Causepods is a passion project of The Podcast Consultant, Mathew Passy. The aim is to interview folks who are using podcasts to raise awareness for a good cause. Whether that’s a non-profit, charity, medical cause, social justice movement, or anyone looking to create a positive impact in the world, from the local level to the global population. One unique feature to Causepods is that we are going to use this platform to raise money for a 501(c)3 non-profit of your choosing through GoFundMe. If you think you’re a podcaster making a difference in the world, please take a few moments to fill out the Causepods Form and we can’t wait to have you on Causepods.

Leading a Fight with Jordan McConnell of the Crohn’s Veteran Podcast
Aug 27 • 21 min
Today we chat with Jordan McConnell who is the co-host and founder of the Crohn’s Veteran Podcast. Like many of our guests who start a cause-based podcast, it is a calling they feel to lead, and he understands that his and the other co-hosts story can…
The Rise of Social Entrepreneurship with Paul Zelizer of Awarepreneurs
Aug 20 • 21 min
Today on the show we have Paul Zelizer, the creator of The Awarepreneurs Podcast. Paul is committed to be a social entrepreneur, encouraging others to create for profit business that help foster social change. Paul worked with the Tewa Women United…
Reframing Human Relationships with Nature with Elliot Connor of the Human Nature Podcast
Aug 13 • 13 min
I am joined today by Elliot Connor, host of the Human Nature Podcast and Founder and CEO of Human Nature Projects in Sydney Australia. Elliot’s life goal is to reframe our human relationship with nature, promoting compassion, respect, and appreciation for…
Born 2 Battle with Chris Beckette and Nathaniel Palone
Aug 6 • 32 min
Prepare to be inspired by today’s episode. Chris Beckette and Nathaniel Palone join me to talk about their podcast, Born 2 Battle. In 2018 Chris was diagnosed with ALS. They started the podcast in an effort to share their life experiences and the battles…
Fighting Addition with Matt Shedd of the Stories of Recovery podcast
Jul 30 • 23 min
Matt Shedd joins me today from Marr Addiction Treatment Centers. Matt is the host of their podcast, Stories of Recovery | Alcoholism, Addiction & Twelve Step Spirituality. They share personal experiences of dealing with substance abuse from the…
Getting Happy by Getting Sober with Gillian Tietz of the Sober Powered Podcast
Jul 23 • 21 min
I am joined this week by Gillian Tietz, host of the Sober Powered Podcast. Gillian created her podcast after conquering her addiction and feeling genuinely happy for the first time in her life. Now, it’s her mission to pass on the knowledge she’s gained…
Understanding and Ending Military Suicide with Duane France of the Seeking the Military Suicide Solution Podcast
Jul 16 • 27 min
This week we’re chatting with Duane France, co-host of the Seeking the Military Suicide Solution Podcast, a limited series podcast talking to individuals looking to make a difference regarding the suicide epidemic in service members, veterans, and their…
Fighting the Stigma of Mental Health with Oliver Thompson-Smith of the You Wouldn’t Know Podcast
Jul 9 • 23 min
Mental health continues to have a great deal of stigma associated with it. Today, I’m talking with Oliver, who is working to confront that stigma and normalize the conversation around mental health. After struggling with his own mental health issues,…
Fighting for Treatment of a Rare Disease with Ramya Ramaswamy of the Raising Rare Podcast
Jun 11 • 20 min
In today’s episode, I’m talking with Ramya Ramaswamy whose son, Raghav, was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder on his first birthday. Since the diagnosis, Ramya and her husband have shared their story, put together a team of leading scientists, raised…
Helping Veteran Fathers Reconnect to Their Families with Ben Killoy of the Military Veteran Dad Podcast
May 28 • 27 min
In today’s episode, I’m talking with Ben Killoy. After joining the Marine Corps straight out of high school, Ben tells us about his time in the service and what happened in the 10 years following that led him to start his podcast. Ben goes on to discuss…
Parenting Children After the Loss of a Spouse with Jenny Lisk of The Widowed Parent Podcast
May 21 • 42 min
In today’s episode, we are talking with Jenny Lisk, who lost her husband 5 years ago, leaving her to raise their two children on her own. Jenny shares the heartbreaking story of the loss of her husband and how it led to starting her podcast. The gap she…
Stories that bring to life the nature of transformation with David All of Belly of the Beast Life Stories
May 14 • 27 min
David All is the creator of Belly of the Beast Life Stories, a podcast that tells the stories of a person’s personal transformation story. David explains to us why he started his podcast and why he finds the personal stories of transformation on his…
Shedding Light on Rare Genetic Disabilities with Effie Parks of Once Upon A Gene
May 7 • 26 min
