Fresh from the Hill: Inside Stories of Noteworthy Cornellians

"Little Sister," Irene Li '12

An episode of Fresh from the Hill: Inside Stories of Noteworthy Cornellians

By Cornell Alumni Association
Fresh from the Hill: Inside Stories of Noteworthy Cornellians will give you an inside look into the lives of some of our most notable young Cornellians. Learn who they are and what role Cornell University played in their professional and personal lives.

Created and produced by Amanda Massa.
Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13.
Artwork by Chris Kelly.
Available on 11 platforms
Connecting Artists to Fans... from WVBR to SiriusXM to Spotify - Jordan Gremli '08
Jordan Gremli graduated from Cornell University in 2008 with a Bachelor's Degree in Atmospheric Science, but spent most of his time as an undergraduate at WVBR-FM, the school's independent, student-run commercial radio station. He is currently Head of Artist & Fan Development at Spotify. In this role, he manages a team responsible for building programs and tools that help artists build their audiences by connecting them with the right fans throughout every step of the artist development process. This includes developing and running Fans First, Spotify's fan reward program. Hear about how Jordan's aspirations changed from becoming a meteorologist to working in music and how his extracurricular involvements led to that decision. Also learn about how Jordan stays connected to Cornell, how Spotify has grown and remained constant over his 7-year tenure there, what he does to enhance the user and artist experiences,  and how to hear what he's currently listening to through his Top Ten of the Week playlist. Hosted by Lou Diamond '92. Created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly.   
35:09
March 20, 2019
Pathways - Becky Katz '09
Becky Katz '09 is currently a Robert Bosch Fellow, a prestige program that accepts 15 professionals and provides professional development in Germany. Before her move to Germany, she was the City of Atlanta’s first Chief Bicycle Officer. In this role she worked across city and state departments and with the public to make Atlanta safer, easier and better by bike. Her main initiatives included launching and overseeing the Relay Bike share system, increasing the city's bikeway mileage through the Renew Atlanta Infrastructure Bond/TSPLOST and other capital programs and leading Cycle Atlanta planning study.  In this episode of "Fresh from the Hill," Becky will talk with host Lou Diamond '92 about the various pathways she took after graduating from Cornell with a degree in environmental engineering and what she's up to today. Hear about her interest in the overlap of engineering and communities, how at the end of the day all jobs are about networking and having real authentic relationships, the role of women in engineering and the challenges they face in a male-dominated industry, and how easy it is to find Cornellians anywhere in the world! Created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly.  
25:21
March 6, 2019
"People are the X Factor," Kia Albertson-Rogers '13 (Kia Orion)
Kia Albertson-Rogers '13 (Kia Orion) is a Philadelphia based singer-songwriter performing soulful, electronic, and R&B music. Graduating from Cornell in 2014, Kia spent a brief period in the music industry before getting involved with non-profit work. With a background in hip-hop and jazz, he is focused on creating songs that resonate with listeners in a way that is both energetic and emotional. His main weapons are Ableton Live and piano. He recently moved to Thailand in order to pursue music full time, but will always have a place in his heart for Ithaca. Take a listen as Kia chats with host Lou Diamond '92 about life, finding oneself, making meaningful connections, his music, and what went into creating the intro and outro music to this podcast. Buckle up - this one is a fun ride that we think you'll enjoy! kia@orionbeats.com. https://www.orionbeats.com/. https://soundcloud.com/kiaorion. Follow on social @kiaorion. Podcast created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly. 
37:44
February 20, 2019
"I Just Need a Beer," Jack Mason '11
Jack Mason, Master Sommelier at the Pappas Bros. Steakhouse Houston Downtown and Galleria locations, achieved MS status at the very young age of 27 and is one of the youngest to do so. He is one of only 9 esteemed Master Sommeliers currently in the state of Texas and one of 144 Master Sommeliers in the United States.  Jack Mason has been featured in Forbes’s annual “30 Under 30” list of outstanding young professionals nationwide, Zagat’s “30 Under 30” list in New York City as was named Wine & Spirits “Best New Sommelier 2015.” He was also featured in the series “Uncorked” on the Esquire Network that followed his journey to receiving his MS certification.  Hear Jack chat with host Lou Diamond about what it took to get into Cornell's Hotel School after being denied the first time he applied, how being a transfer student gave him more of a focus, what made him decide to become a Master Sommelier, how his taste in wine has changed over time, the role religion plays in his life and how it helps him thrive, his future aspirations, and his advice for young people looking to pursue a career in hospitality or the wine industry.  Episode photo of Jack by Alice Gao. Created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '14, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly. 
29:00
February 6, 2019
"Little Sister," Irene Li '12
Irene Li '12 operates Mei Mei Street Kitchen & Mei Mei Restaurant in Boston, where her work centers around ethical sourcing and fair employment practices. Irene’s background of living on an organic farm, organizing for economic and social justice, and working the restaurant line inform the direction of her creative, farm-driven, Chinese-American menus. She is an Eater Young Gun winner, Zagat and Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree, and a four-time James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef semi-finalist.  In this episode of "Fresh from the Hill," host Lou Diamond '92 chats with Irene about her pathway at Cornell, how she ended up opening up a food truck with her brother and sister and eventually a traditional brick and mortar restaurant in Boston. Learn about Irene's background, food, and inspirations as well as what makes her tick and how if you're in the restaurant business you should never skip leg day!  Learn more about Mei Mei Restaurant and Street Kitchen at http://www.meimeiboston.com/.  Podcast created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '14, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly.
