IU in Your Queue: 28 Podcasts Worth Subscribing To

Members of the IU family are standouts in every field, and podcasting is no exception. Listen to Erica Mandy, BAJ’07, deliver the news in 10 minutes, Tom Thakkar, BA’10, defend that band everyone hates, Catt Sadler, BA’97, interview your favorite celebs—the list goes on and on.

Explore the work of IU’s many talented alumni, faculty, and staff by adding these podcasts to your queue.

Before you dive in, check out this special “IU” episode of It’s all Journalism by Michael O’Connell, BA’83. In this episode, O’Connell chats with IU podcasters featured in the summer 2019 issue of the Indiana University Alumni Magazine.


1. Through the Gates: The IU Bloomington Podcast

Grab your candy stripes. Along with his team of talented students and staff, Dean James Shanahan of The Media School highlights the vibrant IU community.

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2. The Mental Illness Happy Hour

Warning: May cause laughter and hope. Comedian Paul Gilmartin, BA’85, is on a mission to destigmatize mental health issues, providing “a place to connect, smile, and feel the return of hope.”

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3. The Assembly Call

Take a timeout to talk IU basketball. IU alums Jerod Morris, BS’04, Andy Bottoms, BS’00, and Ryan Phillips, BAJ’06, “dissect every angle of IU basketball” on and off the court.

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4. The NewsWorthy

On the go, but wanting to stay in the know? Erica Mandy, BAJ’07, gives you “fast, fair, and fun” news—all in under 10 minutes.

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5. Examining Ethics

We all face tough decisions that have us asking, “Is that ethical?” Christiane Wisehart, BA’04, and Eleanor Price provide you with ethics content that “bridges the gap between scholars and everyone else.”

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6. The ROI Podcast

Want to make better business decisions? Matt Martella, with the IU Kelley School of Business at IUPUI, is here to guide your organization’s culture, give practical advice, and help you adapt to the changing world of business.

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7. Full Slate

These brothers take the betting angle. Cody Darwick, BS’14, and Tyler Darwick, BS’17, weigh in weekly on upcoming NFL, NBA, NCAA, and MLB games with a focus on sports gambling.

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8. First Day Podcast

Fundraising is more than 5K races and bake sales—it’s an entire industry. Listen to Bill Stanczykiewicz of IUPUI’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy to learn how you and your organization can make a difference through fundraising and giving.

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9. Melanated Moments in Classical Music

When she’s not on stage, this soprano sings the praises of music “composed by, for, and about people of color.” Angela Brown, ’86, a celebrated American opera singer, hosts this award-winning podcast that covers the contributions of the Black community to musical forms ranging from spirituals to opera.

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10. Pulse Points

Keep your finger on the pulse of nursing news. Dean Robin Newhouse of the IU School of Nursing talks with industry professionals on topics ranging from qigong exercise to music therapy.

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11. The Hoosier Sound

Turf, court, field, or pool—this podcast has you covered. Noah Freeman, BME’18, and Matthew Lukens,‘19, give you an in-depth analysis of IU sports, along with a daily sports news roundup.

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12. Healthcare Triage

Ever wondered if the five-second rule works, or if those mail-in DNA test are accurate? Dr. Aaron Carroll, professor of pediatrics at the IU School of Medicine, demystifies and debunks many of our assumptions about health.

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13. Wild Business Growth Podcast

Don’t get lost in the jungle! Max Branstetter, BS’14, talks with entrepreneurs and innovators on how to turn “wild ideas into wild growth.”

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14. Sustainability Defined

Think green! From sustainable beer to green aviation, Scott Breen, JD/MPA’15, and Jay Siegel break sustainability down for their listeners one topic at a time.

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15. Sci Phi

What qualifies as science? Is science reliable? What is the purpose of science? Nick Zautra, a current PhD candidate at IU, explores the philosophy of science and how experts found their way to the field.

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16. Stand By Your Band

Don’t be ashamed of your “bad band love.” Tom Thakkar, BA’10, and co-host Tommy McNamara bring you a podcast where guests “defend the bands society loves to hate” in hilarious debate.

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17. It’s All Journalism

Hot off the press! Michael O’Connell, BA’83, is dedicated to studying the changing landscape of media by talking with the journalists and media professionals on the front lines.

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18. Trotsky & the Wild Orchids

Put your thinking cap on. IUPUI professor Ray Haberski and co-host Andrew Hartman dive into the complexity of American history, politics, and ideas.

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19. CrimsonCast

“Indiana, Our Indiana, Indiana, we’re all for you!” If you know the tune, this podcast is for you. Galen Clavio, PhD’08, and Scott Caulfield, BS’00, are here to give you the low-down on Hoosier football and basketball.

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20. On Topic with IU: COVID-19

Kenny Smith—a student media adviser at The Media School—invites IU experts to discuss the pandemic and its lasting effects on our communities.

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21. SHE

Jordan Lee Dooley, BS’16, is on a mission to educate and empower women by exploring topics related to health, career success, and daily living. Her tagline: “Come invited, leave ignited.”

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22. Career Curves

Sometimes life throws you a career curveball—and then what? After experiencing their own self-proclaimed “curvy careers,” hosts Beth Loeb Davies, BA’84, and Dan Henkle created a podcast that invites guests to share their unexpected and less-than-linear career paths.

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23. Fifth and Ludlow

Do you crave mystery? This podcast, hosted by George Drake, BA’09, starts with a series of envelopes penned by a mysterious man known simply as “Will.” Where it will end up—no one knows!

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24. The Marketing Millennials

If you’d like to pick the brains behind your favorite brands, this podcast is for you. Hosts Emily Fergason, BS’14, and Daniel Murray chat with the marketing gurus behind companies such as Tinder, Forbes, and Yelp.

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25. American Shade

This podcast does not shy away from a debate. From cancel culture to critical race theory, host Brittany King, BA’14, deep dives into today’s hot-button issues.

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26. It Sure is a Beautiful Day

This podcast is the “prescription you didn’t know you needed.” Hear from journalist Catt Sadler, BA’97, and her crew of celebrity guests who talk about everything from dating apps to mental health.

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27. In This Climate

This podcast strips the “jargon and doom-and-gloom fatalism” out of the climate conversation. Produced by IU’s Environmental Resilience Institute in conjunction with The Media School, host Emily Miles, BAJ’19, explores the ways our climate is changing and imagines an environmentally just future.

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28. Inside Job

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Eric Johnson, MBA’01, and Nayla Bahri love to talk about work and how it shapes our lives. Tune in to hear their tips on how to create a work and personal life “that delights you.”

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This article was originally published in the Summer 2019 issue of the IU Alumni Magazine, a magazine for members of the IU Alumni Association. To view the current and past issues of the IUAM, visit MyIU.org.

Written By
Kami Gallardo
Kami Gallardo, BA'20, is an editorial intern at the IU Alumni Association. After graduating with a degree in English, she is pursuing law school at IU's Maurer School of Law in the fall of 2020.