UNCG Magazine

(Un)Ordinary People

The room goes silent as the co-hosts silently nod that they’re ready, and the “Recording in Progress” light goes on. They wait a beat, and the friendly and enthusiastic voice of Dr. Nadja Cech registers on the mic. “Welcome to the ‘Yes, And Café,’ a podcast that explores, learns, and creates with ordinary people who do extraordinary things.”

In the new podcast series at UNCG, Cech (Chemistry & Biochemistry) and Dr. Omar Ali (Lloyd International Honors College) speak with a diverse lineup of guests to dig into how the themes of play, openness, and working across boundaries and identities enhance their work, their research, and their lives.

Guests include UNCG faculty, administrators, staff, alumni, visiting guest speakers, and local community members. During each episode, the main guest is joined by a student, allowing for a variety of perspectives and voices on any given issue.

The new podcast series is the latest in a long list of collaborations between Cech and Ali. They have co-taught courses, conducted workshops and conferences together, and co-led creative endeavors such as “The Underground Railroad Tree: Explorations in History, Science, and Art” exhibition in downtown Greensboro.

This cross-disciplinary approach to teaching and learning is typical of Cech and Ali, and it’s the underlying philosophy of the new podcast series.

To listen to the podcast visit news.uncg.edu/yes-and-cafe-podcasts/

Other UNCG-related podcasts to check out:

UNCG Alumni podcast “Spartans Speak

Aria Code with Rhiannon Giddens – pulls back the curtain on some of the most famous arias in opera history.

Healthy Relationships Initiative – aims to promote happy, healthy, and safe relationships of all kinds. More info on the HRI at https://moocs.uncg.edu/hri/about-us/

Sustainable -E Podcast – “When Entrepreneurship Gets Organic!”
This program explores sustainable entrepreneurship in the Triad of North Carolina and globally.

Story by Matthew Bryant.
Photography by Martin W. Kane. Pictured: Lalenja Harrington ’17 PhD, Omar Ali, Nadja Cech, and Justin Harrington, l-r.

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