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  • [This episode originally aired in April, 2021.] Get to know science communicator Danni Washington, who brought us the story of environmental activist Xiye Bastida. Danni tells us about her new podcast The Genius Generation, celebrating young people tackling the world’s biggest problem. She shares her love of the ocean, and how she became a science communicator. And she tells the story of meeting Xiye in person at the 2019 climate march!

  • [This episode is in honor of Indigenous People's Day. It originally aired in April, 2021.] In March 2019, Xiye Bastida led hundreds of her classmates in New York City in the first-ever global youth strike for climate justice. Since then, Bastida has become a leading voice in the youth climate justice movement in the United States and beyond, energizing and empowering youth to speak out to save the planet. Drawing on her Indigenous heritage as part of the Otomi-Toltec Peoples from Mexico, today, Bastida continues to advocate for restoring Earth’s balance and making environmentalism a way of life.

    About the Narrator
    Danni Washington is a world-renowned television host and science communicator, and the first African-American woman to host a nationally broadcast syndicated science television series. Danni is presently the host of The Genius Generation podcast from Seeker and TRAX from PRX, which spotlights young people behind an incredible invention, entrepreneurial pursuit, or discovery using science. Washington attended the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science and earned a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science Biology. In 2008, Washingtonr co-founded the Big Blue & You - a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and educating youth about marine conservation through the arts and media. She also served for eight years as a naturalist at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center.

    Credits
    This podcast is a production of Rebel Girls. It’s based on the book series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. Executive Producer is Katie Sprenger. This episode was produced by Isaac Kaplan-Woolner, sound designed and mixed by Camille Stennis. A special thanks to the whole Rebel Girls team, who make this podcast possible! This episode was written by Alexis Stratton. Proofread by Ariana Rosas. Original theme music was composed and performed by Elettra Bargiacchi. For more, visit www.rebelgirls.com. 

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  • Once upon a time, there was a girl who went from making pancakes with her parents to making history as an international rockstar and YouTube sensation — all before turning twelve years old! Her name is Nandi. This special mini episode is brought to you by the all-new Dream Seekers dolls. For special activities related to this episode, visit www.rebelgirls.com/dreamseekers! 

    About the Narrator
    Jacqueline Green followed her dream to become a dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. She began her dance training at age 13 at the Baltimore School for the Arts. She is a 2011 cum laude graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program, and also trained at the Pennsylvania Regional Ballet, the Chautauqua Institution for Dance, and The School at Jacob’s Pillow. 

    Credits
    This podcast is a production of Rebel Girls and is based on the book series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. This special mini episode was produced by Isaac Kaplan-Woolner. Sound design and mixing by Bianca Salinas. This episode was written by Abby Scher and proofread by Joe Rhatigan. Executive Producer is Katie Sprenger. A big thanks to the whole Rebel Girls team who make this show possible! Original theme music was composed and performed by Elettra Bargiacchi . For more, visit www.rebelgirls.com. Until next time, stay REBEL!

  • Meet Megalyn Echikunwoke and Celeste Viciere, aka Celeste The Therapist. Megalyn and Celeste share their own experiences with stress and discuss helpful ways to manage similarly difficult situations to what Naomi Osaka has experienced.

  • Once upon a time, there was a girl from Japan with arms so strong she could serve a tennis ball at more than 120 miles per hour. Her name is Naomi Osaka - a powerful professional tennis player who has taken the sport by storm and has become an advocate for mental health. Naomi has been ranked No. 1 by the Women's Tennis Association and is the first Asian player to hold the top ranking in singles.

    About the Narrator
    Megalyn Echikunwoke is an actor, writer singer and dancer. Discovered at a high school theater camp by a Hollywood manager, she got her start in the industry at 14. She has a striking presence with an undeniable talent through her range of portrayals of characters in television, film and the theater. Though she was raised by a widowed, single mother who worked as a registered nurse on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona, she is of Igbo-Nigerian, German, Irish and Scandinavian descent. She is also the granddaughter of a Igbo tribal leader which technically makes her African royalty. Inspired by her many cultural influences, Megalyn believes in the power of art and storytelling to expose injustice, shift culture and heal communities. 

    Credits
    This podcast is a production of Rebel Girls and is based on the book series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. This episode was produced by Camille Stennis. Sound design and mixing by Camille Stennis, Lu Miranda and Craig Billmeir. This episode was written by Jestine Ware and fact checked by Joe Rhatigan. Executive Producer is Katie Sprenger. Haley Dapkus is our Production Manager. Original theme music was composed and performed by Elettra Bargiacchi. A big thanks to the whole Rebel Girls team who make this show possible! For more, visit rebelgirls.com. And if you like what you heard, don’t forget to rate and review this episode, and share it with your friends! Until next time, stay REBEL!

