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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● 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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● 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

Episode 5: Learning, Language and a Long-Term Mission

In this episode of UNT POD, our University of North Texas student and faculty experts discuss their mission to document and preserve endangered and indigenous languages, including South Asian languages such as Lamkang, Mankiyali, Kashmiri and Burushaski. They also discuss events such as UNT’s Year of Indigenous Languages series and Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What “endangered language” really means
  • How languages lose vitality
  • UNT’s efforts in documenting and preserving endangered and indigenous languages
  • Important language archival tools such as CORSAL (Computational Resources for South Asian Languages)
  • Indigenous language events
  • Students who have come to UNT to help save their own languages

Featured in this episode are:

  • Shobhana Chelliah, associate dean and professor in UNT’s department of linguistics
  • Sadaf Munshi, chair and professor in UNT’s department of linguistics
  • Sumshot Khular, a Ph.D. student in UNT’s department of linguistics and a native Lamkang speaker
  • Javid Iqbal, a graduate student in UNT’s department of linguistics and a native speaker of Burushaski
  • Midhat Shah, a graduate student in UNT’s department of linguistics and a native speaker of Kashmiri
  • Christina Wasson, professor in UNT’s department of anthropology and the organizer of UNT’s Year of Indigenous Languages series
Episode 6: British Royal Fashion

In this episode of UNT POD, our University of North Texas experts discuss the making of Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding dress and the impact Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, has had on the fashion industry as the third season of The Crown is set to air.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The making of Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding dress
  • The Texas Fashion Collection features a dress designed by Norman Hartnell that shares similar features with Queen Elizabeth’s wedding dress
  • Queen Elizabeth II’s dress made a statement, showcasing her country’s creativity as it was recovering from World War II
  • The newest royal, Meghan Markle, can cause fashion brands’ sales to increase when she wears their ready-to-wear brands
  • Markle makes a statement with her fashion choices by wearing clothes that promote sustainability and accessibility

Featured in this episode are:

  • Annette Becker, director of the Texas Fashion Collection
  • Iva Jestratijevic, assistant professor, College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism
Episode 7: The State of Journalism

In this episode of UNT POD, our University of North Texas faculty experts discuss recent events that reflect the shifting power dynamic in newsrooms, including the mass exodus of Deadspin’s editorial staff and the Salt Lake Tribune being granted non-profit status, as well as the rise of #fakenews accusations ahead of the 2020 election.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The death of Deadspin
  • Newsroom unionization
  • The Salt Lake Tribune’s non-profit status
  • How to find trustworthy media coverage of the 2020 election

Featured in this episode are:

  • Neil Foote, principal lecturer in UNT’s Mayborn School of Journalism
  • Randy Loftis, lecturer in UNT’s Mayborn School of Journalism
  • Jacqueline Fellows, lecturer in UNT’s Mayborn School of Journalism
Episode 8: Star Wars Across the Generations

In this episode of UNT POD, University of North Texas students and staff discuss their personal fandom, their first Star Wars memories and expectations for Episode IX, and industry experts discuss the staying power and cultural impact of the franchise over the last 40-plus years.

In this episode, we discuss:

● Star Wars fandom

● Star Wars memories

● The staying power of the franchise

● The cultural impact of Star Wars

● Expectations for Episode IX

Featured in this episode are:

● Dr. Stephen Mandiberg, media arts lecturer

● Dr. Jennifer Porst, media arts assistant professor

● Mark Lanier, mechanical technician

● Kevin Yanowski, catalog management librarian

● Julian Mondress, sophomore and UNT Star Wars Club president

● Jaena Ice, freshman and UNT Star Wars Club social media manager

● Wesley Belisch, sophomore and UNT Star Wars Club member

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Episode 9: The Mind Matters

In this episode of UNT POD, our University of North Texas staff and alumni experts discuss their own experiences with mental health, as well as how to identify if and where one should seek out mental health resources for themselves or others.

In this episode, we discuss:

● The stigma that sometimes surrounds mental health and how to dispel it

● Common chronic mental health symptoms

● Preventative mental health treatment, including positive psychology

● Campus and online mental health resources

Featured in this episode are:

● Madison “Rudi” Clary-Wortham (’16, ’18 M.S.), a communications studies alum who battled anxiety and depression as a teenager and college student

● Rebecca Werts (’13, '19 M.S.), an advisor in the College of Science and a recent master’s graduate in counseling

● Rachita Sharma, Ph.D., LPC-S, CRC, a senior lecturer in UNT’s College of Health and Public Service and the clinical coordinator for UNT’s Well Clinic

● Tamara Knapp-Grosz, Ph.D., senior director of UNT’s Counseling and Testing Center

Click here for UNT’s mental health and wellbeing resources, made available through UNT’s Speak Out program

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Episode 10: UNT Love Stories

In this episode of UNT POD, University of North Texas community members discuss their personal experiences on the topic of love. We'll also hear from experts in neuroscience and social science, as well as from several couples as they tell their stories of how they met and what keeps their relationships strong. We'll also explore the science behind love as an emotion.

