Gabe Schmittlein, Rahul Parikh, April 28, 2017

Sad after March Madness? Don’t be, because it’s time for the NBA playoffs. Join Gabe Schmittlein and Rahul Parikh as they discuss basketball in this week’s Anything but Politics. Transcript below.

Gabe Schmittlein: Hello, I'm Gabe Schmittlein.

Rahul Parikh: And I’m Rahul Parikh.

Gabe: And for NBN Audio, this is Anything But Politics.

Rahul: Where we will talk about anything but politics.

Gabe and Rahul: Let's get political, political, not.

Gabe: This week we're talking NBA playoffs, because they're going on right now.

Rahul: They are happening.

Gabe: So we're going to be talking hometown heros,

Rahul: getups,

Gabe: music,

Rahul: Space Jam, which I have not seen,

Gabe: and of course, the hottest players.

Rahul: Players.

Gabe: If you know what I mean, the hottest players.

Rahul: Like sports players. Athletes.

Gabe: We don't really have a ton of interesting series going on right now, but one of the ...


Marco Cartolano, April 24, 2017

In this week’s Monday Mixtape, Marco Cartolano celebrates the fact that it’s finally in the upper 60s with some songs for nice spring weather. Find this week’s mixtape on Spotify here! Transcript below.

[“Good Morning”-Kanye West]

Rise and shine. I’m Marco Cartolano and this is Monday Mixtape. I know I’m not the only one who’s loving the start of spring weather. Inspired by this great, warmer weather, I made a mixtape of bright tunes to celebrate the spring. You just listened to “Good Morning” by Kanye West. The dreamy production and a vocal sample from Elton John’s “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” would make this a good song to wake up to. After you get out of bed, be sure to enjoy Kanye’s inspirational story of moving forward. The song, which mentions barely passing college, is especially appropriate for college students who need a pick-me-up after a hard Winter Quarter. But ...


Carrie Twersky, Danielle Cohen, April 20, 2017

In NBN audio’s newest podcast series, Carrie Twersky and Danielle Cohen discuss anything and everything pop culture. This week, it’s everything from Dillo to Kylie Jenner. Transcript below.

Carrie Twersky: Hello, welcome to Whine Time. I’m Carolyn Twersky, you can call me Carrie. I am a junior journalism student, also majoring in sociology. I’m from Connecticut and I was recently mistaken for Kendall Jenner by a homeless man on the Davis L stop.

Dani Cohen: I’m Danielle Cohen, but you can call me Dani. I’m a sophomore majoring in journalism, minoring in theater studies and working toward a certificate in Integrated Marketing Communications. I’m from New York and last weekend I only cried twice because I wasn’t getting enough attention at my sister’s bat mitzvah.

Carrie: Ok, so welcome to NBN’s first ever pop culture podcast.

Dani: Here, we’re going to talk about everything from Dillo headliner’s to ...


Gabe Schmittlein, Rahul Parikh, April 19, 2017

Have you ever facepalmed at some corporate PR move and wondered what they were thinking? You’re not alone. Join Gabe Schmittlein and Rahul Parikh as they tackle public relations disasters in this week’s Anything but Politics. Transcript below.

Gabe Schmittlein: Hello, I'm Gabe Schmittlein.

Rahul Parikh: And this is Rahul Parikh.

Gabe: And for NBN Audio this is Anything but Politics.

Rahul: Where we talk about anything but politics.

Gabs and Rahul: Let's get political, political, not!

Gabe: Alright, so our theme for this week is going to be very specific. It's bad public relations decisions.

Rahul: Ain't that specific, so that means for this week we're going to be talking about three of the most controversial things that have happened over the past two weeks.

Rahul: Pepsi's been having some fun with advertisements.

Gabe: Lot of fun, real fun advertisements that will surely not piss anybody off.

Rahul: And United Airlines ...


Marco Cartolano, April 17, 2017

In this week’s Monday Mixtape, Marco Cartolano takes a look back at some of rapper Kendrick Lamar’s previous hits in honor of his new album released last week. Find this week’s mixtape on Spotify here! Transcript below.


Hello, I am Marco Cartolano and welcome to Monday Mixtape. Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar just released his latest album “Damn,” so I decided to take a look at some choice songs from this legend-in-the-making’s career up to this point.