  • Meet Maya2960, a social media activist and political commentator. Listen in as Maya shares the ups and downs of using her voice to influence social and political change.

  • Born in New York City in 1924, Shirley Chisholm was the first Black woman elected to the United States Congress, and in 1972, she became the first Black woman from a major political party to run for President. As an outspoken politician, educator, and activist, Chisholm fought for gender and racial equality, better wages for workers, and a more equal and just world. In 2015, she was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama, who echoed the words Chisholm herself said she wanted to be remembered by: “Shirley Chisholm had guts.”

    About the Narrator
    Maya is a recent college graduate who began her Tiktok career during the quarantine lockdown in spring of 2020. As Maya started exploring more ways Tiktok could be used as a means of political change, she began writing witty raps about the former president, which eventually became the “Trump Freestyle” series. As her platform grew, she began making funny educational videos explaining a range of political topics from freedom of speech to how the impeachment process works. She has used her platform to encourage viewers to engage in politics not only through voting, but also by registering as poll workers, contacting their representatives, and even participating in civil disobedience movements like reserving tickets to Trump's June 2020 Tulsa rally. Maya has also received national press coverage this year surrounding her work feeding those in need around St. Louis using her unused university meal plan. In her free time Maya loves writing music and playing tennis. 

    Credits
    This podcast is a production of Rebel Girls and is based on the book series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. This episode was produced by Camille Stennis. Sound design and mixing by Camille Stennis. This episode was written by Alexis Stratton and fact checked by Joe Rhatigan. Executive Producer is Katie Sprenger. Haley Dapkus is our Production Manager. Original theme music was composed and performed by Elettra Bargiacchi. A big thanks to the whole Rebel Girls team who make this show possible! For more, visit rebelgirls.com. And if you like what you heard, don’t forget to rate and review this episode, and share it with your friends! Until next time, stay REBEL!

  • Once upon a time, there was a girl in a red-checkered shirt, long blue jeans, and pink ballet shoes, who was determined to change the world through dancing. Her name is Judith Jamison. This special mini episode is brought to you by the all-new Dream Seekers dolls. For special activities related to this episode, visit www.rebegirls.com/dreamseekers! 

    About the Narrator
    Jacqueline Green followed her dream to become a dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. She began her dance training at age 13 at the Baltimore School for the Arts. She is a 2011 cum laude graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program, and also trained at the Pennsylvania Regional Ballet, the Chautauqua Institution for Dance, and The School at Jacob’s Pillow. 

    Credits
    This podcast is a production of Rebel Girls and is based on the book series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. This special mini episode was produced by Isaac Kaplan-Woolner. Sound design and mixing by Bianca Salinas. This episode was written by Abby Scher and proofread by Joe Rhatigan. Executive Producer is Katie Sprenger. A big thanks to the whole Rebel Girls team who make this show possible! Original theme music was composed and performed by Elettra Bargiacchi . For more, visit www.rebelgirls.com. Until next time, stay REBEL!

  • Meet Amita Parikh, a writer and mentor in the Black Girl Writers program where she helps mentor black females who are interested in writing books but may not know where to start.

  • Once upon a time, there was a shy, dreamy kid who wouldn’t stop writing. Her name was Octavia -- a girl with social anxiety and dyslexia who wrote some of the most amazing science fiction novels about wild futures, space adventures, and superhuman people. She wrote more than a dozen books and is now known as the Grand Dame of Science Fiction.

    About the Narrator
    After earning a college degree in Human Biology from the University of Toronto, Amita Parikh moved to London where she completed the six month Curtis Brown Creative Writing Course, the Royal Court Theatre’s Writer’s Programme and was a runner-up in the 2019 Jericho Writer’s Bursary Competition for under-represented writers. Her debut historical fiction novel, The Circus Train, will be published in multiple countries in 2022. When she’s not writing, she works as a marketer and developer in the tech industry and produces and hosts a podcast about women and girls in sport. 
    Credits
    This podcast is a production of Rebel Girls and is based on the book series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. This episode was produced by Camille Stennis. Sound design and mixing by Bianca Salinas. This episode was written by Jestine Ware and fact checked by Joe Rhatigan. Executive Producer is Katie Sprenger. Haley Dapkus is our Production Manager. Original theme music was composed and performed by Elettra Bargiacchi. A big thanks to the whole Rebel Girls team who make this show possible! For more, visit rebelgirls.com. And if you like what you heard, don’t forget to rate and review this episode, and share it with your friends! Until next time, stay REBEL!

