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Missouri Humanities' 2024 Signature Series, "Missouri Marvels: Humanities, Discovery, and Innovation" considers our state’s role in the intricate relationship between discovery, innovation, and the human experience. This season, we will explore the possibilities of human progress and cultural evolution. We'll journey through history to showcase Missouri trailblazers and technological advancements, illuminate the transformative power of discovery and innovation, and navigate the complexities ...
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Our guest for Episode 2 is Dr. Linda Godwin. Selected by NASA as an astronaut candidate in June 1985, Dr. Godwin became an astronaut in July 1986. A veteran of four space flights, Dr. Godwin has logged over 38 days in space, including over 10 EVA hours in two spacewalks. She retired from NASA in 2010 and is now a Professor Emeritus in the Departmen…
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Space settlement is rapidly becoming ever more likely. Will it look like the utopian vision of Star Trek? Or the dark future of Star Wars? Can our earthly ways thrive in the cosmos? For the first episode of this new season, we are thrilled to be able to share with you a previously recorded program from Missouri Humanities. On Feb 17th, 2024, Missou…
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As we conclude our season on the Roots & Routes of Missourians, we bring it back to the beginning to discuss Missouri’s first peoples. Joining our conversation for our final episode is Greg Olson, an independent researcher and author who lives in Columbia, Missouri. Greg talks with us about the vast and complex history of native peoples in this are…
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Dr Gene Chavez is known for documenting the life experiences of Mexican and other immigrants in the Midwest. In this episode, we discuss the impact of hispanic peoples putting down roots in Missouri, as well as Gene's work preserving Hispanic histories and his dedication to lifting up Hispanic voices, bringing awareness to these often untold or und…
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Our conversation for this episode features Patrick Murphy, an author and former television producer with 9 PBS in St Louis. He’s penned three books: Candy Men: The Story of Switzer’s Licorice, The Irish in St. Louis: From Shanty to Lace Curtain, and Places to Pray: Holy Sites in Catholic Missouri. We discuss the immigrant experience in Missouri, hi…
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Family historian and genealogist Kate Huffman helps us answer questions about finding our roots. She has over a decade of experience in the field and even started her own genealogy firm, "Historic Kate Genealogy." We discuss the drastic increase in public interest in genealogy, how technological advancements have changed the field, and the most fas…
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Part 2 of our 2-part "Black Movement" series focuses on The Great Migration in Missouri with Dr. Tony Holland, a retired professor of history and social sciences from Lincoln University and co-author of the book "The Black Heritage of Missouri." We discuss the causes and effects of this period, which is considered one of the biggest movements of pe…
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This episode serves as part one of a two part series about Black Movement. Our guest for this portion is Dr. Bryan Jack, a professor of History at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville and author of The St. Louis African American Community and the Exodusters. The Exodusters were a group of Black migrants from the South that made the journey …
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Dr. Ness Sandoval joins us for Season 2's inaugural episode to help us set the stage for this idea of the “Movement and Settlement of Missourians.” He’s a demographer and sociologist at Saint Louis University, and it’s his job to help predict how places will look in the future, based on people. Our conversation digs deep into the current state of M…
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A little "digestif" with our "Eat, THINK, & Be Merry" podcast hosts, Lisa Carrico & Caitlin Yager, and several members of the Missouri Humanities staff. In this final ET&BM episode, we wrap up the season by reflecting on some of our favorite episodes and takeaways. We also look ahead and introduce our 2023 Signature Series, "Roots & Routes: The Mov…
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The 2022 Hunt. Fish. Gather. Program, presented by Missouri Humanities, The Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies, and Washington University Dining Services, took place on November 3rd and 4th, 2022. This program creates an educational opportunity for Washington University and the local community, focused on an Indigenous model of hea…
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In this episode, we integrate the humanities and science with our conversation with Bo Brown, outdoor wilderness educator, biologist, author of “Foraging the Ozarks,” and musician. We discuss the abundant plant biological diversity of the Ozarks, the popularity of foraging wild edibles—the history, the benefits, the dangers, the ethics and sustaina…
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This special episode is a recorded panel discussion that followed the premiere of our debut short film, "Won't You Feed My Neighbor", which highlights some of the work being done in our Missouri communities to combat food insecurity and improve access to food. The panel features Maile Auterson (Springfield Community Gardens), Jocelyn Fundoukos (Ope…
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Adrian Miller, known as the “soul food scholar”, is a lawyer turned food writer who has written three books on the impact of African American foodways. He joins us for this special episode as we discuss his research on soul food, barbecue, and how he thinks food brings us together. Adrian served as the keynote speaker for our 2022 MOmentum Gala, su…
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In this episode, our conversation with Suzanne Corbett–acclaimed writer, producer, and food historian–digs into the many ways cookbooks, recipes, and ingredients serve as a unique kind of cultural heritage. We also discuss what it’s like to write about such an experiential topic as food, and how we can look to food writing, like cookbooks, as a way…
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This special episode is a recording of our 'Think-N-Drink" event that took place on April 20th, 2022, at Mother's Brewing Company in Springfield, MO. In this conversation with three local restaurateurs, we dive into how they are helping their community--and beyond-- think critically about the relationship between food, community, sustainability, an…
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In this episode, we highlight the surprising history of women in the beer brewing industry, and talk with two women who have made their mark brewing beer here in Missouri: Abbey Spencer of Third Wheel Brewing Co in Saint Peters, MO, and Bri Burrows at Big Rip Brewing Co. in Kansas City, MO. They discuss their unexpected career paths, some great res…
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In this inaugural episode, we discuss Columbia's Center for Urban Agriculture (CCUA) and their Henry Kirklin Black Farmer Scholarship Fund with Executive Director, Billy Polansky, and their first scholarship recipient, Eddie Linzie, who operates a small farm in Boone County. During our conversation we delve into the topic of representation of Black…
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