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July 19, 2020


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July 12, 2020


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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


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June 14, 2020


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May 3, 2020


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April 26, 2020


The Indiana University Bicentennial Medal, designed by Jeeyea Kim

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In celebration of IU's Bicentennial, Patrick O’Meara hosts a discussion with members of the faculty and staff who have been instrumental in crafting many aspects of this year’s commemoration.

April 12, 2020


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March 29, 2020


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March 15, 2020


Peter Burkholder

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March 8, 2020


Jenny Reardon

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January 19, 2020


Pat Ryan

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Moya Andrews speaks with Pat Ryan, about her time as First Lady of Indiana University, and what it was like to be a student at a school where your husband is president.

January 12, 2020


Mark Stryker

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December 22, 2019


Ken Winokur

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November 17, 2019


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Indiana Poet Laureate Adrian Matejka speaks with acclaimed poet Terrance Hayes, author of the recent collection, "American Sonnets for my Past and Future Assassin.”

October 27, 2019


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Host Aaron Cain speaks with with Héctor Tobar about his work as a journalist, novelist, and teacher, and about how a new generation of Latino writers are changing American literature.

October 20, 2019


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