Author Archives: Kyle Bodge


PMC President Bill RyersonPMC President Bill Ryerson

March 17, 2020

A Message from Bill Ryerson, President and Founder of Population Media Center

March 17, 2020 — Dear friends of PMC, In light of the growing concerns around COVID-19, we at PMC are adapting our current practices to ensure the health and safety of our workforce, our partners, and the communities around us. In response to recommendations from several key public...

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2020 Population Media Center (PMC) CineStory Scholarship winners Paul Karp and Sara Dolin2020 Population Media Center (PMC) CineStory Scholarship winners Paul Karp and Sara Dolin

March 2, 2020

2020 PMC CineStory Scholarship Winner Announced

March 2, 2020 — CineStory is excited to announce that the writing team of Paul Karp and Sara Dolin has been awarded the 2020 Population Media Center (PMC) CineStory Scholarship for their script, Extra-Ordinary Jess. PMC will be covering the cost for Paul and Sara to attend the...

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Toma mi Mano actor Carlos ZaldañaToma mi Mano actor Carlos Zaldaña

February 28, 2020

Staff Spotlight: Carlos Zaldaña

February 28, 2020 — Toma mi Mano (“Take My Hand”) concluded this fall in Guatemala after a celebrated 156-episode run. We connected with one of the stars to talk about life as an actor, and how Toma mi Mano was a game changer. What is your name, position,...

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February 21, 2020

Population Media Center Partnership Among Top 100 Proposals for MacArthur $100 Million Grant

February 21, 2020 — The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation this week announced Population Media Center (PMC) in partnership with Global Fund for Women, Marie Stopes International, and One Acre Fund was one of the highest-scoring proposals, designated as the Top 100, in its 100&Change competition...

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February 18, 2020

Show Launches in Mexico: More than 3 Million Tune In Daily

February 18, 2020 — Lights. Camera. ¡Acción! On January 2oth, film reels rolled and cameras flashed as Vencer el Miedo (“Overcome the Fear”) launched to dramatic fanfare in Mexico. The co-production of Population Media Center (PMC) and Televisa set out with a sky-high goal: to captivate viewers across Mexico...

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Alice and Geoffrey Mwaba in Kwishilya clothingAlice and Geoffrey Mwaba in Kwishilya clothing

February 18, 2020

Living Better Together: Kwishilya Improves a Marriage

February 18, 2020 — Alice and Geoffrey Mwaba’s romance was a whirlwind. The two met in the streets of Tazara township in Zambia when Alice was 18 and Geoffrey was 24, marrying within a year. Their first child arrived that same year, and another five children eventually followed....

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PMC-Uganda writer Irene NamyaloPMC-Uganda writer Irene Namyalo

January 31, 2020

Staff Spotlight: Irene Namyalo

January 31, 2020 — Akakunizo (“Jigsaw Puzzle”), one of our two shows airing in Uganda, is in full swing. We recently caught up with one of our writers for the show to learn more about the day-to-day creating hit radio for change in Uganda, and what inspires her...

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January 21, 2020

In the Face of Conflict, Shows Go On

January 21, 2020 — Much has been written about escapism – those moments when we turn to something to take our minds off things that seem scary, overwhelming, sad, or difficult. And of course, movies, stories, TV, and games are common escapist tools. And, they’re good for us...

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January 2, 2020

Hit Radio Show Brings Family Planning, Gender Equality Information to Nearly 2 Million People

January 2, 2020 — Following the sweeping popularity of the first season of Agashi (“Hey! Look Again!”), PMC launched a second season to widespread acclaim in Burundi. With 208 episodes, Agashi 2 addressed a number of key themes including reproductive health, gender equality, family planning, hygiene, and nutrition. And...

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December 17, 2019

Breaking Fears and Opening Conversation on Teen Pregnancy, Gender-Based Violence in Mexico

December 17, 2019 — In 2018, 32.7 million girls and women in Mexico were mothers. Six out of every ten of them were around 14 years old when they had their first child. When Population Media Center (PMC), an NGO creating entertainment driven by social impact, researched the...

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November 18, 2019

At the Nairobi Summit, PMC Comes Full Circle

November 18, 2019 — Population Media Center’s founder and President, Bill Ryerson, recently attended the Nairobi Summit — a critical international event marking the 25th anniversary of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, or ICPD. Bill joined over 6,000 world leaders, NGO representatives, youth activists, and...

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PMC Donor Arden DownPMC Donor Arden Down

October 15, 2019

Donor Spotlight: Arden Down

October 15, 2019 — Arden Down doesn’t want to help anyone. That may sound like a surprising statement coming from a woman whose career has been oriented around counseling others and whose life is packed with activism and volunteering. “I don’t want to help people,” she says, “I...

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September 17, 2019

Haiti Gets Social for Extra Impact

September 17, 2019 — Poverty rates in Haiti are high, and every parent wants a good future for their child. What’s known in Haiti as “Restavek” is a system that, on the surface, is supposed to support at-risk kids. In reality, it is a form of child slavery,...

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August 29, 2019

Bringing Street Theater for Change to Nepal

August 29, 2019 — The scene: the eastern plains regions of Nepal, August 2019. The players: two nonprofits with a goal of creating lasting social change. The medium: street theater! Since 2016, Population Media Center (PMC), a global NGO creating social impact driven by entertainment, has been a...

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August 20, 2019

Join PMC in Celebrating Women’s Equality Day on August 26th

August 20, 2019 — On August 26, 1920, the United States Congress certified an amendment granting women the right to vote. The signing of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution followed a rugged 40-year history in which activists faced ostracism, brutality, and criminal records in their fight...

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July 23, 2019

Population Media Center Launches New Show, Jolokoto, in Nigeria

July 23, 2019 — A nonprofit entertainment company dedicated to social impact, Population Media Center (PMC), is thrilled to announce the launch of Jolokoto (“Mirror of Life”), its seventh radio show in Nigeria. Previous shows have been highly popular and impactful, shifting perspectives and social acceptability around widespread...

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Marketing and Advocacy Associate Kyle BodgeMarketing and Advocacy Associate Kyle Bodge

July 19, 2019

Population Media Center Adds Marketing Associate, Kyle Bodge

July 19, 2019 — Population Media Center (PMC) has expanded its Marketing and Communications team, welcoming Kyle Bodge to the role of Marketing Associate. A recent graduate from the University of Vermont with a BS in Health Sciences, Bodge has three years of publicity coordination, social media management,...

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Donor Engagement Officer Bria HolnessDonor Engagement Officer Bria Holness

July 17, 2019

Welcoming Donor Engagement Officer Bria Holness to PMC

July 17, 2019 — Population Media Center (PMC), an international nonprofit implementing entertainment-education to improve the rights of women and girls and environmental protections, is pleased to announce the addition of Bria Holness in the new role of Donor Engagement Officer. Holness’ addition to the Development team will...

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PMC President Bill RyersonPMC President Bill Ryerson

July 2, 2019

Population Media Center’s Bill Ryerson wins Lifetime Achievement Award from NonProfitPRO

July 2, 2019 — The June edition of NonProfitPRO recognized the “2019 Nonprofit Professionals of the Year.” Included among those recognized this year is Bill Ryerson, President and Founder of Population Media Center (PMC). There are nine categories within the contest and Ryerson was selected as the winner...

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June 28, 2019

The Future is Bright: Winners of the 2019 Scholarship Video Contest

June 28, 2019 — Four current and upcoming college students are celebrating $1,000 scholarship prizes after winning this year’s “One Planet, Many People” video contest organized by Population Media Center (PMC). By creating videos under a minute long that examine the impacts of human population growth on their...

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