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On Made in the Middle, Emily Chen-Newton takes a trip through the history of the American Heartland to uncover how it's made our country what it is.

Made in the Middle Emily Chen-Newton

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    • 4.7 • 35 Ratings

On Made in the Middle, Emily Chen-Newton takes a trip through the history of the American Heartland to uncover how it's made our country what it is.

    Stereotypes in Global Pandemic

    Stereotypes in Global Pandemic

    We take a step back from the history lessons in this episode to talk about a startling trend in American society today, prejudice against Asian Americans amidst the global pandemic of COVID-19. We hear from one of the earliest guests on our podcast, professor Laura Huang of the Harvard Business School. She walks us through her book, Edge: Turning Adversity into Advantage, and we discuss its’ relevance to the ballooning trend of identity-misunderstanding in America. Producer, Joshua Allan LaBure

    • 35 min
    A Country Doctor Cocktail

    A Country Doctor Cocktail

    What do summertime cocktails, a Missouri doctor and parasitology have in common? They're all part of the history of malaria treatment. But in this episode, we not only talk about the history of treating this infectious disease, we also dive into the current research being developed in the heart of the Midwest today. We hear from two researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and learn the ins and outs of malaria treatment in this episode made possible by a collaboration with the

    • 53 min
    A Rose or an Oak Tree? Herman Miller and the Office Cubicle

    A Rose or an Oak Tree? Herman Miller and the Office Cubicle

    The origins of the office cubicle and it's creator's ideas about office design might surprise you. Open vs closed offices? Oh yes, we talk about it. In this episode, we delve into the history of the company now synonymous with Mid-Century Modern design, Herman Miller . Throughout the conversation we discuss current research and trends about the workplace; the ways it affects us and why we all find it so dang funny. We owe a big thanks to Meghan McCarty Carino of Marketplace, Harvard Business

    • 52 min
    More Than a Workout

    More Than a Workout

    The boom of boutique fitness in America would likely not exist without a young girl from rural Iowa. In this episode, we get into the Midwestern origins of Jazzercise with founder and CEO, Judi Sheppard Missett. Then we discuss the changing face and message of “female fitness” today. Join us as we talk about the hormonal, skeletal, and social structures that makes working out different across genders and sexes. Listen on iTunes and Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. For more information

    • 56 min
    Wrap It Up: A Holiday Episode

    Wrap It Up: A Holiday Episode

    This conversation takes a trip through the history of wrapping paper; taking twists and turns along the way to talk about the psychology and neurobiology of unwrapping. Thanks to our special guest, Stephanie A. Jesseau, Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska, in Omaha. Additional thanks to all those interviewed for this episode: Dr. Uzma Khan from University of Miami Rich Daniels of FunPak Annette Choi Dr. Nick Hobson Samantha Bradbeer, Hallmark Historian Tania Luna, author of Surprise Bookishbox

    • 50 min
    The one with the mall, it's complicated

    The one with the mall, it's complicated

    We start our conversation talking about The Center Mall, one of the first indoor malls in America. The Center Mall is unique to Omaha, but the concept of the American mall was blooming all over the US during the revolutionary decades of the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s. As the birth of the mall coincided with the beginning of the American civil rights movement, we have a conversation about what the status of the mall can tell us about society as whole. We also dig into the afterlife of these American

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

zachsperou ,

So good!

This podcast is so interesting! If you like history and people’s stories, do yourself a favor and listen! As a non-Midwest native it’s great getting to know this part of the country.

Bourbon and Podcasts ,

Love this Podcast!

This podcast is a super entertaining looks at all of the fun/interesting/surprising things that originated out of the mid-west. Subscribe and enjoy!

jwa1010 ,

A pleasant surprise

Intriguing and fascinating! Each episode goes down a path you wouldn’t expect, with insight into the topic that you would never think of. You are often left wondering more and ready to engage others.

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