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Firehouse Follies – Wizard of Odd

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The WFHB Firehouse Follies spring radio variety extravaganza, “The Wizard of Odd,” featured musical guests Bleu Django, along with the WFHB Gospel Gurlz, the Firehouse Rounders, and storyteller Arbutus Cunningham. We took a trip down the Yellow Brick Road Donald the Scarecrow, Raphael the Tin Man, Bernie the Lion, and, of course, Hillary and her loyal lapdog Bill-Bill. Many adventures were …

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Books Unbound – Safe as Houses, Part Two: An Anthology

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Our strange and surprising relationships with house and household objects are explored in an early story by Virginia Woolf, a modern adaptation of an unfinished story by Kafka, and a local story set in Bloomington, with poems by Pablo Neruda, James Tate and Cate Marvin. Heather Perry hosts. Featured readings: “Oda a las cosas rotas/Ode to Broken Things,” from the …

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Firehouse Sessions – Heartless Bastards

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On Monday, March 7, Heartless Bastards stopped in for a special acoustic Firehouse Session before their sold-out show at The Bishop. Songs performed: 1. Hi-Line 2. The Fool 3. Gates of Dawn Hosted by Jim Manion. Produced by Christine Brackenhoff. Engineered by Dan Withered, Ilze Akersberg and Jim Lang.

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Brown County Hour – Episode #48: March 2016

☆ In this episode of the Brown County Hour: In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we feature Celtic music from local band,Celtica (including an exclusive sneak listen to a tune from their upcoming CD), plus a song from our friend from Ireland, Eunan Mc Intyre. Jim Schultz of the Peaceful Valley Heritage and Preservation project, discussing the preservation of local …

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Bloomington Water Treatment to Step Up Testing

The City of Bloomington will be testing more regularly for cyanobacterial toxins caused by harmful algae blooms beginning this summer. Water Quality Coordinator Rachel Atz told the Bloomington Utilities Service Board last night that harmful algal blooms were spotted at the point where water enters the Lake Monroe treatment plant. Atz said data from recent testing for cyanobacterial toxins showed …

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Books Unbound – Safe as Houses, Part One: ‘The House of Cobwebs’ by George Gissing

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A struggling writer finds unexpected kindness and friendship from his poor landlord in this short story by George Gissing, whom George Orwell ranked among the best English novelists. Heather Perry reads. Gissing (1857–1903) neither sought nor enjoyed popularity, and is little known today, although his novel New Grub Street ranks on the Guardian’s list of top 100 novels written in …

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Local Live – Limestone Beaters

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Ben Fowler and Aaron Comforty of Jefferson St. Parade Band bring in a group of young protégés who skillfully blow and bang their way through some standards and originals. SONGS 1. Saints Go Marching In 2. Cumbia De La Pendejita 3. Nick’s Beat 4. Gonyea’s Groove 5. Party Time Excellent Hosted by Frankie Farrell Engineered by Jim Lang, Dan Withered …

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Books Unbound – Not Light, But Fire: Readings from African-American Abolitionists

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To close Black History Month, words that inspired hope and incited action in the struggle for the abolition of slavery and for the empowerment of people of African descent in the United States. Two hundred years of chattel slavery shaped the economic and political life of the United States. The consequences of slavery still affect the country’s economy and national …

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Firehouse Sessions – R. Ring

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Joining us for another Firehouse Session are R. Ring! R. Ring is made up of Kelley Deal (The Breeders) and Mike Montgomery (Ampline) and joining them on this tour are cellist, Lori Goldston (Earth/Nirvana), and percussionist, Leo DeLuca (Southeast Engine). R. Ring was in Bloomington to play at The Bishop and is currently in the process of recording a new record. SONGS 1. Fallout …

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Books Unbound – “The Mulatto” by Victor Séjour

The first published short story by an African American, “The Mulatto” appeared in 1837 in an anti-slavery magazine in France. Its author was the 19-year-old Victor Séjour, who had come as a student to Paris from New Orleans. This Books Unbound encore episode is presented in honor of Black History Month. Séjour was a French-speaking person of color whose baptismal …

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