Don’t cry over spilled milk? Well, maybe we should. COVID-19 is forcing us to re-examine systems that have been in place for hundreds of years, including the grocery. But the grocery storefront is just a window into the unprecedented social and economic pressures we are facing as global citizens. In this two-part series, we talk about the evolution of the grocery store and how the current crisis is affecting the massive food network behind it.

Don’t cry over spilled milk? Well, maybe we should. COVID-19 is forcing us to re-examine systems that have been in place for hundreds of years, including the grocery. But the grocery storefront is just a window into the unprecedented social and economic pressures we are facing as global citizens. In this two-part series, we talk about the evolution of the grocery store and how the current crisis is affecting the massive food network behind it.

With four Academy Award wins (and as the only non-English-language film to ever win Best Picture), Parasite recently put South Korean cinema on the radar of the average American filmgoer. South Korean cinema evolved out of a backdrop of the Korean War and government censorship that, combined with international influence, created a unique and burgeoning national cinema from which Parasite director Bong Joon-ho emerged.

The Water Project is a novel vitalization plan for the City of Toledo conceived by Midstory. The purpose of this document is to rally the support of various Northwest Ohio community organizations and leaders by presenting the full potential of The Water Project to become the vehicle for that vitalization.

The path that brought us to Toledo was a winding one. In a way, you could say that we were brought here by the birth of our first child. Our beautiful baby girl was born on the evening of August 20th, 2016 in Bismarck, North Dakota.

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In 2014, more than half a million people were left without clean drinking water for three days after a harmful algal bloom took over Lake Erie. But behind the bloom is a history long-forgotten and a hopeful future of coexistence and collaboration. This film is the result of a 2019 collaboration with WGTE Public Media.

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Journalism has seen intense difficulties over the last decade, but the current crisis has shown just how important that work is and how newsrooms are innovating to keep it going. We chat with Joe Stephens, award-winning reporter and Founding Director of Princeton University's Program in Journalism.

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The U.S. employs over 18 million health care professionals. Let's keep them safe. #StayAtHome #SaveLives #InThisTogether

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From the Midstory Studio, our team chats with policy analyst Heiwon Shin, currently in government-mandated self-quarantine in South Korea after returning home from her current residence in France.

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The Good, the Bad and the City is a film review series that examines how cinema expands our understanding of city identity and how reemerging cityscapes in the post-industrial age have influenced cinema.

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Don’t cry over spilled milk? Well, maybe we should. COVID-19 is forcing us to re-examine systems that have been in place for hundreds of years, including the grocery.

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The Toledo Water Project is a novel vitalization plan for the City of Toledo conceived by Midstory. The purpose of this document is to rally the support of various Northwest Ohio community organizations and leaders by presenting the full potential of The Water Project to become the vehicle for that vitalization.

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From the Old Union Depot in the 1880s to the Central Union Terminal that opened in 1950 and the 1990s renovation, our current train station has undergone cycles of rising and falling. Robert Seyfang, lead architect on the renovation project, sheds light . . .

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Toledo has some name recognition (Holy Toledo!, anyone?), but most know very little about the Glass City besides what they see on TV. When has Toledo made it to the big screen and how does TV influence the way the world sees Toledo, for better or for worse?

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The path that brought us to Toledo was a winding one. In a way, you could say that we were brought here by the birth of our first child. Our beautiful baby girl was born on the evening of August 20th, 2016 in Bismarck, North Dakota.

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Love and Luck in the Detroit Numbers: A Review of The World According to Fannie Davis

As a young, Black Bridgett M. Davis and her mother, Fannie, were shopping at a luxury department store in the 1970s, a white saleswoman pointed them towards the sales rack. In typical Fannie fashion, she confronted the woman: “Did I ask you what was on the sales rack?” Upon checking out, she showed off the many luxury...

What We Can Learn from Taiwan’s COVID-19 Response

The Midstory Team chats with Dr. Shao-Hsuan Hsia, the director of the Division of Pediatric Respiratory Therapy and the Chief of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taipei, about Taiwan's response to the pandemic, social responsibilities and the state of public health in Taiwan.

Common Misconceptions About COVID-19, Debunked

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the globe, information—accurate and otherwise—is being disseminated just as quickly. And this “infodemic” has been facilitated through social media, making information more accessible but also harder to discern. As you sift through masses of information to make informed decisions during this crisis, here are some common misconceptions (and what we do know) about COVID-19.

How Dangerous are Crowd-control Weapons? Answers from an Expert

In recent weeks, the use of crowd-control weapons (CCWs) on protestors has raised tensions and questions on the ethics of non-lethal weapons. We speak with Dr. Michele Heisler, MD, MPA, the medical director at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) and professor of internal medicine and public health at the University of Michigan, about crowd-control weapons and the consequences of their use.

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All Aboard: Reimagining Toledo & Its Union Station

A few specks of dust hang in the air of Toledo’s train station, still and silent, exposed by a light that gleams from the nearby window. “Peaceful”...

Winding Path to Toledo

Victor is a Toledoan who works as a data scientist at the University of Michigan. He is also a human and an American. He enjoys life and lives in South Toledo with his wife and daughter.

Waiting for Toledo’s Tomorrow

Seventy-four years after the opening of an exhibit promising Toledoans a bright, monumental future, the city still awaits its tomorrow.

“Got Milk?” The COVID-19 Food Dilemma: Part I, the Storefront

Don’t cry over spilled milk? Well, maybe we should. COVID-19 is forcing us to re-examine systems that have been in place for hundreds of years, including the grocery. But the grocery storefront is just a window into the unprecedented social and economic pressures we are facing as global citizens. In this two-part series, we talk about the evolution of the grocery store and how the current crisis is affecting the massive food network behind it.

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Toledo Legacy

While Martin Luther King, Jr. only visited Toledo once, his name, influence and image remain in this city as remnants of the values he lived and died...

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What We Can Learn from Taiwan’s COVID-19 Response

The Midstory Team chats with Dr. Shao-Hsuan Hsia, the director of the Division of Pediatric Respiratory Therapy and the Chief of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taipei, about Taiwan's response to the pandemic, social responsibilities and the state of public health in Taiwan.

Art & Resiliency: Museums in the Age of COVID-19

The Midstory Team chats with Adam Levine, the director of The Toledo Museum of Art, about the future of art and museums, including the role of digital presentation, utilization of outdoor spaces and shifts in artistic expression in times of crisis.

Preventative Care: Advice from an E.R. Physician

From the Midstory studio, our team chats with ER physician and a practitioner of integrative medicine, Dr. Jen Pfleghaar about the situation in the hospital and ER, integrative medicine and staying healthy during this pandemic.

Hungry Still: Sesame-swirl Milk Bread

In these times of uncertainty, despite the chaos surrounding grocery shopping in a raging pandemic, we find ourselves… hungry still. Sometimes-ASMR, sometimes-experimental-food, this series pairs a memory with a recipe. Ingredients may be substituted—you know how it goes these days—and methods may be adapted, but the story behind them lives on.

Where Does Journalism Go From Here? News, Media & COVID-19

Journalism has seen intense difficulties over the last decade, but the current crisis has shown just how important that work is and how newsrooms are innovating to keep it going. We chat with Joe Stephens, award-winning reporter and Founding Director of Princeton University's Program in Journalism.

Eating Together: Food Culture & Photography with Skyler Burt

From the Midstory studio, our team chats with professional food photographer and We Eat Together creative, Skyler Burt, about food culture, photography and the impact of COVID-19 on the creative industry.

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