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Books Unbound – Frankenstein, Part 1

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was 18 when she and her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley, visited some literary friends and got involved in a challenge, to see who could write the most frightening story. Out of a group that included the poet Lord Byron, only Mary’s story of a scientist who goes too far has lasted as a landmark of fantastic literature. Mary Shelley was twenty when the book was published.

Frankenstein was published in 1818, as the Industrial Revolution readied for takeoff in Europe. Science held out the promise of mankind’s triumph over nature, even over death itself – and electricity was the key. In the novel, a doctor uses electricity to re-animate parts of human corpses into a whole, living being – who, although hideous, develops intelligence and self-awareness – and finally turns against its creator. Frankenstein was banned in South Africa in 1955, for containing material deemed “indecent” and “obscene.”

Voices in the Street – Bloomington’s Flag: A Thought Experiment

We’re taking a bit of a departure this week on Voices and coming at you with a brain storming session. Bloomington has the good fortune of being populated with lots of folks proud to be here—whether they’re true townies, townies by choice, or just here for school or another temporary stay. We thought it would be interesting to hear what your friends and neighbors would say if they were charged with designing a city flag. So Bloomington, what scene scapes would you create if you were charged with this task?

BloomingOUT – August 14, 2014

An oldies but goodies week on the show with replays of some previous segments demonstrating that the more things change the more they sometimes remain the same. Chair/Instructor of Dine’ Studies at Navajo Technical University Wesley Thomas talks about HIV/AIDS among the native population on an edition of “Navajo Rainbow.” Jim Doud relates another personal life story entitled “Follow Your Heart” on an edition of “Our View” and Helen Harrell highlights social/policy changes on an edition of ‘Queer Herstory.” President of Tri-State Alliance Wally Paynter calls in with details about their upcoming 7th annual AIDS fund raiser “The Celebrity Dinner” to be held this coming Sunday 17 August 2014 at the Airport Holiday Inn in Evansville. Featured artist is lesbian hip hop artist Melange Lavonne. Musical selections are “Gay Bash,” “Marry Me” and “I Got You Gay.”

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Producer Carol Fischer
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Board Engineer Olivia Davison
News Director Josh Vidrich
Original Theme Music Mikial Robertson

Daily Local News – August 14, 2014

Acclaimed actor and Indiana University Graduate Kevin Kline will be in Bloomington in September to receive an honorary doctoral degree; A group in Bloomington has organized collective Moment of Silence in recognition of the ongoing protests in Ferguson Missouri in downtown Bloomington this evening; The first woman to serve as chief justice of the Indiana supreme court will begin her appointment on Monday; Polycentric governance of the internet could lead to “cyber-peace” according to Indiana University Professor Scott J. Shackelford; Marketplace, a federal health insurance company, has begun sending notices to consumers requesting citizen verification forms; A Purdue student-run newspaper has filed a lawsuit against the university for access to video footage of an encounter between an officer and a reporter the day of the January murder; On
August 12th, a Monroe County judge asked for extra security at the Community Corrections Building; The Bloomington Utilities Service Board approved the 2015 budget for the city of Bloomington Utilities Department during their meeting August 11th; New bike lanes are in the works for downtown Bloomington as well as for the north end of the city; Bloomington has made it to the quarter finals of the Georgetown University Energy Prize competition.

VOICES IN THE STREET
This week on the Voices in the Street: “Bloomington’s Flag: A Thought Experiment”
We’re taking a bit of a departure this week on Voices and coming at you with a brain storming session. Bloomington has the good fortune of being populated with lots of folks proud to be here—whether they’re true townies, townies by choice, or just here for school or another temporary stay. We thought it would be interesting to hear what your friends and neighbors would say if they were charged with designing a city flag. So Bloomington, what scene scapes would you create if you were charged with this task?

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Sierra Gardner and Alycin Bektesh
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley, with correspondent Bryce Westman
Managing editor is Joe Crawford
Our board engineer and Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Bloomington Beware! – Mystery Suckers

“Secret shopper” companies can be legit — but can also be a nasty scam. Here’s the story of one local lady who has seen both kinds

Daily Local News – August 13, 2014

The IU Media School tweeted a drawing of the plans for Franklin Hall renovation following last week’s Board of Trustees meeting; According to the Indianapolis Business Journal, IU Health has had a 167% profit increase after price increases and laying off 900 employees last fall; Hoosiers Unite for Marriage has announced that at least 19 amicus briefs have been filed supporting marriage inequality in Indiana and Wisconsin; Colleges are concerned about students who drop out without completing a degree, but typically they don’t know what happens to these students after they leave campus; In Indiana, a 2.4 million dollar initiative is aimed at boosting college completion of 21st Century Scholars through one-on-one coaching; The Indiana University Marketing Office is working with IU schools on a marketing approach using more data and visuals; A traffic stop on State Road 46 in Nashville led to four arrests on drug-related charges; Bloomington has been selected to host the 2015 Travel Media Showcase, a convention of travel journalists and tourism industry representatives from North America; A homeowner near Lake Monroe got permission to build a new garage August 6th despite concerns his property violated zoning law; A private company that already manages portions of Ellettsville’s town government may soon expand its reach there; According to Clinical Assistant Professor at IU School of Nursing Greg Carter, the syphilis rate in Indianapolis was higher by May 2014 than it had been for the entire previous year.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
“Secret shopper” companies can be legit — but can also be a nasty scam. Here’s the story of one local lady who has seen both kinds.

CREDITS
Today’s headlines were written by Susan Northleaf and Sierra Gardner
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish, with correspondent Anson Shupe
Joe Crawford is our managing producer,
Alycin Bektesh is the executive producer.

Near West Side Trash Station Plans Revived


A controversial proposal for a new trash transfer station in Bloomington is back after a long delay. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has more on that story.

If the transfer station does require a zoning variance, JB Salvage would have to go before the city Board of Zoning Appeals. That Board considers public comments in its decisions.

Books Unbound – Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Part 11 / “Araby” by James Joyce

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James Joyce was a pioneering writer of modernist fiction and poetry, known for his innovative prose style and complex wordplay. Born in 1882 in Dublin, Joyce left Ireland at the age of twenty to study in Paris. Within months, he started his first novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Published in 1914, A Portrait established Joyce as both an experimental stylist and a pusher of boundaries who questioned religious and nationalist orthodoxy.

A Portrait was received as a bold achievement by most of Joyce’s literary peers, but some critics dismissed its realism as a dirty obsession with sex and sewage. These controversies were soon eclipsed by Joyce’s monumental Ulysses. Today regarded as the definitive modernist novel in English, Ulysses was officially banned as obscene in both Britain and the United States, earning Joyce a perennial place among literary masters whose works were suppressed.

Activate! – First Book and Childhood Literacy: Akola Krishnan

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Akola Krishnan, volunteer for First Book and founder of the Monroe County chapter, talks about her passion for promoting children’s literacy and how rewarding the work of First Book is to both her personally and the community at large. Also, literacy volunteer opportunities from the Volunteer Network.

Links:
First Book
First Book Advisory Board
Banneker at the View After School Program
VITAL Volunteers

 

 

Almost 700,000 marked inactive on voter registry

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Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced an update today regarding the election division’s Voter List Refresh project. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh has the report.

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