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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 finally uncover the story of UConn's official colors.       As promised, here is the full text of Cynara Stites' epic "UConn Never Closes," as published via listserv on Feb. 17, 2000, courtesy of Emeritus Prof. Murphy Sewall   UConn Never Closes Closing UConn will not suffice Come hurricane, snowstorm, or even ice. Closings are for airports, schools, and day care, While UConn employees must be there   Don't worry about your safety or your car. You must get to work no matter how far. Your young children may have no place to go, But UConn employees are expected to show.   You may lose power and lose your heat, Have flooded basement or frozen feet. But you know what your priorities are: Getting to UConn is the top by far.   Harrowing commuting stories that employees tell Are a UConn tradition that we know so well. Once you get to UConn, your commute is not through Due to treacherous conditions that still await you.   When there's no delayed opening, you may arrive somehow To find staff parking lots that have not all been plowed. A "pedestrian friendly" sidewalk may not be found. Just try walking to your office without falling down!   During the Blizzard of 1978, The Monday noon closing was almost too late. Some staff got stuck at UConn away from their abodes For the three days it was illegal to drive on the roads.   When Hurricane Gloria came in 1985, UMass evacuated to keep its students alive. But NOT UConn, without a doubt WE were macho enough to stick it out.   During the '99 approach of Tropical Storm Floyd Connecticut state employees were rather annoyed When the governor dismissed us "early" at four p.m. At the height of Storm Floyd's heavy rain and wind.   To learn if UConn is closed today or opening late, Just phone the message at 486-3768: "ALTHOUGH WE'RE EXPERIENCING INCLEMENT WEATHER, THE UNIVERSITY WON'T CLOSE TODAY OR EVER."   So when the weather is really, really bad Wondering if UConn will close is rather sad. Because, as every citizen in the Nutmeg State knows, The University of Connecticut will never close.    

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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.

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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. View a closed captioned version of Episode 24: Extremism in Defense of Jonathan is No Vice.

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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.        

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Episode 22: Space Campus

This week, we learn from Prof. Marie Shanahan about how UConn journalism students are keeping tabs on Connecticut media; discuss a pioneering woman portraitist with Prof. Alexis Boylan; and discover that we all owe a debt to a man named Rufus.

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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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