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A podcast about college & coronavirus.

We are term-limited contingent faculty teaching the humanities at Georgia Tech. Like other schools, Georgia Tech has experienced massive disruption, shifts, and changes due to the spread of coronavirus. But this fall it is sending students and instructors back into classrooms in a number of modified course delivery modes. On this show, we investigate the sources and consequences of those policies and discuss what it's like to navigate higher ed during a pandemic as members of the precariat.

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A podcast about college & coronavirus.

We are term-limited contingent faculty teaching the humanities at Georgia Tech. Like other schools, Georgia Tech has experienced massive disruption, shifts, and changes due to the spread of coronavirus. But this fall it is sending students and instructors back into classrooms in a number of modified course delivery modes. On this show, we investigate the sources and consequences of those policies and discuss what it's like to navigate higher ed during a pandemic as members of the precariat.

    Season 2 Teaser

    Season 2 Teaser

    Residential Spread will be back with our first full episode of season two next week. For now, enjoy this brief teaser, in which we offer resolutions for the show and for ourselves. 

    Transcript: https://docs.google.com/document/d/16GQURGG32mt_NevjUchzM6_752wMT1DLp3xfb7duTUQ/edit?usp=sharing


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    • 9 min
    "Final Exam"

    "Final Exam"

    In our first season finale, we give higher ed their final exam. To help us, we welcome Benjy Renton (@bhrenton). Benjy tells us how he went from a student in a cancelled study abroad program to one of the foremost experts in COVID-19 and higher education, what schools did right (and wrong) in the fall, and how they can re-think definitions of success in the spring. 

    A brief fact-check: two days after we recorded this episode, the New York Times updated its campus COVID case number to 324,000, and even more people connected to the White House tested positive.

    "College COVID Outbreak Watchlist"

    "Where We Stand with COVID-19--November 13"

    "Benjy Renton '21 Garners National Recognition for Contact Tracing the White House"



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    • 51 min
    Viral Influencers

    Viral Influencers

    Colleges are increasingly using social media “stars” to advertise the “college experience” and build their brands. But what happens when they get COVID on campus?

    "What Happens When College Social Media Influencers Get COVID?"

    "Welcome the COVID Influencer"

    "Big Influencers on Campus"

    "Colleges are Hiring Students as COVID Safety Influencers"

    "Now Influencers are Throwing Parties at Colleges Across the Country"



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    • 36 min
    Dashboard Confessional

    Dashboard Confessional

    This week, we are joined by Mark Sample, associate professor and chair of Digital Studies at Davidson College. Mark helps us better understand the purpose of the now-ubiquitous COVID-19 dashboard. Do these dashboards give you an important snapshot of the state of the pandemic on your college campus or in your state? Or are they simply the "Best Deception"?

    "A Tool to Inform Too Often Confuses"

    We Rate COVID Dashboards

    "Mission Control: A History of the Urban Dashboard"

    "Behind Georgia's COVID-19 Dashboard Disaster"



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    • 49 min
    Data-Driven Decisions

    Data-Driven Decisions

    Recently, people across the United States have begun putting a lot of faith into statistical models produced by number crunchers that are meant to tell us something about future events. No, we aren't talking about the 538 election forecast! We are talking about the spread of COVID-19 spread in schools. Special guest Lindsey Grubbs joins us to walk us through how to think critically about data is gathered, presented, and interpreted. 

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    "Schools Aren't Superspreaders"

    COVID-19 School Response Dashboard

    "Georgia Withholds School COVID-19 Count from the Public"

    "Local Leaders Scrounge for Coronavirus Clues as de Blasio Ceases Public Early Warnings of Outbreaks"

    "Inside the Schools Open Full Time Right Now: What the Data Really Tells Us about COVID-19 Transmission and Safety in the Classroom" 

    "Return of students to US colleges probably led to surge in Covid cases"




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    • 54 min
    Over My Dead Body

    Over My Dead Body

    Over the summer and into the fall, students, faculty, and staff participated in Die Ins to protest their colleges' re-opening plans. This week, we trace the history of the Die-In protest. Where did it come from? What are its advantages and limitations as a tool to push back against university administrations during the COVID-19 pandemic? 

    "Surviving and Thriving: AIDS Activism Then and Now"

    "Short History of the ADA Sit In"

    NPR Throughline: "ADA Now!"



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    • 42 min

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