5 Points Before the New Year
Sounds Like Impact: A newsletter for audio and action
Welcome to Sounds Like Impact!
This is the last edition for the next three weeks, I’m going on holiday! And by on holiday, I mean, taking a break from the newsletter though I wish I was traveling somewhere. New editions will resume on 1/17/2023.
But before I disappear for the next few weeks, some things to share:
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Last week I released the “Best of Impactful Podcasts 2023” list. If you haven’t already, please check it out and share widely! There are so many great podcasts out there and I hope to encourage some listening over the holidays and beyond.
Recently we had some recs from fellow podcasters so you can find even more great shows to listen to, both social impact related and not. This is also a reminder to check out all of the great interviews that have happened in 2023!
The holidays and the New Year are great times to reflect, especially on what you want to see in the future, and hopefully that includes a better world. Though I assume it does because you are subscribed to this social impact newsletter. Spend some time with the evergreen Calls-to-Action that have been compiled on #SoundsLikeImpact.
And lastly, I’ve been watching a lot of documentaries lately and I believe they are worth sharing with you. Apologies, that most of these are on Peacock, but I’m sure they can be rented or purchased elsewhere.
Paper & Glue (Peacock)
An artist tries to give a global voice to everyday people through a genre-blending combination of public art, photography and large-format spectacle.
The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks (Peacock)
The story of Rosa Parks' radical politics and dedication to activism told through interviews, powerful archival footage and her own words.
Every Body (Peacock)
Every Body tells the stories of three intersex individuals who have moved from childhoods marked by shame, secrecy, and non-consensual surgeries to thriving adulthoods.
Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy (Netflix)
A cheap, powerful drug emerges during a recession, igniting a moral panic fueled by racism. Explore the complex history of crack in the 1980s.
We Dare to Dream (Peacock)
Refugee athletes face dramatic challenges while competing for a place in the 2020 Olympic Games.
It is my hope that 2024 will bring some peace and more love to the world. To that end, please keep asking your government for a ceasefire in Gaza and educate yourself on how you can support folks in Sudan, Congo and Iran (guest-curated CTAs).
We all deserve a safe world, and you can be sure that cannot be achieved if we are fueled by even just a little hate and indifference. 🕊️
I hope you and your loved ones have a happy new year! 🤗
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