Fresh from the Hill: Inside Stories of Noteworthy Cornellians

Fresh from the Hill: Inside Stories of Noteworthy Cornellians

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Fresh from the Hill: Inside Stories of Noteworthy Cornellians will give you an inside look into the lives of some of our most notable young Cornellians. Learn who they are and what role Cornell University played in their professional and personal lives. Created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers ‘13. Artwork by Chris Kelly.


Meet Yasmin Alameddine ‘16
Aug 21 • 6 min
We’re on to season two of Fresh from the Hill and that means new episodes, new stories, and of course new hosts! On this mini-episode you’ll be introduced to new host Yasmin Alameddine, class of 2016. Hear about Yasmin’s best classes and experiences at…
A place Cornellians call home: Live from the Cornell Club NYC, featuring GM Craig Lasnier
Aug 7 • 15 min
We’re opening up season two of Fresh from the Hill with a very special bonus episode featuring Cornell Club NYC General Manager Craig Lasnier. Listen in as Craig sits down with host Lou Diamond ‘92 to discuss the Club’s history, present, and future, what…
Season one bonus #3: greatest hits from the Aaron Kominos-Smith ‘04 series
Jul 24 • 22 min
This week on Fresh from the Hill, you’ll hear clips from the episodes listed below. If you haven’t already listened to those episodes in their entirety, we recommend you go back and take a listen! It will be well worth your time. Episode 13: Meet Aaron…
Season one bonus #2: greatest hits from the Lou Diamond ‘92 series
Jul 17 • 25 min
This week on Fresh from the Hill, you’ll hear clips from the episodes listed below. If you haven’t already listened to those episodes in their entirety, we recommend you go back and take a listen! It will be well worth your time. Episode 7: Meet Lou…
Season one bonus #1: greatest hits from the Alex Zalben ‘99 series
Jul 10 • 15 min
For the next three weeks, we’ll be bringing you the best moments from season one of Fresh from the Hill: Inside Stories of Noteworthy Cornellians. In this episode, you’ll hear clips from the episodes listed below. If you haven’t already listened to those…
Second Chances - Darnell Epps ‘19
Jun 26 • 42 min
From the Brooklyn housing projects, to private Catholic School, to a near 17-year incarceration at Five Points Correctional Facility, to Cornell University, Darnell Epps ‘19 is not your typical Cornell Senior. Hear Darnell’s fascinating and inspirational…
The Lucky Break - Ritu Raman ‘12
Jun 12 • 27 min
Ritu Raman is an engineer, writer, and educator with a passion for introducing bio-hybrid materials into the toolbox of every inventor. She grew up in India, Kenya, and the United States and has learned to appreciate and thrive in diverse and dynamic…
Empowering Podcast Creators - Nir Zicherman ‘08
May 29 • 31 min
Nir Zicherman ‘08 is the Co-Founder and CTO of Anchor, the easiest way ever to make a podcast, 100% for free. Previously, Nir ran server engineering at Aviary, where he built back-end systems to scale to tens of millions of monthly users until Aviary’s…
The Business of Broadway - Dana Lerner ‘14
May 15 • 32 min
Dana M. Lerner ‘14 is a Tony-nominated theater producer and entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of Red Pelican Creative, LLC a social media consulting and management agency providing strategic advice and management consulting on social media, brand…
The Value of People - Julio Casado ‘08
May 1 • 41 min
Julio Casado ‘08 studied Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, received a Master’s degree in Management from the Harvard University Extension School, and is a 2018 Fellow of the New Leaders Council. He was born in Dominican Republic, grew…
Making Something Beautiful From a Pile of Dirt - Justin Kondrat ‘14
Apr 17 • 31 min
Justin Kondrat ‘14 is an inspiring alumnus who defeated all odds to go to his dream school, Cornell University. In this episode, host Aaron Kominos-Smith talks with Justin about his intense passion for horticulture and how Cornell helped him achieve his…
Meet Aaron Kominos-Smith ‘04
Apr 3 • 9 min
