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Jul 13, 2020
PAWcast: A Republican and a Democrat Take a Road Trip and Search For Common Ground
Jordan Blashek is from the Class of 2009, and his co-author, Chris Haugh, is a UC, Berkley graduate; the pair met while in law school together at Yale. Blashek served for five years as an infantry officer with the United States Marines and is now part of a new company called Schmidt Futures, founded by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Class of 1976, which works on a wide array of public-interest projects. Chris has served as a speechwriter for the State Department and is a journalist who has written for The San Francisco Chronicle and The Atlantic. In their new book, ”Union: A Democrat, a Republican, and a Search for Common Ground,” Jordan, a Republican, and Chris, a Democrat, describe a series of road trips they took throughout the last four years, arguably some of our country’s most politically divisive. During these cross-country journeys, the two friends worked at finding common ground in their political differences while also meeting with people from all over the nation — and even in Mexico — who are the most impacted by United States policies and its politics.
May 26, 2020
PAWcast: Valedictorian Nicholas Johnson '20 on Making History and Pursuing Science for Good
In this Commencement episode of the PAWcast, valedictorian Nicholas Johnson ’20, an operations research and financial engineering concentrator, reflects on his time at Princeton. Johnson’s achievement is especially notable because he is the first black valedictorian in the University’s 274-year history. “It’s extremely overwhelming and a lot to take in, but also very empowering at the same time,” Johnson said. He will be heading to MIT in the fall to pursue a Ph.D. in operations research. Johnson spoke with Carlett Spike over Zoom about his historic achievement, the impact of the pandemic on his last semester at Princeton, and the message he hopes to send to his peers in the Class of 2020.
May 14, 2020
PAWcast: Paul Wapner *91 on Reviving Connections to the Natural World (May 2020)
Most people in the developed world can control the amount of wildness in their daily lives by simply shutting the door and adjusting the thermostat. But the COVID-19 outbreak has reminded us that the uncertainty and discomfort of the biological world is never completely locked away. Limiting our interactions with the nature has consequences, according to professor and author Paul Wapner *91, including a tendency to “put the burden of our comfort … onto the lives of those who are less fortunate.” The use of fossil fuels and destruction of natural habitats has also increased wildness in a global sense through climate change and extinction, and bold scientific interventions aimed at curbing those threats could push us further from the natural world. In his new book, Is Wildness Over?, Wapner advocates for a different path: “re-wilding.” (Photo by Sylvia Renick)
Apr 16, 2020
PAWcast: Professor Ashoka Mody Explains How Lower Trade Due to COVID-19 Will Affect World Economies
As the COVID-19 pandemic began to seize the globe in late March PAW revisited a podcast conversation from 2019 with Ashoka Mody, a visiting professor in international economic policy. In his book, EuroTragedy, Mody detailed the fragility of the European single currency. Now, amid global economic distress, he weighs on what the coming months will entail.
Apr 2, 2020
PAWcast: Adrienne Raphel ’10 on Crosswords and the People Who Love Them (April 2020)
Adrienne Raphel ’10 speaks with PAW about her new book, Thinking Inside the Box: Adventures with Crosswords and the Puzzling People Who Can’t Live Without Them. Raphel explains the history of the crossword puzzle, the different stylistic flourishes of The New York Times’ crossword editors, and the puzzle world’s biggest quandary: gender disparity among crossword constructors.
Feb 28, 2020
PAWcast: Lydia Denworth ’88 on Friendship’s Essential Role in Wellbeing (March 2020)
The science is in and your friendships are not optional. Author and science writer Lydia Denworth ’88, author of the new book Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life’s Fundamental Bond, explains how until very recently, there was very little scientific examination given to interpersonal relationships. But today, new studies are increasingly showing that friendship was essential to our evolution as a species and remains a key factor in lifelong wellbeing.
Feb 6, 2020
PAWcast: Peter Yawitz ’80 on Navigating Workplace Culture (February 2020)
On this month’s PAWcast, Peter Yawitz ’80, author of the new book Flip Flops and Microwaved Fish: Navigating the Dos and Don’ts of Workplace Culture, gives advice on communicating with your coworkers, dressing the part in an office environment, and preparing for difficult conversations with your boss. He also has a few tips for managers who tend to be dismissive of the millennial mindset. (February 2020)
Jan 7, 2020
PAWcast: Author and Visiting Professor Kush Choudhury ’00 on Journalism in India (January 2020)
PAW's Carrie Compton speaks with Ferris Professor of Journalism Kush Choudhury '00. Kush has extensive experience as a reporter in the United States and in India. After emigrating from Calcutta with his parents at age 12, he had always longed to return — and once he graduated from Princeton, he did just that. For a transcript of this interview, visit paw.princeton.edu/podcasts
Dec 16, 2019
PAWcast: Tyler Lussi ’17 on Getting Fans to Buy Into Women’s Soccer (December 2019)
Tyler Lussi ’17, a forward for Portland Thorns F.C. in the National Women’s Soccer League, broke the Princeton records for career goals and career points in her senior year. Since then, she’s been chasing new goals in pro soccer in a city that is deeply invested in its team. In an interview for the PAWcast, Lussi shares her ideas for getting more fans to buy into women’s soccer. This episode was recorded on location at the Princeton Soccer Conference earlier this month.
