The Michigan Minds Podcast

Michigan Minds brings to life the breadth and depth of faculty expertise at the University of Michigan. This series features quick yet informative analysis that provides unique perspectives on today’s top issues.

U-M faculty are among the world’s leading researchers and teachers across all disciplines. Michigan Minds taps that thought leadership and shares this expertise with the world.

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  • Safety realities of autonomous vehicles

    Everyone’s excited about the potential for autonomous vehicles. But there’s a lot to be ironed out, especially in regard to safety, before we have a fleet of driverless cars on the highway. That’s according to professor Matt Reed, who heads the biosciences group at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. But he does see lot of potential for low-speed, autonomous vehicles in the near future.

  • Closing the gender pay gap

    Despite gains by women in the workplace, the gender pay gap remains persistent. University of Michigan professor Cindy Schipani says there are moves companies can take right away to close that gap. Some already have, providing a blueprint for what works.

  • Identity integration helps American Muslim students

    When Muslim teenagers in America face discrimination or negative messages, how resilient they are depends a lot on how well they integrate their Muslim and American identities. University of Michigan professor Muniba Saleem explains why this identity integration matters a great deal to students who grapple with two identities.

  • How ‘13 Reasons Why’ could affect at-risk youth

    The hit Netflix show 13 Reasons Why has drawn some criticism recently for its portrayal of teen suicide. In this Michigan Minds episode, U-M researchers Victor Hong, MD, and Cynthia Ewell Foster, PhD, talk about their study, which asked at-risk youth about how the show affected them. The researchers also talk about resources available to parents and the community to help start the conversation about the show with teens.

  • The value of research universities

    The value of research universities has been questioned in some circles, along with the taxpayer support public institutions receive. But U-M sociology professor and IRIS executive director Jason Owen-Smith explains how research universities are a critical part of our social and economic infrastructure.

  • Rethinking how we think about food supply

    It’s a myth that we don’t produce enough food to feed a growing global population. The problem is unequal access to food. Lesli Hoey of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning shows how we can start to solve these problems by rethinking how we study and manage the food supply.

  • Taming the ‘Wild West’ of e-cigarettes

    E-cigarette marketing has become “the wild west,” says U-M School of Public Health adjunct professor Cliff Douglas. The FDA has recently taken steps to limit the sale of vaping products to minors. Douglas says regulators should develop policies that help longtime cigarette smokers access a less harmful alternative, but limit vaping products’ appeal and availability to young people.

  • Facebook’s war on fake news

    Facebook is being criticized for not doing enough to keep so-called fake news off its platform, but also catches heat for overreach when it tries. School of Information Professor Cliff Lampe sheds light on exactly what Facebook is up against.

  • Motivating young voters

    With an election just around the corner and young adults voting at low rates, Professor Edie Goldenberg of the Ford School of Public Policy explains what could motivate the youth vote. She also discusses the origins of the Big Ten Voting Challenge.