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Spectrum features conversations with an eclectic group of fascinating people, some are famous and some are not, but they all have captivating stories.

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Spectrum features conversations with an eclectic group of fascinating people, some are famous and some are not, but they all have captivating stories.

    David Collins, award winning producer, gives insights into his career

    David Collins, award winning producer, gives insights into his career

    David Collins, an eight-time Grammy award winner, has been producing groundbreaking films, documentaries, television and streaming projects for over 25 years.

    The common thread to his expansive body of work is that his projects give voice to marginalized populations and feature inclusive and omni culture content.

    He, with his partner Michael Williams, created Scout Productions in 1994 – just five years after David’s graduation from Ohio University.

    Scout Productions has gone on to produce Queer Eye for the Straight Guy for Bravo in 2003, Queer Eye for Netflix in 2018, Legendary for HBO Max in 2020 and his current effort in partnership with Amy Poehler called The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning for Peacock.

    Collins says his award-winning company is provides culturally transformative and emotionally gripping content across multiple platforms with humor and heart.

    He has two new series launching in May 2023.

    An investigative documentary, The Secrets of The Hillsong Church, premieres on May 19 on FX and the following day on Hulu and “Merpeople” will open on Netflix on May 23.

    David returned to Ohio University this spring to deliver the undergraduate commencement address and shared with WOUB’s Spectrum some insights into his education, his early career, and what keeps his company and his storytelling fresh.

    • 58 min
    Family who was robbed of over $230,000 by computer scammers faces turmoil.

    Family who was robbed of over $230,000 by computer scammers faces turmoil.

    Two- and one-half years ago, the Goldsberry family was robbed of over $230,000 by international computer scammers who took control remotely of a family computer and emptied several bank accounts.

    This happened through 14 wire transfers to Thailand from December 16, 2020 to January 11, 2021.

    During this time, the family noticed strange transactions happening and notified the national fraud department of their bank plus the local bank authorities.

    To date, however, the Goldsberry family has yet to be reimbursed for their loss and they are frustrated.

    Retired Ohio judge Alan Goldsberry and his financial consultant son Stuart have unsuccessfully tried various means to get reimbursement.

    They contacted the local police, the local prosecutor and the FBI but have come up empty on a mechanism to get their money back.

    They have attempted multiple times to get cooperation from their bank but to no avail.

    They also have filed suit in federal court to get the bank to release its records. This was only partially successful.

    Finally, they have turned to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) but have not heard from the FDIC for several months.

    Meanwhile, they are running out of options.

    Listen to their story as a warning on how this might happen to you.

    If you have any suggestions on other options the Goldsberry family may have, please email them to me at hodson@ohio.edu.

    • 48 min
    Judges are being trained to develop “anti-racist” courtrooms.

    Judges are being trained to develop “anti-racist” courtrooms.

    This fall, the National Judicial College (NJC), located on the campus of the University of Nevada-Reno, will hold its second groundbreaking course to teach judges from across the nation how to develop and maintain anti-racist courtrooms.

    This four-day course will be held in Montgomery, Alabama. Last years, inaugural course took place in Memphis, Tennessee.

    “Participants will be challenged to examine their own beliefs, including unconscious beliefs, and consider anti-racist theory with practice as potential antidotes to bias,” says Judge Benes Aldana, president of the NJC.

    The course is designed to identify sources of personal and systemic bias in courtrooms and to create or facilitate effective interventions.

    Successful participants in the class are expected to lead “impactful initiatives to identify and mitigate sources of bias in the legal system, according to Judge Gayle Williams Byers, a Fellow at the NJC.

    The course curriculum includes history, experiential learning, cognitive science, and psychological and sociological research.

    • 44 min
    “Masking” conceals unsafe commercial drivers making roadways hazardous.

    “Masking” conceals unsafe commercial drivers making roadways hazardous.

    “Masking” is a term used for when people with commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) get lenient treatment in our nation’s courts. This allows offenders to hide their traffic offenses and stay on our highways without retribution.

    Masking, although too often commonplace, is actually a violation of federal law and prohibited and states could get in trouble if their judges do not comply, according to retired Judge Gayle Williams-Byers.

    Too often, however, a person with a CDL may be cited for a traffic offense in his/her private vehicle. When the violator appears in court, they claim that they will lose their job if the offense is reported to a state Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

    As a result, says Judge Byers, prosecutors and judges too often reduce the original charge to a minor offense that is not reportable to the state, or which does not carry any points against the offender’s license.

    This masking process is prohibited yet in some places it is the norm. It is being opposed by the National Highway Safety Administration.

    To promote compliance, Congress passed the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999 which requires the withholding of certain federal dollars from states who are not in compliance. Yet too many judges do not know that “masking” is illegal.

    The National Judicial College and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are teaming up to raise awareness and thus make our highways safer.

    • 50 min
    Fran Lebowitz: writer, intellectual and humorist shares her views.

    Fran Lebowitz: writer, intellectual and humorist shares her views.

    Before traveling to the Midwest, New Yorker Fran Lebowitz talked with Spectrum’s guest host Emily Votaw and share her views on life, mortality, friends and smartphones.

    Lebowitz is a writer, humorist and intellectual. A child of the 1950’s, she shares her social criticism with wit, wisdom and a dose of sarcasm.

    In 1978, her first book of essays “Metropolitan Life” was published followed by another book of essays in 1981 called “Social Studies.”

    Since then, she has been a frequent talk show guest and public speaker due to her engaging banter and her sometimes skewed slant on the world and pop culture.

    Lebowitz spoke with Votaw recently before a speaking engagement in Marietta, Ohio.

    • 14 min
    WCPO’s Ramsay Fulbright heads the logistics of local television news

    WCPO’s Ramsay Fulbright heads the logistics of local television news

    Local television newsrooms are often chaotic with breaking news and even routine stories spreading news crews and reporters across a wide geographic area.

    All are gathering news for both digital distribution and broadcast purposes with multiple and constant deadlines.

    Someone must coordinate this mayhem and that person in the tri-state area of S.W. Ohio is Ramsay Fulbright, the Assignment Desk Manager for WCPO 9 News. He daily is sending reporters and photographers to stories across Cincinnati, SW Ohio, Indiana, and northern Kentucky.

    Once the news is gathered, Ramsay also leads a team of assignment editors who feed the news products to various producers of multiple local television news shows every day.

    Experience pays off for Ramsay. Over the years, his news judgment has been honed by his time as a news photographer.

    Prior to jumping to the assignment desk, Ramsay spent 11 years as either a photographer or the head photographer at stations in Arkansas, Tennessee, Arizona and at his home station of WCPO News 9 in Cincinnati.

    He lives in a fast-paced professional world, but he relishes the challenges. He boasts that no two days are the same and that the variety makes his job fascinating.

    Learn more as you listen to this edition of WOUB’s Spectrum Podcast with Tom Hodson.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Equalityguy ,


This podcast has sustained its high quality. Every week it produces a conversation with someone notable: an author, journalist, policy maker, scholar or celebrity. The interviews with journalists are especially noteworthy.

Saltaireann ,


Thank you Tom for interviewing Madeline Lanciani. Her story is an inspiration for all who fight for their dreams. An amazing woman. Ad astra per aspera.

kr754 ,

Intelligent, thoughtful

This Spectrum episode is incredible--important listening not just for students but for all of us. White American heterosexuals like me seldom reflect on the relative ease of our daily lives compared with fellow citizens who don’t fit into the dominant social groups. Definitely click, listen & share.

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