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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.

A Win for Women’s B-Ball with Nicole Cardano-Hillary

After an historic win for women’s b-ball at IU, Elaine and Violet sit down with Nicole Cardano-Hillary to hear what it means to taste victory while being a full-time student, gender in a male-dominated sport, and what might be next for a sport champ at the Media School

Vaccination at Birth with Dr. John Patton

What if every baby could get the COVID-19 vaccine in its first month of life? Dr. John Patton, Professor of Biology at the College of Arts and Sciences, is on the case. Dr. Patton's lab is developing an inoculation that would modify the Rotovirus vaccine to incorporate immunity from the novel coronavirus as well. Host Elaine Monaghan and producer Violet Baron get the facts and the timeline on this episode of Through the Gates.

Advocates and Allies with Tom James

We're taking a look back at an episode from last year. Advocates and Allies is growing; learn more at https://tinyurl.com/sw6h573f In this episode, host Elaine Monaghan sits down with Indiana University professor of psychology Tom James. James is one of the founders of "Advocates and Allies for Equity", which runs auxiliary to the Center of Excellence for Women and Technology. Advocates and Allies focuses their work on educating themselves, and other men, about gender equity through workshops dedicated to removing unconscious bias and promoting awareness of gender discrimination. James' background in psychology gives him unique insight into these biases, and he discusses how, even beyond gender discrimination, we all carry these biases with us and how we can work to be better.

Women in Tech with Laurie Burns McRobbie

IU First Lady Laurie Burns McRobbie has devoted her career to supporting women's leadership and technology. Now, the Serve IT Clinic has been named in her honor. She sat down with host Elaine Monaghan and producer Violet Baron to talk women in tech, philanthropy, and her tenure at IU.

TTG Asks Aaron Carroll

Will IU have a giant vaccination pod in a couple months’ time? Will vaccinations be required for students to come back to campus in the fall? What WAS that lingering cough I had right before the outbreak? Sounds like the kind of thing you’d ask Aaron Carroll. We did! After two semesters of answering every question the IU community could think of in weekly webinars, he gamely came on the show to answer Dean Shanahan and Professor Monaghan’s burning questions as we round the corner toward mass vaccinations and a hopeful return to on-campus life.

Democracy after Trump with Jeff Isaac

This country’s political system has been through a lot in the past two months - ahem - four years. James H. Rudy Professor of Political Science Jeff Isaac joins host Elaine Monaghan and producer Violet Baron to consider how the government will reckon with its recent past, where Trumpism goes now, and what a kid from New York turned Bloomington public intellectual can bring to the conversation.

AAAMC Speaks with Dr. Tyron Cooper

IU Archives of African American Music and Culture Director Tyron Cooper has an insider’s view of Black music and the culture behind it, much of which goes back to the Black church. He says that’s part of what makes AAAMC different: it looks at the broad context and origins of Black music, and makes it accessible for both scholarship and casual listening. Cooper joins Dean Shanahan on Through the Gates to tell us more about the archives and share AAAMC Speaks, a documentary series hosted by the archives in partnership with the Office of the Provost. The series brings the archives alive in a series of interviews with industry executives and performers in various genres of Black music. The first episode on Eddie Gilreath shows one of the first Black professionals to work at the executive level in the music industry. Coming up are features on AAAMC founding director Dr. Portia Maultsby and the foundational jazz musician Reggie Workman. Go to aaamc.indiana.edu to learn more about the archives.

Free Speech after Insurrection with Tony Fargo and Steve Sanders

Deplatforming. Incitement. Section 230. Buzzwords are flying in the aftermath of the United States’ first transfer of power that was anything but peaceful. As online platforms grow and proliferate, How do we regulate social media while protecting the right to dissent? The Media School’s Tony Fargo and Maurer School of Law’s Steve Sanders join Dean Shanahan to talk about what makes speech free and what keeps it that way, while protecting the institutions that hold this country together.

Black Voices with Jaclyn Ferguson

When George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery were killed this summer, thousands of people across the country rose up and took to the streets in protest. Out of that chaos and hope emerged a new urgency in the fight for racial justice in America. And out of that urgency emerged an exciting new initiative here at IU: Black Voices at the Indiana Daily Student. Black Voices' founding editor Jaclyn Ferguson sat down with Elaine Monaghan and Violet Baron to share her experience starting something totally new and growing it into a vibrant and much-needed space for art, poetry, opinions and reporting on the Black student experience at IU

A Life in Language with Douglas Hofstadter

Dr. Douglas Hofstadter has researched, written, discovered and created many things - his expertise runs from cognitive science to literature, to language, and to art. His 1979 book Goedel, Escher, Bach became a classic in the popular understanding of the workings of our brain. Professor Hofstadter has since written many things - some playful inquiries, some piercing meditations, some all at once. Since 1977, he has held a professorship at IU that started in computer science and has spanned many departments. Dean Shanahan, Professor Elaine Monaghan and Producer Violet Baron sat down with Professor Hofstadter to hear his take on his writings, and on using musings on language to take on life.

COVID and Quarantine with Lexi Haskell

When IDS reporter Lexi Haskell came back to campus after a summer of strict quarantine with her family, she knew there was some level of risk. But when she caught COVID and quarantined in her dorm, she got to thinking: am I just another dumb college kid who got infected, or is there something more going on here? This question was at the heart of her popular column for the IDS this fall, and it got a lot of buzz around IU and beyond it. Elaine Monaghan and Violet Baron speak with Lexi about the column, her experience, and her feelings now that she’s on the other side.

Bonus Episode: Distinguished Alumnus Bob Shanks - Part 2

IU alumnus Bob Shanks passed away last month, and in his honor we bring you Part 2 to a conversation from 2016, when Shanks returned to the Media School to accept a Distinguished Alumni Award. Host Jim Shanahan talked with Shanks about his triumphs and tragedies in the pressure-cooker comedy scene in New York, and what it was like to produce the classic prank show "Candid Camera." We also hear about the decision to pause entertainment during national emergencies like the Kennedy assassination, and when the show must go on. This is the second in a two-part series.

Election 2020: Tracking Social Media with Harry Yan and Christopher Torres-Lugo

The 2020 election will likely be on our minds for some time. But how did we get here? Dean Shanahan speaks with Harry Yan and Christopher Torres-Lugo, two graduate students who are researching election interference. Yan and Lugo work at IU’s Observatory on Social Media, known familiarly as OSoMe, or “awesome.” The three discuss detecting bots, online election narratives, how the field is becoming more polarized— and what we might learn from it all.

