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June 2022: Music as Cultural Diplomacy – Spreading Important Messages from Missoula to Audiences in Europe Through Music as the Universal Language

Join Udo, as he is talking, to Dr. Coreen Duffy, Conductor of UM’s Chamber Chorale, Dr. James Randall, Director of UM’s School of Music, Chorale Member Saxon Holbrook, and UM Chorale Students: Mira Smith, Spencer Price, Kylar Sprenger, and Sophia Boughey, about their local community voices being heard by international audiences, as they are touring England and Germany this month, their feelings of being musical ambassadors, their expectations and anticipations and about their excitement of performing in Missoula’s sister city Neckargemünd, Germany. Next year, 2023, will be the 30th anniversary of the Missoula and Neckargemünd global connection. While of a musical nature, the participants interviewed hope their impact will not be limited to being an audio delight. Listen to this newest episode, to find out about the others powers of music! This episode is part one, of a three-part series, focusing on “Music as Cultural Diplomacy”.

May 2022: Turning the Tables and Switching the Microphones: An Interview with the Host of International Voices – Udo Fluck. PART 1

Mike Smith is talking to Udo Fluck in this special episode, celebrating more than two years of International Voices podcasts. Enjoy their conversation about why and how Udo settled in Missoula, what inspires him, the importance of friends near and far, his passion for the arts and education, his connection to his Alma Mater, the importance of family, and some surprises too. This is part one of a two-part series.

April 2022: Food as Cultural Diplomacy – Those who passionately train, guide, and inspire the next generation of culinary artists and those who study, experiment and create at the Big Sky Culinary Institute

Join Udo, as he is talking, for the first time, with six individuals in one episode. His guests are: Dr. Thomas Gallagher, Dean and Professor of the Missoula College, Katie Dalessio, Director of Fiscal and Personnel Services, Amy Nack, Chef and Faculty in the Culinary Arts Program, Matt Parkey, Manager of the Blackfoot Café on the Missoula College campus and two students, currently enrolled in the Big Sky Culinary Institute, the leading hospitality and culinary arts school in Montana, housed in the Missoula College, where the French salutation “Bon Appetit” can be heard when the bell rings, at the end of class, and as an encouragement to enjoy a finished class project. This is the third part, of a three-part series.

March 2022: Food as Cultural Diplomacy – United We Eat in the Missoula Community

In part 2 of a 3 part series on Food As Cultural Diplomacy, Udo is joined by Beth Baker, program manager, and Rozan Shhib, kitchen assistant of Missoula’s Soft Landing United We Eat (UWE) Program. Beth grew up in Germany and Syria. She learned Arabic, lived in a small Palestinian village for two and a half years, and is excited to work with Missoula’s refugee and immigrant communities, combining her delight in delicious food with the joys of building community. Rozan is from Damascus, Syria, and lived for seven years in Cairo, Egypt, before arriving in Missoula in the fall of 2020. Rozan hopes her cooking will encourage people to sit down and enjoy food together. UWE provides a platform for refugee chefs to feel valued by sharing their food with their new community. UWE offers weekly international meals cooked by a rotating team of refugee and immigrant chefs, as well as virtual cooking classes. As the United We Eat website states: “In a World Divided, we believe it is United We Eat!” May this episode inspire the listener to discover, enjoy, and learn about international cuisine.

February 2022: Food as Cultural Diplomacy – Two Local Chefs Share Their International Culinary Passion

Join Udo, as he is talking, for the first time with two guests in one episode, that is all about international cuisine. Meet Silvia Wirick and Wisam Raheem, two foreign-born chefs who are cooking under the Big Sky, in their local kitchens, running restaurants and food trucks, preparing meals inspired by recipes and spices from their homelands. Both culinary artists are dedicated to the authenticity of their food and to creating experiences that go beyond providing nourishment for the body. The “side dishes” they serve include history, customs and traditions from their countries of origin, that compliment their “main dishes”, in this first part of a new, three-part series, kicking off 2022. May this episode inform, perhaps surprise, and hopefully stimulate your taste buds.

December 2021: Matan Zamir, Deputy Consul General of the Israeli Consulate in San Francisco

Deputy Consul General Zamir talks about Israel’s leadership role in technology, innovation, and the arts, how they have impacted the country and how other countries in the region have benefitted from Israel’s investments. Reducing the carbon footprint, while simultaneously benefitting from innovations made in the medical field, in solar and wind energy, as well as in ocean desalinization are discussed, as well as the importance of the arts, as a tool to communicate culture, are addressed in this podcast. Part two, of a three-part series, titled: Fostering Cultural Understanding and Diplomacy.

