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Chhavi Sachdev runs Sonologue and is India's second most experienced podcaster, having started putting out podcasts on her own and for clients like the Blue Frog in 2008... long before Serial, leading her mother to tell other people "I don't know what she does. Something to do with radio on the Web."
Over the last 10 years, she has developed and launched several podcasts that are successfully running, as well as produced the LSDcast - India's definitive podcast about love, sex, and dating, and Tall Tales Takeaway -- bite size true stories, told live.
She also conducts workshops on DIY podcasting, audio editing, and consults for organizations that need a little handholding in the audio format.
To pay the bills, Chhavi is a freelance multimedia journalist and producer covering science, health, development, sustainability, and women's issues extensively. She has co-hosted episodes for BBC's World Hacks and CrowdScience and she's a frequent presenter on PRI's The World, BBC's Health Check and several Deutsche Welle programs.
She listens to podcasts while exercising, doing chores, and also when she's felled by migraines.
This episode of Insights at the Edge (a podcast by Sounds True) featuring guest Dr. Tererai Trent, was so moving, I had to share. On the surface, it's the incredible story of a woman who achieved her dreams after surmounting incredible odds -- breaking the vicious cycle of poverty, fighting gender and cultural stereotypes. But as this interview brings out, it's also about acknowledging not just luck, circumstance, and perseverance, but also the help of the people and communities that surround you and build you up. Dr. Trent's story is really powerful. She's now an activist and professor, she leads an international organization, she empowers other women, and furthers the access to education in her home country. At age 28, when she left rural Zimbabwe to go get her college education (and eventually, a PhD), she was already the mother of five children in an abusive marriage. She talks about the hard days with so much compassion and perspective, it's breathtaking. I highly recommend listening to the full episode for the take home message; the host, Tami Simon, gives Dr. Trent the space to simply recount her story and it's so very powerful; moments of it are shocking, but all of it is inspiring.