With a Side of Knowledge

With a Side of Knowledge

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A college campus is a destination for all kinds of interesting people, representing all kinds of research specialties and fields of expertise. With a Side of Knowledge, which is produced at the University of Notre Dame, invites some of these folks out …


What Makes Me Happy: Journalists Richard Jones and Victoria St. Martin on Prince
Jun 29 • 14 min
In this bonus mini-episode, Richard Jones and Victoria St. Martin of Notre Dame’s Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy join host Ted Fox via Zoom to discuss a musician whose art dared us to love each other for exactly who we are: Prince.
Reporting and Politics—Robert Costa, The Washington Post and Washington Week
Jun 11 • 34 min
Robert Costa of The Washington Post and Washington Week spends his days tracking down the biggest stories in American politics. Here he takes us inside how he approaches doing those jobs even as our standard brunch interview managed to elude him.
AI and Why We Need Humans (and Tiger King)—Mutale Nkonde, AI for the People
May 28 • 37 min
After AI for the People CEO Mutale Nkonde’s visit to Notre Dame had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus, we asked her to join us virtually to discuss artificial intelligence, bias, and whether Tiger King broke the brain of the Netflix algorithm.
What Makes Me Happy: Philosopher Meghan Sullivan on LEGO
May 22 • 13 min
In this bonus mini-episode, Meghan Sullivan, professor of philosophy and director of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, joins host Ted Fox via Zoom to discuss a passion she’s had since childhood, one that played a memorable role as she earned…
DeLoreans, Autonomous Systems, and the Drive to be Awesome—Jon Goh, Stanford University
May 14 • 28 min
Brunch? Where we’re going, we don’t need “brunch.” Stanford’s Jon Goh joined us via Zoom to talk about building the most incredible DeLorean this side of Back to the Future.
Education, Parenting, and Improving Outcomes—Jenni Heissel, Naval Postgraduate School
Apr 30 • 31 min
Can students learn algebra online just as well as they do in a classroom? Do school start times actually matter? What sorts of policies work to support new parents? If you find questions like these interesting, then you and Jenni Heissel of the Naval…
What Makes Me Happy: Economist Kasey Buckles on the (Red) Sox
Apr 22 • 14 min
In this bonus mini-episode, Kasey Buckles, Brian and Jeannelle Brady Associate Professor of Economics at Notre Dame, joins host Ted Fox to discuss the greatest baseball team in the history of the universe: the Boston Red Sox.
Reindeer Herders and Powerlifting—Cara Ocobock, Notre Dame
Apr 16 • 31 min
Notre Dame’s Cara Ocobock is an anthropologist and powerlifter who studies how humans adapt to extreme climates and levels of physical activity—in other words, the perfect preparation for going to brunch with us.
What Makes Me Happy: Biology Ph.D. Candidate Katie O’Reilly on Midwest Pizza
Apr 8 • 12 min
In this bonus mini-episode, Katie O’Reilly, a sixth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Stream and Wetland Ecology Lab at Notre Dame, joins host Ted Fox to discuss a subject near and dear to both of them: Midwest pizza.
the Smithsonian and Sneaking in the Sidedoor—Lizzie Peabody and Justin O’Neill, Smithsonian Institution
Apr 2 • 28 min
We didn’t get to have brunch with the Smithsonian Institution’s Lizzie Peabody and Justin O’Neill, but that didn’t stop us from digging into what makes their podcast Sidedoor a must-listen for fans of pretty much anything.
Muhammad Ali and a Knockout Biography—Jonathan Eig, Author
Mar 19 • 33 min
Bestselling biographer Jonathan Eig had some pretty cool conversations in the course of writing Muhammad Ali’s story. Talking to him about it in a Chicago diner was a pretty cool conversation unto itself.
