Welcome to Every Quarter: The Voice of Andover, the official podcast of Phillips Academy. EQ is the place to meet thinkers, leaders, doers and makers who are grappling, changing, forging and upending. Since 1778, campus has been a haven for dialogue between interesting and influential students, faculty, alumni and visitors. And now EQ brings those conversations to you every month.
Think of EQ as short reflections to inform the curious who believe -- to borrow the words of Andover’s founder, Revolutionary War statesman Samuel Phillips – that “goodness without knowledge is weak and feeble; yet knowledge without goodness is dangerous; and that both united form the noblest character, and lay the surest foundation of usefulness to [human]kind.”
So, yeah, EQ is kinda brilliant in a non sibi, finis origine pendet sort of way.
Every Quarter is made possible thanks to the Abbot Academy Association.
Episode 31: Dana Delany ’74 & Jonathan Meath ’74
In this special episode of Every Quarter, we catch up with Emmy Award-winning actress Dana Delany and producer Jonathan Meath, both from Phillips Academy’s Class of 1974. They take us back to how they became friends starring in theatre and film productions on campus, discuss their impressive careers in the entertainment industry, and share plenty of inside jokes and stories that bring back wonderful memories.
A few fun highlights from the conversation:
- Jonathan and Dana reminisce about their class’ infamous “Mother Phillips” photo, and Dana shares how it became a topic for her appearance for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
- Jonathan talks about being the Number 1 Santa Clause in the world and how his likeness is used by Coca-Cola in their marketing campaigns.
- Dana reflects on past roles, and how she now only chooses to play complex characters that resonate with her.
Episode 30: The Economics of Climate Change with Jisung Park ’04
Jisung Park ’04 is an assistant professor at UCLA, with joint appointments at the Luskin School of Public Affairs (Public Policy) and the Fielding School of Public Health (Environmental Health Sciences). He is also the founder and codirector of Sense & Sustainability, a nonprofit dedicated to cultivating leaders with a holistic understanding of sustainability and equipping them with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue solutions.
Park’s introductory economics class at Andover gave him an entirely new lens to view the world, through which he recognized climate change is the “ultimate global public good problem” and that economics could be a tool for helping people better understand and take action against its disastrous effects. After Andover, Park attended Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He then moved on to Harvard, where his groundbreaking research shed light on how climate change will affect human productivity and economic health.
Episode 29: Fashion, Fame, and 10-Hour Photoshoots with Faran Krentcil '99
Faran Krentcil ’99 is a style and fashion expert currently writing as Editor at Large for Elle.com. On this episode of EQ, Krenctil talks summer fashion, fame culture, her recent interviews with Kim Kardashian and Cardi B, and how shopping sustainably can change the world.
Episode 28: Lou Bernieri and Leon Modeste’s Brooklyn Brotherhood
In this special episode of Every Quarter, we sit down with lifelong friends Lou Bernieri and Leon Modeste. Their bond was formed in Brooklyn on the football field of Poly Prep and has lasted for more than 30 years together at Andover as coaches and colleagues. We trace their friendship from young players to now mentors to hundreds of Big Blue athletes. Their journey is filled with many stories, lessons, and laughs. This podcast honors Leon Modeste as he makes his way into retirement after 33 years at Phillips Academy. Congrats, Coach Mo!
Episode 27: Vimeo CEO Anjali Sud ’01
Anjali Sud ’01 is the CEO of Vimeo, and in 2016 she was charged with the task of pivoting the video hosting platform from producing original content to a SaaS (software as a service) technology company that focused on empowering creators. This shift came with tough decisions, a redefined business strategy, and a greater emphasis on Vimeo's mission.
In this episode of Every Quarter, Sud talks about those first 100 days as Vimeo CEO, her non-linear career path that led her to that point, and how she found Andover as a middle schooler growing up in Michigan. She also reflects on the power of leadership and how the consumption of video is changing our lives by the minute.
Episode 26: Five Little Monkeys Creator Eileen Christelow ’61
Eileen Christelow, Abbot Academy class of 1961, returned to campus in November 2018 to receive the Andover Alumni Award of Distinction, meet with art classes, and share her experiences creating children's literature. Christelow is the author and illustrator of The Five Little Monkeys books, along with several other titles including Letters From a Desperate Dog and Vote!
In this episode of Every Quarter, Christelow discusses her career path, changes in the publishing industry, and how her dog, Emma, was once her muse. She is joined by Emily Goss, Oliver Wendell Holmes Children’s and Access Services Librarian.
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