Heard Here: UConn 360

UConn 360 is a biweekly podcast series that aims to provide glimpses into the University of Connecticut from every conceivable angle: research, teaching, student life, history, athletics, and whatever else is unique and compelling. This series spotlights some of the best pieces drawn from more than a year of UConn 360’s existence, offering insightful, in-depth, and quirky (in a good way) coverage of Connecticut’s Top 25 public research university.

John Bell, director of the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, turned a cardboard box into a toy theater during an online workshop that can be found at the Ballard website. (Photo courtesy Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry)

Puppets Seize Fairfield Way Today at Noon!

A world-famous puppeteering troupe will perform in the center of campus on April 20, ahead of a weekend production on the South Campus lawn

Social work assistant professor Nate Okpych speaks with a student

Q&A: College Success for Foster Youth

"Climbing a Broken Ladder: Contributors of College Success for Youth in Foster Care" author talks better support for foster youth

Stuart Rothenberg '77 Ph.D. during a 2011 visit to UConn.

Talking Politics with Roll Call Columnist Stu Rothenberg ’77 Ph.D.

The respected commentator surveys the current political scene in Washington.

woman in a blazer holding an ipad looks at the camera with a classroom behind her

Q&A: Supporting Your Child’s Well-Being During the Pandemic

'Don't sink the boat,' the importance of routine, and other advice for a turbulent time

man standing in gampel in front of trophy

A New Seat for PA Voice of the Huskies

John Tuite's booming voice is inseparable from UConn Huskies games, but this season has been a different story.

Two boxes ready to ship, featuring the Curated CT logo

UConn MBA Wants to Make It Easier to Shop Local

Donald Pendagast '20 MBA wants to make shopping local as easy as going online.

Musician Little Richard performs on the recording studio at a microphone and piano in circa 1959.

UConn Historian Considers the Legacy of Little Richard, Architect of Rock ‘n’ Roll

UConn historian Jeffrey Ogbar discusses the career and legacy of pioneering rock 'n' roll artist Little Richard.

The iconic Gampel Pavilion floor, as it looks in Minecraft.

Can’t Gather in Person for Commencement? No Problem, Thanks to the UConn Gaming Club

After the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the planned commencement ceremonies this spring, the UConn Gaming Club sprang into action on a virtual version.

Of Science and Squid Emojis

UConn's Sarah McAnulty talks about making science communication better - and what's wrong with a squid emoji.

Lucy Gilson meeting with students.

For UConn’s Lucy Gilson, Business and Research Are a Natural Fit

UConn's Lucy Gilson says the School of Business is doing vital research, and wants the world to know it.

UConn men's ice hockey Coach Mike Cavanaugh on the bench during a game.

Men’s Ice Hockey Faces Off in Debut of Connecticut Ice Festival

UConn men's ice hockey Coach Mike Cavanaugh talks about the team's participation in the first-ever Connecticut Ice Festival.

What’s So Funny?: A Q&A with Gina Barreca

UConn's Gina Barreca gets serious about what it means to be funny.

Dung beetle, Phanaeus index, from UConn’s insect collection on Nov. 18, 2019

A Bug Life

A multi-sensory glimpse inside the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology's vast Biodiversity Research Collection.

Coach Dan Hurley walks through a handshake line before a game at

Dan Hurley Talks UConn Basketball, MSG, and More

UConn's men's basketball coach Dan Hurley reflects on the journey that took him from a legendary New Jersey basketball family to Gampel Pavilion.

It’s a(n American) Girl Thing

The venerable American Girl doll collection provides the inspiration for a popular podcast by two historians who received their doctorates at UConn.

UConn’s First International Students

UConn is now a destination for students from around the world, but back in 1907, it was a lone student from Ecuador who became the first international undergraduate on campus.

Two musicians perform on flute and violin in front of an outdoor crowd.

UConn Faculty Soloists Perform with Ukraine Symphony at Jorgensen

The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine will have a distinct UConn sound for its performance on campus.

Members of the UConn Chinese Students and Scholars Association basketball team pose on a basketball court

UConn’s Other Winning Basketball Program

In this segment from the UConn 360 podcast, members of the UConn chapter of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association basketball team reflect on coming together to form a winning squad.

Students in scary Halloween masks gather outside a tent

Every Day is Halloween for UConn Horror Club

Liam Thomas '20 (CLAS) explains how his love of all things horror grew into a full-fledged student organization at UConn.

A cartoon illustration of two wedges of Swiss cheese

300,000 Ways to Do Time with a Federal Crime

Mike Chase '11 JD details on Twitter and a new book some of the more ridiculous ways to run afoul of the law.