Nov 6, 2019
PAWcast: Jordan Bimm on the Legacy of Astronaut Pete Conrad ’53 (November 2019)
When President Dwight Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act in 1958, Charles "Pete" Conrad '53 was training as a U.S. Navy test pilot. Eleven years later, he’d become the third person to walk on the moon. Nov. 19 marks the 50th anniversary of Conrad’s moonwalk, part of the Apollo 12 mission, and to mark the occasion, PAWcast spoke with Jordan Bimm, a historian of science and postdoc in Princeton’s sociology department.
Oct 17, 2019
PAWcast: Linda Coberly ’89 on Continuing Efforts to Pass the Equal Rights Amendment (October 2019)
The Equal Rights Amendment, which guarantees gender equality, is only one state away from being added to the United States Constitution, thanks to revived grassroots campaigns that took hold in the wake of the 2016 Presidential election. Linda Terry Coberly ’89, the chair of the ERA’s Legal Task Force, speaks with host Carrie Compton about the many hurdles that have prevented the ERA’s passage since its introduction in the ’70s, and what will come next if a final state ratifies it.
Sep 23, 2019
PAWcast: Author Bryan Walsh '01 on Existential Threats Facing Humanity (September 2019)
Asteroids and volcanoes and biotechnology — oh my! Bryan Walsh ’01 discusses his book, End Times, about the existential threats facing humanity. Walsh, a former foreign correspondent, reporter, and editor at Time, is editor of Medium’s science publication, OneZero.
Aug 12, 2019
PAWcast: Sarah Seo ’02 *16 on How Cars Changed Constitutional Law (August 2019)
In popular culture the car is seen as a symbol of freedom. But as Sarah Seo ’02 *16 writes, driving a car is also “the most policed aspect of everyday life.” Seo, a legal historian and the author of Policing the Open Road: How Cars Transformed American Freedom, discusses the history of the automobile and its impact on the law and law enforcement in the United States, from a new interpretation of the Fourth Amendment to the issue of discriminatory policing.
Jul 3, 2019
PAWcast: Sociologist Danielle Lindemann ’02 on Commuter Spouses (July 2019)
Inspired in part by personal experience, sociologist Danielle Lindemann ’02 studied the growing phenomenon of “commuter spouses” — couples who choose to live apart to enable both partners to pursue their career goals. In an interview with PAW’s Carrie Compton, Lindemann explains that the couples she spoke with for her book, Commuter Spouses: New Families in a Changing World, chose this lifestyle out of professional necessity, not for purely financial reasons. She also discusses what’s changed (and what hasn’t) in how we think about gender roles and how, paradoxically, high levels of education may tend to limit one’s professional choices. For a transcript of this podcast, visit https://paw.princeton.edu/podcast/pawcast-sociologist-danielle-lindemann-02-commuter-spouses (Photo: Cyndi Shattuck Photography)
May 30, 2019
PAWcast: Valedictorian Kate Reed '19 on Experiences That Shaped Her Princeton Years (June 2019)
In this Commencement episode of PAWcast, we talk with valedictorian Kate Reed ’19, a history major and Rhodes Scholar from Arnold, Md. Reed talks about her experiences teaching English as a second language in Trenton, digging into archival research in Mexico City, and wandering into a Princeton Preview course that eventually helped to shape her course of study.
May 9, 2019
PAWcast: Author Lisa Gornick ’77 on the Writing Life (May 2019)
On this month’s PAWcast, novelist Lisa Gornick ’77 discusses her new book, writing, and her former career as a psychotherapist in an interview with associate editor Carrie Compton. “As a therapist and then as a psychoanalyst, I was really trained to hear unconscious themes, to see the way that stories unfold, and to hear the way that emotion is concealed in language,” Gornick says. “And so, I felt very much as though I was using what I knew as a student of literature in the therapy room — and the reverse as well.” Her latest novel, The Peacock Feast (Sarah Crichton Books), was published in February. Author photo © Sigrid Estrada; for a transcript of this interview, visit https://paw.princeton.edu/podcast/pawcast-author-lisa-gornick-77-writing-life-and-her-background-psychotherapist
Apr 4, 2019
PAWcast: Professor Harold James on the U.K.’s Brexit Options (April 2019)
History and Woodrow Wilson School professor Harold James — a leading academic and expert in European history and globalization — tells PAW’s Allie Wenner about the available options for the U.K. as it nears the April 12 Brexit deadline, how the issue of leaving the European Union was brought to the table to begin with, and why he doesn’t think Theresa May will be Britain’s prime minister for much longer.
Mar 1, 2019
PAWcast: Catherine Sanderson *97 on Shifting to a Positive Mindset (March 2019)
Amherst College psychology professor Catherine Sanderson *97, the author of The Positive Shift: Mastering Mindset to Improve Happiness, Health, and Longevity, talks with PAW about the science of happiness and how our outlook can shape our reality. Even if positivity doesn’t come naturally to you, making small lifestyle changes can help to shift your mindset. “One of the most encouraging things, to me, about all of this research now on the power of positive mindset, is that there’s something you can do,” Sanderson says.
