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Episode 21: Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

This week, Prof. Kroum Batchvarov takes us beneath the waters of the Black Sea to talk about ancient shipwrecks; we learn how a multidisciplinary team of UConn faculty members are helping survivors of the Cambodian genocide; and we visit 1950, when a UConn fraternity confronted racial discrimination on behalf of a pledge.

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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.

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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 (@ProfRubega) talks about what it's like to be the official state bird expert, Baseball Coach Jim Penders recalls the time he threw an award into the sea, and we look back on homecomings past, complete with smocks.

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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.

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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.

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Episode 16: Sweet Science

This week, we talk with Max Schachter about his son, Alex, who was killed in a February mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Alex was a passionate UConn fan and dreamed of someday attending school here and playing in the marching band. Max tells us about his efforts to improve school safety around the country, the scholarship created in his son's honor, and the tribute paid to Alex this month by the Pride of Connecticut, the UConn marching band. Also this week, Professor of History Alexis Dudden talks about new developments in the political situation on the Korean Peninsula, and Professor of Journalism Mike Stanton talks about his new biography of Rocky Marciano, the only heavyweight boxing champion to retire with an undefeated record.

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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.

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Episode 14: A Cult Following (Not the Good Kind)

This week, we learn from Philosophy Prof. Mitchell Green how to "know thyself," meet globetrotting fitness journalist Emily Abbate '10 CLAS, and welcome special guest Graham Stinnett, curator of Human Rights Collections and Alternative Press Collections in Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, who introduces us to some cults from UConn's past.

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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 works; and learn what happened at UConn when Hurricane Gloria came through.

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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.

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