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Made in the Middle

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Made in the Middle, combines science and culture into a delightful hour-long conversation with Emily Chen-Newton as she takes a trip through the history of the American Heartland to uncover how it's made our country what it is.

With the help of experts, each episode details a unique person, place, or event that has left its mark on American culture.  These stories are truly remarkable, from the Omaha origins of Ouijas boards to the birth of popular science at the Transmississippi Exhibition.

Join us each month to learn a little more about how the Midwest has made America, on Made in the Middle!

A Country Doctor Cocktail

Mar 6, 2020
State Historical Society of Missouri and Friends of Arrow Rock: https://historicmissourians.shsmo.org/historicmissourians/name/s/sappington/

What do summertime cocktails, a Missouri doctor and parasitology have in common? They're all part of the history of malaria treatment. But in this episode, we not only talk about the history of treating this infectious disease, we also dive into the current research being developed in the heart of the Midwest today.

Image courtesty of Herman Miller Archives

The origins of the office cubicle and it's creator's ideas about office design might surprise you. Open vs closed offices? Oh yes, we talk about it. In this episode, we delve into the history of the company now synonymous with Mid-Century Modern design, Herman Miller. Throughout the conversation we discuss current research and trends about the workplace; the ways it affects us and why we all find it so dang funny.

More Than a Workout

Jan 3, 2020

The boom of boutique fitness in America would likely not exist without a young girl from rural Iowa. In this episode, we get into the Midwestern origins of Jazzercise with founder and CEO, Judi Sheppard Missett. Then we discuss the changing face and message of “female fitness” today. Join us as we talk about the hormonal, skeletal, and social structures that makes working out different across genders and sexes.

Wrap It Up: A Holiday Episode

Dec 5, 2019
Courtesy of Hallmark and Hallmark Archives

This conversation takes a trip through the history of wrapping paper; taking twists and turns along the way to talk about the psychology and neurobiology of unwrapping. 

Thanks to our special guest, Stephanie A. Jesseau, Ph.D.  from the University of Nebraska, in Omaha. Additional thanks to all those interviewed for this episode:

Dr. Uzma Khan from University of Miami

Rich Daniels of FunPak

The one with the mall, it's complicated

Nov 1, 2019
Courtesy of Seph Lawless, photojournalist and author of, "Abandoned Malls of America: Crumbling Commerce Left Behind".

We start our conversation talking about The Center Mall, one of the first indoor malls in America. The Center Mall is unique to Omaha, but the concept of the American mall was blooming all over the US during the revolutionary decades of the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s. As the birth of the mall coincided with the beginning of the American civil rights movement, we have a conversation about what the status of the mall can tell us about society as whole.

The Ouija Board Episode

Oct 4, 2019
Courtesy of Gene Orlando and the Mueseum of Talking Boards . com

We explore the origins as well as the social, psychological and philosophical implications of the popular American “boardgame”, The Ouija Board. There is more than a Midwestern connection here, the entire United States has experienced Ouija crazes throughout history. To find out why, we talk to researchers, skeptics and believers. Expect science, history and culture in this month’s conversation.

Made in the Middle: That Sounds Good

Sep 6, 2019
Courtesy of The Durham Museum Photo Archives

In this month’s episode we explore the idea that the familiar American broadcast voice comes from the American Midwest. We take a walk through radio history, the innerworkings of the human ear and psychological influences on listening to find out how all of this has formed the American broadcast voice. Omaha native, Kurt Andersen, author and host of Public Radio’s Studio 360, joins us for the conversation.

Omaha Public Library

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Trailer for Made in the Middle

Jul 15, 2019