Feb 1, 2019
PAWcast: Ge Wang *08 on Computers, Music, and 'Artful Design' (February 2019)
Ge Wang *08 co-founded the mobile music company Smule, whose apps have reached more than 200 million users. Now he’s a professor at Stanford in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics. In a conversation with PAW, he talks about music, computing, and his new book, Artful Design: Technology in Search of the Sublime.
Jan 4, 2019
PAWcast: Ashoka Mody on the Euro’s Inherent Flaws (January 2019)
Visiting professor Ashoka Mody is the author of EuroTragedy: A Drama in Nine Acts, which unpacks the history and political motivations behind the European Union’s decision to employ a common currency, the euro. In a conversation with PAWcast’s Carrie Compton, Mody discusses the currency’s inherent flaws and its uncertain future — a topic that’s made headlines in recent days.
Nov 30, 2018
PAWcast: George F. Will *68 on Congress, Trump, and Reconstructing Civility(December 2018)
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George F. Will *68, a noted conservative who advocated for voting out the GOP in the 2018 midterms, spoke with PAW about America’s current political climate, the dangers of recent federal spending policy, and why President Donald Trump is “intensely boring” — for a columnist, at least. Will recently was selected to deliver the Baccalaureate address for Princeton’s Class of 2019. This is part of a monthly series of interviews with alumni, faculty, and students.
Nov 1, 2018
PAWcast: Professor Nell Irvin Painter on Being ‘Old in Art School’ (November 2018)
Nell Irvin Painter, a Princeton professor emerita of history, was 67 years old when she enrolled as an MFA student at the Rhode Island School of Design. During her second year there her book The History of White People was released and would become a New York Times bestseller. It was disorienting event, as she describes it. On one hand, there was the elation of receiving laudatory reviews, and on the other, the ever-present, stinging criticisms she experienced in art school, which she calls “one long tearing down.” Her latest book, Old in Art School, describes her late-in-life journey from preeminent historian to painter.
Oct 11, 2018
PAWcast: Former Rep. Jim Marshall ’72 on Life as a Student Veteran (October 2018)
Two years after leaving Princeton to serve in the Army in Vietnam, Jim Marshall ’72 returned to a campus roiled in conflict. He says that he felt like “an oddity” of sorts — an undergraduate who had seen the war firsthand. Marshall would go on to law school, a career in politics that included four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, a visiting teaching appointment at Princeton, and a stint as president of the United States Institute of Peace. He’s played a leading role in the recent formation of the Princeton Veterans Association, and he advocates for more opportunities for student veterans. “It’s good for Princeton to be open and supportive, and as helpful as possible, to veterans who have served,” Marshall says.
Sep 6, 2018
PAWcast: Professor Alan Krueger on ‘Rockonomics’ (September 2018)
Economics professor Alan Krueger — former chairman of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers — tells PAW’s Allie Wenner about his research on the economics of the music industry, including his opinions about the secondary market for concert tickets, how online streaming has reversed the downward trend in revenue for recordings, and why he thinks Taylor Swift is an “economic genius.”
Aug 1, 2018
PAWcast: Carlos Lozada *97 of The Washington Post (August 2018)
Washington Post nonfiction book critic Carlos Lozada *97, a Pulitzer Prize nominee earlier this year, tells PAW about his approach to reading (and re-reading) books and shares recommendations from his own shelf. He also remembers the books that made a lasting impression on him as a kid. And he recalls his time at the Woodrow Wilson School, where he took macroeconomics from future Fed chairman Ben Bernanke.
Jul 5, 2018
Q&A: Valedictorian Kyle Berlin '18 on Traveling the World, and Going Home (July 2018)
Kyle Berlin ’18 had a lot to be excited about as he finished his senior year: The Spanish and Portuguese languages major was named Princeton’s valedictorian. And he was set to start an artistic residency in Maine, where he and two collaborators will perform a play he wrote last year, exploring the many questions that relate to the concept of “home.” In advance of Commencement, Berlin spoke with Allie Wenner about the inspiration for his play and how his travels as an undergrad have shaped the person that he is today. This is part of a monthly series of interviews with alumni, faculty, and students.
Jul 3, 2018
PAW Tracks: A Golden Age on the Gridiron (William Ledger '54)
Playing football at Princeton created lasting memories for William Ledger ’54, who lettered in his senior year and had the opportunity to follow one of the Tigers’ greatest teams, the undefeated 1951 squad, as a sophomore. (Season 4, Episode 14)
Jun 4, 2018
Q&A: Dr. Celine Gounder ’97 on the Opioid Epidemic, Ebola, and More (June 2018)
Celine Gounder ’97 started her Princeton career as an engineering student, but she eventually switched to molecular biology and found a calling in public health and epidemiology. In addition to practicing medicine, Gounder is a journalist and podcaster, and the current season of her podcast, In Sickness and In Health, explores the opioid overdose crisis. She spoke about opioids, as well as her experience as a volunteer during the Ebola epidemic in Guinea, in a recent interview with PAW.
