The Weekly Boost Podcast exists to use others’ experiences and stories to learn more about the world around us. Austin and Ben use this platform to navigate through and talk about life through conversation. The Weekly Boost is a space for organic discussion, curious minds, and a few laughs along the way.
Last summer, we developed a working idea for a podcast that would encompass our interests as well as a means to stay in touch. Little did we know that this venture would impact our lives greatly. It has allowed us to discuss an array of topics, with individuals who have faced adversity in their lives. We continue to develop a welcoming platform that allows others to share their experience in hopes that listeners learn and understand their perspective and outlook on life. When we first sat down to discuss how we would begin this journey, we made a quick realization. No matter the direction of the podcast, our mission was to understand life outside of our own conscious. To discover other’s journeys; to live through other people’s experiences in the attempt to understand who WE are and what OUR journey holds. To us, this platform serves an excellent medium to convey these messages and to listen to people other than ourselves. Everybody’s time on Earth is different from the time that WE perceive, our goal of this podcast is to understand and communicate that difference.
Our roots with the ACS began with Relay for Life in high school. At Ripon, Austin was involved in Colleges Against Cancer, and hopes to continue his passion for cancer research and awareness through our partnership with the American Cancer Society.
Ben Folger is currently a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma. He graduated from Ripon College in 2018 with a B.A. in Chemistry-Biology. His research interests include the history of public health, the American West, and race. His working thesis investigates the intersection of socialism, race, and medicine in Oklahoma in the early 20th century.
Austin Fox is an undergraduate majoring in biomedical science at St. Norbert College. Before his time at St. Norbert, he enrolled at Ripon College as well. His research interests include microbial ecology, cancer biology, and microbial gene therapy. He plans on continuing his studies in the fall.