Indiana Podcasts with Chris Spangle

Podcasts produced about Indiana Nonprofits and Policymakers. Our content is created from the public affairs radio show We Thought You Might Like To Know... with Chris Spangle as well as his archives of Now Hear This. For more interviews like this, please visit our website *These episodes also air on The Chris Spangle Show podcast.

A Look Into the World of Foster Care Kids with ...
Becky Moore was watching an episode of Oprah years ago and learned about Camp to Belong, an organization that gives foster care siblings a week together at camp. As a former foster kid herself, she decided to start her own chapter. She talks about life within foster care, what this week of camp means to the kids that attend, and how we can help their efforts.
47 min
How Does An Organization End Teen Homelessness?...
Andrew Neal is the Chief Executive Officer of Outreach Indiana to discuss the challenges cities face when trying to end homelessness. He explains everything from the difficulties of counting the population, how to serve teens in a system tilted towards adults, and what flaws exist between faith-based and public services. Learn more at
38 min
What Cultural Trends Affect Domestic Violence?
When our minds think of organizations that work in the space of domestic violence, we often think of intervention work. Stephanie Solomon, the Youth Programs Coordinator of the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, works on prevention. What does that mean? She joins me to outline how cultural trends can lead towards domestic violence and how her organization works with teens to end violence in the next generation. Learn more at
31 min
The Importance of Mentors For Students with the...
The Starfish Initiative is an organization in Indianapolis that helps economically disadvantaged youth reach their full potential by moving into post-secondary education. President and CEO Crystal Givens shares the importance of mentoring in the life of their program's scholars and how students and adults can participate.
22 min
Arianna Cruz on MORE Magazine (Making Opportuni...
Arianna Cruz joins us to share about a new magazine that highlights the areas of Fashion, Conscious Living, Sustainability, Diversity, Equality, Inclusion, and Philanthropy.
11 min
Children’s Bureau + Families First Announce Merger
Two of the oldest nonprofits have announced a merger. Andra Martinez is the VP of Communications and Development for the Children’s Bureau + Families First, and she joins us to share how this move will better serve families in crisis within Indianapolis.
14 min
Major General A.C. Roper, Deputy Commanding Gen...
Major General A.C. Roper, Deputy Commanding General of the Army Reserve at Fort Bragg, joins us to discuss his remarkable career in the U.S. Army Reserves in tandem with his career as Police Chief of Birmingham, Alabama.
13 min
Julie Simpson on Heart Health for American Hear...
Julie Simpson, an Independent Nurse Practitioner with MedExpress joins us to discuss heart health.
9 min
A Kid Again Indiana Executive Director Katie Pa...
A Kid Again Indiana is an organization with a mission to support kids with life-threatening conditions and their families by giving illness a time-out through year-round adventures. Indiana Executive Director Katie Pappas joins us to talk about their mission.
15 min
Indiana Council on Problem Gambling Executive ...
On this week's show, we talk to Chris Gray, Executive Director of the Indiana Council on Problem Gambling about the expansion of gambling in Indiana and how that affects Hoosiers.
16 min
Staff Sgt. Anedra Owens on Serving in the U.S. ...
14 min
Alan Witchey, President & CEO of the Damien Center
Alan Witchey, President & CEO of the Damien Center joins us to talk about their efforts in aiding and comforting Hoosiers living with HIV/AIDS.
15 min
Staff Sgt. Anthony Porter on Serving in the U.S...
Staff Sgt. Anthony Porter joins us to discuss the benefits of his service in the U.S. Army on his family and why others should consider joining.
15 min
Staff Sgt. Destinee Harris on Serving in the U....
Staff Sgt. Destinee Harris joins us to discuss the benefits of her service in the U.S. Army and why others should consider joining. Harris is a recruiter for the U.S. Army Indianapolis Recruiting Battalion's Metro North Company.
17 min
David Starkey of the Indianapolis Opera
Indy Opera General Director David Starkey joins us to discuss re-opening events safely and their new capital campaign for the Basile Opera Center.
15 min
Chelsea Haring-Cozzi, Executive Director of Coa...
