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.