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Art and History

On Exile, Literature, and Feeling Small Before the Page—Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, Author

For our season 3 premiere, we talked with author Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, an associate professor of English at Notre Dame and the winner of the 2019 PEN/Faulkner Award for...

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Science and Technology

On Football Rankings and Measuring Efficiency

Brian Fremeau is the creator of the eponymously named Fremeau Efficiency Index, or FEI, a college football rating system based on opponent-adjusted possession efficiency. (Don’t...

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Science and Technology

On Math, Origami, and How No Discipline is an Island

Clare Kim is a doctoral candidate in the Program in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society at MIT. She spent the 2018–19 academic year in residence at the...

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Business

On Lowering Barriers and Double Rainbows

Ten years ago, the world was introduced to Kickstarter, the crowdfunding platform that, in the company’s own words, “helps artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, and other...

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Business

On Enron, Business, and Cover Stories

A contributing editor at Vanity Fair, Bethany McLean was previously a reporter at Fortune, where, in 2000, she received a tip suggesting she look into energy-trading giant...

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Science and Technology

A Bold Proposal for the U.S.-Mexico Border

For this special bonus episode, host Ted Fox changed things up a bit. Rather than interviewing someone on the Notre Dame campus, he made the two-hour drive to Purdue University,...

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Law and Politics

On Energy and Not Throwing Spaghetti Against the Wall

Rachel Kyte is chief executive officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), special representative of the UN secretary-general for Sustainable Energy for All, and co-chair of...

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Art and History

On Publishing and the Love of Books

This is the second of two episodes we recorded while in Brooklyn for On Air Fest 2019. And here, we ventured beyond the festival to meet up with literary agent Jessica Sinsheimer,...

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Art and History

On Science Podcasting and What Didn’t Happen to the Dinosaurs

With apologies to Jack Kerouac, this is the first of two “on the road” episodes we recorded in Brooklyn, New York, while attending On Air Fest 2019. It features two of our...

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Religion and Philosophy

On Heroes and Humanity’s Greatest Invention

The author of some two dozen novels under both his own name and an alliterative pseudonym, John Banville is best known for his book The Sea, which won the 2005 Man Booker Prize....

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Art and History

On Evolution and Defining Creativity

Agustín Fuentes is the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Professor of Anthropology and chair of the Department of Anthropology at Notre Dame. He has published more than 150...

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