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UConn 360: The UConn Podcast
Bringing you everything that's fun, surprising, and unique about Connecticut's Top 20 public research university. Join us every other week for things you never knew about UConn.
Jun 24, 2020
Dig This Episode, Literally! (Well, Not Literally)
This week, UConn Humanities Institute Fellow Siavash Samei '19 PhD tells us about his work on archaeological digs in what used to be Mesopotamia, we learn about a class so good students deliberately flunked so they could take it again, and we almost forget to brag about an award.
Jun 10, 2020
A Nation in Turmoil
With marches and protests in small towns and big cities across the country in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, a black man, by Minneapolis police officers, we convened a panel of UConn faculty members affiliated with the Africana Studies Institute to help us understand the events unfolding across the nation and the world. Joining us are Melina Pappademos, associate professor of history and Africana Studies and director of the institute; Sean Salvant, associate professor of English and Africana Studies; Bede Agocha, assistant professor in residence of psychological sciences and Africana Studies; and David Embrick, associate professor of sociology and Africana Studies.
May 27, 2020
This week, Professor Jeffrey Ogbar talks about the art and lasting influence of Little Richard, and we journey back to the 1940s, when a professor was on trial for suspected anti-American sympathies.
May 13, 2020
This week we bid a bittersweet farewell to Maxine Philavong, who graduated from UConn on May 9. We also talk with Prof. Nu-Ahn Tran about her work in archives that shed new light on the origins of the Vietnam War, and learn about a week that convulsed the university in 1970.
Apr 29, 2020
Gamers, Graduates, 'Husky Farm Girls'
This week, we check in with students who are building a Minecraft graduation for UConn seniors and we learn about life on campus in 1905 from the perspective of an original member of the women's basketball team.
Apr 15, 2020
Anatomically Correct Squids
There's still a lockdown, we're still recording from four socially distant locations, and we're still bringing the high heat: this week, Prof. Sarah McAnulty talks to us about adorable squids and the genesis of the Skype-a-Scientist initiative, and we visit Maxine's History Corner to learn what UConn students were forbidden to do during the 1918-1920 flu pandemic (hint: pouches were involved).
Apr 1, 2020
Coronavirus Exile: Week One
This week we come to you from four different towns across the great state of Connecticut, where the global pandemic has deposited us for the time being. We also hear from professor and landscape photographer Janet Pritchard about the Guggenheim Fellowship she won to document the Connecticut River watershed in photography, and we learn about the previous times when UConn was forced to cancel graduation ceremonies. Wash your hands and join us!
Mar 18, 2020
The Great Storrs Air Raid
This week, we speak with Prof. Lucy Gilson about the ways in which business and research go together; we hear about how the Guerrilla Girls changed the way we think about art; and we look back on a very patriotic series of fires on the Storrs campus.
Mar 4, 2020
Keep On Truckin'
This week, we learn about a student's innovative initiative to promote composting at UConn; we get a glimpse at an exhibition of work by the underground comics artist R. Crumb; and we ask ourselves if they built the library without calculating the weight of books (answer: this did not happen).
Feb 19, 2020
Radio Free UConn
This week, we learn about the UConn Woodsmen, one of the most distinctive and interesting student groups on campus; Prof. Christopher Vials tells us why a new anthology on the history of anti-fascism is so timely; and we meet early radio pioneer Dan Noble, and ponder the call letters of UConn's first radio station.
Feb 5, 2020
The Future of Our Brains
This week, UConn philosopher Susan Schneider tells us about some of the possible benefits of artificial intelligence, as well as some potentially terrifying downsides; Associate Dean of Engineering Daniel Burkey explains how the school became a nationally-lauded exemplar of diverse student recruitment; and Tom tells us about two incidents from 1960 involving flags you probably shouldn't hang out your window.
Jan 22, 2020
Benedict Arnold: Before He Was Lousy
This week, we talk about UConn's participation in the first-ever Connecticut ice hockey festival; we learn about ways for UConn students to stay healthy; and we discover the significance of some skeletal remains found near a Revolutionary War battle site.
