JANE GOODALL HOPECAST: PODCAST EP 2 – with Musician Dave Matthews

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Hope Is Taking Action and Inspiring Those Around You

A scientist turned global activist and an internationally acclaimed rockstar walk into a podcast…This is episode 2 of the Jane Goodall Hopecast! Dr. Jane Goodall and Dave Matthews have been friends for many years (having shared many a good talks over whiskey), and though they may seem an unlikely pair, their admiration and respect for one another is easy to hear in this lovely exchange of two phenoms. What they see in one another is a mutual conviction to use their innate abilities – storytelling and music, respectively – to connect people across identities, and inspire action on behalf of essential issues like animal welfare, the climate crisis, conservation, and human rights. This provocative talk takes you inside this precious friendship and the story of how each of us can use our own abilities, whatever they may be, to make a positive difference every single day.


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Dave Matthews and Dr. Jane Goodall’s kindred passion for wildlife and shared dedication to the planet has forged a close friendship between the two icons. In this intimate conversation, Dave talks about his childhood split between South Africa and the U.S. and explains how his scientist father and early experiences inspired much of his appreciation for nature and wildlife. Now an internationally acclaimed musician for over two decades, Dave uses his platform to spread awareness for environmental and conservation issues and to support organizations creating powerful impact, including the Jane Goodall Institute. The vibrancy and passion of their conversation is sparked by many difficult questions including: What are some of the biggest challenges we face in saving life on Earth and what can we each do about it?

At the End of the Rainbow: Stay to the end of the episode to hear a rare archival clip of Dave Matthews playing a tribute to Jane as she sits on stage with him.

Credits

Feel hopeful and inspired to act with the Jane Goodall Hopecast by subscribing on Apple podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google podcasts, and anywhere podcasts are found. The Jane Goodall Hopecast is produced by the Jane Goodall Institute. Our production partner is FRQNCY Media. Michelle Khouri is our executive producer, Enna Garkusha is our producer, and Matthew Ernest Filler is our editor and sound designer. Our music is composed and performed by Ruth Mendelsohn with additional violin tracks from Angie Shear. Sound design and music composition for the Conservation chorus is by Matthew Ernest Filler.

Follow us at @janegoodallinst on social and learn more at janegoodall.org.

Stay tuned…Episode 3 will feature a very special guest….

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The Jane Goodall Institute is a global community conservation organization that advances the vision and work of Dr. Jane Goodall. By protecting chimpanzees and inspiring people to conserve the natural world we all share, we improve the lives of people, animals and the environment. Everything is connected—everyone can make a difference.

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About Author

Ashley Sullivan is the Communications & Policy Officer at the Jane Goodall Institute, where she works to connect individuals with Dr. Goodall's vision, and the JGI mission. Ashley graduated Stony Brook University with a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Biology, and is currently pursuing a MS in Environmental Science & Policy at Johns Hopkins University. She has a varied background including conservation, art, communications, digital media, design, photography, and documentary filmmaking. Ashley believes in sharing information to empower and in magic of storytelling to change hearts and minds. Through growing understanding and empathy, she believes it is possible to ignite positive change, every day.