Pod and Man at Yale

Pod and Man at Yale

Pod and Man at Yale is the official podcast of the Buckley Institute, the only organization dedicated to promoting intellectual diversity and free speech at Yale. Pod and Man at Yale skips the pundits and highlights student voices on the issues facing campus and the country.


February 6, 2024 33 mins

The newest episode of Pod and Man at Yale, the Buckley Institute’s official podcast, is now available. Ariane de Gennaro ’25 and Will Wang ’26 join the podcast to share their thoughts on the presidential search, the impact of the resignation of Harvard President Claudine Gay, and how Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is defining the search for Yale’s next leader:

  •  Ariane de Gennaro: “I think it’s in some ways the silver lining [o...
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This episode features a special panel of Lux et Veritas Leadership Fellows discussing why go to college in the first place and why colleges and universities, Yale included, should focus more on living a good life than just being busy. Plus, what it’s like to be conservative at the Yale Women’s Center:

Claire Barragan-Bates '25: “I took a class this last semester… It was a class about feminism where we talked about any...

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Aron Ravin ’24, Noah Riley ’24, and Trevor MacKay ’25 discuss the challenges that come with being conservative on Yale’s campus and how campus political bias can come out in surprising places:

  • Noah: “If being a social conservative is like being a Nazi, then being a Trump supporter is like being Hitler himself. It is the worst of the worst that you could be.”
  • Trevor: “Being prolife is definitely something that is very far outside ...
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The Buckley Institute was joined by Yale undergraduates Aaron Schorr ’24 and Mitchell Dubin ’25 who spoke honestly and frankly about what it's like to be a Jewish student at Yale: 

  • Mitchell: “Since October 7th, being on campus has been, I think, nothing short of a nightmare for me… I spoke with my dean just a couple days ago about the prospect of graduating early. I wouldn’t have said that a month ago or six weeks ago.”
  • Mitc...
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Aron Ravin ’24 and Anshul Guha ’25 discuss President Biden’s blocked student loan forgiveness program, how colleges benefit from and exacerbate the student debt problem, and why universities like Yale can charge so much. 

  • Ravin: “That’s exactly why the idea that the federal government needs to step in because college is getting too expensive is an oxymoron; because the federal government is the reason why college has become so e...
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In this episode, Yale students Noah Riley ’24, Isha Brahmbhatt ’24, and Trevor MacKay ’25 talk COVID and how Yale’s response made campus life miserable. The student panel discusses the long-term effects of those policies and how the college campus still hasn’t recovered from the damage done:

  • Noah Riley: “I think it was the worst semester of school that I’ve ever had… It was just very suffocating.”
  • Isha Brahmbhatt: “I don’t think ...
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In light of the horror that Hamas terrorists inflicted on innocent Israeli civilians, the Buckley Institute pulled together a special podcast episode on how the campus has responded. 

Isha Brahmbhatt ’24, Noah Riley ’24, and Trevor MacKay ’25 talked about Yalies4Palestine celebrating the atrocities over the weekend, what it means to share dorms and classrooms with those who celebrate violence against anyone deemed a “colon...

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Libby Snowden ’24 and Will Wang ’26 return to reflect on the alarming results of the Buckley Institute’s Ninth Annual College Student Survey:

Libby Snowden: “If your response to hearing something that you disagree with or something that you find offensive is, ‘I’m gonna go tell the teacher,’ you’re still in the kiddie pool.”

Will Wang: “We make up most of Yale. We make up most of elite institutions. And because we’re compla...

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Yale sophomores Will Barbee '26 and Will Wang '26  joined Pod and Man at Yale to share their thoughts on the Buckley Institute's Report on Faculty Political Diversity and what the 83% to 3.5% Democrat to Republican ratio among Yale faculty in key departments means for education at Yale. The two panelists then discussed President Peter Salovey's legacy in light of his resignation announcement and what they are lo...

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In this episode, panelists Libby Snowden '24, Trevor MacKay '25, and Will Barbee '26 talk about the state of free speech at Yale and the affirmative action decision.

Former Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney discusses the day-to-day of running the White House and Office of Management and Budget, and how and why to run for Congress.

Mulvaney is speaking at Yale on Tuesday, September 12t...

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