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Episode 9: Jonathan Hall

Description: Interview with Jonathan Hall for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this episode, Susan speaks with OLLI at UNT member Jonathan Hall about his journey to Denton and how he discovered the program. Jonathan explains why he chose to volunteer in the program, tracing his path from becoming an Ambassador to his current work as our volunteer-in-residence, chair of our Communications/Marketing Committee, as well as Financial Liaison on our Advisory Council. As he details his duties in all of these roles, Jonathan reveals some behind-the-scenes insights into how all of our incredible volunteers contribute to the continued success of OLLI at UNT.
Date: February 7, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan & Hall, Jonathan
Partner: University of North Texas

Episode 1: Dr. Craig Neumann

Description: Interview with Dr. Craig Neumann for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this episode, Susan interviews Dr. Craig Neumann, Distinguished Research Professor in UNT's Department of Psychology, about his background and his research on subjects like psychopathy and mindfulness.
Date: December 12, 2018
Creator: Supak, Susan & Neumann, Craig S.
Partner: UNT College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Episode 2: Kaye Nubel

Description: Interview with Kaye Nubel for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast.In this episode, Susan speaks with retired professor Kaye Nubel about her background as an educator in the fields of Speech and Intercultural Communication. They also discuss Kaye's experiences teaching courses for the OLLI programs both in California and at the University of North Texas.
Date: December 19, 2018
Creator: Supak, Susan & Nubel, Kaye
Partner: University of North Texas

Episode 8: OLLI 101

Description: Interview with Stephanie Reinke, Andrea Tuckness, and Jordan Williams for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. This special episode of the podcast features an overview of the OLLI at UNT program. Susan is joined by three staff members of UNT's Lifelong Learning & Community Engagement department who are responsible for overseeing the program: Director Stephanie Reinke, Assistant Director Andrea Tuckness, and Communications Specialist Jordan Williams. Together, they explain the program in detail, including all of the available membership options, how registration and enrollment works, and all of the programming and benefits that members can enjoy. They even share some behind-the-scenes insights into how a small staff and many dedicated volunteers collaborate to create such a dynamic program.
Date: January 31, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan; Reinke, Stephanie; Tuckness, Andrea & Williams, Jordan
Partner: University of North Texas

Episode 7: Dr. Fred Busche

Description: Interview with Dr. Fred Busche for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this episode, Susan speaks with Dr. Fred Busche about some of his most noteworthy accomplishments, including how he came to work on lunar samples from the Apollo missions as a graduate student, how one of the patents he holds was used to identify the cause of certain SUV rollovers, and how he has used cutting edge Geographic Information Systems to improve the lives of the residents of Highland Village through his work on their City Council.
Date: January 24, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan & Busche, Fred
Partner: University of North Texas

Episode 5: Dr. Max Morley

Description: Interview with Dr. Max Morley for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this episode, Susan speaks with Dr. Max Morley about his background in music education, his work on the OLLI at UNT Advisory Council and with our OLLI at UNT Ambassadors, as well as his experiences teaching and attending OLLI at UNT courses.
Date: January 10, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan & Morley, Max
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

Episode 12: Dr. Ryan Garlick

Description: Interview with Dr. Ryan Garlick for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this episode, Susan speaks with Dr. Ryan Garlick, Principal Lecturer in UNT's Department of Computer Science and Engineering. They discuss his codebreaking work, including his participation in TV programs such as National Geographic's "Hunt for the Zodiac Killer." Dr. Garlick gives an overview of the codebreaking methods that are being used to decipher the Zodiac's mysterious messages and also talks about his academic and professional background.
Date: February 28, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan & Garlick, Ryan
Partner: UNT College of Engineering

Episode 13: Dr. Pankaj Jain

Description: Interview with Dr. Pankaj Jain for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this episode, Susan speaks with Dr. Pankaj Jain, Associate Professor in UNT's Department of Philosophy & Religion. They discuss Dr. Jain's interest in connecting ancient practices with contemporary issues, and how he is exploring the connections between religious traditions and sustainability in the US and in India. They also discuss his recent trip to Nepal, where he recorded an episode of National Geographic Channel's "The Story of God" with Morgan Freeman. The episode will air on April 9, 2019.
Date: March 7, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan & Jain, Pankaj
Partner: UNT College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Episode 6: Dr. Andrew Torget

