Social Distances


“Playing more freely” | Zak Vassar & Chris Anderson

As concert halls and jazz bars closed amidst the pandemic, the music community had to find new ways to bring music to people. In doing so, they’ve also opened up doors to broader audiences. Midstory talks to Zak Vassar, President and CEO of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, and Chris Anderson, founder of Open Tone Music, about how the pandemic changed our access to music—for the worse, but also for the better.

“Comforted in the darkness of grief” | Dave Lucas

In the isolation and grief of 2020, we turned to the written word to find connections that transcend time and space. Midstory talks to Dave Lucas, the second Poet Laureate of Ohio and lecturer at Case Western Reserve University, about the ways writing and poetry provide solace, wisdom and clarity far beyond what we (and perhaps the authors) could have imagined.

“The triple whammy” | Amilcar Challu

In the past year, wildfires, hurricanes, record temperatures and more devastated populations already struggling with a raging global pandemic. Midstory talks to Dr. Amilcar Challu, professor of History at Bowling Green State University, about the ways the environment deeply influences our social and political realities.

“But I can remember stories” | Bill Kimok and Miriam Intrator

When the COVID-19 outbreak began, people sought answers in the century-old archives of the last global pandemic. 100 years from now, what will people look at to remember today? Midstory talks to Bill Kimok and Miriam Intrator of the Archives and Special Collections at Ohio University, as well as student Jade Braden, about preserving this moment—both the historic and the mundane.

“The miner’s canary” | Dr. Akil Houston

Race. History. Media. The social unrest of 2020 called into question our present—and our past. Midstory talks to Dr. Akil Houston, professor of Cultural and Media Studies at Ohio University, to unpack how we got here and where we go from here.

Social Distances: Introduction

Social distance…it means more than just six feet apart. What other kinds of distances did we encounter during 2020 and beyond? Join Midstory as...

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