Notre Dame Stories brings you perspective on the world’s top news stories and tells the stories of Notre Dame’s work to be a force for good in the world. Produced by the Office of Public Affairs and Communications, episodes range from interviews with experts to storytelling from the places where research is taking place. In addition, Notre Dame Stories releases special series about once a year focusing on a particular subject area such as a part of the world where Notre Dame has one of its Global Gateways or a topical area in which our students are engaged to help unify, heal, and enlighten a world deeply in need. Subscribe to Notre Dame Stories where you get your podcasts.

  1. Commencement Prep Podcast

    Sounds of Commencement 2023

      The 2023 academic year culminates in one of the most distinctive events at the University of Notre Dame - Commencement in Notre Dame Stadium. Before the conferring of thousands of degrees, the inspired and meticulous work of thousands of University employees orchestrates an unmatched experience for the graduates and their families.…

  2. London Countless Journeys

    Countless Journeys: Notre Dame in London

    This special episode takes a look at the University's presence in London. We spent some time with a few of Notre Dame's students there, following them to different locations on that most iconic mode of transport, the Underground.

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    Insight into Human Trafficking

      In this episode, we chat with Dean Shepherd, the Ray and Milann Siegfried Professor of Entrepreneurship in Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. Professor Shepherd recently published research into the organization of sex work and human trafficking in India. The study draws from interviews with girls and women forced into the sex industry, human traffickers, brothel managers, doctors, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and police officers, in an effort to better understand the cycle and ultimately invoke change.…

  4. Common Home

    East and West, Notre Dame in Ireland Episode 2: Common Home

    In episode two, we explore Notre Dame students' work on environmental issues in Ireland. None is more pressing than the role of bogs, a quintessential feature of the Irish landscape. They've been plowed over for generations to harvest the underlying peat for fuel. As the practice is phased out, one Notre Dame graduate student is studying how to restore these crucial pieces of carbon-storing habitat.

  5. Kylemore Abbey

    East and West, Notre Dame in Ireland Episode 1: May the road rise up to meet you

    There’s a traditional Irish blessing that begins, “May the road rise up to meet you.” It’s meant to convey well-wishes for a smooth journey…both literally and figuratively. But yet, there’s something to be said for choosing to go off the beaten path. For intentionally taking the road less traveled. In the first part of our look at Notre Dame's relationship with Ireland, we focus on Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in the Connemara region. Students and scholars from every academic discipline come to Kylemore for the space they need to focus on their work and experience the cultural heart of Ireland.…

  6. Ireland Podcast

    Trailer: East and West: Notre Dame in Ireland

    For a University with Ireland in its DNA, a presence on the Emerald Isle is only natural. But Notre Dame doesn't just have a presence in Ireland; it has a relationship with it. In East and West: Notre Dame in Ireland, we take a look at how the University is making an impact in Dublin and in the western part of country. The first episode of the series drops in March.

  7. Law School

    The Law School's DEI Podcast

    The Notre Dame Law School seeks to "educate a different kind of lawyer." Part of that process is training in the realm of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Max Gaston joins us to talk about his role as the Law School's director of DEI, and how his podcast gives a window into his work. Find "The DEI Podcast with Max Gaston" wherever you get your podcasts.…

  8. Seeking Renewal In The New Year

    Seeking Renewal in the New Year

      The new year is a time for resolutions and renewal. We spoke to a certified wellness coach from the McDonald Center for Student Wellbeing for advice on seeking a fresh start in 2023. Known on campus as "McWell," the McDonald Center provides a variety of services for students aimed at promoting adaptability, well-being and the education of the whole person.…

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    Why a Notre Dame VP was tapped by the State Department to travel to Africa

      Michael Pippenger was pleasantly surprised by the opportunity in September to represent the United States as a citizen diplomat building ties to universities in Uganda, where Notre Dame has a long history. The State Department's U.S. Speaker Program recruited Pippenger, Notre Dame's vice president and associate provost for internationalization, to speak about a topic close to his heart: the importance of global partnerships in higher education.…

