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Surprising, insightful, and quirky stories about MIT

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Beyond the Known (Alumni Books Podcast)

Andrew Rader PhD '09, SpaceX mission manager, discusses his book Beyond the Known: How Exploration Created the Modern World and Will Take Us to the Stars, published in 2019 by Scribner, a book Kirkus calls "an astute—and highly flattering—view of human aspirations." Read more, and find the transcript of this episode, on Slice of MIT: https://bit.ly/2KEVjtI

26 MIN2019 NOV 12
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Beyond the Known (Alumni Books Podcast)

Ilene Gordon ’75, SM ’76 on Being a Fortune 500 CEO

Ingredion's recently retired CEO, Ilene Gordon ’75, SM ’76, sat down for an interview with the MIT Alumni Association during a spring 2019 visit to campus. In this episode of the Slice of MIT podcast, you'll hear her thoughts on the importance of having a plan B (and C), how doing laundry in London helped her career, and what she wishes more mentees would ask her. Read more, and find the transcript of this episode, on Slice of MIT: http://bit.ly/2Z70WsW

26 MIN2019 AUG 21
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Ilene Gordon ’75, SM ’76 on Being a Fortune 500 CEO

For the War Yet to Come (Alumni Books Podcast)

Hiba Bou Akar MCP '05, an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, talks about her book For the War Yet to Come: Planning Beirut's Frontiers, published in Fall 2018 by Stanford University Press. Episode transcript: https://bit.ly/2WrOzX1 Full story on Slice of MIT: https://alum.mit.edu/slice/alumni-books-podcast-war-yet-come

21 MIN2019 MAY 29
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For the War Yet to Come (Alumni Books Podcast)

Healthy Teeth, Healthy Planet

Omar Al-Midani SM ’98 and his company have a way to drastically decrease mercury contamination to wastewater. Listen to this Slice of MIT podcast to hear Al-Midani talk about why his business model makes sense, of sometimes losing money. Read more on Slice of MIT: https://bit.ly/2ZiWwwx Read a transcript of the podcast: https://bit.ly/2VVyci7

18 MIN2019 APR 20
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Healthy Teeth, Healthy Planet

In Praise of Wasting Time with MIT Professor Alan Lightman

According to novelist/essayist and theoretical physicist Alan Lightman, unstructured time that allows our minds to roam freely can lead to more creativity. “We need a new mental attitude,” he advocates—one “that values our inner reflection, values stillness, values privacy, values personal reflection—that honors the inner self.” Lightman—who is a professor of the practice of the humanities as well as a senior lecturer in physics at MIT—shared these and other thoughts on creativity with an audience of MIT alumni in late 2018. He delivered his lecture at MIT’s Endicott House during a holiday luncheon event jointly organized by the MIT Alumni Association’s Cardinal and Gray Society and Emma Rogers Society. Read more on the Slice of MIT blog: bit.ly/2TTn3MX Read the transcript: https://bit.ly/2UuF2gT Photo: Jack Mohr ’50

32 MIN2019 APR 4
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In Praise of Wasting Time with MIT Professor Alan Lightman

The Big Ones (Alumni Books Podcast)

Lucile Jones PhD '81 discusses her new book The Big Ones: How Natural Disasters Have Shaped Us (and What We Can Do About Them), published in April 2018. Jones is the founder of the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society and a Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech. Episode transcript: https://bit.ly/2H6y38z

9 MIN2019 JAN 19
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The Big Ones (Alumni Books Podcast)

MIT Alumni Book Club: The Autobiography of a Transgender Scientist (Selected by Prof. Nancy Hopkins)

Asked what one book all MIT alumni should read this year, Nancy Hopkins, Amgen Inc. Professor of Biology Emerita at MIT, selected The Autobiography of a Transgender Scientist by Ben Barres '76, published this fall by MIT Press. In this Q&A, Prof. Hopkins shares insights on Barres's career, advocacy, and legacy. Join the book club and the conversation on this book at alum.mit.edu/learn. Episode transcript: https://bit.ly/2EfsF0x