May 31, 2018
PAW Tracks: A Tiger, Through and Through (Donald H. Fox k'39 on his father, Frederic Fox '39)
As a son of Freddy Fox ’39, one of Princeton’s most enthusiastic ambassadors, Donald Fox grew up with a reunion tent in his backyard. The younger Fox reflects on his father’s love of Princeton — and his path in the 25 years between graduation and his eventual return to work on campus as the University’s recording secretary and later the “keeper of Princetoniana.”
May 10, 2018
Q&A: Author Jacob Sager Weinstein ’94 on Writing for Young Readers (May 2018)
It took Jacob Sager Weinstein ’94 about a decade to sell his first book for young readers, Hyacinth and the Secrets Beneath (Random House), a fantasy and adventure story about an American girl navigating the magical underground rivers of London. With the second book in the trilogy, Hyacinth and the Stone Thief, coming out this month, we spoke with Weinstein about his persistence in creating the Hyacinth series and the challenges and joys of writing for children — as it turns out, 10-year-olds might have been his natural audience all along. Sager Weinstein also explains how he handles writer’s block and the role that Triangle Club and Quipfire! played in teaching him how to write with a specific audience in mind.
May 9, 2018
PAW Tracks: Learning Curve (Mike Murburg '77)
Mike Murburg ’77 was 17 when he arrived at Princeton, “naïve and full of testosterone,” but he worked his way through a challenging schedule as a student-athlete, which prepared him for an atypical path after college.
Apr 21, 2018
PAW Tracks: The Great Outdoors (Wallace Good '72)
For Wallace Good ’72, leading the Outing Club — and trying to keep its VW Bus on the road — was a bit of a headache. But through trips with the group, he fell in love with Vermont, the place he’d eventually call home. (Season 4, Episode 11)
Apr 6, 2018
Q&A: Philosopher Kieran Setiya *02 on Dealing with a Midlife Crisis (April 2018)
On the surface, Kieran Setiya *02 had nothing to complain about. He had earned tenure as a philosophy professor; he’d published books and journal articles; he enjoyed teaching. But something was missing. “However worthwhile it seemed to teach another class or write another essay, I suddenly was aware, in a way I hadn’t been, of all the things in my life I wasn’t going to do,” Setiya says. He was having a midlife crisis, and he worked through it by talking with friends and digging into philosophical texts. In a new book, Midlife: A Philosophical Guide, Setiya shares what he learned. He spoke with PAW about some of the key takeaways — and the things he still struggles with.
Apr 5, 2018
PAW Tracks: My First Role Model (Alicia Brooks Christy '77)
Doctor and health administrator Alicia Brooks Christy ’77 talks about her path through Princeton and remembers her mother, who completed college as a nontraditional undergrad and supported her daughter in college and medical school. “She always believed in me,” Christy says, “which helped me to believe in myself.” (Season 4, Episode 10)
Mar 15, 2018
PAW Tracks: In Good Company (Scott McVay '55)
Scott McVay ’55 has written a memoir, Surprise Encounters, featuring vignettes drawn from decades working at universities and foundations and in the sciences. In a recent oral-history interview, he shared stories about his many ties to Princeton, and in the excerpts here, he speaks about a pair of notable Princetonians: former president Robert Goheen ’40 *48 and former provost Neil Rudenstine ’56. (Season 4, Episode 9)
Mar 6, 2018
Q&A: Author Sebastian Abbot ’98 on an Epic Soccer Talent Search (March 2018)
Sebastian Abbot ’98 first heard about Football Dreams, an ambitious Qatari-backed talent search that aimed to identify promising soccer prospects in Africa, when he was an Associated Press correspondent in Cairo. He returned to the subject a few years later, digging deeper into the story by profiling three of the program’s prominent players for a new book, The Away Game: The Epic Search for Soccer’s Next Superstars. The book is Abbot’s first, and writing it was tremendously rewarding, he says. “If you have an idea that you feel passionate enough about and that you sort of can’t stand the idea of a book not being written about that subject, then I would dive in — but do it with eyes wide open,” he says. “It’ll be harder than anything you’ve ever done.”
Feb 22, 2018
PAW Tracks: Someone to Lean On (Aida Pacheco '77)
Aida Pacheco '77 came to Princeton from a predominantly black and Latino high school in nearby Trenton, where teachers said she wasn't cut out for the Ivy League. Her early experiences on campus reinforced that fear. But when Pacheco was on the verge of dropping out, a supportive friend changed her mind. (Season 4, Episode 8)
Feb 14, 2018
Q&A: Singer-Songwriter Anthony D'Amato '10 on the Touring Life (February 2018)
Anthony D’Amato ’10 has come a long way since he began writing and recording songs in his Princeton dorm room nine years ago. He’s released three full-length albums and toured across the world, and his indie/folk and Americana-inspired music has been compared to the likes of Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. In an interview with PAW's Allie Wenner, D'Amato talks about his Princeton roots, the touring life, and what it's like to be on the road in the current political climate. The podcast includes performances of "Honey That's Not All" and "Rain On A Strange Roof." You can hear more from Anthony on Spotify and Apple Music, or on his website, anthonydamatomusic.com
Jan 31, 2018
PAW Tracks: Part of the Team (Bill Farrell '77)
As an undergrad, Bill Farrell ’77 was proud to coach Princeton’s fledgling women’s track and field squad. Decades later, he found similar joy helping classmates to distribute much-needed wheelchairs in South America. (Season 4, Episode 7)
Jan 4, 2018
PAW Tracks: Together Again (Simone Schloss '79)
For Simone Schloss ’79, reconnecting with an old boyfriend at Alumni Day turned into a love story, with a 36-year gap in the middle. “You never know how things are going to turn out,” she says. “And it’s great being in love with your best friend.” (Season 4, Episode 6)
Dec 27, 2017
Q&A: Sean Gregory ’98 of Time Magazine on Sports, Beyond the Sidelines (January 2018)
Are we entering a new era of the activist athlete? Will the FBI sting have a lasting impact on college basketball? And why is Olympic curling so popular? We talk about these questions and more with Sean Gregory ’98, a senior writer at Time magazine, in the January episode of PAW’s Q&A podcast.
