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IDEAS IN ACTION | USC's Podcast Series

Education • Society-and-culture

IDEAS IN ACTION is a podcast series produced by the University of Southern California. Aligned with the university mission dedicated to “the development of human beings and society as a whole through the cultivation and enrichment of the human mind and spirit,” the series brings youRead more

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Learning From Veterans

Nov 11 • 29:41

Shake It Out: The Science and Safety of Earthquake Prep

Oct 13 • 25:48

You’ve dropped off your college student—now what?

Sep 29 • 33:05

USC experts discuss how parents and guardians can maintain open communication with and support their students as they begin to navigate the college experience!...

Latinx Stories of Los Angeles

Sep 24 • 32:12

USC experts discuss their work and recent books, each highlighting a different neighborhood in L.A. and the Latinx contributions to the city’s history. These three books are changing and challenging some of the historical ways Latinx L.A. has been written about. What does talking about Latinx historiography or “Latinidad” in Boyle Heights, Echo Park, and South Central LA m...

Olympic training during a pandemic – and how the games have changed since 776 B.C.

Aug 1 • 01:00:11

USC has produced more Olympians, overall medalists, and gold medalists than any other U.S. university. But what has it been like to train during the pandemic for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics? What are some of the surprising ways in which the games of ancient Greece were different from the modern Olympics? What are a few of the nearly 3,000-year-old traditions that haven’t changed?...

A Juneteenth Conversation on Race

Jun 18 • 38:17

Juneteenth is the oldest celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. But the fight against institutionalized racism continues today. Join USC experts as they discuss critical race theory, voting rights, criminal justice reform, and the ongoing struggle for liberty and justice for all....

L.A.’s fossil fuel-free future

Apr 23 • 01:00:24

Working with the federal government and the city of Los Angeles, USC researchers have identified pathways to a zero-emissions future for the megalopolis in 25 years, a new report shows. But how do you get there from here? What are the challenges and benefits? And can L.A. become a clean-energy model for other cities? Join Sammy Roth, energy reporter for the Los Angeles Tim...

Coping with COVID: Mental health and young adults, a conversation with Dr. Vivek Murthy and and Jim Steyer

Apr 15 • 01:18:35

March 2021 marks the one-year anniversary of the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Illness, distance learning, and social isolation have turned our lives upside down. Depression rates are up among teens and young adults. How have young people fared after a year of lockdowns, remote schooling, and the disruption of social norms?...

A Conversation with Channing Godfrey Peoples

Mar 19 • 45:53

How to Encourage Vaccine Adoption

Jan 20 • 42:17

Scientific innovation was put to the test in the development of the COVID-19 vaccine, and it resulted in two vaccines in record time that are at least 94% effective in clinical trials. Now the task of vaccinating the population has begun with many skeptics fearing side effects, rushed science in its development, and political involvement. There is also a segment of the pop...

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