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Milk Banking: On Family, Fieldwork, and Liquid Gold


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https://ohio.streamguys1.com/DefiningMoments/mp3/309_SarahJones_220304.mp3 Each year, thousands of premature and vulnerable infants receive the life-sustaining gift of donor breast milk. On this episode of Defining Moments, Dr. Sarah Jones shares how her discovery of human milk banks catalyzed a surprising personal and scholarly journey that continues to this day. Dr. Jones is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Communication… Read More

Stroke, Recovery, and the Moments in Between


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https://ohio.streamguys1.com/DefiningMoments/mp3/308_AnnagretHannawa_220120.mp3   When patient safety scholar Dr. Annegret Hannawa suffers a massive stroke at age 39, her life becomes a case study from her own books. Her journey toward recovery is as surprising as the stroke itself, taking her from the despair of hospital rehabilitation units to joining helicopter rescue missions in the Swiss Alps…. Read More

Cottage Industry Employment and the Healing Potentials of Collaborative Art


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https://ohio.streamguys1.com/DefiningMoments/mp3/307_Passionworks2022_220318.mp3 Patty Mitchell, Susan Dlouhy, and Tad Semsel of Passion Works Studio join co-host Dr. Lynn Harter to explore the healing potentials of collaborative art and cottage industry employment. The mission of the studio is to inspire and liberate the human spirit through the arts. In living out this mission, the studio has revolutionized societal… Read More

Disrupting the Spiral of Silence: Loud Healing for Strong Black Women


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https://ohio.streamguys1.com/DefiningMoments/mp3/306_AsheWinfield_220209.mp3 Asha Winfield, Assistant Professor in the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University, joins guest host Dr. Jill Yamasaki to explore her journey as a Black woman scholar with uterine fibroids. Asha gets personal as she reflects on silences in Black families, the myth of the Strong Black Woman, and the importance… Read More

Racism, Health Inequities, and Healing through Words


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https://ohio.streamguys1.com/DefiningMoments/mp3/305_TiandraFinch_MIX_220127.mp3 Tiandra Finch, Founder and CEO of Spirit Over Flesh, joins co-hosts Dr. Lynn Harter and Dr. Joe Bianco to explore her journey to heal through words. Spirit Over Flesh prioritizes and supports black women on their wellness journeys. Tiandra gets personal as she reflects on health inequities connected to race, systemic biases amplified during… Read More

Environmental Determinants of Health: Supporting Local Agricultural Systems and Housing Security


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https://ohio.streamguys1.com/DefiningMoments/mp3/303_HylieVoss_MIX_220214.mp3 Hylie Voss, President of Sugar Bush Foundation Board of Directors, joins co-host Dr. Lynn Harter to explore campus and community partnerships that seek to improve quality of life in Southeastern Appalachian Ohio. Voss highlights projects supporting local agricultural systems and housing security, both of which reveal how the environment and human health are connected.

Unmasking Traumatic Brain Injury with Smith Brain Connections


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https://ohio.streamguys1.com/DefiningMoments/mp3/302_SmithFamily_DrBavishi_MIX_220124.mp3   When 22-year old Spencer Smith sustained a severe traumatic brain injury, physicians predicted he would spend the rest of his life in a nursing home—if he survived at all. In the eight years since his injury, Spencer has earned two master’s degrees, authored nine peer reviewed publications, and is close to completing a… Read More

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Storytelling and Well-Being Amidst Hardship


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https://ohio.streamguys1.com/DefiningMoments/mp3/301_JoeBiancoLynnHarter.mp3 How does storytelling foster resilience amidst inescapable suffering, trauma, and vulnerability? In this episode, new co-host and co-producer Dr. Joe Bianco joins Dr. Lynn Harter to explore this question and kick-off Season 3 of the Defining Moments Podcast. Listen as two narrative enthusiasts share the role that storytelling plays in their personal and professional… Read More

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Legacy Leaving and Memoir Writing: Narrating the Life-Limiting Experience of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)


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  How do you reframe a terminal disease as a life-limiting experience? In this episode of Defining Moments, guest host Dr. Erika Kirby speaks with Dr. Chad McBride and Dr. Kathy Miller on how they’ve been co-narrating Chad’s life in the wake of his diagnosis with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly referred to as Lou… Read More

