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November 16, 2020
Rowing for 50 years, listening to art, and encouraging women in STEM
Episode 3

Cougar Crew, a scrappy and resilient group of rowers at Washington State University, recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. They had to cancel a banquet and other events due to COVID-19, but former coach Ken Struckmeyer and rower Doug “Doc” Engle reminisce about the team, catching a crab, and rowing on the Snake River near Pullman.

Also in this episode:

  • Seattle-based artist, composer and inventor Trimpin created Ambiente432, an innovative sound installation at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at WSU. Visitors to the museum activate the artwork by walking around the entry pavilion and talking, which creates sounds that have calming effects.
  • WSU engineering professor Noel Schulz talks about her experiences as a woman in engineering. She shares ways to encourage girls and women to enter and stay in the science and engineering fields.

Read more about Cougar Crew, Ambiente432, and women in STEM.

September 2, 2020
Hunting the western toad, recognizing courage, and delving into the novel Stripland
Episode 2

Erim Gómez lives his childhood dream: catching frogs, toads, and salamanders. The doctoral student in environmental studies hunts for the western toad along the Snake River, as he works to determine the biodiversity of amphibians on the Palouse prairie.

Also in this episode:

  • Carla Peperzak risked her life and freedom in World War II as a member of the Dutch Resistance. She was only 16 when she secretly saved a number of Jews by making fake IDs. Now a 96-year-old Spokane resident, Carla was honored as Washington state Person of the Year for 2020.
  • Joan Burbick, a retired English professor at Washington State University, talks about Stripland, her novel that explores trauma, perceptions of reality, violence, and connected relationships in the aftermath of a shooting of a Nez Perce man by a white police officer. Her powerful and moving book references the steep stretch of road in Lewiston, Idaho, that slices through the valley from the Snake River to the Nez Perce reservation.

Read more about disappearing amphibiansCarla Peperzak’s life, and the novel Stripland.

July 16, 2020

Composing music, living with wasps, and relishing Rainier cherries
Episode 1

Composer and Washington State University music professor Greg Yasinitsky hears a band in his head when he’s creating music. In the premiere episode of Washington State Magazine’s podcast, Yasinitsky dives into the art and craft of composition…and why writing music for kids requires special attention.

Also in this episode:

  • Megan Asche, a WSU entomology doctoral student, wants us to better understand—and be less fearful of—those frequent barbecue visitors, wasps and yellowjackets.
  • Rainier cherries, developed at Washington State in 1952, offer a delectable summer treat. WSU Executive Chef Jamie Callison serves up some ways to enjoy them in your meals.

Read more about WSU’s music studio, wasp research, and Rainier cherries.


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