In episode 51, producer Julie Snyder joins Through the Gates to talk about binge-worthy journalism and her experiences with S-Town and Serial, two of the most successful podcast programs in recent history.
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.
In episode 47, we're joined by neoconservative political analyst and commentator William Kristol, founder and editor-at-large of The Weekly Standard. Kristol is visited the IU Bloomington campus as part of The Toqueville Program to speak about the state of contemporary politics and the chances of a new political center at the university.
In episode 59, we talk to James H. Madison, the Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor of History Emeritus at Indiana University Bloomington, about recent controversies surrounding Confederate monuments and the Civil War.
In episode 64, we talk to Bruce Joel Rubin, IU alum and Academy Award-winning screenwriter for the supernatural romance Ghost. Rubin also wrote the screenplays for the 1990 psychological horror film Jacob's Ladder and the science-fiction films Deep Impact and The Last Mimzy.
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.
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.