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In Culture podcast.

March 09, 2020

Conversations from trailblazers who are shaping the future in unique and surprising ways. On the In Culture podcast, we go behind the scenes with artists, gamers, musicians, fashion designers, coaches, and other creators to share inspiring stories about how they’re shaping culture. In this series, How’d She Do That?, we celebrate women who are defying their industry’s conventions and paving the way for the next generation of girls.



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“This COVID pandemic closely resembles a diagnosis like ALS. When I choose to see the trial or adversity as an opportunity, I'm able to accept and acknowledge the reality of my situation rather than resist or deny reality,” says Steve Gleason. He’s fought tirelessly for policy changes that have transformed lives and made crucial technology accessible to others living with ALS.  In this episode, Steve reminds us what a gift it is to be alive, as he delves into finding purpose and strength in fatherhood. Listen on for his insight on our current state of social isolation, and learn more about Team Gleason, an organization developing innovative technological solutions that give back so much of what ALS takes away.

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“I think right now in this COVID-19 pandemic, people with cognitive and social disabilities are really being overlooked. Because it's a really easy time to overlook them. We're all in isolation,” Delaney Foster shares.  Listen on, and learn more about how the Foster sisters are raising disability awareness and demonstrating that there’s not one-size-fits all when it comes to navigating the world. Kendall and Delaney are developing initiatives that embrace people with intellectual disabilities. They’re proving that when programs and technology include all people, everyone wins.

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“For a lot of days of this quarantine, I forget that I'm visually impaired. It's so little of an issue because I'm able to do everything that I need to and want to because I'm so familiar with everything,” shares Casey Harris of the X-Ambassadors. He’s found that community and inclusion are more important than ever during times of social isolation. Listen on and find out ways we can uplift each other and create a more connected and inclusive future.

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Katie Sowers lives and breathes football. As the second woman ever to coach in the NFL, she helped lead the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl LIV in 2020. Hear from Katie about her groundbreaking journey to the top. From facing job rejection for being an openly LGBTQ person to dealing with social media trolls after her team’s devastating loss, Katie lets her guard down for a vulnerable conversation. Listen on, and get to know her off the field.

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Meet Emily Adams Bode, the first female designer ever to show at New York Fashion Week: Men’s. In this episode, she opens up about breaking boundaries, the past that shaped her, and her innovative creative process. Discover the story behind Emily’s iconic and award-winning clothing line and hear her sage advice on how to turn your dreams into reality.

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Grace Nshimiyumukiza shares her courageous journey from Kakuma refugee camp resident to a computer skills and digital literacy teacher. Find out how she pushed through prejudice and personal strife to get her Master’s Degree and how she’s helping thousands of refugees learn digital skills. Find out how Grace brings passion and purpose to every facet of her life as she helps other women transform their lives. 

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Halee Mason is defying the odds as one of the few women in esports. Her path to becoming the lead data scientist at Cloud 9 was anything but straightforward. Learn how she carved her own path in a competitive and male-dominated industry. In this episode, Halee candidly explores her journey to the top. One of her tips? Never compromise and always unapologetically be yourself. Listen on to learn more.

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“I want to change a no into a yes. Because yes girls can code. Yes, girls can do whatever they want,” says 12-year-old wunderkind Anna Miller. A coder, app developer, educator, and accessibility activist, Anna Miller is the definition of modern Renaissance Woman.  The fact that she’s a person with Osteogenesis imperfecta feels like a minor detail when she shares the passion that powers her forward. Find out how she’s building a more accessible world and creating an app that could change the lives of millions.

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Civilization and culture are built upon learnings from the past. But our rich tapestry of culture and language isn’t accessible to all, and in some cases, it’s in danger of disappearing entirely. With help from technology, innovators are redefining preservation. In this episode, we’ll hear from thought-leader and Microsoft president Brad Smith, as well as digital architect Yves Ubelmann and translation expert Will Lewis on how technology is playing a key role in protecting vital aspects of cultural heritage and making them accessible to all.

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In sports, the competition is fierce. But athletes and their coaches have found new ways to aim higher, achieve more, and respond to the rapidly evolving competitive landscape. How? With valuable insights from data specific to their teams, players, and strategies. In this episode, we’ll dive into the new approaches to data that are revolutionizing gameplay featuring interviews with Pierre d'Imbleval, chief information officer with Renault Sport Racing, and Halee Mason, lead data scientist for Cloud9.

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Meet the new generation of visionaries who are exploring solutions to the fashion industry’s sustainability problem. In this episode, we’ll hear from fashion designer Ashwini Suhas Deshpande, fashion technologist Natasha Franck, creative technologist Kitty Yeung, and  Matthew Drinkwater, head of LCF's Fashion Innovation Agency about how they’re tapping into technology to reduce waste and resource depletion in fashion creation, production, and consumption. We’ll explore smart clothing empowering a circular lifecycle for garments, a pattern-making process that drastically reduces waste, custom made-to-order manufacturing, and insights from an innovation institute exploring the future of the fashion industry.

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Musicians are tapping into technology like never before, transforming the way music is made, experienced, and consumed—and along the way, they’re changing the relationship between artist and listener. From Brian Eno’s technologist Peter Chilvers to composer Julianna Barwick to electronic musician Matthew Dear, we’ll hear from the forward-thinking artists who are pushing the limits of their craft.

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Now more than ever, technology’s bringing an exciting and unexpected dimension to storytelling, helping artists immerse audiences in experiences that educate, engage, and inspire. In this episode, our hosts speak with storytellers and curators who are exploring these new expanded and immersive realities including Kiki Wolfkill, an executive producer at Microsoft’s 343 Industries; Rocky Bucano, executive director of the Universal Hip Hop Museum; and Michael Bodell, deputy director of the Petersen Automotive Museum.

For more information about Microsoft's In Culture podcast, please visit: microsoft.com/inculture/podcast

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