Work, Money, and the Rise of Female Entrepreneurship—Kerry Hannon, Author
Feb 27 • 31 min
No matter where you are in your career, brunch with columnist and bestselling author Kerry Hannon gives you a chance to think about where you are, and where you’d like to go.
the Rhodes Scholarship and Making Yourself Useful—Prathm Juneja, Notre Dame
Feb 13 • 25 min
This past November, Prathm Juneja was named to the American Rhodes Scholar Class of 2020, becoming the 20th Rhodes Scholar in Notre Dame history. We thought the least we could do was ask him to brunch.
the Presidency and Possibility—Bob Schmuhl, Notre Dame
Jan 30 • 36 min
Just in time for primary season, we went to brunch with Notre Dame’s Bob Schmuhl to discuss his recent book on the American presidency and ways we might improve the process by which we elect people to the highest office in the land.
the EU, Allies, and the State of European Democracy—Janne Matláry, University of Oslo
Jan 16 • 31 min
Political scientist Janne Matláry has the experience both in the academy and in government to turn a breakfast chat into a primer on what the European Union is, how it works, and the challenges it faces, including in its relationship with the United…
Top 5 Most-Played Episodes of 2019: No. 1
Dec 20, 2019 • 32 min
It’s the end of the year, and we’re counting down our Top 5 most-played episodes of 2019. This is No. 1.
Top 5 Most-Played Episodes of 2019: No. 2
Dec 19, 2019 • 34 min
It’s the end of the year, and we’re counting down our Top 5 most-played episodes of 2019. This is No. 2.
Top 5 Most-Played Episodes of 2019: No. 3
Dec 18, 2019 • 32 min
It’s the end of the year, and we’re counting down our Top 5 most-played episodes of 2019. This is No. 3.
Top 5 Most-Played Episodes of 2019: No. 4
Dec 17, 2019 • 31 min
It’s the end of the year, and we’re counting down our Top 5 most-played episodes of 2019. This is No. 4.
Top 5 Most-Played Episodes of 2019: No. 5
Dec 16, 2019 • 34 min
It’s the end of the year, and we’re counting down our Top 5 most-played episodes of 2019. This is No. 5.
Democracy and Difficult Questions—Chris Beem, Penn State University
Dec 5, 2019 • 34 min
As we head into 2020, brunch with Chris Beem of Penn State’s McCourtney Institute for Democracy is a good place to be if you’re looking for some food for thought (pun intended).
Movies (and Golden Tickets)—Shea Serrano, The Ringer
Nov 21, 2019 • 31 min
A lucky break when our host bought Shea Serrano’s latest New York Times bestseller, Movies (And Other Things), led to an unexpected interview about … well, movies and other things.
‘A Dangerous Idea’ and Documentary Filmmaking—Stephanie Welch, Director
Nov 7, 2019 • 32 min
While a documentary like “A Dangerous Idea: Eugenics, Genetics, and the American Dream” isn’t meant to put viewers at ease, going to brunch with Director Stephanie Welch is as enjoyable as the film is challenging.
Lions and Tigers and … Okapi?—Josh Sisk, Potawatomi Zoo
Oct 24, 2019 • 34 min
For once, we passed on brunch and instead visited South Bend’s Potawatomi Zoo, where Executive Director Josh Sisk took us on a walking tour that introduced us to both the animals and the conservation work being done to protect them.
‘How Charts Lie’ and Increasing Graphicacy—Alberto Cairo, University of Miami
Oct 10, 2019 • 34 min
From charts about smoking and life expectancy to representations of how we vote, Alberto Cairo’s new book is an invitation to reconsider how we read (and misread) the visual arguments being made to us every day.
American Jesuits, Catholicism, and Higher Education—John McGreevy, Notre Dame
Sep 26, 2019 • 31 min
We went to brunch with historian John McGreevy to dive into the American story of the Jesuits—who, in the century following the nation’s founding, were viewed with suspicion as “the most Catholic of all Catholics.”
Podcast Brunch Club and the Appeal of Audio—Adela Mizrachi, Podcast Brunch Club
Sep 12, 2019 • 34 min
It’s the episode we were destined to do: a brunchtime interview with the founder of Podcast Brunch Club and general podcast connoisseur, Adela Mizrachi.