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Birthing Practices in the U.S. Across Time


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Childbirth is a biological and cultural experience. Birthing practices and women’s experiences of childbirth are shaped by ever-shifting medical practices and societal values and preferences. On this episode of Defining Moments, Dr. Jackie Wolf talks about the intersections between her personal experiences with social birthing and her scholarly work on the history of birthing and… Read More

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Communicating about Food Allergies: Moving Between Personal Stories and Public Advocacy


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Managing food allergies is a communicative process. In this episode, Dr. Jennifer Bute reflects on her family’s personal experiences with food allergies, and how her personal experiences led her to become a public advocate. She discusses her work with Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), the largest private funder of food allergy research in the… Read More

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Chicana Feminism and Border Studies: Reproductive Healthcare at the Mexico-U.S. Border


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On this episode of Defining Moments Podcast, Guest Host Dr. Jill Yamasaki talks with Dr. Leandra Hernandez and Dr. Sarah De Los Santos-Upton on how they live out the values of Chicana Feminism in their work as health communication scholars and activists.   Leandra and Sarah share reflections on their work on reproductive healthcare at… Read More

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Stares and Prayers: Rethinking Masculinity, Disability, and Spirituality


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On this episode of Defining Moments Podcast, Guest Host Dr. Laura Ellingson talks with Dr. Leland Spencer about the vulnerability of storytelling and its emancipatory potential. Spencer challenges systemic barriers that limit opportunities for individuals based on gender and sexual identities, disabilities, and spirituality. The conversation offers a hopeful vision of inclusion and respect in… Read More

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Theatrical and Documentary Film Translations of Cancer Communication Research


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https://ohio.streamguys1.com/DefiningMoments/mp3/18WayneBeach.mp3 Communicating about cancer across the natural progression of the disease is challenging and complicated. In this episode, Dr. Wayne Beach reflects on his research about family communication and patient-oncologist communication and the translation of his findings in the form of theatre productions and documentary films. Beach’s work illustrates the power of moving between personal… Read More

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Physician Shortages in Medically Underserved Areas: Fostering Inclusive Healthcare Through the Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways Programs


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Shortages of primary care physicians in medically underserved areas are well-documented across the United States. Medical schools are developing curricular innovations to prepare primary care physicians for medical practice in rural and urban underserved communities. On this episode of Defining Moments, Dr. Sharon Casapulla and Dr. Alyssa Gerth talk about the Rural and Urban Scholars… Read More

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“Defining Moments” Podcast Returns to WOUB Public Media for Season 2


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Humans tell stories to make sense of birthing and dying and everything in between. Defining Moments Podcast showcases stories about living well in the midst of inescapable illness, suffering, and hardship. Season 2, which begins Monday, May 25, features an eclectic group of guests who share moments of uncertainty, innovation, and resilience. Host Dr. Lynn… Read More

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Inclusive Healthcare and Social Justice: Disrupting Racial Inequalities Through Narrative Medicine


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Racial inequalities in healthcare are well-documented across the United States. Medical schools are developing curricular innovations to reduce implicit racial bias and other forms of discrimination. On this episode of Defining Moments, Dr. Tracy Shaub talks about the Open Book Project at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. The Open Book Project is… Read More

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Concussion Events and the NCAA Mind Matters Challenge: Changing Safety Behaviors by Shifting Sports Narratives


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Athlete safety and concussion injuries are public health concerns. Athletes sometimes conceal injuries or delay disclosure of symptoms to avoid injury treatment protocols. In this episode of Defining Moments, Dr. Alaina Zanin links failure to disclose injuries to sports narratives in the U.S. Dr. Zanin and a team of researchers from the Arizona State University… Read More

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Hospice Bereavement Camps and Art Programming for Teens: Cultivating Hope through Art and Family Storytelling


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  Teenagers experience loss in unique ways and their expressions of grief do not always conform to adults’ expectations. In this episode of Defining Moments, Dr. Stephanie Pangborn reflects on her work with teens coping with the loss of a loved one. From hospital bedsides to campfires, she explores the use of art and family… Read More