Monthly Archives: May 2021

Ep. 41 – Ecologist Hugh Warwick on Loving Your Hedgehogs

Hedgehogs, despite being consistently voted the most beloved mammal in the United Kingdom, have suffered great population losses as industrial agriculture and other human impacts destroy their hedgerow habitats. Our latest guest, Hugh Warwick, has studied, celebrated, written about, and fought to protect hedgehogs for more than 30 years, leading a groundswell of local and individual action to protect the small animal. We spoke with Warwick about his role as the spokesperson for the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, his writings on the impact of manmade lines on the ability of wild animals to thrive, and the environmental importance of loving your hedgehog.

The Choices Game

In the process of putting together their applications, students make countless choices. To help applicants understand which choices are more or less likely to help their candidacies, Hannah and Mark invite their colleague John to join in a game of up-voting and down-voting common application choices. While none of these choices will make or break an application, the officers explain why certain choices are more or less beneficial during the review process.

Leading Washington National Cathedral through pandemic and politics


Dean Randy Hollerith of Washington National Cathedral, ’90 M.Div., discusses presiding over presidential inaugural prayer services for Donald Trump and Joe Biden, why religious leaders should play a central role in healing divisions in America, and finding hope and faith during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Lasting Impact of the Insular Cases

The Insular Cases are a series of Supreme Court cases about the status of U.S. territories that were decided over a century ago. Professor Aziz Rana and attorney Celina Romany join us in this episode to speak about the lasting impact the Insular Cases have had on American constitutional law and on the status of U.S. territories like Puerto Rico.

To learn more about this topic, take a look at Professor Aziz Rana’s Essay in the Yale Law Journal Forum: How We Study the Constitution: Rethinking the Insular Cases and Modern American Empire.

Transfer and Non-Traditional Students

The transfer and non-traditional students programs make up a small but important part of the admissions office’s work to create a diverse undergraduate community. Hannah and Mark cover the basics of applying through either program and share the office’s approach to reviewing these applications. Director of transfer admissions Marisa shares advice for transfer applicants – especially those enrolled in community colleges – and director of Eli Whitney admissions Patricia shares insights for non-traditional students – especially US military veterans.

ISM Fellows in Conversation: Ep. 3: Channeling Christianity in Kenya

The African musicologist Jean Ngoya Kidula talks about the multi-layered musical and religious landscape of Kenya, a crossroad of musical influences from Tanzania, Zimbabwe, the Congos, and South Africa with Ben Bond, a Master of Divinity student at Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale Divinity School.

Faith Communities & Mental Health with Michael Walrond Jr, Lena Green and Warren Kinghorn

Our faith communities can provide powerful places of sanctuary and safety. But are houses of worship safe spaces when it comes to our mental health? Within our faith communities, are we living with hope or suffering in silence, when it comes to emotional wellness? This week, Pastor Michael Walrond Jr., Dr. Lena Green, and Dr. Warren Kinghorn speak poignantly about their personal and professional journeys with mental health. We also discuss honest truths about mental health approaches in the church and the importance of combining faith and mental health practices to help us thrive individually and as a society.