The UConn 360 Podcast

Episode 60: Awopbopaloobop AlopbamUConn

In this episode, Prof. Jeffrey Ogbar, Director of the Center for the Study of Popular Music, talks about the art and lasting influence of Little Richard, and we travel back to the 1940s, when a UConn professor was on trial after being accused of anti-American views – although not the ones you may be imagining.

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Episode 59: The Graduate

This week, we bid a bittersweet farewell to ace student worker Maxine Philavong, who received her bachelor’s degree on May 9. We also talk with Humanities Institute Fellow Nu-Ahn Tran, an associate professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, who tells us about her work with archival material that sheds new light […]

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Episode 58: Gamers, Graduates, ‘Husky Farm Girls’

This week, we check in with students who are building a Minecraft-style graduation for UConn seniors, and learn about life on campus in 1905 from the perspective of an original women’s basketball team member. Transcript Tom Breen: [00:00:00] Hello everyone and welcome to episode 58 of UConn 360, that’s the only podcast in the world […]

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Episode 57: 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 […]

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Episode 56: Coronavirus Exile, Week One

This week, we come to you from four separate Connecticut towns, a circumstance imposed on us by the global coronavirus pandemic. We keep our spirits up with a visit from Prof. Janet Pritchard, a landscape photographer who won a Guggenheim Fellowship for her project on the Connecticut River watershed, and we learn about previous occasions […]

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Episode 55: The Great Storrs Air Raid

This week, Prof. Lucy Gilson stops by to talk about why business and research are a natural fit; we learn about how the Guerrilla Girls changed the art world for the better; and we look back on a very patriotic series of fires on the Storrs campus. Transcript Tom Breen: [00:00:00] Hello everyone, and welcome […]

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Episode 54: Keep On Truckin’

This week, we learn about a student’s innovative approach to promoting composting at UConn; we get a glimpse inside an exhibit devoted to the work of underground comics legend R. Crumb; and we quiz each other about UConn urban legends.   Transcript Tom Breen: [00:00:00] Hi everybody welcome to episode 54 of UConn 360. That’s […]

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Episode 53: Radio Free UConn

This week, we meet the UConn Woodsmen, one of the most distinctive and interesting student clubs on campus; we learn from Prof. Christopher Vials why a new anthology about the history of anti-fascism is so timely; and we ponder the call letters for UConn’s very first radio station and consider the career of its founder, […]

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Episode 52: The Future of Our Brains

This week, UConn philosopher Susan Schneider tells us about some of the possible benefits (and some of the potentially terrifying downsides) to artificial intelligence; Daniel Burkey, associate dean in the School of Engineering, explains how the school became a nationally-lauded model of student diversity; and we learn about two incidents in 1960 that involved flags […]

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Episode 51: Benedict Arnold, Before He Was Lousy

This week, we get the lowdown on UConn’s participation in Connecticut’s first-ever ice hockey festival; we hear about ways students can stay healthy on campus; and we travel to the town of Ridgefield to learn about the significance of a Revolutionary War-related discovery. Transcript [00:00:00] Tom Breen: Hello everyone and welcome to episode 51 of […]

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