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November 22, 2020


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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

Philosopher and Cognitive Scientist Elizabeth Schechter

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

Filmmaker Isabel Sandoval

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

Political Scientist Steven W. Webster

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

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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

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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

Janae Cummings speaks with with Rasul Mowatt about the struggle for social equality, and about what one anyone can learn about that struggle by watching the Wire.

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

Medical Sociologist Elaine Hernandez

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

Author Susan Southard

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

Author Tim O'Brien

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."

July 26, 2020


Tim O'Brien

Writer-Director Paul Shoulberg

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

July 19, 2020


Tim O'Brien

Artist Ana Teresa Fernández

IU Assistant Professor of Photography Elizabeth Claffey speaks with artist Ana Teresa Fernández about the ideas of immigration and gender she explores in her work, and what inspires her to create.

July 12, 2020


Fritz Breithaupt

Fritz Breithaupt And The Dark Sides of Empathy

Fritz Breithaupt, director of the IU Experimental Humanities Laboratory, talks about what classical music concerts, Stockholm syndrome, Nietzsche, Schindler's List, and helicopter parents can teach us about the dark sides of empathy.

July 5, 2020


Carol Giacomo

Journalist Carol Giacomo

Elaine Monaghan of the IU Media School speaks with Carol Giacomo, a veteran journalist and foreign correspondent who’s also a member of the New York Times editorial board.

June 28, 2020


Ash Mayfair

Filmmaker Ash Mayfair

Janae Cummings speaks with writer/director Ash Mayfair, creator of the critically-acclaimed film, "The Third Wife."

June 21, 2020


Sam Quinones

Journalist and Author Sam Quinones

On this episode of Profiles, we feature two conversations about the history, and the consequences of the opioid crisis in America.

June 14, 2020


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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.

June 7, 2020


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Kevin Locke

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

May 31, 2020


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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.

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