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Podcasting with Pride: Strategies for Inclusive Representation

Podcasting with Pride: Strategies for Inclusive Representation


June 20, 2024

As part of its commitment to diversity and inclusion, Podbean is excited to announce the upcoming virtual event, “Podcasting with Pride: Strategies for Inclusive Representation.” This pivotal event, hosted by the distinguished Kira Dineen of DNA Today, aims to equip podcasters with the tools necessary to foster an inclusive environment. Scheduled for June 27th, this session includes conversations with Sean Howard, Co-Founder of Fable & Folly; a fiction podcast network reshaping the landscape of media representation by championing the voices queer, disabled, intersectional, and gender-fluid visionaries, and Selly Thiam, CEO & Founder of AQ Studios; an African podcast company curating content across a range of genres and shows that represent a diversity of ideas, communities, cultures and interests that depict the full spectrum of African and Black experiences.


“The power of podcasting lies in its ability to reach diverse audiences with authentic voices. ‘Podcasting with Pride’ isn’t just about celebrating Pride Month; it’s about ensuring our content creators have the skills and sensitivity to produce podcasts that respect and honor all individuals,” stated David Xu, CEO of Podbean. “Kira Dineen brings invaluable expertise and insight, making her the perfect host for this essential dialogue.”

Event Overview:

  • Integrating Inclusivity: Discover practical ways podcasters weave inclusivity into their show formats, topics, and guest selections.
  • Overcoming Inclusion Challenges: Gain strategies for addressing and overcoming the hurdles faced when discussing diversity and inclusion in podcast episodes.
  • Authentic Identity Disclosure: Understand the impact and timing of disclosing personal identities to enhance connection and relevance, especially in discussions impacting specific communities.
  • Creating Safe Spaces: Explore methods to ensure that both guests and listeners feel safe and valued, regardless of their background.
  • Language and Pronouns Use: Delve into the importance of careful language and pronouns usage, including scenarios where their use might be nuanced or implied.
  • Balancing Authenticity and Broad Appeal: Learn techniques for maintaining authenticity while ensuring content is approachable and engaging for a diverse audience.
  • Handling Sensitive Corrections: Acquire skills for correcting misunderstandings or misrepresentations about identity respectfully and effectively during recordings.
  • Community Building: Examine how a community-focused approach can enhance content quality and deepen listener engagement.
  • Advice for New Podcasters: Get expert tips for embedding inclusivity into podcasting practices from the start, ensuring a foundation of respect and openness.

​​This event promises to be an invaluable resource for both novice and experienced podcasters aiming to enhance their inclusivity practices. Attendees will leave with a deeper understanding of how to create content that not only entertains but also respects and celebrates the diverse spectrum of human experience.


Thursday, June 27th, 2024, 2 PM EST/ 11 AM PST

Online event (Livestreamed on Youtube and Linkedin)

Cost: FREE

Register here


About Kira Dineen:

Kira Dineen, MS, LCGC, CG(ASCP)CM, is a seasoned podcaster and genetic counselor with a passion for science communication. She hosts DNA Today, a podcast that ranks in the top 1% globally and has earned multiple accolades, including the Best Science and Medicine Podcast Award for three consecutive years. With over a decade of podcasting experience, Kira has produced more than 280 episodes across 10 different podcasts, engaging listeners with the latest advancements in genetics. Her expertise is supported by a Bachelor’s in Diagnostic Genetics from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s in Genetic Counseling from Sarah Lawrence College. Kira’s commitment to educating and engaging diverse audiences makes her an influential voice in the podcasting and genetics communities.


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