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April 25, 2021


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April 4, 2021


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We remember the late IU Vice President Emeritus Patrick O'Meara, a frequent "Profiles" host, and a key figure in Indiana University's international engagement


January 24, 2021


Ansley Valentine

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Host Ashley Chilla speaks with actor, director, and theatre educator Ansley Valentine about the current state of “Zoom” theatre and the importance of diversity in arts education.


January 3, 2021


Historian Ivan Kurilla

Ben Eklof speaks with Historian Ivan Kurilla about US-Russian relations, the politics of history, and the importance of political memory.


December 27, 2020


Rania Matar

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Lebanese-born American Photographer Rania Matar speaks about her life and work with Elliot Reichert, the Eskenazi Museum's first curator of Contemporary Art.


December 20, 2020


Ross Gay

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Kayte Young, host of WFIU's Earth Eats, speaks with Poet Ross Gay about growing the community, "passing the rock," and his latest book-length poem, "Be Holding."


December 13, 2020


Kelly King

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Host Jillian Burley speaks with Kelly King, author of The Gen Z Dictionary, about how that alphabet-ending generation is shaping the world of business today.

December 6, 2020


Robert Siegel

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For WFIU's 70th Anniversary, WFIU News Special Projects Editor Bob Zaltsberg, speaks with Robert Siegel about his 30 years of hosting NPR’s All Things Considered, and the importance of public radio.

November 29, 2020


Jenny Reardon

Sociologist Jenny Reardon

Carl Pearson speaks with author and sociologist Jenny Reardon about the issues of identity, justice and democracy that are embedded in the history of science.

November 22, 2020


Mark Roseman

Historian Mark Roseman

Host Aaron Cain speaks with author and historian Mark Roseman about rescue and resistance during the Holocaust, and how to understand people in the past through exploring the uncertainty of their present.

November 15, 2020


Elizabeth Schechter

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Philosopher and Cognitive Scientist Elizabeth Schechter, author of "Self-Consciousness and 'Split' Brains," speaks with host Aaron Cain about issues of identity, self-knowledge, and what it means to be conscious.

November 8, 2020


Isabel Sandoval

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Host Janae Cummings speaks with filmmaker Isabel Sandoval about the challenges she's faced, and why she wants to leave her mark on the film industry.

November 1, 2020


Steven Webster

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Host Steve Sanders talks about public opinion and polarization with Political Scientist Steven W. Webster, author of "American Rage: How Anger Shapes our Politics."

October 25, 2020


John Wukovits

Author and Historian John Wukovits

Host Aaron Cain speaks with historian John Wukovits, author of dozens of books about World War II, including the untold stories of 35 chaplains from the University of Notre Dame.

October 18, 2020


Angelina Davydova

Environmental Journalist Angelina Davydova

Suzannah Evans Comfort speaks with Russian environmental journalist Angelina Davydova about how people in her home country view climate change, and how the rest of the world should view her home country.

October 11, 2020


Harvey G. Cohen

Cultural Historian Harvey G. Cohen

David Brent Johnson speaks with Cultural Historian Harvey G. Cohen, author of Duke Ellington’s America, about how music and cinema are good for more than just entertainment.

October 4, 2020


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Elliot Reichert speaks with digital artist Jawshing Arthur Liou about creating otherworldly experiences that are grounded in reality, and about how making art also involves finding it.

September 20, 2020


Peter Burkholder

Musicologist Peter Burkholder

Host Aaron Cain speaks with musicologist Peter Burkholder about how the many kinds of musical borrowing can deepen the meaning of music.

September 13, 2020


Alice Greenwald

Alice Greenwald

Host Aaron Cain speaks with with Alice Greenwald, President and CEO of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, about responsibility to history, and the morality of memory.

September 6, 2020


Vivian Halloran

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This week on Profiles, Steve Sanders speaks with Indiana University's Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Vivian Halloran, about tradition, inclusion, and the importance of stepping outside of your cultural comfort zone.

August 30, 2020


Rasul Mowatt

American Studies Professor Rasul Mowatt

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August 23, 2020


Ann Barwich

Philosopher And Historian Of Science Ann Barwich

Philosopher and historian of science Ann Barwich speaks with host Aaron Cain about her book, "Smellosophy: What the Nose Tells the Mind," and about how it takes many minds to answer the question: what exactly is smell?

August 16, 2020


Elaine Hernandez

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Host Aaron Cain speaks with Medical Sociologist Elaine Hernandez about inequalities in healthcare, and about finding a way to work together in a crisis.

August 9, 2020


Susan Southard

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Host Aaron Cain speaks with Susan Southard, author of "Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War," about how remembering the past can prevent catastrophes in the present.

August 2, 2020


Tim O'Brien

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Host Aaron Cain speaks with Tim O’Brien, author of "The Things they Carried," about why he returned to writing for his two young sons, and created "Dad’s Maybe Book."

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