Description: Interview with Dr. Andrew Torget for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this episode, Susan has a wide-ranging discussion with Andrew Torget, Associate Professor in UNT's History Department. She and Dr. Torget discuss why it's important for us to learn about history, how he recently made history by teaching the world's longest history lesson, and his connection to the recent discovery of a safe full of documents that reveal the presumed-lost history of the Galveston City Company.
Date: January 16, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan & Torget, Andrew J., 1978-
Partner: UNT College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Episode 10: Dr. James Goodnow Pt. 1 (Great Decisions)

Description: Interview with Dr. James Goodnow for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this episode, Susan sits down with Dr. James Goodnow, Adjunct Professor of International Studies at UNT, to discuss a special series of discussions he's offering for OLLI at UNT this semester as part of the nationwide Great Decisions global affairs program. Dr. Goodnow explains how these discussions work and also talks with Susan about his academic background, how he became involved with OLLI at UNT, and his personal experiences traveling around the world.
Date: February 15, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan & Goodnow, James D.
Partner: UNT College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Episode 11: Dr. James Goodnow Pt. 2 (Day Trippers)

Description: Interview with Dr. James Goodnow for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. Susan speaks with him about his work as co-chair of the Day Trippers Special Interest Group. Dr. Goodnow explains the background of this OLLI at UNT group and the types of trips they'll be taking this semester.
Date: February 21, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan & Goodnow, James D.
Partner: UNT College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Episode 3: Annette Becker

Description: Interview with Annette Becker for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this episode, Susan speaks with Annette Becker about her work as director of the Texas Fashion Collection at UNT.
Date: December 27, 2018
Creator: Supak, Susan & Becker, Annette
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

Episode 4: Dr. Reid Ferring

Description: Interview with Dr. Reid Ferring for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this episode, Susan has a wide-ranging conversation with Dr. Reid Ferring of UNT's Department of Geography and the Environment. They discuss his professional accomplishments in the fields of archaeology and geology, why he loves teaching for OLLI, and the reasons for his interest in the relationship between science and faith.
Date: January 2, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan & Ferring, C. Reid
Partner: UNT College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Episode 15: Donna Zelisko-McLaughlin

Description: Interview with Donna Zelisko-McLaughlin for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this episode, Susan speaks with member Donna Zelisko-McLaughlin, who is chair of the OLLI at UNT Great Books club as well as co-chair of the OLLI at UNT Theater group. Donna tells Susan about how she became involved with OLLI at UNT and what it's like participating and serving in a leadership role in these two clubs.
Date: March 28, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan & Zelisko-McLaughlin, Donna
Partner: University of North Texas

Episode 24: Dr. John Neal

Description: Interview with Dr. John Neal for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this episode, Susan interviews Dr. John Neal, Professor Emeritus of Journalism at Brookhaven College, who teaches communications-related courses for OLLI at UNT. In addition to discussing his academic background, Dr. Neal goes over some highlights of the history of photography, from the ancient camera obscura to the advent of stereoscopy and 3D movies. He also talks with Susan about his knowledge of the development of typography, including the design of certain typefaces and techniques of arranging type to make printed language more legible and appealing.
Date: October 10, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan
Partner: University of North Texas

Episode 21: Dr. Krisstal Clayton

Description: Interview with Dr. Krisstal Clayton for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this episode, Susan interviews Dr. Krisstal Clayton of the Department of Psychology at UNT. In a wide-ranging conversation, Dr. Clayton talks with Susan about her collaborations with law enforcement professionals, clinicians, criminal offenders, and victims' advocates to educate students about the many roles psychology plays in the American legal system. Dr. Clayton also explains how she got involved developing music-paired rehabilitation therapy for persons with stroke and describes some of her other innovative approaches in the classroom.
Date: September 18, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan & Clayton, Krisstal
Partner: University of North Texas

Episode 16: Pamela Jones

Description: Interview with Pamela Jones for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this episode, Susan speaks with Pamela Jones, a retired Gifted and Talented Education Specialist, longtime OLLI at UNT member, and OLLI at UNT Ambassador. They discuss Pamela's introduction to our program as well as her experiences as a member. Pamela also describes her role as an official Ambassador for the program.
Date: April 4, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan & Jones, Pamela
Partner: University of North Texas

