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Webster World Report Podcast

Connecting Voices across Webster during Pandemic

The Webster World Report podcast links the global operations of Webster University, which during the pandemic is working remotely at campuses on four continents throughout the world.

Listen to the latest episodes on SoundCloud


Episode 10: International Relations Effects of the Global Pandemic; BLM in Ghana

Kelly-Kate Pease
Kelly-Kate Pease

The tenth edition features two of Webster’s international relations faculty discussing the effects of the pandemic on the global scene. This panel discussion includes Kelly-Kate Pease from the main campus in Webster Groves; and Franco Algieri from Webster University Vienna.

Topics range from the current state of diplomacy, police brutality, and human rights in the U.S. in the wake of the George Floyd protests.

The news segment of the program features short audio with Director Christa Sanders of Webster University Ghana about the Black Lives Matter signs; Mjiba Frehiwot, of the University of Ghana who is also a visiting professor at Webster University Ghana, discussing Juneteenth; and Amanda Kracen of the Psychology Department on the main campus discussing stress relief during the pandemic.

Listen to Episode 10 on SoundCloud

Episode 9: Racism, Race and the Pandemic

Christa Sanders
Christa Sanders

June 12, 2020: The ninth edition of the Webster World Report podcast features in-depth interviews from Accra, Ghana, and St. Louis, USA, to discuss racism, race and its relation to the coronavirus pandemic. The program also deals with various national and worldwide reactions to the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed African American man, in Minneapolis by police.

Listen to interviews with Christa Sanders, director of Webster University Ghana; and Jameca Woody Cooper, an adjunct professor for the School of Education who is a licensed psychologist and has seen the pandemic's impact on mental health and in particular on marginalized communities.

The news segment of the program features an excerpt from the podcasting project on global citizenship produced by Webster University’s Leiden campus and the excerpt features Nives Rumenjak, chair of the International Relations program in Leiden.  The Leiden podcast project was produced by Adam Frick-Verdine.

Listen to this edition of the Webster World Report on SoundCloud here.

Episode 8: Hearing from Tashkent, Thailand, South Carolina

Robin Ramcharan
Robin Ramcharan

May 29, 2020: The eighth edition features in-depth interviews with Robin Ramcharan from Webster’s Bangkok, Thailand, location; part two of a conversation with Maggie Dankert, deputy director in Tashkent; and an interview with Sherriel Byrd, the director of Webster’s Columbia, South Carolina, location.

The news segment of the program features excerpts of speeches by Chancellor Beth Stroble and President Julian Schuster, and adjunct faculty member Betsy Brandt.

Listen to 8 episode via SoundCloud here.


Episode 7: Nursing on the front lines, life in Tashkent and more

Tony Wallner
Tony Wallner delivers remarks for the virtual commencement.

May 15, 2020: The seventh edition features an interview with nursing student Charlie Johnson, in Webster’s College of Arts & Sciences, who works on the front lines in the pandemic with patients suffering from COVID-19.

The program also features interviews with Arts & Sciences Dean Anton (Tony) Wallner, and Maggie Dankert, the assistant director of Webster University Tashkent.

The news segment of the program features Nicole Miller-Struttmann, the Laurance L. Browning Endowed Professor in Biological Sciences, discussing her new bee census project called ShutterBee, and the program also features a short excerpt from the virtual Commencement speech given by Vladimir Ivkovic '99 of Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Listen to episode 7 on SoundCloud.

Episode 6: Quarantine in Vietnam, ARC services, life in Leiden

J.P van Marissing

May 8, 2020: Hear an interview with Vietnamese photojournalism student Phuong Bui, who spent 23 days in quarantine after returning home to deal with the pandemic there. This program also features interviews with Jean Paul van Marissing, director of Webster University Leiden, and Erica Ellard, director of the Academic Resource Center.

The news segment of the program features Jian Gong, web services analyst in San Antonio, discussing her protective mask-making project, the San Antonio Chinese Alliance Face Masks Group.

Listen to episode 6 on SoundCloud or on YouTube here.


Episode 5: Supporting students during the pandemic


May 1, 2020: The second part of our interview with Ruben Molina, director at the Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, campus location; an interview with Laura Herring, an alumna and member of Webster’s Board of Trustees who has spearheaded the new Front-Line Responders Fund; and Sousana Michailidis, vice rector of Webster Athens.

The news segment of the program features Professor Bill Barrett of the School of Communications and Professor Gordana Pesakovic of Webster University in Tashkent.

Listen to episode 5 on SoundCloud here or on YouTube here.


Episode 4: 'The most unknowns we've ever seen;' Voices from Vienna, Accra, San Antonio

Franco Algieri
Professor Algieri discussed international relations implications of the pandemic.

April 24, 2020: Featuring voices from Africa, China and the U.S., episode 4 interview subjects include: Professor Franco Algieri, chair of the international relations department at Webster Vienna; the second part of our interview with Awoyaa Mensah, director of marketing and corporate partnerships at Webster University Ghana; and Director Ruben Molina at Webster's Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, campus location.

The news segment features Eli Tetteh, success coach at Webster University Ghana in Accra.

Listen to episode 4 here on SoundCloud or on YouTube here.


Episode 3: Accra, China, Webster Groves, Campus Meditation

Awoyaa Mensah
Awoyaa Mensah discussed life in Ghana and how community members of the campus in Accra are staying connected.

April 17, 2020: What's it like in China after "the curve" has flattened? How about nurses who are on the front lines while also attending school and parenting?

Our third episode features views from locations in: China; Accra, Ghana; and the main campus in Webster Groves, Missouri. Interview subjects include: Rick Foristel, director of Webster University’s operations in China; Professor Janice Palmer, chair of the Nursing Department in Webster Groves; and Awoyaa Mensah, director of marketing and corporate partnerships at Webster University Ghana.

The news segment features Laurel Hayes, an adjunct instructor on the Webster Groves campus discussing her daily virtual online meditation sessions for those in the community to join.

Listen to episode 3 here on SoundCloud or on YouTube here.

Episode 2: Geneva, Thailand, St. Louis, Athletics

Ryan Guffey
Ryan Guffey leads Webster's Thailand locations.

April 10, 2020: This episode features views from the campuses in Geneva, Switzerland; Thailand; and the main campus in St. Louis. 

Interview subjects include: Clementina Acedo, director of Webster University Geneva; Professor Jenny Broeder of the Nursing Department in Webster Groves; and Ryan Guffey, rector of Webster University Thailand.

The news segment features Coach Matt Sait of Webster University Athletics.

Listen to episode 2 here on SoundCloud or on YouTube here.


Episode 1: Voices from Vienna, Tashkent, Washington, D.C., and Webster Groves

Jody Spiess

April 3, 2020. The debut episode featured views from Webster campuses in: Vienna, Austria; Tashkent, Uzbekistan; the Washington, DC region of the U.S.; and the main campus in Webster Groves, Missouri, USA. 

Interview subjects include: Earl McCoy, regional recruiting coordinator in the U.S. National Capital Region; Engy Kassem, of the Webster Privacy and Information Security team and Webster VIenna; Professor Jody Spiess, who specializes in public health and nursing at the main campus; and Malika Baratova, public relations executive for the Webster operations in Uzbekistan. 

Listen to episode 1 here on SoundCloud. or listen on YouTube here.