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On Good Authority Podcast

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On Good Authority is Tulane University’s official podcast. It features fresh perspectives and lively discussions from leading experts on global topics and issues of the day. Our experts explain an issue, answer challenging questions and help listeners better understand what’s important.

Listen along starting September 23 on your favorite app platform, and stay tuned for future episodes!


 

Latest Episodes:

Jesse Keenan

Episode 8 – Climate Change: Resilience Is Not Enough

Launched November 24, 2020

Wildfires in the west, a very active hurricane season, and repeated flooding from sea level rise: climate change has recently made significant headlines in an already unprecedented year. Jesse Keenan, a leading scholar on climate change and the built environment with Tulane’s School of Architecture, discusses how climate change impacts our lives and the importance of adaptation.

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Susan Hassig

Episode 7 – Talkin’ Turkey with an Epidemiologist

Launched November 10, 2020

Is it safe to bring friends and family together for the holidays in a pandemic? Epidemiologist Susan Hassig answers COVID-19 safety questions about how to plan for Thanksgiving, what to consider for travel and holiday gatherings and whether this should be the year for Zoom celebrations. Read more from Dr. Hassig about winter and managing COVID-19 risks.

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Tonya Hansel

Episode 6 – Special Edition: Election Law & The Presidential Race

Launched November 6, 2020

Several states are still counting ballots and the results will determine who leads the U.S. for the next four years. Tulane constitutional law expert Stephen Griffin explains what is happening now and how the 2020 race could change future elections.

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Tonya Hansel

Episode 5 – No Rest for the Weary: 2020 Insomnia is Real

Launched October 27, 2020

How much is anxiety impacting our sleep habits and what can we do to combat those endless sleepless nights? Tonya Hansel in the Tulane School of Social Work gives tips for incorporating healthy sleep habits into our bedtime routine. For more information on healthy habits, check out these self-care resources.

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Lauren Teverbaugh

Episode 4 – Kids, COVID and Halloween

Launched October 20, 2020

Pediatrician and child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Lauren Teverbaugh discusses why celebrating milestones like Halloween are still important, how to talk to your family about celebrating safely and brainstorming new traditions during COVID. Learn more about Dr. Teverbaugh's work here.

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Julia Lang

Episode 3 – Pandemic Pivot: How to make big changes when the world shifts

Launched October 13, 2020

Julia Lang is the associate director of career education and life design at the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking at Tulane. Her class “Taylor Your Life” helps students learn how to plan a fulfilling life and career. The same principles in her course are in “(Re)Designing Your Life in a post COVID-19 world,” her step-by-step guide to making big decisions in uncertain times. Click here to read her guide, which includes the worksheets she mentions in the podcast. To learn more about her life design class, visit: https://taylor.tulane.edu/life-design/

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Geoff Dancy

Episode 2 – Conspiracy Theories

Launched October 6, 2020

What are conspiracy theories? Who buys into them? In confusing times like a global pandemic are we more susceptible and willing to believe in them? A discussion with Geoff Dancy, associate professor of political science at Tulane who teaches a course about conspiracy theories, answers questions about how we process information and why people are willing to believe.

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Bob Garry and James McLachlan

Episode 1 – Is COVID-19 Immunity Possible?

Launched September 23, 2020

Researchers are discovering that COVID-19 antibodies can vanish in as little as two months after infection. What does that mean for those who’ve recovered and efforts to find a vaccine? A discussion with virologist Bob Garry and immunologist James McLachlan about what we’ve learned about antibodies and why the innate immune system may be more important in fighting off the virus than first realized.

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