Who Votes, Who Doesn’t Vote, and Why? Professor Bernard Fraga on Why Minority Voting Turnout Matters
Episode 18

 

Professor Bernard Fraga is standing up in front of a class of students, speaking about his recently published book.

Photo: Alonso Nichols/Tufts University

As America gets closer to the 2020 presidential election, everyone wants to know, "Who will run?" But there’s another important question to ask: "Who will turn out to vote?" There’s a gap in voter turnout between white people and people of color -- a gap that has an impact on election outcomes, and on our democracy. Indiana University’s Bernard Fraga explores this topic in his new book, The Turnout Gap: Race, Ethnicity, and Political Inequality in a Diversifying America. Here, Fraga talks about these disparities and argues that it’s up to politicians, parties, and us to fix them.

 

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Inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr., a Conversation on Resilience and Hope
Episode 17

 

Christina Greer, J00, and Zerlina Maxwell, A03, return to campus to lead a conversation on the themes of resilience and hope at the annual community celebration of the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on January 22, 2019.

Photo: Alonso Nichols/Tufts University

Earlier this year, Tufts hosted its annual celebration honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that included a conversation — inspired by him — on resilience and hope. This year’s program welcomed Tufts alums Christina Greer, J00, and Zerlina Maxwell, A03. In this wide-ranging conversation, they also share their thoughts on gender, race, and the intersection of the two.

 

 

 

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In Exhibit, Artist Lynda Cutrell Challenges What We Think We Know About Mental Illness
Episode 16

 

Artist Lynda Cutrell stands in front of two pieces included in her exhibit.

Photo: Alonso Nichols/Tufts University

Artist Lynda Cutrell wants to change how people look at mental illness. In an exhibit on display at Tufts, she uses photography, painting, sculpture and video to challenge what we think we know about people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder while highlighting what scientists have actually discovered about these illnesses. It’s a subject close to her heart. In this episode, Cutrell, a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, talks about how her own family’s struggles with mental illness pushed her to make art that was not just beautiful, but meaningful.

 

 

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Gotye has a Passion for Forgotten Electronic Instruments
Episodes 14 & 15

 

 

Gotye holds up a reel of tape.

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Singer-songwriter Gotye’s best-known song, Grammy-winning “Somebody That I Used to Know,” is about the pain of being treated as an inconsequential thing of the past. When it comes to music, Gotye, whose real name is Wally De Backer, has great respect for things of the past. Specifically, he has a passion for old electronic instruments, and is determined to show that they matter. In this two-part series, Gotye talks with instrument designer Mike Buffington all about these lost instruments.

 

 

 

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Animal Behaviorist Temple Grandin on Autism and Understanding Animals
Episode 13

 

Temple Grandin speaks.

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Time magazine named Temple Grandin one of the world’s 100 most influential people for her work to improve the quality of life of beef cattle and for her powerful advocacy for neuro-diverse individuals. In this episode, Grandin shares how growing up with autism helped her understand the different ways animals experience the world, why she believes we need to fix how we socialize with dogs, and some of the most important lessons she’s learned over her pioneering career.

 

 

 

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Life is Good President Lisa Tanzer Shares Essential Advice
Episode 12

Life is Good President Lisa Tanzer

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Do you know about the humble beginning of Life Is Good, a $100 million lifestyle brand known for its t-shirts, hats, and other accessories that share an optimistic message? That backstory of Life Is Good is all part of what company president and Tufts graduate Lisa Tanzer, J89, shared in this recent conversation. Tanzer emphasizes the importance of knowing what you stand for when it comes to the corporate brand, and she gives essential advice to students and business leaders alike, including the most important lesson she’s learned in her career.

 

 

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Dr. John Rich on Fixing Institutional Racism in Health Care
Episode 11

Professor and author Dr. John Rich gestures with his hands as he speaks to Tufts University students.

Photo: Alonso Nichols/Tufts University

Professor and author Dr. John Rich talks about applying a systems approach to tackling the consequences of trauma in the lives of young African-American men. Dr. Rich is the author of Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Trauma and Violence in the Lives of Young Black Men. Now a professor at the Drexel University School of Public Health, Dr. Rich previously served as medical director of the Boston Public Health Commission, and as a primary care physician at Boston Medical Center.

 

 

 

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Filmmaker Amy Adrion on the Challenges That Female Directors Still Face
Episode 10

A close-up of filmmaker Amy Adrion.

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Blockbusters like Patty Jenkins’ "Wonder Woman" show the power that female filmmakers can have in Hollywood today. But what are the continuing challenges they face? In her new documentary “Half the Picture,” filmmaker Amy Adrion gathers insights from numerous successful female directors on their career paths, struggles, and hopes for the future. In this episode, Adrion takes a hard look at those continuing challenges, and puts a spotlight on the wins by some of the women making films today.

