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Fiat Vox is a podcast that gives you an inside look at why people around the world are talking about UC Berkeley. It's produced and hosted by Anne Brice, a reporter for Berkeley News in the Office of Communications and Public Affairs.

Fiat Vox is a podcast that gives you an inside look at why people around the world are talking about UC Berkeley. It's produced and hosted by Anne Brice, a reporter for Berkeley News in the Office of Communications and Public Affairs.
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Fiat Vox is a podcast that gives you an inside look at why people around the world are talking about UC Berkeley. It's produced and hosted by Anne Brice, a reporter for Berkeley News in the Office of Communications and Public Affairs.

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43: 'White voice' and hearing whiteness as difference, not the standard

10/16/2018
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In the 1940s and 50s, actors in major American films, like Katharine Hepburn and Jimmy Stewart, spoke with a kind of faux British accent as a way to sound “upper class.” This pronunciation spread across the country as a kind of standard to imitate. The problem was, this way of talking left out nearly all actual American voices, says Tom McEnaney, a UC Berkeley professor who teaches a class called “Sounding American.” While the class talks about the generational differences of sound — no one...

Duration:00:05:38

42: Why we think women sound shrill, immature

10/9/2018
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Professor Tom McEnaney, who teaches a class called “Sounding American,” says the U.S. has a long history of men criticizing the way women speak. Sound technologies, starting with the gramophone and phonograph, he says, were developed for men's voices — and distort women’s. Read the story on Berkeley News: https://news.berkeley.edu/2018/10/09/podcast-sounding-american-gender-and-politics

Duration:00:06:04

41: At Berkeley, nobody stuffs a bird like Carla Cicero

9/25/2018
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After Lux — one of the peregrine falcons born on the Campanile — died last year after striking a window of Evans Hall, the campus community was heartbroken. But Carla Cicero, the staff curator of birds at UC Berkeley's Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, has given the peregrine a new purpose. Lux is now one of 750,000 specimens — birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals — at the museum used for research at Berkeley and across the world. Lux is the 4,287th specimen that Carla has prepped for the...

Duration:00:05:03

40: From the archive: On Berkeley time? He keeps Campanile's clocks ticking

9/18/2018
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Last week, Berkeley students noticed that one of the Campanile’s four clocks stopped. While the north-facing clock was at a standstill, the other three kept going. How could that happen? Turns out each of the clocks has its own motor and runs independently from one another. But because the bell tower’s clocks are so old — the Campanile was built more than 100 years ago — its parts can’t just be replaced. The campus has to send them away to be repaired or find another way to keep the clocks...

Duration:00:04:31

15: Roaya and Nissma on their surprise connection

8/28/2017
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When Roaya and Nissma met as freshman at UC Berkeley last year, they were amazed at how much they had in common. They were both Canadian and Moroccan, and were on the pre-med track. They became fast friends. But the next year, when they were moving into their new apartment, they realized their friendship wasn't a new one. Photos and story on Berkeley News: http://news.berkeley.edu/2017/08/30/roaya-and-nissma-reunited-at-berkeley/ Photo by Anne Brice

Duration:00:03:41

14: Students discuss social impact of Hamilton (with a cappella performance)

8/21/2017
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Incoming students Mona Dibas and Jonah Gercke discuss how the hit musical Hamilton has changed Broadway and inspired students to learn more about the nation's history, as students from campus groups including the UC Women’s Chorale and BareStage, perform a medley of songs from the musical. Read the story on Berkeley News: http://news.berkeley.edu/2017/08/22/on-the-same-page-hamilton/

Duration:00:02:57

13: Same system with a different name for African Americans

7/26/2017
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UC Berkeley assistant professor of history and expert in African American history Stephanie Jones-Rogers discusses the historical basis and the modern implications of the recent exonerations of police officers who killed African Americans in the line of duty. Read the piece on the Berkeley Blog: http://blogs.berkeley.edu/2017/07/27/stephanie-jones-rogers-police-exonerations-history-of-slavery/ Photo by Anne Brice

Duration:00:05:46

12: One young Republican's pursuit of the 'Freedom to Marry'

6/23/2017
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Tyler Deaton's story is one of 23 interviews conducted by Bancroft Library’s Oral History Center at UC Berkeley that explore the national campaign that won federal marriage rights for same-sex couples. More on Berkeley News: http://news.berkeley.edu/2017/06/23/freedom-to-marry-oral-history-center-tyler-deaton/

Duration:00:03:39

11: For Sayah Bogor, an arduous road from refugee to health researcher

5/8/2017
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Sayah Bogor, a UC Berkeley graduate student in public health, will make the short walk across the stage to receive her master’s degree. For Bogor, a native of war-torn Somalia, the event will mark a joyous leap in a long and difficult journey. See photos and read the story on Berkeley News: http://news.berkeley.edu/2017/05/09/sayah-bogor-masters-in-public-health/ Photo by Anne Brice