Chelsea Haring-Cozzi, Executive Director of Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention joins us to discuss the complexity of helping those who experience homelessness. Chris Spangle asks her about encampments on the circle, who falls into homelessness, and what organizations network together to solve the issue.
31 min
Ryan Vaughn of Indiana Sports Corp on Indiana H...
Ryan Vaughn of Indiana Sports Corp joins us to discuss the "sports strategy" of Indianapolis that supports 80,000 Hoosier jobs and the challenge of hosting March Madness.
14 min
Kelly McBride of Domestic Violence Network (DVN...
Kelly McBride, Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Network (DVN), joins us.
30 min
Terry Mumford of Impact 100 Greater Indianapoli...
Terry Mumford, a Board Member Emerita of Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis joins us.
13 min
Jennifer Pope Baker of the Women's Fund on Solv...
15 min
Darcey Palmer-Schultz of Big Brothers Big Siste...
Darcey Palmer-Schultz of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Indianapolis joins us to share more about their mentoring programs that transform the lives of both the littles and their bigs.
15 min
Turae Dabney, PUP (People for Urban Progress) E...
Turae Dabney of PUP joins us to share their mission. Since its inception in 2008, and the initial project which transformed salvaged roof material from the RCA Dome into bags, wallets, and other products, PUP has been devoted to using design and responsible reuse to make Indianapolis a better place to live - to create the responsible and resilient city of the future.
19 min
Tajuana Ryder of Versiti on A Seat at the Table
Dr. Tajuana Ryder of Versiti Blood Centers joins us to discuss their program "A Seat at the Table," a program dedicated to bringing awareness to sickle cell disease, organ donation, and healthcare disparities facing African Americans.
29 min
Serving Our Troops with Mike Hanlon of the USO
Mike Hanlon is the Executive Director of the USO Indiana. USO Indiana strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation.
15 min
Barb Mohr of the Assistance League of Indianapolis
Assistance League volunteers transforming lives of children and adults through community programs like ​​ALI Bears, ALI Friends, Assault Survivor Kits, and Operation School Bell.
31 min
Denise Soltis, Executive Director of the Umoja ...
Umoja Partnership is a partnership of many faiths, from different cultures, on two continents, united in our service to change lives by keeping children in school.
15 min
Laura Berry of the Indiana Coalition Against Do...
Laura Berry, Executive Director of the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, joins us to share the toll of the pandemic on women and men suffering from domestic violence.
15 min
The Harrison Center for the City - The Power of...
Joanna Taft of the Harrison Center joins us. The Harrison Center is a community-based, nonprofit arts organization that seeks to be a catalyst for renewal in the city of Indianapolis.
14 min
Maggie Lewis, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Indi...
Maggie Lewis is the CEO & Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis.
16 min
Indianapolis Metropolitan High School on Helpin...
Indianapolis Metropolitan High School is a free public school offering a high school education to students in grades 9-12. Indianapolis Met is a best-fit school for students experiencing circumstances that may present a barrier to education. Their principle, Christina Lear, joins us to share how this works.
15 min
The Indy Hunger Network on Coordinating Food Re...
The Indy Hunger Network began in the wake of the 2009 recession as a way for food banks and pantries to coordinate efforts. Kate Howe is the Managing Director of the organization and joins us to share how food relief distribution works in the Circle City. Learn more at
13 min
Theresa Anderson of Fairbanks Shares an Update ...
Theresa Anderson MBA, BSN, RN, the Interim CEO / Chief Nursing Officer of Fairbanks, updates us on the impact of the pandemic on those struggling with addiction.
12 min
Joy's House on Serving Adults With Life-Alterin...
29 min
Gleaners Food Bank on the Impact of the Pandemi...
John Elliott, President/CEO of Gleaners Food Bank, joins us to share the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on hungry Hoosiers. Gleaners experienced a 2 to 4 times surge in need while having staff severely cut and had to rapidly shift their operations. Watch the Gleaners 40th Anniversary Special on WISH-TV 8 on September 10 at 7:30 pm. Learn more at
30 min
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful on Indy Art & Seek ...
