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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.

    Dr. Janice Collins, author, journalist, & educator talks student empowerment

    Dr. Janice Collins, author, journalist, & educator talks student empowerment

    Dr. Janice Marie Collins is an author, journalist, documentarian, educator, and humanitarian.

    Her most recent book is Teaching Without Borders: Creating Equity, and Inclusion with Active Centralized Empowerment (ACE).

    She also authored, 250 Years and Still a Slave.

    Dr. Collins says that people, and especially students, can feel marginalized, trapped, and enslaved through lack of diversity, inclusion, and empowerment.

    She is a strong advocate for giving students power and opportunities in the classroom and providing students a fair chance to maximize their talents and potentials without demonizing them.

    In this episode, Dr. Collins gives numerous examples of how ACE works and succeeds.

    In addition to her education advocacy, she has won a journalism award for her student-based website: hearmyvoiceonline.com. It gives an outlet to many and varied student perspectives.

    Dr. Collins is currently president of World Changers Media International Foundation. (WCMIF).

    “WCMIF is a non-profit foundation that is in the transformational business of creating, discovering and promoting platforms, stories and voices to help change the world into a kinder, gentler, more educated, inclusive and empowering one,” says Dr. Collins.

    She can be contacted on Instagram at @drjaic, on Facebook at “Active Centralized Empowerment with Dr. Janice Marie Collins,” on Twitter @janicemcollins and on LinkeIn at “Janice Marie Collins, Ph.D.”

    • 55 min
    ‘QKatie’ gives update on her book “Cheese, Wine, and Bread” and its success.

    ‘QKatie’ gives update on her book “Cheese, Wine, and Bread” and its success.

    Author, food journalist, content creator and social media celebrity Katie Quinn just finished her first personal book tour in the United States to promote her book “Cheese, Wine, and Bread: Discovering The Magic of Fermentation in England, Italy, and France.”

    She recently spent time in Manhattan and made some personal appearances in the Midwest before heading back to her current home in Italy. This was her first time to promote her book in person in America since it was published by Harper Collins/William Morrow in April of 2021.

    Her book, which was three years in the making, has garnered outstanding reviews from a wide variety of publications such as The Wall Street Journal and Real Simple Magazine. It is touted as one of the top cookbooks of 2021.

    The book is a combination of personal stories, observations, personality profiles, scientific facts, and recipes. It is a narrative cookbook with stunning photography and illustrations that leap off the pages.

    While visiting Ohio, Katie stopped by the WOUB studios to give our Spectrum Podcast a taste of her book, update us on its success, and share with us some holiday recipes that might be fun for the whole family to make.

    We talk about her career, her writing, the success of her “QKatie” YouTube channel and her passion for both storytelling and food.

    She also discusses some of the difficulties in trying to promote a book through American media while residing in Italy. She shares some of her humorous and fretful moments of being on live television from her small kitchen in Europe.

    • 54 min
    Earl Johnson helps people find comfort after trauma and gives us his insight

    Earl Johnson helps people find comfort after trauma and gives us his insight

    Earl Johnson trained as a pastor at Yale’s Divinity School, worked for anthropologist Margaret Mead in African and observed firsthand violence in London and in Jerusalem.

    He then returned to a church in Columbia, Missouri but was restless. He then made major life decisions. He took a sabbatical from his church, came out as a gay man, and moved to New York City.

    While in New York, he was discovered by agents, and he became a world-renowned model for high-end men’s clothing designers in Europe and the United States. He toured the globe.

    However, he felt that he wanted to do more, so he gave up modeling and trained as a hospital chaplain. In the mid- 1990’s, he worked at New York’s Cabrini Medical Center and gave comfort to dying AIDS patients, their partners, and families.

    In 2001, he moved to Washington D.C. to become a hospital chaplain and on his second day of work, he was inundated with victims and families from the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon.

    Johnson had so much experience comforting the hurt and bereaved that he was recruited by the American Red Cross to create its crisis response teams. He managed those teams for a decade through some our nation’s greatest tragedies.

    Now, Johnson has put his decades of experience into a new book, “Finding Comfort During Hard Times: A Guide to Healing after Disease, Violence and Other Community Traumas.” The book helps readers discover ways to find comfort even through the most trying of life’s circumstances.

