Social Distances

Midstory

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.

Social Distances: Introduction
Trailer 3 min 59 sec

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Social distance...it means more than just six feet apart. What other kinds of distances did we encounter during 2020 and beyond? 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 amidst crisis, 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. Support this podcast

Mar 22

3 min 59 sec

Race. History. Media. The social unrest of 2020 and beyond called into question our present—and our past. Midstory talks to Dr. Akil Houston, professor of Cultural and Media Studies at Ohio University, to unpack how we got here and where we go from here. For more and to see the video podcast, visit www.midstory.org/social-distances. Support this podcast

Apr 6

16 min 55 sec

When the COVID-19 outbreak began, people sought answers in the century-old archives of the last global pandemic. 100 years from now, what will people look at to remember today? Midstory talks to Bill Kimok and Miriam Intrator of the Archives and Special Collections at Ohio University, as well as student Jade Braden, about preserving this moment—both the historic and the mundane.   For more and to see the video podcast, visit www.midstory.org/social-distances. Support this podcast

Apr 14

17 min 15 sec

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. Support this podcast

Apr 21

21 min 28 sec

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. Support this podcast

Apr 28

20 min 27 sec

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. Support this podcast

May 5

22 min 18 sec

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. Support this podcast

May 12

19 min 21 sec

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. Support this podcast

May 19

22 min 13 sec

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. Support this podcast

May 26

22 min 41 sec