,000 individuals. Kerry found Nancy in Minneapolis, MN,||5/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview: Ann Bancroft, Polar Explorer||Ann Bancroft was the first woman to visit the North Pole. Since that trip, she's led trips across Greenland and to the South Pole. Now, she's traveling waterways on all seven continents. Kerry found Ann in Minneapolis, MN,||5/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Long Ride to Minneapolis||Kerry finds the flat part of Iowa on her ride from the suburbs of Des Moines, IA to the suburbs of Minneapolis, MN. Along the way, she finds even more midwest kindness, tailwinds, headwinds, and some big media coverage. For more about this episode,||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview: Jennifer Christensen, Teacher at Prodeo Academy||Jennifer Christensen started teaching during her first year after college, and hasn't looked back. For her, teaching is the best combination of psychology, social work, and fun. Kerry found Jen in Minneapolis, and they talked about race, education,||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview: Sarah Stoesz, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota||Sarah Stoesz has been the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota for more than 15 years. After a long and varied career in social justice and politics, and a brief stint in corporate health care,||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Bliss in the Midwest||The Women Who Dare ride resumes after a train ride from Denver, CO to Lincon, NB. Getting off the train, Kerry finds herself in a humid, green, corn-filled landscape. And she loves it. She also loves seeing the Missouri River again,||5/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview: Sarah Cooper, ultra endurance biker||Sarah Cooper is a really fast biker. Especially over ultra long distances. She won the 2017 Race Across America (RAAM) by riding the 3,000 miles from Oceanside, CA to Annapolis, MD in less than 12 days. Kerry found Sarah in Urbandale, IA.||5/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview: Vicki Cowart, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains||Vicki Cowart has been the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains for 15 years. Before becoming the head of PPRM, Vicki had a successful, 26-year career in the geological sciences. Kerry found Vicki at her home in Denver, CO.||5/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 9: Escaping Wyoming||Five more days in Wyoming is more than enough for Kerry. Though, she doesn't realize how ready she is to escape the wide open landscape until she smells her first Coloradan pine tree. Farther into Colorado, she finds even more pieces of heaven.||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview: Maureen Beck, world champion adaptive rock climber||Maureen Beck is a badass rock climber who happens to have one hand. She's been "smashing boxes" with your expectations for years, and she's not going to stop anytime soon. Kerry found Maureen in Boulder, Colorado,||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview: Lorraine Moller, 4-time Olympian and marathon medalist||Lorraine Moller is a four-time Olympian and bronze medalist in the 1992 marathon. Since ending her 25-year elite running career, she's founded races and the Lydiard Foundation. Kerry found Lorraine in Boulder, CO,||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Cold and Snow in June||Starting out with some wildlife watching, this episode follows Kerry as she braves brutal weather in Yellowstone National Park and Idaho. Fortunately, she has warm beds to sleep in, and eventually makes it over Teton Pass. The views are worth it,||4/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview: Amy Hatch, founder of Garage Grown Gear||Amy Hatch is the founder of Garage Grown Gear, a company that finds, reviews, and sells good outdoor gear produced by small start-ups. Kerry caught up with Amy at her offices in Driggs, Idaho. They talked about starting companies, getting outside,||4/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 7: Redefining Remoteness||Mostly recovered from food poisoning, Kerry sets off again into the remote countryside of Montana. Along the way, she checks out a national monument, gets stung by a hornet, and hunkers down to wait out a thunderstorm. Finally,||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview: Ilona Popper, poet, writer, and naturalist||Ilona Popper is a poet, writer, and naturalist who lives in Montana. She balances her passion for writing and teaching with wolf-watching and wildlife advocacy. Kerry caught up with Ilona just north of Yellowstone National Park,||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 6: Rough Transitions||After a rest day on Bainbridge Island, Kerry boards the train for an overnight ride to Whitefish, Montana. In the morning, she sets off again on leg two of the Women Who Dare. Despite finding a good riding groove on the west coast,||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Making it to Seattle||From Portland, OR to Bainbridge Island, WA, Kerry rides four much-needed solitary days. After landing on Bainbridge, Kerry starts to reflect on the end of the first leg of the Women Who Dare ride. But, it's not quite done until she takes a day trip int.||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview: Carol Hasse, sailmaker and owner of Port Townsend Sails||Carol Hasse is a sailmaker in Port Townsend, WA. She's owned, designed, and made sails at Port Townsend Sails for nearly forty years. Kerry found Carol at her sail loft in Port Townsend. After a tour of the loft and nearby Marine Center,||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 4: Rain, A Snake, and Tailwinds||From the high desert back to the green side of the Cascades, Kerry rides through rain to make it to Eugene. Then, she turns north to ride through the Willamette Valley to Portland, OR. Along the way, she has a snake surprise, fun with hosts,||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview: Su Embree, president and principal of DHM Research||Su Embree is president and principal of DHM Research, a research firm dedicated to brining accurate public opinion data to lawmakers and other big decision-makers.Kerry found Su at the DHM offices in Portland, OR.