With agriculture accounting for 10 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, it's easy to argue that farmers need to be involved in our work to mitigate and adapt to intensifying climate change. Hot Farm, a new podcast from the Food & Environment Reporting Network hosted by Eve Abrams, travels across the Midwest, learning from farmers about what they're doing, or could be doing, to improve our relationship with the earth and fellow inhabitants.
Listen to Hot Farm: https://thefern.org/podcasts/hot-farm/
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 the new year, we're returning to our first episode, "How the Arctic caught fire." But this time, we focus in on the Gwich'in perspective. Edward Alexander, co-chair of the Gwich'in Council International, tells us how he and those around him are working with the Arctic Council to exchange information and resources in support of a collaborative and resilient Arctic future.
Rafat Ali came to study new media at IU in the heat of the dot-com boom. By the time he graduated, the bubble had burst. Yet, Ali managed to enter and excel in digital media, founding paidContent, ContentNext and Skift. In this episode, he talks with Dean Shanahan about how he did it.
In episode 81, Dean Shanahan speaks to Paula Apsell and Doug Hamilton—producers of PBS’s critically acclaimed science series Nova—about the show's climate change programming and learning how to educate their audiences on the facts.
What if the science story and the emotion story are the same story? What could we do if we were to deconstruct the dualism of feeling and acting? In this episode, Sarah Jaquette Ray and Jennifer Atkinson walk us through their research on and experience with climate feelings, from grief to guilt to hope. We work on understanding how we can engage with emotions together to help us get into ever-better relationship with each other and the earth.
Sarah Jaquette Ray's reflection on The Unbearable Whiteness of Climate Anxiety: https://gendread.substack.com/p/sarah-jaquette-ray-on-the-unbearable?utm_source=url&s=r
Jennifer Atkinson's Facing It podcast: https://www.drjenniferatkinson.com/facing-it
Emmy-winning environmental photographer James Balog shares with Dean Shanahan harrowing stories of mountaineering and the keys to creating new narratives about the environment. Balog is the founder of the Extreme Ice Survey and the Earth Vision Institute, and his latest film, "The Human Element," explores how humanity affects and is affected by earth, air, fire and water. He has spoken at the White House, in the U.S. Congress, at NASA, and is widely known for his popular TED talk "Time-Lapse Proof of Extreme Ice Loss."
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.
Hurricane Ida knocked the main New Orleans transmission tower into the Mississippi River, spurring a long-term power outage. Since then, persistent heavy rains have flooded New York subway stations and cascaded to reveal countless vulnerabilities in our critical infrastructure systems.
To explain these vulnerabilities and how we can grow in resilience, we talk with Vanderbilt University infrastructure, risk, and resilience expert Hiba Baroud.
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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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Media School Dean James Shanahan talks with Maureen Biggers (pictured), director of the Center of Excellence for Women in Technology at IU, and Laurie Burns McRobbie, IU's first lady who helped establish CEWiT.
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.
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/
This episode, we're taking a deeper look at environmental injustices in an around prisons. How are they sited, what do they emit, and what does all of this mean for people locked inside?
We start with the history of the St. Louis and Central Michigan correctional facilities with Dr. Elizabeth Bradshaw, move through trends with Candice Bernd and legal arguments with Taylor Carpenter, and start the discussion around what can be done to improve conditions.
America's Toxic Prisons: https://earthisland.org/journal/americas-toxic-prisons/
Taylor's legal note: https://mckinneylaw.iu.edu/ihlr/pdf/vol17p229.pdf
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As climate changes, so do pieces of culture. Pieces like car ownership, outdoor sports, and the drinks we share. This is the second episode in our beverage series, and it's all about wine. We start at a vineyard and winery in California, take a look at the growing wine industry in China, go back to 2003's Europe, and finally return to the present day with challenges and opportunities in resilience.
3:30 - Matt Brain of Chamisal Vineyards in San Luis Obispo, California
13:15 - Yingkun Hou of Southern Illinois University Carbondale
23:15 - Robert Pincus of University of Colorado Boulder
30:30 - Iñaki García de Cortázar-Atauri of the National Institute of Agronomic Research in Avignon, France
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.
In the third and final episode of our land defender series, we talk with Eduardo Brondizio, David Rodríguez Goyes, and Stella Emery Santana about the international systems that have long exploited indigenous land and resources, as well as indigenous and peasant resistance efforts and opportunities to support land defenders.
