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Smart Pill is a podcast delivering concentrated knowledge on topics that are important to curious young professionals. Our goal? To help you talk and act more intelligently about the issues affecting your life. Produced by the WHRO Emerging Leaders Board, some episodes share recordings of our live salon series, while others, use interviews with experts to explore salon themes. Past themes: Sea Level Rise; the Impact of Digital Technology on Art; Diversity and Inclusion in Comics and Geek Culture; and the Impact and Experiences of Women in the Military.

Latest Episodes

Woman Veteran Series Part 3

Part 3 of the Woman Veterans Series as women veterans share their stories on what it means to be a woman in uniform.

--2019 SEP 25
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Woman Veteran Series Part 3

Woman Veterans Series Part Two

Part 2 of the Woman Veterans Series as women veterans share their stories on what it means to be a woman in uniform.

--2019 AUG 1
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Woman Veterans Series Part Two

Woman Veterans Series

Three women veterans shared their stories on what it means to be a woman in uniform. This episode was recorded live from the "Emerging Talks: Cloaked in Invisibility" presented by the WHRO Emerging Leaders Board.

--2019 JUL 18
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Woman Veterans Series

NEON Fest 2017: Impact of Technology on Art

The annual NEON Fest celebrates all kinds of art and artists in Norfolk, VA. We talk with three prominent artists in the area about their work, incorporating digital tools in their work, and their reactions to creating art in a Virtual Reality space. Show notes: More info on Alison Stinely More info on Mensah Bey More info on Richard Nickel WHRO Emerging Leaders Board Website

--2018 OCT 3
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NEON Fest 2017: Impact of Technology on Art

Speed Dating with the Emerging Leaders Board

After six episodes of Smart Pill, it’s time to meet some of the members of the WHRO Emerging Leaders Board! Using a “speed dating” format, we invited some board members into the studio to share their stories about the board, being a millennial (or not), and why they’re fans of WHRO. Hear from Emily, Luis, Leslie, Ryan, and Keith in this episode. Show notes: WHRO Emerging Leaders Board Website

--2018 SEP 5
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Speed Dating with the Emerging Leaders Board

Sea Level Rise: Why You Should Care and What You Can Do

We revisit our conversation about the dangers of Sea Level Rise, and whether we, as individuals, can do anything about it. Joining us are three local experts: Mary-Carson Stiff, Director of Policy at Wetlands Watch; Michael J. Allen, Ph.D., Climate Scientist and Assistant Professor of Geography at Old Dominion University; and Ben McFarlane, Senior Regional Planner at The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission. Show notes: Info on Mary-Carson Saunders Stiff Info on Michael J. Allen, Ph.D. Info on Ben McFarlane Wetlands Watch Hampton Roads Planning District Commission ODU Resilience Collaborative

--2018 AUG 8
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Sea Level Rise: Why You Should Care and What You Can Do

Life of a Pro Cosplayer

In our last episode, Phil Odango told us his “origin story,” the path he took to become a celebrated professional cosplayer. Since he has such a fascinating profession, we decided to invite him back and learn more. In this episode, he talks about life as a cosplayer, some of the criticism he’s faced, and what keeps him moving forward in this unique career. Phil’s interview has some frank discussion about race, gender, and body image, so keep that in mind if you have kids listening. Show notes: Phil’s website: Canvas Cosplay Link to Phil Odango’s “origin story” Link to Isaac Schneider’s “origin story” Link to Dawn Wilfong’s “origin story” Emerging Talks Events and the Emerging Leaders Board

--2018 JUL 11
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Life of a Pro Cosplayer

Origin Stories: Diversity and Inclusion in Geek Culture - Part 3 of 3

This is the third of a three-part series covering the experiences of women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ in geek, gaming, and comics culture. It was recorded at the beautiful Wells Theatre in Downtown Norfolk during a WHRO Emerging Talks live storytelling event called “Origin Stories.” The night featured three young professionals, Dawn, Isaac, and Phil, sharing their stories in celebration of geekery and identity. In part three, we hear from Phil Odango, a professional cosplayer who tours the country competing at conventions like San Diego and New York ComicCon. He talks about his beginnings, the others he finds inspiring, and the difficult times he endured. Phil’s story has some content that may not be suitable for children, so keep that in mind if you have kids listening. Phil’s website: Canvas Cosplay Link to Phil’s “Life as a Pro Cosplayer” Interview: Coming soon! Link to Isaac Schneider’s story Link to Dawn Wilfong’s story Photos of our Origin Story speakers, Dawn, Isaa...

