Through podcasts, departments across the College of Arts and Sciences are opening their research and scholarship to the public — for free. By producing media grounded in current events, looking toward the future while being mindful of the past, these departments transport an Ohio State education beyond campus to communities, classrooms and mobile devices around the world.
The college recently launched a new podcast highlighting the research of its faculty and staff: Voices of Excellence from the College of Arts and Sciences, hosted by David Staley, associate professor of history. “Voices” will take listeners into the research labs, classrooms and studios of Ohio State researchers, from the laser hum of Department of Energy Award winner Hannah Shafaat’s lab to the quiet solitude of Frederick Aldama’s writing space.
The Ohio Habla podcast has a new name! Now titled Latin@ Stories, the podcast encompasses the broad and diverse content it has produced over the past four years.
Hosted by senior lecturer Elena Foulis, service-learning and heritage language coordinator in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, each episode features guests and themes that reflect the experiences of the Latina/o/x community throughout the U.S., as well as regional content based on the guest’s particular location or expertise. While the podcast continues to feature the local Ohio Latina/o/x community, it has grown to represent and discuss topics that engage a broader national experience.
Latin@ Stories kicked off Sept. 6 with an episode about Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month, an annual celebration from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 that coincides with many Latin American countries’ Independence Day festivals.
While traditionally named Hispanic Heritage Month, the Latinx Heritage Month title has increased in usage over the past two years. What is the difference between the terms? Generally speaking, the term Hispanic is associated with Spanish-speaking countries, which includes Spain. Latinx (also Latina/o or Latin@) is a gender-inclusive term that refers to people from Latin American heritage, which includes Brazil. This is simple and basic explanation, but clarifies the use of both terms and invites listeners to learn more. Listen to a discussion about the complex and diverse history of our Latina/o/x community in this archived episode of Latin@ Stories, "Negotiating Latinidad."
“A Story of Us not only covers interesting and relevant topics,” said graduate student Frances Sutton, “but allows us to share our field with anyone who has ever asked, ‘What do you do with a degree in anthropology?’”
Sutton and fellow anthropology graduate student Mackie O’Hara launched A Story of Us podcast last fall. Sutton, O’Hara and a team of graduate students tackle timely themes, drawing on the four subfields of anthropology at Ohio State: cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology and linguistics.
Season 1 began in September 2016. The twice-a-month podcast explored migration, past and present, from an anthropological point of view. Each episode featured conversations with graduate students and faculty in the department, who oered their own insights and analyses.
Season 2, which runs through the spring, explores childhood mortality, growth and development, motherhood, pathologies and childhood in the archaeological record.