  10. Tech Ethics

    The Future of Tech Ethics and Notre Dame's Technology Ethics Center

      This season we plan to give you a look at some other podcasts produced at Notre Dame. Today, we’re highlighting a show called TEC Talks. It’s hosted by Kirsten Martin, who is the William P. and Hazel B. White director of the Technology Ethics Center at Notre Dame. We sat down with professor Martin to hear a bit about the center and how it’s helping to shape the future of our relationship with tech. At the end of our brief conversation, we’ll play an episode from TEC Talks, dealing with social media addiction.…

  11. Drug Kingpin Pod

    Inside the takedown of a drug kingpin

      The arrest this summer of Mexican drug kingpin Rafael Caro Quintero caught the attention of Notre Dame Law School professor Jimmy Gurulé. Caro Quintero was wanted for the 1985 torture and murder of a DEA agent, a story so infamous it was recently featured in the Netflix show "Narcos: Mexico." Gurulé was the prosecutor in Los Angeles who first indicted Caro Quintero, and he tells the story from an insider's perspective.…

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    Helping the Last of the Instrument Makers

    ConnSelmer is the last major manufacturer of band instruments in the United States. They were looking for ways to innovate to keep their operations in-country. That's when they received a boost from iNDustry Labs, Notre Dame's platform for collaboration between the University and local manufacturers.…

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    The 2022 Valedictorian: Devin Diggs

    The Class of 2022 valedictorian Devin Diggs joins us to talk about his Notre Dame story, and what's in store after commencement. Among other activities, Diggs worked in Dr. Jessica Payne's Sleep, Stress and Memory Lab. Find out more about the lab at Learn more about the SAM Lab…

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    A Conversation with Commencement Speaker Archbishop Borys Gudziak

    On March 23rd, Ukrainian Metropolitan-Archbishop Borys Gudziak was announced as the keynote speaker at Notre Dame’s 177th commencement ceremony. Ten days earlier, Archbishop Gudziak sat down for an interview for the Henri Nouwen Now and Then podcast, produced by the Henri Nouwen Society. Henri Nouwen was a Dutch-born Catholic priest who taught psychology at Notre Dame for a time. The society that bears his name is dedicated to advancing Nouwen’s spiritual vision.…

  15. Ukraine Podcast 2022

    Ukraine: Sanctions, War Crimes, and International Law

    After 3 weeks, the war in Ukraine is only becoming costlier, and deadlier for both the militaries fighting, and the civilians caught in the middle. We spoke with Mary Ellen O’Connell, the Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law, about the international legal framework that could help bring the war to a close, and deal with its aftermath.…

  16. Wireless 2022

    Understanding the 5G rollout

    The rollout of 5G seemed to be going along smoothly until it wasn’t. So why did the airline industry ask for a pause in some areas? And, should we expect other disruptions in the future? For answers, we turned to Nick Laneman, co-director of the Notre Dame Wireless Institute. Learn more about the Institute's work…

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    The Winter Olympics, Equality in Sports, and Exercising in the Cold

    The Winter Olympics are here, and while they provide hours of incredible viewing for sports fans, they also offer insights into life and society. To explore the Olympics in this light, we turn to Cara Ocobock, assistant professor of anthropology. In a wide-ranging discussion, Prof. Ocobock explains what makes the Olympics so appealing, but also what needs to happen to achieve greater equality for male and female athletes. Finally, Ocobock talks about what happens to the body in extreme temperatures, citing insights from her research working with reindeer herders in northern Finland.…

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    What's going on with the supply chain?

    One of the biggest stories in the last half of 2021 was the supply chain. It seems everyone was impacted by shortages or delays in getting a product from a manufacturer to a consumer. Well now that we’ve turned the page into 2022, where do we stand? To find out, we spoke with Kaitlin Wowak, associate professor of IT, analytics, and operations in the Mendoza College of Business.…

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