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.”
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.
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."
In our first episode of Season 6, The Media School's Dean Jim Shanahan sits down with Hussein Banai, assistant professor at the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies.
Banai's new book, "Hidden Liberalism
Burdened Visions of Progress in Modern Iran," describes the ways that liberal political ideals appear in the country, and what their influence might mean for Iran's future.
The two discuss the book, modern Iran's political sphere, and how it may affect international relations in the future.
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.
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.
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.