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BG Ideas Podcast

Welcome to the BG Ideas podcast page! BG Ideas is a podcast produced by the Institute for the Study of Culture and Society (ICS) and the School of Media and Communication at Bowling Green State University. In each episode, Dr. Jolie Sheffer, the Director of ICS, talks with academics, artists, activists, and other professionals about their work for the public good. We hope our podcast helps listeners learn more about the amazing interdisciplinary work being done in and around the university to help address big social problems. We hope you enjoy and learn from these podcasts.

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Dylan Miner

Episode 101: Dr. Dylan Miner “Homelands and Histories”

This episode is the first part of a three-part series on “Homelands and istories.” In this episode, Dr. Dylan Miner—an artist, scholar and activist who teaches at Michigan State University—discusses his work in relation to land use, cultural heritage, and indigenous activism. Miner identifies as Wiisaakodewinini, or Métis, a person of mixed ancestry with ties to indigenous communities in the U.S. and Canada.  

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Beth Castle

Episode 102: Dr. Beth Castle “Homelands and Histories”

This episode is the second part of a three-part series on “Homelands and Histories.” Dr. Elizabeth Castle discusses her documentary film “Warrior Woman,” which follows generations of activism among Native American women, culminating in the recent Standing Rock Resistance Movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Dr. Castle is a scholar, activist, community organizer, and documentary film maker, whose work considers land use, indigenous activism, and cultural memory.

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Food bins with fresh produce

Episode 103: Local Food Activists “Homelands and Histories”

This episode is the third installment of the three-part series on “Homelands and Histories.” Liz Harris is the co-founder of the Glass City Goat Gals and Sean Nestor is the co-chair of the Lucas County Green Party. They discussed food access and land use in Northwest Ohio, sharing how local organizations are working to address food-related issues in our communities. 

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Dr. Sheri Wells-Jensen

Episode 104: Dr. Sheri Wells-Jensen “Imagining Life on Other Planets”

Dr. Sheri Wells-Jensen is an associate professor of linguistics at BGSU. She discusses her research project “Imagining Life on Other Planets,” which she worked on during her time as an ICS Faculty Fellow in Spring 2018. Dr. Wells-Jensen's research on xenolinguistics (the study of alien languages) aims to have people question commonly held beliefs about able-bodied and disabled people in our society. 

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Nancy Patterson

Episode 105: Dr. Nancy Patterson “But I Wanna Say What I Wanna Say:

Ohio Student and Teacher Perspectives on the First Amendment”

Dr. Nancy Patterson is an associate professor of Education at BGSU. In this episode, Dr. Patterson discusses her research “But I Wanna Say What I Wanna Say: Ohio Student and Teacher Perspectives on the First Amendment.” In her research, which she worked on in Spring 2018 while an ICS Faculty Fellow, Dr. Patterson interviewed K-12 students and their teachers about the first amendment and its place in the classroom.

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Derrick Brooms

Episode 106: Dr. Derrick Brooms on Men and Masculinities in Higher Education

This podcast episode features Dr. Derrick Brooms, an associate professor in sociology at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Brooms was the featured speaker of the Ohio Consortium of Men and Masculinities in Higher Education conference, which was held at BGSU in Fall 2018. He discusses his research on how to better support black male students on college campuses.

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Lisa Hanasono

Episode 107: Dr. Lisa Hanasono “Shattering the Silence on Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss”

Dr. Lisa Hanasono is an associate professor of communications at BGSU. In this episode, she shares her research on “Shattering the Silence on Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss,” which she worked on in Fall 2018 while an ICS Faculty Fellow. In this episode, she discusses her research on how culture, gender, media, and interpersonal communication factors work in concert to stigmatize and silence discussions about pregnancy loss—and what we can do collectively to end the stigma and support families.

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Dr. Lara Lengel

Episode 108: Dr. Lara Lengel “Community Organizations’ Role in combating Sex Trafficking”

Dr. Lara Lengel is a professor of communication at BGSU whose research focuses on international communication and gender in communication. She discusses her research on “Community Organizations’ Role in combating Sex Trafficking,” which she developed in Fall 2018 while an ICS Faculty Fellow. Specifically, Dr. Lengel focused on how Costa Rica has changed its laws around sex work, and the effects of that change on women, religious organizations, and human trafficking in the Americas.

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