Bonus Episode: Distinguished Alumnus Bob Shanks

IU alumnus Bob Shanks made his name as a New York television producer, helping to launch shows like “Good Morning America” and “20/20.” He passed away this month, and in his honor we bring you a conversation from 2016, when Shanks returned to the Media School to accept a Distinguished Alumni Award. Host Jim Shanahan talked with Shanks about his path to New York from Lebanon, Indiana. We hear how he parlayed proximity into a seat at the table, moving from waiting on executives to calling the shots at some of New York’s most well-known shows. This is Part 1 of a 2-part series.

The Center for Human Growth with Lynn Gilman and Lauren Adams

With the world changing by the minute, mental health support is more important than ever... but the way counseling happens is changing too. Elaine Monaghan and Violet Baron talk to the Center for Human Growth's Director Lynn Gilman and Co-Assistant Director Lauren Adams about its unique model as a counseling center fully staffed by graduate students. They also talk about how the counseling center is navigating the pandemic, and what might carry over even once we return to "normal."

The Emergence of Illiberalism with Michael Weinman

As we head into the election in a rapidly changing country, we can see the ways that liberal politics are giving way to more radical policies around the world. Dean Shanahan and Professor of Practice Elaine Monaghan speak with Michael Weinman, Professor of Philosophy at Bard College Berlin, about his new coedited volume, “The Emergence of Illiberalism: Understanding a Global Phenomenon.” The trio discuss how we can understand trends away from liberal policies and politics, and what we might expect to replace them.

Hidden Liberalism with Hussein Banai

In our first episode of Season 6, The Media School's Dean Jim Shanahan sits down with Hussein Banai, assistant professor at the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies. Banai's new book, "Hidden Liberalism Burdened Visions of Progress in Modern Iran," describes the ways that liberal political ideals appear in the country, and what their influence might mean for Iran's future. The two discuss the book, modern Iran's political sphere, and how it may affect international relations in the future.

Advocates And Allies

In this episode, host Elaine Monaghan sits down with Indiana University professor of psychology Tom James. James is one of the founders of "Advocates and Allies for Equity", which runs auxiliary to the Center of Excellence for Women and Technology. Advocates and Allies focuses their work on educating themselves, and other men, about gender equity through workshops dedicated to removing unconscious bias and promoting awareness of gender discrimination. James' background in psychology gives him unique insight into these biases, and he discusses how, even beyond gender discrimination, we all carry these biases with us and how we can work to be better.

The Sample: Tiny Dorm Concert

This week, Tiny Dorm Concert directors Linnea Holt, Natalie Almanza, and Eric Ashby chat about the start of the brand, all the work that goes into their videos, and the skills they've learned along the way.  Check out one of TDC's nearly 20 videos at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCda2MNtPEquk1KRZ4ZlZ6Fg  Special thanks to Matixando for letting us record their warmup and pre-show conversation--stay tuned for their Tiny Dorm Concert!

The 2020 Census at Indiana University

The Bateman Case Study Competition is a public relations competition for students nationwide to gain experience in public relations. IU has its own class devoted to this competition in which 4 students and a faculty advisor work together to implement a campaign for the chosen client. This year's client: The 2020 US Census. In this week's episode you'll hear from faculty advisor Dave Groobert and students Adara Donald and Abigail Bainbridge about what it's like to work on this case study and what exactly the US Census is.

Remembering Without Seeing with Maria Hamilton Abegunde

In celebration of Black History Month, Through the Gates' shorts, The Sample, sat down with Maria Hamilton Abegunde to discuss how the intersections of past and present, trauma and healing, influence the ways we, "witness and testify to lived experiences..." Among a wide array of accomplishments and experiences, Dr. Abegunde is an award-winning poet, the founding director of The Graduate Mentoring Center, and a visiting faculty member in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies. She is a memory keeper, and author of one collection of poetry and two poetry chapbooks.

The Sample: Jordan Hall Greenhouse

Surviving an Indiana winter is tough enough but it can seem especially brutal when all the greenery on campus is gone. In this episode of The Sample, take a visit to the Jordan Hall Greenhouse as producer Kat Spence explores what this staple of IU has to offer during the cold Hoosier winter.

Ep. 137 Tim Londergan And Steve Vigdor

In the era of 'alternative facts,' it's more important than ever to be able to differentiate between sound science and pseudoscience. This week, Elaine sits down with IU professors Tim Londergan and Steve Vigdor to chat about some of the science myths they've debunked on their blog as well as the importance of scientific literacy in today's political climate.  You can find Tim and Steve's blog at www.debunkingdenial.com

The Sample: Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year is a time to gather with friends and family to wish each other well in the new year. This week, producer Kat Spence sat down with students Kelly Fan and Elise Lee at the Asian Culture Center to find out more about the traditions surrounding this holiday as well as what the holiday means to them and their families.

Ep. 136: The Sage Collection with Heather Akou

To celebrate 125 years of art + design at Indiana University, Elaine sits down with Associate Professor of Fashion Design, Dr. Heather Akou, to chat about the Sage Collection and the importance of archiving and studying clothing. Hear about some of the more unique items in the collection and why studying them can change the way we think about history and culture.  Learn more about IU Bicentennial Events: 200.iu.edu/events

Ep. 134: Dina Kellams

With the anniversary of Indiana University's Bicentennial just around the corner, it makes sense to talk with someone who has expertise on the subject of the history of IU. In this week's episode, host Elaine Monaghan tours the Indiana University Archives with Dina Kellams, director of University Archives, to learn about how the archives work, IU's campus after World War II, a misplaced engagement ring, and Herman B Wells' Christmas tradition.

Ep. 133: Tatiana Kolovou

Developing good communication skills is increasingly hard in such a fast-paced and globalized world. Is it okay to put emojis in professional emails? How should we address bosses and professors? Is it better to call or email? This week, host Elaine Monaghan sits down with Tatiana Kolovou, Senior Lecturer in the Kelley School of Business, to discuss how we can communicate effectively and appropriately.

The Sample: ICAN at IU

In this episode of The Sample, Mallory Melchi and Hudson sit down with us to talk about the work that they do with the Indiana Canine Assistance Network. Mallory does important work as both the president of the organization at IU and as one of its volunteer service dog trainers. Hudson is also doing important work-- becoming the best service dog he can be.

Ep. 132: Steve Watt

In anticipation of The Worlds of John Wick Conference happening November 7-9th, our host Elaine Monaghan sits down with Steve Watt to talk about the franchise and the world-building that makes it so notable.

