With a Side of Knowledge

University of Notre Dame

A college campus is a destination for all kinds of interesting people, representing all kinds of research specialties and fields of expertise. With a Side of Knowledge, which is produced at the University of Notre Dame, invites some of these folks ou...Show More
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On Math, Origami, and How No Discipline is an Island—Clare Kim, MIT

35:03 | May 16th

Whatever your thoughts about math, there’s a good chance this brunch with MIT doctoral candidate Clare Kim will make you see the “queen of the sciences” in a brand-new light.
On Lowering Barriers and Double Rainbows—Charles Adler, Cofounder of Kickstarter

34:18 | May 2nd

Kickstarter, the name synonymous with crowdfunding, celebrated its 10th anniversary in April, so it was a perfect time to take cofounder Charles Adler out to brunch and talk about the company he helped to build.
On Enron, Business, and Cover Stories—Bethany McLean, Vanity Fair

32:18 | Apr 18th

Whether talking about coauthoring the book on one of the biggest business scandals of our time or why her mom’s wondering if she’s going to J.Lo and A-Rod’s wedding, Vanity Fair’s Bethany McLean is someone you want to go to brunch with.
BONUS EPISODE: A Bold Proposal for the U.S.-Mexico Border—Luciano Castillo, Purdue University

35:07 | Apr 7th

For this special bonus episode, host Ted Fox took the show on the road to Purdue University to talk with Luciano Castillo about a proposal for an extensive energy- and water-producing industrial corridor along the United States-Mexico border.
On Energy and Not Throwing Spaghetti Against the Wall—Rachel Kyte, SEforALL

42:20 | Apr 4th

In this live show with Rachel Kyte, CEO of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), we cover both the global movement for affordable, clean energy and one outstanding podcast recommendation.
On Publishing and the Love of Books —Jessica Sinsheimer, Literary Agent

32:10 | Mar 21st

In the second of two interviews we did while in Brooklyn, we grabbed coffee with literary agent Jessica Sinsheimer before she headed out to another jam-packed day in the capital of the publishing world.
On Science Podcasting and What Didn’t Happen to the Dinosaurs—Elah Feder and Annie Minoff, Undiscovered

34:47 | Mar 7th

While in Brooklyn for On Air Fest, we went to brunch with Elah Feder and Annie Minoff, co-hosts of Science Friday's podcast Undiscovered, to get an inside look at one of our favorite shows.
On Heroes and Humanity’s Greatest Invention—John Banville, Author

30:54 | Feb 21st

Listen to author John Banville read from his Man Booker Prize-winning novel over brunch, and it becomes clear pretty quickly why his sentences have been described as being “like hits of some delicious drug.”
On Evolution and Defining Creativity—Agustín Fuentes, Notre Dame

33:18 | Feb 7th

Covering millions of years of human history—and creativity's essential role in it—sounds like a tall order for brunch, but Notre Dame anthropologist Agustín Fuentes is more than up to the task.
On Hercules, Healthcare, and Our Common Finitude—Dan Hinshaw, University of Michigan

34:13 | Jan 24th

Conversations about death and dying aren't standard brunch fare, and this brunch with the University of Michigan's Dan Hinshaw suggests that's part of the problem.
On Social Media and One in a Trillion Success—Vamsi Kanuri, Notre Dame

34:45 | Jan 10th

This brunch with Notre Dame's Vamsi Kanuri is for everyone who wouldn't typically use "social media" and the phrase "novel theoretical framework" in the same sentence.
On Protests, Abraham Lincoln, and Tupac—Lisa Mueller, Macalester College

33:26 | Dec 13th, 2018

The author of Political Protest in Contemporary Africa (Cambridge University Press), political scientist Lisa Mueller takes us inside how protests work and how social scientists study them—with just your typical weekday brunch as a backdrop.
On Shakespeare and Your Magical Self—Madeleine Hyland, Actors From The London Stage

32:03 | Nov 29th, 2018

Actress Madeleine Hyland took a break from playing Hamlet to join us for brunch and help us see what all the fuss surrounding this Shakespeare guy is about.
On Photography and When Lightning Strikes—Matt Cashore, Notre Dame

34:33 | Nov 15th, 2018

While Matt Cashore's photography speaks for itself, getting the stories behind the photos is what brunch is made for.
On Good Stories and Coming Along for the Science—Sam Kean, Science Writer

30:29 | Nov 1st, 2018

We knew this brunch with popular science writer Sam Kean was headed in the right direction when it didn't even take five minutes to get to the questions about weather control.
On Writing and Saying Something True—Marilynne Robinson, Author

33:01 | Oct 18th, 2018

If you think talking writing, faith, and meaning over a cup of coffee with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson sounds like an interesting way to spend a half-an-hour, then we're pretty sure you're going to like this episode.
On Henry David Thoreau of Concord, Mass.—Laura Dassow Walls, Notre Dame

40:39 | Sep 6th, 2018

It's our season one finale, and award-winning Thoreau biographer Laura Dassow Walls is here to talk about the man who, as it turns out, was far from the Walden Pond hermit of our imaginations.
On (TV) Comedies and Not Messing With the Magic—Michael Swanson, NBCUniversal

32:14 | Aug 23rd, 2018

It's our first live show, but while NBCUniversal studio executive Michael Swanson talks all things comedy and TV, we still can't get him to give us any hints about the new season of The Good Place.
On Big Data and Our Technological Future—Hendrik Hamann, IBM Research

31:37 | Aug 9th, 2018

If you've ever wondered what big data and the Internet of Things mean for our future—or even just what the heck they are—brunch with Hendrik Hamann of IBM Research is a great place to start.
On Hamilton and Making the Thing(s)—Patrick Vassel, Hamilton

34:40 | Jul 26th, 2018

Having brunch with Patrick Vassel, associate and supervising director for Hamilton, is the ideal opportunity to talk about, what else—the making of Cats (just kidding).
On Real News and Purple Rain—Richard Jones (Notre Dame) and Victoria St. Martin (WNIT)

33:17 | Jul 12th, 2018

You might go to brunch with journalists Richard Jones and Victoria St. Martin to talk about their experiences at two of the nation's top newspapers and what reporting looks like in 2018, but you stay for the story of how they wouldn’t have met if not...Show More
On Probability, Multiverses, and Yogi Berra—Harvey Brown, University of Oxford

33:34 | Jun 28th, 2018

While we can't promise this brunch with Oxford's Harvey Brown will make you an expert in quantum mechanics, he will give you a way of explaining it that will make it sound like you are.
On Climate and Common Sense—Sally Benson, Stanford University

31:34 | Jun 14th, 2018

Go to brunch with Stanford's Sally Benson, and you'll discover how much common ground there is to be found among the scientific community, industry, and all the rest of us when it comes to addressing climate change.
On Sleep and Saber-Toothed Tigers—Jessica Payne, Notre Dame

30:45 | May 31st, 2018

From the science of the power nap to our understanding of the relationship between sleep, stress, anxiety, and depression, this brunch with psychologist Jessica Payne is anything but a snooze (see what we did there?).
Preview Episode

01:51 | May 6th, 2018

In this two-minute preview episode, host Ted Fox outlines what you can expect on "With a Side of Knowledge," a new podcast that features brunch and really interesting people (not necessarily in that order).