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WOBC News is proud to present The Weekly. The Weekly team leads a diverse array of campus journalists and other guests through illuminating discussions of campus issues and a broad range of other topics relevant to the Oberlin community.

The show was co-created by Johan Cavert and Daniel Markus. Season 2 also features producers Roman Broszkowski and Sarah Dalgeish.
#111 Betsy Devos and Title IX
Sarah and Roman talk with Student Senator Kirsten Mojziszek about new changes to Title IX being pursued by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. 
1:02:16
May 3, 2019
#110 Pr$vate Education
Johan and Roman talk with Prof. Charmaine Chua about Oberlin, private higher education, neoliberal reforms, and her decision to leave. 
57:57
April 19, 2019
#109 AAPR Explained
Sarah Dalgliesh and Daniel Markus talk to Student Senate Chair Kameron Dunbar about the AAPR process and report. 
59:47
April 12, 2019
#108 Meet the Ambassador
Roman and Johan sit down with Ambassador Abercrombie-Winstanley and talk what life is like in the Foreign Service, what the world is like today, and where foreign policy could evolve to. 
27:55
April 5, 2019
Bonus Episode: A Turtle Ate My Tumor
This year's commencement speaker is David Sedaris, who recently published Calypso, a new collection of stories. We'll ask him for his advice for graduates, how he went from drug addict and college dropout to critically acclaimed writer, and, most importantly, whether he really fed his tumor to a snapping turtle. Really? Please be advised that this episode of our show contains foul language, mentions of drug use, and other topics unsuitable for young listeners.
59:29
May 26, 2018
#012: Sustaining Oberlin
In this episode, we talk to Bridget Flynn, Oberlin's sustainability manager, and Rachael Hood, a student activist and campus leader on sustainability issues. We discuss the role of the Office of Environmental Sustainability, how Oberlin is becoming more sustainable, and, most importantly, the NEXUS pipeline, which will run through Oberlin.
57:53
May 8, 2018
#011: Hail to the Chief (of Staff)
Before becoming President Ambar's chief of staff, Ferd Protzman, OC '75, worked an award winning journalist for the New York Times, Washington Post, and International Herald Tribune. He's also the author of six books for National Geographic. More importantly, though, he went to Oberlin in the 1970s, and we have a lot of questions. Were Oberlin students in the '70s very similar to Oberlin students now? What was it like to go to Oberlin during the Vietnam War? Also, what does the job of a chief of staff even entail? On this episode of our show, we find out.
59:19
April 30, 2018
#010: The President
Editor's Note: Due to technical issues with WOBC's radio transmitter, the recording of this show has significantly decreased audio quality. We have done as much as possible to repair the damage, and we apologize for the issues. On May 30, 2017, Carmen Twillie Ambar was named as the 15th President of Oberlin College by the Board of Trustees, and is the first Black woman to hold the position in the College's history. After settling into the job, she announced that under her leadership, the College would begin an Academic and Administrative Program Review (AAPR), a sweeping audit of all college offices, programs, and departments. Under AAPR, a steering committee of faculty, staff, and students will conduct research and analysis from now until next spring, subsequently making recommendations to the board. In her previous role as President of Cedar Crest College, Ambar initiated a similar process. But is that a good thing? Many faculty members don't think so. At Cedar Crest, AAPR resulted in the proposed elimination of five majors; sustained lobbying efforts by students and faculty only saved two of them. What's more, the process was opaque, deceptive, and at times disturbing. No notes were taken of steering committee meetings, leaving no record of how and why certain decisions were made; a faculty member was fired after being told in writing that they would not, leading to a lawsuit against Cedar Crest; and Ambar's chosen consulting firm, Stevens Strategy, made fraudulent claims in a presentation to the Cedar Crest board and engaged in a practice of ranking majors by their financial value. Should we be worried? (Daniel is very worried.) We'll ask President Ambar about that, and also find out why she thinks Oberlin is the best college in the country.
54:56
April 24, 2018
#009: Gibson's
Editor's Note: Due to technical issues with WOBC's radio transmitter, the recording of this show has significantly decreased audio quality. We have done as much as possible to repair the damage, and we apologize for the issues. On November 9, 2016, an Oberlin student walked into Gibson's Bakery, an Oberlin institution over a century old. While accounts differ, eventually, the student and store owner Allyn Gibson ended up across the street in a fight, along with two other students. The students—all of them Black—were arrested and charged by the police; Gibson, who is white, didn't get charged. Protests erupted. Students massed outside the store chanting "no justice, no peace!" and encouraging a total boycott of the store that many students still follow today. Pro-Gibson's counter protesters, many of them from motorcycle gangs, came to town to support the store and, often, intimidate students. Oberlin made national news headlines in The New York Times and other publications. Eventually, the students plead guilty to a set of reduced misdemeanor charges and accepted fines, and everything seemed to be in the past. But almost a year after the initial incident, the Gibson family sued the College and one of its dean's, Meredith Raimondo. How did we get here? We'll talk to Luke Fortney and Jake Berstein, editors-in-chief of The Grape, to hear about their investigation into the story.
57:48
April 2, 2018
#008: A Look at the Books
Editor's Note: Due to technical issues with WOBC's radio transmitter, the recording of this show has significantly decreased audio quality. We have done as much as possible to repair the damage, and we apologize for the issues. In March of 2018, President Ambar opened up the books. Well, sort of. In presentations, she detailed Oberlin's financial issues, tuition dependence, and the many decisions by her predecessors that left the College in the significantly compromised financial position it now finds itself in.  Or... did she? While Ambar's presentation was long and students peppered her with questions, how much did we actually learn? Johan and Daniel spoke with Sam Schuman, staff writer at The Grape, and student senator Josh Koller to find out.
57:47
March 5, 2018
#007: Better Call Bob
In our final episode of the season, Johan and Daniel talk to actor Bob Odenkirk about how he rose from a late night sketch show on his college radio station to fame on Better Call Saul and The Post, what it takes for an Obie to succeed in sketch comedy, the state of comedy and sensitivity and more.
36:46
December 31, 2017
#006: State of the Union
6. Donald Trump is up at 3 a.m. tweeting, and out golfing on the weekends. Republican voters seem to be showing strong support for Roy Moore, who was recently accused of multiple sexual misconduct violations with minors. Numerous diplomatic posts at the State Department remain vacant. Voters are angry. 

