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Through the Gates at IU

How do you learn the story of a university? You talk to its people. Then you listen. From politics to music to the Little 500, hosts James Shanahan and Elaine Monaghan shine a light on the people and stories that make IU one of the most vibrant communities in the country. Bringing IU to you every week.

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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.

18mins

6 Dec 2019

Rank #1

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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.

30mins

15 Nov 2017

Rank #2

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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)#chroniclesofiu

18mins

25 Oct 2017

Rank #3

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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.

30mins

5 Dec 2018

Rank #4

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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.

29mins

13 Feb 2019

Rank #5

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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.

20mins

3 Apr 2019

Rank #6

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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.

23mins

6 Feb 2019

Rank #7

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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.

31mins

29 May 2019

Rank #8

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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.

30mins

7 Nov 2018

Rank #9

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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.

25mins

22 May 2019

Rank #10

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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

21mins

4 Oct 2019

Rank #11

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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.

29mins

15 May 2019

Rank #12

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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.

4mins

25 Oct 2019

Rank #13

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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."

23mins

24 Apr 2019

Rank #14

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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.

29mins

27 Mar 2019

Rank #15

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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.

22mins

15 Nov 2019

Rank #16

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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.

27mins

20 Feb 2019

Rank #17

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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.

5mins

22 Mar 2019

Rank #18

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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.

33mins

14 Nov 2018

Rank #19

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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.

19mins

12 Dec 2018

Rank #20