You just heard “Hiiipower,” the closing song of his breakthrough free album “Section.80.” This song is named after a movement that Kendrick created with his Top Dawg Labelmates Ab-Soul, Jay Rock and Schoolboy Q. The Hiiipower movement encourages higher thinking and meaningful action. On the song, Kendrick advocates fighting the racist establishment and calls on black people to rise up. J.Cole’s jazzy production gives the song a propulsive energy that is perfect for Kendrick’s anthem ...


Gabe Schmittlein, Rahul Parikh, April 12, 2017

In this new podcast series from NBN Audio, Rahul Parikh and Gabe Schmittlein discuss anything but politics. Think of it as political commentary commenting against political commentary. This week? Food. Transcript below.

Gabe Schmittlein: Hello, I'm Gabe.

Rahul Parikh: And this is Rahul.

Gabe: And this is Anything but Politics.

Rahul: Where we talk about anything, but politics.

Gabe and Rahul: Let's get political, political, not.

Gabe: So ABP is now part of the NBN Audio section, which is awesome, very exciting. This week we'll talk about Cheesie's, the rise of carrots, hot take food combos and what we'd like to eat right before we're executed on death row. We have a special guest with us this week too. Grace, would you like to introduce yourself?

Grace Luxton: Hi, I'm Grace Luxton.

Rahul: Hi, Grace Luxton.

Gabe: Grace is the social media and marketing person for Spoon magazine, which is our premier food ...


Marco Cartolano, April 10, 2017

In the first episode of NBN’s new weekly podcast Monday Mixtape, Marco Cartolano recommends seven songs about beginnings. Find this week’s mixtape on Spotify here! Transcript below.

[“First Day of My Life”-Bright Eyes]

Hello, I’m Marco Cartolano and welcome to the first episode of Monday Mixtape. This is a new podcast on NBN where we give you a few song suggestions to get you through the week. Since this is the first show, I thought it would be fun to look at some songs about beginnings. You just heard “First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes, a nice indie folk song where singer Conor Oberst tries to turn over a new leaf and repair his relationship. It’s a nice breezy song  and an appropriate opening for our first show. But, let’s say you want a more bombastic song to get you through the doldrums of the week.

[“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club ...


Jakob Lazzaro, March 6, 2017

Jakob Lazzaro explores why some Northwestern faculty call residence halls home. (Transcript below) 


Lazzaro: Living on campus is part of the college experience, but after one or two years most students are ready to move on. But did you know there are professors who live on campus, maybe even in your building? Yes, as part of the faculty-in-residence program, some buildings at Northwestern contain fully fleshed out two-to-three bedroom apartments where professors live with partners, kids and even pets. I'm Jakob Lazzaro, and for Ask NBN I first spoke to Dr. Brad Zakarin, the director of the Office of Residential and Academic Initiatives, to find out how the program got started.

Brad Zakarin: So, in 2008 there was a campus master planning process, which involved a lot of campus constituents and outside consultants, and they recommended a new model of housing called residential communities that would incorporate faculty and residents, which was not a model northwestern had ever ...


Paola de Varona, Feb. 28, 2017

Paola de Varona investigates the amount of time student leaders must devote to their positions. She then asks what campuses like Northwestern are doing to minimize the privilege of participating. (Transcript below).


de Varona: Northwestern students are busy. In fact, so busy that many of us are involved in 2 or more student organizations on campus while juggling classes and managing a job. This isn’t unique to Northwestern, it seems to be the norm throughout colleges in the nation.

The average student leader on campus devotes a lot of time to their role – a privilege that students from low-income families may not have. Instead, for many students much of that time has to be spent on working and contributing to their college tuition.

So I have to ask: Do Northwestern student leaders actually have to devote an immense amount of time and effort to their positions? And if so what are campuses like Northwestern doing to minimize the ...


Travis Wolf, Feb. 8, 2017

Travis Wolf explores the dining hall tradition of Hot Cookie Bar, and why it's a thing (transcript below).

Travis Wolf: Hey everyone, welcome to Ask NBN, I’m Travis Wolf and today we’re going to be talking about one of Northwestern’s most famous dining traditions, hot cookie bar.

Trevor Parece: “I love hot cookie bar, because I like soft cookies and they’re like super soft cookies. And they’re warm.”

