They work hard to make their community a better place but their stories go unheard… till now. YXE Underground is a Saskatoon-based podcast that breaks the silence of people who toil behind the scenes.
Host and creator Eric Anderson knew there were so many ordinary people making an extraordinary difference he set out to create the podcast two years ago.
Season two delves into the many social challenges facing our city. Issues like addiction and crime in the inner city, Truth and Reconciliation, food security and HIV/AIDS are all open for discussion with guests who are working hard to overcome them.
“In one episode, I catch up with Saskatoon Police Officer and Say Know website creator Matt Ingrouille,” says Anderson. “He’s tackling issues of addiction and violence in our city by reaching out to kids where they are online. I’m really excited for listeners to hear his new ideas on how to combat the problem.”
The podcast heads out to Farm 140 for the season debut to meet Arlie LaRoche. She and her family are on the cutting edge of Saskatoon’s growing Food to Table restaurant trend with their holistic style of farming.
“Arlie believes it’s vital that people have a connection with their food,” explains Anderson. “I think listeners will be just as excited as I am to hear her passion when it comes to educating people about where their food comes from.”
The podcast really hit its stride after debuting last year. The first 13 episodes saw more than 7,000 downloads and this number doesn’t include streaming services such as Spotify.
“The success of the first season is proof that more people are not only are listening to podcasts but also that they are looking for positive stories about people right here at home”
“The success of the first season is proof that more people are not only are listening to podcasts but also that they are looking for positive stories about people right here at home,” says Anderson. “For a podcast with a minuscule budget, that’s done in my spare time, I was thrilled to see it connect with so many listeners.”
YXE Underground launches its second season Thursday Sept. 12 with a new episode every month. It’s part of the newly created Saskatchewan Podcast Network, a central hub for podcasts created in the province. Anderson is excited the network is helping spread his stories further than ever before. Listeners can subscribe wherever you find your podcasts like Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts. It can be streamed on Spotify.
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