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WOSU’s Community Conversations digital video series interviews individuals and nonprofits who are working through the challenges of COVID19 and sheltering in place.

From a barbershop owner on the east side to seniors getting help through Meals on Wheels, these conversations take a deep dive into the current issues and long term implications of this unprecedented time in history while highlighting the innovative ways neighbors have been helping neighbors.

WOSU's Leticia Wiggins talksd to Heidi Clark, an English teacher at Dublin Jerome High School, and Dr. Steve Kucinski, an educator from Dublin Coffman High School about Future Careers.

Future Careers

Educators within the Dublin High School system are integrating conversations on job readiness and future careers into their curriculum - inspiring students to consider pathways that include college and other options as well.

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Voter Registration

Join us on Community Conversations as King Lincoln business owner and activist Al Edmondson takes the important message of voting to the community. He leads a local campaign on the topic and explains how he uses resources and volunteers in the community to make absentee voting more accessible.

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Delena Scales

COVID-19, Black Lives Matter, Police Accountability. South Linden Area Commissioner Delena Scales talks about how these events are reshaping the Linden neighborhood and how the community can come out of these times more resilient and self-sufficient.

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COVID-19 forced Career-Technical Schools to face the new reality of online teaching. C-TEC Licking County is one of many nearby Career-Technical Schools where students enroll for a hands-on learning experience. So how do you continue a "hands-on" teaching model remotely?

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Community Conversation discussion with George Levert of WOSU and Michael Flamm

Michael Flamm

Historic and shocking recent events are provoking conversations about racism, privilege, injustice, and violence. Ohio Wesleyan University professor Michael Flamm, who’s written about “law and order” politics, talks with WOSU’s George Levert about the issues and history of racism in the United States.

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Grandpa’s Cheesebarn Update

Today, many businesses are struggling to survive during the prolonged COVID-19 shutdown. Last year we visited Grandpa’s Cheesebarn to find out the history of this popular Ashland, Ohio family business. We checked in with Mistie Hray to find out how Grandpa’s Cheesebarn has fared during these trying times.

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Physical Distancing and Loneliness

Many people are struggling with physical distancing and loneliness. On this episode of Community Conversations, Kate Gawlik, Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing at The Ohio State University, gives us tips on how to stay socially connected during these isolating times.

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Press Southworth

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been felt by most, but one Columbus personality has experienced it firsthand. On this edition of Community Conversations, we connect with Press Southworth, Executive Director for the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus, who has recently recuperated from COVID-19. He talks about his experience, along with how the Jazz Arts Group is doing.

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Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio

With the novel coronavirus putting many jobs in jeopardy, the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio is seeking to connect potential workers with training and available positions. Join our Community Conversation with Stephanie Robinson of the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio to learn about important trainings that may benefit you, your family, or friends. From virtual job fairs to online training, learn how to connect to resources that can lead to future job security.

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Columbus CARE Coalition

When trauma happens to one, it happens to all. The Columbus CARE Coalition provides hope and healing to individuals, families and neighborhoods experiencing trauma. On this edition of Community Conversations, we check in with Marian Stuckey from the Columbus CARE Coalition to find out how COVID-19 has affected our community and what resources they offer to help us navigate these uncertain times.

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Carlos Bing

Join Community Conversations as we talk with Carlos Bing, LPC, as he discusses the impact of the COVID-19 virus on the African American community. He details the emotional, psychological and cultural effect of the short and long term stresses.

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Children’s Mental Health

Kids are struggling to make sense of COVID-19, on top of being disconnected from their peers. On this edition of Community Conversations, we talk with Jenny Harden, a guidance counselor at Bailey Elementary, to talk about how we can help kids navigate their feelings, and how to help them structure their days going into summer break.

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Community Conversations - WOSU's George LeVert discusses the King Lincoln neighborhood with Al Edmondson owner of A Cut Above The Rest Barbershop
Community conversation with WOSU's Diana Bergemann and Angela O'Neal of the Columbus Metropolitan Library

Photo Collections

Want to know how to start sorting and organizing through old photos? And what to do with photo collections that you don't want taking up space? We checked in with Angela O'Neal from the Local History department of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

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WOSU Community Conversation - WOSU's Brent Davis with Chuck Chuck Gehring of LifeCare Alliance