UNT Pod

UNT POD is a regularly occurring podcast that brings together members of the University of North Texas community to discuss hot topics and important trends, and share knowledge with listeners from all walks of life. Learn more about UNT, ranked a Tier One Research University by the Carnegie Classification, at unt.edu and find us on your favorite podcast platform.
Episode 1: The Many-Faced Pod: How "Thrones" Changed the Game
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In this episode of UNT POD, our University of North Texas faculty experts -- along with some student superfans -- take a look at the impact of Game of Thrones as the series finale looms. “They’re gonna break our hearts,” UNT student Macie Alberth says. “That’s the whole point, I guess.”

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How GoT embraced universe-building, big-budget storytelling
  • Favorite scenes and characters
  • Its depiction of zombies
  • Its political storytelling
  • Its characterization of Daenerys Targaryen
  • Predictions headed into the final episode

Featured in this episode are:

  • Harry Benshoff, professor of media arts
  • Ashley English, assistant professor of political science and expert in gender in politics
  • Brian Lain, associate professor of communication studies, director of debate, and award-winning instructor of UNT’s “Zombies in Rhetoric” course
  • Macie Alberth, UNT student and organizer of the Legends Hall-based Game of Thrones watch parties
  • Celeste Kelly, UNT student and GoT fan
  • Christina Jone, UNT student and GoT fan

Tell us about your favorite characters or moments from GoT by connecting with us on Twitter @UNTSocial or on Instagram @UNT.

Episode 2: Killer Hawkeye, Fat Thor and Papa Iron Man: Portrayals of Grief in "Avengers: Endgame"

In this episode of UNT POD, we sit down with counseling doctoral student Damien McClintock to breakdown the five stages of grief and how each is portrayed by Black Widow, Hawkeye, Hulk, Thor, Captain America and Iron Man in Avengers: Endgame.

In this episode, we discuss:
Denial
Anger
Bargaining
Depression
Acceptance
Superheroes

Featured in this episode:

Damien McClintock, doctoral student in the counseling program at the University of North Texas

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Tell us about your favorite moments from Endgame and the rest of the MCU by connecting with us on Twitter @UNTSocialor on Instagram @UNT.

Episode 3: Let’s Talk Mayborn: A Discussion with Reporter Michael Mooney

In this episode of UNT Pod, acclaimed journalist and co-director of the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference Michael Mooney — who also happens to be a UNT alum — speaks with Monique Bird, discussing everything from the Mayborn conference and the state of journalism to his simultaneous love of, and aversion to, Twitter.

In this episode, we discuss:

● Highlights from the Mayborn conference over the years

● Its benefits for up-and-coming and established journalists

● The state of the journalism industry

● The benefits and drawbacks of Twitter, particularly for writers

Featured in this episode is:

● Michael Mooney, a UNT journalism alum and co-director of the conference. The theme of this year’s Mayborn event, which took place in late July, was “Justice in America,” a topic Mooney knows well — he’s covered crime and social justice for magazines ranging from Texas Monthly to D Magazine to GQ, and has been featured in the anthology of the Best American Crime Reporting. He’s the author of Texas Monthly’s August cover story, and also writes sports and culture articles for publications such as ESPN the Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Popular Mechanics.

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● @untpod

Join the Conversation

● Tell us about your favorite moments from the Mayborn conference by connecting with us on Twitter @UNTSocial or on Instagram @UNT.

Episode 4: Summer of '69

In this episode of UNT POD, our University of North Texas faculty experts and alums discuss the important milestones from the summer of 1969, along with their continued reverberations. Ann McCutchan, a UNT alum and former professor of creative writing who penned a memoir in 2016 about growing up on the space coast in Titusville, Florida, perhaps sums it up best: “That was some summer.”

In this episode, we discuss:

● The moon landing and its effects on American ingenuity and technology

● The Stonewall Riots as some of the first, and most important, milestones in the early gay rights movement

● Woodstock and its celebration of music and the American spirit

Featured in this episode are:

● Ann McCutchan, a UNT alumna and former professor of creative writing who witnessed the launch as a teenager growing up in Titusville, Florida

● Ron DiIulio, better known as Starman, a UNT professor of physics and astronomy and the director of UNT’s astronomy lab

● Suzanne Enck, a UNT associate professor in Communication Studies and an allied professor for Women’s and Gender Studies who serves on the Women’s and Gender Studies executive committee

● Clark Pomerleau, a UNT associate professor in the Department of History who teaches History of Sexuality and Gender History

● Sara Outhier, a UNT alumna and UNT music librarian for digital and audio services

● Hosts Erin Cristales, Melisa Brown and Kris Muller

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● @UNTPod

Join the Conversation

● Tell us about your own personal stories from the summer of ’69 by connecting with us on Twitter @UNTSocial or on Instagram @UNT and using #UNTSummerof69

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