As protests and unrest continue, Midstory considers the Midwestern identity and the role the region has historically played in civil rights progress.

Connie Schultz’s debut novel intricately showcases not only the hardships, but also the dignity and resilience of the lives of small, working-class, Midwestern towns and the women who inhabit them.

As COVID-19 cases rise across the nation, masks (and requiring citizens to wear them) have become a major point of contention. We speak with Dr. Jeffrey Shaman, a professor of environmental health sciences and an infectious disease modeler at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, about the use of masks and other ways to slow and prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

For decades, the Midwest was the example of perfect, accent-less English. Now, increasing dialectic quirks are changing that perception, and with it, Midwestern identity.

Through conversations with her grandfather, the author unpacks his personal history during the Civil Rights Movement and the Great Migration—one that paved the way for generations to come. Read his story and listen to excerpts from the interview.

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.

Toledo has some name recognition (Holy Toledo!, anyone?), but most know very little about the Glass City besides what they may 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?

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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As protests and unrest continue, Midstory considers the Midwestern identity and the role the region has historically played in civil rights progress.

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Connie Schultz’s debut novel intricately showcases not only the hardships, but also the dignity and resilience of the lives of small, working-class, Midwestern towns and the women who inhabit them.

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As COVID-19 cases rise across the nation, masks (and requiring citizens to wear them) have become a major point of contention. We speak with Dr. Jeffrey Shaman (Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health) about the use of masks and other ways to slow and prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

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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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For decades, the Midwest was the example of perfect, accent-less English. Now, increasing dialectic quirks are changing that perception, and with it, Midwestern identity.

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Through conversations with her grandfather, the author unpacks his personal history during the Civil Rights Movement and the Great Migration—one that paved the way for generations to come. Read his story and listen to excerpts from the interview.

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

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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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COVID-19 Risk Assessment for Ohio: Identifying Risks for Ongoing Reopening and Resilience to Future Hazards

As our researchers watched Ohio’s response to the pandemic, they wished to contribute meaningfully toward the next stage of disaster response and help to prepare our state for future crises. This risk assessment brief is a comprehensive look, county by county, of factors that put Ohio’s populations at risk for COVID-19, including socio-economic status, mobility, race, overcrowded housing and more.

Can We Be Re-infected with COVID-19? Answers from Immune System Experts

Recently, reported cases of “re-infection”—people testing positive only months after a previous instance of COVID-19—have led to worries about how our immune system responds to COVID-19. We speak with Dr. Akiko Iwasaki, a professor of immunobiology from Yale School of Medicine, and Dr. Sydney Ramirez, a researcher at La Jolla Institute for Immunology, about our immune response and immunity to COVID-19.

Billboards and the Re-imagination of the American Landscape

Few things are quite as Midwestern as long, open roads on monotonously flat stretches of land, broken up by fantastically mismatched billboards firmly staked along the roadside every couple of miles or so. The Oscar-winning film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri leaves its audience with a lasting impression of this landscape, both artificial and natural. 

The Return of the Algal Bloom: What’s Been Going on Since 2014?

Apparently green is the new blue, at least for Lake Erie in the summer. While the 2014 water crisis made national news when nearly a half million residents in the Toledo region were left unable to use their tap water for three days, the annual algal blooms have continued...

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Issue COVID-19: Battling the Infodemic

While we in the Midwest may feel distant from the humanitarian crisis happening across the globe, the implications of this virus carry consequences for more than just our personal safety. This age of globalization, information and technology has ensured that no sector remains untouched: politics, the economy, trade, ethics & morality, social unrest, news & reporting and more. Read more below for an op-ed reflection from the team.

Lost in the Pythian Castle: A Text Adventure

It's late. You're on the edge of an empty parking lot in downtown Toledo.

The Unsung Poetry of Working-class Women: A Review of The Daughters of Erietown

Author Connie Schultz told a Glamour reporter in July that until hearing Bruce Springsteen’s music, “I didn't realize that our people lead lives of poetry too.” Who...

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...

Isolated Amidst Illness: Pandemic Responses in Ohio Correctional Facilities

Jason Goudlock is used to being alone. Much of his 27 years in prison has been spent in solitary confinement, oftentimes voluntarily in order to avoid conflict...

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Film, Storytelling & the Midwest: A One-on-one with Brandon Li

The Midstory Team chats with Brandon Li, a travel videographer, about his unique style of filmmaking, the impacts of the pandemic on the travel and videography industry and his perspective as a nomad who grew up in and left the Midwest.

Public Libraries: Reopening & Addressing Social Inequities

The Midstory Team chats with Jason Kucsma, the director of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library, about the evolving role of the libraries during the crisis, the move of library resources toward digital infrastructure and considerations on policies for reopening.

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.

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