How do you learn the story of a university?

You talk to its people. Then you listen.

Each week, Through the Gates shines a light on the faculty, staff, students, administrators, alums and campus visitors who make Indiana University one of the most vibrant communities in the country.

We talk about research and projects. We celebrate achievements and milestones. We explore the ins, outs and roundabouts of everything from the chemistry of craft brewing to politics to “Breaking Bad.”

And we have fun doing it.

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Latest Episode

20/21 Year in Review with Jim & Elaine

It’s been a year. Shutdowns, marathon zoom meetings, compensating for patchy internet and dealing with the stress of a global phenomenon. We got through it all, and came out with some stories to tell. Hosts Jim and Elaine take a moment to look back at the wild ride that was this year, and the challenges and creativity that saw us to this hopeful summer. They talk through favorite episodes this year - including with physicist and writer Doug Hofstadter, vaccine developer John Patton, political scientist Jeff Isaac, and Media School students like Lexi Haskell and Jacqueline Ferguson who are leading the next generation of meaningful and important journalism. Can’t wait to see you next year! Meanwhile, check your feeds this summer for some bonus content and favorite looks back.


Ep. 87: Anthony DeCurtis, author, journalist, music critic & IU alum

More Arts & Humanities

Guests include actor Jonathan Banks and Oscar winner Bruce Joel Rubin and topics such as David Baker and Leonard Bernstein.

Ep. 86: A life of adventure: A profile of Barbara Restle

More Chronicles of IU

Guests include Olympic gold medalist Lily King, Rhodes Scholar Morgan Mohr, and journalist and IU professor Tom French.

Ep. 93: Ian Samuel and Steve Sanders on the modern Supreme Court

More Politics & the World

Guests include former Congressman Lee Hamilton and political analyst William Kristol and topics such as DACA, the international refugee crisis, and Confederate monuments.

Meet the Team


Elaine Monaghan

Professor of practice
The Media School

Violet Baron

Graduate student
The Media School

James Shanahan

The Media School