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Each week we bring you the best stories from around the Wabash community. From professors and alumni, to coaches, administrators, and current students, the podcast format allows for longer, more in-depth, open discussion about the issues surrounding Wabash College. Verging on inspirational, it’s our job to find, and sometimes uncover, the amazing stories that surface from individuals whose lives have been positively enriched from being at Wabash.
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#266: Dr. Matt Carlson

#266: Dr. Matt Carlson

2020-01-2000:35:54

Rich sits down with newly tenured Associate Professor of Philosophy Dr. Matt Carlson, discussing his clarifying moment in college studies, how studying music taught him discipline, and the puzzle of why video gamers talk about in-game actions from a first person perspective (Episode 266).
#265: The Jakes of 2023

#265: The Jakes of 2023

2020-01-1300:51:43

Rich sits down with three Jakes of the freshman class of 2023, in three separate recordings gathered over their first Wabash semester. The three discuss falling into the Wabash routine, learning the simple chores of life away from home, and the feeling of growing up (Episode 265).
Rich sits down with returning members of the Chemistry of Wine classroom immersion trip to Napa Valley, discussing grape diseases, organic fermentation processes, and a more natural approach to the science and art of chemistry (Episode 264).
#263: Coach Tyler Schmutz

#263: Coach Tyler Schmutz

2019-12-3000:38:35

Rich sits down with new head golf coach Tyler Schmutz, discussing his approach to recruitment, team leaders up-and-coming this season, and why he loves to play the game (Episode 263).
#262: Coach Daniel Bickett

#262: Coach Daniel Bickett

2019-12-2300:42:56

Rich sits down with new head tennis coach Daniel Bickett, discussing his coaching philosophy, the difference between coaching and club training, and the benefits inherent to Wabash Tennis (Episode 262).
Rich sits down with Alexandru Rotaru ’22, an international student from Romania studying in the pre-engineering track and award-winning writer for The Bachelor. They discuss the value of meeting math with gender studies, his first day in America, and why it is hard to start and maintain a new campus club (Episode 261).
#260: Rogeno Malone ’20

#260: Rogeno Malone ’20

2019-12-0900:32:57

Rich sits down with Rogeno Malone ’20, discussing his position with Goldman Sachs after Wabash, being forced to take risks while studying abroad, and his favorite Wabash moments, mentors, and friends (Episode 260).
Rich sits down with seniors Nathan Gray and Aaron Webb, GHI Fellows currently running a free shuttle service for residents needing assistance getting to medical appointments around Crawfordsville. They discuss social determinants of health, how small steps impact a whole community, and the gift of a dozen eggs (Episode 259).
#258: Manual Cinema

#258: Manual Cinema

2019-11-2500:44:48

Rich sits down with members of the Manual Cinema collective before their performance in the college’s Visiting Artists series. They discuss the economy of actions when acting in projection, horror stories back stage, and breaking down the etiquette of theatre (Episode 258).
#257: Sam Henthorn ’20

#257: Sam Henthorn ’20

2019-11-1800:38:49

Rich sits down with Sam Henthorn ’20, after his conference title win in the NCAC Cross Country Championships this fall. They discuss how monuments become everyday places when abroad, Sam’s training for the upcoming Nationals, and advice for his freshman self (Episode 257).
Rich sits down with an alumnus who will attend his 50th consecutive Monon Bell Classic this year, Jeff Birk ’74. The pair discuss his favorite Monon moments, his pre-game preparations, and his nearest miss in attending (Episode 256).
Rich sits down with participants in the Moot Court Finals this year, Caleb Dickey ’21, Bryce McCullough ’23, Cooper Smith ’23, & Jake Vermeulen ’21, discussing how to succeed in the court, locking eyes with a state supreme court judge, and wiccan communion wafers (Episode 255).
Rich sits down with seniors from the Little Giant Wrestling, Basketball and Swimming teams respectively, Darden Schurg ’20, Harry Hallstrom ’20, and Hunter Jones ’20. They discuss favorite moments in their sport, new teammates, and what to expect from each team this season (Episode 254).
#253: Nicole Ver Kuilen

#253: Nicole Ver Kuilen

2019-10-2100:48:59

Rich sits down with Para-Triathlon National Champion and disabilities advocate Nicole Ver Kuilen, discussing her journey as a para-athlete, racing down the 1500-mile West Coast, and helping others one volcano at a time. (Episode 253).
#252: Dr. Gary Phillips

#252: Dr. Gary Phillips

2019-10-1400:48:55

Rich sits down with former Dean of the College Dr. Gary Phillips regarding his last years teaching at Wabash prior to retirement. They discuss his experiences as a dean during the 2008 financial crisis, his impacts over decades of teaching on others, and the shape of a question (Episode 252).
#251: Will Shortz

#251: Will Shortz

2019-10-0700:28:47

Rich sits down with editor of the New York Times Crossword puzzle and Crawfordsville-native Will Shortz, discussing his eighth-grade start to puzzlemaking, founding the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, and avoiding obscurities and minimizing oddities (Episode 251).
#250: Theater: Biloxi Blues

#250: Theater: Biloxi Blues

2019-09-3000:53:51

Rich sits down with director Michael Abbott and members of the cast of the upcoming Wabash Theater production of Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues. They discuss how their roles have challenged them, the ethereal nature of theater, and how to prepare for the opening curtain (Episode 250).
#249: Dr. James Makubuya

#249: Dr. James Makubuya

2019-09-2400:38:12

Rich sits down with Dr. James Makubuya ahead of the 40th LaFollette Lecture, the first to feature a member of the music department. They discuss his experiences playing in Carnegie Hall, nineteen years of Wamidan, and learning another culture through its instruments (Episode 249).
Rich sits down with Dr. Wally Novak and research student Joe Kaefer ’22 to review the professor’s recent co-authorship and creation of a new protein. The three discuss gene testing “in silico,” working as a student-mentor team, and how research is like golf (Episode 248).
#247: Coach Tyler McCreary

#247: Coach Tyler McCreary

2019-09-0900:38:51

Rich sits down with head coach Tyler McCreary entering his 2nd season with the Wabash Redpack. Tyler discusses the daily choices inherent to success in the sport, coaching alongside Clyde Morgan, and who to look for in this year’s team (Episode 247).
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