Sharing Air

Sharing Air is a podcast that takes a transdisciplinary look at how we connect, even in isolation. In each episode, we explore our complex relationship with the essential yet precarious medium of air as we share stories that bring us together in these times of distance and transformation.

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S01E06 Atmospheric Pressure

If we have learned anything over the course of this podcast so far, it is that the concept of a disruptive ‘new normal’ is anything but new and certainly not normal. Instead, we trade in this idea for an exploration of allostasis: a process of how we internally adapt to new, long-term, external pressures. This week, our guest Heather Campbell, Professor in the Department of Politics and Government, helps frame our conversation around the push-pull forces determining policy in the US. We also discuss COVID-19 as a stress test for our short-term planning, de-centralized services, and environmental (in-)justice. As the pandemic defines more clearly the pressures to which we have no choice but to adapt, we find ourselves compelled to look inward, imagining a more equitable future.

S01E05 Spirits in the Material World

Whether we look squarely into the future with the optimism of science, or we fix our gaze on the past to find wisdom in human experience, uncertain times inspire us to create, creating elegant and memorable theories, essays, and poems. This week, we cast our eyes backward to Early Modern Europe (1500-1750) in order to (re)connect the history of science and philosophy,  the mind-body divide, and the mystery of the soul to our current realities of living (and not living) through the COVID-19 pandemic. Our guest, CGU’s Provost and Professor Patricia Easton, helps us link the teachings of Rene Descartes to the works of another, equally famous seventeenth century weaver of words and ideas, John Donne—and, in so doing, allows us to connect their remarkably similar outlooks to those of another transformative, transdisciplinary, and creative era: the present day.

S01E04 Parachutes

As we navigate through the gray spaces of COVID, science, and human experience, we envision a path to landing on our feet in hopes of returning to (a new) normal. Our guest this week, Professor of Psychology Jason Siegel, reminds us that this experience is anything but uniform. Sharing from his scholarship and expertise, he reminds us to acknowledge, support, and destigmatize the mental health struggles of our friends, our loved ones, and ourselves. During this time of instability and isolation, our social connections remain the fabric carrying us through the chaos to help us land with finesse.

S01E03 Putting On Airs

This week our conversation examines entrustability in different healthcare landscapes: a gentle poem about emergency rooms from our most recent Tufts poetry winner; a cavalier op-ed on medical education by a concerned writer; and a humbling scope of practice from two healthcare provider-educators responding to the challenges posed by COVID-19. We are joined by CGU School of Educational Studies PhD student and faculty member at Loma Linda University Abdullah Alismail and pulmonologist and Associate Professor of Medicine Laren Tan.

S01E02 On Air

This episode is a closer look at translation in poetry and literature, in biomedical science, and in the midst of COVID, social distancing, and curated media. While political leaders and influencers translate scientific findings into policies during Holy Week and Passover, we dissect the act of translation in ancient and modern contexts with the help of CGU Professor of Religion Tammi Schneider to better understand the power of language to describe the limits of human aspiration, and to explore what it means to celebrate life in sickness and in health.

S01E01 To Air is Human

Who or what is ‘right’ in all the noise around coronavirus?  How are we integrating…or how are we acquiescing to, the information around us? Is there an order in the chaos? What will our world look like next? What do the arts and humanities offer the health sciences in this time of great change, and vice-versa?