Dec 1, 2017
Q&A: Helen Thorpe '87 on the Inspiring Stories of Teen Refugees (December 2017)
In 2015-16, journalist and author Helen Thorpe ’87 sat in on a high school English-acquisition class for teenaged refugees from across the globe. She watched her subjects’ growth and struggles within their new environment and learned their stories, which mostly included displacement due to war or gang violence in their home countries. As the 2016 presidential primaries gave way to the political ascent of Donald Trump, Thorpe extended her reporting into 2017 and recounts the ways the new administration has affected America’s policy on refugee resettlement. Her book is called The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship and Hope in an American Classroom, and in this month’s podcast, she speaks with PAW’s Carrie Compton about the process of reporting and writing it.
Nov 28, 2017
PAW Tracks: Band, Basketball, and Bell-Bottoms (Owen Curtis ’72 *75)
Owen Curtis ’72 *75 reflects on the differences between ’70s-era Princeton hippies and preps, why TV broadcasters were right to be wary of the Princeton band, and how it feels to be pranked by legendary basketball coach Pete Carril. (Season 4, Episode 5)
Nov 3, 2017
PAW Tracks: A Collegial Retreat (John Stewart '77)
John Stewart ’77 came to Princeton with a few family stories in mind, thanks to his mother, who’d worked at Firestone Library, and his father, a former Princeton Alumni Weekly editor. He found a campus that was much different than the one his parents had known, and his memories of the University include the friendships he made at Princeton Inn College (now Forbes). “At the time it seemed quite isolated from the rest of the University,” he says. “When you got back there you sort of stayed put.” (Season 4, Episode 4)
Nov 2, 2017
Q&A: William Pugh ’20 on Starting Conversations and Staying Woke (November 2017)
PAW’s Allie Wenner sits down with William Pugh ’20, co-founder of the “Woke Wednesdays” podcast, a new student-produced show that gives Princeton students (and guests) a platform to discuss issues relating to race, social justice, gender, sexuality, and more. Pugh talks about what it means to be “woke,” why he thinks it’s important for young people to speak out about controversial topics, and why he really hopes that people disagree with some of things that are said on the show.
Oct 19, 2017
PAW Tracks: A.B., with a Baby (J.C. Alvarez '77)
After giving birth to a son as an undergraduate, J.C. Alvarez ’77 stayed in school, juggling the work of a student, mom, and wife. “While it’s not a journey I would recommend for everyone,” she says, “I knew it was the right journey for me.” (Season 4, Episode 3)
Oct 12, 2017
Q&A: Anthropologist Carolyn Rouse on the Art of Listening (October 2017)
Anthropology professor Carolyn Rouse discusses her research trip to interview Donald Trump supporters in rural California, her “Trumplandia” project, the reasons why she hasn’t watched cable TV news this year, and how listening can be “a radical act.”
Sep 27, 2017
PAW Tracks: At Home and at War (Hale Bradt '52)
When Hale Bradt ’52 began reading his late father’s letters from World War II, the words “just grabbed me, viscerally,” he says. After decades of research, including trips to the Pacific islands where his father served, Bradt wrote about how the war reshaped his family. (Season 4, Episode 2)
Sep 12, 2017
Q&A: Sasha Fradkin '06 *11 on Adventures in Math (September 2017)
Mathematician Sasha Fradkin ’06 *11, co-author of the forthcoming book Funville Adventures, discusses the perks of teaching young children (“they’re not afraid of math”) and her tips for introducing higher-level concepts to elementary schoolers.
Sep 6, 2017
PAW Tracks: Leading the Way (Valerie Bell '77)
Valerie Bell ’77, the first black student and first woman to be voted class president at Princeton, recalls the sense of pride she felt when she led her classmates through FitzRandolph Gate at Commencement. (Season 4, Episode 1)
Aug 7, 2017
Q&A: Talya Nevins ’18 and Alice Maiden ’19 on Reporting About Refugees in Greece (August 2017)
Last month, on the Greek island of Lesbos, when a smoke-filled riot broke out at a camp housing migrants seeking entry into Europe, the first journalists on the scene were Princeton undergraduates — students in a summer global journalism course taught by Joe Stephens, the Ferris Professor of Journalism in residence. Their work made headlines in the English-language version of Kathimerini, a leading Greek newspaper, and The New York Times international edition. We recently spoke with two of the students, Talya Nevins ’18 and Alice Maiden ’19, about the lessons they learned from the course. Stories from the seminar are available at commons.princeton.edu/globalreporting2017.
