Reframe features stories about those who are striving to build a better society by embracing fresh perspectives and new ideas. Music: Tech Toys by Lee Rosevere.
When “Sportswashing” a World Cup Goes Wrong
To say the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is mired in controversy is an understatement of global proportions. On this episode, Adam Beissel, an assistant professor of Sport Leadership and Management, tells a story of corruption and bribery, power and propaganda, death and discrimination -- and about the geopolitical machinations of those who use global sport mega events like the World Cup for their own dubious gains.
Surviving the Enrollment Cliff
The traditional college experience is less common than ever. Today, fewer and fewer students attend a single university right out of high school and graduate 4 years later. On this episode, Miami University Dean Jason Lane and Bethany Perkins, MU director of admission, explain how streamlining the college experience -- especially for transfer students -- can help solve one of the most critical issues now facing higher education.
For more info, Dean Lane and his coauthors also discuss this issue in greater detail in the recent report, The Emerging Role of Public Higher Education Systems in Advancing Transfer Student Success.
Confronting the Teacher Shortage Crisis
The teacher shortage has become a national crisis. COVID has exacerbated the issue, but other factors like burnout, a lack of adequate preparation and support, increased school violence, and political divides are also at play.
We’ll speak with Dean Jason Lane from Miami University, and with experts from Cincinnati Public Schools, about how to address the issue. And we'll hear about a new initiative called TEACh Cincinnati, which aims to address the teacher shortage, while increasing diversity among educators at the same time.
Burnout is Breaking Us. How to Survive Grind Culture.
Burnout is becoming a serious problem that’s rampaging through society like an invisible wildfire. It’s often brought on by the kind of grind culture that can generate feelings of exhaustion, helplessness, cynicism, and disengagement with our lives and jobs. On this episode, certified family life educator and family resource management expert Megan Kuykendoll talks about the cultural values that perpetuate burnout, what happens when we compare our best days to our every days, and how to create better work-life habits by becoming more sustainably-minded. For additional information, visit the following resources:
Burnout book (Nagoski & Nagoski)
The Feminist Survival Project (Nagoski & Nagoski)
The Nap Ministry (Tricia Hersey)
Unlocking Us podcast episode on relationships (Brene Brown)
How Geopolitics and Propaganda Impact the Olympic Games
We often think of the Olympics as a way to cultivate global peace and understanding through athletic achievement. However, they are also often leveraged as a political and economic tool by nations and organizations seeking to advance their own agendas. On this episode, we discuss the issues and controversies surrounding the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, including the recent U.S. diplomatic boycott, COVID, and issues involving gender, equality, and access among athletes.
Start Aging Slower: New Exercise Science Behind the Brain-Body Connection
We can’t stop aging. But we can start to slow and control it. Things like sudoku puzzles and gym workouts can increase longevity by exercising our brains and bodies. But what if we could simultaneously combine the benefits of both, and how powerful would the results be if we could?
On this episode, Miami alumnus Adam Ortman ’12 from Activate Brain & Body speaks with Amanda Valentine from the Pound This podcast about the new science behind the brain-centric physical workouts that can build new neuropathways and help prevent dementia, while also boosting our capacity to live longer, heathier lives.