(By Robin Kinnie) When was the last time you had a riveting discussion on foreign policy? For the average American, the answer is never. However, our world is continuously shrinking and what happens in other countries affects us all. The best podcasts combine passion with purpose. And the best aspect of podcasting is that it gives everyone the opportunity to make a difference in our world. Former Obama appointee Bunmi Akinnusotu (pictured) knew she could do a better job of educating the public on foreign policy than the so-called experts. Instead of sitting on the sidelines and shouting at the TV or radio, Bunmi decided it was her turn to take a stand.
The What in the World? podcast was launched in 2017 to make U.S. foreign policy relevant to everyday people. “I want more Americans to understand that foreign policy/global politics is in everything we do, eat, drink, wear, and everywhere we go”, said Bunmi.
According to a survey conducted by the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Geographic Society, there is a lack of understanding on how global concepts affect the U.S.
Bunmi admits that, “foreign policy is not glamorous but I’ve found a way to make the conversation accessible to people who aren’t wonks.” She airs excellent conversations with a variety of experts, intertwined with great music. The combination makes you forget that you’re actually learning something useful.
Beyond her innate ability to communicate and make people feel comfortable, Bunmi has had to learn important lessons to grow her podcast. She said, “podcasting is a marathon not a race…trying to do everything all at once and perfectly, is unrealistic. Particularly when you’re doing this by yourself, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. I’ve learned to take my time and build gradually.”
Excellent advice from someone who is using her voice to make a change in our world.
For more information, visit www.whatintheworldpodcast.com.
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Robin Kinnie is an experienced podcast producer, entrepreneur, and #womanowned advocate. Driven by community, she takes pride in creating access to underrepresented groups within the podcast industry. As the President of Motor City Woman and Audio Engineers of Detroit, her goal is to amplify the voices of women. Robin also serves as the head of Soundgirls.org, Detroit Chapter. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @RobinKinnie.