Category: Society & Culture

The host of this podcast is affectionately referred to by students and colleagues as Dr. J. In this podcast, Dr. J interviews fascinating experts from various disciplines—politicians, artists, professionals from the field of medicine, law, business and more—as well as language educators and many amazing students from all over the world.

The podcast includes episodes in English, French, Spanish, German, and Hungarian.

Tune in and enjoy fun and thought-provoking discussions about culture, identity, and language, and how these affect all areas of work and life.

May 15, 2022

Clothing and Fashion

Why have humans placed such importance on the way they cover their bodies? Do clothes make the man? What is the difference between mere clothes and fashion? How has fashion developed throughout history? What are some of the milestones in fashion? What is the difference between clothes, fashion, haute couture, and costumes? – these are some of the questions discussed in this episode.  
My guest is Vincent Scassellati, resident costume designer for the Missouri Repertory Theater and head of the costume design program at UMKC between 1964 and 2000. Vincent has designed the costuming for more than 250 professional theater productions throughout the United States and continues to put his talent and knowledge to work at the Kansas City Costume Company.

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April 14, 2022

Politics

From addressing issues faced by the police to discussing education, community leadership, housing, transportation, the fire department, and the founding principles of the US in general, the Mayor of Kansas City, Kansas, Tyrone Garner, talks quite candidly about his plans and visions for bettering people's lives through his public service. Mayor Garner is a former police officer and deputy chief of police. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico. He is a great supporter of Barack Obama's ideas for community policing. He is an advocate for unity and humanity and working together for the common good. Website: cultureum.com; Instagram: @drjpodcast; LinkedIn: Henriette J. Runte

 

March 15, 2022

Food!

What do we eat and why? How do we nourish our families and our communities? How can cultural integration occur through the sharing of food? What is the actual value of our food – the fruits and vegetables we consume, the dairy products we use, the animals we eat… Jennifer Doty from the Lenexa Farmers Market joins me to answer these questions and more.
cultureum.com    @drjpodcast    @quadylle    LinkedIn: Henriette J. Runte    

February 15, 2022

Grace

As I grow older, I find myself often preoccupied with trying to achieve a sense of beauty and elegance that I would call ageless grace. My guest in this episode is Michele Hamlett-Weith, a retired Dutch-American ballet dancer and an all-around graceful person. Together, we tackle three main questions: How do we go through life and the many obstacles it throws in our way with grace? How do we age with grace? How does grace affect everything we do?
cultureum.com    @drjpodcast    @quadylle    LinkedIn: Henriette J. Runte  

January 15, 2022

Molière

January 15th 2022 marks the great playwright Molière's 400th Birthday as well as the day I turned 50. This episode aires the lecture I held this past November at the Kansas City Museum. The lecture is entitled “Molière and me” and aims to draw parallels between the playwright and myself, and to entertain while informing the audience about Molière’s life and theater.

The lecture is also available on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlPKh017878

cultureum.com    @drjpodcast    @quadylle    LinkedIn: Henriette J. Runte  

December 5, 2021

Nursing

Gain insight into nursing in the USA from this interview with Leslie Rogers, a surgical nurse with 48 years of experience. Leslie speaks candidly about the nursing profession - the beauty, the difficulties and her hopes for the future.
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November 20, 2021

Football - as in soccer

The sport known in the US as soccer and referred to everywhere else in the world as football has an amazing culturally unifying effect on both the players and the spectators. In this episode I talk to Peter Vermes, the Manager, Director and Head Coach of Sporting KC. Peter is a former professional soccer player and member of the US national soccer team (1988 - 1997). He went to the Olympics with the US national team in 1988 and played in the World Cup in 1990. He is, as of 2020, the longest tenured head coach in Major League Soccer. Peter and I talk about how soccer can transcend borders, about the significance of language and culture to national and club soccer, as well as about how success in soccer requires universal leadership and team-building strategies. cultureum.com    @drjpodcast    @quadylle    LinkedIn: Henriette J. Runte      

October 11, 2021

Life With Coach Pop

My guest in this episode is István Steve Javorek, my father, who was the National Olympic Weightlifting Coach to Romania and later to South Korea, before becoming a renowned strength and conditioning coach in the United States. He speaks to me very candidly about his life and about his exciting career coaching Olympians and incredible performance athletes around the world.    cultureum.com    @drjpodcast    @quadylle    LinkedIn: Henriette J. Runte   

September 24, 2021

My Family’s Immigration

My guest in this episode is my mom. Unlike my famous and highly extroverted father, my mother has always preferred to remain behind the scenes. Nevertheless, she is a fascinating, strong woman, and I really wanted to have her voice heard as well. In this episode, my mom speaks about life in Transylvania, my father’s defection, our ultimate move to the US, and about how my family laid down new roots in the Kansas City area.
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August 15, 2021

Bonus Episode - Luna’s Little Animals Say I Love You

The 11-year-old young writer and artist, Luna Lupien (aka my older daughter), joins me to talk about her book, "Luna's Little Animals Say I Love You." From explaining how the book grew out of the Covid-19 lockdowns, to discussing how and why she decided to draw animals that could send a message of love around the world, Luna speaks quite maturely about her very first book.
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