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On the Now at Ohio State podcast, we talk with researchers, innovators and bold thinkers who look at our world, see what the real challenges are, and create the solutions that people need now. 

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Episode 18

Hip-Hop’s Place in Higher Education

When you think of college music courses, do you think about classical? Jazz? Rock ’n’ roll? If you don’t consider hip-hop to be a part of that list, our guests might convince you otherwise. In this episode, we talk to two professors at Ohio State’s School of Music about the history of hip-hop, the culture, how it’s changed our world and how it’s changing academia.
24-minute listen

Latest episodes

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Episode 1

Artificial Intelligence: From the Lab to Real Life

Artificial intelligence, or AI, is having a moment right now. From chatbots to image and music production and more, it’s changing how we work and how we think. In this episode, we talk with two Ohio State experts about AI’s current state, how we can harness and improve it and what the future holds.
23-minute listen
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Episode 2

The Power of Creativity

Creativity comes in many forms and can impact our lives in myriad ways. And, despite what some people think, everyone has the power to be creative. In this episode, we talk with two Ohio State experts about nurturing your own creativity — and how creativity helps us change our society and our world.
23-minute listen
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Episode 3

A Tale of Mentorship

Having a mentor can be a powerful thing. Someone who believes in you, inspires you — someone who shows you a path when you’re lost. In this episode, we talk with an Ohio State student and faculty member about the power of mentorship, what they learned, and how relationships like theirs have the power to change lives.
15-minute listen
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Episode 4

The Future of Manufacturing

When you think about the world of manufacturing, it might not register as the most exciting thing. Dull assembly lines, flickering lights, bored workers, the works. Well, not anymore. In this episode, we talk with two Ohio State experts about the current state of manufacturing in the United States. They discuss how it’s vastly different from the past, how it’s improving, and where we need to go to catch up to the rest of the world.
22-minute listen
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Episode 5

How Kindness and Mindfulness Can Change You

Mindfulness is having a bit of a moment right now. From meditation to breathing exercises to acts of kindness, many are turning to these means to alleviate stress and anxiety from their lives. But does it actually work? In this episode, we talk with two experts who both say, “absolutely yes.”
23-minute listen
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Episode 6

Co-parenting Dynamics and Family Estrangement

Family. A complex topic. From birth to adulthood, the definition of family — and the relationships therein — are constantly changing. In this episode, we take a look at family dynamics. How these bonds are built and broken, how they ebb and flow, and how we all have the power to shape what they look like.
25-minute listen
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Episode 7

A Healthier Society With Sustainable Farming

Can caring for the soil beneath our feet improve crop yields, sustainability and overall earth health? In this episode, we talk with two experts about no-till farming practices. They discuss the pros and cons of no-till farming and how these methods are reshaping the health and quality of crops but also the health and quality of the soil itself.
29-minute listen
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Episode 8

Healthier Babies Through Education and Support

Does it actually take a village to raise a child? Turns out, it does. Infant mortality is a heartbreaking subject. It’s also not disappearing, especially in the Black community. In this episode, we look at one of the solutions: Moms2B. An Ohio State program that helps babies reach their first birthdays. Hear from a mother who successfully completed the program and the doctor who runs it.
23-minute listen
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Episode 9

Resilience in Art and Life

Resilience is vital. Not only to individuals—but also for whole communities. So it’s a good thing there are people out there teaching others how to grow and hone their resilience. In this episode, we talk with an award-winning author and fascinating researcher about resiliency, what it means to them, how it can be nurtured and how it impacts our world.
25-minute listen
Ohio State researchers Christopher McKnight Nichols and Jennifer Mitzen
Episode 10

National Security and Insecurity

Read any newspaper or look at any website, and it’s clear that things are tense across the world. And national security is on the top of many people’s minds. But what is this concept of national security, and does it actually keep us safe? In this episode, our experts weigh in on the history of national security, where it’s going, and what we can all do to feel safer.
25-minute listen
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Episode 11

How Social Entrepreneurship is Changing Our World

Many of us do a good job of making the effort to give back to our communities, pay forward, do good for others. While there are others out there who make these tenets their life’s mission. In this episode, we talk to two social entrepreneurs who have decided to dedicate their efforts to doing good, making a difference and propelling our world forward.
24-minute listen
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Episode 12

The Secret World of Supply Chains

Supply chains. While you may not think about them all that much, they’re the backbone to our modern society. That means when something goes wrong, there’s an enormous ripple effect. In this episode, we talk with two experts about the importance of supply chains, how COVID has changed things and what we can do to make sure things keep running smoothly.
24-minute listen
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Episode 13

Working Past Partisanship

In today’s hyper-partisan political environment, many people refuse to listen to any perspective that doesn’t reflect their own views. Is it even possible to imagine a world that runs on civil discourse? A place where uncomfortable conversations or maybe even heated arguments around the Thanksgiving table don’t exist? In this episode, we talk with two experts who are working to bring about a world where calm, insightful discussion is the productive norm.
25-minute listen
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Episode 14

Revolutionizing Drone Technology

From public parks to sports stadiums and even battlefields, drones are becoming more and more popular. And while there are rules for when and where they can be used, many people are unaware of the laws governing their use. In this episode, we talk with three experts about the intrigue of drone technology — where it’s been, where it’s going and what sorts of problems drones can solve.
23-minute listen
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Episode 15

Understanding Addiction and Sobriety

Addiction has touched so many lives. More than 46 million people struggled with substance use in 2021. And college, in particular, can be a challenging environment for students who have dealt with this issue. But more and more people are starting to take a different path. In this episode, we talk with two Ohio State experts about addiction, sobriety on campus and how to evaluate your own relationship to alcohol and other substances.
25-minute listen
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Episode 16

Re-Evaluating and Refining Childhood Literacy

Reading and comprehension are vital to a child’s future success. The earlier literacy skills are acquired, the better. But unfortunately, we might be falling behind in teaching language and comprehension to children. In this episode, we speak with two experts about the ways children learn to read, what can be done to improve comprehension, the toll the pandemic has taken on early learning and more.
26-minute listen
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Episode 17

Confronting a Societal Stigma

Whatever the reason, depression and suicide are still considered taboo topics. And our collective silence on the matter only makes this problem worse. In this episode, we talk with a doctor of psychology and a suicide survivor about research findings, their experiences, and how, together, we can break the stigma surrounding these topics to help save lives and heal people.
27-minute listen
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Episode 18

Hip-Hop’s Place in Higher Education

When you think of college music courses, do you think about classical? Jazz? Rock ’n’ roll? If you don’t consider hip-hop to be a part of that list, our guests might convince you otherwise. In this episode, we talk to two professors at Ohio State’s School of Music about the history of hip-hop, the culture, how it’s changed our world and how it’s changing academia.
24-minute listen