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Archive for Profiles

December 23, 2018

Boots Riley

Jane Cummings speaks with filmmaker and musician Boots Riley, about his film, “Sorry to Bother You,” and about blurring the lines between activism and the arts.

December 16, 2018

Dawn Biehler

Host Aaron Cain speaks with author and professor of geography Dawn Biehler about economics, social justice, racism, and other things we can learn from our household pests.

December 2, 2018

Graphic Novelist Nate Powell

Payton Knobeloch speaks with New York Times best-selling graphic novelist Nate Powell about how graphic novels and comic books have earned a place in literary culture, and in the classroom.

November 18, 2018

Visual Artists Maria Whiteman and Rebecca Allan

Conversations with Maria Whiteman and Rebecca Allan, two visual artists trying to find news ways to depict the natural world in the hopes of saving it.

November 11, 2018

Andrea Neal

Steve Sanders speaks with teacher, writer, and historian Andrea Neal, about her new biography of U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence.

November 4, 2018

Crystal Fleming

Janae Cummings speaks with sociologist Crystal Fleming, the author of "How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide."

October 28, 2018

Sportswriter Stan Sutton

David Brent Johnson speaks with veteran sports writer Stan Sutton, about his career covering several of Indiana’s sports legends, and how sports have evolved over the years.

October 14, 2018

Erin Predmore

Gena Asher speaks with Erin Predmore, the new president and CEO of the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce.

October 7, 2018

Bioethicist Peter Singer and Paleoanthropologist Pat Shipman

Will Murphy speaks with philosopher and bioethicist Peter Singer, and with paleoanthropologist Pat Shipman, about ethical living, ecological responsibility, and the relationship between human and non-human animals.

September 30, 2018

Gerardo González and Charlie Nelms

Gerárdo Gonzalez and Charlie Nelms, who share their stories about family, mentors, their decades-long academic careers, and how education transformed their lives.

September 16, 2018

Photojournalist Steve Raymer

Elaine Monaghan speaks with author, educator, and photojournalist Steve Raymer about his life in pictures.

September 2, 2018

Documentary Filmmaker Gordon Quinn

Janae Cummings speaks with documentary filmmaker Gordon Quinn, about finding a way to tell stories that investigate society and inspire change.

August 26, 2018

Laurie Kilmartin

Host Aaron Cain speaks with author and comic Laurie Kilmartin about the anatomy of a good joke, and about how the truth isn’t always funny.

August 19, 2018

Christopher Raphael

Host Aaron Cain speaks with musician and IU Professor of Informatics Christopher Raphael, about teaching computers to recognize, understand, and perform music.

August 12, 2018

Writer-Director Paul Shoulberg

Janae Cummings speaks with Paul Shoulberg, the writer and director of The Good Catholic and Ms. White Light.

August 5, 2018

Biogeochemist Jeffrey White

Host Aaron Cain speaks with biogeochemist Jeffrey White about his search for climate change clues at the edge of the Greenland Ice Sheet.

July 29, 2018

WIRED Editor Peter Rubin

Janae Cummings speaks with WIRED editor Peter Rubin about how virtual reality is changing human connection, intimacy, and the limits of ordinary life.

July 22, 2018

Kevin Locke

Shayne Laughter speaks with musician, dancer, teacher, and cultural ambassador Kevin Locke.

July 15, 2018

Documentarian And Journalist Ruth O'Reilly

Elaine Monaghan speaks with journalist and filmmaker Ruth O’Reilly, about the possibilities in Ireland’s future, and the personal sacrifices of its past.

July 8, 2018

Photographer Richard Ross

Yaël Ksander speaks with photographer Richard Ross, about his Juvenile-In-Justice project, and about creating images that are catalysts for change.

July 1, 2018

Filmmaker Mira Nair And Artist Bharti Kher

Filmmaker Mira Nair and artist Bharti Kher talk about the social and cross-cultural inspirations behind their work.

June 24, 2018

Sociologist Michael Burawoy

Host Aaron Cain speaks with sociologist Michael Burawoy about working in communist steel mills and saving public universities in crisis.

June 17, 2018

Yascha Mounk

Janae Cummings speaks with lecturer and author Yascha Mounk about the battle to save liberal democracies in the U.S., and around the world.

June 10, 2018

Cleve Wilhoit And David Weaver

Host Aaron Cain speaks with David Weaver and Cleve Wilhoit about their decades of award-winning research into journalism in the United States.

June 3, 2018

J. Terry Clapacs And Anthony Joslin

Moya Andrews, host of WFIU’s Focus on Flowers, who brings us two conversations with some important stewards of the land in South Central Indiana: J. Terry Clapacs and Anthony Joslin

May 20, 2018

Geneticist Mary-Claire King

Host Aaron Cain speaks with Dr. Mary-Claire King about her pioneering work in the field of genetics.

May 13, 2018

ISU President Deborah Curtis

Mark Edwards speaks with Dr. Deborah Curtis, the newly-appointed president of Indiana State University.

May 6, 2018

Satire And Politics: Sophia McClennen and Srđa Popović

Host Aaron Cain speaks with Sophia McClennen and Srđa Popović about the power of humor and satire in the media, in political discourse, and in social change.

April 29, 2018

Roberto Salinas-León

Patrick O'Meara speaks with Roberto Salinas-León, president of the Mexico Business Forum.

April 8, 2018

State Of Play

Host Aaron Cain speaks with experts in the fields of games and game design about the role that different kinds of games are playing in our lives.

March 11, 2018

Poet Yalie Kamara

Publisher Dave Torneo speaks with poet Yalie Kamara, who also reads samples of her work.

March 4, 2018

Violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley

Aaron Cain asks Noah Bendix-Balgley about his musical upbringing, his klezmer concerto, and what it's like to be concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic.

February 25, 2018

Author Frank Bill

WFIU's Will Murphy speaks with author Frank Bill and bookstore owner Brian Hawkins.

February 18, 2018

Journalist Jamie Kalven

Steve Sanders speaks with Jamie Kalven about issues of press freedom, police accountability, and civil and human rights.

February 12, 2018

A StoryCorps Valentine's Day

A collection of short conversations about love from members of the community who were recorded by StoryCorps, during their visit to Bloomington last summer.

February 5, 2018

Conductor Patrick Summers

Aaron Cain speaks with conductor Patrick Summers, Artistic and Music Director of Houston Grand Opera.

January 28, 2018

Collections of Art, Architecture, and Music

Meet The Art Collector Next Door, visit architectural marvel Columbus, Indiana, and more.

January 20, 2018

Cornetto Master Bruce Dickey

Dana Marsh speaks with Bruce Dickey, one of a few musicians who have dedicated themselves to reviving the cornetto, which fell into disuse in the 19th century.

January 13, 2018

Constitution Expert William Araiza

Steve Sanders speaks with Brooklyn Law School Professor William Araiza about giving new life to the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection.

January 6, 2018

Composer Renee Baker

Janae Cummings speaks with composer, conductor, violinist, and violist Renee Baker.

January 2, 2018

Cardinal Stage Company Artistic Director Kate Galvin

speaks with Kate Galvin is the new artistic director of Cardinal Stage Company in Bloomington.

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