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Cultra Trail Running is The Cult of Ultra Culture, North East Trail running from the grass roots. Our podcast shares the unique perspective of the North East Beast Coast Ultra running scene: raw, impulsive, and irreverent. The Cultra Trail Running Podcast is a place where we can get together and discuss all the fun stuff that happens on the trails that most normal people don't care about. Join the Cult! or maybe you already have without realizing it... resistance is futile.
 
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When dance professor Susan Van Pelt Petry began working from home due to the pandemic, her interest in staying hopeful as an artist led her to begin creating 19 choreographed videos, aka 19ChoreOVIDs, a play on COVID-19. She describes these videos and more of her work with David Staley on this week's Voices of Excellence…
 
Adam Osmond is not likely to run Western States anytime soon. As a recovering gambling addict, these days he will not even put his name into a race entry lottery. Instead, Adam has established himself as a fixture of the Northeast running scene and is very active in sharing his experiences with others on social media. However he does not carry a Go…
 
Yakkin' it up about jackassin' = that's YACKASSIN' my people. We go full crew sans guest (so no one looks on in horror) as we dissect Becky's day at the Brewery. Hear how she almost bested the field of ladies and how our friend Brian V and his Steep Endurance squad once again put on a safe event during a global pandemic. Fred keeps on running, hitt…
 
Voices of Excellence will release its 100th episode on November 18. Join host David Staley as Olivia Miltner from ASC Marketing and Communication talks to him about interviewing dozens of faculty members in the college of arts and sciences, what he's learned about interdisciplinarity in the college and what he hopes listeners gain from the podcast.…
 
Craig Lloyd is an ultra runner living in Utah. He also heads up Trail And Ultra Running (TAUR) which has a Facebook group of over 122,000 members, making it the largest online running community in the world (allegedly). It is a place of huge proportions, where most posts are likely to get hundreds of answers. We talk about how he manages to keep 12…
 
Alex McDaniel is the founder of the West Rock Ramblers, West Coast transplant, and a three time Western States finisher. He joins AFB for a one on one interview and the rest is Cultramatic poetic history. We talk about the differences between East and West coast, the Connecticut running scene, and so much more.…
 
Joni Acuff is an associate professor, graduate studies chair, and diversity chair in the department of arts administration, education and policy. Recently, she's been researching the collective work of artists and art educators of color, with an eye to recognizing and supporting emerging social justice collectives and coalitions. For more of her di…
 
"Sorry Jimmy I got nothing" is the message Art Byram sent over to me with the draft of this show, as far as the title of the show is concerned. I actually like it- we're all still sitting here in limbo waiting for the 2020 Presidential election results so it's fitting, really captures the zeitgeist. We recap the Pachaug Trail Runs, thrown by yours …
 
Holly Nibert, associate professor of Hispanic linguistics and language program director in the department of Spanish and Portuguese, researches phonology and phonetics, the acquisition of a second language sound system, and the principles and practices of second language classroom instruction. Recently, she's been writing a book about how to be a l…
 
Associate Professor Treva Lindsey of the department of women's, gender and sexuality studies specializes in African American women's history, black popular and expressive culture, black feminism(s), hip hop studies, critical race and gender theory, and sexual politics. She researched black women's beauty culture by delving into newspapers from the …
 
Ah, Runners World- you kill me. Listen I get it, you want people to read you, take it all in, see the hundreds of advertisements and then instantly forget that they ever read you. I get it. I really do. It's just that we need more from you, if you're going to be the voice of our sport, we need more. Okay whatever. Here's the damn RW article Science…
 
Finn Melanson grew up in New England but truly, he's a man of the world. A restless soul in the best possible way, young Finn's spirit is too large to be confined or defined by geographical boundaries. In this episode we crack Finn open- nay, he cracks US open and we get down to the heart of the matter; what it is that makes us who we are and why t…
 
Scott Swearingen, assistant professor in the department of design, studies game design, collaborative gaming, and animation, and worked as a game designer on award-winning games and franchises, including Medal of Honor, the Simpsons, and the Sims. He talks with David Staley about how games define our culture and why he values face-to-face interacti…
 
Art picks the names of the episodes but I write the show notes. Art said "hey how's this name?" in reference to the title and I said "I like this other name" in reference to the alternate title and Fred chimed in with "How to Get Into Brown?" which works really well too and I thought we may have reached an impasse but alas, Art sent me the draft wi…
 
Jennifer Brello, clinical associate professor in the department of speech and hearing science, serves as the director of the Ohio State University Aphasia Initiative, a free program for people living with loss of communication ability due to brain injury. Aphasia can make mundane tasks like ordering a cup of coffee very challenging, and Brello desc…
 
Hey gang! Do we have a special episode for you- this is a jam-packed, all-star interview session with the top gals and guys from last week's Blue to Blue Challenge in New Haven, CT- and it was a barn-burner! Hear all the gory details from a knock down, drag out fight between friends Laura Becker and Deb Livingston (I jest) and third place finisher …
 