Season 3 of In This Climate is right around the corner! In anticipation, we're sharing one of our favorite interviews from spring 2021. It's a wide-ranging conversation with person-of-many-hats adrienne maree brown. We discuss connection with place, love, just transition, and more.
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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.
When you hear the word leadership, you may think about hierarchy. But it doesn't have to be that way.
In this episode, Laura Calandrella, author of Our Next Evolution: Transforming Collaborative Leadership to Shape Our Planet’s Future, helps us understand the importance of connection and relationship, dialogue and consensus. Her strategy is attentive to history and power dynamics. You know. The sort of long-term principles we need as climate change intensifies and demands greater collective resilience.
Laura's website: https://www.lauracalandrella.com/
On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we went live on Facebook to reflect on historical Earth Days and discuss present issues in environmental health and climate communications.
6:45 - James Capshew and Ellen Ketterson
25:45 - Janet McCabe and Stephen Jay
39:30 - Jim Shanahan and Enrique Saenz
There's a new podcast we think you'll want to hear! “Just Energy” is a collaboration between Sanya Carley, an energy justice professor at Indiana University’s O’Neill School, and her master of public affairs students. They explore what energy (in)justice is, its racial and social dimensions, and how to make future energy policy more inclusive by design. Because it’s never just about energy. It’s about people.
Here's a link to the first episode of the show: https://open.spotify.com/episode/7moq93E1leU1eq3c7x0pGK?si=4btlrDFkQT-8KXM60GiDew
Will IU have a giant vaccination pod in a couple months’ time?
Will vaccinations be required for students to come back to campus in the fall? What WAS that lingering cough I had right before the outbreak?
Sounds like the kind of thing you’d ask Aaron Carroll.
We did! After two semesters of answering every question the IU community could think of in weekly webinars, he gamely came on the show to answer Dean Shanahan and Professor Monaghan’s burning questions as we round the corner toward mass vaccinations and a hopeful return to on-campus life.
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.
Dean Shanahan sits down with WNBA legend Tamika Catchings to talk about legacy champions, dreaming big, and the importance of making a positive impact. Catchings was the keynote speaker at this year's MLK Jr. Day Leadership Breakfast.
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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.
In this episode, we dive deep into the history of infrastructure to uncover elements of both hardware and knowledge systems that hold us back from resilience to climate change.
Guest Mikhail Chester provides theoretical insight and lots of tangible examples of people who are figuring out how to improve infrastructure for a world of decreasing stability.
Dr. Chester's book: The Rightful Place of Science: Infrastructure in the Anthropocene
NYT article on Room for the River: To Avoid River Flooding, Go With the Flow, the Dutch Say
It's no surprise that Indiana has a long legacy of top-tier athletic programs. This week, Dean Shanahan sits down with Galen Clavio, IU Associate Professor & Director of the National Sports Journalism Center, and Zach Osterman, the Indy Star's collegiate sports reporter, to talk about IU Athletics past and present.
We kick off our mental health series with Dr. Susan Clayton, professor of psychology and environmental studies and chair of the psychology department at the College of Wooster. Together, we work to complicate our understanding of emotional engagement with climate, within and beyond the frame of grief and anxiety.
Watch the conversation on Facebook: https://fb.watch/4bJ0fGhrqe/
In Ep. 104, Dean Shanahan talks with former director of the Office of Policy Analysis at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Tune in to hear Clement discuss the impact of climate change and whistleblowing in a government agency.
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This week, Through the Gates hosts Jim Shanahan and Janae Cummings talk with Ed Comentale, associate vice provost for arts and humanities in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, and Arts and Humanities Council intern Lucy Battersby, an undergraduate studying history and creative writing in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Ed and Lucy share updates from the council and talk about First Thursdays, a celebration of contemporary arts & humanities on the IU Bloomington campus debuting Sept. 1 at 5 p.m. The festival is free and open to all members of the public, with performances and activities around the Showalter Arts Plaza from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., followed by featured evening events at venues across campus.
Janae Cummings also talks with IU award-winning poet Adrian Matejka, who has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, and who is kicking off the inaugural First Thursdays event Sept. 1, and documentarian Rick Prelinger, whose film “No More Road Trips?” will be shown during the event at 6:30 p.m. in the IU Cinema
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.
