9 episodes

Social distance...it means more than just six feet apart. What other kinds of distances did we encounter during such a year of crisis? Join Midstory as we interview experts in the humanities and delve into the kinds of distances that are, well...social—the gaps that have been exposed and widened, and how we’ve learned to bridge them.

Each week, we look at a different cross section of society that has been impacted by the crisis, and unpack topics ranging from the environment, birth and death and shelter, to media, race relations and more through insights from historians, anthropologists, poets, policymakers and other experts. Check out the video edition on social media under @midstory or at www.midstory.org.

Midstory is a 501(c)(3) non-profit thinkhub that progresses the narrative of the Midwest by incubating bright, diverse and interdisciplinary thinkers to exchange ideas and envision the future of our region through multimedia storytelling and solutions-oriented research.

This program is made possible, in part, by Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Social Distances Midstory

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 19 Ratings

Social distance...it means more than just six feet apart. What other kinds of distances did we encounter during such a year of crisis? Join Midstory as we interview experts in the humanities and delve into the kinds of distances that are, well...social—the gaps that have been exposed and widened, and how we’ve learned to bridge them.

Each week, we look at a different cross section of society that has been impacted by the crisis, and unpack topics ranging from the environment, birth and death and shelter, to media, race relations and more through insights from historians, anthropologists, poets, policymakers and other experts. Check out the video edition on social media under @midstory or at www.midstory.org.

Midstory is a 501(c)(3) non-profit thinkhub that progresses the narrative of the Midwest by incubating bright, diverse and interdisciplinary thinkers to exchange ideas and envision the future of our region through multimedia storytelling and solutions-oriented research.

This program is made possible, in part, by Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    “I’m having that baby!” | Barbara Piperata & Emily Wolfe-Sherrie

    “I’m having that baby!” | Barbara Piperata & Emily Wolfe-Sherrie

    Our last episode of the series brings life to the fore in a time of disease and death. Midstory talks to Dr. Barbara Piperata, professor of anthropology at the Ohio State University, and graduate student Emily Wolfe-Sherrie about what motherhood and bringing new life into the world look like under the strains of quarantine, as well as how cultural constructs shaping women’s postpartum experiences reflect back on society as a whole.

    • 22 min
    “The margins of subsistence” | Andrea Seielstad & Catherine Crosby

    “The margins of subsistence” | Andrea Seielstad & Catherine Crosby

    How does someone “shelter in place” when shelter isn’t safe, or there’s no shelter to stay in? Midstory talks to Andrea Seielstad, professor at the University of Dayton School of Law, and Catherine Crosby, Chief of Staff of the City of Toledo, about evictions, food insecurity, domestic violence and homelessness during the pandemic.

    • 22 min
    “The luxury of hindsight” | Anne Sokolsky

    “The luxury of hindsight” | Anne Sokolsky

    At a time when travel is rendered impossible, literature can take us places. Midstory talks to Dr. Anne Sokolsky, professor of Comparative Literature at Ohio Wesleyan University, about the stories born of past pandemics and the importance of telling our stories today—through broader and more diverse means than ever before.

    • 19 min
    “Playing more freely” | Zak Vassar & Chris Anderson

    “Playing more freely” | Zak Vassar & Chris Anderson

    As concert halls and jazz bars closed amidst the pandemic, the music community had to find new ways to bring music to people. In doing so, they’ve also opened up doors to broader audiences. Midstory talks to Zak Vassar, President and CEO of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, and Chris Anderson, founder of Open Tone Music, about how the pandemic changed our access to music—for the worse, but also for the better.

    • 22 min
    “Comforted in the darkness of grief” | Dave Lucas

    “Comforted in the darkness of grief” | Dave Lucas

    In the isolation and grief of 2020, we turned to the written word to find connections that transcend time and space. Midstory talks to Dave Lucas, the second Poet Laureate of Ohio and lecturer at Case Western Reserve University, about the ways writing and poetry provide solace, wisdom and clarity far beyond what we (and perhaps the authors) could have imagined.

    For more and to see the video podcast, visit www.midstory.org/social-distances.

    • 20 min
    “The triple whammy” | Amilcar Challu

    “The triple whammy” | Amilcar Challu

    In the past year, wildfires, hurricanes, record temperatures and more devastated populations already struggling with a raging global pandemic. Midstory talks to Dr. Amilcar Challu, professor of History at Bowling Green State University, about the ways the environment deeply influences our social and political realities.
    For more and to see the video podcast, visit www.midstory.org/social-distances.

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

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19 Ratings

19 Ratings

toledojames ,

Great podcast

Grateful for some fresh perspectives on a topic none of us can avoid. The journey to find meaning and healing is welcomed; this is a conversation we all need to hear. Thank you, Midstory. Looking forward to more!

T.m.Toledo ,

Forced apart! Yet bonded together.

In such a chaotic year, who knew that by being forced apart we could actually be forging stronger bonds with those around us. Our lives come into focus and what means the most is suddenly so evident. What a great and thought provoking podcast! Cant wait for the next one to be posted!

Adiasio ,

A must listen

Love how they’re tying together many different perspectives about life and the effects of the pandemic. It is truly unique and personable to all our human experiences. Definitely a must listen.

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