In this episode, we are talking with Effie Parks, creator and host of Once Upon A Gene. As a parent of a child with special needs, Effie’s cause is to help other families navigate their new realities by sharing stories, creating a community of support.…
Buzzsprout Offers Free Podcast Hosting to Spread Reliable COVID-19 Information
Mar 19 • 17 min
During these trying times, it’s great to see companies step up and offer positive solutions to a crisis. One of the first headlines I saw in the podcasting space was when Buzzsprout was giving away free Pro podcast accounts…
Confronting the Stigma Surrounding Men Battling Depression with Al Levin of The Depression Files
Mar 12 • 36 min
Today, we talk with Al Levin, creator and host of The Depression Files podcast. On his podcast, Al touches on the topics of mental health and depression, but more specifically as it relates to men. While working as an assistant principal, Al went through…
Using a Passion for Animals to Promote Awareness With Ellen Weatherford of Just the Zoo of Us Podcast
Mar 5 • 26 min
Joining us on the show today, we have Ellen Weatherford, the creator of Just the Zoo of Us Podcast. Along with her husband, Christian, Ellen’s focus is to educate people on topics relating to wildlife, threats to endangered species and biodiversity,…
The Rise of Social Entrepreneurship with Alina Boyte of The Heart Centered Life Podcast
Feb 27 • 19 min
Today on the show we have Alina Boyte, the creator of The Heart Centered Life Podcast. Alina is committed to being a social entrepreneur, encouraging others to live a more heart centered life and in turn creating a positive change in our world. Her…
Creating a Space for the Stories of the Homeless with Russell Clair of The Homeless Podcast
Feb 20 • 30 min
The issue of homelessness is one that is gaining more and more attention in mainstream media but not something that we have touched on here at Causepods yet. Today we are joined by Russell Clair to talk about his new podcast called the Homeless Podcast,…
Step Up by Stepping Out with Jason Jacobs of My Climate Journey
Feb 13 • 17 min
Our guest today is Jason Jacobs, host of the podcast, My Climate Journey. Jason led a long career as the (former) Co-Founder and CEO of the popular fitness app, Runkeeper (acquired by ASICS). Like many of us, Jason always had a strong conviction to care…
The Masters of Edutainment and Lessons for Non-Profits with Brian Dunning of Skeptoid
Feb 6 • 24 min
Today on the show we have Brian Dunning, the creator of the Skeptoid podcast, join us to talk about their non-profit mission and, more specifically, the evolution of their podcast. What started in 2006 as a hobby soon developed into a serious source of…
Stronger Today with Dawn Sherine Bernard of the Dancing with Bipolar Podcast
Jan 30 • 23 min
Navigating the Uncertain Terrain of Bipolar Disorder
Giving a Voice to LGBTQ+ with Rhys Mathews of the Queer Margins Podcast
Nov 14, 2019 • 19 min
Rhys Mathews created the podcast Queer Margins to give a voice to members of the LGBTQ+ community who are rarely heard from. In its first series of the podcast, Rhys interviewed Old Queens to hear their stories and experiences. The result has been a…
Pushing Sustainable Living with Dave Gardner of GrowthBusters
Sep 19, 2019 • 23 min
Dave Gardner is the director of the documentary, GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth and host of the GrowthBusters podcast which is a part of GrowthBusters project, which promotes sustainable living (perpetual growth in the scale of the human enterprise is…
Living a Healthy Gluten-Free Life on the Road with Elikqitie of the Travel Gluten Free Podcast
Sep 5, 2019 • 26 min
You may have recently found out you are celiacs, gluten intolerant or have an allergy to gluten. You may be feeling frustrated, sad or even depressed that gluten can no longer be a part of your life! When Elikqitie first found out that she wasn’t able to…
Stopping the Cycle of Confinement with Ricky Pallay of Eat.Sleep.HUSTLE.Repeat
Aug 29, 2019 • 24 min
In this episode I sit down with F5 Project ( non profit set up to help coordinate services and provide personal support in order to deter repeat offenses. He got involved with F5 to keep himself accountable for recovery from…
Inspiring Women to Lead Purposeful Lives with Brandi Voth of The Power Project
Aug 22, 2019 • 25 min
What is The Power Project Podcast? The Power Project is a platform and online community created by Brandi Voth to build awareness of the issue of human trafficking. Brandi interviews survivors and soldiers in the fight against human trafficking, in hopes…
Building Community with Motolani Ogunsanya of the Mo Sybil Show
Aug 15, 2019 • 25 min
What is the Mo Sybil Show? The More Sibyl Podcast show is a platform born out of a place of growth and struggle for Blacks and Asians, and those who care about and love them. Mo looks at cultural issues that are important to Blacks and Asians including…
How to Use a Podcast to Teach Democracy with Jenna Spinelle of the Democracy Works Podcast
Aug 8, 2019 • 20 min
Jenna talks about how they are using a podcast format to teach listeners how to have a healthy democracy.
