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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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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."

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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.