Robert Jason Jeffers gives us exclusive expert information on Pop-Tarts, and how they can help you get the calories you need and deserve. There is a Pop-tart Test and Robert Aces it! He tells us his origin story and we have many laughs with AFB and Evil Becky. Art and Robert also share their first hand experience of what it was like to be in downto…
 
Julia Nelson Hawkins, associate professor in the department of classics, leads a group of clinicians and humanities scholars in the Discovery Themes-funded project Humanities in the Pandemic that seeks to increase academia and public awareness about the role that arts and humanities play in global health crises. She talks with David Staley about th…
 
It was supposed to be a triple half marathon. 39 miles for a 39th birthday they said. They said they'd have gelato along the way. But someone had to go and turn it into a 100-miler. Hear all the details of how Gelato (who the fuck is Kate?) ran 100 miles with Bill DUMBASS Odendahl as they were supported by a cast of characters and friends to get Ge…
 
Shannon Winnubst, professor and chair of the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, researches queer and trans studies, race theory, psychoanalytic theory, and 20th century French theory. Energized by the Black Lives Matter movement, she talks about new language that is emerging in the public sphere to name systemic racism and the dee…
 
Who is Justin Kousky, and how did he manage to run the CUT112 unsupported in under 26 hours? Tune in to this episode for details on this FKT and hear how he has approached 22 other unsupported FKTs this year. He is definitely someone to keep an eye on! So glad to hear his stories and to have the full Crew together- Becky is back and in all her awkw…
 
Associate professor of Germanic languages and literature Katra Byram is a core member of Project Narrative and coeditor of The Ohio State University Press book series. Her current research examines the complicated and, for her, ambivalent roles played by German mothers and grandmothers in post-war German literature. For more of her discussion with …
 
"There was a time after the end of the Soviet Union in 1991 where Americans, others in Europe, and other places in the world discounted Russia as a global power. And this was a mistake," says Nicholas Breyfogle, Associate Professor, Director of the Goldberg Center, and an expert on Russian and Soviet history and global environmental history, especi…
 
Liz Allen and Rick O'Toole are trail runners. They recently ran Live Loud Running's Six Hours at the Reservoir race in Ansonia, CT. The both won their respective races and had fun doing it. Listen to what makes a champion. Becky shows up late for an awkward and fun time, Fred is still streaking and Art is befuddled by Jimmy's jackassing. That's bas…
 
Judson Jeffries, professor of African American and African Studies, researches media studies, public policy, Homeland Security, African American politics, and police-community relations. He sees the BLM protests as having a new kind of participant and perhaps a new kind of possibility for success. For more of his discussion with David Staley, liste…
 
Samantha LeBlanc is a compact but powerful runner who shares her story of gaining her independence at a young age, setting out to explore her boundaries. After training for six months to finish a 2.4 mile race, she gradually caught the running bug, and ultimately discovered her superpower, the ability to take on the most difficult courses including…
 
Williams, a professor in the department of sociology, researches the influence of family and other personal relationships on mental and physical health, with a particular focus on gender and life course variations in those patterns. She is particularly interested in exploring how the more trauma people experience, the worse their health is and how …
 
Phat Phred Mulrolo and AFB sit down to talk with Mike Cook. Mike proceeds to tell us the history of the ancient world, and we bond sharing stories of digging up bones, tools and Peruvian outhouses. Somehow all stories involve poop. Mike got a first class tune up from Coach Steve LaBranche, helping him prepare for a 100k. Was it the workouts or did …
 
Most of the crew ran 112 miles from Long Island Sound to the Massachusetts border and back last weekend, hear their tale of life, death, resurrection and rebirth. A classic episode that's brand new. Allegedly. We’re on Spotify! https://open.spotify.com/show/44etXyR0WbJtmKRKrP7V6M We’re on iTunes! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/cultra-trail-r…
 
How readers engage with what they encounter in reading has ethical significance, says Ashley Hope Pérez, assistant professor of comparative studies. In addition to having written three novels, she researches fiction with an eye to how it shapes the way that readers respond to others in the real world. For more of her discussion with David Staley, l…
 
CULTRA Crew puts Desitin all over you! What a fun episode to record- we hope you like it. Jimmy recounts the debacle of his second M&M Trail attempt, Fred has a ton of Umstead gear, Art shows his junk and Becky has us all rolling along. Later in the episode Reagan joins the fun to help plan out a 114-mile adventure for the weekend. Live Loud Runnin…
 
Heather Allen, Dow Professor and Ohio State distinguished scholar in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, researches molecular organization, ion pairing, and hydration at aqueous interfaces. She describes her work as taking the very basic units of life and asking, "How do they respond to an electric field or slight changes in pH and enviro…
 
Kevin Dames went to Fresno State as an Exercise Major, then moved to Colorado to get his PhD in bio mechanics. He now teaches others about how humans move and why they move that way, as well as applied statistics and research methods. He now lives in Cortlandt New York and allegedly occasionally hangs with Ian Golden and crosses paths with Ellie Pe…
 
