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Diabadass Extraordinaire: Erik Douds

Erik Douds and I met while studying abroad in Denmark. It was a long time ago, but even then he seemed on a mission. Having been diagnosed with diabetes at a young age, he was really drawn to help others like himself who suffer from this. But not to help in the traditional sense, the one that takes pity on those who have to work a little bit harder in life, but instead he wants to turn diabetics into DIABADASSES, but it's not enough for him to just talk about it, write about it, or to just create an online community about this (all of which he has done, I might add) but after being compelled by those in his online community to go out into the world to spread his message. He packed up his bike and did an entire year of travel around the US and Canada connecting with other Type 1's, friends, family, and strangers to share his story and experience and to empower those around him.

If it isn't obvious from our discussion, Erik is an incredibly charismatic and energetic guy. It therefore should be completely unsurprising that he has managed to bike into a town a stranger, and leave a member of a community. We talk about travel, we talk about biking, we talk about Amtrak, we talk about diabetes, we talk about movements, we talk about people, we talk about small town and big town America, but at it's core what we really discuss is how to connect with people on topics that matter to you and the power of sharing stories. Erik is a walking (or riding depending on the day) inspiration and this is just the beginning. But let’s get into it - ladies and gentlemen Erik Douds, Diabadass Extraordinaire.

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Humanizing Media: Lauren Shippen

Photo Cred: Jon Sams

Photo Cred: Jon Sams


Lauren Shippen - writer and creator of the hit science fiction podcast The Bright Sessions.

Podcast theme: 

Creative mediums and social issues - does the medium influence the way people engage with the content?


Lauren Shippen is the writer and creator of the science fiction podcast, The Bright Sessions. Since its debut in November of 2015, the podcast has won numerous awards, was named iTunes Best of 2016 and has been featured in Vox, Popular Science, Wired, and The London Evening Standard, among others. Lauren is currently developing the podcast as a TV series with Universal Cable Productions and Dark Horse Entertainment. On top of her writing work, Lauren also has acted in numerous podcasts - including her own - as well as short films and web series. She has a degree in music from The College of William & Mary and was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in Media for 2018. Lauren is a New York native and now resides in Los Angeles.

Show notes:

You can listen to The Bright Sessions here: The Bright Sessions (

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You can check out the write up by Forbes 30 under 30 on Lauren here

To our guests listening in, as always, we hope you enjoy the podcast and please do write to us with any themes you'd like us to talk about or guests you'd like us to talk to, we'd love to hear from you!

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