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The Arts & Humanities podcast channel at American Public University (APU) features conversations with subject-matter experts about how the arts and humanities impact everyday living, the importance of cultural awareness and exposure, how skills from the arts and humanities can assist career progression, and a lot more. Arts & Humanities Podcast is brought to you by American Public University.

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The Arts & Humanities podcast channel at American Public University (APU) features conversations with subject-matter experts about how the arts and humanities impact everyday living, the importance of cultural awareness and exposure, how skills from the arts and humanities can assist career progression, and a lot more. Arts & Humanities Podcast is brought to you by American Public University.

    How do Differences in Cultural Norms in Europe and the U.S. Affect Moral and Social Values? | EP26

    How do Differences in Cultural Norms in Europe and the U.S. Affect Moral and Social Values? | EP26

    In many European countries, it’s acceptable to stare, touch other people, and stand close. But in the U.S., staring is considered rude, touching is generally frowned upon, and people highly value their personal space. In this episode, APU professor Stefania Malacrida discusses these cultural norms after living in Italy, Germany and the U.S. Learn how these cultural norms lead to differences in moral and social values including the death penalty, gun rights, and more.
     
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    • 42 min
    The Selfie as a Form of Self Expression | EP25

    The Selfie as a Form of Self Expression | EP25

    There are more than 30 million "selfies" uploaded to social media every week. While this may seem like a modern-day phenomenon, there's a significant connection between "selfies" and self-portraits used by artists throughout history. In this episode, APU's Dr. Bjorn Mercer talks to Art Professor Mina Majstorovic about art history and selfies. Learn why artists historically composed self-portraits as autobiographies and self-expression and how such paintings reflect the culture of the time. Also learn how the selfies of today can help students connect to, and better understand, artwork from the past. 
     
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    Unraveling the Ancestral Fabric: Understanding the Genetic Imprint of Type 2 Diabetes in African Americans | EP24

    Unraveling the Ancestral Fabric: Understanding the Genetic Imprint of Type 2 Diabetes in African Americans | EP24

    Type 2 diabetes disproportionately affects African Americans. In this episode, APU Business professor Dr. Kandis Boyd Wyatt interviews Dr. Maurice Fluitt about his work in epigenetics, which is research into how the expression of genes can be changed without changing DNA. Learn how genetic imprinting helps understand complex diseases like diabetes and why it?s so important to educate the public about this research. Dr. Fluitt also discusses how COVID-19 has affected people with diabetes, why it?s so important to listen to your body, and why people shouldn?t be afraid to go to their doctor with any health concerns.
     
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    • 18 min
    2020 Presidential Election and the History of Political Conventions

    2020 Presidential Election and the History of Political Conventions

    Political conventions have changed dramatically over the years. In this episode, Dr. Bjorn Mercer talks to APU program director Dr. Tom Kelly about the history of each major party’s political convention to nominate a presidential candidate. Also learn why there’s unlikely to ever be a viable third-party candidate, how Democrats and Republicans are trying to target voters outside their traditional base, and discussion about the concept of American exceptionalism.
     
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    • 44 min
    Militarization of the Police

    Militarization of the Police

    Do law enforcement agencies incorporate too many military tactics and equipment in their policing efforts? In this episode, Dr. Bjorn Mercer talks to AMU Criminal Justice program director, Dr. Chuck Russo about the origins of the military and domestic law enforcement as well as the benefits and downfalls of ongoing collaboration. Learn about the influence of traditional media and social media on politicizing police tactics and how discussions in the classroom can help bring to light many controversial policing topics including militarization, use-of-force, ethics, mental health, post-traumatic stress, diversity, supervision, management, and more.
     
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    • 36 min
    Developing Skills Needed to Succeed in the Workplace

    Developing Skills Needed to Succeed in the Workplace

    Building and sharpening your skillset is critical for professional success. In this episode, APU business professor Dr. Kandis Wyatt talks to Tamera Wells-Lee about the most important skills she learned in her academic and professional career that contributed the most to her leadership development. While it’s important to develop hard skills, learn why it’s also critical to develop soft skills like empathy, creativity, interpersonal skills, and work ethic to make you a strong and compassionate leader.
     
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