S2 E30 Harvard Grad Turns Radio into a Vehicle for Positive Messaging
Mar 16th, 2020 by saunderscash
For this podcast we caught up with Henna Hundal, a recent graduate of Harvard University who is the host of a syndicated radio program that has featured the likes of Bill Gates, Nobel laureates, Fortune 500 CEOs, and most recently, several of the 2020 U.S. presidential candidates.
When Henna started podcasting, she didn’t realize it would grow into a project she was passionate about, but the Henna Hundal Show is a now nationally syndicated news program in addition to being a podcast. Henna has been fortunate be able to launch her show from the studios of Harvard Radio Broadcasting.
The story starts from her dorm room, where she started turning discussions with fellow students about the most important issues of the day into podcasts. She then expanded this to recording her professors and leveraging that connection to interview some of the more significant leaders not just in Boston but across the nation and around the world.
The show features the world’s foremost experts for groundbreaking discussion within their respective fields, spanning medicine, science, technology, business, politics, policy, law, and more. Now Henna Hundal is on a mission to understand how contemporary high-impact issues are being tackled by the world’s most influential leaders and has so far interviewed nine of the candidates for president running in the early primaries.
Henna Hundal holds a bachelors degree in stem cell biology from Harvard University. She has been working in radio for six years, including having served as the Chief Operator of Harvard Radio Broadcasting (WHRB Cambridge, 95.3 FM).
Taking into account all of her high school accomplishments, it comes as no surprise that Harvard University accepted Hundal as a student from a small farming community in Northern California. Hundal was originally inspired to apply to the prestigious university for its phenomenal programs, as well as the “movers and shakers” who engage in pioneering research daily.
Imagine, if you will, that you could interview anyone alive today from among world leaders, who would you choose? For Henna Hundal, this is not a question but a reality. Henna leveraged seized the resources at Harvard to interview a wide diversity of distinguished guests on her eponymous radio show.
Hundal, who grew up in an immigrant family of almond farmers, was first introduced to radio in high school, so it was a natural fit to join the student-run Harvard Radio Broadcasting (WHRB 95.3 FM) program. Inspired by the stimulating environment at the radio station, Hundal created a broadcast of her own, the “Henna Hundal Show,” a forum committed to breaking down contemporary issues exploring how the world’s movers and shakers approach them.
Since its creation, the show has hosted guests such as Bill Gates, and former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, among others. “As you can imagine, it was an unbelievable experience to sit down with Bill Gates and gather his perspectives on HIV/AIDS, as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has dedicated an enormous sum of money towards HIV/AIDS prevention initiatives.”
She is also a contributing author to a book that provides tools and tips for young people to harness their full potential and make a difference in the world (Millennials to Boomers: Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World).
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