||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview: Kaeli Casati, builder, filmmaker, artist, and educator||Kaeli Casati is a builder, filmmaker, artist, and educator in Portland, OR. Kerry found Kaeli at her home in Portland, Oregon. Kerry and Kaeli talked about how the trades give Kaeli the ability to work when and where she'd like,||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview: Crystal Rutland, founder and CEO of Particle Design||Crystal Rutland is the president and CEO of Particle Design, a user-centered design firm partnered with Jaguar Land Rover, Intel, HP, and Dreamworks. Kerry caught up with Crystal at the Particle Design offices in Portland, OR.||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Pushing Too Hard||After an easy start, Kerry spends the next 13 days pushing hard. Riding north along Route 1 on the California coast, she finds remote beauty and brutal headwinds. Turning inland to Ashland, Oregon, Kerry considers her options for crossing the Cascades||3/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview: Kristin Luck, entrepreneur and founder of Women in Research||Kristin Luck started her career in market research at Lieberman Research Worldwide. From there, she started two tech companies, and now she helps other companies strategically scale for growth. Kerry found Kristin in Bend,||3/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: First Days on the Road||Before the Women Who Dare ride officially starts, Kerry makes a quick weekend tour. Then, she skis one last day and packs her belongings. Eventually, she hits the road! Riding from Fairfield, CA to Berkeley and then north to Petaluma and Inverness Park.||3/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitInterview: Shannon Thompson, founder of Shakti Rising||Shannon Thompson is the founder of Shakti Rising, an organization dedicated to the development of girls, women, and communities. Kerry found Shannon in Inverness Park, CA during her second week of the Women Who Dare ride.||3/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview: Lila Singh, founder RISE Yoga for Youth||Lila Singh is the founder of RISE Yoga for Youth, a nonprofit bringing yoga to schools in the San Francisco Bay area. Lila and Kerry met in Petaluma, California during the early stages of Women Who Dare. They spoke about building a calm space for yoga .||3/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview: Abby Vogel, Captain Cal Women's Rugby||Abby Vogel was senior captain of Cal Women's Rugby and member of numerous All-American rugby teams. Kerry interviewed Abby on the Cal Berkeley campus on the second day of the Women Who Dare ride. They talked about learning how to live a high performanc.||3/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Plotting the Project||Host Kerry Gross knew she would spend the spring and summer biking to meet and interview remarkable women. What she didn't know was who she would talk to, what route she would take, or how to pay for it all. So, she spent the winter figuring it out.||3/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview: Brandi Brown, founder and owner of Tahoe Production House||Brandi Brown is founder and owner of Tahoe Production House in South Lake Tahoe. Kerry and Brandi spoke just days before Kerry left on the Women Who Dare ride. In their interview, Brandi talks about founding a business as a young woman,||3/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview: Megan Michelson, freelance writer and outdoorswoman||Megan Michelson is a freelance writer, with bylines in such notable publications as Outside Magazine, ESPN, and Men's Journal. Kerry interviewed Megan at her home in Tahoe City, just before leaving on the Women Who Dare ride.||3/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 0: Origins Story||Kerry Gross wanted more stories of inspirational women. So, she decided to spend 5 months biking 5,700 miles to find them. The Women Who Dare podcast is the result. This is its origin story. The first episode premiers March 6.||2/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Well done and much needed
Much needed stories of powerful women doing awesome things, told in an honest and sincere voice. These stories are exactly what need to be told again and told LOUDER. Smash the patriarchy an THANK YOU!!!1!
Inspiring, relatable stories with an important message
Here are 10 reasons why this should be your new favorite podcast, like it is mine:
1. The right questions are asked to the right people, resulting in the richest conversations.
2. The premise for the podcast alone makes you wish you knew Kerry Gross, the host, who quite literally biked across the country to source these stories for you.
3. It feels like you're not just listening to a podcast, but experiencing one through the experiences of others.
4. You'll laugh! You'll cry! You'll gasp! You'll cheer!
5. These women overcame obstacles put in their way by very real societal norms. It is refreshing to hear the collective experiences of pushing back.
6. Each episode is delightfully different.
7. In addition to the interviews, you're taken along on a first-hand biking adventure.
8. The layout and length of the episodes are ideal to keep you engaged.
9. Curiousity, individuality, and risk-taking are celebrated.
10. You'll guaranteed to come away more motivated to achieve your goals.
As an ambitious young woman myself, this podcast gives me hope. Thanks for all the miles.
Women Who Dare is AMAZING! I would highly recomend a listen to this great podcast. The stories are so inspirational, and keep me pushing forward! Big thanks to Kerry Gross, keep it up girl!