Christa Avampato

The Joy of Podcasting and Neurodivergent Stories with Carolyn Kiel

“I find my joy in podcasting.” ~Carolyn Kiel

I’m happy to share this week’s JoyProject podcast interview with the wonderful Carolyn Kiel, creator & host of Beyond 6 Seconds: a #neurodiversity podcast.

In this episode, Carolyn shares her journey and joy behind the microphone as she lifts up the stories of her guests.

At the end of the episode, I share the tools I use to create JoyProject: Zencastr for interviews, Otter_ai for transcripts, Wordpress for the website, Headliner Video for audiograms, Unsplash for photos, Anchor for podcast hosting and distribution, Canva for quote posters that I share on social media, & Twisted Wave for audio editing.

Listen to the episode at and wherever you get your podcasts.

Photo by Tyler Nix on Unsplash

We need joyful news. In addition to the first interview of the JoyProject podcast, The Joy of Old Things with Ashley Semrick, I released my first Joyful News episode.

Joyful News is a set of stories I’ve gathered from around the world that spark joy. Listen wherever you get your podcasts. You can also listen here, along with viewing a transcript, extra links, and resources:

In this episode, I talk about:
- my 15-year business school reunion at UVA Darden School of Business
- a Brooklyn bookstore crawl
- roads in India made from plastic waste
- a parade of planets
- a new orchard on Governors Island with a historical twist
- Don’t Hesitate, a poem about joy by the beloved poet, Mary Oliver

I started making audiograms for the JoyProject podcast that launches on Tuesday, May 3rd. They are easy to make with and provide a fun way to get a bit of conversation out into the world. This is the trailer that tells you what the podcast is all about…

Image by Preslie Hirsch

One week from today on Tuesday, May 3rd, the JoyProject podcast will launch with the first interview and a Joyful News segment! I start each conversation by asking people “what brings you joy?” There will be a new episode every other week on Tuesday mornings. The trailer is live now at

Ashley Semrick will be our first guest on May 3rd and it’s a joy-filled episode that celebrates history.

After 2 years of thinking about this exploration of joy, I can’t wait to share it with everyone. You can get all the details and listen to episodes at