The UConn 360 Podcast

Episode 38: Talking Trash (But In a Scholarly Way)

This week, Karen McDermott, who recently completed her doctoral dissertation, drops by to tell us about her research into whether trash talk can really affect the outcome of an athletic competition; Emeritus Prof. Nicholas Bellantoni reflects on his career as Connecticut’s answer to Indiana Jones; and we learn about a campus event from 1972 that was canceled at the last minute, almost certainly for the best.

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Episode 37: 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, which first began publishing in the 19th century; no less a personage than Jonathan XIV drops by the studio to demonstrate why he’s UConn’s favorite pooch; and, with news of conference realignment in the air, we travel back to 1979, when no one even knew what the nascent Big East would be called.

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Episode 31: 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.”

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Episode 30: 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. View a closed captioned video of Episode 30: Getting Muddy With the Wizard of Ooze.

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Episode 29: Revolution-Era Murderers

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).

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