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Jamie puts questions to a variety of researchers from top UK universities. Each episode will feature a different academic and a discussion about their specialist work. If you want to take a deep dive into history, politics, arts, culture, religion, theology, philosophy, sociology, anthropology and lots more - this is the podcast for you. If you are interested in learning more about the topics discussed, keep listening until the end of the episode when our researcher recommends books or mater ...
 
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I am very happy to share my conversation with Classist Robin Diver. Robin has completed an amazing hat-trick of Classical studies at Birmingham University, having completed an undergrad, masters and more recently, a fanatic PhD. Robin's PhD explored adaptations of Greek Mythology in children's anthologies and how they dealt with issues of sexual vi…
 
I am very happy to share my conversation with New Testament textual critic Timothy Mitchell. Tim originally studied Science at Lancaster University, Pennsylvania. He then moved into religious studies by graduating from the Luther Rice University, Georgia, with a Master of Divinity. Tim is currently studying New Testament Textual Criticism for his P…
 
I am very excited to bring you Classist Charlotte Charleston Stokes. After receiving her undergrad in Classical Civilisations and Literatures, Charlotte stayed on at Birmingham for her masters, for which she is currently studying. Charlotte's main interest is monsters, old and new. In this episode we discuss whether gender is important when studyin…
 
In Episode 69, Dan Dissinger talks to the founder of Progress Playbook, Lloyd Cambridge about practicing mindfulness to be a better entrepreneur and person, community building, and supplementing the gaps in higher education with experiential project-based learning. Lloyd J. Cambridge is the founder & CEO of Progress Playbook, a small business train…
 
In Episode 68, Dan Dissinger talks to the founder of StoryBilder, Tanya Gough, about breaking the rules for the sake of creativity, curating the first-ever Shakespeare on film catalog, and teaching English in Japan pre-internet. Tanya Gough has been an ESL teacher, a retail store owner, a corporate digital marketer, and a freelance content strategi…
 
In Episode 67, Dan Dissinger talks with to Actor, Director, and Board Certified Music Therapist Spencer Frankeberger about adaptability in Music Therapy, how being scared of improv is the best reason to do improv, we discuss systemic ableism in standardized testing from the bar exam to the GREs, and this all somehow ends up inContinue reading "Epis…
 
In Episode 66, Dan Dissinger talks with recent graduate of USC’s Film and Television Production program Sydney Laws about how Black stories are represented in media, cultural anthropology, and Storytelling versus Story-breaking. Sydney Laws is a very proud ATLien and recent graduate of USC’s Film and Television Production program. She defines herse…
 
In Episode 65, Dan Dissinger talks with filmmaker Scott Barber about storytelling through documentary, why Nickelodeon was such a positive creative force in the early 90s, and the role of writing when making a documentary. And who can forget GWAR. Scott made his directorial debut with his film, The Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story, featuring Ken…
 
I am very pleased to bring you historian of Socialist Yugoslavia: Helena Trenkić. Helena studied History at Cambridge University for her undergrad and will soon have completed her masters, both of which in History. Next year Helena will begin her PhD, again at Cambridge. Helena looks at Social Yugoslavia's policy of non-alignment and asks whether i…
 
In Episode 64, Dan Dissinger talks with Vocalist/Educator/Actor/Writer Viva Vinson about the positive impact of performing arts education, overcoming Dyslexia and ADHD, and harnessing the power of the performing arts to have deeper DEI discussions with students and teachers. Born of an Italian American mother, and African American father, Viva has …
 
I am very happy to bring you environmental historian: Isobel Akerman. Isobel has an undergrad in History from the University of York and is currently studying for her MPhil in Modern History at Cambridge. Isobel's work looks at the environmental idea and how it has been communicated to the general public, using London's Kew Gardens as a case study.…
 
I am very happy to introduce you to historian Reuben Duffy. After gaining a joint honours degree in History, Politics and International Relations from the University of Strathclyde, Reuben started his masters in Modern History at St Andrews. Reuben is interested in modern Scotland and his work focuses on Scotland's involvement the with British Empi…
 
In Episode 63, Dan Dissinger and special guest host Dr. Meghan Nolan talk with friend, colleague, and fellow Saint John’s University Alum Dr. Melissa Rampelli from Holy Family University about the impact of the Victorian Age, Medical Humanities, and what sea monsters have to do with the 2008 Great Recession. On top of all ofContinue reading "Episod…
 
I am very pleased to share my conversation with historian Lucy Coatman. Lucy has an undergrad in Theology but will soon be completing her Mlitt at St Andrew's University. Her main focus is 19th century women. However, Lucy is particularly fascinated by Baroness Mary Vetsera. Baroness Mary was found dead with heir to the Austro Hungarian thrown: Cro…
 
I am thrilled to introduce you to classicist Edward Armstrong. After gaining an undergrad in Ancient History, Edward compounded that subject with Classics for his MPhil, both completed at the University of Sydney. Edward is currently studying for his PhD at St Andrews University. Edward explores one of the founding fathers of historical inquest: Th…
 
In Episode 62, Dan Dissinger and special guest host Stephanie Renée Payne talk with Chris Muniz of the USC Writing Program about reconnecting creative writing back to academic writing, developing meaningful and authentic student-centered projects, and how the personal journey leads the way towards student agency. Chris Muniz is a faculty member in …
 
Content Warning: Discussion of sexual and domestic violence, please listen with care.In Episode 61, Dan Dissinger & special guest host Danielle Lee talk to USC alum Emma Collins about being an advocate for survivors of relationship and sexual violence, working for RSVP (Relationship & Sexual Violence Prevention Services) at USC, and rape culture on…
 