The Sample: Costume Design

Costume design is an important element to bringing a story to life. It brings out the personality of characters and lets the audience immerse themselves into a whole new world. This week we had the chance explore the process of designing a costume, from a sketch to a final wearable garment for the stage.

Ep. 131: An Interview with Kevin Everson

In this episode of Through the Gates, guest-host Terri Francis, director of the Black Film Center/Archive, sits down with filmmaker Kevin Everson to discuss how he came to create films and the artistic vision with which he creates them.

The Sample: Ode to Fall

At long last it's starting to feel like fall in Bloomington, and we couldn't be happier. This week we pay homage to the sights, sounds, and smells of the season. Listen with headphones for a better experience!

Ep. 130: Remembering Elinor Ostrom

In this episode of Through The Gates, our host Elaine Monaghan sits down with Scott Shackleford and Mike McGinnis to reflect on the life and work of Elinor Ostrom. Elinor was a member of the faculty at IU and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2009. For a list of events honoring her legacy visit https://ostromworkshop.indiana.edu/index.html

The Sample: Writing Tutorial Services

It's that time in the semester where papers start piling up. In this week's episode, we had the chance to sit down with the tutors from The Writing Tutorial Services. They shared advice on how to improve your writing skills and how to work through writer's block.

Bring Change to Mind with Bernice Pescosolido

This week on Through The Gates, Elaine sits down to discuss how to combat the stigma of mental health on IU's campus with professor Bernice Pescosolido. Professor Pescosolido leads the on-campus initiative called You Bring Change to Mind at IU.

Meet the Host with Elaine Monaghan

Welcome back! In our first episode of Season 5, we chat about the importance of radio with new host and Professor of Practice at IU's Media School, Elaine Monaghan. We hope you're as excited as we are for what's ahead.

Meet the Producers

In this episode of The Sample, our student producers come out from behind their microphones and computer screens to introduce themselves. Get acquainted with Kat, Ibby, and James, and learn about everything from astrology to mountaineering in the process.

The Sample Ep. 16: Pride

While most of the country celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride in June, Bloomington celebrates in the month of August. In this episode of The Sample, Kat Spence heads to the LGBTQ+ Culture Center to ask the students who call Indiana University and Bloomington home, what Pride means to them. Readers! Do You Read by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://chriszabriskie.com/reappear/ Artist: http://chriszabriskie.com/

Ep 127: Dialect coaching with Nancy Lipschultz

This week, Dean Shanahan talks with Nancy Lipschultz, Associate Professor of Voice and Speech in the Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance. Lipschultz shares insight into regional dialects, how she coaches professionals, and gives the dean a quick lesson on Cockney English.

Ep. 126: Digital media with entrepreneur Rafat Ali

Rafat Ali came to study new media at IU in the heat of the dot-com boom. By the time he graduated, the bubble had burst. Yet, Ali managed to enter and excel in digital media, founding paidContent, ContentNext and Skift. In this episode, he talks with Dean Shanahan about how he did it.

Ep. 125: Psychological & Brain Sciences with Lorenzo Lorenzo-Luaces

Assistant Professor of the Psychological and Brian Sciences Lorenzo Lorenzo-Luaces discusses depression, psychotherapy, and the potentials of online treatment for mental illness.

The Sample Ep. 15: Graduation

In our season finale, Maria and Gabrielle Sanchez Steenberger graduate from IU as first-generation college students, as education advocates, as mother and daughter. Their matching caps? "La Gente Está Presente Mamá" and "La Gente Está Presente Mija."

Ep. 124: IU Athletics with Galen Clavio & Zach Osterman

It's no surprise that Indiana has a long legacy of top-tier athletic programs. This week, Dean Shanahan sits down with Galen Clavio, IU Associate Professor & Director of the National Sports Journalism Center, and Zach Osterman, the Indy Star's collegiate sports reporter, to talk about IU Athletics past and present.

Ep. 123: Chasing the ice with environmental photographer James Balog

Emmy-winning environmental photographer James Balog shares with Dean Shanahan harrowing stories of mountaineering and the keys to creating new narratives about the environment. Balog is the founder of the Extreme Ice Survey and the Earth Vision Institute, and his latest film, "The Human Element," explores how humanity affects and is affected by earth, air, fire and water. He has spoken at the White House, in the U.S. Congress, at NASA, and is widely known for his popular TED talk "Time-Lapse Proof of Extreme Ice Loss."

Ep. 122: Russian environmental journalist Angelina Davydova

Angelina Davydova reports on the environment for Russian and international media. During a visit to IU Bloomington, this Hurbet H. Humphrey fellow from UC Davis sat down with Dean Shanahan to discuss Russian waste management, thawing permafrost and how the changing climate is affecting the natural landscapes of Russia.

The Sample Ep. 14: The Powwow

Under sunny early-April skies, IU's First Nations Educational & Cultural Center hosted its Eighth Annual Traditional Powwow. For years, this has been an event where native students can celebrate and non-native students can learn. This year, we chat with recent grad Scout Landin about the jingle dress and why she came back to town for this IU tradition.

Ep. 121: Rhodes Scholar Jenny Huang

This week Dean Shanahan sits down with IU alumna and Rhodes Scholar Jenny Huang. Tune in to hear Jenny's story: from her avid reading as a child, to field research in Iceland, to her new adventure as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford.

The Sample Ep. 13: Banana Olympics

On April Fools' Day 1975, IU grad Leon Varjian held the first annual Banana Olympics in Dunn Meadow. To honor the original event's spirit of absurdity and fun, the producers of The Sample held their own version of the games 44 years later.

Ep. 120: Film Scoring with Larry Groupé

With two Musical Composition/Arrangement Emmy wins behind him, professor Larry Groupé talks with Dean Shanahan about Hollywood scoring for movies, video games, and shows. Groupé leads IU's new film and media scoring program, teaching classed in the Jacobs School of Music and the Media School.

The Sample Ep. 12: Season

In this episode, Emily visits the closet of Paige Venturi, editor in chief of IU's only fashion magazine. She and Arjun Madhavan have been a part of Season Magazine since Sharon Hsu founded it in 2018. Season opens a door for students passionate about fusing art and utility into content that fellow students can connect with.

Ep. 119 - One note at a time with pianist and professor Norman Krieger

It starts with a note. A curious press down on the piano key. That single note would lead to a passionate love of piano that would last a lifetime. Join us this week as Dean Shanahan talks with American pianist and Jacobs School of Music professor Norman Krieger about his musical journey and love of the piano.

Ep. 118: IU Women's Basketball Coach Teri Moren

What’s next for IU Women’s basketball after winning the WNIT championships last spring? Dean Shanahan sits down with head coach Teri Moren to talk about the future of the team, her coaching philosophy, and the changing face of collegiate basketball.

