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Author: A student-led podcast series at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

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Student-led conversations with fellow students, faculty, staff and alumni at one of the world’s premier colleges for art and design.
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S2E1: Jim Barnes

S2E1: Jim Barnes

2021-11-0557:27

On this episode, I sat down with the legendary architecture professor Jim Barnes. I spoke with Jim about what he's been up to since retirement. We discussed RISD's retirement policy during the COVID-19 pandemic and walked through Jim's most memorable moments over the last 50 years. Finally, we discussed why so many student-led initiatives never seem to last more than a couple of years. 
On this episode, I sat down with RISD Graphic Design Alumni Willem Van Lancker. Willem is a designer and entrepreneur  who co-founded Oyster and today helps lead company incubation at Thrive Capital. We spoke about his advice to find intersections in your career as they often lead to the most creative outcomes, his role and passion for hospitality, and his bespoke career path since graduation. 
S1E7: Deborah Berke

S1E7: Deborah Berke

2021-06-0742:07

On this episode, I sat down with RISD Architecture alumna Deborah Berke, founder of Deborah Berke Architects and Dean of the Yale School of Architecture. We spoke about what life would be like living in year 1,000, the lack of optimism in retirement communities across the United States, and how her RISD education helped land her first job as a graphic designer at an engineering firm in New York City. 
S1E6: John Maeda

S1E6: John Maeda

2021-05-1226:28

On this episode, I sat down with former RISD President John Maeda. We spoke about how the 2008 global financial crisis shaped his presidency, the role social media and Twitter had on this international appearance, and his courage of conviction amidst pushback from RISD faculty and staff. 
S1E5: Michael Maltzan

S1E5: Michael Maltzan

2021-04-1837:45

On this episode, I sat down with Michael Maltzan, RISD Architecture Alumni and founder of Michael Maltzan Architects in Los Angeles, California.  We discussed how RISD taught him the fundamentals of how to see, his interest in the formation of The United States of America, and how growing up in the post war suburb of Levittown, Long Island led him to yearn for a life out west. 
On this episode, I sat down with Julie Mehretu & Benjamin Edwards from the RISD painting class of 1997. We spoke about the risk of RISD's increasing tuition, the advice & mentorship of a life changing  faculty member,  and their thoughts on the newest art form to hit the market: Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT's).
S1E3: Andrew Martinez

S1E3: Andrew Martinez

2021-03-2947:26

On this episode, I interviewed Andrew Martinez, RISD Archivist. We discussed how RISD catalogs, stores and documents everything from the board of trustees' minutes to student drawings dating back to 1877. We also discussed the important work Andrew is doing to orally record all 50 faculty and staff who decided to retire due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Finally, I inquired how RISD purchased the Market House building for $10.00 back in 1948.  
S1E2: Mike Fink

S1E2: Mike Fink

2021-03-0639:43

Longest serving faculty member in the history of Rhode Island School of Design, Mike Fink discusses how he single handedly saved Carr House Cafe, his hope to become the next RISD president and his love for South Park. Please excuse the audio quality as Mike's wonderful beard slightly interfered with the microphone. 
Senior library assistants, Laura Browne and Stephen McCaughey discuss the the impact of COVID-19, the secret vault hidden below Fleet Library and debated killing spiders.  
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