In the throes of awards season, commentary on celebrity fashion choices runs rampant. This week, Professor Linda Pisano, chair of the Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance department, talks costume design, style trends, and how we can contextualize red carpet fashion.
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In episode 46, we're joined by Brittany Friesner, associate director of the IU Cinema, and Jesse Pasternak, a junior at IU and the co-president of the Indiana Student Cinema Guild, to discuss the Oscars, why they're important, and their impact on our culture.
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Positioned in the driest desert in the United States, Las Vegas is one of the nation's fastest-warming cities. In our second episode, we look past the current urban landscape to the potential of a redesigned city.
In this series:
Sondra Cosgrove, College of Southern Nevada history professor and League of Women Voters NV president
Chris Milly, USGS research hydrologist
Steffen Lehmann, UNLV School of Architecture director
Positioned in the driest desert in the United States, Las Vegas is one of the nation's fastest-warming cities. In our third episode on its past and future, we focus on the time from 2000 to present, paying close attention to the ways its extractive industries have intersected with each other and examining the possibility of shrinking the city.
In this episode:
Nicole Huber and Ralph Stern, authors of Urbanizing the Mojave Desert: Las Vegas
IU Archives of African American Music and Culture Director Tyron Cooper has an insider’s view of Black music and the culture behind it, much of which goes back to the Black church.
He says that’s part of what makes AAAMC different: it looks at the broad context and origins of Black music, and makes it accessible for both scholarship and casual listening.
Cooper joins Dean Shanahan on Through the Gates to tell us more about the archives and share AAAMC Speaks, a documentary series hosted by the archives in partnership with the Office of the Provost.
The series brings the archives alive in a series of interviews with industry executives and performers in various genres of Black music. The first episode on Eddie Gilreath shows one of the first Black professionals to work at the executive level in the music industry.
Coming up are features on AAAMC founding director Dr. Portia Maultsby and the foundational jazz musician Reggie Workman.
Go to aaamc.indiana.edu to learn more about the archives.
This week, we’ll hear from Michael Adams, Provost Professor of English at Indiana University, and author of “In Praise of Profanity” (Oxford University Press, 2016).
Adams sees “In Praise of Profanity” as a continuation of 2009’s “Slang: The People’s Poetry.” In it, he argues that profanity is not only oversimplified as being taboo, it is also valuable and essential as a vehicle of communication and an element of style.
Adams is an English language historian and a frequent contributor to various dictionaries and academic journals. Though his published articles often explore arcane aspects of language, he also writes books aimed at broader audiences. They include “Slayer Slang: A ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Lexicon” and “From Elvish to Klingon: Exploring Invented Languages.”
In this conversation with researcher, meteorologist, and science communicator Dr. Marshall Shepherd, we cover a lot of ground, connecting inequities in academia to environmental injustices associated with infrastructure and intensifying storms.
In this extended Air Check, political scientist Thea Riofrancos joins us to discuss the historical context of Chilean lithium mining and how it relates to the global movement for a renewable energy future. We touch on the Latin American pink tide, the rise of Indigenous environmental movements, and how supporters of a Green New Deal could effectively maintain pressure on the Biden administration.
Jacob and Emily talk through the record-breaking catastrophic hurricanes Eta and Iota, which hit Central America only two weeks apart. We zero in on the why and the what now that could lead to a more resilient future.
‘The Ixil helping the Ixil’: Indigenous people in Guatemala lead their own Hurricane Eta response
Storm Eta damage pushes small, indigenous farmers in Central America into hunger
Humanitarian emergency in Central America
We bring you eight points about the Biden Administration's early work on climate in approximately eight minutes. We also talk about where Janet is and make some recommendations.
Atmos Magazine's Biden climate guide: https://atmos.earth/joe-biden-climate-policy-laws-list/
The Phoenix: https://thephoenix.substack.com/
Imagine 2200: https://grist.submittable.com/submit?utm_source=internalgrist&utm_medium=sitepost&utm_campaign=clifi
Dr. Jason Bradford, board president of the Post Carbon Institute and co-host of the Crazy Town podcast, joins us to talk about their third season and his work in/around sustainable agriculture.
