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Big Ideas TXST Podcast

Big Ideas TXST

A look inside the fascinating minds forging innovation, research and creativity in Texas and beyond.

New episodes available on the first Monday of each month.


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23: Exorcism and religious studies with Joseph Laycock
Joseph Laycock, an associate professor of religious studies in the Department of Philosophy at Texas State University, joins the Big Ideas TXST podcast to discuss religious freedom, new religious movements and the fascinating, pan-cultural phenomenon of exorcism.    

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22: Geographic profiling with Kim Rossmo
Kim Rossmo, holder of the University Chair in Criminology and Director of the Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation at Texas State University, joins the Big Ideas TXST podcast to discuss geographic profiling and the surprisingly wide range of applications for that discipline in various fields of study.       

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21: Musical theatre with Kaitlin Hopkins 
Kaitlin Hopkinshead of the Musical Theatre Program at Texas State University, joins the Big Ideas TXST podcast to discuss building a ground-breaking musical theatre program from the ground up and then navigating the program through the COVID pandemic.    

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20: The Common Experience with Erika Nielson 
Erika Nielson, director of the Common Experience at Texas State University, joins the Big Ideas TXST podcast to discuss the 2021-2022 Common Experience theme of "Compassion."

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19: Clean Coast Texas (with Nick Dornak)
Nick Dornak, director of watershed services with the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University, joins the Big Ideas TXST podcast to discuss the Clean Coast Texas Collaborative.

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18: The creative process (with Jennifer duBois)
Award-winning novelist Jennifer duBois, assistant professor in the Department of English at Texas State University, discusses her career, creative process, and joys of teaching in the MFA program in creative writing at Texas State.     

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17: Why children lie with (Katherine Warnell and Jennifer Clegg)
Katherine Warnell and Jennifer Clegg, assistant professors in the Department of Psychology at Texas State University, discuss their ongoing research into how children learn to lie.    

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16: Fly larvae as feed (with Merritt Drewery)
Merritt Drewery, assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Sciences at Texas State University, discusses her innovative study into using black soldier fly larvae as an environmentally sustainable, high-protein feed source for cattle production.  

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15: Intermittent fasting (with Matthew McAllister)
Matthew McAllister, assistant professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Texas State University, discusses the how intermittent fasting can contribute to weight loss and other surprising health benefits.

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14: COVID vaccination challenges (with Emily Brunson)
Emily K. Brunson, associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at Texas State University, discusses how vaccination hesitancy is complicating the effort to immunize the U.S. population against the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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13: Rebecca Creek Distillery (with Steve Ison)
Steve Ison,  founder and CEO of Rebecca Creek Distillery discusses how he made the leap from selling insurance to opening one of the first craft spirits distilleries in Texas. Ison, a 1993 political science graduate of Texas State University, founded the San Antonio-based distillery in 2009, making Rebecca Creek one of the first commercial distilleries opened in Texas since prohibition. 

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12: Texas music with (Hector Saldaña)
Hector Saldaña, curator of the Texas Music Collection at Texas State University's Wittliff Collections, discusses his more than 20 years working as a music journalist and how that prepared him for the dream job as music curator with The Wittliff, and the amazing materials that may be found in the collection.  

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11: Creative writing (with Cyrus Cassells)
Acclaimed poet Cyrus Cassells, a professor in the Department of English at Texas State and an instructor in the university's MFA in creative writing program, talks about his hermitage time spent at a Catholic monastery and visit to a Hawaiian leper colony, and how those experiences impacted his writing. 

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10: COVID revisited (with Rodney Rohde)
Now, more than eight months later, Dr. Rohde returns to the podcast to discuss how much the world medical community didn't know back then, how much more is known about the virus now, the staggering death toll in the U.S. and the prospects of navigating the looming third spike of the virus this winter.  

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9: White-nose syndrome in bats (with Sarah Fritts, Ivan Castro-Arellano and Sara Weaver)
Dr. Sarah Fritts, Dr. Ivan Castro-Arellano and Dr. Sara Weaver discusses the threat white-nose syndrome poses for native bats in Texas and the damaging environmental and ecological consequences that could unfold if the disease continues to spread unchecked.

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8: Black and Latino Playwrights Celebration (with Eugene Lee)
Eugene Lee, Artist in Residence in the Department of Theatre and Dance and director of the Black and Latino Playwrights Celebration at Texas State, discusses why the annual workshop remains an important outlet for marginalized voices in its 18th year. Lee also discusses his career, his evolution as a performer and mentor, and how the BLPC can contribute to healing the unrest and strife afflicting U.S. society today.

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7: Commuting in the time of COVID (with Melinda Villagran)
Dr. Melinda Villagran, a professor in the Department of Communication Studies and director of the Translational Health Research Initiative at Texas State, discusses the fascinating results of a research study she conducted with Movability to survey the impact of daily work commuting in the Austin area. The research overlapped with teleworking initiatives implemented by many employers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and yielded fascinating—and in some instances, unexpected—findings.   


6: Innovation and Entrepreneurship (with Shannon Weigum)
Dr. Shannon Weigum, an associate professor in the Department of Biology and head of the Weigum Research Group at Texas State University, sits down with BIG IDEAS to talk about the recently-established Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, discussing the environment and mindset necessary to encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration. 

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5: Narco Deforestation (with Jennifer Devine and Nathan Currit)
Dr. Jennifer Devine, an assistant professor in the Department of Geography, and Dr. Nate Currit, associate professor and director of the Texas Center for Geographic Information Science, discusses the staggering environmental destruction and human suffering being wrought in Central America by narcotics traffickers clearcutting huge swaths of rainforest to establish cattle ranches to launder drug money.  

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4: Novel Coronavirus, Part 2 (with Rodney Rohde)
In the second installment of a two-part interview, Dr. Rodney Rohde, a professor in the College of Health Professions and chair of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program, discusses how the understanding of the novel coronavirus has changed since it first came to global attention in January, the urgency of widespread testing and the importance of ensuring proper medical supplies and equipment are readily available to medical providers.

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3: Novel Coronavirus Part 1 (with Rodney Rohde)
In the first installment of a two-part interview, Dr. Rodney Rohde, a professor in the College of Health Professions and chair of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program, discusses the novel coronavirus causing the global COVID-19 pandemic, stripping away some of the mystery from a disease that has led to the cancellation of SXSW, suspension of the NBA season and school closures across the country. 

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2: Materials with Intelligence with (Eddie Piner)
Dr. Eddie Piner, a professor in the Materials Science, Engineering and Commercialization Program, discusses materials with intelligence that hold the potential to transform infrastructure and make sense of the massive amounts of data generated by modern society. 

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1: Virtual Reality (with Pete Blair)
Dr. Pete Blair, director of the Advance Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center, sits down with Big Ideas TXST to discuss how cutting-edge augmented- and virtual reality training will impact law enforcement, first responders and public safety.

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About the Show

Big Ideas TXST goes inside the fascinating minds forging innovation, research and creativity at Texas State University and beyond. Hosted by Daniel Seed, episodes showcase the thought leaders, breakthroughs and creative expression making the world a better place, one BIG idea at a time. Produced by University Advancement at Texas State.

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About the Host

Daniel Seed is a lecturer in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University, specializing in electronic media. Prior to coming to Texas State, he worked as a news reporter and anchor, sports director and sports anchor during a career that began at WHDH-TV in Boston and continued at stations in Oklahoma and Texas. He is three-time winner of the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Outstanding Achievement in Broadcasting Award for best sportscast (non-metro category) and a winner of the OAB’s Outstanding Achievement in Broadcasting Awards for Spot News and General News.