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In the hallowed halls of Potterversity, hosts Katy McDaniel (Marietta College) and Emily Strand (Mt. Carmel College and Signum University) explore the Harry Potter series and wider Wizarding World from a critical academic perspective with scholars from a variety of fields, finding new ways to read and opening new doors. Made in association with http://MuggleNet.com.
 
Put on your prescription helmet and get ready to join the Bike Psyko himself, Michael Bissette, and his wife Emily as they talk all things bicycle. You will get behind the scenes details on past and upcoming EPIC rides, explore the unique brain of a cyclist, and learn tips and tricks about the sport of cycling!
 
ProclaimerCast is a podcast for Lectors and proclaimers of the Word in liturgy. It offers Lectors tools, tips, advice, Scriptural reflection and helpful information on the Scriptures we proclaim at Mass, so Lectors can minister well. Hosted by Emily Strand, Director of Liturgy at the University of Dayton, ProclaimerCast it is created by and for Lectors in the Roman Catholic tradition. However, anyone who proclaims the Word of God in a Christian assembly may be interested in ProclaimerCast.
 
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On this episode, we're reading Harry Potter through trauma theory, Fat Studies, and semiotics - and from the perspective of a nonbinary trans scholar of young adult literature. What does it meant to be a Potter scholar? Get a glimpse of one academic's research into a variety of topics in the Harry Potter books. In this episode, Emily and Katy talk …
 
Universes collide as we imagine the story of the founding of Hogwarts in the form of a Shakespeare play. In this episode, we're joined by Ian Doescher, author of William Shakespeare's Star Wars as well as Shakespearean retellings other of modern tales. He tells us about how he first embarked on this project and what made Star Wars a natural fit for…
 
Explore the many dark connections between Harry Potter and Dracula, two stories of love, death, and the conquest of evil. In this episode, Katy and Emily talk with Dr. Beatrice Groves (Literary Allusions in Harry Potter, Bathilda’s Notebook) about the many parallels between Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the Harry Potter series. Hogwarts evokes Count Dr…
 
Our Dutch is terrible, our French is even worse, but thankfully we are fluent in the universal language of cycling! Listen along to hear about the chaotic process of travelling during a pandemic and some of the adventures we have had since landing in Belgium including Michael's first international UCI race! Your vocab words of the day include: Stre…
 
Michael goes from cyclist to garbage disposal in 3.5 seconds and all bike race organizers should be warned. Listen along to hear about our riding and eating adventures from Southeast Gravel Battle of Sumter Forest, 6 hrs. of Warrior Creek, and most recently the US Paracycling Open in Huntsville Alabama. The audio from an empty and echo-y house is n…
 
'Our Puffs-palooza continues as we talk with some of the talented people behind the play Puffs. We continue our conversation about the wonderful fan re-vision of the Harry Potter series, the off-Broadway play Puffs. Emily and Katy discuss with Matt Cox (Puffs creator) and Stephen Stout (Puffs actor and producer) the creative process behind the maki…
 
Join us for the beginning of our Puffs-palooza! In this episode, we talk with Dr. Melissa Aaron and Dr. Lauren Camacci about the off-Broadway play Puffs - how you can see it at home, why should see it (if you haven’t already), and why we love it so much. Warning: Spoilers abound in this episode! Puffs imagines the seven-book Harry Potter series in …
 
This week we cracked a beer with Mary & Todd Rosser at the most epic graffiti covered bicycle filled non profit: The Pedal Factory. Located in Salisbury, this bike shop embodies the PSYKE and makes it their mission to share it with EVERYONE! Drinking beers, eating frogs, and discussing all things bicycle...you don't want to miss this episode! ENJOY…
 
Are the Harry Potter novels fantasy, mystery, school story, bildungsroman, allegory, or something else? Harry Potter’s blend of genres shapes reader expectations and creates fascinating intersections. In this episode, Dr. Tison Pugh (Pegasus Professor of English at the University of Central Florida) joins Katy and Emily to discuss the wide variety …
 
A Valentine for...Uncle Vernon? In this episode of Potterversity, Katy and Emily talk with scholar Tim Jennings about Vernon Dursley in a way that, if it doesn’t redeem Harry’s uncle, does seek to humanize him. Why is Uncle Vernon the way that he is? What motivates him? Why is he so awful to Harry? We explore Vernon’s relationships with his wife Pe…
 
What does the prevalence of violence in the Harry Potter series tell us about magical civilization - and our own? Despite its theme of nonviolence, there’s a fair amount of violence in the Harry Potter series. On this episode, Katy and Emily talk with Dr. Aurélie Lacassagne, Associate Professor of Political Science at Laurentian University - Sudbur…
 
Uncover the meaning of Christmas in the Harry Potter novels. On this episode, Katy and Emily talk with Dr. Beatrice Groves (author of Literary Allusion in Harry Potter and blogger at Bathilda’s Notebook) about the Christmases at Hogwarts and how they culminate in the final book’s graveyard scene at Godric’s Hollow. Emily points out that J.K. Rowlin…
 
Make sure you're wearing your prescription helmet because this episode is JAM PACKED with talk about breath work, dog tongues, the 3T Exploro Pro, riding 421 and Burkemont Rd., Fire Towers, SAR, the Gnar Ramp, a bike geometry calculator, annual stats and goals calculator, and Michael's not so top secret homemade sport drink mix recipe! It's a wild …
 
