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A Smarter U feeds your brain with an academic spin to current events, pop culture, and other items of interest. Each episode features experts from the University of Lynchburg in Virginia.

Latest Episodes

The human history of the Holocaust

Halina Peabody was a young girl when World War II and the German occupation of Poland turned her life upside down. Her father was imprisoned. She and her mother had to hide their Jewish identity and rely on inner strength, courage, and the compassion of others to survive. She joined host Hannah Belayachi and history professor Dr. Brian Crim to share the human side of what history students learn about the podcast. Crim, author of "Our Germans: Project Paperclip and the National Security State," also shares his perspective on how the beginning of the Cold War caused world powers, including the U.S., to give citizenship to Nazi scientists even while European Jews struggled to find humanitarian help after the war. Read the transcript here. Subscribe to A Smarter U on Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play Music, or Apple Podcasts.

38 MIN1 w ago
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The human history of the Holocaust

Impeachable Character: Lessons from Andrew Johnson’s impeachment

A president stands accused of wrongdoing. A nation is divided on the president's policies and fitness for office. A polarized media environment plays to each end of the political spectrum with little agreement on reality. Sound familiar? This is actually a description of the impeachment of Andrew Johnson, the 17th president of the United States and the first to be impeached. He escaped conviction by only one vote. Dr. Adam Dean, a University of Lynchburg professor and the John M. Turner Distinguished Chair in the Humanities, joins A Smarter U to talk about Johnson's impeachment and compare Johnson with other presidents who have faced impeachment or threats of it — Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, and Donald Trump. He leaves us with a few pointers to consider while digesting news about impeachment investigations. Ironically, it sounds a lot like the advice professors gave in our last episode, What to do about 'fake news'. Read the transcript. Subscribe to A Smarter U on Spotify, Stitche...

36 MIN3 w ago
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Impeachable Character: Lessons from Andrew Johnson’s impeachment

What to do about ‘fake news’?

How do you know if the news is true? If you hear something is "fake news," does that mean it's a made up story, or does it mean the person labeling it "fake" didn't like it? "Fake news" has been in the news and political rhetoric for a while, but it has been a major point of discussion in recent years. This episode of "A Smarter U" brings together a journalism professor, Dr. Ghislaine Lewis, and a philosophy professor, Dr. Devon Brickhouse-Bryson, to talk about the phenomenon and how news makers and news consumers can examine their beliefs and make sure they're getting an accurate picture of what's happening in the world. Read the transcript here. Subscribe to A Smarter U on Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play Music, or Apple Podcasts.

32 MINOCT 29
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What to do about ‘fake news’?

Everyone has an origin story: Two professors geek out over “Joker”

Ever wonder what makes a supervillain? Criminology professor Dr. Ken Wagner and communication studies professor Dr. Mike Robinson join this episode of A Smarter U to talk about the mental workings of the Joker, the notorious "Clown Prince of Crime" who gets his own feature film coming on October 4. From his first appearance in the Batman comics to understanding the math to his madness, the professors unpack the Joker with help of Max Weber, Shakespeare, and the kind of pop culture expertise that can only come from decades of reading comics. Read the transcript here. Subscribe to A Smarter U on Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play Music, or Apple Podcasts.

48 MINOCT 1
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Everyone has an origin story: Two professors geek out over “Joker”

Leadership in the cloud with Francessca Vasquez ’00

Francessca Vaszquez ’00 leads an international team at Amazon Web Services to help companies use cloud computing technology to take their apps and businesses global. While she travels the world, she often refers back to lessons she learned while earning her computer science degree at Lynchburg — lessons from inside and outside the classroom that prepared her for leadership. She's our guest in this episode of A Smarter U. Read the transcript here. Subscribe to A Smarter U on Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play Music, or Apple Podcasts.

36 MINSEP 17
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Leadership in the cloud with Francessca Vasquez ’00

A conversation with Kathrine Switzer, women’s running pioneer

Season two, episode one of "A Smarter U" features world-renowned women's running icon Kathrine Switzer, who got her start with competitive running at Lynchburg College (now University of Lynchburg) before she became the first woman to officially register for and run the Boston Marathon. Natalie Deacon, assistant women's soccer coach and a running icon at Lynchburg, joined her for the discussion with host Justin Cummings. This episode was recorded in May 2018 when Switzer was on campus as the Commencement speaker. Download the transcript here.

