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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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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.

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. 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. 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.