Jan 8, 2020
We've Reached the Boiling Point
This week, Tom is MIA; Julie catches up with the ever-popular Regina Barreca, renowned humorist and Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of English Literature; and Ken takes us inside the Boiling Point competition, part of UConn’s annual Culinary Olympics, scheduled this year for Tuesday, January 14.
Dec 25, 2019
Wrapping Up 2019 With a Bright Blue Bow
This week, the gang takes stock of the year just about to pass, plays back some of our favorite stories, and discovers the antediluvian ancestor of UConn 360 itself.
Dec 11, 2019
Getting Litty With Dan Hurley
This week, we talk with men's basketball coach Dan Hurley about UConn hoops, Madison Square Garden, and growing up in a basketball family; Jane O'Donnell takes us on a tour of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology's Insect Collection; and travel back in time to a period when UConn was a ski destination (sort of).
Nov 27, 2019
Raised on Promises
This week, we meet the UConn-trained historians behind the popular "American Girls" podcast; learn about research into the causes of child neglect; and discover the identity of the University's first-ever international student.
Nov 13, 2019
UConn's Other Basketball Powerhouse
This week, Julie meets members of the successful Chinese Students and Scholars Association UConn basketball squad; Ken sets the stage for the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine's visit to the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts; and Tom talks about the time UConn bought 13,000 ice cream bars to help stop an epidemic.
Oct 30, 2019
Our Milkshake Brings All the Ghosts to the Yard
This week, Student Podcast Assistant Extraordinaire Maxine Philavong takes the reigns for a spooktacular Halloween episode, interviewing UConn students about their costume choices, and providing a feature on the UConn Horror Club. We wrap things up with a rundown of historic Halloweens at UConn, and learn about the mystery of the "milkshake dance."
Oct 16, 2019
Don't Send in the Clowns
This week, Political Science Prof. David Yalof gives us some valuable context on the history of impeachment and presidential scandals; Astronomy Prof. Jonathan Trump talks about the awe-inspiring nature of black holes; and we recall the night when campus was convulsed with clown panic.
Oct 2, 2019
How Not to Break the Law
This week, Mike Chase '11 (LAW) tells us about his runaway success in giving people pointers on avoiding federal crimes; Matt DeBarco talks about teaching a one-of-a-kind class on the horticulture of cannabis; and Tom tells us about a place near campus that is definitely not haunted.
Sep 18, 2019
Chuck and Augie and Royal and Otis
This week, we welcome UConn 360 student worker Maxine Philavong; we learn about the UConn Gaming Club from Ryan Marsh '20 (ENG); PhD candidate Rebecca Rowe discusses her research on the effect that animated characters can have on girls' ideas about body image; and we try, unsuccessfully, to determine which Storrs brother deserves the most credit for UConn.
Sep 4, 2019
The Land of Steady-ish Habits
This week, Tom has gone walkabout, so Julie and Ken step up with a history-heavy episode: Prof. Altina Waller tells us about the famous Hatfield-McCoy feud, and Prof. Walter Woodward, Connecticut's state historian, provides some perspective on how Connecticut's past lines up with our present.
Aug 21, 2019
Our Manners, Our Selves
This week, Prof. Andrea Voyer explains what the collected advice of Emily Post can tell us about society; Prof. Beth Taylor tells us why getting even five minutes a day of exercise can be a significant benefit in our lives; and we journey back to 1919 to find out why students were lining up in Hawley Armory to have someone look at their noses.
Aug 7, 2019
Dial 'D' For 'Dramaturg'
This week, Prof. Lindsay Cummings tells us what it's like to be the dramaturg for the Connecticut Repertory Theatre; we meet the journalists of tomorrow at a summertime camp in Storrs; and we learn all about the fall and rise of the UConn Tech Park.
Jul 24, 2019
Talking Trash, But In a Scholarly Way
This week, Karen McDermott tells us whether trash talk can actually make a difference in the outcome of an athletic competition; Emeritus Prof. Nicholas Bellantoni talks about what it's like to be Connecticut's Indiana Jones; and we hear about a proposed campus event from 1972 that is probably better off never having happened.
