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Episode 80: The Power of Fun and How to Have More of It with Catherine Price podcast Jan 19, 2022

In this episode, Sharon is joined by author Catherine Price, whose new book, The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again explores the concept of fun and why it’s a necessary part of the human experience. Catherine set out to pinpoint the definition of “fun” and she found that...

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Episode 79: Pennsylvania: The Sweet History of Hershey with Sharon McMahon podcast Jan 17, 2022

In this solo episode, Sharon sets her sights on the sweet life of Milton S. Hershey and his innovation in the world of chocolate. Today, the Hershey Company produces over a billion pounds of chocolate each year, but its origins are much more humble. Milton Hershey, armed with only four years of...

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Episode 78: The Enduring Legacy of JFK with Fredrik Logevall podcast Jan 14, 2022

In this episode, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Harvard historian Fredrik Logevall joins Sharon to discuss the life and career of the 35th President, John F. Kennedy. Professor Logevall shares expertise and research from his latest book, JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, which...

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Episode 77: The Oregon Trail from Westward Expansion to Computer Game with Sharon McMahon podcast Jan 13, 2022

In this solo episode, Sharon dives into some of the myths vs. facts about Manifest Destiny and the Oregon Trail. What did it really look like, in the mid-1800s, for a family to travel the trail from Independence, Missouri to the beautiful Willamette Valley region of Oregon? All-in-all, about...

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Episode 76: Kayaking the Amazon from Source to Sea with Darcy Gaechter podcast Jan 10, 2022

In this episode, Darcy Gaechter joins Sharon to talk about her incredible whitewater kayaking expeditions. Darcy is the first (and only!) woman who has kayaked the Amazon River from its source to the sea. The journey took 148 days and had plenty of misadventures alongside all of the adventure....

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Episode 75: Oklahoma: The American Frontier and its Legendary Musical with Sharon McMahon podcast Jan 07, 2022

 

Sharon returns for a solo episode about the musical that opened the floodgates to the nation’s obsession with Broadway. Oklahoma!, the infamous Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, opened on a Broadway stage in the spring of 1943. It was wildly successful from the get-go, and it ushered...

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Episode 74: Choosing Hope and Humor with Kristina Kuzmic podcast Jan 05, 2022

In this episode, Sharon has a conversation with Kristina Kuzmic, whose viral videos you’ve definitely seen in your Facebook feed or YouTube recommendations! Kristina gets candid about her childhood with Sharon, talking about the survivor’s guilt she felt as a teenager who immigrated...

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Episode 73: Ohio: The Bellwether State of Presidents with Dr. Lauren Pinkston podcast Jan 03, 2022

In this episode, Sharon sits down with Dr. Lauran Pinkston, Executive Director for Kindred Exchange, to share some good old-fashioned Ohio facts. Join the duo as they discuss why Ohio has long been dubbed “The Bellwether State” and why that title may be in jeopardy. What exactly is a...

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Episode 72: Investigative Journalism in the Digital Age with Emily Kassie podcast Dec 31, 2021

In this episode, Sharon is joined by Emily Kassie, an Emmy and Peabody nominated investigative journalist and filmmaker, to discuss the highly contentious U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 years. During her career, Emily has covered conflict, abuse, and fracture points in the U.S and...

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Episode 71: North Dakota: The Wunnerful Lawrence Welk with Sharon McMahon podcast Dec 30, 2021

In this solo episode, Sharon shares the prolific life and career of vintage musical icon Lawrence Welk. Welk, a household name, and host of his own show (that you probably only watched at your grandma’s house), was one of the wealthiest entertainers in the U.S before his death in the early...

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Episode 70: Until I Am Free with Dr. Keisha N. Blain podcast Dec 28, 2021

In this episode, Dr. Keisha Blain joins Sharon to talk about civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer. In her new book, Until I Am Free, Dr. Blain chronicles the life of Fannie Lou Hamer, a change-maker who has been set on the back shelf of history. Fannie Lou gave a powerful speech at the...

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Episode 69. North Carolina: How Quakers Shaped the State with Lee Ann Miller podcast Dec 28, 2021

In this episode, Lee Ann Miller joins Sharon to hear the connection between Edward R. Murrow, famous American Broadcast Journalist, and a North Carolina Quaker community that organized and ran a large portion of the Underground Railroad. Listen in as Sharon gives details about Quakers and the...

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