Ep. 117: Jennifer Bass and Stephanie Sanders from Just Married Podcast

Hundreds of same-sex couples throughout the state share one of two anniversaries: June 25 and 26, 2014. In this episode, makers of IU's "Just Married" podcast, Jennifer Bass and Stephanie Sanders, talk about why these two days in June matter, the history and laws surrounding marriage equality in the U.S., and how they're sharing the love stories of same-sex Hoosiers on their journeys into marriage.

The Sample Ep. 11: Raas Royalty

Her freshman year, IU senior Dhara Shukla got involved in the Raas Royalty Dance Competition, the only free garba-raas competition in the nation. Now a co-director of the organization, she reflects on how dance and the friends she's made through Raas have made IU home for her.

Ep. 116: On & Off the Court with Tamika Catchings

Dean Shanahan sits down with WNBA legend Tamika Catchings to talk about legacy champions, dreaming big, and the importance of making a positive impact. Catchings was the keynote speaker at this year's MLK Jr. Day Leadership Breakfast.

Ep. 115: "Who are you wearing" with Professor Linda Pisano

In the throes of awards season, commentary on celebrity fashion choices runs rampant. This week, Professor Linda Pisano, chair of the Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance department, talks costume design, style trends, and how we can contextualize red carpet fashion.

The Sample Ep. 10: The Book Nook

In this episode, Abbie takes us back to the 1920s, and we hunker down in the Book Nook, "a randy temple smelling of socks, wet slickers, vanilla flavoring, face powder, and unread books," as described by Hoagy Carmichael. Cover photo: “Book Nook Commencement,” Indiana University Archives Exhibits, accessed February 15, 2019, http://collections.libraries.indiana.edu/iubarchives/items/show/627.

Ep. 114: Late-Life Love with Susan Gubar

Through the Gates celebrates Valentine's Day with one of IU's beloved professors emeriti, Susan Gubar. Author of the new book Late-Life Love, Gubar talks with Dean Shanahan about the way love changes and remains the same as we age. They also discuss Gubar's life and New York Times blog Living With Cancer.

Ep. 113: Demystifying cybersecurity with Alison Macrina

For the great many of us confounded by issues of cybersecurity, Dean Shanahan and founder of the Library Freedom Project Alison Macrina work through everything from Facebook to the NSA and web browsing to texting. Macrina is set to visit IU Feb. 14 as part of the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research speaker series, co-hosted with the Center of Excellence for Women in Technology.

The Sample Ep. 9: The Violinist

Being a musician is all about balance. Knowing your notes while looking at the bigger picture of the score. Perfecting your performance as an individual artist while harmonizing with an orchestra. For IU student Dylan Naroff, it's about finding his own sound in the hustle and bustle of life at Jacobs School of Music.

Ep. 112: Sampling food critiques with Laura Reiley

Dean Shanahan speaks with Tampa Bay Times food critic, Laura Reiley, a Pulitzer and Beard finalist, about changes to our food systems and whether food in restaurants is always what it claims to be.

EP. 111: Sustaining Hoosier Farms with James Farmer and Julia Valliant

James Farmer, associate professor from IU SPEA, and Julia Valliant, a postdoc researcher from the Ostrom Workshop, talk with Dean Shanahan about farm transfers, capturing the stories of Hoosier farmers, and sharing those stories in the media.

Ep. 110: Guest host Terri Francis talks film with director Michael Schultz

In this special guest interview, Terri Francis, Media School associate professor and director of the Black Film Center/Archive, talks with long-time film and television director Michael Schultz. They cover Schultz's youth, industry experience and storytelling philosophy.

Ep. 109: Moscow-based journalist and filmmaker Elena Volochine

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.

Ep. 108: Holiday Extravaganza

In Ep. 108, join the entire Through the Gates team has Dean Shanahan hosts our third annual holiday quiz show. Listen along and see if you can beat our high score!

Ep. 107: Jon Racek and Design Thinking

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.

The Sample Ep. 8: All I Want for Christmas

In this episode of The Sample, Abbie and Emily try to figure out why so many students can't get enough of a 1994 holiday tune. Photo by Drew Coffman on Unsplash.

Ep. 106: Professor of Rock & Roll Andy Hollinden

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.

Ep. 105: Hitting the mat with IU Wrestling Head Coach Angel Escobedo

In episode 105, Dean Shanahan and Angel Escobedo, the new head coach of IU wrestling, talk about Escobedo's background, the life of a wrestler, and where IU's team is headed.

The Sample Ep. 7: Friendsgiving

In this episode of The Sample, junior Calla Norman tells us about the power of cooking and how she fits it into student life.

Ep. 104: Joel Clement blows the whistle on climate change in the Arctic

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 Ep. 6: The Ballantonian

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.

Ep. 103: Professor Bernard Fraga explains the gap in voter turnout

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.

The Sample Ep. 5: Game Design

In this episode of The Sample, Terick talks with Mike Sellers of the Media School about the way game design can extend beyond entertainment. Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash.

Ep. 102: Folklore Professor Robert Dobler Discusses the Dead

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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.

The Sample Ep. 4: The Pumpkin

In this episode of The Sample, the team ventures out to a pumpkin patch in an effort to bring a family tradition to school.

Ep. 101: Peter Singer on animal rights

In episode 101, Dean Shanahan and bioethicist/moral philosopher Peter Singer talk about animal rights, global poverty and the climate.

Ep. 100: IU President McRobbie on the future of voting

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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 Ep. 3: La Casa

In this episode of The Sample, senior Angelica Navarro tells us what it's like to step into and be a part of IU's Latino Cultural Center.

Ep. 99: Jeannine Bell talks hate crimes in the Midwest

In episode 99, Dean Shanahan and Richard S. Melvin Professor of Law Jeannine Bell talk about hate crimes and their persistence in the United States, especially in the highly segregated Midwest.

The Sample Ep. 2: Puzzles

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.

Ep. 98: Paul Helmke & Lisa-Marie Napoli talk student voters and the midterm elections

"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 Ep. 1: Lotus

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.

Ep. 97: Lotus World Music & Arts Festival with Sunni Fass & Rob Simonds

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.

Ep. 96: James Strong talks soul music

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.

Ep. 95: Sustaining Hoosier Communities Director Jane Rogan

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.

Ep. 94: Terri Francis, director of IU's Black Film Center/Archive

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.

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

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.

Ep. 92: Documentarian Ruth O'Reilly

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.