Here in Indiana, we talk often about wind and solar, but what could renewable marine energy development mean for people from the Hoosier State to small remote island?
Andrea Copping, a scientist with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Marine Sciences Laboratory, helps us understand the science, collaborations, and potential of several varieties of marine energy.
If you like this, you might want to listen to Just Energy: https://open.spotify.com/show/1IkLxMbUL3EeYTWPjnDlt2?si=2b904bd5d59a414a
Aurelian Craiutu is a champion of moderation in an era of extreme politics. The political scientist argues that moderation is a virtue for all seasons, but that it's urgently needed in times of polarization. In episode 44, Craiutu discusses his new book, "Faces of Moderation: The Art of Balance in an Age of Extremes," which pushes back against the idea that moderation is a weak virtue or a philosophy for people who lack conviction.
In episode 60, we discuss the current cycle of political and social polarization on university campuses and throughout the United States with Aurelian Craiutu, professor, IU Department of Political Science.
We talk with Ashlee Cunsolo, founding dean of the School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies at the Labrador Campus of Memorial University, about the connective capacity of grief, the role of land in Inuit mental health research, and the relationship between agency and letting go.
Ashlee's site: https://ashleecunsolo.ca/
Angelina Davydova reports on the environment for Russian and international media. During a visit to IU Bloomington, this Hurbet H. Humphrey fellow from UC Davis sat down with Dean Shanahan to discuss Russian waste management, thawing permafrost and how the changing climate is affecting the natural landscapes of Russia.
In episode 87, we feature an early-release episode of a mini-series from the College of Arts and Sciences featuring three alumni who received awards from the College this year. This episode is about award-winning author, journalist, and music critic Anthony DeCurtis.
In this episode, Jess Dallman introduces us to the transpersonal counseling dynamic and helps us take a look at how we can slow down and move intentionally with the earth. We explore how we can support each other in accessing our inherent wisdom through experience, and through connection with the natural world.
Jess's site: http://www.naturalwisdomcounseling.com/jessica-dallman
Joanna Macy: https://www.joannamacy.net/main
Richard Louv: http://richardlouv.com/books/last-child/
Queer Nature: https://www.queernature.org/
Episode 102 is our second annual student Halloween edition of the show. Last year, we told you IU’s best legends in Episode 67. This year, we are a little more serious, talking with professor Robert Dobler about the ways we experience, commemorate, and avoid death.
In our first episode covering this season's Australian bushfires, we speak with Arabella Douglas. She is a traditional owner who belongs to the Currie family of the Yugambeh and Bundjalung nations near the Gold Coast of Australia. She also researches behavioral economics and social impact investing at Griffith University.
As we entered 2020 and fires swelled, swallowing towns and protected bush, Arabella helped organize a fundraiser to help spread First Nations fire knowledge and land lore, which has protected patches of land this season and for thousands of years.
In our second episode covering this season's Australian bushfires, we discuss effects on wildlife and communities, whether in the fire zone or choked by smoke. Then, we turn to the generative and unifying role of artists near and far in times of crisis.
If you are interested in supporting the ongoing work to protect and recover Australia's wildlife, a couple options mentioned in the episode are Kangaroo Island Land for Wildlife and the Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service (WIRES).
3:30 - Amy, who cares for lots of animals, including a Quaker parrot and his friends just outside Canberra
This week, Through the Gates host Jim Shanahan is joined by Trevor Douglas, the Earl Blough Professor of Chemistry in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Chemistry.
Douglas is part of a research team working toward a material that may eventually fuel cheap, efficient cars that run on water — work being funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The team has created an efficient biomaterial that catalyzes the formation of hydrogen — one half of the “holy grail” of splitting H2O.
Also on this episode, we’ll hear from California-based author Dana Johnson, an associate professor of English at the University of Southern California, who talks about her writing process and reads an excerpt from one of her novels. Johnson will be in town next week as a faculty member at the annual IU Writers’ Conference (June 4-8).
Through the Gates opens season 2 with guest Elizabeth Cullen Dunn, an associate professor in IU's School of Global and International Studies. Professor Dunn discusses the experiences and lessons learned during the development of her upcoming book, "Permanently Temporary: Humanitarianism and displacement in the Republic of Georgia." She also discusses the plight of refugees in other parts of the world, as well as the current state of efforts to resettle refugees in Bloomington, Indiana.