We discuss humor's role in dealing with environmental harms, hidden drivers like discount rate, and what it'll take to get more of us involved in local sustainable agriculture.
Crazy Town podcast: https://www.postcarbon.org/crazytown/
We voted, and we hope you did, too! On this election night Air Check, we only prognosticate a little bit. We otherwise discuss climate ghost towns, climate refuges or "havens," and the columns on Emily's future home spreadsheet.
Now deep in the holiday season, even in 2020, we have much to celebrate. But, in the U.S. especially, celebration can lead to a spike in emissions and waste from travel (despite CDC recommendations), obligatory gift-giving, temporary decorations, and feasts.
In this episode, we don't tell you to sit alone in a dark room and gnaw on the stems from your windowsill herb garden. Mental and physical health are inseparable and important, so we outline ways to think and act more sustainably while still having a wonderful holiday time.
Priya Cooks a Minimal-Waste Thanksgiving
Reducing food’s environmental impacts through producers and consumers
Composting Is Way Easier Than You Think
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Gabe explains how Public Law 180 in Indiana, which operates to restrict the ability of local governments to regulate fuel sourcing and other sustainability measures, fits into a larger pattern of state governments hampering cities' and towns' efforts to engage in climate change solutions.
New Law Restricts Local Governments’ Ability to Address Climate Change: https://www.indianaenvironmentalreporter.org/posts/new-law-restricts-local-governments-ability-to-address-climate-change
In this episode, we run all over the place, from EPA administration votes in Washington, D.C. to spring in Bloomington to scientific collaboration in the Arctic. But as with our ecosystem, it all turns out to be connected.
This week, we zero in on U.S. water infrastructure and the legislation and community-engaging projects aiming to eliminate lead pipes from the system.
Biden’s infrastructure plan targets lead pipes that threaten public health across the US: https://theconversation.com/bidens-infrastructure-plan-targets-lead-pipes-that-threaten-public-health-across-the-us-158277
Access to fresh, affordable produce varies widely across the U.S., with some of us enjoying yards with soil safe for gardening and others miles from a grocery store. But one thing remains consistent: every tomato, chickpea, and grain of rice carries with it a full lifecycle of environmental impacts.
In this Air Check, we talk about food from seed to landfill (or compost) and where we can look to improve the ways we engage with agriculture on micro and macro levels.
In this Air Check, Senator-Elect DeAndrea Newman Salvador joins us to talk about North Carolina's 39th District, which she flipped in the most recent election. As the founder of Renewable Energy Transition Initiative (RETI), she also helps us understand high energy burdens and offers insight into lowering them.
In this Air Check, professor and biogeochemist Gabriel Filippelli joins us again to talk about ice, ocean currents, and what makes the Arctic so different from the Antarctic. We also briefly discuss lobsters. Listen to find out how it's all connected!
Our next live show explores the intersection of climate change and mental health: https://fb.me/e/3zP82ubFf
In this Air Check, the team dives into the mysterious disease affecting birds in the Eastern U.S. and discusses media rhetoric around extreme weather events in the context of climate change. They focus in on headlines about recent deadly heat in the Northwest.
McCabe, Janet, Graham, John D., Shanahan, James, Miles, Emily
In this Air Check, host Janet McCabe talks with IU professor and recently-named chair of the EPA's Science Advisory Board John D. Graham about his experience in the SAB and what he foresees for the Biden Administration's environmental work, including cost-benefit analysis and the electrification of motor vehicles.
In this Air Check, professor and biogeochemist Gabriel Filippelli joins us again to talk about what a year in the pandemic has taught us about greenhouse gas emissions and our capacity to change systems. From the graphs to the big ideas, we cover a lot of ground in 15 minutes.
What does climate change have to do with freezing temperatures, heavy snows, and overwhelmed utilities? Professor and biogeochemist Gabriel Filippelli joins us to explain.