Ep. 91: Discussing honest journalism with Raju Narisetti

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.

Ep. 90: Elliott Abrams

Dean James Shanahan speaks to Elliot Abrams, a recent guest of IU's Tocqueville Lecture Series.

Ep. 89: Getting to know Chicano Batman

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.

Ep. 88: Amy Wax

In episode 88, Dean James Shanahan interviews Amy Wax, who recently visited IU Bloomington as a guest of the Tocqueville Lecture Series.

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

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.

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

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.

Ep. 85: Noah Bendix-Balgley, First Concertmaster with the Berliner Philharmoniker

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."

Ep. 84: Jamie Kalven, the first amendment, and the Laquan McDonald case

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.

Ep. 83: Twyla Tharp on movement, creativity, and The One Hundreds at Indiana University

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.

Ep. 82: Hindustan Times' Aman Sethi on the demonetization in India

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.

Ep. 81: Educating on climate change with PBS' Nova producers

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.

Ep. 80: Gina McCarthy on the future of the EPA and our planet

In ep. 80, Dean Shanahan speaks to Gina McCarthy, who served as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 2013 to 2017.

Ep. 79: Wounded Galaxies 1968: Paris, Prague, Chicago

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.

Ep. 78: Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

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.

Ep. 77: Cybersecurity and the challenges of staying safe online in 2018

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.

Ep. 76: Discussing race, change, and awkward conversations with W. Kamau Bell

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.

Ep. 75: The Through the Gates Holiday Spectacular

In episode 75, the Through the Gates family gets together for a fun episode of holiday trivia and conversation.

Ep. 74: Talking Journalism, Politics, and Polls with Washington Post's Margaret Sullivan

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."

Ep. 73: Indie filmmaker and IU alumna Eliza Hittman

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.

Ep. 72: IU Ballet & The Nutcracker: A Holiday Tradition

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.

Ep. 71: Getting to know Ellen Ketterson & IU's Grand Challenge on environmental change

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.

Ep. 70: Alvin Felzenberg on the life and times of William F. Buckley Jr.

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.

Ep. 69: The works and impact of Polish composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki

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.

Ep. 68: The Orson Welles materials at Indiana University

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.

Ep. 67: Breaking down Indiana University's campus ghost stories

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 (https://soundcloud.com/through-the-gates-at-iu/ep-65-the-haunted-history-of-indiana-university-with-kat-klockow)

Ep. 66: Discussing foreign relations, the Iran nuclear deal, and academia with Lee Feinstein

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.

Ep. 65: The haunted history of Indiana University with Kat Klockow

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." Be sure to listen to this in conjunction with episode 67, where our producers examine more ghost stories related to the IU Bloomington campus (https://soundcloud.com/through-the-gates-at-iu/ep-67-breaking-down-indiana-university-campus-ghost-stories).

Ep. 64: A discussion with Academy Award winner and IU alum Bruce Joel Rubin

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.

Ep. 63: Understanding the history of North Korea and its relationship with the United States

In episode 63, we talk to Mark Minton, professor of practice in IU's School of Global and International Studies, about the history of North Korea and the escalation of tensions with the United States.

Ep. 62: Discussing DACA, its history, and the implications of the rollback

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.

Ep. 61: Leonard Bernstein at 100: The IU Jacobs School connection

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."

Ep. 60: Discussing the current cycle of political and social polarization with Aurelian Craiutu

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.

Ep. 59: A discussion on Confederate monuments and awakening Americans to history

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.

Ep. 58: A discussion with journalist and professor Elaine Monaghan

In episode 58, we discuss journalism, languages, foreign correspondence, and more with Elaine Monaghan, career journalist and professor of practice in the IU Media School.

Ep. 57: Discussing the 2017 Solar Eclipse with Dr Caty Pilachowski

In episode 57, we chat with Dr. Caty Pilachowski, Professor and the Kirkwood Chair in Astronomy at Indiana University Bloomington, about the 2017 solar eclipse and IU's CelestFest event

Ep. 56: Talking record engineering, production, and podcasting with Paul Mahern

In episode 56, we talk to Paul Mahern—rock and pop record producer, mixing and mastering engineer, singer, songwriter, and IU Media School instructor. Mahern has worked with acts such as John Mellencamp, Lily & Madeleine, The Fray, and Neil Young.

Ep. 55: Meat the future with David Kay

In episode 55, we talk to David Kay of Memphis Meats, a California-based company working to change the way meat gets to your plate by producing real meat from lab-grown animal cells.

Ep. 54: Making, Innovating, and Learning in IU's Makerspace

Episode 54 features a discussion with Adam Maltese and grad student Joey Huang about "the MILL," a creative space at IU Bloomington for tinkering, crafting, prototyping, and exploring creative solutions to pedagogical problems.

Ep. 53: Peter Hessler on Chinese lingerie merchants and the inroads of globalization

Author and The New Yorker staff writer Peter Hessler joins Through the Gates to discuss the cultural differences between Egyptians and the Chinese entrepreneurs who have set up shop in towns along the Nile.

Ep. 52: Author William McKeen discusses the Beach Boys and Everybody Had an Ocean

Author and Boston University Professor William McKeen joins Through the Gates to discuss his new book "Everybody Had an Ocean," as well as The Beach Boys, Charles Manson, and the music and mayhem of the 1960s.

Ep. 51: Discussing S-Town, Serial, and binge-worthy journalism with Julie Snyder

In episode 51, producer Julie Snyder joins Through the Gates to talk about binge-worthy journalism and her experiences with S-Town and Serial, two of the most successful podcast programs in recent history.

Ep. 50: The polarization of politics with The Washington Post's E.J. Dionne

E.J. Dionne, columnist for The Washington Post, helps us ring in the 50th episode with a discussion on the polarization of politics and the importance of empathy.

Ep. 49: Discussing politics and investigative journalism with Roger Cohen

In episode 49, New York Times columnist and IU Poynter Center Chair Roger Cohen joins us to discuss post-election politics and the importance of investigative journalism.

Ep. 48: Getting to know the University Archives & the Primary Source Immersion Program

Dina Kellams, Director of University Archives, and Meg Meiman, head of teaching and learning at IU Libraries, join us to discuss the Indiana University Archives and the Primary Source Immersion Program. The new program will help IU faculty members integrate primary sources into an existing or new course and show ways to foster students’ information literacy skills in relation to primary sources.

Ep. 47: Discussing the state of contemporary politics with William Kristol

In episode 47, we're joined by neoconservative political analyst and commentator William Kristol, founder and editor-at-large of The Weekly Standard. Kristol is visited the IU Bloomington campus as part of The Toqueville Program to speak about the state of contemporary politics and the chances of a new political center at the university.