32:56
January 23, 2019
Meet Lou Diamond '92
Get get to know the host for our second series of "Fresh from the Hill," Lou Diamond '92.  Learn what Lou's favorite classes were at Cornell and how they connect to what he does today, hear about how Lou helps people Thrive in their everyday lives, and get a little teaser on the episodes he'll be hosting.  Learn more about Lou at https://thriveloud.com/.  Hosted, created, and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '14, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly.
10:31
January 9, 2019
"It Doesn't Get Old," Meghan Dubyak '04
On this episode of "Fresh from the Hill," you'll hear from Meghan Dubyak '04, current chief spokesperson and Associate Vice President for Communications and Creative Services at Georgetown University and former Press Secretary to Vice President Joe Biden and Special Assistant to President Obama. She'll chat with host Alex Zalben '99 about how she chose to work in political communications, her experiences outside the classroom and how they helped her grow at Cornell, her work with Steve Israel, Sherrod Brown, and Joe Biden, similarities (and differences) between work in politics and what's depicted on TV shows like "Scandal" and "The West Wing," how Joe Biden is the most "memeable" politician, her involvement in the “Cancer Moonshot” and “It’s on Us” campaigns, and her advice for young people wanting to get into government work. Created and produced by Amanda Massa Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '14, koa3@cornell.edu Artwork by Chris Kelly
25:59
December 26, 2018
"Why Are You Trying to Study the Magic That is Love?" Marisa Cohen '06
In this episode of "Fresh from the Hill," Alex Zalben '99 talks to relationship expert Dr. Marisa Cohen about love, relationships, and her two primary lines of research: perceptions of first date success and consensual non-monogamy. Tune in to learn about how fighting can be important for a healthy relationship ("if you don't fight, chances are you're not being very honest"), how non-traditional relationships can really work out in the long run, why she's a proponent of online dating, how the Human Bonding course at Cornell inspired her to change career paths, what social media posting can mean about a relationship, and much more. Learn more about Dr. Cohen at her website www.marisatcohen.com Created and produced by Amanda Massa Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '14 Artwork by Chris Kelly
33:10
December 12, 2018
"Who Made Your Beats For You?" Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo '08, MA '15 (AKA Sammus)
Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo '08, MA '15 aka Sammus is an Ithaca-raised, Philadelphia-based rap artist, producer, and PhD student in the Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University. Through her music she has spent the past several years cultivating a strong following of activists, hip hop heads, punks, and self-identified nerds and geeks, among others. Enongo will talk about growing up in Ithaca and the different lenses she's seen Ithaca through, and how she never felt like she had to choose between her "Ithaca-ness" and "Cornell-ness." You'll also hear about her musical influences, her heroes, what role video games play in her music, sexism in the music industry, and what we can expect from her next project coming out in 2019. Not only that, Enongo is currently pursuing her PhD from Cornell (triple red!) and is exploring the politics of studios and community studios in low-income areas and how there's a need for studios in the public space. Learn more about Sammus at https://sammusmusic.com/. Hosted by Alex Zalben '99 Created and produced by Amanda Massa Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '14, koa3@cornell.edu Artwork by Chris Kelly
36:59
November 28, 2018
"Take the Plunge," Stephen Hall '06
In our third episode of "Fresh from the Hill," we hear from Stephen Hall, co-founder of Tinker Coffee Co., a specialty coffee roaster in Indianapolis, Indiana. Steve will talk about his time at Cornell in the Hotel School, starting out in the wine industry and how he eventually made the transition to the coffee world, the nuance of coffee flavors, how hospitality is connected to every aspect of business, and the best way to get a great cup of coffee (HINT: invest in a good grinder!) Learn more about Tinker Coffee: https://www.tinkercoffee.com/ Hosted by Alex Zalben '99 Created and produced by Amanda Massa Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '14 Artwork by Chris Kelly
33:10
November 14, 2018
"Find Your North Star," Svante Myrick '09
At age 24 Svante Myrick won a mayoral race to become the youngest mayor in Ithaca's history and the first mayor of African American heritage. In this exclusive interview, host Alex Zalben '99 and Svante will chat about Svante's childhood, the first time he visited Cornell ("I thought I had stumbled on something magic, and I was right"), the opioid crisis in Ithaca and his plan to combat it, his learnings from President Barack Obama, his advice to young people getting into politics, and much more. Learn more about Svante: https://www.cityofithaca.org/131/Mayors-Office Created and produced by Amanda Massa Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '14, koa3@cornell.edu Artwork by Chris Kelly
45:36
October 31, 2018
Introducing "Fresh from the Hill: Inside Stories of Noteworthy Cornellians"
Check out the very first episode of "Fresh from the Hill: Inside Stories of Noteworthy Cornellians." In this episode you'll hear from one of the hosts of the podcast, Alex Zalben class of 1999. You'll learn a little about Alex's background, how the podcast came about, and what to expect from season 1. Learn more at http://alumni.cornell.edu/youngalumni. "Fresh from the Hill" was created, recorded, and produced by Amanda Massa, Associate Director of Young Alumni Programs at Cornell. Additional support was provided by Margaux Neiderbach '99 and Robert McMahon. Music for "Fresh from the Hill" was written, produced, and recorded by Kia Albertson-Rogers '14. You can contact him at koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork for "Fresh from the Hill" was created by Chris Kelly. Special thanks to: Karen Barnes Jose Beduya MFA '04 Lisa Bushlow '91 Shannon Clute MA '01, PhD '03 Thomas Deneuville Joe Lyons '98 Adam Murtland Michael O'Neill Stephanie Watt '15 ... and all the staff in Alumni Affairs and Development who helped make this podcast a reality This podcast is hosted by Anchor, which was co-founded by Nir Zicherman '08. Learn more about Anchor at http://anchor.fm.
10:37
October 17, 2018
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