Meet our third and final host for season one of Fresh from the Hill! Learn about Aaron’s background at Cornell, how his time in the Whistling Shrimp Improv group inspired him to leave his job as an architect and pursue a job in standup comedy, and what’s…
Connecting Artists to Fans… from WVBR to SiriusXM to Spotify - Jordan Gremli ‘08
Mar 20 • 35 min
Jordan Gremli graduated from Cornell University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Atmospheric Science, but spent most of his time as an undergraduate at WVBR-FM, the school’s independent, student-run commercial radio station. He is currently Head of…
Pathways - Becky Katz ‘09
Mar 6 • 25 min
Becky Katz ‘09 is currently a Robert Bosch Fellow, a prestige program that accepts 15 professionals and provides professional development in Germany. Before her move to Germany, she was the City of Atlanta’s first Chief Bicycle Officer. In this role she…
“People are the X Factor,” Kia Albertson-Rogers ‘13 (Kia Orion)
Feb 20 • 37 min
Kia Albertson-Rogers ‘13 (Kia Orion) is a Philadelphia based singer-songwriter performing soulful, electronic, and R&B music. Graduating from Cornell in 2014, Kia spent a brief period in the music industry before getting involved with non-profit work.…
“I Just Need a Beer,” Jack Mason ‘11
Feb 6 • 29 min
Jack Mason, Master Sommelier at the Pappas Bros. Steakhouse Houston Downtown and Galleria locations, achieved MS status at the very young age of 27 and is one of the youngest to do so. He is one of only 9 esteemed Master Sommeliers currently in the state…
“Little Sister,” Irene Li ‘12
Jan 23 • 32 min
Irene Li ‘12 operates Mei Mei Street Kitchen & Mei Mei Restaurant in Boston, where her work centers around ethical sourcing and fair employment practices. Irene’s background of living on an organic farm, organizing for economic and social justice, and…
Meet Lou Diamond ‘92
Jan 9 • 10 min
Get get to know the host for our second series of “Fresh from the Hill,” Lou Diamond ‘92. Learn what Lou’s favorite classes were at Cornell and how they connect to what he does today, hear about how Lou helps people Thrive in their everyday lives, and get…
“It Doesn’t Get Old,” Meghan Dubyak ‘04
Dec 26, 2018 • 25 min
On this episode of “Fresh from the Hill,” you’ll hear from Meghan Dubyak ‘04, current chief spokesperson and Associate Vice President for Communications and Creative Services at Georgetown University and former Press Secretary to Vice President Joe Biden…
“Why Are You Trying to Study the Magic That is Love?” Marisa Cohen ‘06
Dec 12, 2018 • 33 min
In this episode of “Fresh from the Hill,” Alex Zalben ‘99 talks to relationship expert Dr. Marisa Cohen about love, relationships, and her two primary lines of research: perceptions of first date success and consensual non-monogamy. Tune in to learn about…
“Who Made Your Beats For You?” Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo ‘08, MA ‘15 (AKA Sammus)
Nov 28, 2018 • 36 min
Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo ‘08, MA ‘15 aka Sammus is an Ithaca-raised, Philadelphia-based rap artist, producer, and PhD student in the Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University. Through her music she has spent the past several years…
“Take the Plunge,” Stephen Hall ‘06
Nov 14, 2018 • 33 min
In our third episode of “Fresh from the Hill,” we hear from Stephen Hall, co-founder of Tinker Coffee Co., a specialty coffee roaster in Indianapolis, Indiana. Steve will talk about his time at Cornell in the Hotel School, starting out in the wine…
“Find Your North Star,” Svante Myrick ‘09
Oct 31, 2018 • 45 min
At age 24 Svante Myrick won a mayoral race to become the youngest mayor in Ithaca’s history and the first mayor of African American heritage. In this exclusive interview, host Alex Zalben ‘99 and Svante will chat about Svante’s childhood, the first time…
Introducing “Fresh from the Hill: Inside Stories of Noteworthy Cornellians”
Oct 17, 2018 • 10 min
Check out the very first episode of “Fresh from the Hill: Inside Stories of Noteworthy Cornellians.” In this episode you’ll hear from one of the hosts of the podcast, Alex Zalben class of 1999. You’ll learn a little about Alex’s background, how the…