Dean Shanahan sits down with journalist and documentarian Elena Volochine to discuss Russian politics, her experiences reporting in Moscow, and her film Oleg's Choice, which follows Russian fighters in Eastern Ukraine.
In episode 107, Dean Shanahan and Jon Racek, senior lecturer in the IU School of Art, Architecture + Design's comprehensive design program, talk about Racek's start as a firm-owning designer, his foray into playground building and his most recent work in 3D-printing prosthetic hands.
In Ep. 106, Dean Shanahan talks with Jacobs School of Music Senior Lecturer Andy Hollinden. Known as the "Professor of Rock & Roll," Hollinden talks about his love affair with music, his admiration of Frank Zappa, and teaching the next generation about music legends.
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.
The Sample: In this episode of The Sample, the team flips back fifty years to 1968. Through The Ballantonian, a weekly liberal arts review run from September 1967 to January 1969 by Indiana University students, we offer the year's poetry, criticism and politics. Special thanks to the director of University Archives, Dina Kellams.
In Ep. 103, Dean Jim Shanahan is joined by Bernard Fraga, Professor of Political Science at Indiana University. Tune in to hear about Fraga's research on voter turnout rates, political polls, and gerrymandering and redistricting.
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 Ep. 100, Dean Jim Shanahan is joined by Michael McRobbie, President of Indiana University. Tune in to hear about President McRobbie's work on the national Committee on the Future of Voting, the challenges facing our election process, and the debate of paper versus electronic voting.
The Sample: In this episode of The Sample, we take a jog through the IU Lilly Library's Slocum Puzzle Collection. We work from Rubik's Cubes to Hot Miso Soup on a tour of the interdisciplinary fun of puzzles.
"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.
The Sample: In the inaugural episode of The Sample, our weekly student-driven short, we talk with Tamara Loewenthal of the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation and Norbert Herber of the Media School. They cover everything from the 25th annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival volunteer cohesion to the collaboration necessary for this year's Big Tent multimedia experience.
This week, Dean Shanahan discusses the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival with Executive Director Sunni Fass and Interim Artistic Director Rob Simonds. Listen to learn about the history of the festival, how Lotus cultivates the acts, and what artists that will be performing this year.
In episode 96, Dean Shanahan and IU Soul Revue Director James Strong talk about soul music, the Soul Revue and Strong's time in the industry, working with artists from New Edition to Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds, to Stephanie Mills.
In episode 95, Dean Shanahan and Sustaining Hoosier Communities Director Jane Rogan talk about how her team addresses community-identified needs and opportunities by connecting Indiana towns with IU courses, students, and faculty.
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 93, Dean Shanahan interviews Maurer School of Law professors Ian Samuel and Steve Sanders. They talk about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Samuel's time as Antonin Scalia's counter-clerk, judicial politics, and Samuel's podcast First Mondays.
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 91, Dean Shanahan speaks to Raju Narisetti founder of Mint, India's second-largest business newspaper. Narisetti visited the IU Bloomington campus as part of the India Remixed festival, where he spoke on "Why Honest Journalism Is in Peril in the World's Largest Democracy." At the time of this recording, Narisetti was CEO of Gizmodo Media Group.
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.
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 episode 86, Emily Miles speaks with Barbara Restle, environmental activist and press freedom advocate. A childhood in 1930s Austria, where Nazi occupation came to suppress independent reporting, led Restle to eventually study journalism at Indiana University. In 2017, Restle contributed funding to the Media School for the study of the Freedom of Information Act and confidential source protections. The music in this episode comes from Greta Keller, Bela Bartok, Jahzzar and Doctor Turtle.
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."
In episode 84, journalist Jamie Kalven spoke to Media School Dean James Shanahan about using first amendment freedoms to fight censorship. Kalven successfully fought a subpoena to name sources for his story about the police-involved shooting death of Chicago teenager Laquan McDonald.