November 2021: Tammy Sandhu, MBE, British Deputy Consul General of the British Consulate in San Francisco

Join Udo for his conversation with Ms. Sandhu, as she talks about the British Government’s mission in the US, the United Kingdom hosting the United Nations Climate Conference (COP 26) in Glasgow, and what it means for the UK to lead on such a global issue. How climate actions impact indigenous communities, how cultural engagement is important for policy and how diversity values translate into real change, are also addressed in this podcast. Part one, of a three part series titled: Fostering Cultural Understanding and Diplomacy.

October 2021: Dr. Volker Rachold, Head of the German Arctic Office, provides valuable insight into land-ocean interactions

Udo talks with geochemist Dr. Rachold, from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), which serves as an information and cooperation platform between German stakeholders from science, politics and industry. Dr. Rachold’s research focuses on land-ocean interactions in the Siberian Arctic and he led several land- and ship-based Russian-German expeditions. Their conversation ranges from climate models, current status, to future predictions of climate change, and rising ocean levels, to the impact on the Arctic Indigenous Peoples. Part three, of a three-part series, focusing on “Cultures and Environment”.

September 2021: NPR Journalist Nathan Rott weighs in on the warming climate and the changing footprint of wildfire now and in the future.

This month's podcast with guest Nathan Rott, NPR journalist, focuses on international reporting on wildfires and how recent fires have burned areas flames aren't usually able to penetrate, like rainforests in Australia. The conversation also addresses the bigger issue scientists have been warning about for a while with wildfire: That a warming climate means parts of the world that used to NOT burn are now susceptible to fire. Part two, of a three-part series, focusing on “Cultures and Environment”.

August 2021: Lake Missoula Tea Company creating global connections through tea

Jake Kreilick, from Lake Missoula Tea Company in Missoula, MT talks about his interactions with small tea producers in Indonesia and Kenya and how their artisan loose leaves have contributed to the diversification of tea. Listen to Udo’s conversation with Jake about his passion for tea, environmental sustainability and social responsibility, how the tea industry has changed, how climate change has impacted tea and tea growers, and why eco-activism is now more important than ever before. Part one, of a three-part series, focusing on “Cultures and the Environment”.

July 2021: Larry Pirnie, Missoula artist, shares his artistic journey and why it is important to listen to “The Kid”.

Join Udo for his conversation with the artist, known for his highly colorful acrylic paintings of horses and cowboy figures in western landscapes, about how the "Red Rider" started his fascination with the West, meeting Norman Rockwell, leaving corporate America, and going from earthy to vibrant colors, so recognizable in his artwork today. Part three, of a three-part series titled: “Creativity During COVID“.

June 2021: Willow Kipp, Native American Artist with International Reach and Environmental Researcher

Udo is joined by Willow Kipp, who shares with him who inspired her as an artist and how her passion for Native American dance regalia design, beadwork, ledger art and her large-scale murals have been both, a way for her to create something of her own and continue her peoples traditions. Part two of a three-part series titled: “Creativity During COVID“, featuring professional artists from various fields and how they managed through this past pandemic year.

May 2021: "Creativity During COVID" with Dennis Kozeluh of Vienna, Austria (part 1 of a 3 part series)

Udo visits with Dennis Kozeluh, in Vienna, Austria, where he lives and has been active in the theater, music and musical theater world throughout central Europe since 1997, about his origins in Missoula, Montana, life, work, and his passion for the performing arts. In addition to playing in most of the major musicals in Vienna, he has performed in light and contemporary opera and operetta, has directed shows and written and directed two musicals for children. Part of a three-part series titled: “Creativity During COVID“, featuring professional artists from various fields and how they managed through this past pandemic year.

April 2021: Annita Lucchesi, founding Executive Director of the Sovereign Bodies Institute

April 2021: Annita Lucchesi, founding Executive Director of the Sovereign Bodies Institute, who started the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls movement. This dialogue is being presented by two women with Indigenous heritage! The guest host for this special edition of International Voices, is Michelle Guzman, the Director of American Indian Student Services at the University of Montana.

March 2021: Melissa Kilby, Executive Director of Girl Up, a global leadership development initiative that advances girls’ skills, rights, and opportunities to be leaders.

Honoring Women's History Month, Udo is joined by Melissa Kilby, from Girl Up headquarters in Washington D.C., to discuss the global efforts in transforming a generation of girls to be a force for gender equality and social change, following the motto:” When girls rise, we all rise!”.