Featured in this episode are:

● Dr. Nicoladie Tam, Associate Professor, Dept. of Biological Science

● Dr. Julie Leventhal, Sr. Lecturer, Educational Psychology

● Judith Sanchez and Tanner Dritschler, UNT alumni and couple

● Chuck Gatlin and William Jackson, UNT alumni and married couple

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Episode 11: Diversity and Inclusion in Comics

Joanna Davis-McElligatt, an assistant professor in UNT’s Department of English who is an expert on diversity in higher education and comics, discusses a recent uptick in inclusion — and the challenges that still lie ahead.

In this episode, we discuss:

● The importance of diversity and inclusion in higher education

● The recent uptick of diversity and inclusion in comics, and its importance to the industry

● Some of Davis-McElligatt’s favorite comics

● Recent entries in the genre such as Black Panther and HBO’s Watchmen relaunch.

Featured in this episode is:

● Joanna Davis McElligatt, assistant professor in UNT’s Department of English

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Episode 12: COVID's Collateral Damage

In this episode of UNT POD, UNT professor of psychology Patricia Kaminski discusses parent-child relationships, child abuse and eating disorders related to COVID-19.

In this episode, we discuss:

● How to cope with stress to build healthier parent-child relationships

● How to identify and prevent child abuse

● The pressures COVID-19 places on those with eating disorders and how to best cope

Featured in this episode is:

● Patricia Kaminski, professor in UNT’s Department of Psychology

Helpful links:

● Healthy parent-child relationships

www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/adolescent-development/healthy-relationships/parents-child/index.html

www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/parenting

● Child abuse prevention and reporting

www.acf.hhs.gov/cb/focus-areas/child-abuse-neglect

www.childwelfare.gov/topics/responding/reporting/how/

● Coping with eating disorders

nationaleatingdisorders.org/help-support/contact-helpline

● Help at UNT

psychology.unt.edu/clinics-and-centers/psychology-clinic

studentaffairs.unt.edu/counseling-and-testing-services

untwell.unt.edu/services-offered

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Episode 13: Knowledge is King

From 300-year-old murder cases to unidentified bodies on the Texas border, Dr. Harrell Gill-King has investigated it all. As a forensic anthropology professor and founding director of UNT’s Laboratory of Forensic Anthropology, Gill-King has developed what he calls a “junkyard mind” — he knows a lot about a little bit of everything. His knack for digging deeper to find the truth has led to his sterling reputation, and he was recently awarded the American Academy of Forensic Science’s T. Dale Stewart Award for outstanding contributions to the forensic anthropology field.

In this episode, we discuss:

● The evolution of forensic anthropology

● The “CSI Effect”

● The emotional aspects of scientific work

● The importance of science

Featured in this episode is:

● Dr. Harrell Gill-King, a forensic anthropology professor, founding director of UNT’s Laboratory of Forensic Anthropology and co-founder of UNT’s Center for Human Identification

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Episode 14: Adventures in Archiving

In celebration of UNT’s 130th anniversary, we take a deep dive into UNT’s Special Collections with archivist Rachael Zipperer, exploring some of the most unusual pieces of history contained within — and to see how the university is always working to preserve its exceedingly unique spirit.

In this episode, we discuss:

● Eppy subreddits

● The miniature books collection and the reemergence of The Hobbit first edition

● UNT’s digital Memory Collection

● Other unique items found in Special Collections, including a hamster skull and KXAS footage of chickens clucking to Glenn Miller’s “In the Mood.”

Featured in this episode is:

● Rachael Zipperer, UNT archivist

Helpful links:

library.unt.edu

Memory Collection

Keeper app

KXAS collection

Chicken clip

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Episode 15: Black Lives Matter

Back in April, three words burst through a news cycle otherwise laser-focused on COVID-19: “I can’t breathe.” George Floyd’s brutal death broke through the greater American consciousness, particularly that of white Americans, in a way the other questionable fatalities that have occurred over the years did not — and out of that horrific incident, deeper conversations about the lack of equity in modern society have risen to the surface. This episode of UNT Pod explores where we are, how we got here, and how we all can — and should — move forward together to build a stronger, more equitable world.

In this episode, we discuss:

● The modern Black Lives Matter movement and the classical period of civil rights

● How the transatlantic slave trade marked African Americans as existing outside of the social compact, and the effects of those biases on modern race relations

● How popular media shapes impressions of the African American community

● Equity and diversity in higher education

● How Americans from all backgrounds can help build a more equitable society

Featured in this episode are:

● Dr. J. Anthony Guillory, lecturer and advisor to the African American Studies minor in UNT’s Department of History

● Dr. Todd Moye, professor in UNT’s Department of History

● Dr. Christopher Todd, assistant professor in UNT’s Department of History

Helpful links:

Read the UNT History Department’s anti-racism syllabus

Check out UNT’s new diversity and inclusion initiatives

Listen to more interviews from the Civil Rights in Black and Brown project

Dr. J. Anthony Guillory discusses his favorite works of African American literature

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