19 episodes

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 and challenges of an ever-changing world. Join us as we consider how imagination, ingenuity, and the humanities can build empathy and create a more just, inclusive, and human-centered future that positively impacts families, communities, and the environment.

PAST SEASONS:
Season 1, "Eat, THINK, & Be Merry: Missouri's Foodways and Edible History"
Season 2, "Roots & Routes: The Movement and Settlement of Missourians"

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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 and challenges of an ever-changing world. Join us as we consider how imagination, ingenuity, and the humanities can build empathy and create a more just, inclusive, and human-centered future that positively impacts families, communities, and the environment.

PAST SEASONS:
Season 1, "Eat, THINK, & Be Merry: Missouri's Foodways and Edible History"
Season 2, "Roots & Routes: The Movement and Settlement of Missourians"

LET US KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS! Take our survey: https://forms.gle/mdqsf9SrVNpyeXfV7

    S3 E2: What Do You Ask an Astronaut?

    S3 E2: What Do You Ask an Astronaut?

    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 Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Missouri. Our conversation explores humankind's fascination with space, the future of space exploration, and how the Humanities and STEM are more closely linked than one might think.

    • 43 min
    S3 E1: Can Our Earthly Ways Thrive in the Cosmos?

    S3 E1: Can Our Earthly Ways Thrive in the Cosmos?

    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, Missouri Humanities held their Keynote Event for the year’s signature series at the James S McDonnell Planetarium in St Louis, the perfect setting for this conversation featuring St. Louis Public Radio’s Elaine Cha and Dr. Erika Nesvold, astrophysicist and author of "Off Earth: Ethical Questions and Quandaries for Living in Outer Space."

    • 57 min
    S2 E7: Roots & Routes of Indigenous Missouri

    S2 E7: Roots & Routes of Indigenous Missouri

    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 area, as well as the massive undertaking that is writing about roughly 12,000 years of indigenous peoples. 

    • 37 min
    S2 E6: Preserving Hispanic Stories in Missouri

    S2 E6: Preserving Hispanic Stories in Missouri

    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 under-represented stories in Missouri and beyond.  

    • 1 hr 9 min
    S2 E5: The Irish American Experience

    S2 E5: The Irish American Experience

    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, his inspiration behind writing about people and places, and why it's imperative that we continue to share stories of those who came before us and chose Missouri to put down roots, especially when it wasn’t exactly easy to do so.

    • 50 min
    S2 E4: The Roots of the Genealogy Craze

    S2 E4: The Roots of the Genealogy Craze

    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 fascinating parts of her job. We hope this conversation helps shed some light on this complicated and certainly hot topic, and maybe helps guide you in the right direction to discover some of your own family’s roots & routes!

    • 41 min

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HistPet ,

Fantastic Eat Think and be Merryepisode

Just listened to the foraging episode and it brought back so many memories about living in Texas County. My husband’s family lived east of Raymondville, where he and his siblings routinely went into the woods to collect wild berries, mushrooms, and other edibles. Several of his siblings continued to do that into advanced age. Great show and such an important subject.
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