The list goes on, and it’s clear the state of our democracy isn’t exactly great. Enter David Orr, Emeritus Professor of Environmental Studies at Oberlin. He and others organized “The State of American Democracy, A National Conversation,” a multi-day conference on the subject, and we were lucky enough to talk to one of the keynote speakers.

On this episode, hosts Johan Cavert and Daniel Markus are joined by Professor Stephen Kinzer, a distinguished journalist, author, foreign policy expert, and Senior Fellow in International Affairs at Brown University’s Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs. They discuss the country’s cu
59:21
November 27, 2017
#005: (No) Seat at the Table
After years of deliberations, student protests, and closed-door meetings, the Board of Trustees Rejected a proposal by Student Senate to add any student representation to the body, with Chair Chris Canavan, OC ’84, saying “A healthy board is one on which every trustee feels absolutely comfortable thinking out loud. Trustees are no less human than students: when we think out loud, we take note of who’s in the room, consciously or subconsciously. Most trustees, including those who might otherwise support the resolution, worry that some of us would think out loud less candidly if students were in the room. As chair, that’s unacceptable to me.” 

Student Senator Josh Koller and Oberlin Review News Editor Sydney Allen join The Weekly to discuss the future of student advocacy efforts in the wake of the setback and where students go from here. In the second half of our show, we tackle staffing issues in the Office of Disability Resources — the underlyin
53:03
November 26, 2017
#004: North/South
Did you know that many students refer to non-athletes as “Obies”? The divide between athletes and non-athletes has been getting a lot of attention lately, after Professor of English Yago Colás began hosting monthly discussion sessions on the issue. Captain of the Track and Field Team and nationally accomplished athlete, Lilah Drafts-Johnson, along with Student Senators Melvin Briggs and Kopano join The Weekly to examine the divide’s origins, its impact on student life, and what solutions students can use to break it down and think more critically about the role of athletics and activism at Oberlin.
49:31
November 25, 2017
#003: Let’s Talk About Sex
The Weekly is joined by India Wood, a senior trainer with Oberlin’s Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct (PRSM) program as we talk with New York Times bestselling author Peggy Orenstein (OC '83) about her research and her most recent book "Girls and Sex.” We discuss intimate justice, hookup culture, consent, alcohol, and sex on college campuses. Plus, great reflections on how Oberlin's culture has changed since your parents went here.
59:45
October 25, 2017
#002: Hiring Freezes Over
For academic departments looking to hire new faculty, each year normally begins with submissions of requests to a subcommittee of the General Faculty Council — except that didn’t happen in 2017, as in the wake of financial pressures, the College implemented a hiring freeze. Oberlin Review News Editor Sydney Allen joins Managing Editor Daniel Markus and host Johan Cavert to discuss the freeze’s rationale, how long it’s likely to last, and effects on students and other faculty as the college navigates uncertain financial waters.
59:28
October 23, 2017
#001: Board Have Mercy
What does it take to be heard at the highest levels of college governance? Do students have a right to be members of their Board of Trustees, the body that makes all of Oberlin’s financial decisions? In our inaugural show, host Johan Cavert and Oberlin Review Managing Editor Daniel Markus discuss efforts to get a student representative on the board of trustees with Student Senators Kameron Dunbar, Thobeka Mnisi, and Josh Koller.
59:23
October 21, 2017
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