Many slum dwellers in India live without a toilet. As a result, they must attend to nature’s call out in the open. Not only is open defecation an inconvenience or embarrassment, but it causes other issues such as: insect bites, disease, missed education opportunities, and sexual abuse.
Sean Sevy talks to the founder of SAPID, Dr. Meera Khader, to discuss these problems. And fortunately, these problems have a solution: innovative toilet systems called Soilets. Soilets are toilets which break down waste using earthworms, which makes them a perfect fit for slums which lack basic sewer systems.
Sean introduced Soilets to India when he was a volunteer for HELP International in 2011. After the first 5 Soilets were built, SAPID continued to build Soilets to the point where there are now over 150 Soilets in the slum which once only had 5. Now, instead of disease spreading rapidly, the Soilet is spreading rapidly.
To follow SAPID’s development initiatives, follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SapidIndia
For more on Soilets, visit: Soilet.org
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Typical female sanitary pads take hundreds of years to decompose in a landfill. So unless we’re ok with future archaeologists digging up our remains in a thousand years just to find a bunch of used maxi pads…something must be done.
In this week’s episode, Sean Sevy talks with Ali Dibble and Ben Bradford, who are students working to develop a biodegradable maxi pad called the SHERO pad. The SHERO team–under the direction of University of Utah professor Jeff Bates–started out as a research project but is now a startup out to revolutionize the future of maxi pads. Not only are they catering to environmentally-minded American customers but they’re formulating a model for the SHERO pad to be accessible to women in developing countries who lack basic feminine hygiene.
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Christians sometimes have a difficult time with evolution. And evolutionists are often Atheists. We hear from Dr. Steven Peck, who teaches evolution classes at BYU, which is a church-owned university. Steve talks about how he holds evolution–as well as religion–close to his heart. Can a strong belief in evolution and a complete dedication to Christianity coexists? For Steve, the answer is yes. Listen to this week’s podcast episode to hear how he pulls this off.
Dr. Steven Peck was the guest speaker at a monthly event called Faith Again. To learn more, visit FaithAgain.org
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Each year, over 3 million babies in developing countries die within their first month of life. Many of these deaths would be preventable if these countries had adequate health care. A social venture called Neonatal Rescue was aware of these unfortunate statistics, and they’re poised to save thousands of lives with their new medical device. They’ve invented a neonatal respirator that does a lot of the same stuff you’d expect from a respirator in a US hospital. The biggest difference: it costs hundreds–not thousands–to produce.
In this episode, we interview Margaret Melville, the COO of Neonatal Rescue. We talk about how Neonatal Rescue plans on saving thousands of lives with this new device. And we answer a few questions like: What makes something sustainable in a developing country? OR: Why should we approach poverty issues with the intent to make a profit?
If you’d like to be in the loop on how Neonatal Rescue is saving babies, visit their website: NeonatalRescue.org or follow them on Facebook or Instagram.
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On this short un-episode, we’re giving a sneak peek into 3 episodes that will come out this summer. Here they are:
- Soilets are toilets that break down waste using earthworms. This is an example of how Engineering can be incorporated into International Development. Sean Sevy was behind the Soilet project in India and he might be talking about it on the stage for the Salt Lake TEDx event. Here’s his submission video: https://youtu.be/HPziz3y0Dpg
- Crickets have the potential to being the ultimate sustainable food source of the future. Pat Crowley will be talking about his startup which has put cricket flour into energy bars. Here’s when he spoke at a TEDx event in the Netherlands: https://youtu.be/gvX7kVUhrkw
- Artificial Intelligence (AI) is going to shape our future. It’s gonna be big, and the AI invention that will change the world hasn’t been invented yet. We’ll be interviewing Kevin Kelly, a columnist for WIRED who is well-known for his TED talk and newly-published book on AI. His TED talk is here.
Sean the Democrat and Sean the Republican face-off in a lively debate about immigration. Things get a little messy as they dive into these controversial issues. And there’s an extra quirkiness added as the moderator, the Democrat, and the Republican are all the voice of Sean Sevy. You can see how one mind can actually lean both left and right.
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Stereotype, prejudice, and implicit bias are things we all deal with. The question isn’t whether we possess these, but rather, what do we do about it. To help us gain understanding on this, Sean Sevy grabs insight from a diverse crew: a director at a conservative think tank, a President of the NAACP, a director for refugee resettlement, a BYU professor, a clown in a Gay Pride Parade, a Utah Jazz fan, and Pocahontas.
What does China think about Trump? What does China hope to gain in making deals with the US? Why is the US-China relationship important? All of these questions are answered as Sean Sevy interviews Big Daddy Dough, who is an economist in Beijing by day and a rapper by night. Big Daddy Dough recently released his new album: “The Redprint: Rhyme and Reason in the Riddle Kingdom,” which consisted entirely of rap/hip-hop/funk parodies about Chinese culture and politics.