A view of the US Capitol building on a gray and stormy day

Talking Impeachment, Politics, and Elections with David Yalof

American politics expert David Yalof talks about the politics of impeachment throughout American history.

Child molds princess bodies out of clay.

Study: On Screen, Girls’ Bodies are Changing

The bodies of female characters in animated films have changed within the last two decades and the impact on young viewers merits further study, says Rebecca Rowe of UConn.

Walter Woodard ’01 Ph.D. on Oct. 17, 2017. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Telling Stories With Connecticut State Historian Walter Woodward

Connecticut State Historian talks with UConn 360's Julie Bartucca about storytelling, his own history, and what Connecticut residents should be called.

An old photograph shows a group of armed men in front of a rustic cabin

Hatfield-McCoy Feud Carries Lessons for Today

The fabled feud between the Hatfield and McCoy families of Appalachia is the subject of a new PBS documentary, featuring the insights of UConn historian Altina Waller.

Two actors on stage, an African-American woman and a white man, warily eye each other in a backdrop of Aboriginal Austrlian art and scenery

Behind the Scenes With UConn’s Resident Dramaturg

Dramaturgs are often the unsung heroes in bringing plays to vivid life, explains Professor Lindsay Cummings.

The Class of 1907. (University Library Archives & Special Collections)

‘Do Not For One Moment Think We Have No Fun’

Listen to the words of some of the women who attended UConn in the early years reflecting on the triumphs and frustrations of their lives on campus.

The Keney Memorial Clock Tower in Hartford. (Tom Rettig/UConn Photo)

Students Use Modern Engineering to Restore Historic Hartford Tower

Keney Memorial Clock Tower's original chimes are now ringing again, thanks to a partnership between UConn and the City of Hartford.

Neag School music education master’s degree student Jesús Cortés-Sanchez 18 (ED), ’19 MA (far right) plays with the advanced clarinet group of Yale School of Music’s Morse Academy. He now serves there as an intern and teaching artist during the summer. (Matthew Fried/UConn Photo)

Living the Dream

Music education student Jesús Cortés-Sanchez discusses being a DREAMer and what music means for him.

Daviel Garcia ’22 (ACES) participates in a mindfulness class for students in the Student Support Services program at the Hartford Campus. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

Course Offers Resilience Through Mindfulness

Meditating. Stretching and doing yoga poses. Practicing gratitude. All of these subjects are coursework in a new class at UConn Hartford.

Jonathan V. (University Library Archives & Special Collections)

Students Today … Yankees Forever?

This podcast explores how in the 1960s, the University toyed with the possibility of a future without Jonathan.

Tahj-Anthony Jean at Farmhouse Crepes in Downtown Storrs.

Student Wrapped up in Farmhouse Crepes

Taj-Anthony Jean '19 shifted his view of himself, “from student-athlete to student-entrepreneur,” as he likes to say.

Scott Wallace, associate professor of journalism, discusses his experiences as a war reporter. (Photo by Scott Wallace)

Photography from the Front Line on Exhibit

Scott Wallace, associate professor of journalism, discusses his experiences as a war reporter in advance of a panel discussion at 4 p.m. at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.

Napheesa Collier faces off in a red-white scrimmage for USA Basketball. (USA Basketball Photo via UConn Athletic Communications)

Path to USA Women’s Basketball Gold Goes Through Storrs

Ken Best of UConn 360 podcast checks in with Geno Auriemma, Napheesa Collier, and some familiar names from UConn women's basketball.

Rufus Stimson, president of Connecticut Agricultural College from 1901 to 1908. (University Library Archives & Special Collections)

The Right President at the Right Time

Rufus Stimson, president from 1901 to 1908, helped Connecticut Agricultural College grow beyond anything the institution's founders had imagined.

Taking a Page from the Swing Journal

Over the years, students and visitors alike have filled dozens of “swing journals” with mostly anonymous contemplations, words of encouragement, jokes, stories, and confessions.

Pamela Bedore, associate professor of English, at the Branford House on Avery Point campus on. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

The Popularity of Sherlock Holmes

English professor Pam Bedore discusses the role of Arthur Conan Doyle's character in the evolution of detective fiction.

(Submitted Photo)

Singing in Hallowed Halls

Travel to Italy and Austria with the UConn Concert Choir.

In a podcast interview, Barry Berman ’72 details how Bill X. Carlson, UConn’s most famous non-existent student, came to be. (University Library Archives & Special Collections)

UConn’s Fictional Student Body President

In a podcast interview, Barry Berman ’72 details how Bill X. Carlson, UConn’s most famous non-existent student, came to be.

(Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

A Steinway School

Tour the famed Steinway & Sons piano factory to learn how UConn is becoming a "Steinway school," and what that means for the School of Fine Arts.