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#229: David Shipler

Wabash On My Mind

Release Date: 03/04/2019

#252: Dr. Gary Phillips show art #252: Dr. Gary Phillips

Wabash On My Mind

Rich sits down with former Dean of the College Dr. Gary Phillips regarding his last years teaching at Wabash prior to retirement. They discuss his experiences as a dean during the 2008 financial crisis, his impacts over decades of teaching on others, and the shape of a question (Episode 252).

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#251: Will Shortz show art #251: Will Shortz

Wabash On My Mind

Rich sits down with editor of the New York Times Crossword puzzle and Crawfordsville-native Will Shortz, discussing his eighth-grade start to puzzlemaking, founding the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, and avoiding obscurities and minimizing oddities (Episode 251).

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#250: Theater: Biloxi Blues show art #250: Theater: Biloxi Blues

Wabash On My Mind

Rich sits down with director Michael Abbott and members of the cast of the upcoming Wabash Theater production of Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues. They discuss how their roles have challenged them, the ethereal nature of theater, and how to prepare for the opening curtain (Episode 250).

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#249: Dr. James Makubuya show art #249: Dr. James Makubuya

Wabash On My Mind

Rich sits down with Dr. James Makubuya ahead of the 40th LaFollette Lecture, the first to feature a member of the music department. They discuss his experiences playing in Carnegie Hall, nineteen years of Wamidan, and learning another culture through its instruments (Episode 249).

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#248: Designer Proteins and LOCKR show art #248: Designer Proteins and LOCKR

Wabash On My Mind

Rich sits down with Dr. Wally Novak and research student Joe Kaefer ’22 to review the professor’s recent co-authorship and creation of a new protein. The three discuss gene testing “in silico,” working as a student-mentor team, and how research is like golf (Episode 248).

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#247: Coach Tyler McCreary show art #247: Coach Tyler McCreary

Wabash On My Mind

Rich sits down with head coach Tyler McCreary entering his 2nd season with the Wabash Redpack. Tyler discusses the daily choices inherent to success in the sport, coaching alongside Clyde Morgan, and who to look for in this year’s team (Episode 247).

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#246: Gary Reamey ’77 show art #246: Gary Reamey ’77

Wabash On My Mind

On the road in Nashville, TN, Rich sits down with songwriter Gary Reamey ’77 in his studio offices on Music Row. Gary discusses the differences between personal and commercial songwriting, what it’s like to play a guitar, and his investments in making grown men cry (Episode 246).

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#245: Dean Michael Raters ’85 show art #245: Dean Michael Raters ’85

Wabash On My Mind

Rich sits down with outgoing Dean of Students for eleven years, Michael Raters ’85. Michael discusses the importance of the role played by student leaders, his connection to former deans, and what this generation of students has taught him (Episode 245).

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#244: Dr. Eric Wetzel show art #244: Dr. Eric Wetzel

Wabash On My Mind

Rich sits down with Dr. Eric Wetzel after being named recipient of the 2019 McLain-McTurnan-Arnold Excellence in Teaching Award. Eric discusses disturbance as a teaching method, defines a “reciprocal illumination,” and describes his ideal classroom (Episode 244).

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#243: Ansley Valentine ’90 show art #243: Ansley Valentine ’90

Wabash On My Mind

This week, Rich sits down with the visiting director and member of the Wabash class of 1990 Ansley Valentine, discussing advocacy in theater, being a big brother to current Wabash students, and how it feels to direct on Ball Stage (Episode 243).

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This week, Rich sits down with long-time New York Times journalist David Shipler, discussing learning by failure, preparing for beats abroad, and writing short fiction (Episode 229).