Jul 10, 2019
Special Celebrity Guest: The Good Boy of UConn
This week, Prof. Arnold Dashefsky tells us what goes into the making of the American Jewish Year Book; no less a UConn personage than Jonathan XIV himself drops by the studio to give us the lowdown on being the university's favorite pooch; and we journey back to 1979 for a sense of basketball deja vu.
Jun 26, 2019
This week, UConn engineering students get Hartford's iconic Keney Memorial Clock Tower chiming once again; Prof. Bart Roccoberton Jr. reflects on his work with UConn's world-famous puppetry program; and the gang tries, and fails, to solve a mystery about the first women to attend the university.
Jun 12, 2019
UConn's Most Mysterious President (Or Was He?)
It's almost Father's Day, and Prof. Kari Adamsons, an expert on fatherhood, gives us some perspective on how family roles are changing; visiting scholar Katherine Jewell talks to us about the growth and development of college radio; and we learn why there's an asterisk on the list of UConn presidents.
May 29, 2019
The Night They Drove Old Dairy Down
This week, Terrence Mann and Matthew Pugliese drop by to talk about jukebox musicals and the Connecticut Repertory Theatre's summer season; friend of the podcast Graham Stinnett interviews some of his fellow archivists about the treasures held by UConn's Dodd Center; and we learn about the most serious ice cream crisis in university history.
May 15, 2019
Students, Scholars, and Masters
This week, we meet superstar student Wanjiku (Wawa) Gatheru; learn about Prof. Ryan Watson's survey research focusing on LGBTQ teenagers; thank our lucky stars commencement ceremonies have changed since 1895; and salute a master in our midst.
May 1, 2019
A Look Back At the "Lady Principal" Era
This week, Prof. John Redden talks about breaking down the invisible barriers between faculty and students; Prof. Fiona Vernal tells us about the long (and ongoing) struggle for affordable housing in the Hartford region; and we journey back to see what life at Storrs was like for the first women to attend classes at UConn.
Apr 17, 2019
A Song In Our Hearts
This week we get musical, with student Jesus Cortes-Sanchez, who tells us about being a DREAMer and playing clarinet on a Grammy-winning album; with Prof. Robert Stephens, who talks about social protest in the music of the Gullah people of the southeastern U.S.; and with a Daily Campus editor who had to face the music in 1960 for editing an issue of the paper deemed "obscene."
Apr 3, 2019
Getting Muddy With the Wizard of Ooze
This week, we talk about the trial of war criminal Ratko Mladic with Gladstein Visiting Professor of Human Rights Predrag Dojcinovic; Julie takes us inside a class at UConn Hartford where students are learning to be mindful; and Student Alumni Association President Bryan Kirby drops by to give us all the dirt on the annual spring tradition of Oozeball.
Mar 20, 2019
This week, UConn football great Dan Orlovsky talks social media and UConn memories, History professor and Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellow at UConn’s Humanities Institute Kate Grandjean regales us with the tale of notorious British loyalist serial killers Micajah and Wiley Harpe, and Tom's History Corner gets personal with perhaps the worst building occupation in UConn history (with the best results).
Mar 6, 2019
When Irish Fashion Swept the USA
This week, Prof. Mary Burke tells us about how a John Wayne film helped set off an American passion for Irish fashion; Prof. Manisha Sinha explains that history is never as simple as we make it out to be, and we tip our cap to the Daily Campus for digging up a clue to the truth behind an enduring legend about Jonathan the Husky.
Feb 20, 2019
Episode 27: Yearbook? More Like Jeer-book
This week, Prof. Scott Wallace talks about an exhibit of photographs and reports from his work as a war correspondent in Central America, student Tahj-Anthony Jean tells us how he became a restaurateur as the owner of Farmhouse Crepes, and we learn about how a UConn yearbook once became a flashpoint in a national debate about youth culture.
