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The Slice of MIT Podcast blog offers a taste of Institute life—amazing discoveries, fascinating alumni, interesting research—for alumni and listeners interested in MIT. Read more at

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Slice of MIT Podcast Presents: MIT Catalysts

Apr 13 • 29:58
Julia Yoo ‘10, MBA ‘14 shares her experience of hosting the podcast, MIT Catalysts, a production of the MIT Alumni Club of Northern California. In this episode of the Slice of MIT podcast, you'll hear Yoo's interview with John Whaley ‘99, MEng ‘99, founder of the tech company UnifyID—along with her advice for other MIT alumni clubs that might want to start their own podcas...

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Inflationary Cosmology—Is Our Universe Part of a Multiverse with Professor Alan Guth ’69, PhD ’72

Feb 7 • 38:21
MIT professor Alan Guth ’69, PhD ’72 pioneered the theory of cosmic inflation: a period of rapid expansion that occurred a fraction of a second after the Big Bang. And he also supports the idea that our universe is just one of many in a much larger multiverse.

“What we call the Big Bang Theory is really just a theory of the aftermath of some kind of a bang,” Guth says. “And...

Beyond the Known (Alumni Books Podcast)

Nov 12 • 26:49

Ilene Gordon ’75, SM ’76 on Being a Fortune 500 CEO

Aug 21 • 26:01
Ingredion's recently retired CEO, Ilene Gordon ’75, SM ’76, sat down for an interview with the MIT Alumni Association during a spring 2019 visit to campus. In this episode of the Slice of MIT podcast, you'll hear her thoughts on the importance of having a plan B (and C), how doing laundry in London helped her career, and what she wishes more mentees would ask her.


For the War Yet to Come (Alumni Books Podcast)

May 29 • 22:00
Hiba Bou Akar MCP '05, an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, talks about her book For the War Yet to Come: Planning Beirut's Frontiers, published in Fall 2018 by Stanford University Press.

Episode transcript:
Full story on Slice of MIT:…podcast-war-yet-come

Healthy Teeth, Healthy Planet

Apr 20 • 18:03

In Praise of Wasting Time with MIT Professor Alan Lightman

Apr 4 • 32:56
According to novelist/essayist and theoretical physicist Alan Lightman, unstructured time that allows our minds to roam freely can lead to more creativity. “We need a new mental attitude,” he advocates—one “that values our inner reflection, values stillness, values privacy, values personal reflection—that honors the inner self.”

Lightman—who is a professor of the practice o...

The Big Ones (Alumni Books Podcast)

Jan 19 • 09:49

MIT Alumni Book Club: The Autobiography of a Transgender Scientist (Selected by Prof. Nancy Hopkins)

Dec 6 • 10:41
Asked what one book all MIT alumni should read this year, Nancy Hopkins, Amgen Inc. Professor of Biology Emerita at MIT, selected The Autobiography of a Transgender Scientist by Ben Barres '76, published this fall by MIT Press. In this Q&A, Prof. Hopkins shares insights on Barres's career, advocacy, and legacy. Join the book club and the conversation on this book at alum.m...

Claiming the State (Alumni Books Podcast)

Oct 25 • 25:10

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