10 MIN2018 DEC 7
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MIT Alumni Book Club: The Autobiography of a Transgender Scientist (Selected by Prof. Nancy Hopkins)

Claiming the State (Alumni Books Podcast)

Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner MCP '06, PhD '13, Assistant Professor of Politics & Global Studies at the University of Virginia, talks about her new book, Claiming the State: Active Citizenship and Social Welfare in Rural India, published in August 2018 by Cambridge University Press. Episode transcript: https://bit.ly/2RJg9Kh

25 MIN2018 OCT 25
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Claiming the State (Alumni Books Podcast)

Professor Emeritus Ernie Moniz on Climate Change and Nuclear Security

Former United States Secretary of Energy Ernie Moniz HM ’11 addressed a sold-out MIT audience in Washington, DC and discussed his thoughts on the United States’ role in climate research, nuclear security, and technology innovation. Read more on the Slice of MIT blog: http://bit.ly/2u5wSwz. Moniz is the Cecil and Ida Green Professor Emeritus of Physics and Engineering Systems at MIT, and he was awarded honorary membership in the MIT Alumni Association in 2011. He delivered his talk at the historic Cosmos Club during a Spring Lecture and Luncheon event jointly organized by the MIT Alumni Association’s Cardinal and Grey Society, Emma Rogers Society, and Katherine Dexter McCormick Society. Episode transcript: http://bit.ly/2tXIZM4

44 MIN2018 JUL 9
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Professor Emeritus Ernie Moniz on Climate Change and Nuclear Security

Professor Adam Berinsky on Thinking Fast and Slow (Alumni Books Podcast)

The MIT Alumni Book Club's pick for February 2017 is Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, selected by Adam Berinsky, Professor of Political Science at MIT. Join this month's discussion to read and discuss the book. To join the discussion: visit alum.mit.edu/learn and click on "Alumni Book Club." Episode transcript: http://bit.ly/2LrH1hJ

14 MIN2018 JUN 29
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Professor Adam Berinsky on Thinking Fast and Slow (Alumni Books Podcast)

Latest Episodes

Beyond the Known (Alumni Books Podcast)

Andrew Rader PhD '09, SpaceX mission manager, discusses his book Beyond the Known: How Exploration Created the Modern World and Will Take Us to the Stars, published in 2019 by Scribner, a book Kirkus calls "an astute—and highly flattering—view of human aspirations." Read more, and find the transcript of this episode, on Slice of MIT: https://bit.ly/2KEVjtI

26 MIN2019 NOV 12
Comments
Beyond the Known (Alumni Books Podcast)

Ilene Gordon ’75, SM ’76 on Being a Fortune 500 CEO

Ingredion's recently retired CEO, Ilene Gordon ’75, SM ’76, sat down for an interview with the MIT Alumni Association during a spring 2019 visit to campus. In this episode of the Slice of MIT podcast, you'll hear her thoughts on the importance of having a plan B (and C), how doing laundry in London helped her career, and what she wishes more mentees would ask her. Read more, and find the transcript of this episode, on Slice of MIT: http://bit.ly/2Z70WsW

26 MIN2019 AUG 21
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Ilene Gordon ’75, SM ’76 on Being a Fortune 500 CEO

For the War Yet to Come (Alumni Books Podcast)

Hiba Bou Akar MCP '05, an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, talks about her book For the War Yet to Come: Planning Beirut's Frontiers, published in Fall 2018 by Stanford University Press. Episode transcript: https://bit.ly/2WrOzX1 Full story on Slice of MIT: https://alum.mit.edu/slice/alumni-books-podcast-war-yet-come

21 MIN2019 MAY 29
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For the War Yet to Come (Alumni Books Podcast)

Healthy Teeth, Healthy Planet

Omar Al-Midani SM ’98 and his company have a way to drastically decrease mercury contamination to wastewater. Listen to this Slice of MIT podcast to hear Al-Midani talk about why his business model makes sense, of sometimes losing money. Read more on Slice of MIT: https://bit.ly/2ZiWwwx Read a transcript of the podcast: https://bit.ly/2VVyci7