Feb 6, 2019
Episode 26: Talkin' National Flag Blues
This week, we sit down with Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek and I'm With Her fame to talk about her upcoming performance at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts; learn about Prof. Cathy Schlund-Vials' unconventional route to the academy and how taking complaints about a pizza restaurant played a role in that; and uncover the story of UConn's official colors.
Jan 23, 2019
Episode 25: Sparking JOY!
This week, we learn about how the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts is nurturing young musicians; talk to Thomas Long about what it's like to be the writer-in-residence in the School of Nursing; and learn just how hard it used to be to get classes canceled on account of weather.
Jan 9, 2019
Episode 24: Extremism in Defense of Jonathan is No Vice
This week, we talk with Prof. Erin Young about genetics and pain management, and the challenges that come with being a woman in science; Ken checks in with Geno Auriemma, Napheesa Collier, and some familiar names from UConn women's basketball; and we look back at a raiding party that sallied north of the border to save Jonathan IV.
Dec 26, 2018
Episode 23: Oiled Up for 2019
Our last episode of 2018 is a look back at some of our favorite moments, and a look ahead to what the new year might bring. We chase people down for New Year's resolutions, take a quiz, and end the year with UConn students singing "Unclouded Day" in Rome.
Dec 12, 2018
Episode 22: Space Campus
This week, we hear about how UConn journalism students are keeping tabs on Connecticut news coverage; talk with Professor Alexis Boylan about an exhibit featuring the work of a pioneering woman portraitist; and we learn about the debt we owe to a man named Rufus.
Nov 28, 2018
Episode 21: Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Prof. Kroum Batchvarov takes us beneath the waters of the Black Sea to talk about ancient shipwrecks; we learn how three professors from different disciplines are helping survivors of the Cambodian genocide; and we visit 1950, when a UConn fraternity confronted racial discrimination on behalf of a pledge.
Nov 14, 2018
Episode 20: When Raba Daba Ruled Storrs
This week, Prof. Micki McElya talks about the future of Arlington National Cemetery, Prof. Jeffrey Ogbar schools us on the politics of hip hop, and we travel back to a time when Storrs elected its own mayor ... sort of.
Oct 31, 2018
Episode 19: Secrets of the Homecoming Goat (LIVE)
This week, we're taking the show on the road, taping in front of a Homecoming Weekend crowd estimated to be the largest ever assembled to listen to an episode of this podcast. Prof. Margaret Rubega talks about what it's like to be the official state bird expert, Coach Jim Penders recalls the time he threw an award into the sea, and we look back on homecomings past, smocks and all.
Oct 17, 2018
Episode 18: Dogs and Cats, Living Together
This week, UConn poll expert extraordinaire Jennifer Necci Dineen tells us what to look for in the midterm surveys, Lakeside's own Elaina Hancock talks about an ongoing climate change information project she's doing, and Julie steps up to the History Corner to find out what happened when UConn turned a dorm over to the students.
Oct 3, 2018
Episode 17: A Visit From Miss Connecticut
This week, we sit down with Bridget Oei '18 (CLAS), aka Miss Connecticut, and talk about her experience in the Miss America pageant. We also learn from Prof. Anne Oeldorf-Hirsch about how mobile apps can help (or hinder) personal fitness goals, and we find out where we kept all the books before the Homer Babbidge Library was built.
Sep 19, 2018
Episode 16: Sweet Science
This week, we speak with Max Schachter about the tribute paid to his son, Alex, by the UConn community; get the latest on North Korea from Prof. Alexis Dudden; and travel back to the Eisenhower era for a look at legendary boxing champ Rocky Marciano with Prof. Mike Stanton.
Sep 5, 2018
Episode 15: UConn Students Are the Best
It's the start of a new academic year! We interview UConn students on what they hope the year brings them, learn about human rights and sustainability from Prof. Shareen Hertel, and travel back to a time when you got napkins in dining halls only if you were lucky.
Aug 22, 2018
Episode 14: A Cult Following (Not the Good Kind)
This week, we learn from Prof. Mitchell Green how to "know thyself," meet globetrotting fitness journalist Emily Abbate '10 CLAS, and welcome special guest Graham Stinnett, an archivist at the Dodd Center, who introduces us to some cults from UConn's past.
