IU in Your Queue: 34 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, staff, and students 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. 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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2. 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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3. 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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4. 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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5. 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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6. 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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7. 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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8. 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, co-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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9. 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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10. 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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11. Healthcare Triage

Ever wondered if the five-second rule works, or if those mail-in DNA tests are accurate? Dr. Aaron Carroll, a distinguished professor of pediatrics and Indiana University’s chief health officer, demystifies and debunks many of our assumptions about health.

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12. 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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13. 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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14. 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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15. 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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16. 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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17. 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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18. On Topic with IU

Kenny Smith—a student media adviser at The Media School—invites IU experts to discuss some of the most pressing global issues of the day, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, energy insecurity, and rural homelessness.

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19. 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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20. Fifth and Ludlow

Do you crave mystery? This five-part 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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21. 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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22. 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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23. 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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24. 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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25. Finding Lauren

Hosted by Kyra Breslin, BAJ’14, this true-crime podcast explores the disappearance of former IU student Lauren Spierer in 2011.

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26. On Illuminating: Light and Truth on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

This bi-weekly podcast—produced by the IU Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs—tackles issues relating to racial and social inequalities. Host Lemuel Watson, EdD’94, invites guests to share and discuss creative strategies for creating communities of belonging.

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27. Hoosier Hysterics

Fueled by their fascination and love for IU sports, Eric Pankowski, BA’99, and Ward Roberts, BA’00, conduct riveting, in-depth interviews with Hoosier greats (both past and present). Warning: Be prepared to hear some unhinged ranting and raving about the current state of IU sports.

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28. Life in the Credits

Fascinated by the entertainment industry? Tune in to hear Ben Blohm, BA’08, and Susan Swarner interview some of Hollywood’s most successful directors, producers, writers, and actors.

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29. Girls Gotta Eat

Every Monday, Rayna Greenberg, ’07, and Ashley Hesseltine dish about dating, sex, and relationships. This podcast will have you rolling on the floor laughing—and hungry for a snack.

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30. Inner States

Join Alex Chambers, MS’05, PhD’19, as he explores identity, art, culture, and life in Indiana—and the surrounding states. Each episode offers heartwarming stories and unique perspectives from artists residing in the Midwest.

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31. The Captioned Life

Sean Winningham, MS’18, and Kevin Stahlecker convene weekly to discuss their mutual love for comic books and pop culture. The pair interview comic book authors and illustrators, as well as review new releases.

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32. You’re Too Loud!

Every week, hosts Jordan Davis and Sika Kodzi celebrate being young Black women. Expect moments of laughter and contemplation as these two IU Bloomington students discuss everything from love and pop culture to societal inequities and stereotypes.

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33. Classical Connections

Host Elizabeth Frickey, a current IU Jacobs School of Music grad student, aims to bring the joys of classical music to her audience through historical commentary and interviews with fellow Jacobs students.

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34. Midsomer Maniacs

Join Mark Bell, MA’18, and Sarah Smith-Robbins every week as they offer a comedic recap of the long-running British TV series, Midsomer Murders.

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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.

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IUAA Staff