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Inflection Point

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On Inflection Point, Lauren Schiller talks with women who have risen to a challenge, stepped up to create change and are ready to tell their stories. Every episode offers experiences and ideas you can apply to your own life. The public radio broadcast airs weekly on KALW and nationwide, and the podcast comes out every other Wednesday. Subscribe to the podcast on RadioPublic, NPR One, iTunesStitcher and more

The program is proudly supported by PRX and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Climate change--one view is doom and gloom and destruction. The other is that things could be far more beautiful and regenerative and sustainable and socially just than we can imagine. Is climate change an inevitability or an opportunity? Our guests are Shana Rappaport and Amanda Ravenhill of Project Drawdown, and Julia Prochnik, consultant to the National Resource Defense Council.

Women negotiating climate change. That's our inflection point.  

  There are billions of people across the world who are living in poverty.  And it's not uncommon for girls for in developing countries to be married off or working by the time they reach the 5th grade. But if you keep a girl in school, her income opportunities grow by 15% for each year she does stay in school. Meet the new social entrepreneurs, Leila Janah of SamaGroup and Erin Ganju of Room to Read. Breaking the cycle of poverty for millions of women. That's our next Inflection Point.

What does it take for women to succeed in the restaurant business in the San Francisco Bay Area, one of the most competitive restaurant markets in the country? In a $683 billion industry across the US, less than 5% of restaurant owners and chefs are women.

Meet Tanya Holland of Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland, CA and Ann Wheat of Millennium Restaurant in San Francisco--named the number one vegan restaurant in the world. The grit required of women to succeed in the restaurant business.

That's our inflection point.

Transportation and weddings are both multi-billion dollar industries--and if you're a business person, that means opportunity for reinvention. From the way we buy for our weddings, to the way we get from here to there, women are coming up with new ways to connect us to the things and services we want.

On this episode of Inflection Point, we talk with Kira Wampler of Lyft and Ilana Stern of Weddington Way.

Women driving the new economy. That's our inflection point.  


It's been reported many times that the technology industry is dominated by men. In fact, only 1 in 4 tech workers are women. Women hold only 9% of management positions, and account for only 14 percent of senior management positions at Silicon Valley startups. In this episode, we talk with two women who not only work in tech, but are leaders in the field. CNET.com Editor-in-Chief Lindsey Turrentine and Flickr Co-Founder and entrepreneur Caterina Fake

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