On the Banks Podcast

On the Banks is a podcast series, where we meet brothers through interview and storytelling. On the Banks pays homage to the chance meeting of John Templeton McCarty (Jefferson 1848) and Bolivar G. Krepps (Jefferson 1849) on the banks of the Sweetwater River on July 7, 1849. Two brothers who never met, connected 1,500 miles west of Canonsburg when heading to the California Gold Rush. No GPS and no cell phone…they found each other. On the Banks focuses on the power of that connection, meeting new brothers for the first time and embracing our shared values.

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Current Season


3, E1: A.J. Catoline (New York 1992) 
 Believe in Community

A.J. Catoline (New York 1992), the Emmy Award winning editor of Apple TV+ comedy-drama series Ted Lasso, talks about the importance of community, the lessons fraternity men can learn from Ted Lasso and more! Hosted by Bill Martin (Mississippi State 1975).

Release Date: January 18, 2022


3, E2: Ryan Taneja (Central Arkansas 2024) 
 A Citizen Scholar Revealed

Ryan Taneja (Central Arkansas 2024) talks about being a citizen scholar, what he's learned from becoming a Phi Gam, and the creation of his domestic survivor nonprofit called the Mini Taneja Purple Initiative. Hosted by Doug Draper (Kansas 1992).

Release Date: February 1, 2022


3, E3: James Miervaldis (Johns Hopkins 2006)
 Keeping a Moral Obligation

A veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, he helps Afghan and Iraqi interpreters seeking to immigrate to the U.S. He also consulted on the CBS comedy United States of Al. Hosted by Bill Martin (Mississippi State 1975).

Release Date: February 15, 2022


3, E4: Mac Lewison (Akron 1996)
 A Negotiator's Mindset

Mac Lewison (Akron 1996), a former FBI Special Agent, discusses how the skills he developed as a hostage negotiator can be used in our daily life. Hosted by Doug Draper (Kansas 1992).

Release Date: March 1, 2022


3, E5: Hugh Morton (Auburn 1969)
 Reflections on High Places

Hugh Morton (Auburn 1969), talks about mountaineering, his experience climbing the world's highest mountains (including Mt. Everest in 1992) and his new book, Reflections in High Places. Hugh was the 69th person in the world to complete the Seven Summits Challenge, having summited the tallest mountain on seven continents. This is a challenge that less than 500 people have completed as of today.
Hosted by Doug Draper (Kansas 1992).

Release Date: March 22, 2022


Past Episode Recordings

Season 2

2, E6: Sonnie Wooden (Iowa 2018) -
 A Modern Day Renaissance Man

Sonnie Wooden (Iowa 2018), a recent graduate from Penn's Master of Fine Arts program, talks about mental health, race, fraternity, art and more. Hosted by Doug Draper (Kansas 1992).

Release Date: August 17, 2021


2, E5: Bill Lindsay (Gettysburg 1969) -
 On the Ground in Vietnam

Bill Lindsay (Gettysburg 1969), former Archon, discussed his new book Pop Smoke: The Story of One Marine Rifle Platoon in Vietnam: Who They Were, What They Did, What They Learned. Hosted by Bill Martin (Mississippi State 1975).

Release Date: August 3, 2021


2, E4: Kevin Kuster (Kansas 1991) -
 These Solar Lights Provide Joy

Kevin Kuster (Kansas 1991), founder of Watts of Love, a nonprofit that brings solar lights to developing countries that do not have access to electricity. Hosted by Doug Draper (Kansas 1992).

Release Date: July 20, 2021


2, E3: David Priess (Illinois Wesleyan 1993) -
 The President's Book of Secrets

David Priess (Illinois Wesleyan 1993), former CIA intelligence officer, the presidency, national security and intelligence. Hosted by Bill Martin (Mississippi State 1975).

Release Date: July 6, 2021


2, E2: Ed Gulewitz (Texas Christian 1990) -
 An Immortal Gift

Ed Gulewitz (Texas Christian 1990), double-lung transplant recipient, talks about his life saving gift and the importance of organ donation. Hosted by Bill Martin (Mississippi State 1975).

Release Date: June 22, 2021


2, E1: Bill Snyder (William Jewell 1962) - 
 Miracle in Manhattan

Bill Snyder (William Jewell 1962), retired Kansas State head football coach, talks about his coaching career, becoming a Phi Gam and more! Hosted by Doug Draper (Kansas 1992).

Release Date: June 8, 2021


Season 1

1, E6: Victor Cui (Alberta 1994) -
 Unreasonable in the Company of Greatness

Victor Cui (Alberta 1994), the CEO of ONE Championship, discusses leadership, how to achieve "unreasonable" goals and the leadership skills he learned as an undergraduate brother. ONE Championship is a mixed martial arts organization and Asia's largest sports media company. Hosted by Doug Draper (Kansas 1992).

Release Date: March 2, 2021


1, E5: Alex Stearns (Florida 1965) -
 Homecoming Hijinx

Alex Stearns (Florida 1965) recounts the story about the 1964 University of Florida Homecoming football game prank, which was orchestrated by the Upsilon Phi Chapter. Hosted by Bill Martin (Mississippi State 1975).

Release Date: February 16, 2021


1, E4: Western Kentucky Brothers -
 From Idea to Impact (Bike4Alz)

Western Kentucky brothers Tyler Jury (2012) and Chaz Vittitow (2011) discuss the creation of Bike4Alz and their first philanthropic cross-country bike ride. Hosted by Doug Draper (Kansas 1992).

Release Date: February 2, 2021


1, E3: Memme Onwudiwe (OWU 2015) -
 Leading With Yes

Memme Onwudiwe (Ohio Wesleyan 2015) talks about his leadership experience from his time as an undergraduate brother at OWU, to a Harvard law student, and now as a leader of a tech start-up. Memme also won the Fraternity's 2015 Wilkinson Award as the most outstanding senior. Hosted by Bill Martin (Mississippi State 1975).

Release Date: January 19, 2021


1, E2: Jim McCloskey (Bucknell 1964) -
 When Truth Is All You Have

Jim McCloskey (Bucknell 1964) talks about his new book and his life's work exonerating innocent people who were wrongly convicted and received life or death sentences. Hosted by Bill Martin (Mississippi State 1975).

Release Date: January 5, 2021


1, E1: Iowa State Brothers - 
 Back to the Banks of the Sweetwater

Iowa State brothers Dean Plager (1964) and Rob Wilkes (1964) talk about their hike to find the original location of the Sweetwater meeting in 1849. Hosted by Doug Draper (Kansas 1992)

Release Date: December 22, 2020


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