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Notre Dame Stories highlights the work and knowledge of the University's faculty and students. This podcast will feature interviews with Notre Dame faculty members who can lend insight into some of the major national and international stories of the day, as well as pieces that show the breadth of the life and research at the University.
 
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Ronnie and Alex Mansour chose Notre Dame over a traditional music conservatory because the University’s music program allowed them the flexibility to do it, as Sinatra would say, their way.In this episode, Brendan O'Shaughnessy tells the story of the siblings who charted their own creative path at the University.Read more: nd.edu/stories/musical-ma…
 
Iris Seabolt was convicted of felony murder in 2004 and sentenced to 45 years in prison. Prosecutors did not accuse her of killing restaurant owner A.J. Williams, but claim she was the female lure in an intended robbery that ended in murder.The police presented no physical evidence at all in her trial. Instead, a series of witnesses claimed they he…
 
In the fourth installment of the Proving Innocence series, the Notre Dame law students take on the case of Leon Tyson. He was convicted of a 2015 murder in Elkhart, but the Notre Dame Exoneration Justice Clinic believes he is innocent. He was sentenced to 63 years in prison.The case took a turn when the students and professor placed a call to the m…
 
In the final episode of the season, we sit down with Madeline Owen, the valedictorian of the class of 2021. Madeline discusses her Notre Dame journey, and what it meant to finish that journey here, on campus.Read more about Madeline at: https://news.nd.edu/news/madeline-owen-named-valedictorian-alexis-waldschmidt-selected-salutatorian/.Notre Dame S…
 
We're changing things up a bit and featuring another podcast from the University of Notre Dame. Many of our listeners are probably familiar with it: It's called With a Side of Knowledge. Host Ted Fox interviews scholars from all over the disciplinary spectrum for some of the most interesting conversations in academia. In this episode, Ted interview…
 
For the better part of a year, the mail has been increasingly slow…and COVID is only partly to blame. To find out what’s behind this we spoke with James O’Rourke, professor of management in the Mendoza College of Business and an expert on corporate communications and reputation. O'Rourke has studied the cost structure and business of the United Sta…
 
As most of the country awaits their turn in line to receive a coronavirus vaccine, some have questions about its safety, how it was developed, and what it means for life…after the vaccination.Today we talk with Dr. Mark Mulligan '80, an infectious disease expert and head of NYU’s Langone Vaccine Center. Dr. Mulligan has worked on vaccine trials for…
 
For most of us these days, “office hours” take place…almost anywhere but the office. The dining room, bedroom, basement…they’ve all become the places we work, not just where we live.The pandemic has profoundly altered the work-life balance of Americans, and new research is uncovering how we’re dealing with this shift.We spoke with Abi Ocobock, who …
 
Andy Royer confessed in 2003 to strangling a 94-year-old woman who lived in his apartment building in Elkhart, Indiana. But Royer, who has mental challenges that make him seem childlike despite his huge size, then asked if he could just go home.Confessions are convincing to juries. Most people are surprised to learn that they are sometimes given by…
 
In Episode Two, we hear the story of Keith Cooper’s 20-year odyssey to clear his name of a crime he didn’t commit in a town he hardly knew.Cooper tells the story in his words, starting with his arrest in 1997 based on a description of a crime by someone tall, thin and black. Mistaken witness identifications led to a speedy bench-trial conviction an…
 
Episode One traces the origins of the Notre Dame Exoneration Justice Clinic’s rapid growth over the last four years. It began as a student volunteer club in 2016 with some awareness and advocacy events.The students launched into action after a visit from Keith Cooper, the only person in Indiana history to receive a governor’s pardon based on actual…
 
Thousands of people across the country are penned in prisons for crimes they didn’t commit. Want proof? More than 2,700 prisoners have been legally exonerated over the last 30 years, largely through the innocence work of crusading lawyers and legal students. Notre Dame law students, inspired by meeting a nearby example of this tragedy, pushed to ge…
 
As the real estate market rebounds, more people are thinking about what makes a perfect home. Architecture professor Marianne Cusato is one an industry leader in the home building industry. She’s been named one of the top women in real estate by Fortune Magazine, to list just one of her many accolades. She earned international acclaim for the Katri…
 
As the national conversation about race and policing took shape over the summer, questions began surfacing about how police departments would respond. At Notre Dame, they were already working on an answer.Guests: Keri Kei Shibata, Chief, Notre Dame Police DepartmentMike Seamon, Vice President for Campus Safety and University OperationsMatty Aubourg…
 