So why does Big Daddy Dough dedicate an entire album to Chinese issues? For money? No. In fact, the album is free of charge if you go to theredprintalbum.com. Here’s what he wants from his listeners: first, to gain a greater appreciation for the importance of the US-China relationship and second, he urges listeners to donate money they might have spent on the album to the charities on his website.
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The March for Science last Saturday was only a reaction to anti-Science political rhetoric. In this episode we set the stage by digging into the Republican Platform on the Environment and Energy, which has plenty of claims which can make scientists cringe. And of course, we couldn’t tell this story without reading some Trump tweets on climate change being a hoax.
In chasing down some of the scientists in a march in Salt Lake City we learn what the resistance has to say about the current political rhetoric. But we also learn some new things: (1) What walruses taste like, (2) Don’t eat ducks from the Great Salt Lake, and (3) Trump doesn’t believe in climate change (just kidding, that’s old news).
Kristy Sevy founded FuzePlay, which makes hackable toys which teach kids coding and how stuff works. Instead of kids becoming glued to mind-numbing devices, FuzePlay prepares kids for careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The company’s current trending product is the Zubi Flyer, which is a Frisbee with on-board programmable electronics. So kids build it, program it, and then go use it outside.
On this week’s show, Kristy Sevy tells us how she went from stay-at-home mom to a founder of a successful innovative startup. For more info on FuzePlay or if you’d like your own Zubi Flyer, visit: http://www.fuzeplay.io/
Also on this week’s podcast: We’re joining a campaign to help Archer Waggstaff, a 4-year-old battling cancer for the second time. If you buy a T-shirt, the proceeds help his family pay for the expensive cancer treatments. If you’d like to participate, here’s the link: https://uvu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dirihzTokJGGN8x If you want a little more background on Archer’s story, we talk about him in our post-Christmas Giving podcast: http://un-uninformed.com/podcast/post-christmas-giving/
Sex education in our schools is a controversial issue. There are the two extremes: the abstinence-only approach and the comprehensive approach to sex ed. And these are big issues for a reason: parents are passionately protesting having their kids see a condom demonstration as part of education curriculum, among other things. It can get awkward. But for Sean Sevy, nothing could be worse than his experience of sex ed at scout camp: where his leader decided to breed his horses right in front of the troop. Yes, this can be an unsexy subject around the dinner table, but in this podcast we attempt to find solutions. Sean attends an event called “Bird & Bees,” where a panel with differing views on this topic have a civil conversation on what needs to happen to make sex ed have the effect it’s supposed to have.
Join us as we see the conception of new ideas on sex ed.
Only one recording remains of C.S. Lewis’ radio show which aired during WWII. This was a tough time for people living in England. Not only did the families of soldiers deal with death on a regular basis, but families throughout the country lived in constant fear of German planes dropping bombs. In light of these bleak circumstances, the BBC’s director of religious programming asked C.S. Lewis to prepare broadcast talks on faith over the radio in an effort to bring a means of hope in a very hopeless era. It started as an experiment that ended up being a huge hit on the BBC.
Join us as Sean Sevy interviews the late C.S. Lewis, who joins us from a BBC studio in 1944. Lewis talks about what it means to be a true Christian. He explains how being a Christian requires taking on the personality of deity, and how this doesn’t require one to forfeit their own personality.
Anyone who has read C.S. Lewis’ books knows that his works would be just as relevant if they were written yesterday. Likewise, the words of this interview have no trouble jumping in time from 1944 to 2017.
Cheryl Neufville is as American as they come. But she doesn’t hide the fact that being a second-generation immigrant comes with some issues. There are the small struggles of balancing American culture with the mother culture, and for Cheryl, often these can be endearing. But then there’s the reality of racism. And there’s the pain of there being less expected of her because she’s a daughter of an immigrant. But Cheryl’s best coping mechanism is this: outperforming everyone’s expectations. She’s the first in her family to go to college and she’s currently pursuing dancing and nursing. But she’s taking things up a notch this summer: she’s taking her dancing and nursing skills to Africa where she’ll be conducting health clinics and teaching dance. For her, she’s always coped with her difficult circumstances through dance. And now she’s passing it onto others who have their own life struggles.
Hear the rest of her story in this week’s podcast episode.
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How do you go from a great idea to a great business? And what does it take to make it on Shark Tank? Joining us this week is Mike Kannely, who is a co-founder of IllumiBowl, a Utah-based startup which invented a night light that goes right into the toilet bowl. Mike and his brother-in-law Matt Alexander came up with this idea when they realized that getting up in the middle of the night with blinding bathroom lights is something that ought to change. After a $100,000 Kick Starter campaign they got some nationwide recognition that landed them with the opportunity to pitch their business on Shark Tank. And they even got Kevin O’leary to partner with them.
In this week’s episode Mike Kannely gives us some insight on how having a successful startup is not like winning the lottery, but rather there’s plenty of resources out there for entrepreneurs all over to be successful.