February 2021: New Zealand Māori Chief Wiremu Te Awe Awe and his wife Trieste Te Awe Awe in an intercultural dialogue around democracy and freedom

In this first podcast of 2021, Udo virtually travels to Missoula’s sister city Palmerston North in New Zealand to have a conversation discussing the idea of democracy itself, what strengthens and weakens democracy and how the concept of democracy relates to indigenous communities, like Chief Te Awe Awe’s tribal family, which has an 800-year history.

December 2020: Ulrich Kamp, Professor of Earth and Environment and Chair of the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Michigan in Dearborn

In this last episode of 2020, Udo talks with Ulrich Kamp, a glaciologist with an interest in environmental studies and climate change, who has researched and taught at the University of Montana and currently researches and teaches at the University of Michigan in Dearborn. Their conversation focuses on climate change and its impact on societies and cultures, among other talking points.

November 2020: Brigitta Miranda-Freer, Executive Director of the Montana World Trade Center, Missoula, MT

Udo Fluck visits with Brigitta Miranda-Freer, Executive Director of the Montana World Trade Center (MWTC) and Director of operations for the Montana Technology Enterprise Center (MonTec) and how the MWTC assists small and medium-sized businesses across Montana and how the MWTC and MonTec connect and collaborate.

October 2020: Chris Hyslop, Executive Director of the Montana World Affairs Council

Udo Fluck visits with Chris Hyslop, Executive Director of the Montana World Affairs Council, about the mission, programming, achievements, future goals and relevance of the MWAC, especially regarding the importance of MWAC’s motto: “Bringing the World to Montana and Montana to the World”, during an international health crisis. Recording with captions available soon.

Donna Anderson, Senior International Officer and Executive Director of the Global Engagement Office at the University of Montana.

September 2020: In this episode, Udo Fluck talks with Donna Anderson, Senior International Officer and Executive Director of the Global Engagement Office and Professor Alessia Carpoca about participating in the ACE/IIGE Rapid Response Virtual Exchange/COIL Transformation Lab, as well as about leadership, about pivoting and reinventing the services the Global Engagement Office provides during these pandemic times.

International Voices with Daniel Bognar

August 2020: Daniel Bognar, Head of the Division of Special Education in Germany’s Ministry of Education, Wiesbaden , Hesse, Germany. Host Udo Fluck virtually meets with Daniel Bognar, former teacher, current policy maker and Head of the Division of Special Education in Germany’s Ministry of Education in the State of Hesse. Mr. Bognar also serves on the Management Board of the European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education. Topics include cultural integration of diverse learners in educational settings, as well as transferring pedagogical approaches and content between different students and cultures

Mrs. Toni Grace, International Relations Manager in Missoula’s Sister City Palmerston North, New Zealand

In this episode, Udo Fluck connects virtually with his colleague Toni Grace about how New Zealand successfully stopped the community-spread of COVID-19 and how Missoula’s sister city is recovering and managing post-pandemic. Topics range from the Corona Virus impact on the community, economy, and education, the importance of sister city connections during the global crisis, as well as New Zealand's approach to embracing biculturalism in their indigenous and non-indigenous communities.

Global and Intercultural Teaching and Learning in Missoula's Middle & High Schools

This podcast is PART ll, of a two-part series. Udo visits with three middle school teachers and one world language high school teacher, on some of the global and intercultural teaching and learning efforts that are taking place in Missoula County Public Schools and the advantages and disadvantages of such efforts.

Global and Intercultural Teaching and Learning in Missoula Elementary Schools

This podcast is PART I, of a two-part series. Udo visits with five elementary school teachers and one principal, on some of the global and intercultural teaching and learning efforts that are taking place in Missoula County Public Schools and the advantages and disadvantages of such efforts. PART II: (Will be released June 2020), Udo will continue the conversation with three MCPS middle school and one high school teacher.

April 2020: Dr. Sarj Patel, about the importance of global communication and collaboration in the fight against COVID-19

Udo visits with Dr. Sarjubhai (Sarj) Patel, neuroscience researcher, president and co-founder of FYR Diagnostics in Missoula, chatting about the importance of global communication and collaboration in situations of extreme crisis and how much we can learn from Asia and Europe, regarding the fight against COVID-19

Missoula Mayor John Engen

Udo Fluck meets Missoula Mayor John Engen at City Hall to talk about cultural programs in Missoula and the importance of multicultural programming in the community.

Arts Missoula Executive Director Tom Bensen

Udo Fluck is joined by Tom Bensen, Executive Director of Arts Missoula, to talk about Missoula's sister city program.