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The Sanford School podcast, Ways & Means, has won a national Circle of Excellence Award, Gold level, from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). 

The international awards program recognizes outstanding work in advancement of educational institutions and 611 institutions in 20 countries submitted entries. The Gold Award is the highest award given in the category of Digital Communications/Podcasts.

Episodes include:

How Parenthood Affects Climate Change skeptics: New research into what it takes to turn climate change skeptics into climate change believers. Listen | Transcript

A Greener Commute: Exploring how cities can use policy to nudge commuters into taking the bus. Listen | Transcript 

A Small, Green Idea to Power Rural Nepal: How to bring power to places where the electric grid simply can’t go. Listen | Transcript

Adding up the Bill for Climate Change: Who will take the hardest hit financially as the world heats up, and can anything be done about it? Listen | Transcript

About the series, the CASE judges said, “The production quality and storytelling is fantastic. The team at Duke went out of their way to capture audio from individuals off campus and interacting with the broader world in various ways. This audio - and some corresponding video content – is woven together into a compelling narrative.”

There were five winners in the podcast category. The Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences also received a Gold award for their Veritalk podcast, and there were also one silver and two bronze winners.

“I am thrilled to have Ways & Means honored nationally by CASE,” said Carol Jackson, lead producer. “Since we launched the podcast, our goal has been to use narrative, documentary-style storytelling to share faculty research with the public. This award confirms that our efforts have paid off.”

The episodes submitted for the contest were “Childbirth, Babies & Bonuses” (Manoj Mohanan’s research), “Life After Loss for Orphans in Africa” (Kate Whetten’s research), “How Sputnik Sent Women to College” (Deondra Rose’s research), and “How Do Criminals Get Their Guns?” (Phil Cook’s research).

Ways & Means is produced by the Sanford Office of Communications, by Jackson; Karen Kemp; and Alison Jones of Duke News. It is hosted by journalist Emily Hanford. The series has recorded on location in the slums of Bangalore, India, in Kenya, Nepal and the coast of Maine, among other places.

Ways & Means is currently in its fourth season, with a new episode released this week “Answering New Parents’ Cries for Help.” Previously, the podcast won two CASE Awards of Excellence at the regional level.

Listeners can subscribe to Ways & Means on Apple podcasts or find the podcast via Google Play, Spotify, NPR One, and Stitcher or SoundCloud.

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Award-winning Ways & Means episode recorded in Nepal