The Sample: In celebration of Black History Month, Through the Gates' shorts, The Sample, sat down with Maria Hamilton Abegunde to discuss how the intersections of past and present, trauma and healing, influence the ways we, "witness and testify to lived experiences..." Among a wide array of accomplishments and experiences, Dr. Abegunde is an award-winning poet, the founding director of The Graduate Mentoring Center, and a visiting faculty member in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies. She is a memory keeper, and author of one collection of poetry and two poetry chapbooks.
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.
Prices are going up on a lot of products, but that's proof of a growing economy, says Kelley School of Business economist Kyle Anderson. We talk about the housing market, difficulties in getting things like microchips, fluctuating prices in lumber, the evolving labor force and much, much more. Overall, Dr. Anderson is optimistic about where the Indiana and national economies are heading.
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.
Bass, Jennifer, Sanders, Stephanie, Shanahan, James
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.
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.
Merav Ben-David is a wildlife ecologist at the University of Wyoming. Her specialty? The effects of global environmental change on animals and their ecosystems. Her next move? A run for the U.S. Senate.
In this episode, host Janet McCabe talks with Dr. Ben-David about what it means for a climate scientist to run for office in a state whose economy has long relied on coal.
In episode 85, Janae Cummings speaks to Noah Bendix-Balgley, first concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic and a graduate of IU's Jacobs School of Music. As the Wells Scholars Program professor, Bendix-Balgley recently visited Bloomington to lead an honors interdisciplinary colloquium for undergraduate students on "Art Music in the Contemporary World: An Exploration of Emerging Models."
Benson, Robby, Matejka, Adrian, Kwong, Lisa, Shanahan, James
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.
Biggers, Maurenn, McRobbie, Laurie Burns, Shanahan, James
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.