How do you learn the story of a university?

You talk to its people. Then you listen.

Each week, Through the Gates shines a light on the faculty, staff, students, administrators, alums and campus visitors who make Indiana University one of the most vibrant communities in the country.

We talk about research and projects. We celebrate achievements and milestones. We explore the ins, outs and roundabouts of everything from the chemistry of craft brewing to politics to “Breaking Bad.” And we have fun doing it.

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Latest Episode

Ep. 76: Discussing race, change, and awkward conversations with W. Kamau Bell

Through the Gates host Janae Cummings opens season 3 with W. Kamau Bell—sociopolitical comedian, podcaster, author, and Emmy Award-winning host of the CNN docu-series United Shades of America. Bell visited the Indiana University Bloomington campus to speak at the university's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Leadership Breakfast.


Ep. 73: Indie filmmaker and IU alumna Eliza Hittman

More Arts & Humanities

Guests include actor Jonathan Banks and Oscar winner Bruce Joel Rubin and topics such as David Baker and Leonard Bernstein.

Ep. 75: The Through the Gates Holiday Spectacular

More Chronicles of IU

Guests include Olympic gold medalist Lily King, Rhodes Scholar Morgan Mohr, and journalist and IU professor Tom French.

Ep. 74: Talking Journalism, Politics, and Polls with Washington Post's Margaret Sullivan

More Politics & the World

Guests include former Congressman Lee Hamilton and political analyst William Kristol and topics such as DACA, the international refugee crisis, and Confederate monuments.

Ep. 57: Discussing the 2017 Solar Eclipse with Dr Caty Pilachowski

More Science & Tech

Guests include scientists, technologists, and researchers such as geneticist Dr. Nany Wexler, the Kinsey Institute’s Dr. Justin Garcia, and astronomer Dr. Caty Pilachowski.

Meet the Team


James Shanahan

The Media School

Janae Cummings

Strategic Communications Specialist
Office of the Provost & Executive Vice President

Abigail Gipson

Multimedia intern
Office of the Provost & Executive Vice President

Emily Miles

Multimedia intern
Office of the Provost & Executive Vice President