This afternoon the Indiana University chapter of the Traditionalist Youth Network – a group identifying as a white heritage organization – held a protest at Boxcar Books. Community members rallied in defense of the bookstore, which was targeted for their vocal stance against white supremacy.
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The Custom House – The Purse Turned Inside Out: Engendering Personalities in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (Extended Conversation w/Linda Charnes)
On this episode of The Custom House we’ll investigate the erotic entanglements of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night to try to find out just who wears the pants in this comedy.
In this episode of The Custom House we discuss the way attraction is personal and often independent of social codes and biology. Joined by Linda Charnes, a professor in the English Department at Indiana University whose work focuses on the uses of Shakespeare in the arenas of mass culture, literature, film, and contemporary international politics, we discuss Shakespeare’s mid-career comedy Twelfth Night, or What You Will.
This extended cut deepens the discussion as we look more extensively at the way social codes inhibit and limit “what we will” in our lives. We also discuss the uses of Shakespeare directly or as inspiration in pop culture such as in the “Shakespearean” television program Deadwood.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” is set in a dystopian future Cambridge, Massachusetts that, following a revolution, is now a part of the theocratic Republic of Gilead, Atwood’s novel, published in 1985, is narrated by a thirty-year-old woman, called Offred. Writing after the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979 and the rise of fundamentalist television evangelism and the Christian Coalition, Atwood imagined a world in which some women had become “walking wombs” in service of the state. The novel won the Arthur C. Clark Award in 1987 and provides a devastating rebuttal to arguments for state control of a woman’s body. It is among the 100 most challenged books in US schools. A warning to our listeners: This work contains adult language and subject matter which may not be appropriate for younger audiences.
About this author: Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on November 18, 1939, Margaret Eleanor Atwood is an award-winning writer who has published over fifteen volumes of poetry, nine collections of short fiction, and twelve novels. Her thirteenth novel and the third book in the “Oryx and Crake” trilogy, “MaddAddam”, will be released on September 3, 2013. She lives in Toronto with her partner, fellow novelist Graeme Gibson. She claims to write “speculative fiction” or “social science fiction” rather than science fiction, because her novels do not contain nonexistent technology. About this program: Books burn; ideas endure. Books Unbound is a weekly showcase of literary works banned by those who fear the power of the pen. The program promotes literary reading and curiosity, challenging listeners to consider viewpoints that may be different from our own. Each week we bring you literature prohibited by governments, schools, and religious institutions. In the words of French philosopher Emile-Auguste Chartier, “nothing is as dangerous as an idea, when it’s the only one you’ve got.” Books Unbound is a production of community radio WFHB in Bloomington, Indiana.
A weekly snapshot of how people of all ages can match their time and talents to local needs. Each week Volunteer Connection brings you the “featured five” – five ways to get involved NOW! Volunteer Connection is a co-production of WFHB and the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network, working together to build an empowered, vibrant, and engaged community!
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky filed a lawsuit in federal court this morning challenging Indiana’s newest law regulating abortion clinics. Senate Enrolled Act 371, passed earlier this year, calls for facilities that prescribe and dispense abortion-inducing medications to have many of the same emergency and urgent care resources as hospitals. The bill affects only one facility in the state, Planned Parenthood’s Lafayette clinic, which has been in operation for 40 years, providing a variety of health care services for women. The portion of the bill covering non-surgical abortions goes into effect on January first. Betty Cockrum, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, says the expense of retrofitting the facility to comply with the law would be prohibitive. The law also specifies numerous “informed consent” statements clinic workers must make to women seeking the abortion pill. The women must also be shown sonogram images of the fetus in their wombs and must be advised the availability of adoption alternatives in the state. Correspondent Michael Glab spoke with Cockrum this afternoon in a WFHB Feature Exclusive.
Bloomington got an instant ten percent population boost yesterday as more than seven thousand freshmen arrived in town, the second-largest freshmen class ever at IU. The first day of college is an exciting time in a young person’s life, so Voices in the Street ventured onto campus to talk to the newbies. So freshmen, why Bloomington? What are your hopes and aspirations, and what are you most excited about as you begin your college career?
Jeannine Bell, IU Maurer Law School Professor, and author of recently published “Hate Thy Neighbor,” spoke to members of the organization, Democracy for Monroe County on November 8th, 2013. Professor Bell discussed the recent verdict of the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman trial and its implications for states like Indiana with similar “Stand your Ground” laws. She has extensive experience writing on hate crimes and speech within the legislative context that it occurs. In this presentation Professor Bell challenges the audience to consider what the verdict reflects about the issue of race in our society as a whole. This talk was recorded live on location for Standing room only, on WFHB.