Cryptocurrency, Facebook’s Libra, and Data Security—Mike Chapple, Notre Dame
Aug 29, 2019 • 32 min
If you’ve got questions about Facebook’s Libra—including what it and cryptocurrency more generally are to begin with—pull up a seat to this brunch with cybersecurity and privacy expert Mike Chapple.
Incredible Women and a Story Too Good to Pass Up—Ann Little, Colorado State University
Aug 15, 2019 • 35 min
We go to brunch with historian Ann Little and come away with the story of an 18th-century nun whose extraordinary life illustrates the broader struggle for resources, sovereignty, and survival in what would become the United States and Canada.
Exile, Literature, and Feeling Small Before the Page—Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, Author
Aug 1, 2019 • 31 min
Shortly after she won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, author Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi joined us for brunch to talk about writing and her acclaimed novel Call Me Zebra.
Football Rankings and Measuring Efficiency—Brian Fremeau, FEI
May 30, 2019 • 34 min
In our season two finale, Brian Fremeau joins us for brunch to take us inside the FEI, his efficiency-based approach to rating college football’s best (and worst) teams.
Math, Origami, and How No Discipline is an Island—Clare Kim, MIT
May 16, 2019 • 35 min
Whatever your thoughts about math, there’s a good chance this brunch with MIT doctoral candidate Clare Kim will make you see the “queen of the sciences” in a brand-new light.
Lowering Barriers and Double Rainbows—Charles Adler, Cofounder of Kickstarter
May 2, 2019 • 34 min
Kickstarter, the name synonymous with crowdfunding, celebrated its 10th anniversary in April, so it was a perfect time to take cofounder Charles Adler out to brunch and talk about the company he helped to build.
Enron, Business, and Cover Stories—Bethany McLean, Vanity Fair
Apr 18, 2019 • 32 min
Whether talking about coauthoring the book on one of the biggest business scandals of our time or why her mom’s wondering if she’s going to J.Lo and A-Rod’s wedding, Vanity Fair’s Bethany McLean is someone you want to go to brunch with.
BONUS EPISODE: A Bold Proposal for the U.S.-Mexico Border—Luciano Castillo, Purdue University
Apr 7, 2019 • 35 min
For this special bonus episode, host Ted Fox took the show on the road to Purdue University to talk with Luciano Castillo about a proposal for an extensive energy- and water-producing industrial corridor along the United States-Mexico border.
Energy and Not Throwing Spaghetti Against the Wall—Rachel Kyte, SEforALL
Apr 4, 2019 • 42 min
In this live show with Rachel Kyte, CEO of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), we cover both the global movement for affordable, clean energy and one outstanding podcast recommendation.
Publishing and the Love of Books —Jessica Sinsheimer, Literary Agent
Mar 21, 2019 • 32 min
In the second of two interviews we did while in Brooklyn, we grabbed coffee with literary agent Jessica Sinsheimer before she headed out to another jam-packed day in the capital of the publishing world.
Science Podcasting and What Didn’t Happen to the Dinosaurs—Elah Feder and Annie Minoff, Undiscovered
Mar 7, 2019 • 34 min
While in Brooklyn for On Air Fest, we went to brunch with Elah Feder and Annie Minoff, co-hosts of Science Friday’s podcast Undiscovered, to get an inside look at one of our favorite shows.
Heroes and Humanity’s Greatest Invention—John Banville, Author
Feb 21, 2019 • 30 min
Listen to author John Banville read from his Man Booker Prize-winning novel over brunch, and it becomes clear pretty quickly why his sentences have been described as being “like hits of some delicious drug.”
Evolution and Defining Creativity—Agustín Fuentes, Notre Dame
Feb 7, 2019 • 33 min
Covering millions of years of human history—and creativity’s essential role in it—sounds like a tall order for brunch, but Notre Dame anthropologist Agustín Fuentes is more than up to the task.
Hercules, Healthcare, and Our Common Finitude—Dan Hinshaw, University of Michigan
Jan 24, 2019 • 34 min
Conversations about death and dying aren’t standard brunch fare, and this brunch with the University of Michigan’s Dan Hinshaw suggests that’s part of the problem.
