Members of the IU family are standouts in every field, and podcasting is no exception. Listen to Erica Mandy deliver the news in 10 minutes, Tom Thakkar defend that band everyone hates, Alex and Sonja Overhiser pair hors d’oeuvres with food-influencer interviews—the list goes on and on.
Explore the work of IU’s many talented students, 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.
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Christiane Wisehart: Basically, since I got an iPod back in 2007 I’ve been obsessed with podcasts. I love podcasts. It’s a huge part of my day-to-day life, and so I suggested, why not start a podcast? That seems easy.
Jerod Morris: I think sometimes people don’t recognize how rich, just the tapestry of podcasts are that are out there. We have one that’s just dedicated to Indiana basketball and goes in depth as you possibly could but there’s something like this now for almost every topic out there.
Paul Gilmartin: I go see a psychiatrist, I see a therapist, I go to support groups. Imagine the person out there that doesn’t even believe it’s a real thing. That it’s just a weakness of attitude or, et cetera, et cetera. I thought, "Somebody should do a podcast and talk about it in a way that is real and accessible."
Sonja Overhiser: There’s something really special about the art of conversation. So we thought, "Hey, let’s talk about food together because that’s how we got started cooking."
Erica Mandy: The beauty of podcasts is that we’re still kina making up the rules and experimenting, and seeing what works.
Michael O’Connell: Welcome to an IU Podcasters Diary. I’m your host, Michael O’Connell. Like most podcast producers, I was an avid podcast listener long before I ever thought of sitting in front of a microphone to record the first episode of my podcast, It’s All Journalism.
What I like about the podcasting medium, is the intimacy of the conversations and the passion the hosts have for what they’re talking about. Because I’m an IU grad, the IU Alumni Magazine asked me to interview a group of fellow alumni who are producing their own podcasts.
You can find that story in the summer 2019 issue of the magazine. Because I’m a podcaster, I’m always looking for opportunities to create new podcasts, so I pulled together some clips from my interviews as a way to introduce you to each of these talented IU alums. First up is Erica Mandy, creator and host of the Newsworthy. A California-based broadcaster, Erica turned to podcasting as a new way to bring the day’s top stories to her target audience, young working professionals on the go.
Erica Mandy: The Newsworthy is all the day’s news in less than ten minutes in what I call a fast, fair and fun way. Fast is the less than ten minutes part. Fair is, it’s fair and unbiased. I think it’s really important that I let people know you’re not going to hear arguing pundits and have political fights on this show. You’re just going to get the overview of what’s happening and we’re going to move on. Then the fun part is that I try to bring a really friendly, upbeat voice to the news.
One of the reasons I started it is that everyone was telling me that I knew, that they were tuning out news because it was too depressing and overwhelming. I try to take that out of it and say, "Okay, here’s what’s going on," like I’m your friend and you know what? It’s not just doom and gloom. There’s also tech things happening, business things, entertainment things that are interesting and impact our lives, that aren’t just the political and the depressing. But that’s included too, because you want to be informed on the important stories.
Michael O’Connell: What I like about The Newsworthy is that it’s smart, topical and easily digestible. Sometimes you want long, in-depth stories. Other times you want just a taste of the top stories to keep you informed. If you have a hankering for something with a little more in-depth, then I’d suggest downloading the latest episode of Examining Ethics. IU alum Christiane Wisehart produces this monthly podcast for the Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University. Topics range from intellectual property rights, to the ethics of privacy online, to the art of listening.
Christiane Wisehart: What I try to do with the podcast is take what I think are some of the most fascinating ideas circulating in the field of ethics today and translate it, so that I could understand it if I were listening to the podcast. Because philosophy and ethics can be really heady. If you read, even a really interesting ethics article, it’s going to have passages where it’s like if P, then Y.
If P is about epistemology, then you know, it’s got a ton of jargon. It’s got these weird math equations that I can never make sense of, and so, what I see as my job is kind of a translator helping translate those really fascinating ideas into something that I hope most people can understand.
