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.