In episode 83, Janae Cummings interviews legendary dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp. The two talk about her career, method, and course collaboration with Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music and Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance.
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.
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.
In episode 79, Dean Shanahan speaks to Joan Hawkins, associate professor at the IU Media School, about the Wounded Galaxies festival and symposium.
Wounded Galaxies: 1968 – Beneath the Paving Stones, the Beach is a festival and symposium produced by The Burroughs Century Ltd., welcoming scholars, writers, artists, archivists, filmmakers, performers, and others interested in exploring the intellectual and aesthetic legacy of 1968, during its 50th Anniversary year.
The festival subtitle is a translation of the French slogan “Sous les pavés, la plage!,” a popular resistance graffiti in France Mai ’68 that refers to both the sand beneath cobblestones lifted by students to hurl at police as well as the ‘Situationist’ conviction that the streets–the expression of capital and consumption–could be rediscovered by abandoning a regimented life.
In episode 78, Dean James Shanahan speaks to Professor of Law Steve Sanders about Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission—a case in which the Supreme Court will determine whether the application of Colorado's public accommodations law to compel a cake maker to design and make a cake that violates his sincerely held religious beliefs about marriage violates the Free Speech or Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment.
In episode 77, Janae Cummings speaks to Dan Calarco, chief of staff for IU's vice president for information technology, and Von Welch, director of IU's Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research. The trio discuss cybersecurity, two-factor login, and the challenges of staying safe online.
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 74, Dean James Shanahan talks to Margaret Sullivan, media columnist for the Washington Post, about the relationship between the press and the American public. The conversation also touches on politics, the future of polling, and the possible impact of the "Weinstein effect."
In episode 73, Janae Cummings speaks with Eliza Hittman, IU alumna and award-winning indie filmmaker. Hittman recently visited the IU Cinema as part of its Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker program. Her most recent feature BEACH RATS won the 2017 Sundance Film Festival Directing Award for U.S. Dramatic Feature.
In episode 72, Janae Cummings speaks to Sarah Wroth, associate chair of the ballet department at the Jacobs School of Music, and Georgia Dalton, graduating junior and the Sugar Plum Fairy in IU’s upcoming production of The Nutcracker. Tickets are still available for the performance, which runs from November 30 to December 3 at the Musical Arts Center on the IU Bloomington campus.
In episode 71, Dean Shanahan speaks to Distinguished Professor of Biology Ellen Ketterson about her research and her leadership of the Prepared for Environmental Change Team—one of Indiana University's Grand Challenges.
In episode 70, James Shanahan speaks to Alvin Felzenberg, author of "A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley Jr." The book examines how Buckley brought together anti-Communists, small-government advocates, free-market supporters, libertarians, and others to create a conservative movement. It also explores Buckley's relationship with US presidents, especially Ronald Reagan. Felzenberg recently visited the IU Bloomington campus as part of the Tocqueville Lecture Series.
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In episode 69, we speak to Halina Goldberg, professor of musicology, and Dominick DiOrio, associate professor of choral conducting at the IU Jacobs School of Music about the works and career of multi-award winning Polish composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki. The maestro will visit the IU Bloomington campus for Penderecki Conducts Penderecki: "ST. LUKE PASSION," which takes place Wednesday, November 15 at 8pm in the Musical Arts Center.
In episode 68, we speak to Patrick Feaster, media preservation specialist and scholar of sound recording at Indiana University, and Erika Dowell, associate director of IU's Lilly Library about the collection of Orson Welles' materials being preserved and archived at the university. The duo also talk about the university's Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative.
In episode 67, Through the Gates producers Abbie Gipson and Emily Miles look into Indiana University campus ghost stories and discuss their findings. Be sure to listen to this in conjunction with episode 65, where we talk to IU alum Kat Klockow about her book Haunted Hoosier Halls and other paranormal phenomena (Through-the-gates-at-iu – Ep-65-the-haunted-history-of-indiana-university-with-kat-klockow).