Trevon Logan, Hazel C. Youngberg Trustees Distinguished Professor of Economics and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, researches economic history, economic demography, and applied micro economics. He joins David Staley on thie week's Voices of Excellence to discuss the economic history of African Americans…
 
When Cindy Sullivan was in middle school, she was forbidden to run- she had a degenerative genetic knee condition that got her out of gym class and physical activity. Fast forward about 20 years and Cindy decides she's going to run for the most selfless of reasons- to inspire her then three year old son. After running her first trail race (Nipmuck …
 
Elena Foulis, coordinator for the Spanish for Heritage language program in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and host of the Ohio Habla podcast, joins David Staley on this week's Voices of Excellence. She discusses her work as a public humanist, how she engages students in her classes, and what she learns hosting her very popular podcast…
 
We talk race strategy, hydration, nutrition, equipment and mental toughness as we recount our recent efforts at running 104 Dumbass Miles on the Pequonnock River Trail in lovely Trumbull, CT. No monkeys were harmed during the recording of this podcast. Special shout-outs to Chip Howard, Mike Crutchley, Sally Campbell, Michelle O'Neill, Jason Robert…
 
Cynthia Clopper, professor and chair of the department of linguistics, researches speech sounds: how we produce them, their acoustic characteristics, and their perception by listeners. She says that every time we say a word, like "cat," it's subtly different. For more of her discussion with David Staley, listen to this week's Voices of Excellence…
 
Believe it or not, he's walkin' on air, he never thought he could feel so free! Flyin' away on a wing and a prayer, who could it be? Believe it or not it's just Jay Durand! "Here's the episode folks!" We’re on Spotify! https://open.spotify.com/show/44etXyR0WbJtmKRKrP7V6M We’re on iTunes! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/cultra-trail-running/id…
 
Paulius, O Paulius! He has the name and physique of a Roman emperor, except he hails from the mean streets of Lithuania and went to Glasgow for university. He loved it so much he decided to stay and conquer. Paulius loves the mountains, he's an avid climber, mountaineer and boss trail runner; although we learned that in Scotland you can go wherever…
 
Professor of sociology Elizabeth Cooksey studies social demography, life course transitions, and the development of youth and children. She also serves as the director of the Center for Human Resource Research, which started the first national longitudinal survey 55 years ago. The data from the study has been used in thousands of articles, and Cook…
 
First of all, this was a rare Monday night recording so all of our moons and stars were aligned and... naw I don't believe in that stuff. We were in rare form so to speak, and everyone is getting after it. From the local to the regional to the national FKT scene to Jimmy celebrating 10 years running by running 40 miles to Simon's triumphant return …
 
Professor Laura Kubatko, from the Department of Statistics and the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology, is amazed by the advances she's seen in her career in how scientists translate "observations into formal mathematical or statistical models." Moreover, this is for her the "fun part," because they collaborate to explain "why […
 
Its hard to paddle a canoe without water, but we give it our best shot. Would you expect anything less from the Crew? First we dive into some serious jackassing- Jimmy DNFs an FKT attempt, we recap the latest Social Distance Challenge, introduce the newest challenge, the longest Patreon reading ever, then we get all cinematic and dive out of the ca…
 
Debbie and Scott Livingston are one of the North East’s power ultra running couples. This episode tells the story of how they met at the Vermont 50 Mountain Bike Race and Ultra Run, and how they have built a life of adventures together. Debbie and Scott have been knocking off FKTs and seeking adventures for years. Their most recent adventure was a …
 
The CUT112 is a brutal 112 mile course starting at the CT MA line and traveling down the heart of CT on The New England Trail linking some of CT's toughest running spots. Alex Cabrera is a tough man, having grown up in the Dominican Republic, Serving in the US Army, and training on the trails of New Hampshire. Alex shares what it was like to pursue…
 
We really enjoyed this conversation with Tim, and we know you will too! So many interesting things to discuss from eating disorders to self worth and running. Learning how to be kind to ourselves and be the best we can be on a given day. We talk about our own moments of truth, and about hanging with Little Debbie We’re on Spotify! https://open.spot…
 
Professor of Psychology Laura Wagner studies how children acquire language and learn about meaning, such as the progression of time in storytelling. Their interpretations of even simple stories like the famous chicken joke reveal hidden meanings about complicated linguistics and complex concepts of time. She discusses this and more with David Stale…
 
Bill Gibbs loves runners so much he puts them back together for a living, appearing at a ton of local races to offer his massage services. He often times will run the race, then cool off and set up shop to help runners with their aches and pains. What an amazing guy. Bill Gibbs Massage Therapy We’re on Spotify! https://open.spotify.com/show/44etXyR…
 
Simon Edgett is resilient. Simon is persistent. He's headstrong, wily and a huge part of CULTRA. I say all this because we almost lost Simon last December- hear in the podcast how he's overcome some serious adversity. We’re on Spotify! https://open.spotify.com/show/44etXyR0WbJtmKRKrP7V6M We’re on iTunes! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/cultra…
 
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