Rule-breaking for the right reasons on this episode of Potterversity. Katy and Emily talk with Dr. Beth Sutton-Ramspeck about her analysis of rule-breaking and creativity in the Harry Potter series. In the early 2000s, some parents wanted the Harry Potter books banned because the students at Hogwarts often broke the rules without consequences. We t…
 
This week Michael covers everything from a sub 4 hour century attempt to getting pulled over on a bicycle. Emily asks questions about the unspoken rules of group rides and learns about Michael's definition of "smooth riding." You will also discover the most important classification system you never asked for: The Official GRICCS. Michael chews ice …
 
Catch a glimpse of the latest in Harry Potter scholarship and get oriented to our new podcast! In our first episode, Emily and Katy introduce the virtual Potter Studies education you can expect from Potterversity. We discuss the Harry Potter Academic Conference (HPAC) at Chestnut Hill College, which this year was held virtually. Kudos to Karen Wend…
 
Make sure you're wearing your prescription helmet for this one... Michael details his recent 500 mile 2 day bike ride from Asheville, NC to Wilmington, NC. We learn way too much about butt pads, I mean "chamois." Emily argues that gummy bears are superior to Swedish fish. Together, they give you bad marriage advice and a lot of strange cycling anal…
 
Michael answers questions about the upcoming 2 day 500 mile Blue Ridge to Beach Challenge. The correct pronunciation of 'route' and 'Bissette' is argued. Michael tries to convince you that people (not living in the 1800's) still use the word 'knickers.' And then he shares his list of cold weather riding necessities. Listen along and enjoy, Psykos!…
 
In imaginative fiction, bridges provide access to magical and dangerous worlds. During this month’s episode, Katy and Emily talk about bridges in the Harry Potter books and movies. We’ve scoured the books and films for bridge images and references to see where they’re used and how. There are not many bridges in the books - though the Brockdale Brid…
 
On this episode of the Nudibrains podcast I talk to my friend Nia who is an awesome scientist passionate about large vertebrates AND horseshoe crabs. As a Black scientist and survivor of Hurricane Katrina, Nia has experienced racism in education first hand and has some amazing advise for aspiring scientists. We talk about climate change and how env…
 
Hi everyone! This is the official launch of season 2 of the NudiBrains podcast. On this episode, I asked guests from last season to record a brief update about what they're up to. Some are starting new Ph.D.s, some advanced to candidacy, some are caring for themselves and others during this pandemic, and all of these things are great successes. I'm…
 
Literary alchemy provides clues to the romantic pairings in Harry Potter. Why did Ron and Hermione, Remus and Tonks, and Bill and Fleur end up paired together? Literary alchemy holds the symbolic answers. Katy and John talk this month with Elizabeth Baird Hardy (Mayland Community College) and Beatrice Groves (Oxford University) about the alchemical…
 
Far from an offhand or casually constructed story, The Ickabog intentionally continues many of the themes and structures of the Harry Potter books in a fairy tale genre. In this month’s episode, Katy and John talk with Harry Potter scholars John Pazdziora (University of Tokyo-Komaba) and Lana Whited (Ferrum College) about our first analyses of The …
 
Explore the surprising relevance of Beedle the Bard’s first tale - “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot” - in this week’s episode. “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot” seems like a simple story on the surface, but Katy and Emily with their guest Travis Prinzi (Harry Potter and Imagination) uncover the challenging complexities of this tale. We look at the fa…
 
Take a closer look at the fierce and fine Ginny Weasley in this bonus episode. Katy and Emily talk with Louise Freeman (Mary Baldwin University) about Ginny Weasley, examining why some fans dislike her as well as what is admirable about her. We compare book-Ginny with movie-Ginny and consider the effect of scenes left out of the films on our impres…
 
Deconstruct Beedle the Bard’s tale “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump” with us in our latest bonus episode! Katy and Emily talk with Katherine Sas (University of Pennsylvania) about the wizard fairy tale featuring the wily and witchy Babbitty Rabbitty. We discuss how J.K. Rowling developed the concept and how it connects with the themes of t…
 
Take a surprising closer look at Petunia Dursley in this week’s episode. Harry’s Aunt Petunia is one of the lesser villains of Rowling’s fantasy series, but in this bonus episode, Katy and Emily hear Emma Nicholson’s rereading of Petunia in light of what we find out at the end of the last book. Considering how Petunia was rejected from the wizardin…
 
Which of the wizarding world books mentioned in the Harry Potter series would you most like to have on your bookshelf? Join us in considering the funniest, most important, and most intriguing books within the Harry Potter books in this bonus episode. Emily and Katy talk with Professor Lana Whited (Ferrum College) about the many books J.K. Rowling i…
 
On this episode of the nudibrains podcast, Will Ota (@will_in_the_wild) flips the script and interviews host Emily (@emilythemarinebiologist) to talk about her recent accomplishments, defending her master's thesis and being accepted to a Ph.D. program! Look forward to more episodes of the NudiBrains podcast coming soon!…
 
Graduating seniors connect their experiences this spring to the final Harry Potter book. In this special episode, Emily, Katy, and Lana Whited (Ferrum College) talk with high school and college seniors who are separated from their friends and schools this spring because of the COVID-19 crisis. Neil Fredericksen (Franklin County High School), Jamie …
 
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