Jul 6, 2017
Q&A: Samantha Walravens '90 on Women Taking On Tech (July 2017)
Samantha Walravens ’90, co-author of Geek Girl Rising: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech (St. Martin’s Press), discusses how women are making their own opportunities in the supposedly male-dominated Silicon Valley in an interview with PAW associate editor Carrie Compton. This is the first in a new series of interviews with alumni and faculty.
Jul 5, 2017
PAW Tracks: Their Day With Hemingway (Jack Goodman ’57, John Milton ’57)
Jack Goodman ’57, John Milton ’57, and two of their classmates traveled south for spring break in 1955 with an unusual goal: to interview Ernest Hemingway for The Daily Princetonian. (Season 3, Episode 14)
May 30, 2017
PAW Tracks: Try, Try Again(Charlie Buttrey ’81)
Following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Charlie Buttrey ’81 has never been one to take “no” for an answer. He ran for class president three times, finally winning in his third attempt. After all that door-to-door campaigning, he knew a little something about nearly everyone in the Class of ’81. (Season 3, Episode 13)
May 10, 2017
PAW Tracks: In the Middle (Howard Zien '71)
When students went on strike in May 1970, Howard Zien ’71 went to class — and encountered jeers that made him realize how difficult it is to find middle ground during times of passionate protest. (Season 3, Episode 12)
Apr 20, 2017
PAW Tracks: Finding Her Place (Christine Caffrey Johnson ’81)
On this episode of PAW Tracks, Christine Caffrey Johnson ’81 talks about the difficulty of finding her place at Princeton and some of the activities that captured her interest. As an undergraduate, she planned a conference to help her peers think about ways to balance work and family life. Years later, the conversation continues. (Season 3, Episode 11)
Apr 5, 2017
PAW Tracks: Travels with Harley (Geoff Smith '71, John Drummond '71, and Brad O’Brien '71)
For ’71 classmates Geoff Smith, John Drummond, and Brad O’Brien, riding to Reunions by motorcycle last year was a chance to see small-town America and reflect on their college years. (Season 3, Episode 10)
Mar 15, 2017
PAW Tracks: Permission Granted (Richard Reinis '66)
In this episode, Richard Reinis ’66 recalls memorable events from his undergraduate days, including getting the dean’s approval to get married after his sophomore year. Reinis also played football at Princeton, starting on the offensive line for the Tigers’ last undefeated team. (Season 3, Episode 9)
Feb 23, 2017
PAW Tracks: Their Shot (Princeton women's basketball alumnae)
Princeton women’s basketball has become one of the nation’s top mid-major programs, with six NCAA Tournament bids in the last seven years, including the team’s first tournament win, in the first round against Wisconsin-Green Bay, in 2015. But when the program began 45 years ago, players had to work to get basic necessities like court time and quality coaching. Janet Youngholm ’75, one of the team’s founders, marvels at how far the Tigers have come. “We couldn’t see that horizon,” she said, speaking with recent alumnae in early February. “I can’t see it except through you guys in retrospect.” Listen to reflections on the early years of Princeton women’s basketball in this episode of PAW Tracks, which features members of the Classes of ’75, ’76, ’10, and ’13. (Season 3, Episode 8)
Feb 2, 2017
PAW Tracks: Changing Outlook (April McQueen '93)
April McQueen ’93’s struggles with and recovery from mental illness forced her to revisit her expectations and professional goals. “I believe that it’s made me who I am today,” she says. “I’m living my truth.” (Season 3, Episode 7)
Jan 4, 2017
PAW Tracks: Seeking Community (Jenny Korn ’96)
Jenny Korn ’96 tried to build connections as an undergrad, founding Princeton’s Thai-American Student Organization, and that theme has continued, both in her work and in a Chicago-based alumni group.
Nov 30, 2016
PAW Tracks: Vocation to Avocation (Jerry Sorell ’50 *51)
When Jerry Sorell ’50 *51 and his family fled Austria in 1938, he left behind his hopes of becoming a professional musician. “I decided that chemical engineering would be a way to earn a living,” Sorell says, “and music would be something I really enjoyed.” Nearly eight decades later, his love of violin lives on. (Season 3, Episode 5)
Nov 3, 2016
PAW Tracks: Her Own Path (Allison Slater Tate ’96)
Allison Slater Tate ’96’s career has ranged from TV production to blogging about parenting, and her college experience has been useful at every turn. “In some ways, I’ve been way out of the Princeton track,” she says, “and in other ways, Princeton’s never left.” (Season 3, Episode 4) Editor’s note: This interview was recorded during Reunions at Blair Hall, just as the Alumni Battle of the Bands was beginning outside. We apologize for the background noise.