An Arctic Blast from the Polar Vortex | IUPUI Explains: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AcubjRHzwY
What does it mean for policy to be quiet, for policy to successfully tip-toe its way through the U.S. legislative system and contribute to greater sustainability and resilience? Which parts can or should make more noise, and what informs our understanding of what is pragmatic and reasonable?
In this Air Check, Jim and Emily try to work through the concept of quiet climate policy, recently outlined in the context of a post-Covid world by the Breakthrough Institute (https://thebreakthrough.org/articles/saying-the-quiet-part-loud).
In our first Air Check (a short, weekly conversation on current events), we talk through the environmental implications of a changing supreme court, how long Bloomington has been without significant rain, and other weather events with climate change signatures.
This week, Jim and Gabe discuss their reaction to the American Jobs Plan, which claims to aim to "unify and mobilize the country to meet the great challenges of our time: the climate crisis and the ambitions of an autocratic China." They talk budget sufficiency, electric vehicles, and more.
They also lament the brown goo that a late frost made of their magnolia blossoms.
The American Jobs Plan Fact Sheet: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/03/31/fact-sheet-the-american-jobs-plan/
It's almost Valentine's Day, a time for love and examining yet another lifecycle analysis of environmental effects. We also dig into the United States's energy mix and projections.
US energy stats: https://www.eia.gov/
Vox on roses: https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2019/2/12/18220984/valentines-day-flowers-roses-environmental-effects
Wilding Flowers CSA: https://www.wilding-flowers.com/flower-csa
As utility operators across the country move to weatherize power grids and projections show another dry year for the Western U.S., what should we look out for? What questions should we be asking? Jim and Emily start the conversation.
In this week's Air Check, we talk about a couple of ballot propositions (Nevada energy and Colorado wolves), why Apple isn't packaging charging adapters with the iPhone 12, and the derecho that swept through Iowa.
We do have the technology," Shanti tells Jim in this interview. "What we need to do now is to put in place the policy to enable reaching these goals."
Shanti Gamper-Rabindran is the author of America’s Energy Gamble: People Economy and Planet and works at University of Pittsburgh to analyze the economic, legal, and political barriers and opportunities for the energy transition to renewable energy and for economic diversification of fossil fuel-reliant communities in the United States and globally.
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On the long list of lives changed by Arctic warming are sled dogs. This episode, we're featuring a story by Elisa Shoenberger that dives into how the sport of mushing is changing along with the climate. We also dip into our vault to take another look at the 2019 Arctic fire season, from Alaska to Siberia, from fire ecology to the politics of air quality.
2:00 - Sled dog feature by Elisa Shoenberger
10:15 - Nancy Fresco
15:00 - Petr Ivanov
The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco hosted in late 2019 the Fed's first conference focused on climate change. There, researchers presented on topics ranging from the effects of climate change on the global workforce to the interaction between pollution and interest rate. But the day kicked off with one series of questions: why this and why now?
In this episode, with the help of Reuters reporter Ann Saphir, we examine central banking's climate risks and the Fed's engagement with those issues.
Film and television star Jonathan Banks joins Jim Shanahan on this week's episode of Through the Gates.
In his nearly fifty years as an actor, Banks has been cast in a wide range of roles, but is most notable for his performances on "Breaking Bad," "Better Call Saul" and "Wiseguy." He's also appeared in several films, including "Airplane!" and "Beverly Hills Cop."
In today's conversation, Banks will share his journey from the streets of Washington D.C. to the silver screen in Hollywood by way of Indiana University.
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Hundreds of same-sex couples throughout the state share one of two anniversaries: June 25 and 26, 2014. In this episode, makers of IU's "Just Married" podcast, Jennifer Bass and Stephanie Sanders, talk about why these two days in June matter, the history and laws surrounding marriage equality in the U.S., and how they're sharing the love stories of same-sex Hoosiers on their journeys into marriage.
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Accomplished actor, writer, singer and director Robby Benson joins host Jim Shanahan for this week's episode of Through the Gates.
A professor of practice at Indiana University, Benson brings experience gained through a career that stretches to nearly five decades, including his most famous role in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast." Now, Benson guides film students at IU, including some who will showcase their work at two screenings this week.
