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16 minutes | Feb 20, 2019
Drone Technology Ready to Soar
When you imagine the future, what do you see? Towering skyscrapers, self-driving cars, cryptocurrency, or smart homes? When Andrea L’Afflitto Ph.D., an Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma, imagines the future, he sees drones: pizza delivery drones, drones as personal assistants, drones with the ability to run our errands and even help people with limited mobility perform tasks. There’s a whole world of untapped potential when it comes to new drone technology, and research at OU is at the threshold of this new frontier.
11 minutes | Feb 5, 2019
Heartbreaking is an essential skill as a professional writer. Novelists have to create characters, relationships, and worlds we love only to break them apart in the course of the narrative and subsequently break readers' hearts. Join my conversation with Mel Odom, an OU assistant professor and novelists who has written and published over 200 works. He talks about creativity, getting published, and how to break readers' hearts.
18 minutes | Oct 2, 2018
A Priceless Investment
There's an education crisis in Oklahoma. Teachers are moving out of state to earn more livable wages and people are being emergency certified to fill empty positions at schools. Despite this, educators and leaders are focusing on solutions. This week, we have Dean Gregg Garn on the show from the college of education. He shares some of his innovative ideas on how we can rally together, support educators in our community, and keep talented and caring teacher in Oklahoma.
13 minutes | Sep 20, 2018
The Future of Food
Making healthy food options accessible to everyone despite their economic status is an issue in Oklahoma and around the world. What do we do when supermarkets don’t settle down in communities that need them most? The future of food intersects with architecture and urban planning with solutions that range from community gardens to towering skyscraper farms in the middle of downtown. Today on the show Professor Bryce Lowery from the College of Architecture will talk about rethinking city planning and architecture with access to food in mind.
14 minutes | Sep 7, 2018
Entrepreneurs and Oklahoma
Starting your own business seems like the dream. Being your own boss, creating something from scratch, turning a good idea into something real-something profitable. Today, we’re diving into what makes a successful entrepreneur, discovering why Oklahoma may be the best place to start a business, and talking about how you can be a part of it. Joining us today is OU professor Jeremy Short, who, like many entrepreneurs, had an unconventional career path.
24 minutes | Jun 21, 2018
Why We Love Imaginary Worlds
Why are we willing to spend millions of dollars and untold man-hours consuming stories about people who don’t exist? This week on Just Sow, we explore why humans love fiction, and how imaginary worlds have meaningful impacts on our everyday lives.
8 minutes | May 18, 2018
The Neuroscience of Yanny Vs. Laurel
Are you team Yanny or team Laurel? We asked an OU professor who researches auditory neuroscience to explain why the internet is divided.
28 minutes | Mar 5, 2018
When Listening Leads to Change
Today we talk to Kathy Fahl, Director of the Gender + Equality Center, to see how campuses are working to prevent gender-based violence. With the #metoo movement and allegations against high-profile men in the entertainment industry, sexual assault and harassment became a national conversation this year. There was a seismic shift in what behavior would be tolerated in the workplace. How has that shift affected college campuses and what kind we all do to help end this kind of violence. For updates on Just Sow, follow @uofoklahoma, @etacklit, and @drew_bernard.
24 minutes | Feb 13, 2018
Mo’ Bitcoin Mo’ Problems
Today on the show, we unlock the mysteries of bitcoin with Dr. Greg Burge. We explore the technology, the value, and the volatility of cryptocurrencies. What will happen if the feds create state backed cryptocurrency? What ways can we harness blockchain technology for good? And most importantly, how long until we can use bitcoin to buy pizza? For updates on Just Sow, follow @uofoklahoma, @etacklit, and @drew_bernard
23 minutes | Dec 12, 2017
Wrap Up Homelessness
Today on the show, we went to the office of Ranya Forgotson O’Connor, an OU alumna, who started a non-profit to help end homelessness in OKC when she was just a sophomore at OU. Now, her organization has helped 20 people transition into housing just this year. She tells us the story of how she started the business and how you can help it thrive with their holiday campaign going on right now!Special Guest: Ranya Forgotson O'Connor .
31 minutes | Dec 5, 2017
Are You Cool? Science Can Tell
Today on the show, we explore the social psychology of popularity with OU professor, Dr. Lara Mayeux. Together, we dive into the minds and behaviors of high schoolers asking what it means to be cool and what happens to kids once they get there. Turns out, there's an unexpected dark side to being popular. Special Guest: Dr. Lara Mayeux.