18 MIN2019 APR 20
Comments
Healthy Teeth, Healthy Planet

In Praise of Wasting Time with MIT Professor Alan Lightman

According to novelist/essayist and theoretical physicist Alan Lightman, unstructured time that allows our minds to roam freely can lead to more creativity. “We need a new mental attitude,” he advocates—one “that values our inner reflection, values stillness, values privacy, values personal reflection—that honors the inner self.” Lightman—who is a professor of the practice of the humanities as well as a senior lecturer in physics at MIT—shared these and other thoughts on creativity with an audience of MIT alumni in late 2018. He delivered his lecture at MIT’s Endicott House during a holiday luncheon event jointly organized by the MIT Alumni Association’s Cardinal and Gray Society and Emma Rogers Society. Read more on the Slice of MIT blog: bit.ly/2TTn3MX Read the transcript: https://bit.ly/2UuF2gT Photo: Jack Mohr ’50

32 MIN2019 APR 4
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In Praise of Wasting Time with MIT Professor Alan Lightman

The Big Ones (Alumni Books Podcast)

Lucile Jones PhD '81 discusses her new book The Big Ones: How Natural Disasters Have Shaped Us (and What We Can Do About Them), published in April 2018. Jones is the founder of the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society and a Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech. Episode transcript: https://bit.ly/2H6y38z

9 MIN2019 JAN 19
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The Big Ones (Alumni Books Podcast)

MIT Alumni Book Club: The Autobiography of a Transgender Scientist (Selected by Prof. Nancy Hopkins)

Asked what one book all MIT alumni should read this year, Nancy Hopkins, Amgen Inc. Professor of Biology Emerita at MIT, selected The Autobiography of a Transgender Scientist by Ben Barres '76, published this fall by MIT Press. In this Q&A, Prof. Hopkins shares insights on Barres's career, advocacy, and legacy. Join the book club and the conversation on this book at alum.mit.edu/learn. Episode transcript: https://bit.ly/2EfsF0x

10 MIN2018 DEC 7
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MIT Alumni Book Club: The Autobiography of a Transgender Scientist (Selected by Prof. Nancy Hopkins)

Claiming the State (Alumni Books Podcast)

Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner MCP '06, PhD '13, Assistant Professor of Politics & Global Studies at the University of Virginia, talks about her new book, Claiming the State: Active Citizenship and Social Welfare in Rural India, published in August 2018 by Cambridge University Press. Episode transcript: https://bit.ly/2RJg9Kh

25 MIN2018 OCT 25
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Claiming the State (Alumni Books Podcast)

Professor Emeritus Ernie Moniz on Climate Change and Nuclear Security

Former United States Secretary of Energy Ernie Moniz HM ’11 addressed a sold-out MIT audience in Washington, DC and discussed his thoughts on the United States’ role in climate research, nuclear security, and technology innovation. Read more on the Slice of MIT blog: http://bit.ly/2u5wSwz. Moniz is the Cecil and Ida Green Professor Emeritus of Physics and Engineering Systems at MIT, and he was awarded honorary membership in the MIT Alumni Association in 2011. He delivered his talk at the historic Cosmos Club during a Spring Lecture and Luncheon event jointly organized by the MIT Alumni Association’s Cardinal and Grey Society, Emma Rogers Society, and Katherine Dexter McCormick Society. Episode transcript: http://bit.ly/2tXIZM4

44 MIN2018 JUL 9
Comments
Professor Emeritus Ernie Moniz on Climate Change and Nuclear Security

Professor Adam Berinsky on Thinking Fast and Slow (Alumni Books Podcast)

The MIT Alumni Book Club's pick for February 2017 is Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, selected by Adam Berinsky, Professor of Political Science at MIT. Join this month's discussion to read and discuss the book. To join the discussion: visit alum.mit.edu/learn and click on "Alumni Book Club." Episode transcript: http://bit.ly/2LrH1hJ

14 MIN2018 JUN 29
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Professor Adam Berinsky on Thinking Fast and Slow (Alumni Books Podcast)

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