We open 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...
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.
In episode 66, we talk to Lee A. Feinstein, dean of IU's School of Global & International Studies and former US ambassador to Poland. Topics include Feinstein's career in foreign policy, hot spots such as North Korea and Iran, and his work in academia.
In episode 65, we chat with IU alum, writer, and paranormal enthusiast Kat Klockow about Indiana University's spooky stories and urban legends. Klockow is author of "Haunted Hoosier Halls: Indiana University" and "Ohio's Haunted Crime."
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 62, we speak to Luis Fuentes-Rohwer, Professor of Law and Harry T. Ice Faculty Fellow at the IU Maurer School of Law, about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, its history and impact on higher education, and the current status of immigration law.
In episode 61, we speak with IU Jacob School of Music Dean Emeritus Charles Webb and Philip Ponella, the Wennerstrom Philips Music Library Director and director of Music Information Technology Services, about the great composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. In 2009, the Bernstein family awarded the Jacobs School of Music with the contents of one of his composing studios. That studio is now on tour as part of the global celebration "Leonard Bernstein at 100."
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 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.