For the last year and a half, the WHRO Emerging Leaders Board has been hosting the Emerging Talks Event Series. Modeled after the French salons of the 18th-century Enlightenment, these events are fun, educational gatherings that stimulate discussion and engagement around topics that are interesting to millennials, but also accessible to those of any age.

With themes covering “Sea Level Rise,” the “Impact of Digital Technology on Art,” and the “Impact and Experiences of Women Veterans,” the events bring in substantial crowds, but in early 2017, the Board expressed the desire to extend the discussion beyond those in attendance.

The solution? Record the salons and make them available in podcast form. A podcast is a digital audio program that can be downloaded to phone or computer, and can be played whenever a listener desires. According to Edison Research, 38% of millennials listen to podcasts, so it’s a great way to engage the demographic in a format they enjoy.

In Feb. 2018, the Board launched its own podcast called Smart Pill, where each episode delivers concentrated knowledge on one specific topic. Some episodes share recordings of the Board’s salon series, while others, use interviews with experts to explore salon themes. In addition to the themes mentioned above, the podcast has also covered “Diversity and Inclusion in Comics and Geek Culture” and will soon record an episode on “Millennial Moms.”

WHRO publishes a new episode of Smart Pill on the first Tuesday of every month. To hear the latest, visit whro.org/smartpill, or choose from one of the episodes below.

 

NEON Fest 2017: Impact of Technology on Art

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Speed Dating with the Emerging Leaders Board

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Sea Level Rise: Why You Should Care and What You Can Do

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Life of a Pro Cosplayer

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Origin Stories: Diversity and Inclusion in Geek Culture - Part 3 of 3

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Origin Stories: Diversity and Inclusion in Geek Culture - Part 2 of 3

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Origin Stories: Diversity and Inclusion in Geek Culture - Part 1 of 3

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