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful has been fighting litter in Indianapolis for forty years while expanding into other ways to make the city more beautiful. Joining us are Kristina Uland, VP of Development & External Affairs, and Alejandra Lagunas, Arts Engagement Project coordinator. They share details on their new project titled Indy Art & Seek.
28 min
The Arts Council of Indianapolis on Their COVID...
Shannon Linker is the Vice President of the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Director of Gallery 29. She joins us to share how they're supporting local artists through the pandemic and other new projects that have been born out of the crisis like the Welcome Race Fans project and the Black Lives Matter Mural.
29 min
The Hope Academy, Indiana's Only Recovery High ...
Rachelle Gardner is the Executive Director of the Hope Academy, Indiana's only recovery high school. She shares with us the struggles of teens with substance abuse issues.
29 min
Financial Wellness with Financial Center First ...
Dusty Simmons and Jamie Davidson of Financial Center First Credit Union discuss the financial challenges facing families in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as their podcast Carpe Dime. They also have a free financial literacy webinar.
25 min
Tom Hanley of Nine13sports on Cycling in School...
The founder and CEO of Nine13sports, Tom Hanley, joins us to share about their mission to encourage physical fitness in schools through cycling.
16 min
John Mollaun of Hope Healthcare Services on Low...
John Mollaun of Hope Healthcare Services joins us to discuss their low-cost medical and dental treatment. Learn more at
16 min
Kent Kramer of Goodwill Discusses the Impact of...
President and Chief Executive Officer Kent Kramer of Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana joins us to update the audience on how COVID-19 has impacted their stores and schools. Learn more at
32 min
United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater In...
Cerebral Palsy affects the lives of three out of every 1,000 children born. United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Indiana assists those with Cerebral Palsy to gain access to adaptive technology, medical equipment and other items that will increase their independence, mobility, communication or comfort as well as providing educational scholarships. Executive Director Mike Foddrill and board members Traci Ford and Lee White join us to discuss their organization. Learn more at
25 min
Lt. Col. Brittany Simmons on Army National Hiri...
Lt. Col. Brittany Simmons of the U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion in Indianapolis joins us to discuss Army National Hiring Days and how the pandemic has affected life in the military. Learn more at
14 min
iHeart Media's Jelisa Chatman on Their RFP for ...
Jelisa Chatman is Communications Manager - iHeartMedia Kentucky-Indiana Region and she joins us to discuss how the iHeartMedia's Indianapolis cluster works to serve our community. They are offering an RFP opportunity to local organizations.
16 min
Lisa Laflin of West Indy Development Corp on Co...
Community development corporations are instrumental in providing housing in low-income areas across the nation. Lisa Laflin of West Indy Development Corp joins us to share their efforts in helping families buy or rent homes while beautifying local neighborhoods. Learn more at
30 min
COVID-19: Pack Away Hunger on Filling the Need ...
Abigail Harlan, Executive Director, and Allison Avin, Communications Director, of Pack Away Hunger join us to discuss the increased need for nutritional meals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pack Away Hunger is a unique nonprofit that gathers together large groups of people to create a unique meal package that produces thousands of meals in an afternoon. While these meals are often shipped overseas, they've provided 193,000 meals in the past few months locally. Learn more at
30 min
Kent Kramer of Goodwill of Central & Southern I...
We often think of Goodwill as a store to buy secondhand goods, but it is much more. President and Chief Executive Officer Kent Kramer of Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana joins us to discuss the many programs funded by their famous stores like the Excel Center and their Nurse-Family Partnership. Learn more at
29 min
COVID-19: David Siler of Families First on Ment...
Founded in 1835, Families First is the oldest nonprofit human services organization in Central Indiana. Their focus in the 21st Century is providing mental health services during life challenges. President David Siler joins us to discuss their suicide intervention hotline, developing Telehealth strategies for counseling, and substance abuse treatment programs. Visit to learn more. If you may be in crisis or contemplating suicide, please call (317) 251-7575 or Text CSIS to 839863.
21 min
COVID-19: Lael Hill of the Indiana Coalition fo...