In this episode, Benson will discuss his long career, how television and film are changing, and what challenges his student filmmakers have had to overcome in their creative process.
Also, in recognition of National Poetry Month, poets Adrian Matejka and Lisa Kwong will join the podcast to read some of their works.
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In episode 61, we speak with IU Jacob School of Music Dean Emeritus Charles Webb and Philip Ponella, the Wennerstrom Philips Music Library Director and director of Music Information Technology Services, about the great composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. In 2009, the Bernstein family awarded the Jacobs School of Music with the contents of one of his composing studios. That studio is now on tour as part of the global celebration "Leonard Bernstein at 100."
Water. Hops. Malted barley. Yeast.
Put them together and you have a delicious beer — usually.
But as IU molecular biologist Matthew Bochman shares on this week’s podcast, conditions common to the production of certain craft beers can sometimes inhibit their production, risking a growing segment of a nearly $55 billion industry. On this week's episode of Through the Gates, Bochman explains how yeast is used to produce beer and how his research has helped one local brewery improve their product.
If you haven't yet listened to our discussion with Darren Bender-Beauregard, we recommend you do that here! It provides context for Darren’s relationship with the land, how he grows Andean crops in Indiana, the sorts of grants that help his family experiment and educate, and more.
Then, listen to this tour for concrete insights into how Darren and his family channel and encourage ecological abundance.
More on the farm here: https://www.brambleberrypermaculture.com/
This week on Through the Gates, we welcome David Brenneman, the new director of the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art.
Brenneman comes to IU after two decades in Atlanta at the High Museum of Art. In today's conversation, Brenneman tells host Jim Shanahan about his plans for the IU Art Museum, how the art world is changing in the 21st century, and why IU's collection is truly world class.
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Media School Dean Jim Shanahan interviews Jeffrey Buchman, stage director for the IU Jacobs School of Music’s upcoming production of “Carmen,” and Jacobs graduate student Patricia Illera, who will perform the opera’s title role.
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When we learned about the storm-resilient Hunter's Point South Park, we immediately took interest in the resilience potential of urban public space. Then came the questions. How can we manage public space to work in line with local ecology and protect residents from the effects of climate change, all while respecting neighborhood identity and keeping that space truly public? In this two-part series, we look for answers.
In this series:
Joe Jarzen, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful vice president of program strategy
Ethan Olson, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful director of native landscapes
Heather Reynolds, Indiana University biology professor and ecologist
Tom Balsley, SWA/Balsley landscape architect
Irene Ogata, Tucson Water urban landscape manager
Aaron Sawatsky-Kingsley, Goshen city forester and director of environmental resilience
This week, host Jim Shanahan is joined by Sue Carter, the director of The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University. Carter was appointed to her position at The Kinsey Institute in October, 2014, after a long career in the field of neuroendocrinology.
Carter has spent much of her recent career studying the consequences of birth intervention, particularly how the hormone oxytocin affects the health of both mothers and their newborn children.
In this interview, Carter will discuss her career, including research on the mating habits of the prairie vole, the present and historical challenges of sex research and the immediate future of The Kinsey Institute.
Also on this episode, Colin Allen, a faculty member in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine in the College of Arts and Sciences, talks about National Bike to Work Week, from May 16 to 20. May is National Bike Month.
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With the IU football season well underway, someone has to help the Hoosiers stay in top shape. That person is Keith Caton, the strength and conditioning coach for the IU football team.
Caton's coaching career includes stops at the University of Southern Mississippi, Auburn University, the University of Missouri, Western Kentucky University and Baylor University.
This week on Through the Gates, host Jim Shanahan will discuss IU's training methods with Caton, as well as his role in helping athletes sustain their athletic performance.
We'll also hear from Caryn Hojnicki, sustainability coordinator with Greening Cream & Crimson, an initiative designed to bring more sustainable practices to IU athletics. She'll share her work on the Zero Waste Football project with Janae Cummings in this week's Five Questions segment.