Important Stories with a Positive Vibe with Sandy Joy Weston of the Let’s Keep it Real
Aug 1, 2019 • 24 min
Sandy Joy Weston started her podcast to showcase people and their amazing stories of positivity, strength, and courage from her travels all over the world.
A Focus on Healthcare in Rural America with Beth O’Connor of The Rural Health Voice Podcast
Jul 25, 2019 • 16 min
Beth O’Connor, Executive Director of the Virginia Rural Health Association and host of The Rural Health Voice Podcast, talks about launching a podcast to bring attention to the difficulties people living in rural America face when searching for healthcare.
The Connection is in the Intersection with Simma Lieberman of the Everyday Conversations on Race Podcast
Jul 18, 2019 • 17 min
Simma discusses the history behind her passion for diversity and cultural inclusion.
The 9 Lives of Dr. Richard Shuster - The Daily Helping Podcast
Jun 20, 2019 • 30 min
Dr. Richard talks about how a life-changing event transformed him from a tech consultant to a person motivated by helping others.
Support Through Awareness - Lew Hastings - Red Road Radio Show
Jun 6, 2019 • 32 min
Lew discusses the impetus to share stories from Native communities, and his motivation to help.
Domestic Violence Divide - Teri Yuan – en(gender)ed podcast
May 23, 2019 • 23 min
Teri discusses how she sees feminism missing from the conversation around domestic violence, and how she seeks to unite survivors through her podcast and collective.
Career Continuity - Jamie Muskopf – SO Unbecoming Podcast
May 9, 2019 • 29 min
Jamie discusses the challenges of achieving career goals in the face of the unique circumstances presented by being a part of a military family.
Making it Personal - Dr. Nathaniel Chin – Dementia Matters Podcast
Apr 25, 2019 • 19 min
Dr. Nathaniel Chin discusses how his father’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease motivated him to change course in his medical career, focusing on research and science to support others with similar diagnoses, in the hopes of eventually eradicating the…
The Uphill Battle of Batten Disease
Apr 11, 2019 • 24 min
Christopher Velona discusses the reality of being a father to a child with a rare, as yet untreatable disease, and the steps he has taken to create a brighter future for his son.
Jen Stansbury Koenig - HSCT Warriors Podcast
Mar 28, 2019 • 36 min
Today on the show we’re joined by Dr. Jen Stansbury Koenig, creator of HSCT Warriors Podcast, who is going to be defining for us what exactly autoimmune disease is and the role that hematopoietic stem cell transplants (HSCT) can play in the healing…
Chris Lanphear - NoCo FM (EP.17)
Mar 14, 2019 • 25 min
Welcome back to Causepods everybody! Today our guest is Chris Lanphear, the founder and brains behind NoCo FM, a network of radio and podcast shows with a focus on inclusivity, diversity, and causes that need a voice. With a longish career in radio and…
Lara & Kelly - Doing Good Business (EP. 16)
Feb 28, 2019 • 23 min
Welcome back to Causepods everyone! Today our guests are Lara Heacock, who is a leadership coach with a personal development blog at and Kelly Stewart, who is a positive business consultant at the who are going to tell us…
Bonus Episode - Spice of Life
Feb 14, 2019 • 52 min
Today on Causepods we are switching the format up a little bit and are lucky enough to be recording live from the Spice of Life charity event hosted by Forgotten Boardwalk in New Jersey! This annual event is all about celebrating life, organ donation,…
Carolyn Kiel - Beyond 6 Seconds (EP.15)
Jan 31, 2019 • 26 min
Welcome back to Causepods everyone! Today our guest is Carolyn Kiel, who is the host of Beyond 6 Seconds and she is here to tell us all about her own journey since starting a podcast just over a year ago. Beyond 6 Seconds is focused on showcasing people’s…
Rabbi Richard Address - Seekers of Meaning (EP.14)
Jan 10, 2019 • 22 min
On Causepods today, we welcome Rabbi Richard F. Address from the Jewish Sacred Aging community and the host of the Seekers of Meaning Podcast. As an older member of his community, one that continues to grow and evolve in the modern age, Rabbi Richard…
Chris Roy - The Professionals in Animal Rescue (EP.13)
Dec 20, 2018 • 27 min
