A podcast series that explores ethical questions raised throughout Indiana history.


As part of our Next Indiana thematic initiative, we’ve partnered with DePauw University’s Prindle Institute for Ethics for a three-part podcast series for its popular “Examining Ethics” program. The episodes, inspired by Indiana’s Bicentennial, explore questions in ethics that have been raised by fascinating moments in Indiana’s history.

Tune in as we explore the topics of infrastructure, incarceration and immigration.

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Episode # 1 (June 29, 2016)

For the first episode, our partners at the Prindle Institute traveled to Delphi, Ind., and interviewed former Governor Mitch Daniels and former U.S. Congressman Lee Hamilton to talk about how an early 19th century infrastructure project turned into an epic failure and led to a change in our constitution.

Hosts and guests (including historians Jim Madison and Modupe Labode) discuss the moral and ethical questions surrounding debt, investments and a balanced budget.


Listen to Episode #1
Episode #2 (Aug. 31, 2016)

What does the idea of “Hoosier Hospitality” really mean? In this month’s episode, our partners at the Prindle Institute tell the story of a group of hospitable Hoosiers who–in the face of tremendous wartime hysteria–helped Japanese American students escape West Coast internment camps and resettle in Indiana during World War II. The story inspired a discussion about courage and the ethics of state-determined borders.

Listen to Episode #2
Episode #3 (Oct. 26, 2016)

The first women’s prison in the nation was built in Indiana in 1873. Though it has moved locations and changed names, it is still open and imprisoning women. Its current name is the Indiana Women’s Prison.

Our partners the Prindle Institute talked to two researchers who uncovered stories about the early history of this prison, stories that call the official textbook account into question.

Listen to Episode #3
Learn more

Waiting on the next podcast to go live? Dive into the series with a guest blog by the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University’s Examining Ethics team. The team describes the process of producing the podcast, research topics and more.

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Contact Leah Nahmias (lnahmias@indianahumanities.org / 317.638.1500, extension 139)