Episode 26: Dr. Jan Holden

Description: Interview with Dr. Jan Holden for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this episode, Susan interviews Dr. Jan Holden, who recently retired from a 31 year career as part of the UNT Counseling Program. Dr. Holden speaks with Susan about her background and how she came to conduct extensive research into the counseling implications of near-death experiences, after-death communication, and other transpersonal experiences—those that transcend the usual personal limits of space, time, and/or identity. Dr. Holden shares examples of astonishing transpersonal experiences from her research and discusses the profound life changes reported by those who have had these experiences.
Date: October 24, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan & Holden, Janice Miner
Partner: University of North Texas

Episode 14: Dr. Milan Reban

Description: Interview with Dr. Milan Reban for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this very special episode, Susan sits down for an extended conversation with Dr. Milan Reban. This episode was recorded on March 15, 2019, exactly 80 years to the day since Nazi troops descended on Dr. Reban's hometown. Dr. Reban shares vivid memories of his childhood in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia during World War II, as well as the aftermath of the war and its impact on his own life and that of his family. Dr. Reban also discusses the courses he's taught for OLLI at UNT, many based on his own powerful life story, and how he first became involved with our program.
Date: March 15, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan & Reban, Milan
Partner: University of North Texas

Episode 27: Dr. Bert Hayslip

Description: Interview with Dr. Bert Hayslip for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this episode, Susan interviews Dr. Bert Hayslip, Regents Professor Emeritus in UNT’s Psychology Department. Dr. Hayslip explains how an experience he had in a nursing home as a child motivated him to pursue a career working with older adults. He discusses with Susan some of the influences on memory and the ways in which we understand memory in later life. Dr. Hayslip explains why he dislikes the term “senior moment” and why he is a proponent of learning new skills to improve memory as we age.
Date: October 31, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan & Hayslip, Bert
Partner: University of North Texas

Episode 30: Remembering the St. John's Freedmen's Community with Emily Bowles and Hannah Stewart

Description: Interview with Emily Bowles and Hannah Stewart for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this episode, Susan interviews Emily Bowles and Hannah Stewart about their participation in a group research project as students in UNT’s History department. The project focused on a freedmen's community that formed around St. John’s church in Pilot Point, TX. Starting with names etched into the headstones of a neglected cemetery, these students were eventually able to sketch a portrait of a vibrant community of African Americans who lived in North Texas in the early 20th century. Their group then made headlines when they uncovered evidence of racial violence that played a significant role in the community's decline. Emily and Hannah ultimately presented the results of their group's research as an OLLI at UNT class in the Fall 2019 semester.
Date: February 19, 2020
Creator: Supak, Susan; Bowles, Emily & Stewart, Hannah
Partner: University of North Texas

Episode 19: Peggy Higgins

Description: Interview with Peggy Higgins for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this premiere episode of our second season, Susan interviews OLLI at UNT Faculty and Advisory Council member, Peggy Higgins. They discuss how Peggy's background in interior design led to a second career in Health Care Sciences and Alzheimer's education, and how her diverse interests have influenced the unique courses she now offers on the psychology of color for OLLI at UNT.
Date: September 5, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan & Higgins, Peggy
Partner: University of North Texas

Episode 25: Scott Kiester

Description: Interview with Scott Kiester for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this episode, Susan interviews Scott Kiester, a retired geologist with an M.S. in Environmental Science who is also a certified Texas Master Naturalist and Audubon Master Birder for North Central Texas. He discusses his birding background with Susan and offers helpful birding tips. They then get into a deeper conversation about bird migration patterns. Mr. Kiester also explains how the work of Master Naturalists and Master Birders impacts our environment and communities.
Date: October 17, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan
Partner: University of North Texas

Special Episode: 2020 Census 101 with Jennifer Pope and Marq Youngblood

Description: Interview with Jennifer Pope and Marq Youngblood for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this episode, Susan speaks with two representatives of the U.S. Census Bureau about the importance of the 2020 Census. Jennifer Pope, Partnership Specialist for the Dallas Regional Census Center, talks with Susan about the history of the U.S. Census and the crucial information it generates for states and local communities. Marq Youngblood, Regional Recruiting Coordinator for the Denver/Dallas Region, discusses some of the exciting job opportunities that are available with the Census in 2020.
Date: January 15, 2020
Creator: Supak, Susan; Pope, Jennifer & Youngblood, Marq
Partner: University of North Texas