Ep. 46: The 89th Academy Awards with Brittany Friesner & Jesse Pasternack

In episode 46, we're joined by Brittany Friesner, associate director of the IU Cinema, and Jesse Pasternak, a junior at IU and the co-president of the Indiana Student Cinema Guild, to discuss the Oscars, why they're important, and their impact on our culture.

Ep. 45: Modern love, dating & Singles in America with Justin Garcia

In episode 45, we speak to Dr. Justin Garcia, associate director for research & education at the Kinsey Institute and Ruth N. Halls Assistant Professor of Gender Studies at Indiana University. Dr. Garcia talks about a new era of modern love and dating and technology's role in it, as well as Match.com's Singles in America survey.

Ep. 44: Aurelian Craiutu and the Faces of Moderation

Aurelian Craiutu is a champion of moderation in an era of extreme politics. The political scientist argues that moderation is a virtue for all seasons, but that it's urgently needed in times of polarization. In episode 44, Craiutu discusses his new book, "Faces of Moderation: The Art of Balance in an Age of Extremes," which pushes back against the idea that moderation is a weak virtue or a philosophy for people who lack conviction.

Ep. 43: On the road to the Rhodes with scholar Morgan Mohr

We talk to Morgan Mohr, a senior at Indiana University Bloomington studying political science, history and feminist policy. Morgan was recently named a 2017 Rhodes Scholar.

Ep. 42: Linda Smith and the study of learning in human children and machines

Jim Shanahan speaks to Linda Smith, Distinguished Professor and Chancellor’s Professor of psychological and brain sciences in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences. Professor Smith is leading "Learning: Brains, Machines, and Children," which is Indiana University's first Emerging Areas Research Initiative.

Ep. 41: Elizabeth Cullen Dunn on displacement and humanitarianism in the Republic of Georgia

Through the Gates opens season 2 with guest Elizabeth Cullen Dunn, an associate professor in IU's School of Global and International Studies. Professor Dunn discusses the experiences and lessons learned during the development of her upcoming book, "Permanently Temporary: Humanitarianism and displacement in the Republic of Georgia." She also discusses the plight of refugees in other parts of the world, as well as the current state of efforts to resettle refugees in Bloomington, Indiana.

Ep. 40 – Through the Gates Year-End Review

A look back at some of the interesting personalities who appeared on Through the Gates, including Tom French, Jonathan Banks, Robbie Benson, Kate Lilley, Lilly King, Lee Hamilton and Monika Herzig.

Ep. 39: The Holiday Spectacular

IU Libraries Dina Kellams and Michelle Crowe join Jim and Janae to talk about Indiana University holiday facts, traditions, and more. This episode marks the end of season 1 of Through the Gates.

Ep. 38: A post-election discussion on the rise of Twitter bots

IU Professor Filippo Menczer joins Jim and Janae in the studio to discuss one of the election season's hottest topics—the rise of Twitter bots.

Ep. 37: Glenn Gass on Elvis Presley and the history of rock and roll

Glenn Gass, Provost Professor of Music in the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, talks to us about Elvis Presley, the Beatles, and the history of rock music and the rock era.

Ep. 36: IU's Paul Helmke & Brian DeLong on the 2016 political season

This week, Through the Gates host Jim Shanahan discusses the upcoming election and recent electoral debates with IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs professors Paul Helmke, Professor of Practice and director of the Civic Leaders Center, and Brian DeLong, senior lecturer and university debate coach. This far-reaching conversation explores a variety of issues related to both Donald J. Trump and Secretary Hillary Clinton's recent campaigns during this unusual and trend-setting election season.

Ep. 35: The challenge of increasing campus diversity among faculty and students

This week, Through the Gates host Jim Shanahan speaks with John Nieto Phillips, IU associate vice provost for faculty development and diversity, on the challenge of increasing campus diversity among faculty and students. The conversation addresses a variety of nuances of student and faculty recruitment and touches on questions of competitive hiring, extra burdens on minority faculty, and implicit bias.

Ep. 34: Tom & Kelley French on “Juniper: The Girl Who Was Born Too Soon”

Through the Gates host Jim Shanahan speaks with Thomas and Kelley French, both acclaimed journalists and Professors of Practice at the Media School. Their recently published memoir, "Juniper: The Girl Who Was Born Too Soon," has fast become an important work for parents navigating similar circumstances and for medical professionals seeking to understand the experience of parents of premature children.

Ep. 33: Nicole Martins on the effects of mass media on children

Through the Gates host and Dean of the Media School Jim Shanahan speaks with Associate Professor Nicole Martins about her work on the effects of media on children. The conversation reveals some of the ways gender, body image, and interpersonal violence are impacted by media use.

Ep. 32: Bernard Fraga and Sandy Shapshay on young voters & the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge

Janae Cummings talks with Prof. Bernard Fraga and Prof. Sandra Shapshay about their work on the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, a national voting initiative focused on improving democratic engagement on college campuses, increasing student voter participation rates, and graduating students with a lifelong commitment to being informed and active citizens. In our Hoosier Five segment, Cummings speaks with Professor Amjad Ali Khan, a virtuoso and master teacher of the Indian sarod, a fretless cousin of the sitar.

Hoosier Five: Indiana University Sleep Walk

Hoosier Five host Janae Cummings talks about the Indiana University Sleep Walk and the Sleep Great IU! Challenge with Carrie Docherty from the IU School of Public Health and Steven Lalevich from Healthy IU.

Ep. 31: Jess Tompkins on women in gaming

Through the Gates host Janae Cummings talks to Jess Tompkins, IU Media School PhD student, about women in gaming and the sexualization of female characters in video games. She later chats with IU School of Public Health's Carrie Docherty and Healthy IU's Steven Lalevich about IU's Sleep Walk awareness event.

Ep. 30: Monika Herzig on jazz legend David Baker and women in jazz

Through the Gates host Jim Shanahan talks with Monika Herzig, jazz recording artist and lecturer in SPEA’s Arts Management program about jazz legend David Baker, jazz education, and women in jazz. Additional segments include the Hoosier 5 with IU Theatre professor Dale McFadden and a monologue by Chris J. Handley from the memory play "Dancing at Lughnasa."

Ep. 29: Media portrayal of Muslims, the political climate & student activism

IU Media School dean Jim Shanahan interviews Prof. Abdulkader Sinno on topics ranging from the portrayal of Muslims in popular culture to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim citizens in the U.S. to comedians who help bridge the gap between negative perceptions and reality. In a later interview, Janae Cummings interviews IU senior Dana Khabbaz about student activism.