Oct 17, 2016
PAW Tracks: Nuclear War and Midterm Exams (Norm Tabler ’66)
Adjusting to college life wasn’t easy for Norm Tabler ’66, a freshman from a small town in Indiana — and the shadow of the Cuban Missile Crisis added new anxieties. (Season 3, Episode 3)
Sep 27, 2016
PAW Tracks: Two Generations (Carolyn Bowman Pugh ’81 and Alexa Pugh ’16)
At Reunions, Carolyn Bowman Pugh ’81 and her daughter Alexa ’16 spoke with PAW about how the different time periods that they were on campus shaped their Princeton experiences. (Season 3, Episode 2)
Sep 6, 2016
PAW Tracks: Around the Globe (Tony Zee '66)
Tony Zee ’66 made an improbable journey from China to Brazil and eventually to Princeton, where he studied physics under the tutelage of legendary professor John Wheeler. (Season 3, Episode 1)
Jun 14, 2016
PAW Tracks: Cover Story (Robin Bennett Osborne ’81)
In the spring of 1977, Robin Bennett Osborne ’81 received a moving letter from her grandfather, E. Lansing Bennett ’22, that convinced her to come to Princeton. Four years later, the two were pictured on PAW’s cover, marching arm-in-arm at the P-rade. (Season 2, Episode 14)
May 25, 2016
PAW Tracks: Senior Thesis Memories
Writing the senior thesis is one the quintessential Princeton experiences: Months of research and exploration come together in a single document. In this episode of PAW Tracks, two alumni — Christine Galib '08 and Tim James '78 — share their thesis memories. (Season 2, Episode 13)
May 5, 2016
PAW Tracks: Nassoons Alumni Reflect on 75 Years of Song
Alumni of the Nassoons returned to campus in April to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the group that gave birth to a cappella singing at Princeton. We spoke with several members about their favorite memories of performing, touring, and rehearsing in the ’Soon Room. (PAW Tracks, Season 2, Episode 12)
Apr 13, 2016
PAW Tracks: A Literary Life (John V. Fleming *63)
John V. Fleming *63 describes his time as a Ph.D. student as “a blur,” but his four decades on the faculty left a clearer impression. “For me, Princeton was the perfect place,” he said. “I became a Princetonian by adoption, in a sense, rather than by rite.” (PAW Tracks, season 2, episode 11)
Mar 28, 2016
PAW Tracks: Motley Crew
In the early 1970s, the women’s rowing team was easy to spot in campus dining halls. “We didn’t have time to change [after practice],” Carol Brown ’75 recalled, “so we’d come up from the boathouse wet and dripping, cold and sweaty.” The experiences with her teammates built lifelong bonds, and Brown’s training on the water led her to a milestone medal at the 1976 Olympics.
Mar 10, 2016
PAW Tracks: Citizen of the World
For Tibor Baranski Jr. ’80, coming to Princeton was one part of a remarkable journey. Baranski, whose family emigrated from Hungary, developed a love of Asian languages and cultures as a teen. He immersed himself in both at college, and since graduation has lived and worked in Asia.
Feb 18, 2016
PAW Tracks: Off Prospect
When Paul Rochmis ’60 joined us for an oral history interview at Reunions last year, he spoke about some of his happiest memories of Princeton — meeting new friends, discovering unexpected interests. But he also recalled the disappointment he felt during his sophomore year when several of his peers were not extended bids from the eating clubs — an incident that became known as the dirty bicker of 1958. (Season 2, Episode 8)
Jan 28, 2016
PAW Tracks: A Date with the Dean
For John Potter ’65, one senior-year meeting with Dean of the Chapel Ernest Gordon changed the course of his life. He went from being a nonbeliever to eventually becoming a pastor.
Jan 6, 2016
PAW Tracks: New Viewpoints
As undergraduates, Edie Canter ’80 and her friends had many discussions about women’s issues, but rarely in an academic setting. That realization led them to push for a women’s studies program.
Nov 24, 2015
PAW Tracks: Experiencing Princeton
Before Van Wallach ’80 came to Princeton, his dad urged him to learn more about opera, to match his cultured peers. “What I found out was not knowing about Bruce Springsteen was a bigger social impediment,” he said. Wallach also discovered a range of new experiences on campus. (Season 2, Episode 5)
Nov 4, 2015
PAW Tracks: Holder Hall Memories (WPRB)
As WPRB celebrates 75 years on the air, PAW Tracks looks back at the student experience at the radio station in interviews with two alumni: Sally Jacob’88, a former DJ and music director; and John Shyer ’78, who covered news for the station and eventually became station manager.
Oct 15, 2015
PAW Tracks: Loving the Lab
As a Princeton freshman, Laura Landweber ’89 began the first of several undergraduate research projects and immediately knew she had found her path. “I really experienced that art of being absolutely wrapped up in what you do,” says Landweber, a member of the molecular biology faculty for the last 21 years. (Season 2, Episode 3)
Sep 30, 2015
PAW Tracks: A Non-Traditional Path
Patricia Danielson *76 came to Princeton as an auditor, a suburban housewife and community activist who wanted to learn more about urban studies. She left five years later with a master’s degree. The University, she says, “broke every rule” for her — and in the process changed the course of her life. (Season 2, Episode 2)
Sep 10, 2015
PAW Tracks: The Cannon Hoax
“I realized that we didn’t really have to steal the cannon — we only had to make it appear that we had stolen the cannon,” Aaron Laden ’70 told PAW, recalling the famous Princeton-Rutgers Centennial Hoax, a campus prank from September 1969. Listen to the whole story, as told by Laden, Ed Labowitz ’70, and Brian Hays ’70. (Season 2, Episode 1)
Jun 24, 2015
PAW Tracks: Triangle Club Memories
At Reunions, 12 alumni sat down with PAW to tell their stories in a series of oral history interviews. We’ll be sharing parts of those interviews on PAW Tracks in the coming months. We begin with Jennifer Daly Maienza ’80, whose Princeton experience was shaped by her time on the Triangle Club stage. (Season 1, Episode 14)
May 27, 2015
PAW Tracks: A Valued Mentor
PAW Tracks, Episode 13: A Valued Mentor Jack Bergland ’54 recalls Professor S. Roy Heath ’39 and the Class of 1954 Advisee Project — a four-year study that introduced Bergland to Heath and sparked a lifelong friendship.