Michael O’Connell: That was Christiane Wisehart talking about her podcast, Examining Ethics. Podcasts can keep you informed, they can expose you to new ideas and new ways of thinking, but sometimes it can go really deep and become very personal. Paul Gilmartin is a standup comic who’s battled depression, anxiety, and addiction.
When he realized that his mental illness was treatable, it changed his life. Paul shares his journey towards self-healing on the Mental Illness Happy Hour. Each week, Paul talks to mental health experts, as well as people facing their own struggles. I asked him which of his interviews have had the biggest impact on him.
Paul Gilmartin: Many, many moments where I’ve thought, "Man. I have a front row seat to a really, really compelling story." Sometimes even a document of a moment in global history. For instance, I recorded a bunch of episodes in Northern Ireland last summer. One of the episodes is with a guy named Jake MacSiacais. He was an IRA volunteer, and his story is so compelling because he was in the prison in Long Kesh next to Bobby Sands when Bobby Sands said, "We’re going to do another hunger strike. I’m going to be the first and I’m going to die."
Jake shared all the details of what that was like in the ’70s and the ’80s, fighting for basic human rights in Northern Ireland. I got an email about a month ago from someone who heard that episode. This person was a British soldier and he said, "If I had heard this episode when the war was going on, it would have completely changed my mind." Those moments are so I don’t even have a word for them. I just feel so lucky to be the channel for that story.
Michael O’Connell: That was Paul Gilmartin sharing an impactful moment from his podcast, the Mental Illness Happy Hour. Paul’s podcast grew out of his personal journey toward better mental health. The next podcast is about something that we all have in common, food. Sonja and Alex Overhiser launched the A Couple Cooks website in 2010, and it builds an online empire focused on good food and healthy living. A key piece of this empire is the Small Bites podcast, whose inspiration came from the early days of their marriage.
Sonja Overhiser: Right when we got married, we didn’t know how to cook at all. We decided we wanted to start having people over for dinner, so we surrounded ourselves by people who love to cook, started buying lots of cookbooks and actually, going to the library and getting lots of cookbooks because we were fresh out of college.
Watching a lot of cooking shows, and surrounding ourselves with people who love to cook. That’s how we learned so much about cooking, was just being around other people who were passionate about cooking. We started our podcast as a way to bring that conversation to people and there’s so much you can learn just from talking about food.
Michael O’Connell: That was Sonja Overhiser talking about the origin of Small Bites Podcast, which she hosts with her husband, Alex. Join them each week, as they explore a new topic around food, cooking, and healthy living. Of course, this would not be an IU focused podcast if we did not talk about Indiana basketball and the king of IU basketball podcasts, The Assembly Call.
Since 2011 hosts Jerod Morris, Andy Bottoms, and Ryan Phillips have been documenting the highs and lows of every IU alumni’s favorite sports team, the Indiana Hoosiers. When I interviewed the trio, Ryan recalled how the podcast covered one of the greatest moments in IU sports history.
Ryan Phillips: Jerod was the only one on the show when the biggest Indiana basketball moment in the last 25 years happened. It was the, Christian Watford hitting that shot from the corner. I remember, I was in Chicago and I was like, "Well, I’m going to tune in to see what Jerod said about the game." It was just him going, "Wooooo!" (laughter) for like, five minutes. That was the whole intro to the show.
Jerod Morris: There was a lot of adrenaline happening that day.
Ryan Phillips: A lot of adrenaline.
Michael O’Connell: That was Ryan Phillips of the Assembly Call podcast. I love podcasts because they make me laugh, teach me new things and travel with me wherever I go. I hope this brief introduction to five podcasts produced by Indiana University alumni has sparked your interest. You can download an episode of one of these podcasts or subscribe to them on Apple podcasts, or any of your favorite podcasting platforms.
Michael O’Connell: Also, be sure to check out my podcast, It’s All Journalism.