    Johnson talks with WOUB’s Spectrum Podcast about his life, his career, and the book in this new episode. His advice is perfect for those who may be suffering during this Holiday period.

    • 55 min
    “Joe Nuxhall: The Old Lefthander and Me” delivers pitcher/broadcaster’s insights

    “Joe Nuxhall: The Old Lefthander and Me” delivers pitcher/broadcaster’s insights

    Joe Nuxhall was a famous pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds. He also was a highly popular broadcaster for the club for over four decades.

    Radio fans loved him for his colorful stories about his career and the game he loved.

    He was the youngest pitcher ever to pitch in a major league game at age 15, toiled in the minors, and then became a stalwart part of the Reds’ pitching staff.

    Later, he remained batting practice pitcher while holding his place in the broadcast booth.

    All the time he was collecting stories of baseball, life, and broadcasting.

    Those stories have been compiled and shared in a new book, “Joe Nuxhall: The Old Lefthander & Me”, written by author, journalist, and long-time media critic John Kiesewetter.

    You don’t have to be a baseball fan to like the book, according to Kiesewetter.

    Many of the stories share conversations about life in general and being a sports broadcaster.

    Nuxhall was beloved by his teammates, his broadcast colleagues, and Reds’ fans.

    He also was beloved by his hometown Hamilton, Ohio where he resided until his death in 2007.

    Listen as Kiesewetter shares some of the stories with us and talks about his book.

    • 43 min
    Washington gridlock is likely to continue as Trump’s GOP power grows stronger

    Washington gridlock is likely to continue as Trump’s GOP power grows stronger

    Former President Donald Trump’s power over the GOP is not waning, instead it is growing stronger.

    Trump’s influence surges as Democrats and President Joseph Biden tries to find ways to push their agenda through a gridlocked Congress, according to Philip Elliott, Washington correspondent for TIME and author of TIME’s weekday newsletter “The D.C. Brief”.

    Elliott tries to unravel some of the current Congressional complexities and make them understandable.

    He also charts what we might expect before the end of the year as the government struggles with legislation to increase its debt ceiling.

    Elliott paints a rather dire picture for Democrats approaching the mid-term elections in 2022 and gives us insight on the Georgia gubernatorial Republican primary and the monumental general election upcoming.

    He describes the disconnect that often appears between average Americans, working to support families, and the machinations of politicians of both parties in Washington.

    Elliott predicts, however, that Democrats will be rolling out major messaging events in 2022 to try to convince people of the advantages they will receive from Biden’s Build Back America efforts across the country.

    As a veteran Washington correspondent, Elliott gives us clear, non-partisan analysis from a seasoned perspective.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    The impacts of the Rittenhouse acquittals are analyzed by a judge and legal analyst

    The impacts of the Rittenhouse acquittals are analyzed by a judge and legal analyst

    Judge Gayle Williams Byers, a black female judge in Northeastern Ohio, and Tom Hodson, Spectrum host and legal analyst, break down the impact of the Kyle Rittenhouse acquittals on the judicial system, on the black community and on the future of peaceful protest.

    While both respect the sanctity of the jury’s verdicts, they highlight advantages in the trial process that were given to Rittenhouse. They discuss the judge’s behavior and some of his rulings along with the inherent racism and white privilege that permeate our judicial process across the country.

    Judge Byers states that if Rittenhouse had been black that the verdicts would probably be much different, and he would have been convicted instead of released.

    She recounts the fear that these verdicts have caused black parents who worry about their children and their relationships with both police and militia-type people armed with high powered weapons.

    Hodson expresses concerns that the verdicts will weaponize people who are anti-peaceful protests and put future protestors at risk for violent retribution.

    Both claim that the verdicts and the weaponization of anti-protestors will result in a “chilling effect” on free speech and the constitutional right to peacefully protest.

    Judge Byers and Hodson both express fear that Rittenhouse will become the new “poster boy” for the alt-right and militaristic fascist groups in the country and that violence will increase, as a result.

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Equalityguy ,

Sustained

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.

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MS

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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