Through the Gates host Janae Cummings opens season 3 with W. Kamau Bell—sociopolitical comedian, podcaster, author, and Emmy Award-winning host of the CNN docu-series United Shades of America. Bell visited the Indiana University Bloomington campus to speak at the university's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Leadership Breakfast.
In episode 92, Dean Shanahan and IU Media School Professor of Practice Elaine Monaghan speak to award-winning documentary maker Ruth O’Reilly. O'Reilly worked as a journalist in Ireland, particularly Northern Ireland between 1989 and 2014, and participated in Indiana University’s first “Representing Religion” symposium.
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.
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 episode 94, Associate professor Terri Francis and Dean Shanahan discuss the Black Film Center/Archive’s Michael Shultz film series (including To Be Young, Gifted, and Black, Cooley High, Krush Groove and Car Wash), Francis’s upcoming book about the cinematic career of Josephine Baker, and the realities of Afrosurrealism.
In episode 89, Through the Gates producer Emily Miles speaks to the SoCal genre-blurring act Chicano Batman. The group visited Bloomington to headline the annual Culture Shock festival, which took place at Rhino's Youth Center on April 14, 2018.
"The thing that people forget, is that most elections are actually decided by the people that don't vote."
Professor Paul Helmke, Associate Director of P.A.C.E. Lisa-Marie Napoli, and Dean Shanahan talk about the importance of midterm elections, beating Purdue in the Big Ten Voting Challenge, and the power of student voters.
In episode 82, Dean Shanahan speaks to Aman Sethi about demonetization, digitization, and control as part of IU's India Remixed arts and humanities festival. Sethi is associate editor at the Hindustan Times.