May 5, 2015
PAW Tracks: Reunions Roundtable
Few events anywhere can tie generations together like Princeton Reunions. Last May, PAW brought together three alums and a graduating senior to share their thoughts about Princeton’s big weekend. Here’s what Lew Miller ’49, Jackie Thomas ’09, Christie Coates ’89, and Dillon Reisman ’14 had to say.
Apr 16, 2015
PAW Tracks: Covering the Strike
May 1970 was one of the most tumultuous months in the history of political activism at Princeton — and one of the most eventful for student reporters. PAW spoke with six Daily Princetonian alumni about the newspaper’s role during the campus strike and related protests.
Mar 25, 2015
PAW Tracks: School of Rock
Princeton Reunions rocker “Ivory Jim” Hunter ’62 recalls meeting his bandmates in a dorm room, and eventually taking their act on the road to other colleges. Music courtesy of Ivory Jim Hunter and the Headhunters
Mar 4, 2015
PAW Tracks: Family History
When author and professor Andie Tucher ’76 began researching her family tree, she uncovered fascinating stories that have evolved over time. Her new book, Happily Sometimes After, spans nearly 400 years of American history and 12 generations of family members.
Feb 11, 2015
PAW Tracks: March Memories
Five members of the 1964-65 Princeton men’s basketball team — Bill Bradley ’65, Ed Hummer ’67, Bill Kingston ’65, Don Roth ’65, and Gary Walters ’67 — share their memories of the Tigers’ run to the NCAA semifinals.
Jan 20, 2015
PAW Tracks: Rules of Motion
Scouting Princeton’s 1964-65 men’s basketball team was a challenge — and not just because the lineup included All-American Bill Bradley ’65, an exceptional shooter and passer who rarely had an off night. Coach Butch Van Breda Kolff ’45 didn’t employ set plays, instead relying on rules of motion and offensive principles that made each possession unique. Members of the team talked with PAW about Van Breda Kolff, Bradley, and the qualities would propel Princeton to the NCAA semifinals.Part 2 of this podcast will be published with PAW’s March 4 issue. Music licensed from FirstCom Music. Photo: 1965 Bric-a-Brac
Dec 17, 2014
PAW Tracks: Digital Dawn
Brian Kernighan *69, co-author of classic texts including The C Programming Language, came to Princeton in 1964, when the campus had just one computer. He went on to a rewarding career at Bell Labs and returned to the University as a professor, teaching popular courses for both computer-science majors and less tech-inclined students.
Nov 19, 2014
PAW Tracks: After December 7, 1941
America’s entry into World War II changed the lives of millions of Americans, and thousands of Princeton alumni. In this episode, Herb Hobler ’44, a sophomore at the time of the Pearl Harbor attacks, remembers the swift changes on campus and his travels en route to the Pacific theater.
Oct 30, 2014
PAW Tracks: Grad School Pioneer
“I was a shy person,” says Aliye Celik *70, the first female student at Princeton’s School of Architecture, “and Princeton gave me ... the backbone. I became more confident, and I carried that confidence throughout my work.” Celik’s experiences as an MFA student also shaped her career path, which included work at UN-Habitat in Nairobi, Kenya, and New York City.
Oct 9, 2014
PAW Tracks: Dixieland at Old Nassau
Dick Snedeker ’51 took a keen interest in music at Princeton, playing clarinet for the marching band, the University Orchestra, and an undergraduate swing band called the Tigers. But the group he remembers best was one that he enjoyed mostly as a spectator: the Intensely Vigorous Jazz Band.
Sep 24, 2014
PAW Tracks: Sparking Quipfire!
Quipfire!, Princeton’s oldest improv comedy group, launched in 1992 with a set of shows in a black-box theater. Twenty-two years later, it’s something of a campus institution. At Reunions in May, we spoke about the group’s founding with three early members, Matthew David Brozik ’95, Jacob Sager Weinstein ’94, and Steve Reed ’96. To watch video clips from the first Quipfire! show, visit http://paw.princeton.edu
Aug 26, 2014
PAW Tracks: Stealing the Clapper
As freshmen in 1950, Richard Muhl ’54 and Alan Whelihan ’54 took part in a September tradition: stealing the clapper from the Nassau Hall bell. But holding onto the prize proved to be harder than expected. Listen to their story in PAW Tracks, our new podcast series.