Lael Hill of the Indiana Coalition for Crime Victims Rights joins us to discuss her new organization and its mission in helping crime victims through the legal system. She joins us to share advice for leaving a bad situation in the middle of shutdowns.
16 min
COVID-19: Jason Chenoweth of Outreach, Inc. on ...
Jason Chenoweth, CEO of Outreach, Inc., joins us to discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Indianapolis' homeless youth. While Outreach, Inc. serves around 500 youth between 14 and 24, there may be as many as 2,000 kids experiencing homelessness in the city. He also shares the dramatic increase in food needs within the city.
21 min
COVID-19: Eric Todderud of the Fairbanks Addict...
Eric Todderud is a Business Development Representative at the Fairbanks Addiction Treatment Center. He joins us to talk about the challenges of maintaining sobriety during the pandemic as well as signs that a loved one may need intervention.
19 min
The National Kidney Foundation of Indiana on Th...
Margie Evans Fort, CEO, and Brandon Spice, Development Specialist, of the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana discuss the hidden danger of kidney disease and their new Kidney Cars program which allows people to donate cars to the charity as a fundraiser.
13 min
COVID-19: Phil May of Sharing Place Pantry on F...
Phil May is the coordinator of the Sheltering Place food pantry on the east side of Indianapolis. They are a part of the Foundation of Lutheran Child and Family Services. May tells us about the needs facing the economically disadvantaged in Indianapolis.
10 min
COVID-19: Caisy Lun of Taste Restaurant at Luck...
Caisy Lun of Taste Restaurant at Lucky Lou joins us to discuss feeding front line workers at hospitals after connecting with one of them on her restaurant's Instagram.
10 min
COVID-19: Mimi Blue Good Food on Feeding First ...
David Kosene from Mimi Blue Good Food shares their family's history of combining great meals with helping others. With their Mimi Cares program, they've raised $10,000 allowing the restaurant to deliver meals to hospitals and homeless shelters.
9 min
COVID-19: Ben Harvey of the Indiana Primary Hea...
Ben Harvey, CEO of the Indiana Primary Health Care Association, joins us to discuss community health centers in Indiana and their efforts to combat COVID-19.
19 min
COVID-19: Tips on Deescalating Family Fights wi...
With big changes from added economic pressure, homeschooling, and sheltering in place, Maggie Owens of the Indiana Center for Prevention of Youth Abuse and Suicide shares some tips on managing family fights, talking to kids about the pandemic, and getting help when dealing with suicidal ideation.
17 min
COVID-19: Tina Cloer of Children's Bureau on Ri...
While reports of child abuse are down, incidents of abuse are increasing in the COVID-19 pandemic. Tina Cloer is the CEO of the Children's Bureau joins us to discuss their efforts in helping children and families financially, monitoring at-risk children, and their Project Courage shelters that house children while their parents and guardians fight the coronavirus.
15 min
COVID-19: Danielle Cooney of Soupremacy on Prov...
Soupremacy General Manager Danielle Cooney joins us to discuss their efforts to feed the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as families hit hard economically. Support their efforts at
11 min
COVID-19: Jay Height of Shepherd Community Cent...
The Executive Director of the Shepherd Community Center Jay Height joins us to share what is happening on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis. They've put in place a 120-day response plan that focuses on five areas: food security, financial stability, medical monitoring, e-learning for students, and fighting social isolation. Support them and learn more at their website:
15 min
COVID-19: Kids' Voice of Indiana on Child Custo...
Can a parent deny parenting time to another parent? What if parents live across state lines? What if a parent is an essential worker and exposed to coronavirus? We are joined by Lindsay Scott, the President/CEO of Kids' Voice of Indiana, and Katie Kelsey, Director of the Children’s Law Center of Indiana to discuss custody issues during the COVID-19 pandemic.
29 min
Stephen Meyers, Walking Across America to Raise...
On 15 February 2020, Stephen Meyers will begin a 6,000+ mile walk across the USA to raise awareness for Post-Traumatic Stress. He will walk through 20 States to meet with veterans, first responders, medical professionals, and people interested in Post-Traumatic Stress. We are fortunate to hear his story and message. Stephen is on the border of KY and TN awaiting the ability to continue his journey. Learn more about Stephen and PTSD at his website.
