Slice of MIT Podcast


The Slice of MIT Podcast offers a taste of Institute life—fascinating alumni, surprising research, and campus memories—for alumni and listeners interested in MIT. All episodes are written and produced by the Alumni Association communications team. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or on SoundCloud to automatically receive new episodes.


As part of MIT’s campus centennial, the Institute hosted the symposium, “Beyond 2016: MIT’s Frontiers of the Future.” Hear a selection of the faculty presentations that took place at the symposium. READ MORE


John Shelton Reed ’64 isn’t offering fancy variations on traditional dishes. He’s collecting quintessential Southern dishes that every barbecue aficionado should know. READ MORE

Can our brains show us when we’re ready to learn? That’s the question that Professor John Gabrieli ’87 posed at the 2016 Tech Day program. Listen to audio from several faculty talks that focused themes from the MIT Campaign for a Better World. READ MORE

From roller coasters at East Campus to aged milk at Random Hall, living groups at MIT are full of stories and shared memories. Students and alumni share someof their favorite memories. READ MORE

Myra Strober PhD ’69, a renowned expert on women in the workforce, has some advice for her fellow alumni. “Men shouldn’t allow their wives to make decisions about leaving the labor force by themselves,” she says. READ MORE

Fred Kaplan SM ’78, PhD ’83, recounts some of the U.S. government’s first simulated tests on hacking its own infrastructure and its first successful incursions into foreign cyber terrain. READ MORE

On March 28, 2006, a group disguised as movers arrived on the Caltech campus and departed with the college’s two-ton Fleming Canon. Eight days later, the canon reappeared at MIT. READ MORE

In her new book, MIT alumna Priyamvada Natarajan tells the stories of Albert Einstein’s troubles with gravity, an expanding universe, and dark matter.  READ MORE

For nearly nearly two decades ago, Michael Tushman PhD ’76 has studied successful firms, large and small, that didn’t exactly fit the new norm of disrutpive innovation. READ MORE

Hear stories from alumni who found love at the Institute. The interviews in this episode are part of the Reunions Access Memories Project. READ MORE | FULL TRANSCRIPT

Costa Rica is home to ten percent of the world’s known species of butterflies, more than 800 species of birds, and 200 volcanoes. the MIT Alumni Travel Program witnessed sloths, howled with howler monkeys, and met with an American Quaker who left prison to start a Costa Rican town. READ MORE

If you’re a newly-manufactured or rebooted android, Nick Kelman gives a delightful glimpse of the human world through an android’s eyes. Kelman discusses the novel with a fellow human being in this latest MIT Alumni Books Podcast. READ MORE

The MIT community is more diverse than any time in Institute history. And diverse communities require mindful leadership. So, how can leaders be more effective in creating a more inclusive environment? Assistant Professor Renée Richardson Gosline says start by being mindful. READ MORE

Mark Smith PhD ’14 co-founded OpenBiome, a non-profit stool bank that supports research of the human microbiome. Learn how fecal transplants work and how they may help combating infections. READ MORE

Michael Gruenbaum ’53 witnessed firsthand the Nazi occupation of Prague before his family was sent to a concentration camp. Seventy years later, he penned a his memoir.

Good ideas never exist in a vacuum—they come from life experiences, world views, curiosity, hard work, and collective brain power. And when put to practice, the best ideas address real issues and solve real problems. READ MORE | FULL TRANSCRIPT

Recorded live in Boston, Robert Shiller SM ’68, PhD ’72 explains the psychology of “phishing” and what is at work when consumers willingly take the bait.

Geologist Hal Linder ’58 has surveyed and prospected on all six continents, and eventually discovered a California gold mine that produced more than 1.2 million ounces. READ MORE

Hear personal stories from the recipients of this year’s Bronze Beaver award, the highest honor MIT bestows on its alumni. READ MORE

Author M. Henry Heines ’67 explores the radical changes of U.S. patent law and what we need to know to protect one’s intellectual property. READ MORE

AnnMarie Thomas ’01 talks about kids, tools, and the future of innovation. The book features interviews and reflections from MIT alumni and current and former faculty. READ MORE

Rock Band creator Eran Egozy ’95 is back on campus and teaching MIT students to find their own way to blend technology and music. READ MORE

Recorded at South by Southwest, five MIT alumni discuss how they are using data to solve real-world problems…and develop delicious food recipes. READ MORE | FULL TRANSCRIPT

What was it like to be a women at MIT then and now? MIT alumnae share their memories of the Institute. READ MORE

What’s the science behind climate change? Four MIT faculty members discuss their climate-related research. READ MORE

Jo Ivester ’77 discusses her memoir, written in collaboration with her mother, about life in Mississippi in the 1960s. READ MORE

Northeastern Professor Joseph Reagle SM ’96 discusses likers, haters, and manipulators on the Internet. READ MORE

“Real cooks and real mathematicians…play with the ideas and the flavors that attract them strongly.”–Jim Henle PhD ’76 READ MORE

Eugene Rumer PhD ’88, a director at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, discusses the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. READ MORE

Anjali Mitter Duva MCP ’99 tells a compelling coming of age story of a young devadasi dancer named Adhira in 16th-century Rajasthan, India. READ MORE

Greg Brandeau ’84 SM ’85 shares his takeaways from leading innovation at Pixar Animation Studios and working with Steve Jobs. READ MORE

Livia Blackburne PhD ’13 talks about her journey towards putting her cognitive science career on hiatus in favor of a book tour. READ MORE

Pamela Curtis Swallow, a distant cousin of MIT’s first alumna, Ellen Swallow Richards, discusses the legacy of her forebearer. READ MORE

Paul Fallon ’77, SM ’81, MArch ’81 recounts a two-year challenge to help design, plan, and build a Haitian orphanage. READ MORE

Clara Fernández-Vara SM ’04 discusses a history of modern gaming, covering everything from Monopoly to Minecraft. READ MORE

Judith Donath SM ’86, PhD ’97 chronicle her projects in social media dating from the late 1980s, long before the term was in vogue. READ MORE

Fariborz Ghadar ’68, SM ’70 discusses his new book, Becoming American, and why immigration is good for our nation’s future.READ MORE

The mimic poison frog nurtures its tadpole young through adolescence. Paul Raeburn ’72 asks, “Are human fathers this important?” READ MORE

Monica Byrne SM ’05 discusses the influences of her earth sciences and geology studies on her writing. READ MORE

Downton Abbey fans have seen scant evidence of 20th-century media, but that may change, says Shundana Yusaf SM ’01. READ MORE

Douglas Hough ’71 studied economics under four Nobel laureates at MIT and is an associate professor at Johns Hopkins University. READ MORE

Stephen Wilk ’77 can tell you how to lase Jello for your party guests and the best ingredients for a laser gin-and-tonic. READ MORE

Fredric Raichlen SM ’55, ScD ’62 teaches the basics about waves and takes aim at this century’s most pressing concerns about them. READ MORE

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