Social Media and One in a Trillion Success—Vamsi Kanuri, Notre Dame
Jan 10, 2019 • 34 min
This brunch with Notre Dame’s Vamsi Kanuri is for everyone who wouldn’t typically use “social media” and the phrase “novel theoretical framework” in the same sentence.
Protests, Abraham Lincoln, and Tupac—Lisa Mueller, Macalester College
Dec 13, 2018 • 33 min
The author of Political Protest in Contemporary Africa (Cambridge University Press), political scientist Lisa Mueller takes us inside how protests work and how social scientists study them—with just your typical weekday brunch as a backdrop.
Shakespeare and Your Magical Self—Madeleine Hyland, Actors From The London Stage
Nov 29, 2018 • 32 min
Actress Madeleine Hyland took a break from playing Hamlet to join us for brunch and help us see what all the fuss surrounding this Shakespeare guy is about.
Photography and When Lightning Strikes—Matt Cashore, Notre Dame
Nov 15, 2018 • 34 min
While Matt Cashore’s photography speaks for itself, getting the stories behind the photos is what brunch is made for.
Good Stories and Coming Along for the Science—Sam Kean, Science Writer
Nov 1, 2018 • 30 min
We knew this brunch with popular science writer Sam Kean was headed in the right direction when it didn’t even take five minutes to get to the questions about weather control.
Writing and Saying Something True—Marilynne Robinson, Author
Oct 18, 2018 • 33 min
If you think talking writing, faith, and meaning over a cup of coffee with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson sounds like an interesting way to spend a half-an-hour, then we’re pretty sure you’re going to like this episode.
Henry David Thoreau of Concord, Mass.—Laura Dassow Walls, Notre Dame
Sep 6, 2018 • 40 min
It’s our season one finale, and award-winning Thoreau biographer Laura Dassow Walls is here to talk about the man who, as it turns out, was far from the Walden Pond hermit of our imaginations.
(TV) Comedies and Not Messing With the Magic—Michael Swanson, NBCUniversal
Aug 23, 2018 • 32 min
It’s our first live show, but while NBCUniversal studio executive Michael Swanson talks all things comedy and TV, we still can’t get him to give us any hints about the new season of The Good Place.
Big Data and Our Technological Future—Hendrik Hamann, IBM Research
Aug 9, 2018 • 31 min
If you’ve ever wondered what big data and the Internet of Things mean for our future—or even just what the heck they are—brunch with Hendrik Hamann of IBM Research is a great place to start.
Hamilton and Making the Thing(s)—Patrick Vassel, Hamilton
Jul 26, 2018 • 34 min
Having brunch with Patrick Vassel, associate and supervising director for Hamilton, is the ideal opportunity to talk about, what else—the making of Cats (just kidding).
Real News and Purple Rain—Richard Jones (Notre Dame) and Victoria St. Martin (WNIT)
Jul 12, 2018 • 33 min
You might go to brunch with journalists Richard Jones and Victoria St. Martin to talk about their experiences at two of the nation’s top newspapers and what reporting looks like in 2018, but you stay for the story of how they wouldn’t have met if not for…
Probability, Multiverses, and Yogi Berra—Harvey Brown, University of Oxford
Jun 28, 2018 • 33 min
While we can’t promise this brunch with Oxford’s Harvey Brown will make you an expert in quantum mechanics, he will give you a way of explaining it that will make it sound like you are.
Climate and Common Sense—Sally Benson, Stanford University
Jun 14, 2018 • 31 min
Go to brunch with Stanford’s Sally Benson, and you’ll discover how much common ground there is to be found among the scientific community, industry, and all the rest of us when it comes to addressing climate change.
Sleep and Saber-Toothed Tigers—Jessica Payne, Notre Dame
May 31, 2018 • 30 min
From the science of the power nap to our understanding of the relationship between sleep, stress, anxiety, and depression, this brunch with psychologist Jessica Payne is anything but a snooze (see what we did there?).
Preview Episode
May 6, 2018 • 1 min
In this two-minute preview episode, host Ted Fox outlines what you can expect on “With a Side of Knowledge,” a new podcast that features brunch and really interesting people (not necessarily in that order).