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Reflections: 2021 and the year ahead!

Hi everyone! Happy New Year! I've uploaded a short podcast explaining where I'm taking Strong and Free next!! Can't wait to share more content with you! Links: YouTube - Judith C...

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Reflections: 2021 and the year ahead!

Welcome to the Strong and Free Podcast! I'm your host, Christopher Balkaran sharing with you interesting conversations on the most engaging topics. My goal is to provide you with thought-provoking Podcasts and Videos to restore a level of balance in our discourse! I hope you enjoy all the great Podcasts, YouTube videos and more that is here. And, if you're liking (or not liking) the content, feel free to leave me a review, comment on my videos or message me directly! 

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About the Host

Christopher Balkaran


Hi and welcome! I created the Strong and Free Podcast to be the place to explore interesting perspectives on the topics of our time. Through this exploration, I hope to provide a welcoming environment to all guests to feel that they can share their ideas and opinions without judgment. My hope is you will take something from each episode that can add to your own perspectives.

I'm always looking for feedback and ideas for topics and future guests. Feel free to connect with me anytime and let me know what you think!