 

 

 

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Former N.H. Governor John Sununu on Working With President George H.W. Bush, and Politics Today
Episode 9

Former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu sits with his hand raised to his mouth.

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The week before the death of President George H.W. Bush, former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu, who served as President Bush’s chief of staff from 1989 to 1991, reminisced about his time spent with the late president while Bush campaigned for the all-important New Hampshire primary. Sununu also shares his predictions for the 2020 presidential race, weighing in on whether a republican should contest President Trump for the GOP nomination.

 

 

 

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Environmentalist and Activist Bill McKibben on Climate Change
Episode 8

 

Environmentalist and activist Bill McKibben speaks while holding a microphone.

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Bill McKibben offers his perspectives on climate change, including the critical underestimation that scientists made during the past 30 years, the best way for individuals to make a difference, and the one fact about our climate that you need to know—to understand our century. McKibben is the founder of 350.org, the first global grassroots climate change movement. His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as one of the first written for a general audience on the realities of climate change.

 

 

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Matt Lindenberg on Why Rhinos Are Facing Extinction and How to Help 
Episode 7

 

Matt Lindenberg stands in a green, open space with rhinos and hills in the distance.

Photo: Nick Smith

On average, we lose three rhinos every day to poaching. At this rate, rhinos in the wild may become extinct within a decade. In this episode, Matt Lindenberg, founder and executive director of the Global Conservation Corps, offers the drivers behind rhino poaching, the value of rangers—the unsung heroes of conservation—and the unique approach that Lindenberg’s organization is taking to curb the crisis.

 

 

 

 

 

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Steve Israel and Sarah Ullman on Gun Violence and Reform 
Episode 6

 

Ullman and Israel

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To date this year, there have been 297 mass shootings in America, including the recent tragedy at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. In this episode, former U.S. Congressman Steve Israel and filmmaker Sarah Ullman, co-founder of the SuperPAC One Vote at a Time, offer their perspectives on gun violence and gun control—one of the most divisive issues in America today. Israel is the author of Big Guns, a satire of America’s gun lobby. Ullman is a 2010 graduate of Tufts University.

 

 

 

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Author Morgan Jerkins on Her New Book, This Will Be My Undoing
Episode 5

 

 

Morgan Jerkins

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Author and journalist Morgan Jerkins discusses switching between writing fiction and non-fiction, what interests her most as a writer, and her advice for young people. Jerkins is the author of The New York Times best-seller, This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in White America, a collection of essays that weaves together her commentary on pop culture, feminism, African-American history, misogyny, and racism, along with her own experiences.

 

 

 

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Visual Artist Angela Lorenz on Artistic Experimentation
Episode 4


 

Angela Lorenz

Photo: Zara Tzanev for Tufts University

Visual artist Angela Lorenz offers insights into artistic experimentation, discusses graffiti in ancient Rome, and relates an artistic tragedy involving graham crackers. Lorenz’s work Victorious Secret, a re-envisioning of an often misinterpreted Roman mosaic, is on view at Tisch Library. She dedicated the artwork to celebrate 40 years of Title IX.

 

 

 

 

 

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Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on the Youth Vote and His Work as Governor
Episode 3


 

Terry McAuliffe

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The 72nd Governor of Virginia and former chairman of the 2000 Democratic National Convention, Terry McAuliffe talks about his work to decrease gun violence and introduce criminal justice reform in Virginia. Also, hear his suggestions on how to get young people re-engaged in politics. McAuliffe spoke at a Tisch College event co-sponsored by the Tufts Political Science department and JumboVote.

 

 

 

 

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Physician-Scientist Daniel Kraft on the Future of Health and Medicine
Episode 2

 

 

Dr. Daniel Kraft

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Dr. Daniel Kraft is a physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, and innovator. With more than 25 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research, and healthcare innovation, Kraft envisions the reinvention of medical education, revolutions in dentistry, must-have technologies for parents, and the apps that could help change the lives of patients. He came to Tufts to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the School of Dental Medicine.


 

 

 

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Congressman Joaquín Castro on Civic Life and the Role of the US in Foreign Affairs
Episode 1

 

Congressman Joaquin Castro

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Congressman Joaquín Castro, a Texas democrat representing the 20th Congressional District, talks about civic life, the importance of the youth vote, the role of the United States in foreign affairs—and the best way to reach your elected officials. Castro also serves on the House Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committees, and is First Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. He came to Tufts as a guest of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the Tisch College of Civic Life.

 

 

 

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