Kenyon Kernel Presents: Daniel Olivieri ’19, 21st Century Renaissance Man and Digital Storyteller

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Kernel: A Pop Science Podcast for Kenyon College

What’s up, nerds? Sarah Jean here again to spread the word about my new podcast, “Kernel”, a show exploring the hidden world of academic research at Kenyon College. This week on the show, I was lucky enough to sit down with Daniel Olivieri, a senior english and creative writing major and a scientific computing concentrator. Read on for more about Daniel and the show!

In this episode, Daniel tells me all about how he became an accidental programming whiz, his favorite websites and stories, and his summer project working with classics professor Micah Myers to create a digital map of the journey of General Hannibal Barca of Carthage through the Roman and Carthaginian wars. We talk our first computers, how robots are like children, the whimsical and colorful world of computer code, elephants in Italy, sacred chickens, and more! If you like computers, great stories, history, or learning about new things from passionate, enthusiastic people, this one’s for you!

Link to the podcast here!

I also recommend you follow along on Daniel’s amazing map project as we talk so you can learn about its creation in real time.

If you want to see more of Daniel’s computer programming genius, check out his website,, where you’ll find such gems as an interactive choose-your-own-adventure storytelling extravaganza and a digital retelling of Lewis Carroll’s The Jabberwocky.

You can also see more of Professor Micah Myers’ work mapping ancient texts here.

Please listen, laugh, learn, and share with every sentient being this half of the galaxy! And go talk to Daniel because he is one of the kindest, most hilarious, most excitable guys on campus and he wants to talk to you about everything. As do I! Email me (, find me on Facebook or on Twitter (@sialiajean), flick an Aldis lamp outside my window-just do whatever you need to do to get on the show! I want to talk to everyone from computer programmers and political scientists to organic chemists and studio artists. “Kernel” is your chance to finally have a willing audience to listen to you gush about all the things you’re passionate about, and to share your fascinating work with the Kenyon community!

Stay nerdy, my friends! And praise be, sacred chickens. Praise be.

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