8 episodes

True stories about MIT. A trove of wonder, discovery, and madness.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 14 Ratings

True stories about MIT. A trove of wonder, discovery, and madness.

    In The Limelight

    In The Limelight

    In a race between life and death, a loving wife and mother uses her engineering skills to unravel the mystery of her husband’s mysterious disease.
    Guest: Nicole Bell, MIT Class of ’98, SM ’99, Course 3, Baker House and Ashdown.
    This episode is about undiagnosed Lyme disease. If you or a loved one are experiencing unresolved fatigue, cognitive decline, or mood swings, you’ll want to hear this story.
    Episode notes and transcript
    Visit Nicole’s website to contact her and learn more about Alzheimer’s, Lyme disease, and other topics:
    https://www.nicoledaniellebell.com/
    Read her poignant memoir: What Lurks in the Woods: Struggle and Hope in the Midst of Chronic Illness
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    If you have a story suggestion related to MIT, please contact me at host [at] institrve [dot] com
    Copyright 2023 Institrve

    • 30 min
    Coming Full Circle

    Coming Full Circle

    Host reunites with his Educational Counselor decades after graduation and discovers some surprises.
    Guest: Curtis Blaine, MIT Class of ’67, Course 15 and 21B, Baker House.
    What if I challenged you to start a software company and keep it cash flow positive 40 years later? There's a catch though. You are the only full-time employee and you can only hire teenage summer interns. Meet the MIT alumnus who accomplished this feat. I know because I was one of those interns.
    Episode notes and transcript
    MathTutor Educational Software, Inc. is a leading publisher of self-study tutorial software for Grades 6-12 math. Contact Curtis through his website if you'd like to help take his ambitious new math portal from prototype to reality.
    Per MIT's website: "As advocates and ambassadors for MIT, Educational Counselors (ECs) recruit, interview, and respond to the concerns of admissions candidates within communities across the country and abroad. Uniquely positioned to put a human face on the Institute, ECs encourage and assist students and their parents in discovering MIT's educational, social, and extracurricular opportunities."
    Call to action:
    1. MIT Alumni – Sign up to become an Educational Counselor. More ECs are needed to accommodate increasing undergraduate applications.
    Volunteering as an MIT Educational Counselor
    2. MIT Undergraduate Alumni - Contact your EC from years ago and say, "Hello!" Your EC will be thrilled to hear from you. You never know what you'll discover.
    Additional Info
    The Tech Article: Boston Globe Hack
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    Copyright 2022 Institrve

    • 31 min
    An Improbable Combination

    An Improbable Combination

    A sophomore solves an unsolved math problem and bonds with a legendary professor. Guest: Ross Lippert, MIT Class of ’93, PhD ’98, Course 6, 8, and 18, Senior House.
    How does the mind of a genius approach learning? Can we incorporate this in our own lives?  
    Episode notes and transcript
    Ross’ Solution (click on View PDF at top of page): A Probabilistic Interpretation of the Hurwitz Zeta Function
    Video: The Riemann Hypothesis, Explained (16 min)
    Video: The Simplest Math Problem No One Can Solve – Collatz Conjecture (22 min)
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    Copyright 2022 Institrve

    • 26 min
    Nontrivial Consequences

    Nontrivial Consequences

    An alumna is crowned champion on the Jeopardy! game show, only to realize that her well-being is in jeopardy.
    Guest: Lillian Chin, MIT Class of 2017, SM 2019, Course 6, Random Hall, and East Campus.
    This episode is about the unintended consequences of fame and one woman's attempt to contend with the dark forces of the internet.
    Episode notes and transcript
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    • 26 min
    Resilience Personified, Part 2

    Resilience Personified, Part 2

    Against all odds, a child Holocaust survivor finds his way to freedom and MIT. Part 2 continues with life under communism, a daring escape, and improbable journey to the Institute.
    Guest: Robert Ratonyi, MIT Class of 63, SM 64, Course 2, Sigma Alpha Mu, Graduate House, and Westgate.
    Learn more about Bob's incredible journey in his moving book From Darkness into Light: My Journey Through Nazism, Fascism, and Communism to Freedom.
    Episode notes and transcript
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    If you have a story suggestion related to MIT, please contact me at host [at] institrve [dot] com
    Copyright 2021 Institrve

    • 35 min
    Resilience Personified, Part 1

    Resilience Personified, Part 1

    Against all odds, a child Holocaust survivor finds his way to freedom and MIT. Part 1 is a World War II survival story.
    Guest: Robert Ratonyi, MIT Class of 63, SM 64, Course 2, Sigma Alpha Mu, Graduate House, and Westgate.
    Make sure to listen to Part 2 to allow light to emerge from darkness.
    Learn more about Bob's incredible journey in his moving book From Darkness into Light: My Journey Through Nazism, Fascism, and Communism to Freedom.
    Episode notes and transcript
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    If you have a story suggestion related to MIT, please contact me at host [at] institrve [dot] com
    Copyright 2021 Institrve

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Mango $;;$@) Mango ,

Fantastic launch

I loved the first episode. Great pacing and fascinating stories.

Looking forward to the rest of the season.

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