From an opera stage to a mountaintop recording booth
Natalie Naudus says her success as an audiobook narrator has been, in part, due to her operatic voice training. Naudus, who has narrated over 250 titles, shares what it's like to bring characters to life from her home studio.
Voice acting, an industry long dominated by white men, gets a shot of diversity with more opportunities for women and people of color. Consumer preferences, new technology and shifts in training are driving the change.
A performing artist finds her true passion off camera
Taj Ruler found her calling in voice-over work when she returned home to Minnesota after college. With a background in improvisation, she talks about her successes and the challenges faced as a scripted voice actor specializing in animation, narration and commercial projects.
Taos Pueblo won back its sacred lake after long battle
It's rare for Indigenous tribes to have their land returned, but it is possible. The story of one Pueblo in New Mexico shows how difficult and how meaningful it is for Native communities to get back their land.
A-dae Romero-Briones, a member of the Cochiti Pueblo, explains the connection of land and food, how her community lived through the creation of the faulty Cochiti Dam, and how the current pandemic has brought full-circle the necessity of living off the land.
High school teacher’s first year is quite the balancing act
In Vanessa Fisher’s first year as a special education teacher, she has faced the challenges of remote and hybrid instruction while adapting to the demands of students, parents, the community and the union.
Across the country, gay bars have been impacted by the pandemic in different ways, some fully shutting down, others going on hiatus, still others contributing to their community’s welfare by arranging food drives. As spring arrives, so does renewed hope.
LGBTQ communities across the U.S. had lost many of their gathering places already. Now, there are even fewer venues, but some community veterans are maintaining, if not reinventing, themselves in unsettling times.
Spaces where validation, loyalty, and a sense of solidarity are critical for any marginalized sector. The lesbian community is no exception. The glue of nightlife spaces is the DJ—adjusting, sensing, and transforming the atmosphere with music.
After more than a year of working from home, many employees had to adopt new ways of working. Will employers reimagine the role of offices in creating a safe, productive and enjoyable space for their employees?
Office spaces get a revamp — including some throwbacks
From bathrooms to boardrooms, the pandemic is reshaping workspaces. Architects and planners tell us what to expect, as business owners eye everything from increased outdoor space to more private offices.
Telework or back to office? Some hope for mix of both
A Purdue University professor and social scientist says the Covid-19 lockdown exacerbated the work-life imbalance; a working mother shares her experiences. They hope the lessons of working from home will result in more freedom for employees in a post-Covid world.
Unsettled, yet undaunted, while caring for patients
Travel nurses ask themselves what 'home' means during a year like no other: What is essential to our mental/physical well-being? 'How do we keep our cups full ... to care for people ... even when our own worlds are uprooted and compromised?'
Citizen scientists played a significant role in field research as the pandemic lockdown put a strain on scientific resources. From rain totals to data on plant and animal life, ‘backyard observers’ lent eyes and ears to projects.
The Metaphysics of Big Sausage (…and Little Things)
Boston, known as “Title Town,” is home to some of the most famous food vendors in the world. How has the pandemic impacted them, and what does it all mean? Time for a little help from an unexpected guru: The Sausage Guy.
In cities like Madison, Wis., Clemson, S.C., and State College, Pa. — the small- and mid-size college towns whose vibrant local sports scenes are part of their lifeblood — the pandemic has rocked entire communities.
Joselyn Mendoza is a co-founder of Mirror Trans Beauty, a trans Latinx-led worker co-op for beauty professionals in New York City. The space provides an inclusive environment for trans and gender non-conforming individuals, and seeks to help Latinx immigrants advance their careers.
The AORTA cooperative supports movements for social, racial, and economic justice. Part of its mission is intersectional understanding of systemic oppression, and how this knowledge can build multiracial solidarity.
Little person takes big step, writes kids book about his life
Charlie Higdon was born with achondroplasia, a common type of dwarfism. Realizing he stood out from others, Higdon decided to educate children and adults that shorter limbs shouldn't be a target for hurtful comments.
Iliana Limón Romero has combined her passion for sports and commitment to journalism in a distinguished career of almost 20 years. Recently appointed Deputy Sports Editor for the Los Angeles Times, she talks about engaging readers, collaborating with writers, and mentoring aspiring journalists.
New frontiers in wearable and implantable medical devices are becoming ever more sophisticated and pushing limitations of the human body beyond expectations. How are they changing sports and everyday life?
Medical-tech gains bring the bionic human closer to reality
Humans may be running faster, jumping higher and going longer than at any point in our history, thanks to technology. Ultramarathoner Richard Donovan is leading the way — even after having his knee replaced.
High-tech prosthetic limb keeps this soldier in the game
Sgt. 1st Class Brant Ireland, who had a leg amputated above the knee after he was injured serving in Afghanistan, trains for the 2021 Warrior Games. Ireland set up a workout room in his garage during the pandemic.
Artificial muscles tech + a 3-D printer = a bionic sports bra
3-D printed cells and wearable artificial muscle fabrics are just some of the ways materials scientists and biomedical engineers are improving human performance. Renowned expert Professor Gordon Wallace discusses his cutting-edge work in the field of medical bionics.
Taking STEM on the road in order to foster girls' interest
Enter the STEMobile. Activities in the roving science classroom are meant to inspire young young students about coding, engineering, robots and the weather, and have had especially positive impacts on girls and their interest in STEM.
Closing the representation gap in STEM communities
Since its inception in 1994, Science Club for Girls has reached thousands of girls with one specific goal: to give them the opportunity to fall in love with science regardless of their race or family income.
Mom’s example, community support set this coach on path
When she was 16, Jamie Lindstrom’s mother died. The people of Hudson, Wis., rallied to support her and her family, which helped shape her determination to help young people. She talks about the pivotal moments that led her to coaching and social work.
Algorithmic bias sometimes built into hiring decisions
Artificial intelligence in HR aims to remove human bias from recruitment and hiring decisions. However, even with the best technology, algorithmic screening software can unintentionally reinforce these biases.
Hiring algorithms are supposed to limit bias, but without critical oversight, the artificial intelligence software can amplify discriminatory mindsets. Meet the people dedicated to making AI more equitable.
Misinformation impedes efforts to vaccinate Latinos
Health officials tout benefits of Covid-19 vaccines to those most vulnerable; Latinos have experienced higher infection rates, likely because of outside factors that include working in jobs that can't be done from home.
Vaccine wariness among Blacks fueled by history, bias
Many in the Black community are hesitant to get a Covid-19 vaccine due to implicit bias and the history of unethical medical research practiced on Black people — most notably the Tuskegee Syphilis Study.
Green burials, ranging from small family plots to large facilities certified by the Green Burial Council, offer alternatives to the expensive — and often more environmentally costly — cemetery burial system.
When Henry and Joan Meyer moved to a 120-acre piece of land in Montana in their 20s they decided to stay there and raise their family. Now in their 80s, they have designated their land as a federally protected natural cemetery, finding a way that they can stay on, forever.
Tammy Retalic, the chief nursing officer at Hebrew SeniorLife, talks about the challenges as she and her staff face the logistical and emotional hurdles of vaccinating more than 5,000 staff members and patients.
When it comes to college achievement, the presence of a Black male professor can have a positive impact on the overall success of Black students. So why are there still so few Black male educators on college campuses?