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.

July 14, 2022

Education and the Environment

This episode gives you an overview of the US education system while also discussing various educational ideologies. The second part of the episode goes more specifically into education as it pertains to the environment and environmental conservation. My guest in this episode is Bridgett Chapin, a dear friend from college who holds a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and is now a Professor of Environmental Science at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. 

June 14, 2022


This episode is basically a lesson in jazz, in dialogue with an amazing musician, Clint Ashlock, the artistic director of the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra. Clint is also a trumpeter and a composer and has been featured as a solo artist all over the world. The episode discusses the origins of jazz, how it compares to swing or the blues, goes into New Orleans Jazz vs. Kansas City Jazz, and delves into some of the socio-cultural aspects of jazz. Clint Ashlock exudes music even when he’s speaking. His verbal imitation of different beats and styles is incredibly informative and entertaining. And, you will find musical treats from the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra both within this podcast episode and on our website

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.  Instagram: @drjpodcast  TicToc: kccostume

April 14, 2022


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:; Instagram: @drjpodcast; LinkedIn: Henriette J. Runte


March 15, 2022


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.    @drjpodcast    @quadylle    LinkedIn: Henriette J. Runte    

February 15, 2022


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?    @drjpodcast    @quadylle    LinkedIn: Henriette J. Runte  

January 15, 2022


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:    @drjpodcast    @quadylle    LinkedIn: Henriette J. Runte  

December 5, 2021


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.    @drjpodcast    @quadylle    LinkedIn: Henriette J. Runte   

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