Indiana’s former superintendent for public instruction, Tony Bennett, was criticized earlier this summer after it was revealed he apparently played favorites when assigning grades to the state’s K-12 schools. Emails from Bennett showed he was upset that a charter school in Indianapolis, the Christel House Academy, was going to receive a C when he thought it should get an A. Christel House was founded by a major political donor, and Bennett helped change the grading formula so the school would receive a better grade. The revelations caused Bennett to lose his most recent job, as Florida Education Commissioner. Now, a 58-page report requested by the state legislature indicates that, although Bennett did change the rules, he then applied the new rules to other schools besides Christel House. For more on what that means, correspondent Joe Crawford talked today with the president of the Indiana Coalition for Public Education, who is a critic of the state’s system for grading schools. We bring you that interview for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.
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In this episode:
“A Study in Scarlet” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
About this Author:
Born on 22 May 1859, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Arthur Conan Doyle went on to study medicine at Edinburgh University from 1876 to 1881, during which time he began writing short stories. His first published work was “The Mystery of Sasassa Valley,” which appeared in 1879. With the publication of A Study in Scarlet, Conan Doyle created the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson who would make him famous. He based the deductive reasoning that characterized Holmes on the techniques of Joseph Bell, one of his instructors in medical school. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died on 7 July 1930, far more famous as a writer than as a doctor.
About this book:
Originally titled “A Tangled Skein.” A Study in Scarlet first appeared in Beeton’s Christmas Annual (1887), and was published as a book in July, 1888. Twenty-seven year-old Conan Doyle received £25 for full rights to the story, which he had written in three weeks in 1886. The work, the first of only four full-length Sherlock Holmes novels, introduced the consulting detective and the faithful Dr. Watson, who also chronicled their adventures in fifty-six short stories to make the Baker Street team the most famous pair in detective fiction. Although it attracted little notice at the time, it’s portrayal of Mormonism soon became controversial.
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!
The Brown County Hour comes to you from the legendary Hills o’ Brown where the plum purple haze, the one that nature herself drapes in the hills and hollers, inspires local characters, artists, and nature lovers. It’s as though the hills themselves conspired to create a beauty and a culture in the heart of Indiana. Sit for a spell and hear the music, the tall tales, the true stories, and the current goin’s on brought to you by folks who still know how to sit by a fire in winter and swim buck naked in summer…
In this episode:
“Things that Go Thump in the Woods”, featuring Jeff Tryon as Tramp Star, Gunther Flumm, the motley Brown County Hour Comedy Troupe and new contributor Peggy Daily, local author of the book for women, “Practical Guide to Fishing,” with a story about turtle fishing.
Special guests include violinist Carolyn Dutton; Keith Bradway reading his Bear Wallow letter to the editor; Brown County Park naturalist Cassie Norman on snakes; Jon Kay reading a James Whitcomb Riley poem; and Charlie Cole and Linda Baden discussing the controversy regarding Yellowwood road.
Also please visit our main show page at www.browncountyhour.com.
Indiana Democrats have responded to a Ball State University study that indicates Hoosiers bring home significantly less per capita personal income compared to residents of other states; The Monroe County Community School Corporation announced last week that its Afterschool Ed-Ventures program will be the recipient of a twenty five thousand dollar grant award from Duke Energy; At a meeting September 3rd, the Bloomington Telecommunications Council heard about continuing problems getting public, educational and governmental access channels to be carried on AT&T U-verse; A small town in Indiana is making big news about gender equality; Last week the Monroe County Council announced the proposed food and beverage tax will not be added to the agenda of the council’s September 10 meeting.
Bleeding Heartland Rollergirls Reach Playoffs
After 8 challenging seasons, Bloomington’s Bleeding Heartland Rollergirls have reached the playoffs of the Roller Derby World Championships. WFHB Correspondent Jennifer Whitaker has the story for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.
Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Casey Kuhn, and Nash Hott
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television Services
Jennifer Whitaker produced our feature
Bloomington Beware is produced by Richard Fish, and correspondent Reina Wong
Our engineer is Jim Lang
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh