Making The Familiar Strange

Making The Familiar Strange

Every day, we move through the world impacted by the social structures we've created. Sociologists use rigorous scientific research to examine how the social structures you interact with on a daily basis impact your life, possibly in ways you hadn't thought of. This is finding the strange in the familiar. Every episode, Dr. Erin Baker and a co-host who isn't in the field will be interviewing other sociologists about their work. Keep listening to learn how to Make the Familiar Strange. Music by Jonathan Franco Music: Podcast editing by Joe Giese:


March 22, 2023 106 min

Dr. Charles Bell has been studying school punishment, school safety measures, and anti-blackness in schools for years. He joins us to discuss his book Suspended: Punishment, Violence, and the Failure of School Safety. 

Join Dr. Bell, Dr. Baker, and Nick as they discuss anti-blackness in schools, the school-to-prison pipeline, school safety measures, and more. 

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Dr. Lindsay Toman has been studying families with trans families and how they navigate the medical system for years. She’s also facilitated workshops for medical students and medical professionals on LGBTQ+ centered care. 

Join Dr. Toman, Dr. Erin Baker, and Dave as they discuss gender, transgender children, and the medical system.
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July 16, 2022 54 min

So what is sociology anyway? Sociology tends to be a background discipline. Our research impacts the world around us, but you rarely hear about sociologists in the news. 

Dr. David Merolla joins Dr. Baker and her co-host Val to discuss what it means to be a sociologist, what a sociologist does, and how sociology can impact society. 

Currently, Dr. Merolla is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Sociology at Wayne Sta...

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Have you ever wondered why we do some of the weird things we do? Have you ever wondered why the world works the way it does? Sociologists wonder the same things and we conduct scientific research to find the answers. 
Welcome to Making the Familiar Strange, a podcast about sociology for non-sociologists. Here we’ll discuss some of the social forces that impact all of us on a daily basis?

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