  • Meet Refilwe Ledwaba, a helicopter and fixed-wing pilot, a flight instructor, an advocate for women's rights and a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation goalkeeper who made history by becoming the first black female pilot to fly for the police service in South Africa.

  • Once upon a time, there was a girl who soared and swooped through the sky. Her name is Thokozile Muwamba. In 2017, at age 24, Thokozile Muwamba broke barriers by becoming Zambia’s first female fighter pilot. Today, she continues to soar through the sky and is also an outspoken advocate against cyberbullying.

    About the Narrator
    Refilwe Ledwaba is a social entrepreneur, an advocate of girl’s education especially Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics (STEAM) education. She spent 10 years in the South African Police Services (SAPS) as a Helicopter Pilot, the first black woman to do so. She is also a qualified fixed-wing Pilot and Flight instructor ,a qualified Drone Pilot and currently training as a Drone Pilot instructor. She is passionate about youth development in Africa, particularly the empowerment of girls. She is the founder of Girls fly programme in Africa (GFPA) foundation, an information and educational STEAM programme for primary, high school and Post-school learners with a focus on aviation and space. The programme includes the use of design thinking, technology, and innovation to shape, empower, enable, and support the next generation of makers and problem solvers in the aviation and space industry in Africa while entrenching the spirit of Ubuntu.  
     
    Credits
    This podcast is a production of Rebel Girls and is based on the book series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls.
    This episode was produced by Camille Stennis. Sound design and mixing by Mumble Media. This episode was written by Alexis Stratton and fact checked by Joe Rhatigan. Executive Producer is Katie Sprenger. Haley Dapkus is our Production Manager. Original theme music was composed and performed by Elettra Bargiacchi. 
    A big thanks to the whole Rebel Girls team who makes this show possible! For more, visit rebelgirls.com. And if you like what you heard, don’t forget to rate and review this episode, and share it with your friends! Until next time, stay REBEL!

  • Once upon a time, there was a girl who lived in a zoo and took care of animals like lizards, snakes, and anteaters every day. A girl who would one day share her love of protecting animals with the WHOLE world! Her name is Bindi Irwin. This special mini episode is brought to you by the all-new Dream Seekers dolls. For special activities related to this episode, visit www.rebelgirls.com/dreamseekers!

    About the Narrator
    Jacqueline Green followed her dream to become a dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. She began her dance training at age 13 at the Baltimore School for the Arts. She is a 2011 cum laude graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program, and also trained at the Pennsylvania Regional Ballet, the Chautauqua Institution for Dance, and The School at Jacob’s Pillow. 

    Credits
    This podcast is a production of Rebel Girls and is based on the book series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. This special mini episode was produced by Isaac Kaplan-Woolner. Sound design and mixing by Bianca Salinas. This episode was written by Abby Scher and proofread by Joe Rhatigan. Executive Producer is Katie Sprenger. A big thanks to the whole Rebel Girls team who make this show possible! Original theme music was composed and performed by Elettra Bargiacchi . For more, visit www.rebelgirls.com. Until next time, stay REBEL!

  • Meet Kateri Bluford, an American singer, born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who gained national and international acclaim after appearing on Season 2 of The Four starring Sean Combs, DJ Khaled, Megan Trainor and host Fergie.

  • Once upon a time, there was a girl with a song in her heart. Her name was Sister Rosetta Tharpe - a guitar-playing, gospel-singing legend whose unique style and stage-presence inspired the greatest rock musicians of the last century. She is known as the godmother of rock n’ roll and was posthumously inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. 

    About the Narrator
    Kateri Bluford is an American singer, born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who gained national and international acclaim after appearing on Season 2 of The Four starring Sean Combs, DJ Khaled, Megan Trainor and host Fergie. Bluford captivated audiences with her powerful rendition of Tasha Cobbs “I’m Getting Ready” and Celine Dion’s legendary Grammy Award winning song “Because You Loved Me”. As a rising star, the young artist stays true to her deeply rooted faith and the inspiration of her mentors Bishop Darrell and Pastor Pamela Hines. There is a divine power that resonates when Bluford performs that harkens to her Gospel roots, something she embraces in the entirety of her life. “I’m on a mission to heal the world” commented Kateri, who has struggled over the years with her own identity and self- confidence. There is power in music and Kateri Bluford is on a trajectory of success and transformation. Kateri Bluford also toured with Jonathan Mcreynolds this past spring and summer of 2019.  
     
