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Firehouse Follies – Forbidden Vegetables


The WFHB Unusual Suspects Radio Acting Troupe is pleased to announce that two of our more popular characters from shows past–Penelope Pringle, vascular recovery nurse, and Oprah Operagurl, the only opera singer in the world to accompany herself on the violin–have time in their busy schedules to join us for “Forbidden Vegetables,” the winter edition of the Firehouse Follies.Plus, special musical guests Harpeth Rising.

EcoReport – Amphibian and Reptile Species in Indiana


This week on Ecoreport, Mike Luurtsema from Hoosier Forest Watch and Sarabeth Clue-Mundy from Indiana DNR discuss the status of different amphibian and reptile species in Indiana.

Bloomington Beware – Scams On Us 1


A highly suspicious phone call offering “business owners” a highly questionable benefit came in just as this week’s script was being written — what timing!

Interchange – Beyond Description: Witnessing Historical Trauma


Tonight’s program is one half of a collaboration with WFHB’s Books Unbound centered around a memoir of a first-person eyewitness account written by Wang Xiuchu of the 1645 Massacre in Yangzhou, China, called, in English, An Account of Ten days at Yangzhou. This memoir will be featured this Saturday at 5 pm on Books Unbound. The Massacre at Yangzhou was translated by Lynn Struve, and the memoir is read by Eric Rensberger.

 Tonight we hear from Lynn Struve about this memoir as well as the historical context in which it takes place. We’ll also get some idea about how to think about the events in the narrative. But this story has two voices. Wang Xiuchu lives the events–but he is one of the crowd, lucky (if he can be called lucky) to escape death. There is also the voice of Shi Kefa, who was the soldier statesmen responsible for defending Yangzhou at the time of the Massacre. Frank Buczolich reads a letter home from Shi Kefa, the man who has come to represent the epitome of patriotic Chinese resistance to modern nationalistic writers. But we should not be so sanguine about that particular interpretation of history. Wang Xiuchu, and Lynn Struve, help us with that.

Patsy Rahn, a local poet who works in the Education Department of the Indiana University Art Museum, introduces her interview with retired IU professor, Chinese scholar and translator, Lynn Struve for Interchange.

Script assistance from Cynthia Wolfe.

Producer and Host: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Social Media: Carissa Barrett
Executive Producer: Alycin Bektesh

Local Live – Blind Uncle Harry


Blind Uncle Harry joins WFHB’s Local Live, bringing in a small army of musicians to delight us with their own special blend of hillbilly hippy haiku folk rock action!

Originally broadcast on November 12, 2014.

Brown County Hour – Episode #34 – January 4, 2015


Hosted by Dave Seastrom, Pam Raider, Vera Grubbs, Rick Fettig & Jeff Foster.

First aired Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 9 AM on WFHB

☆ In this episode of the Brown County Hour:

  • Musical guest David Bartlett talks about his recent CD, Lead Your Life By A Song, produced by Jeff Foster, and we hear several tunes from the project

    David Bartlett

  • Cari Ray returns with the second of her new BCH series, For A Song, wherein she explores the creative processes involved in finding your muse
  • Rick Fettig with an original story,It’s A Boy, about growing up (and old) in a changing world, with background music by Barry Ginsbarg
  • Dave Seastrom delivers another pithy essay
  • Poetry by Gunther Flumm
  • And music recorded live at our Nov 1 2014 BCH Studio Fundraiser held at the Brown County Inn, including tracks by Dave Sisson & Sam Herrin, Trish Rieke and Cole O’Day.
✇ Theme music by Slats Klug & Friends.

Bloomington Beware! – Bad News & Good News


The internet is coming to resemble something that happened 100 years ago – World War I. But the good guys are fighting back!

The Top Stories of 2014: Politics and Development in Downtown Bloomington


Our coverage this evening focuses on the rapid growth of apartments, hotels and other businesses in the heart of Bloomington. We looked back at Mayor Mark Kruzan’s attempts to restrict chain restaurants downtown, Habitat for Humanity’s new subdivision in the B-Line woods, Old National Bank’s plans for Kirkwood Avenue and controversy over giving a tax break to million-dollar penthouses.

The Top Stories of 2014 is a special production of WFHB News, looking back on the stories that define the year in news. From deer to development, education to equality, national issues became local, and Indiana worked to set itself apart. The Top Stories of 2014 is produced by Alycin Bektesh and Joe Crawford.

Local Live – Craig Thurston


Singer-songwriter Craig Thurston revists WFHB’s Local Live to perform and share his love for the iconic folk singers of the past.

1. Back in the Crazy Days
2. Shine
3. The Fire is Burning
4. Burning Bridges
5. Mad All the Time

Recorded live on December 10, 2015.

Bloomington Beware! – Year End Review


Well, the old year is fast running out. It’s Christmas Eve already, WFHB News is on hiatus this week, and that means Bloomington Beware won’t be repeated in the evening as usual. So listen up and make a special effort to clue your friends and family in on any of this news they might be able to use.

We’ve reported on all kinds of frauds, con games and swindles this year, and still haven’t caught them all. Increasing global connectivity has been a hothouse for scammers; they’ve multiplied at an unbelievable rate, and this trend bids fair to continue in the New Year…so here’s a quick look at some of the traps and pitfalls they’re putting in everybody’s path, pretty much every day now.

Ponzi Schemes (or “pyramid schemes”) continue to sucker people into investing hard-earned savings in get-rich quick schemes. They always promise you a huge return on your money – but only the people who get on board first ever see any returns. The evil financial wizards who run these things simply keep recruiting more investors, and use their money to make payments…until the whole thing inevitably collapses, the promoter disappears with a pile of cash, and most of the people who bought into the scheme are left holding an empty bag. ANY investment which claims you’ll get a very large payback, very quickly, is seriously suspect. Don’t invest your money anywhere without checking things out very thoroughly first, or without talking to friends, family, or an investment counselor.

But beware of FAKE investment counselors. Senior citizens, especially, are favorite targets for people who claim to have financial credentials and experience – but really only have a glib tongue and gobs of greed – according to the A-A-R-P scamwatch. Someone you know well, someone a friend or family member has used for a long time, or someone who works for a large, long-established company, are the safest bets…and an investment advisor who finds YOU is much more likely to be a crook than one you find, after asking around and doing some serious checking.

Affinity Fraud is another oldie-but-a-baddie, and it often works all too well. That’s when the swindler targets a group of people who have something in common. It can be a shared interest in something – like cars, mystery novels, collectibles, or even membership in a church or some other perfectly legitimate organization. They play on your emotions, and build trust by pretending to share the common bond. All too often, they manage to bamboozle some innocent group member and get him or her to sell other group members on the swindle. Just because you heard about a great deal from somebody you’ve known all your life doesn’t mean you still don’t have to check it out yourself.

And there are many, many more – fake charities, phishing emails, data breaches at big companies – even if we could list them all, we don’t have enough time. But the good news is, checking things out is a lot easier than it used to be, if you can go online. The Better Business Bureau’s website at b-b-b dot o-r-g is a great place to start. The Indiana Attorney General maintains an excellent website – easily found with a quick search. And just searching for “scams and frauds” or something like that will turn up a whole list of websites from the FBI, the Federal Trade Commission, and private organizations where you can search for people and company names, or keywords, and get tipped off before you get ripped off. Have a wonderful holiday ….and stay safe!

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