33 minutes | Nov 30, 2017
The App that Could Help Millions Communicate
This week, we're talking to Dr. Jonathan Stalling about a ground-breaking new app that could revolutionize the way 350 million Chinese speakers learn English. Through the course of our discussion, Dr. Stalling shows how he, a poet and a linguist became an entrepreneur, after the surprising effects of a Chinese Opera. Special Guest: Dr. Jonathan Stalling.
14 minutes | Nov 13, 2017
The Illegal Vote & Catalan Independence
On October 1st, Catalonia took the world by surprise by conducting an illegal vote on the question of independence from Spain. In response, Spanish police raided polling stations, fired rubber bullets, and injured more than 800 people. To understand this surprising new chapter in a long and historic conflict between Catalonia and Spain, we invited Dr. Sandie Holguin, a modern Spanish historian, to explain the chaotic circumstances surrounding this secret vote and the political uncertainty ahead.Special Guest: Dr. Sandie Holguin.
18 minutes | Oct 31, 2017
The Hero Problem
It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s an inherited narrative with problematic implications! On today’s episode, we’re talking about the myth of the hero. From Batman and Superman to Indiana Jones and Moana, we sat down with Dr. Liz Locke to discuss what happens when our culture fails to think critically about our heroes. And in Just Sow first, we took to the streets to talk to students, trying to see how the hero narrative has affected their lives.Special Guest: Dr. Liz Locke.
27 minutes | Oct 16, 2017
Plagues and People
Learn why eating chicken could be leading to the next global pandemic. We caught up with an OU anthropologist to talk about some of the most lethal infectious diseases in history, what pathogens are evolving in ways that could cause trouble for mankind, and the surprising factors that are paving the way for the next global outbreak. Indulge yourself in the horror of infectious diseases right in time for Halloween on this week's episode of Just Sow.Special Guest: Tassie Katherine Hirschfeld.
22 minutes | Oct 9, 2017
So Long, Columbus Day
Hear the story behind the movement to change Columbus Day. We’re lucky to have Dr. Heather Shotton with us to discuss the native students’ experience in higher education, the reclaiming of native research methodologies, and the movement to reimagine Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day. October 9th, a day that was formerly Columbus Day is now Indigenous Peoples Day in 47 cities, 3 states and 3 universities. Learn how people around the country honor this new day and stand in solidarity with indigenous peoples by advocating against current injustices and recognizing the gravity of America's genocide.Special Guest: Dr. Heather Shotton.
23 minutes | Sep 28, 2017
The Iron Throne & The Modern Audience
A historian and a literary scholar discuss the subversive themes and historical influences in Game of Thrones, the show that has captivated audiences and shattered viewership records. Learn how the narrative adds complex dimensions to familiar stereotypes, challenges the audience's sense of morality, and uses exaggeration to critique the mythic ideal. Special Guests: Dr. Jane Wickersham and Katy Krieger.
20 minutes | Aug 25, 2017
Changing the Narrative in Hollywood
How do we engage with media without internalizing negative messages? And what does the representation of women in film say about our culture? In honor of Women's Equality Day, we're talking to Dr. Lisa Funnell, who studies women and gender in pop culture. She wants the female narrative in Hollywood to reflect the real and diverse roles women play in society. But she's not just for women. She's for more complex and dynamic roles for everyone. Special Guest: Dr. Lisa Funnell.
7 minutes | Aug 18, 2017
The Cosmic Significance of The Solar Eclipse
We haven’t seen a Solar Eclipse cost to coast in the continental US since 1918. Aside from being a visual spectacle, how else can we enjoy the eclipse? And what more can we learn about this astrological event that has historically helped us better understand our universe? We caught up with Evan Rich, an astrophysics grad student and asked him to explain the cosmic significance of the Solar Eclipse. Special Guest: Evan Rich.
16 minutes | Aug 9, 2017
Who’s responsible for the incredible photos on OU’s social media, websites, articles, and flickr album? Today on the show, we’re bringing you the man behind the lenses, Mason Drumm. See how his international travel, an affinity for travel bags, and his philosophy on photography allowed him to carve a career out of his passion and become an influential photographer for OU. Special Guest: Mason Drumm.
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