31 min
Jason Fishburn, Founder and Artistic Director o...
Jason Fishburn of Matthew's Voices shares how a choir of those experiencing homelessness changes lives in Indianapolis.
18 min
COVID-19: Chad Priest, CEO of American Red Cros...
Over 4,000 blood donation drives have been canceled and the blood supply is critically low across the country. Surgery and emergency patients are greatly at risk due to this, and they are calling for volunteers to help work virtually to arrange drives. They will keep everyone safe during a drive as well. COVID-19 does NOT spread through the blood. They desperately need blood drives organized in every community around the country. They will also need help responding during the approaching tornado season.
9 min
COVID-19: Mary Kay Foster, manager of the Speci...
Mary Kay Foster, manager of the Special Pathogens Unit at IU Health, joins Now Hear This on the basics of COVID-19. We ask why social distancing is so important, what symptoms one might have should they contract it, how can one get tested, and what preparations her hospitals are making to deal with the coronavirus. She also shares some reasons to be optimistic.
36 min
Debbie Laswell Of the IWIN Foundation, Helping ...
Debbie Laswell, Program Director of the IWIN Foundation, joins us to discuss IWIN's work in alleviating stress for women and men fighting breast cancer. Learn more about their work at
15 min
Jennifer Lamb of the Exotic Feline Rescue Center
The Exotic Feline Rescue Center is home to 150 abandoned big cats like lions, tigers, and leopards. Jennifer Lamb joins us to discuss what life is like for these rescued animals in their East Central Indiana home. Support their work by attending their annual auction on March 14 in Indianapolis. Learn more about the event and the organization at their website:
15 min
Hope House: Recovery Housing For Substance Abuse
Tia Brewer and Shane Beal of Hope House are working towards opening the first recovery house for women in Grant County, Indiana. Marion, like most other cities, is experiencing a surge in substance use issues and a lack of recovery homes. Hope House Marion is opening in March of 2020 and will provide sober living environments for both men and women. More importantly, they will provide Hope for those seeking recovery. Hope House Marion believes that providing people in recovery with safe, structured, and stable living environments is the key to making Marion a better community. Hope House Marion was created by members of the recovery and faith community to provide safe, structured, and stable housing for men and women living with a substance use disorder.
29 min
The 24 Foundation - Supporting The Fight Agains...
Nanci Bonfield (Regional Director Indiana) and Tom Gospel (National Board Member) of the 24 Foundation join Now Hear This to discuss their organization's work in supporting individuals fighting cancer. Their mission: 24 Foundation’s mission is to inspire and engage communities to make an immediate impact on the lives of those affected by cancer. For us, that means more than funding research and goes beyond finding a cure. To 24 Foundation, that means investing in services that untangle the maze of appointments, tests, and treatments after diagnosis, and funding programs to increase the quality of life for survivors decades into the future.
30 min
Serving the Blind with Arvetta Jideonwo of the ...
The blind population of Indiana faces over 60% unemployment in the state, and Bosma Enterprises helps solve this problem by hiring over 200 employees to serve this community. For more information, please visit
15 min
The Starfish Initiative - Mentoring Economicall...
Jennifer McCloud (SVP & Chief Advancement Officer) and Jessica Ledesma (Match Specialist) of the Starfish Initiative join Chris Spangle to discuss their work connecting economically disadvantaged youth with mentors that will help scholars develop in the area of college readiness/Access, career exploration, and character.
30 min
Indiana Council on Problem Gambling Executive ...
On this week's show, we talk to Chris Gray, Executive Director of the Indiana Council on Problem Gambling about the expansion of gambling in Indiana and how that affects Hoosiers.
30 min
Rupert Boneham of Rupert's Kids Discusses Juven...
Rupert Boneham of Rupert's Kids (and Survivor) discusses his program's efforts to help empower young men and women that are exiting the criminal justice system and his new facility called the Where House.
30 min