A Whole New Conversation
On this episode of !nspire, we discuss resources for those experiencing food insecurity. Included on the discussion is Dan McPherron from Project Topeka, and Janet Cathcart and Marge Ahrens of the Central Topeka Food Oasis

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Project Topeka
Since 1986, Project Topeka Community Food Drive has been providing food for hungry families through its annual February food collection effort.

Find out more information and how you can assist Project Topeka


On today’s show, we’re discussing the importance of caregiving for all our animal companions, large and small, at the farm, in the zoo, and in the home.
Joining for this show is Brenda Grimmett, owner and founder of B & C Equine Rescue and Margaret Price is the manager of animal care at Helping Hands Humane Society.

Learn more about B & C Equine Rescue

Helping Hands
From its very beginnings in 1890 Helping Hands Humane Society has been advocates for animal welfare. HHHS, Inc. provides sanctuary for animals in need of compassionate care and protection.

Find out more information and how you can assist Helping Hands Humane Society in serving the community through education and addressing animal welfare issues.


Every year, thousands of Kansans spend millions of dollars on entertainment and tourism activities. And every year, more and more Kansans are spending those hard-earned dollars on Agritourism. Joining us to discuss this industry in Kansas are…Colby Sharples-Terry, public relations and communications manager for Kansas Tourism and Tonya Voigt, zoning & codes director for Douglas county.

Learn more about Kansas Agritourism sites as well as other activities Kansas has to offer.

Amy’s Meats
Good, healthy food takes time to produce. Amy’s Meats gladly shares the happenings here at the homestead with anyone who wants to know, education on how things were done, how they typically are done, and the way and why we do them are a large part of our service.

Find out more information and how you can get your seat at the The FarmHer’s Table or be part of the Farm-To-Fork Club.



The Metoo movement made people aware of the lopsided power dynamics between men and women in Hollywood. But there are still fewer women directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors and cinematographers than men. Joining us to discuss this topic is Katrina Parks, Director, Writer & Executive Producer @ Assertion Films and Sue Viccory, President at Heartland Films, Inc.

Sue assists other filmmakers. Check out her site

Local Women Producers
In this show we also got to talk with Sam Haskins, President of Take Ten Film, Inc and M.L. Bass an independent producer about their experiences within the industry.

Find out more information regarding women in the film industry at The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University



On this episode of !nspire, we discuss how Kansas played a role in the Underground Railroad and the efforts to help Freedom Seekers as they journeyed north. We include discussion on Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, and their role, and bravery to have such an impact on this movement. Guests include Kelly Erby, WU Professor of History/Asst. Dean, CAS, Washburn University

Washburn University History Department.

Underground Railroad in Kansas
KTWU recorded some separate pieces regarding people and places and how Kansas played a part in the Underground Railroad.

Find out more information from these resources on the KTWU Website.


On this episode of !nspire, we celebrate women in science. We discuss the career opportunities, the importance of mentorship for our younger ladies interested in science, and provide an inside look into the Washburn University Women In Science Say our guests for this discussion are Susan Bjerke, professor of Biology at Washburn University, and Karen Carmada, professor of Physics at Washburn University.

Washburn University College of Arts and Sciences.

Careers for Women in Science
Kris craven, Meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service Forecast office here in Topeka and Fani Limberopoulos, a scientist at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment who works in the field of environmental monitoring and emergency preparedness discuss their science careers.

Find out more information from these links: NWS Federal Women’s Program.
Careers at Kansas Dept. Of Health and Environment.


The leading cause of cancer death in the United States for African American women, with rates of incidence higher among black women under 40. Here to speak with us today about this important subject matter is breast cancer survivor, Linessa Frazier and doctor Rita Stanley, of Integrated wellness.

PBS NewsHour Breast Cancer articles.

Breast Cancer Awareness
1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime …and black women in the US have a 40% higher breast cancer mortality rate, the highest of any racial or ethnic group.

Find out more information from these links:

Stormont Vail Screening and Prevention.
The University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus Breast Center.


On this episode of !nspire, discussion of the challenges, the successes, and the inspiration for other aspiring youth and women in our communities with Maria Elena Cuevas, lead vocalist and acoustic, electric and traditional Mexican stringed instruments performer for MARIA THE MEXICAN, and Erinn Renyer, Founder and Director of the Topeka Cello Collective, Lecturer in Music in Applied Cello and Director of String Studies at Washburn University.

PBS NewsHour: How female musicians amplify each other when the industry won’t.

Breast Cancer Awareness
The results of a 10-year study have found that women remain underrepresented in many areas of the music creation process and other areas of the industry.

The USC Annenberg study was performed by examining artists, songwriters, and producers credited on each of the 1,000 songs on Billboard‘s Hot 100 Year End Chart from 2012 to 2021, along with the gender and race/ethnicity of every person in those three roles. In 2021, there were 180 artists on this chart — 76.7% of them were men and 23.3% were women. (No artists identified as gender non-conforming or non-binary in 2021.) Across all ten years, 78.2% of artists were men and 21.8% were women.

Find out more information from these links:

Annenberg study on Inclusion in the Recording Studio

Maria Cuevas and Erinn Reyner

On this episode of !nspire, we discuss housing issues and examine some of the challenges many face in finding an affordable place to live. Guests include Ginger Ellsperman, Program Manager/Certified Financial and HUD Housing Counselor and Abigail Panecatl, Tenant/Landlord Program Manager, at Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc.

The Home Buyer Program educates hundreds of people every year about the types of loans and down payment assistance for future home buyers.


According to Rentdata.org Approximately 15% of Americans qualify for some level of housing assistance. The Rental Assistance at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development can assist in finding affordable rentals and special needs housing.

If you’re currently renting or thinking about renting check out the following resources for more information:
Rental Housing Tools

Maria Cuevas and Erinn Reyner
If you missed it see all of the topics that were covered in Inspire Season 1
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