On the show today we welcome Chris Roy, the host of The Professionals in Animal Rescue podcast! This podcast is focussed on highlighting the work of different individuals in the field of animal rescue and shining a light on the different roles that rescue…
Jon Strum - Real Talk MS (EP.12)
Dec 13, 2018 • 25 min
In this episode of Causepods we are joined by Jon Strum who is the host of Real Talk MS, a podcast aimed at creating community around the spread of information on multiple sclerosis. Jon’s desire to create this platform grew out of his personal experience…
Dionne Bensonsmith and Tammy Nyden - Mothers on the Frontline (EP.11)
Dec 6, 2018 • 41 min
Hello and welcome back to Causepods! We are back after a short break and slight change in name but are delighted to bring you this episode today with two great guests! They are Dionne Bensonsmith and Tammy Nyden from Mothers on the Frontline. The third…
Dorothy Illson - Financial Freedom and Generosity (EP.10)
Nov 8, 2018 • 27 min
On today’s episode we welcome Dorothy Illson, host of The Do Well and Do Good Podcast. The show is focused on talking to guests who have achieved a level of financial freedom and use that opportunity to give back in some way. So Dorothy’s show is not all…
Jennifer Fink - Fading Memories Podcast (EP.09)
Nov 1, 2018 • 29 min
Welcome back to Causepods everybody! Today’s episode is with Jennifer Fink, host of The Fading Memories Podcast. As a newcomer to the podcasting and audio realm, Jennifer and her show, which deals with Alzheimer’s, have quickly shown that they are a force…
Larry Gifford - When Life Gives You Parkinson’s (EP.08)
Oct 18, 2018 • 27 min
On today’s episode we welcome Larry Gifford, host of the When Life Gives You Parkinson’s podcast. Larry, who has been in the radio and podcasting sphere for many years now, was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s. He found that he wanted to find…
Matthew Zachary - Giving A Voice to Young Cancer (EP.07)
Oct 11, 2018 • 29 min
On todays show we welcome Matthew Zachary, the founder and host of The Stupid Cancer Show. The show started out on the radio during the transition that radio made from terrestrial stations onto the internet and before podcasts were really in the common…
Kitty Felde - Book Club For Kids (EP.06)
Oct 4, 2018 • 25 min
In this episode of Causecasts we welcome the host of Book Club for Kids, Kitty Felde. Kitty started the podcast a few years ago as way to create lifelong readers out of middle schoolers, a cause that we fully support! Coming from a career in public radio…
LOPA - Raising Awareness For Organ Donation
Sep 27, 2018 • 29 min
Welcome to another episode of Causecasts and today on the show welcome not one, but three amazing guests! Joining us today we have the hosts of The Gifted Life Podcast, Lori Steele, Joey Boudreaux, and Sally Gentry. The podcast is produced by the…
Lee Silverstein - WE Have Cancer (EP. 04)
Sep 20, 2018 • 30 min
On today’s episode of Causecasts we are so happy and honored to have Lee Silverstein, host of the WE Have Cancer Podcast, as our guest. Lee created this podcast a few years ago as a way to inspire hope and connection within the community of people…
Bill Monroe - Strokecast (EP.02)
Sep 13, 2018 • 28 min
Welcome to the second episode of Causecasts! Our guest today is Bill Monroe, the host of Strokecast, a podcast focused on raising awareness and sharing information on the symptoms, risks and recovery of stroke. Bill himself experienced a stroke at what…
James Thomas - Four Seasons, One Family (EP.03)
Sep 13, 2018 • 21 min
Today’s guest is James Thomas, the host of Four Seas One Family, a podcast aiming to show how common the human experience is and break down the barriers that divide us. As an American immigrant who now lives and works in Taiwan, James’ experiences in Asia…
Judithe Registre - The Get InPowered Podcast (EP.01)
Sep 13, 2018 • 33 min
Our first guest on Causecasts, The Get InPowered Podcast’s Judithe Registre, has a main goal with her podcast to bridge cultural gaps and bring about more understanding through the use of narratives that challenge the simplified cultural myths we are so…
Welcome to Causepods
Sep 2, 2018 • 3 min
Welcome to Causepods. I’m your host Mathew Passy and I am delighted to be launching this passion project aimed at raising awareness, and some funds, for those using podcasts purely for a good cause. Each week, I’ll highlight a new show, what positive…