Hoosier Five: Conversation with Adrian Matejka

We asked five questions (and a little more) to Indiana University professor and poet-in-residence Adrian Matejka. The award-winning poet is author of The Devil’s Garden, Mixology, and The Big Smoke—a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award and the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. His upcoming collection of poems, Map to the Stars, will be released in March 2017.

Ep. 28: Keith Caton - IU Football Strength and Conditioning Coach

With the IU football season well underway, someone has to help the Hoosiers stay in top shape. That person is Keith Caton, the strength and conditioning coach for the IU football team. Caton's coaching career includes stops at the University of Southern Mississippi, Auburn University, the University of Missouri, Western Kentucky University and Baylor University. This week on Through the Gates, host Jim Shanahan will discuss IU's training methods with Caton, as well as his role in helping athletes sustain their athletic performance. We'll also hear from Caryn Hojnicki, sustainability coordinator with Greening Cream & Crimson, an initiative designed to bring more sustainable practices to IU athletics. She'll share her work on the Zero Waste Football project with Janae Cummings in this week's Five Questions segment.

Ep. 27: Ed Comentale - First Thursdays

This week, Through the Gates hosts Jim Shanahan and Janae Cummings talk with Ed Comentale, associate vice provost for arts and humanities in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, and Arts and Humanities Council intern Lucy Battersby, an undergraduate studying history and creative writing in the College of Arts and Sciences. Ed and Lucy share updates from the council and talk about First Thursdays, a celebration of contemporary arts & humanities on the IU Bloomington campus debuting Sept. 1 at 5 p.m. The festival is free and open to all members of the public, with performances and activities around the Showalter Arts Plaza from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., followed by featured evening events at venues across campus. Janae Cummings also talks with IU award-winning poet Adrian Matejka, who has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, and who is kicking off the inaugural First Thursdays event Sept. 1, and documentarian Rick Prelinger, whose film “No More Road Trips?” will be shown during the event at 6:30 p.m. in the IU Cinema

Ep. 26: Melanie Payne - Welcome Week

When students at IU Bloomington head back to campus, Melanie Payne and her team are there to help them. Payne is the senior associate director of First Year Experience and the director of New Student Orientation, and she joins Through the Gates this week to share exactly how she makes the move-in experience a good one for all of the new Hoosiers heading to school for the first time.

Ep. 25: Michael Adams - Author

This week, we’ll hear from Michael Adams, Provost Professor of English at Indiana University, and author of “In Praise of Profanity” (Oxford University Press, 2016). Adams sees “In Praise of Profanity” as a continuation of 2009’s “Slang: The People’s Poetry.” In it, he argues that profanity is not only oversimplified as being taboo, it is also valuable and essential as a vehicle of communication and an element of style. Adams is an English language historian and a frequent contributor to various dictionaries and academic journals. Though his published articles often explore arcane aspects of language, he also writes books aimed at broader audiences. They include “Slayer Slang: A ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Lexicon” and “From Elvish to Klingon: Exploring Invented Languages.”

Ep. 24: Nancy Wexler, Geneticist

This week, we’ll hear from Nancy Wexler, a leading geneticist and neuropsychologist whose research led to the identification of the Huntington’s disease gene. Her research has also led to the discovery of the genes responsible for familial Alzheimer’s disease, kidney cancer, two types of neurofibromatosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and dwarfism. In spring 2016, Wexler received the inaugural Hermann J. Muller Award, which is named for a renowned geneticist, a Nobel Laureate, a social activist and an esteemed IU Bloomington faculty member (1945-67). The Muller award and lecture series recognizes luminary international geneticists whose discoveries, like Muller’s, have or are making a significant impact on the field of genetics and society.

Ep. 23 - T. Kelly Wilson, IU Center for Art and Design

“I have yet to meet the person I can’t teach to draw,” T. Kelly Wilson tells Through the Gates host Jim Shanahan in this week’s episode. Wilson is an architect and director of the Indiana University Center for Art and Design in Columbus. Wilson talks about the importance of drawing on creativity and invention. “When you go to draw and you look to perceive … the world becomes suddenly very strange and complex,” he said, adding that common notions of what you’re seeing change and modify when translating them to pictures. This episode also introduces Janae Cummings, a new Through the Gates podcast host, who will also be featured in upcoming “Five Questions” segments featuring campus visitors and faculty, staff, students, friends and alums of IU.

Ep. 22: Matt Bochman, molecular biologist

Water. Hops. Malted barley. Yeast. Put them together and you have a delicious beer — usually. But as IU molecular biologist Matthew Bochman shares on this week’s podcast, conditions common to the production of certain craft beers can sometimes inhibit their production, risking a growing segment of a nearly $55 billion industry. On this week's episode of Through the Gates, Bochman explains how yeast is used to produce beer and how his research has helped one local brewery improve their product.

Ep. 21: Eileen Julien and the "Arts of Survival"

This week, we’ll hear from Eileen Julien, IU professor of comparative literature and director of IU’s Institute for Advanced Study. Julien is also co-director of “Arts of Survival: Recasting Lives in African Cities,” a three-week summer institute that has brought together 22 faculty and three graduate students from universities and colleges across the U.S. The institute is hosted by the Institute for Advanced Study on the IU Bloomington campus and is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Julien, who is author of “Travels with Mae: Scenes from a New Orleans Girlhood,” is bringing a personal touch to “Arts of Survival” by loaning part of a collection of Mardi Gras regalia to the Mathers Museum of World Cultures for an exhibit beginning July 12. Public readings and films will also be offered during the institute, and the group will travel to New Orleans to examine the intersection of contemporary urban culture art with the political and social structures embedded in the city.

Ep. 20: IU Center for Constitutional Democracy with David C. Williams and Samantha von Ende

This week on Through the Gates, host Jim Shanahan is joined by David C. Williams, the executive director of the Center for Constitutional Democracy and the John S. Hastings Professor of Law in the Maurer School of Law. Williams has written widely on constitutional law and consults with constitutional reform movements around the world. Presently, he advises elements of the Burma democracy movement on the constitutional future of the country. In today's interview, he will share some of how that process works. Later in the episode, student Samantha von Ende will share some of her own work with the Center for Constitutional Democracy. As a Ph.D. student, von Ende has worked extensively on gender-related issues of democracy in the United States and around the world.