--2018 JUN 5
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Origin Stories: Diversity and Inclusion in Geek Culture - Part 3 of 3

Origin Stories: Diversity and Inclusion in Geek Culture - Part 2 of 3

This is the second of a three-part series covering the experiences of women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ in geek, gaming, and comics culture. It was recorded at the beautiful Wells Theatre in Downtown Norfolk during a WHRO Emerging Talks live storytelling event called “Origin Stories.” The night featured three young professionals, Dawn, Isaac, and Phil, sharing their stories in celebration of geekery and identity. In part two, we hear from Isaac Schneider, a technical consultant, musician, artist, and gamer. Zack has a very open and frank discussion about why he hates labels, why he fought against being thought of as a geek, and why he has hope for the future of gamers in a post-gamergate culture. ***LISTENER DISCRETION IS ADVISED*** Link to Dawn Wilfong’s story Link to Phil Odango’s story Photos of our Origin Story speakers, Dawn, Isaac, and Phil: Coming soon! Emerging Talks Events and the Emerging Leaders Board

--2018 MAY 1
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Origin Stories: Diversity and Inclusion in Geek Culture - Part 2 of 3

Origin Stories: Diversity and Inclusion in Geek Culture - Part 1 of 3

This is the first of a three-part series covering the experiences of women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ in geek, gaming, and comics culture. It was recorded at the beautiful Wells Theatre in Downtown Norfolk during a WHRO Emerging Talks live storytelling event called “Origin Stories.” The night featured three young professionals, Dawn, Isaac, and Phil, sharing their stories in celebration of geekery and identity. In part one, we hear from Dawn Wilfong, a television producer, blogger, and host of the Geek and Gaming web series Roll 4 Initiative. Dawn’s story has just a couple moments of strong language, so keep that in mind if you have kids listening. Link to Isaac Schneider story Link to Phil Odango’s story Photos of our Origin Story speakers, Dawn, Isaac, and Phil: Coming soon! Emerging Talks Events and the Emerging Leaders Board

--2018 APR 4
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Origin Stories: Diversity and Inclusion in Geek Culture - Part 1 of 3

Latest Episodes

Woman Veteran Series Part 3

Part 3 of the Woman Veterans Series as women veterans share their stories on what it means to be a woman in uniform.

--2019 SEP 25
Comments
Woman Veteran Series Part 3

Woman Veterans Series Part Two

Part 2 of the Woman Veterans Series as women veterans share their stories on what it means to be a woman in uniform.

--2019 AUG 1
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Woman Veterans Series Part Two

Woman Veterans Series

Three women veterans shared their stories on what it means to be a woman in uniform. This episode was recorded live from the "Emerging Talks: Cloaked in Invisibility" presented by the WHRO Emerging Leaders Board.

--2019 JUL 18
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Woman Veterans Series

NEON Fest 2017: Impact of Technology on Art

The annual NEON Fest celebrates all kinds of art and artists in Norfolk, VA. We talk with three prominent artists in the area about their work, incorporating digital tools in their work, and their reactions to creating art in a Virtual Reality space. Show notes: More info on Alison Stinely More info on Mensah Bey More info on Richard Nickel WHRO Emerging Leaders Board Website

--2018 OCT 3
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NEON Fest 2017: Impact of Technology on Art

Speed Dating with the Emerging Leaders Board

After six episodes of Smart Pill, it’s time to meet some of the members of the WHRO Emerging Leaders Board! Using a “speed dating” format, we invited some board members into the studio to share their stories about the board, being a millennial (or not), and why they’re fans of WHRO. Hear from Emily, Luis, Leslie, Ryan, and Keith in this episode. Show notes: WHRO Emerging Leaders Board Website

