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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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  • Stress and Parenting During the Covid-19 Pandemic

    Shawna Lee, U-M associate professor of social work, is the lead author of a study that looked at stress and parenting during the coronavirus pandemic. Lee launched the online survey, with colleague Kaitlin Ward, on March 24, shortly after the White House implemented social distancing guidelines. Respondents to the survey self-reported on their parenting behaviors, economic situation, and overall well-being.  In this episode of Michigan Minds, Lee shares the details of the study and explains some of the findings and how they are interpreted.

  • Covid-19 and Social Infrastructure

    Along with residents of other states, Michiganders have been advised by state leadership to stay at home to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. This means that people are not able to visit many of the places they typically frequent. Those social infrastructure sites where people gather, connect, and socialize are often called “third places”— locations outside the home and workplace that facilitate social interaction, community building, and social support. In this episode of Michigan Minds, Jessica Finlay, postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Social Research, explains how third places provide a social glue to society, and shares her thoughts on how the pandemic is impacting them.

  • Prisons and Social Distancing

    In this episode of Michigan Minds, Nora Krinitsky, director for the Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP), discusses how the coronavirus may be impacting prisoners—both physically and emotionally—and explains why prisons might face difficulties trying to follow public health guidelines like social distancing.

  • Impact of COVID19 on College Athletics, Professional Sports

    From individual athletes to entire sports leagues, the sports industry has been among those significantly impacted by the COVID19 pandemic and the public health restrictions implemented to slow its spread. In this episode of Michigan MindsRon Wade, clinical assistant professor of Sport Management at the U-M School of Kinesiology, discusses the various ways athletics has been altered by the coronavirus.

  • Local Government Fiscal Health

    Thomas Ivacko, Interim Director of CLOSUP, and Debra Horner, CLOSUP Project Manager, joined the Wolverine Caucus on Tuesday, Feb. 25 to discuss the long-term fundamental trends identified in the Michigan Public Policy Survey, along with local leaders’ concerns about the future.

  • Organ Donation Policy

    Each year in the United States, about 7,500 people die while waiting for organ transplants— and that number is expected to increase in coming years as demographics shift. In this episode of Michigan Minds, Neehar Parikh, a transplant hepatologist and assistant professor at Michigan Medicine, discusses organ donation policy in America.

  • Michigan Minds: Increasing Student Civic Engagement

    The University of Michigan’s Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning is committed to equipping students, faculty, and staff across campus with the knowledge, skills, and commitment to socially responsible civic engagement. In this episode of Michigan Minds, Mary Jo Callan, Director of the Ginsberg Center, discusses the importance of promoting civic education on college campuses and beyond.

  • Michigan Minds: Child and Family Public Policy

    Joseph P. Ryan, PhD, Professor of Social Work and Co-Director of the Child and Adolescent Data Lab (CADL), joined the Wolverine Caucus on Jan. 28 to discuss how using data to drive policy can improve outcomes for vulnerable children, adolescents, and their families. The Wolverine Caucus is a forum held in the state capital where alumni, policymakers, and the public can hear from University of Michigan faculty experts and engage in an enlightening discussions on topics that impact society.

  • One Minute for Your Mind

    While mental health is discussed more in the media today, there is still stigma around it — particularly in the black community. In this episode of Michigan Minds, University of Michigan assistant professor Riana Elyse Anderson, PhD, discusses how a video series is helping to reduce that stigma. 

  • Michigan Minds: Organ Donation Policy

    Each year in the United States, about 7,500 people die while waiting for organ transplants— and that number is expected to increase in coming years as demographics shift. In this episode of Michigan Minds, Neehar Parikh, a transplant hepatologist and assistant professor at Michigan Medicine, discusses organ donation policy in America.