30 MINAUG 31
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A conversation with Kathrine Switzer, women’s running pioneer

How does music start a revolution? A Smarter U Episode 2

How does music get front-row tickets to the revolution? From coded spiritual songs that guided slaves along the Underground Railroad to Ukrainian folk songs opposing Russian invasion, music has played a role in uniting people and inspiring protest. Dr. Lindsay Michie saw this firsthand when she was a photojournalist in South Africa during the fall of apartheid nearly 30 years ago. This helped inspire a class that she's offering to first-year University of Lynchburg students in Fall 2019. Dr. Michie and Christine Moore, a student who has taken the music-and-revolution class before, sat down with Justin Cummings to talk about the power of music to inspire social change. New this episode: You can now find A Smarter U on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play Music, TuneIn, and Spotify. You also can listen to many of the songs referenced in this podcast in a Spotify playlist here. Transcript, A Smarter U, Episode 2 Justin Cummings: Welcome to “A Smarter U,” a University of Lynchburg podcast. T...

38 MINMAR 26
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How does music start a revolution? A Smarter U Episode 2

Football, physics, and concussions: A Smarter U Episode 1

As the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams head to the Super Bowl, a physicist and an athletic trainer sat down to talk about the physics of the game and the science of concussions. This is the first episode of A Smarter U, a University of Lynchburg podcast featuring University of Lynchburg professors talking about current events and other items of interest. Episode 1 features Dr. John Eric Goff, a well known sports physicist who has provided commentary in podcasts, articles, and TV appearances around the world, and Dr. Tom Bowman, an athletic training professor who is working on aNational Football League-funded study on concussion treatment. Justin Cummings ’19, a communication studies major working for University Communications and Marketing, hosted and produced the episode. Subscribe to A Smarter U on Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play Music, or Apple Podcasts. Transcript: A Smarter U, Episode 1 Transcript prepared by Annabelle Nagy ’22 Justin Cummings - Welcome t...

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Latest Episodes

The human history of the Holocaust

Halina Peabody was a young girl when World War II and the German occupation of Poland turned her life upside down. Her father was imprisoned. She and her mother had to hide their Jewish identity and rely on inner strength, courage, and the compassion of others to survive. She joined host Hannah Belayachi and history professor Dr. Brian Crim to share the human side of what history students learn about the podcast. Crim, author of "Our Germans: Project Paperclip and the National Security State," also shares his perspective on how the beginning of the Cold War caused world powers, including the U.S., to give citizenship to Nazi scientists even while European Jews struggled to find humanitarian help after the war. Read the transcript here. Subscribe to A Smarter U on Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play Music, or Apple Podcasts.

38 MIN1 w ago
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The human history of the Holocaust

Impeachable Character: Lessons from Andrew Johnson’s impeachment

A president stands accused of wrongdoing. A nation is divided on the president's policies and fitness for office. A polarized media environment plays to each end of the political spectrum with little agreement on reality. Sound familiar? This is actually a description of the impeachment of Andrew Johnson, the 17th president of the United States and the first to be impeached. He escaped conviction by only one vote. Dr. Adam Dean, a University of Lynchburg professor and the John M. Turner Distinguished Chair in the Humanities, joins A Smarter U to talk about Johnson's impeachment and compare Johnson with other presidents who have faced impeachment or threats of it — Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, and Donald Trump. He leaves us with a few pointers to consider while digesting news about impeachment investigations. Ironically, it sounds a lot like the advice professors gave in our last episode, What to do about 'fake news'. Read the transcript. Subscribe to A Smarter U on Spotify, Stitche...

36 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Impeachable Character: Lessons from Andrew Johnson’s impeachment

What to do about ‘fake news’?