Duration:00:20:28

10: ‘Brooms up!’ Oski, meet Harry Potter

4/7/2017
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Cal Quidditch got its start on Berkeley's campus about eight years ago. For two consecutive years, the team has played in a national competition. "It wasn't expected from a young, scrappy team out of UC Berkeley," says co-captain Owen Egger. Scrappy or not, the 60-some players on the Cal team have a lot of fun. Story and 360-degree video on Berkeley News: http://news.berkeley.edu/2017/04/07/harry-potter-cal-quidditch-podcast/ Illustration by Hulda Nelson

Duration:00:04:36

09: From a border wall to a cultural bridge

4/5/2017
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Imagine a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico not as a barrier, but as a piece of architecture that brings people together. That’s what UC Berkeley architect Ronald Rael does in his new book, 'Borderwall as Architecture: A Manifesto for the U.S.-Mexico Boundary.' Photos and story on Berkeley News: http://news.berkeley.edu/2017/04/05/borderwall-as-architecture-ronald-rael-podcast/ Photo by Brittany Hosea-Small

Duration:00:03:46

08: The carefully crafted sound of Zellerbach Hall

12/22/2016
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Constellation, the complex acoustic system in Zellerbach Hall on UC Berkeley's campus, allows you to digitally create multiple environments in one space by changing the length of reverberation, strength or loudness. It can even change the perceived height and width of a room. Read the story on Berkeley News: http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/12/23/constellation-acoustic-system-in-zellerbach-hall/ Cinemagraph by Stephen McNally

Duration:00:03:30

07: How Moscow’s Tsar Bell found its voice — at Berkeley

4/21/2016
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A UC Berkeley team, along with researchers at Stanford and the University of Michigan, worked together to digitally create the sound of a Russian Tsar Bell that broke before it could ever be rung. Photo by Rob Atherton via Flickr: http://bit.ly/1SUxeZN Read the story on Berkeley News: http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/04/21/russian-tsar-bell-podcast/

Duration:00:03:21

06: Is CDC’s alcohol warning paternalistic? Why some women think so

2/18/2016
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The CDC released a report recommending that women of childbearing age who aren’t taking birth control should abstain from drinking alcohol. Berkeley Law professor Melissa Murray says the report gives the impression that women are incapable of making responsible choices about their reproductive health. Photo by Frédéric Poirot via Flickr: http://bit.ly/1KYjeR7 Story on Berkeley News: http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/02/18/is-cdc-alcohol-warning-paternalistic/

Duration:00:03:03

05: Like GPS, but for your sex drive

2/11/2016
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These days so many of our devices are smart. Our phones are smart. Our cars are smart. Our TVs are smart. And now, even vibrators can be smart. It’s called Lioness. It’s a sleek, sophisticated vibrator that works kind of like a running app on your smartphone, but instead of mapping the distance and terrain of a route, it records a person’s sexual arousal states. Photos, video and story on Berkeley News: http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/02/11/lioness-smart-vibrator/

Duration:00:04:32

04: Berkeley Law professor Melissa Murray on the darker side of marriage

11/10/2015
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Law professor Melissa Murray says the marriage equality movement has built up the idea that marriage is this wonderful thing that everyone should want. But she says there’s a darker side to marriage that’s been overlooked. Photo by Blyth Scott Photography via Flickr: http://bit.ly/22Zn2X1 See photos and read the story on Berkeley News: http://news.berkeley.edu/2015/11/10/the-darker-side-of-marriage/

Duration:00:06:25

03: The ‘Big Idea’ that’s leading the push to make UC carbon-neutral

10/1/2015
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In 2004, Scott Zimmermann had a big idea. He knew he wanted to do something about climate change. But instead of lobbying for the state or the federal government to adopt carbon cap laws, he decided to start right where he was — with UC Berkeley's campus. See photo and read the story on Berkeley News: http://news.berkeley.edu/2015/10/01/cal-climate-action-partnership-big-idea/

Duration:00:04:50

02: On Berkeley time? He keeps Campanile's clocks ticking

7/28/2015
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The Campanile clock tower is the campus’s North Star. At 100 years old and 307 feet tall, it’s a landmark everyone knows and trusts. But what happens when the clocks stop? There’s only one person to call: Art Simmons. Read the story on Berkeley News: http://bit.ly/2uH0nTA.

Duration:00:03:26

01: Trudy's bloom raises a stink

7/27/2015
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Trudy is a tropical plant called a Titan Arum, known best for the putrid odor it emits when it blooms. She's at the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley, where visitors wait to get a whiff. Read the story on Berkeley News: http://news.berkeley.edu/2015/07/27/trudys-bloom-raises-a-stink/

Duration:00:03:04