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All Things Grinnell tells stories of Grinnell – past, present, and future. Host Ben Binversie interviews students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members, and visiting speakers, discussing research, campus life, and current issues of cultural, economic, social, and political significance. The podcast is available to listen and download here on the website and on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Spotify. New episodes will be available every other Thursday.

If you have comments about the podcast, or want to share ideas for future episodes, please email podcast@grinnell.edu.

  • Corn plants sprout with large dark storm clouds overhead

    Episode 7

    Digging Deep: Iowa Agriculture

    On this episode of All Things Grinnell, we talk with Jordan Scheibel '10, whose transformative experience with local agriculture as a student at Grinnell encouraged him to plant his roots here after graduation. He now runs Middle Way Farm, an organic farm on the outskirts of Grinnell. We also talk with Jack Mutti, emeritus professor of economics, about the impact of trade disputes and tariffs on Iowa's agricultural sector. 

  • Close up view of student's hands planting a seedling in the college garden

    Episode 6

    Sustainability in Action

    On this episode of All Things Grinnell, we dig into the Grinnell College Garden, talking with some of the workers and volunteers who've contributed to the garden's improved production the past two years. Then we talk with Heather Swan, beekeeper, poet, and lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, about her book, Where Honeybees Thrive, which creatively explores efforts to ensure a sustainable future for honeybees – and ourselves.

  • Kanye West in white grill glasses singing at a concert

    Episode 5

    An Abundance of Katherines

    On this episode, we talk with two of the speakers from this fall’s Scholars’ Convocation Series. First, we talk with Kathryn Lofton, professor of religious studies at Yale University, about pop culture and what religious studies can tell us about the music, TV, and products we consume. Then we talk with Kathy Cramer, professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, about the politics of resentment among rural voters in Wisconsin.

  • Aerial view of Rosenbloom Field with a rainbow honor G at midfield

    Episode 4

    Off the Field Part 2

    On this episode, we talk with more speakers from this year’s Rosenfield Symposium, which explored the inextricable relationship of sports and politics, economics and society. First we talk with Sarah Fields, professor of communication at the University of Colorado in Denver, about the intersection of law, gender, and sports. Then we talk with Nola Agha, associate professor of sport management at the University of San Francisco, about the impact of public stadium subsidies.

  • San Francisco 49ers football players kneel during the national anthem

    Episode 3

    Off the Field Part 1

    On this episode, we talk with speakers from this year’s Rosenfield Symposium, which explored the inextricable relationship of sports and politics, economics, and society. First we talk with Juliet Macur, the Sports of the Times columnist for the New York Times, about her experience covering stories that transcend the field of sports, such as workplace harassment, sex abuse, brain trauma, doping and international corruption. Then, we talk with Louis Moore, associate professor of history at Grand Valley State University, about athlete activism – past, present and future. 

  • Saints Rest Coffee Mug

    Episode 2

    Saints Rest

    It’s a Saints Rest Special! We talk with Noga Ashkenazi ’09, who directed the movie Saints Rest, filmed and set in the iconic Grinnell coffee house, about how she fell in love with Grinnell and the challenges and joys of making the movie. Then, we talk with Saints Rests’ former owner Jeff Phelps '71, and the current owner, Sam Cox, about the origins of Saints and how the coffee shop has become a home for so many in the Grinnell community.

  • Will Freeman sits in his Morgan-Three Wheeler, named The Spirit of Grinnell, as the sun sets behind him

    Episode 1

    Around the Country in 79 Days

    On this inaugural episode of All Things Grinnell, we talk with Will Freeman, Grinnell Track and Field Coach and Physical Education Professor, about his summer road trip across all 48 contiguous states at the helm of a Morgan Three-Wheeler. We also talk with Mithila Iyer ’19, the recipient of the Fischlowitz Travel Fellowship, who explored minority theatre productions across the country over the past year.