Published on:

11th Aug 2021

Lives Radio Show & Podcast – Rachelle Chase

She started her writing career writing sexy romances, but in 2008 Rachelle Chase discovered Buxton, Iowa thanks to her former romance writing instructor and friend, Leigh Michaels. By January 2017 she’d written, sold, and released her first nonfiction book, “Lost Buxton” and, in 2019, her second one, “Creating the Black Utopia of Buxton, Iowa.” In this show we talk about her writing, a life of adventure that includes quitting her job to move to South America, joining a motorcycle club, and completing Emerge Iowa (Class of 2020) – an exciting program for women who plan to run for public office – and launching in her first nonprofit, Uniting Through History.

Rachelle has given more than 80 presentations about the amazing town of Buxton and has now turned her attention to sharing with corporations the lessons that we can learn today from Buxton. Rachelle recently launched a nonprofit, Uniting Through History, to promote unity by furthering knowledge of and acceptance of the fact that Black history is American history through immersive experiences enabling people to connect with history. Uniting Through History recently wrapped up on their first annual Hip History Contest, in which middle school and high school students used their artistic creativity to bring the story of Buxton to life for a chance to win nearly $6,000 in prizes. Rachelle is a former senior business analyst for Fortune 500 companies, a model, published romance author, and podcaster.

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About the Podcast

Lives Radio Show & Podcast with Stuart Chittenden
A weekly conversation with fascinating people sharing their personal stories and their impact on the world
Fresh voices and diverse perspectives on culture, community, business, and more brought to you in this weekly conversation hosted by Stuart Chittenden, founder of the conversation consultancy Squishtalks and co-founder of the creativity and design thinking consultancy Gilbert+Chittenden. From the Midwest and beyond, fascinating guests share compelling stories spanning the fields of politics, business, media, community activism, arts and humanities, philanthropy, and more. On air since January 2017, Lives Radio Show & Podcast initially broadcast on the community radio station Mind & Soul 101.3FM in north Omaha, housed at the Malcolm X Center, and more recently broadcasts with 1st Sky Omaha.

About your host

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stuart chittenden

Born in sight of England’s Canterbury Cathedral, I’ve called the American Midwest home since 2004. Formerly a London lawyer and an Omaha brand consultant, since 2016 I have dedicated 100% of my time and efforts to Squishtalks, a conversation catalyst I started in 2010. Squishtalks has collaborated with numerous community groups and businesses.

Believing in conversation’s power to connect, in 2015 I undertook the community project “a couple of 830 mile long conversations,” adventuring in an RV for four weeks along side roads and among small towns to talk with Nebraskans, discovering the lives, cultures and stories of people I met. Currently I am engaged in “Stories from the Redline” in collaboration with The Union for Contemporary Art’s exhibition exploring the pernicious human impact of redline housing policies.

In addition, I cofounded the creativity agency Gilbert+Chittenden in 2017, collaborating with creativity expert Dan Gilbert using design thinking to help individuals and organizations creatively realize their best futures.

I hope you'll join me in listening to the compelling stories from my fascinating guests on Lives Radio Show & Podcast.