Aug 8, 2018
Episode 13: How to Behave in a Hurricane
This week, we take a reflective look at the Mirror Lake swing and its related anonymous journal; hear from Prof. Kenneth Fuchs about his new classical music compositions; and learn what happened at UConn when Hurricane Gloria hit Connecticut.
Jul 25, 2018
Episode 12: The Best Nachos In the World
This week we meet UConn alum David Wollner '82 and learn about the thriving business he created from scratch; check in with Political Science Prof. David Yalof on the Supreme Court vacancy; and learn how parents in the 1940s got the scoop on what their children were doing at UConn.
Jul 11, 2018
Episode 11: UConn Students On Screen, On the Page, and Against the Klan
This week we meet the founders of the UConn Film Club, dive into the 20th anniversary edition of the Long River Review, and travel back to 1980 to see how UConn reacted to a Klan rally in eastern Connecticut.
Jun 27, 2018
Episode 10: The Continuing Saga of Basketball Fistfights
This week we meet an alum with multiple claims to fame, including a very muddy one; we talk with Prof. Brian Waddell about what the government actually does; and we learn about the night a Rhode Island basketball coach sparked a mini-riot on campus.
Jun 13, 2018
Episode 9: Elementary, My Dear ... Orangeman?
This week, we speak with UConn English Professor Pamela Bedore about the world's most famous detective, learn about the intricacies of literary translation from Peter Constantine at the Humanities Institute, and learn about some pre-Huskies nicknames that thankfully did not catch on.
May 30, 2018
Episode 8: Real News About Fake News
This week, we visit a UConn Science Salon where the weighty topic of "fake news" is dissected, talk with Broadway star Terrence Mann about spending the summer at the Connecticut Repertory Theatre, and get to know Homer Babbidge, the man rather than the library.
May 16, 2018
Episode 7: A Tradition of Throwing People Into Lakes
This week, we talk cyber security and terrorism with Prof. Evan Perkoski, learn how Kristi Kaeppel went from dropping out of high school to pursuing a PhD in the Neag School of Education, and consider some traditions of bygone UConn that are probably best left in the past.
May 2, 2018
Episode 6: All-Commencement Spectacular
It's time to commence! As the class of '18 heads off into the world, we talk with seniors about what they love about UConn and how their experiences here shaped them. We also make fun of people from the 19th century!
Apr 18, 2018
Episode 5: At Home in the Cathedrals of Old Europe
This week, we travel to Italy and Austria with the UConn Concert Choir, learn life lessons from legendary Professor Emeritus Dick Kochanek, and find out what happened when McCarthyism came to campus in the 1950s.
Apr 4, 2018
Episode 4: A Brief History of Good Boys
This week, we talk to Prof. Robert Thorson about Henry David Thoreau's "Walden," Tyler Wilkinson of A Dime Back, and solve a decades-old mystery in Jonathan Chronology.
Mar 21, 2018
Episode 3: Play Us a Song, You're the Piano Brain
Join us as we go inside the famed Steinway piano factory, learn from two UConn researchers how to make music with our minds, and chat with Barry Berman '72, co-creator of famed fictional student politician Bill X. Carlson.
Mar 7, 2018
Episode 2: All Things to All People
In this episode, we talk to Prof. Steven Wisensale about the sociopolitical significance of baseball; hear from Prof. Kenneth Foote about public manifestations of grief in the aftermath of the Parkland, Fla. shooting; and meet the most versatile student government candidate in UConn history.
Feb 19, 2018
Episode 1: Pleased to Meet You
Welcome to the first-ever episode of UConn 360! In this installment, your hosts Julie, Ken, and Tom introduce themselves and explain what on earth they hope to accomplish with this undertaking. But there's more! Also in this episode, there is an interview with Connecticut Repertory Theatre's Matthew Pugliese, WHUS General Manager Kailey Townsend, and a look at why penmanship instructor Ernest D. Proudman was the wrong faculty member to mess with. We hope you'll find this fun, informative, and worryingly habit-forming!