Before I go, I want to thank Lance Farrell and all the people at the IU Alumni Magazine for inviting me to be a part of this project. You can read about each of these podcasts, as well as many more being created by and for the Indiana University community in the summer 2019 issue of the magazine.
I’m Michael O’Connell. Thanks for listening.
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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.
Audio transcript:[music] Hi everyone. This is Jim Shanahan, Dean
of The Media School, and welcome back to another episode of Through the
Gates. Through the Gates is the official podcast of IU Bloomington.
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.”
Audio transcript:I’m Paul Gilmartin, this is The Mental Illness
Happy Hour, a place for honesty about all the battles in our heads, from
medically diagnosed conditions, past traumas, and sexual dysfunction to
everyday compulsive negative thinking. This show is not meant to be a substitute
for professional mental counseling. I’m not a therapist. It’s not a doctor’s
office. It’s more like a waiting room that doesn’t suck.
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.
Audio transcript:[music] You’re listening to the Assembly Call IU podcast
and postgame show. The place where Indiana fans across the globe hang out
online after every IU basketball game.
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.
Audio transcript:[music] Welcome, welcome to theNewsWorthy. All the day’s
news in less than 10 minutes. Fast, fair, fun, and on-the-go. I’m Erica
Mandy. Thanks so much for being here. You ready? Let’s do this. [music]
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.”
Audio transcript:I’m Christiane Wisehart, and this is Examining
Ethics, brought to you by the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw
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.
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.
Audio transcript:Welcome to the Full Slate, Sunday Scaries Pod. I’m your
cohost, Cody Darwick, joined, out in Chicago, by my brother, Tyler Darwick.
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.
Audio transcript:Hi, I’m Bill Stanczykiewicz. This is the First Day from
The Fundraising School.
9. A Couple Cooks: Small Bites
Calling all foodies! Alex Overhiser, BA’08, and Sonja Overhiser, BM’04, are serving up engaging interviews with food-industry influencers.
Audio transcript:This is A Couple Cooks Small Bites, bite-sized food for
thought. I’m Sonja Overhiser, and I’m Alex Overhiser. We’re the podcast
that pairs small bites of food with short-form interviews to inspire you
in less than 20 minutes.
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.
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.
Audio transcript:[music] And welcome Hoosier Nation to our episode
of The Hoosier Sound, where we are the official podcast of IndianaHQ. We
want to bring in depth analysis and coverage across a multitude of modern
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.
Audio transcript:Hi, this is Dr. Aaron Carroll, and welcome back
to the Healthcare Triage Podcast.
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.”
Audio transcript:Welcome back to the Wild Business Growth Podcast,
presented by Hippo Direct. This is your place to hear from a new entrepreneur
or innovator every single Wednesday morning, who is unleashing creativity
to grow their business. I’m your host, Max Branstetter, digital marketing
dude at Hippo Direct, and you can reach me at email@example.com for help
with podcasting or digital marketing.
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.
Audio transcript:Okay, listeners, welcome back to Sustainability
Defined, where Jay and I are here defining sustainability one concept,
and one bad joke, at a time.
15. American Student Radio
A podcast of the students, by the students, and for the students. Completely student led and produced, tune in to hear IU students “educate, entertain, and inform” on news, arts, lifestyle, sports, and music.
Audio transcript:[music] Live from Indiana University in Bloomington,
this is… hot, it’s a hot wing. This is American Student Radio.
16. 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.
17. 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.
Audio transcript:[music] Stand By Your Band. Hello everybody,
and welcome to another episode of Stand By Your Band, a podcast where we
have comedians come on and defend music that people make fun of. I am,
of course, Tom Thakkar, the wolf of Dog Street.
18. 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.
19. 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.
“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.
Audio transcript:Welcome back to CrimsonCast, Galen Clavio, Scott Caulfield,
IU basketball, IU football, and your questions that you sent in via Twitter.
We’re looking forward to those.
More IU podcasts were featured 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.