College students like free food and interesting thoughts. 


Free Food (for Thought) is a student-created podcast centered around interviewing interesting people from around the world. We are 5 Claremont McKenna College students who enjoy discourse. 


Who We Are

The five of us created this podcast to share unique ideas with the world.


Shivani Pandya

Senior Manager, Founder

Shivani is a junior from Sugar Land, Texas, pursuing a dual-major in Government and History at Claremont McKenna College. Her interest in people and podcasts led her to start Free Food (for Thought) with some of her closest friends. On campus, Shivani in involved with the Rose Institute of State and Local Government, the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, and a student journalist for the Asia Experts Forum. In her free time, Shivani enjoys watching her beloved Packers win, reading books about World War II, and watching anything created by Joss Whedon. 

Melissa Muller

Website Manager, Co-Founder

Melissa is a junior at Claremont McKenna College double majoring in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics and Government, which she realizes is confusing. Besides Free Food (for Thought),  Melissa is involved with the Rose Institute of State and Local Government, the Center for Writing and Public Discourse, and the Associated Students of Claremont McKenna College. She is very interested in what you have to say regarding Settlers of Catan, privacy rights, rock climbing, and all different kinds of cheeses!

Nisha Behrman

development Coordinator, Co-Founder

Nisha is a junior at Claremont McKenna College from the Seattle area. She is a Politics, Philosophy, and Economics Major and is passionate about government. On campus, Nisha is also involved in SOURCE, a nonprofit consulting group and the CMC admissions office. In her free time, Nisha enjoys nature walks (not to be confused with hikes), playing Scrabble, and listening to podcasts of course! 

Lauren Giurata

director of outreach, co-founder

Lauren is a junior at Claremont McKenna College majoring in International Relations and Spanish.  She is originally from Woodside, CA, but also lived in Zaragoza, Spain during a year-long study abroad program in high school.  On campus, in addition to working for Free Food (for Thought), Lauren is a campus tour guide, a research assistant at the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, a member of the Model United Nations team, as well as Fundraising Chair for buildOn.  In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading, going to the beach, and eating delicious food.


Zach Wong


Zach Wong is a sophomore from Chicago, IL. He is interested in majoring in International Relations at CMC. He likes Free Food (for Thought) because it offers insight into the minds of incredible people in an engaging and convenient format. When not taking photos, Zach can be found halfway up a mountain on his bike, competing with the Model UN team, or studying and debating the intricacies of modern politics.

Upcoming Interviews...


Stay tuned for our interview with Eddie Huang!