Ep. 19: A look at IU Swimming with Coach Ray Looze and Olympic hopefuls Lilly King & Blake Pieroni

This week, we hear from IU swim coach Ray Looze, the 2016 Big Ten Coach of the Year for both men’s and women’s swimming, along with swimmers Lilly King, a rising sophomore from Evansville studying physical education in the School of Public Health, and Blake Pieroni, a rising junior from Chesterton, Ind., studying biology in the College of Arts and Sciences. King was named the 2016 Big Ten Women’s Swimmer of the Year. Both King and Pieroni hope to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Aug. 5 to 21) at the Olympic Trials for swimming June 26 to July 3 in Omaha, Neb. In this podcast, King and Blake talk about the discipline required for day-to-day life as student swimmers — and the numerous calories needed to fuel their training.

Ep. 18: Trevor Douglas, IU chemistry professor; Dana Johnson, author

This week, Through the Gates host Jim Shanahan is joined by Trevor Douglas, the Earl Blough Professor of Chemistry in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Chemistry. Douglas is part of a research team working toward a material that may eventually fuel cheap, efficient cars that run on water — work being funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The team has created an efficient biomaterial that catalyzes the formation of hydrogen — one half of the “holy grail” of splitting H2O. Also on this episode, we’ll hear from California-based author Dana Johnson, an associate professor of English at the University of Southern California, who talks about her writing process and reads an excerpt from one of her novels. Johnson will be in town next week as a faculty member at the annual IU Writers’ Conference (June 4-8).

Ep. 17: Sue Carter, Director, Kinsey Institute

This week, host Jim Shanahan is joined by Sue Carter, the director of The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University. Carter was appointed to her position at The Kinsey Institute in October, 2014, after a long career in the field of neuroendocrinology. Carter has spent much of her recent career studying the consequences of birth intervention, particularly how the hormone oxytocin affects the health of both mothers and their newborn children. In this interview, Carter will discuss her career, including research on the mating habits of the prairie vole, the present and historical challenges of sex research and the immediate future of The Kinsey Institute. Also on this episode, Colin Allen, a faculty member in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine in the College of Arts and Sciences, talks about National Bike to Work Week, from May 16 to 20. May is National Bike Month.

Ep. 16: Fmr. Rep. Lee Hamilton

Former Indiana Congressman Lee Hamilton joins host Jim Shanahan on this week's episode of Through the Gates. Hamilton represented Indiana's 9th Congressional District from 1965 to 1999 and served on several high profile committees both during and after his career in Congress. Hamilton went on to establish the Center on Congress at IU and still serves as a faculty member today. In this interview, Hamilton discusses his new book, his career in Washington and the state of American politics today.

Ep. 15: Murray McGibbon, IU theatre professor

This week on Through the Gates, IU associate professor Murray McGibbon joins host Jim Shanahan to discuss his upcoming "original pronunciation" production of Shakespeare's "King Lear". McGibbon utilized a grant from IU's New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Program to develop the new version of the play. The New Frontiers program encourages scholars to produce innovative works of scholarship and creative activities. McGibbon took that directive and used it to create a version of the play that utilizes a version of English pronunciation that most closely resembles what Shakespeare's actors would have used in the first run of the production in 1606. In this interview, Shanahan will ask McGibbon about the development of the play, how original pronunciation works and the challenges for both the actors involved and McGibbon as a director

Ep. 14: Robby Benson, actor and IU professor

Accomplished actor, writer, singer and director Robby Benson joins host Jim Shanahan for this week's episode of Through the Gates. A professor of practice at Indiana University, Benson brings experience gained through a career that stretches to nearly five decades, including his most famous role in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast." Now, Benson guides film students at IU, including some who will showcase their work at two screenings this week. In this episode, Benson will discuss his long career, how television and film are changing, and what challenges his student filmmakers have had to overcome in their creative process. Also, in recognition of National Poetry Month, poets Adrian Matejka and Lisa Kwong will join the podcast to read some of their works.

Ep. 13: Jonathan Banks, actor

Film and television star Jonathan Banks joins Jim Shanahan on this week's episode of Through the Gates. In his nearly fifty years as an actor, Banks has been cast in a wide range of roles, but is most notable for his performances on "Breaking Bad," "Better Call Saul" and "Wiseguy." He's also appeared in several films, including "Airplane!" and "Beverly Hills Cop." In today's conversation, Banks will share his journey from the streets of Washington D.C. to the silver screen in Hollywood by way of Indiana University.

Ep. 12: Chris Lemonis, IU baseball coach

Though spring has been slow to arrive, baseball is already here! To bring us up to speed on this year's IU baseball team, Through the Gates welcomes head coach Chris Lemonis. Lemonis is now in his second season as head coach of the Hoosiers, and today he'll tell host Jim Shanahan about the joys and challenges of coaching baseball in the Big Ten.

Ep. 11: David Brenneman, Director, Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art

This week on Through the Gates, we welcome David Brenneman, the new director of the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art. Brenneman comes to IU after two decades in Atlanta at the High Museum of Art. In today's conversation, Brenneman tells host Jim Shanahan about his plans for the IU Art Museum, how the art world is changing in the 21st century, and why IU's collection is truly world class.

Ep. 10: James C. Scott, Patten Lecturer

Ever since humans appeared on earth, we've been domesticating everything from plants and animals to fire. This week on Through the Gates, anthropologist and political scientist James C. Scott explains how the domestication process has worked in reverse, and how it's led to interesting relationships between humans and governments around the world.

Ep. 8: Spring Break review

Through the Gates is off for Spring Break this week, but join us on a look back through the first seven episodes. There's much more to come through the rest of this semester!

Ep. 7: Latin Jazz with Wayne Wallace & Michael Spiro

Dean Jim Shanahan talks with Latin jazz musicians and IU instructors Wayne Wallace and Michael Spiro.

Ep. 6: Jeffrey Buchman, Jacobs School of Music

Media School Dean Jim Shanahan interviews Jeffrey Buchman, stage director for the IU Jacobs School of Music’s upcoming production of “Carmen,” and Jacobs graduate student Patricia Illera, who will perform the opera’s title role.

Ep. 5: Women in IT at IU

Media School Dean James Shanahan talks with Maureen Biggers (pictured), director of the Center of Excellence for Women in Technology at IU, and Laurie Burns McRobbie, IU's first lady who helped establish CEWiT.

Ep. 4: IU Bloomington Provost Lauren Robel

IU Provost Lauren Robel chats with IU Media School Dean James Shanahan in this week's podcast.

Ep. 3: Tom French, professor and journalist

This week's Through the Gates podcast looks at long-form narrative journalism with IU Media School professor of practice Tom French, a Pulitzer Prize-winner and IU alumnus.