Shen Ferrer: “Hot cookie bar represents Northwestern as a whole for me. Oh is this for real? Laughs I’m apathetic toward hot cookie bar, I kind of like that I get it on Thursdays because I live in Elder, so I feel a little special. I actually kind of don’t like hot cookie bar because it's kind of like an undercooked cookie, but sometimes I just want sugar, so I’ll eat it.”

Travis: That was School of Communication Junior Trevor Parece and ...


Freshmen Jakob Lazzaro and Debbie-Marie Brown explore the different places first-year college students call home. (Transcript below).


On my way home – Debbie-Marie Brown

Jakob Lazzaro: Hey everyone, I’m Jakob Lazzaro.

Debbie-Marie Brown: And I’m Debbie-Marie Brown.

Jakob: Debbie, can you tell me about your two ID’s again?

Debbie: Okay, so I have one Connecticut driver’s license and an Illinois state ID that isn't a driver’s license, which has my dorm address on it.

Jakob: And you obviously won’t be living there next year.

Debbie: Exactly. But I’m still here for nine months a year, and I only got the Illinois one because I lost my Connecticut ID.

Jakob: This address confusion is a dilemma a lot of college students, especially freshmen, face.

Debbie: Although most don’t end up having two IDs.

Jakob: Right, yeah. But balancing two homes is one of the unique things about being in college.

Debbie: We ...


Unlike many colleges in the area, NU students have to pay out of pocket to travel across the city via the CTA, rather than using a school-subsidized U-Pass. Why is this the case? We investigated. (Transcript below).


Jakob Lazzaro: Hey, welcome to NBN Audio. I’m Jakob Lazzaro ...

Heather Budimulia: And I’m Heather Budimulia. And today…

CTA: “doors closing”

Jakob: So, Chicago’s a big city. Lots of students here take public transit at least once a week.

Heather: But when Northwestern students take the "L," there’s a big difference.

Jakob: Yeah, we have to pay for it. You see, all the other universities in Chicago like Loyola, UChicago, DePaul and Columbia, they all have something called a U-Pass.

Heather: Basically, it’s free rides on the CTA for all students. Now, graduate students at Northwestern can get U-Passes. But it’s not an option for undergraduates.

Jakob: For Medill senior Dani Levi, the time and money ...


Paola de Varona, Dec. 6, 2016

You might know Josh McKenzie as the Associate Director for NSFP/Director of First-Year Experience, but for the class of 2020, he's also an iconic meme. We sat down with McKenzie to discuss his meme status, his appreciation for it (or lack thereof) and his experience leading up to and during Wildcat Welcome 2016 with his newfound unofficial role. (Transcript below).


Hey everyone, welcome to Ask NBN, I’m Paola de Varona and today we’re going to be talking about the famous Josh McKenzie.

“Give me my dorm Josh. Also they’re not called dorms, they’re called res. halls. Also this forget Kanye, Josh McKenzie for POTUS 2020.”

That was Josh McKenzie reading several of many facebook jokes made about him in the Northwestern’s class of 2020 Facebook group. Now, we all know McKenzie as the person with all the answers to our burning questions we had before arriving on Northwestern’s campus, but the ...


Travis Wolf, Nov. 18, 2016

Kresge's stairs are "lit," and we don't even mean that in a millennial, quirky way. Those things are just really bright. For a building that purports to be environmentally friendly, isn't that counterintuitive? We investigate. (Transcript below).


Hi everyone, and welcome back to AskNBN, the podcast that answers the questions you never knew you had about Northwestern, I’m Travis Wolf. In this episode we’ll be discussing the newly renovated Kresge Hall, specifically the outside stairs and other unique features of the building.

If you have ever walked around south campus at night, you have most likely seen the outside stairs of Kresge Hall. They’re pretty hard to miss.

SESP senior Melissa Bustamante agrees.

“It really is blinding.”

If you don’t know where Kresge Hall is, it’s the building behind The Rock, connected to Crowe Hall. The entrance staircase is very well lit, so well lit, that the staircase alone seems to ...


Donald Trump's campaign has created a substantial divide between the GOP establishment and the party's base. So we wondered – is that divide playing itself out amongst NU's College Republicans? The first Ask NBN episode of the school year seeks to answer that question: