Podcast: “Listen in, Michigan”
Episode 55: Truth is stranger than historical fiction, featuring A. Arbour
They say truth is stranger than fiction. But what about historical fiction? In researching her book Ward, Wife, Widow at the Bentley Historical Library, author Mary Crum Scholtens, BM ‘84/MM ’86 (aka A. Arbour), discovered the truth behind the bizarre relationship between former Michigan Governor Chase Osborn and his daughter/second wife, Stellanova Lee “Stella” Brunt Osborn. It’s a doozy.
Episode 54: COVID’s silver lining, featuring CHO Robert Ernst, MD
He’s a medical school graduate, a Michigan dad, a faculty member, a physician, and an administrator who helped U-M navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. As the University’s chief health officer, Rob Ernst also is a champion of the Okanagan Charter, pledging to embed health and wellness into all aspects of the community.
Episode 53: The Greatest Comeback, featuring John U. Bacon, BA ’86/MA ’94
In 1972, the Cold War spilled onto the ice when hockey teams from Canada and Russia faced off in ‘The Summit Series.’ For his new book about the legendary matchup, John U. Bacon, BA ‘86/MA ’94, talked to most of the living players, including former U-M coach Red Berenson, BBA ’62/MBA ’66.
Episode 52: Harvest at the Campus Farm, featuring Jeremy Moghtader & Talya Soytas
As the world’s climate changes, the world’s food producers need to adapt accordingly, says Jeremy Moghtader, program manager at U-M’s Campus Farm. The farm taps into student/faculty expertise from engineering and sustainability to public policy and business development. Beyond growing food, the team seeks to impact social justice, support small-scale, diverse farming, and produce energy.
Episode 51: Art Fair: A jewel in Ann Arbor’s crown, featuring Angela Kline
Blazing temps, a torrential storm, and thousands of passionate art aficionados reunited in Ann Arbor in July for Art Fair 2022. Love it or leave it, this annual event is one of the town’s longest-running and most-cherished traditions.
Episode 50: Making ‘the Joy Choice,’ featuring Michelle Segar, PhD/MPH/MS
The simplistic concept of self-control is highly overrated when it comes to changing our eating and exercise habits, says award-winning researcher and health coach Michelle Segar. Listen in, as she turns that old behavior-change paradigm on its head.
Episode 49: Remembering Jim Toy, featuring Scott Dennis
In 1971, this LGBTQ+ pioneer helped establish U-M’s Human Sexuality Office — later becoming the Spectrum Center. Listen in, as U-M librarian and Toy’s friend Scott Dennis, MS ’90, recounts the late humanist’s extraordinary legacy. Toy passed away Jan. 1, 2022.
Episode 48: Tales of a G-Man, featuring Greg Stejskal
A month into Greg Stejskal’s gig as an FBI agent in Detroit, Jimmy Hoffa went missing. Listen in, as this retired G-man recounts some of the most captivating cases in his 31-year career — from unmasking Ann Arbor’s notorious drug dealer ‘the Joker’ to identifying the ‘Unabomber.’ It’s all in his book, ‘FBI Case Files: Michigan.’
Episode 47: Sing to the Colors, featuring James Tobin
Michigan Today readers know what a talented writer we have in author/historian and Michigan alum James Tobin. In this collection of fascinating stories about U-M history, Tobin reveals his entanglement and profound affection for the University of Michigan, its complexity, and the role scholarship plays in society.