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The Carnegie Mellon University Libraries is excited to announce the launch of “Cut Pathways,” a podcast developed by the Oral History Program at Carnegie Mellon University. The podcast will showcase different pathways that students and faculty follow to navigate their experiences in higher education.

Hosted by Oral History Program Director Katherine Barbera and Oral History Production Assistant David Bernabo, “Cut Pathways”draws on the Oral History Program’s growing archive of oral histories. Conversations and discussions take an honest look at higher education, exploring themes of culture, equality, and access to education, as well as catalytic points of personal growth, technological innovation, and creative development. Each recorded history is full of funny anecdotes, follies, triumphs, hidden connections, and, occasionally, in-the-moment realizations.

The first episode of the three-episode first season will be available on June 29, 2021. In the introductory episode, interviewees including Giant Eagle University Professor of History and Social Justice Joe William Trotter, Jr. and author Pamela McCorduck discuss their first impressions of Pittsburgh. Additional interviewees in the first season are alumna Julia Parsons, who cracked secret German submarine codes during World War II, and alumnus Dan Meloro, whofound direction in his undergrad studies by starting the CMU Activities Board.

“These personal narratives, many of which have never been told before, bring history to life and create possibilities for historical empathy and greater understanding,” said Barbera. “Through ‘Cut Pathways, I’m excited to share these remarkable stories with more people and shed light on the community that makes Carnegie Mellon what it is.”

Full episodes of “Cut Pathways” will be available weekly on all major podcasting platforms.

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