--2018 SEP 5
Comments
Speed Dating with the Emerging Leaders Board

Sea Level Rise: Why You Should Care and What You Can Do

We revisit our conversation about the dangers of Sea Level Rise, and whether we, as individuals, can do anything about it. Joining us are three local experts: Mary-Carson Stiff, Director of Policy at Wetlands Watch; Michael J. Allen, Ph.D., Climate Scientist and Assistant Professor of Geography at Old Dominion University; and Ben McFarlane, Senior Regional Planner at The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission. Show notes: Info on Mary-Carson Saunders Stiff Info on Michael J. Allen, Ph.D. Info on Ben McFarlane Wetlands Watch Hampton Roads Planning District Commission ODU Resilience Collaborative

--2018 AUG 8
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Sea Level Rise: Why You Should Care and What You Can Do

Life of a Pro Cosplayer

In our last episode, Phil Odango told us his “origin story,” the path he took to become a celebrated professional cosplayer. Since he has such a fascinating profession, we decided to invite him back and learn more. In this episode, he talks about life as a cosplayer, some of the criticism he’s faced, and what keeps him moving forward in this unique career. Phil’s interview has some frank discussion about race, gender, and body image, so keep that in mind if you have kids listening. Show notes: Phil’s website: Canvas Cosplay Link to Phil Odango’s “origin story” Link to Isaac Schneider’s “origin story” Link to Dawn Wilfong’s “origin story” Emerging Talks Events and the Emerging Leaders Board

--2018 JUL 11
Comments
Life of a Pro Cosplayer

Origin Stories: Diversity and Inclusion in Geek Culture - Part 3 of 3

This is the third of a three-part series covering the experiences of women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ in geek, gaming, and comics culture. It was recorded at the beautiful Wells Theatre in Downtown Norfolk during a WHRO Emerging Talks live storytelling event called “Origin Stories.” The night featured three young professionals, Dawn, Isaac, and Phil, sharing their stories in celebration of geekery and identity. In part three, we hear from Phil Odango, a professional cosplayer who tours the country competing at conventions like San Diego and New York ComicCon. He talks about his beginnings, the others he finds inspiring, and the difficult times he endured. Phil’s story has some content that may not be suitable for children, so keep that in mind if you have kids listening. Phil’s website: Canvas Cosplay Link to Phil’s “Life as a Pro Cosplayer” Interview: Coming soon! Link to Isaac Schneider’s story Link to Dawn Wilfong’s story Photos of our Origin Story speakers, Dawn, Isaa...

--2018 JUN 5
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Origin Stories: Diversity and Inclusion in Geek Culture - Part 3 of 3

Origin Stories: Diversity and Inclusion in Geek Culture - Part 2 of 3

This is the second of a three-part series covering the experiences of women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ in geek, gaming, and comics culture. It was recorded at the beautiful Wells Theatre in Downtown Norfolk during a WHRO Emerging Talks live storytelling event called “Origin Stories.” The night featured three young professionals, Dawn, Isaac, and Phil, sharing their stories in celebration of geekery and identity. In part two, we hear from Isaac Schneider, a technical consultant, musician, artist, and gamer. Zack has a very open and frank discussion about why he hates labels, why he fought against being thought of as a geek, and why he has hope for the future of gamers in a post-gamergate culture. ***LISTENER DISCRETION IS ADVISED*** Link to Dawn Wilfong’s story Link to Phil Odango’s story Photos of our Origin Story speakers, Dawn, Isaac, and Phil: Coming soon! Emerging Talks Events and the Emerging Leaders Board

--2018 MAY 1
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Origin Stories: Diversity and Inclusion in Geek Culture - Part 2 of 3

Origin Stories: Diversity and Inclusion in Geek Culture - Part 1 of 3

This is the first of a three-part series covering the experiences of women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ in geek, gaming, and comics culture. It was recorded at the beautiful Wells Theatre in Downtown Norfolk during a WHRO Emerging Talks live storytelling event called “Origin Stories.” The night featured three young professionals, Dawn, Isaac, and Phil, sharing their stories in celebration of geekery and identity. In part one, we hear from Dawn Wilfong, a television producer, blogger, and host of the Geek and Gaming web series Roll 4 Initiative. Dawn’s story has just a couple moments of strong language, so keep that in mind if you have kids listening. Link to Isaac Schneider story Link to Phil Odango’s story Photos of our Origin Story speakers, Dawn, Isaac, and Phil: Coming soon! Emerging Talks Events and the Emerging Leaders Board

--2018 APR 4
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Origin Stories: Diversity and Inclusion in Geek Culture - Part 1 of 3
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