I am very happy to bring you historian Joseph Stanley. Joseph is an expert on the 18th and 19th centuries, with a particular interest in the Yorkshire mining industries. After gaining his undergrad in History at Durham University, he went on the study for a PGCE at Cambridge. Joesph has recently completed his PhD which explored protest movements an…
 
I am very excited to introduce you to the fascinating philosopher that is Charlotte Zemmel. Charlotte works in the field of epistemology. She has an undergrad in Natural Sciences and she is currently at Cambridge University studying for her masters in History and Philosophy of Science. In this episode we discuss Charlotte's work on Social Epistemol…
 
I am very pleased to introduce you to philosopher of science: Shaun Stanley. Shaun gained both his undergrad and his masters in Philosophy from the Witz University in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is soon to finish four years of study for his PhD at the University of Bristol. His work explores the relationship between Darwinian evolutionary theory…
 
I am very happy to be sharing my conversation with classicist Martina Delucchi. As an Italian, Martina has always had a love for the ancient world. She studied Classics at the University of Genoa and then went on to gain two masters; one also from the University of Genoa, this time in Archaeology, and one from the University of Pisa in Classical Ph…
 
To celebrate reaching 20 episodes, I am thrilled to be releasing another extended special. Please meet philosopher Benjamin Zemmel. Benjamin is Jewish and works in the field of religion and ethics. After gaining his undergrad in Judiac Studies, he went on to gain his master in Philosophy from Birmingham University. Benjamin will soon embark upon an…
 
I am very happy to be sharing the second part of my conversation with Jan-Wilem Prügel. Make sure you have listened to part one before getting stuck into this episode! (It is episode 16). In this conversation, we cover the eclectic philosophical movement of 19th century America known as 'Transcendentalism', for which Jan is currently studying as th…
 
I am very happy to introduce you to literary historian Inigo Purcell. After completing his MPhil in Medieval Literature at Cambridge, he began his PhD; a joint programme at the University of Bristol and the Macquarie University in Sydney. Inigo's work explores one of the most famous and continually told stories in history: King Arthur. In this epis…
 
I am very pleased to bring you this conversation with historian Katherine Arnold. Katherine has a masters from University College London in History and is soon to be finishing her PhD after 4 years of study at the London School of Economics. Katherine is a specialist of 19th century Germany, with a specific focus on German imperialism and the natur…
 
I am very happy to introduce you to Jan-Willem Prügel. Jan's studies cover so many different fields and periods that I couldn't keep our conversation to the usual 30-40 minutes in length. So here is the first half of our 1hr and 30 minutes long conversation. Jan is a historian of law, economics and intellectual ideas. After studying law at Heidelbe…
 
I am very excited to be sharing my conversation with historian Diego Repenning Lopez. Diego is originally from Chile but has always had a fascination with Russia and the mysterious territory of Siberia. He came to the UK to study Russian at the University of Bristol and has since completed his masters and his PhD there. In this episode Diego will h…
 
I am thrilled to introduce you to political historian Rachel Reville. Rachel has studied at York university before completeling here masters at the London School of Economics. She is currently doing her PhD at Oxford part-time as she works in for a Labour member of parliament in Westminster. In this episode we discuss Rachel's work, the career of 3…
 
I am super excited to share my conversation with Cambridge social scientist Catherine Cooke. Catherine is doing some tough but very important work on generated violence in Bermuda. Bermuda has never seen research of this kind so Catherine is blazing a trial. In this episode we discuss the history of Bermuda, society on a collection of tiny islands …
 
I am extremely happy to be bringing you Oxford historian Berklee Baum. Berklee is an expert on the memorialisation of genocides. After studying the memorialisation of the holocaust by the USA and the UK, Berklee is currently studying for her PhD in a similar vain but now she brings more countries and genocides into the equation. In this episode we …
 
I am very pleased to bring you, from Cardiff University, ancient historian Clare Parry. Clare has studied ancient history all the way from degree level to MPhil. She is a specialist in ancient Near Eastern iconography. Clare is exploring how we can use ancient iconography to help us understand and interpret the Bible, she is currently working on th…
 
To celebrate reaching 10 episodes I am extremely excited to bring you an extended episode! Please meet historian Rachel Chua. Rachael originally studied law at the London School of Economics but decided to switch her focus to history (good choice) and is now studying at University College London for her PhD. Her work explores China and in this epis…
 
I am very excited to share my conversation with historian Ferdinand Mowinckel. Ferdinand is currently studying for his masters of studies at Oxford, after graduating from Exeter University in History. In our chat we discuss his work which explores inter-war Germany: Weimar Republics, politics and satire and his current work on the diary accounts of…
 
I am thrilled to bring you Cambridge sociologist Lucy Mahaffey. Lucy has a double major from the University of Oklahoma and is currently studying for her MPhil at Cambridge. In our talk we discuss Lucy's amazing research into a tough and very troubling subject: modern slavery/people trafficking. What are their definitions? How can we act? What are …
 
I am delighted to introduce you to historian and international relations expert William Klintworth. William is a graduate of Exeter University where he studied History and International Relations. He now at Cambridge studying for his masters in Politics and International Studies, for which he focuses on China. In our discussion we talk about Britai…
 
I am very happy to be sharing my conversation with theologian and church historian Colin Donnerlly. With an MPhil from Oxford and a soon to be completed PhD from Durham, Colin is an authority on this subject. In this episode we discuss early reformer Thomas Bilney, the nature of 'conversions' and whether religion and politics can be truly separate.…
 
It is an absolute pleasure to introduce you to social scientist Luke Waktins. Luke will soon be embarking upon a PhD in sociology, adding to his masters and bachelor degrees, both from the University of Bath. Luke's work focuses on contemporary youth culture and his most recent research is on drill music. In this episode we discuss the debates surr…
 
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