    Credits
    This podcast is a production of Rebel Girls and is based on the book series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls.
    This episode was produced by Camille Stennis. Sound design and mixing by Bianca Salinas. This episode was written by Jestine Ware and fact checked by Joe Rhatigan. Executive Producer is Katie Sprenger. Haley Dapkus is our production manager. Original theme music was composed and performed by Elettra Bargiacchi. 
    A big thanks to the whole Rebel Girls team who make this show possible! For more, visit rebelgirls.com. And if you like what you heard, don’t forget to rate and review this episode, and share it with your friends! Until next time, stay REBEL!

  • Meet the dynamic audio producer and sound designer behind some of your favorite audio content at Rebel Girls, Camille Stennis. Camille talks about her own creative process and journey to discovering her identity as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Living happily in Los Angeles with her wife and 2 dogs, Camille shares how important it is to do what you love.

  • Born in Harlem in 1934 to a family of Caribbean immigrants, Audre Lorde grew up to become a Black feminist icon and celebrated American poet, writer, and activist. Best known for her works exploring her own multifaceted identity, Lorde both struggled with and embraced the differences that made her unique—and the ones that drew her to others. A poet and self-described “warrior,” Lorde created a space for herself in America by writing about her personal experiences and advocating for freedom for people of color, the LGBTQ community, women, and oppressed communities around the globe.

    About the Narrator
    Camille Stennis is an audio editor, music composer and sound designer based out of Los Angeles, CA. She has a BFA in Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media from the Academy of Art University, and has also interned at companies such as Jingle Punks, Unified Films, and was previously the Head of Production at Jam Street Media supporting various creative productions in podcasting, music publishing and audio visuals. Currently, she works as an Audio Producer and Sound Designer for Rebel Girls. 
    Camille is also a member of the LGBTQ+ community, living happily with her wife and dogs.

    Credits
    This podcast is a production of Rebel Girls and is based on the book series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls.
    This episode was produced by Camille Stennis. Sound design and mixing by Mumble Media. This episode was written by Alexis Stratton and fact checked by Joe Rhatigan. Executive Producer is Katie Sprenger. Haley Dapkus is our production manager. Original theme music was composed and performed by Elettra Bargiacchi.  
    A big thanks to the whole Rebel Girls team who make this show possible! For more, visit rebelgirls.com. And if you like what you heard, don’t forget to rate and review this episode, and share it with your friends! Until next time, stay REBEL!

  • [This episode originally aired January 14, 2021.] Get to know Lindsey E. Murphy, who narrated the story of computer chemist Alice Ball. Murphy is the award-winning creator and host of The Fab Lab With Crazy Aunt Lindsey. In this episode, she tells us what made her fall in love with science, and why kids, especially girls, should be excited by science today. She also talks about the importance of representation in STEM fields, and how we can go about designing our own experiments at home!

  • [This episode originally aired January 12, 2021.] Once upon a time, there was a girl who wanted to help people who were in pain. Her name was Alice Ball, an incredibly bright, determined young woman who grew up to be a brilliant chemist — developing life-changing treatments for patients with leprosy. She was also the first woman and first African American to graduate with a master’s degree in chemistry and also teach at the University of Hawaii It all started when she was just a young girl growing up in Seattle, observing her family use science to make art.

    About the Narrator
    Lindsey E. Murphy is the award-winning creator and host of The Fab Lab With Crazy Aunt Lindsey, a kids science web series on YouTube that takes everyday science concepts and turns them into fabulous DIY projects children can do at home with their families. Since launching in 2010, the show has garnered partnerships with the likes of Scientific American Magazine, the New York Academy of Sciences, been published in various national family magazines, and crowdfunded nearly $100,000 for independent production in 2019. She is the four-time livestream host of TEDxPortland and has hosted two travel web series for Travel Oregon and Wieden+Kennedy’s On She Goes, Seasons 1 and 2. 

    Credits
    This podcast is a production of Rebel Girls, based on the book series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. Our Executive Producers are Jes Wolfe and Katie Sprenger. This episode was produced by Isaac Kaplan-Woolner, written by Caitlin Madrigal, with sound design and mixing by Luis Miranda. Ariana Rosas is Proofreader. It was narrated by Linsdsey E. Murphy. Original theme music by Elettra Bargiacchi. For more, visit rebelgirls.com.

  • Meet the awesome Guatemalan rapper and activist Rebeca Lane, who read us the story of Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú. Rebeca talks about the inspiration for her music and her activism, and why fighting for women’s rights is especially important to her. She says that while her country has changed a lot, there is still much work to be done.