How do you know if the news is true? If you hear something is "fake news," does that mean it's a made up story, or does it mean the person labeling it "fake" didn't like it? "Fake news" has been in the news and political rhetoric for a while, but it has been a major point of discussion in recent years. This episode of "A Smarter U" brings together a journalism professor, Dr. Ghislaine Lewis, and a philosophy professor, Dr. Devon Brickhouse-Bryson, to talk about the phenomenon and how news makers and news consumers can examine their beliefs and make sure they're getting an accurate picture of what's happening in the world. Read the transcript here. Subscribe to A Smarter U on Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play Music, or Apple Podcasts.

32 MINOCT 29
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What to do about ‘fake news’?

Everyone has an origin story: Two professors geek out over “Joker”

Ever wonder what makes a supervillain? Criminology professor Dr. Ken Wagner and communication studies professor Dr. Mike Robinson join this episode of A Smarter U to talk about the mental workings of the Joker, the notorious "Clown Prince of Crime" who gets his own feature film coming on October 4. From his first appearance in the Batman comics to understanding the math to his madness, the professors unpack the Joker with help of Max Weber, Shakespeare, and the kind of pop culture expertise that can only come from decades of reading comics. Read the transcript here. Subscribe to A Smarter U on Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play Music, or Apple Podcasts.

48 MINOCT 1
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Everyone has an origin story: Two professors geek out over “Joker”

Leadership in the cloud with Francessca Vasquez ’00

Francessca Vaszquez ’00 leads an international team at Amazon Web Services to help companies use cloud computing technology to take their apps and businesses global. While she travels the world, she often refers back to lessons she learned while earning her computer science degree at Lynchburg — lessons from inside and outside the classroom that prepared her for leadership. She's our guest in this episode of A Smarter U. Read the transcript here. Subscribe to A Smarter U on Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play Music, or Apple Podcasts.

36 MINSEP 17
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Leadership in the cloud with Francessca Vasquez ’00

A conversation with Kathrine Switzer, women’s running pioneer

Season two, episode one of "A Smarter U" features world-renowned women's running icon Kathrine Switzer, who got her start with competitive running at Lynchburg College (now University of Lynchburg) before she became the first woman to officially register for and run the Boston Marathon. Natalie Deacon, assistant women's soccer coach and a running icon at Lynchburg, joined her for the discussion with host Justin Cummings. This episode was recorded in May 2018 when Switzer was on campus as the Commencement speaker. Download the transcript here.

30 MINAUG 31
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A conversation with Kathrine Switzer, women’s running pioneer

How does music start a revolution? A Smarter U Episode 2

How does music get front-row tickets to the revolution? From coded spiritual songs that guided slaves along the Underground Railroad to Ukrainian folk songs opposing Russian invasion, music has played a role in uniting people and inspiring protest. Dr. Lindsay Michie saw this firsthand when she was a photojournalist in South Africa during the fall of apartheid nearly 30 years ago. This helped inspire a class that she's offering to first-year University of Lynchburg students in Fall 2019. Dr. Michie and Christine Moore, a student who has taken the music-and-revolution class before, sat down with Justin Cummings to talk about the power of music to inspire social change. New this episode: You can now find A Smarter U on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play Music, TuneIn, and Spotify. You also can listen to many of the songs referenced in this podcast in a Spotify playlist here. Transcript, A Smarter U, Episode 2 Justin Cummings: Welcome to “A Smarter U,” a University of Lynchburg podcast. T...

38 MINMAR 26
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How does music start a revolution? A Smarter U Episode 2

Football, physics, and concussions: A Smarter U Episode 1

As the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams head to the Super Bowl, a physicist and an athletic trainer sat down to talk about the physics of the game and the science of concussions. This is the first episode of A Smarter U, a University of Lynchburg podcast featuring University of Lynchburg professors talking about current events and other items of interest. Episode 1 features Dr. John Eric Goff, a well known sports physicist who has provided commentary in podcasts, articles, and TV appearances around the world, and Dr. Tom Bowman, an athletic training professor who is working on aNational Football League-funded study on concussion treatment. Justin Cummings ’19, a communication studies major working for University Communications and Marketing, hosted and produced the episode. Subscribe to A Smarter U on Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play Music, or Apple Podcasts. Transcript: A Smarter U, Episode 1 Transcript prepared by Annabelle Nagy ’22 Justin Cummings - Welcome t...

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