In this episode, we examine two connections shown in dramatic ways during the COVID-19 pandemic. First, the connection between humankind and the planet: We speak with a climate scientist on how the economic shut down is impacting the planet, and how coronavirus could be a template for the fight against climate change.Then, we explore the connection…
 
The Gospel account of St. Matthew includes a peculiar episode: Magi orwise men who followed a star to the place of Jesus’ birth. Grant Mathews, a Notre Dame astrophysicist, details the astronomical phenomenon he believes led them to Bethlehem. To learn more, visit https://www.nd.edu/stories/royal-beauty-bright/.(Re-edited version of the episode tha…
 
In the first episode of this four-part series, we trace the origins of Notre Dame’s presence in Jerusalem back to the events of the late 1950s in the Catholic Church. The Second Vatican Council inspired a warming of relations between various Christian traditions, a movement memorialized by Pope Paul VI, who famously embraced Orthodox Patriarch Athe…
 
Tantur founder Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., once said, “Jerusalem is a place that really catches you in the heart.” And it’s Fr. Ted’s words that we hear first as we introduce the series. But the experience in and around Jerusalem is about more than a pilgrimage to honor the past. The University is engaging the region to build a better future. T…
 
Three years after the University announced the creation of the IDEA Center, we discuss how Notre Dame faculty and students are bridging the gap from innovation to impact. Also, how the University ceased coal use at its power plant, a year ahead of schedule.Links:IDEA Center: https://ideacenter.nd.edu/Fighting to Help Others Walk Again: https://figh…
 
A look at ideas that are addressing major food-related problems: A potential breakthrough on peanut allergies. Learn more about how Basar Bilgicer, associate professor of engineering, is fighting to cure food allergies at https://fightingfor.nd.edu/2016/fighting-to-cure-food-allergies/.And, what Notre Dame is doing to help kids get the nutrition th…
 
In this episode, a look at preparing for the future in two very different economic circumstances: In the US, how AI and advanced technology could disrupt the workforce; in the Amazon basin, how indigenous people are bolstering production of a common food staple.Faculty guest: Ray Offenheiser, distinguished professor of the practice and director, No…
 
A Notre Dame psychologist explains how breastfeeding can mitigate the impacts of intimate partner violence, or IPV. And, we return to the Eternal City, for a look at the layered experiences that make Notre Dame, in Rome.Faculty guest: Laura Miller-Graff, the William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families Assistant Professor of Psychology and Peac…
 
We chat with Notre Dame geologist and moon expert Clive Neal, who is part of a team that will examine previously sealed lunar samples obtained during the Apollo missions. Note: Clive refers several times to "regolith," which is the powdery, dusty material on the lunar surface. Learn more about Clive's work at https://news.nd.edu/our-experts/neal-cl…
 
As the situation deteriorates in Venezuela, we chat with Latin American expert Michael Coppedge of the Keough School of Global Affairs, who explains how we got here, and what to expect next.And, as millions of people celebrate their Irish heritage this month, we look back at a student club’s championship foray into Irish Dance.…
 
In this episode, we chat with Kasey Buckles, a Notre Dame economist who studies the family. Her research follows trends in the fertility rate, and yields clues about what that may mean for the US economy.Read more about Buckles' work at https://news.nd.edu/news/study-points-to-fertility-as-a-leading-economic-indicator/.And, we bring you the story o…
 
In this episode we chat with Pinar Zorlutuna, a professor in aerospace and mechanical engineering, who is using tissue engineering to extend the viability of hearts in a transplant scenario. You can read more about her work at https://fightingfor.nd.edu/2018/fighting-for-the-human-heart/.In addition, we catch up with Sophia Bevacqua, an alumna who …
 
In this episode: heavenly realms.We're closer than ever to knowing whether life exists on other planets. A Notre Dame researcher talks about what he and other experts are recommending to find the answer in the next 20 years.And, what can be done at the moment a life passes from this world to the next? A scholar of Medieval chants finds surprising i…
 
In this episode: helping the most vulnerable.A report from the White House Council of Economic Advisors declared the war on poverty largely over. A Notre Dame researcher, who helped produce much of the data behind the report, explains that statement, and talks about what can be done to continue to help those in need in the US.And, two Notre Dame st…
 
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