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Books Unbound – “Lost Borders” by Mary Hunter Austin, Part 4

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The interconnected stories of ‘’Lost Borders’’ are set in the desert landscape of southern California, where author Mary Hunter Austin moved with her mother and brothers in 1888 at the age of twenty. The ailing Austin found strength in this challenging environment, and came to regard the land as a central character in her writing.

The Books Unbound podcast presents the stories in the order of the original book, which will differ from the broadcast: “The Pocket-Hunter’s Story,” read by Frank Buczolich, with a web-extra introduction on pocket-prospecting from Austin’s first book, ‘’Land of Little Rain’’; “The Readjustment” (Katy Ratcliffe); and “Bitterness of Women” (Berklea Going, who also reads recurring fragments from the poem that appeared as the book’s epigraph). This episode’s stories show in particular Austin’s skill at balancing both sympathetic and critical perspectives on male psychology—with a frisson of the supernatural and the monstrous.

Jack Hanek hosts. Special music comes from the album River of Light (Naxos, 2011), as performed by violinist Tim Fain and pianist Pei-Yao Wang. Books Unbound is produced, written and edited by Cynthia Wolfe with assistance from Sarah Torbeck.

“‘Lost Borders’ by Mary Hunter Austin, Part Four” was produced during WFHB’s Spring Fund Drive, and contains messages from the Books Unbound community. For information on how to support this and other programs from WFHB, call 812-323-1200 or visit wfhb.org.

Executive producer: Joe Crawford
Books Unbound theme music: The Impossible Shapes

Firehouse Sessions – Evie Ladin & Keith Terry

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Evie Ladin and Keith Terry visited the WFHB studio as part of their spring tour of the MIdwest. They combine old-time roots, body music, and original songs. Evie is a former Bloomingtonian who was also a WFHB DJ. Now based in Oakland, CA, both Evie and Keith are involved in a variety of musical projects. For their Firehouse Session they played three brand new songs of Evie’s – Jump Up and Go, Under The Water Line, and As The Day Gets Long.

Hosted by Jim Manion
Engineered by Jim Lang, Sundog, Dan Withered
Produced by Katie Moulton
Executive Producer is Jim Manion

Originally aired on March 30, 2015.

Local Live – Old Man and the Sea

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Newcomers, Old Man and the Sea identify the “old man” and play us some songs that both rock and roll.

SONGS
1.) It Isn’t Yet
2.) Kevin’s Blues
3.) Bridge
4.) It Hasn’t Happened Yet
5.) The Divorce

Hosted by Frankie Ferrell
Engineered by Jim Lang, Dan Withered, Matt Gwaltney, Ilza Akerbergs
Produced by Erin Tobey
Executive Producer is Jim Manion

Books Unbound – “Lost Borders” by Mary Hunter Austin, Part 3

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“Lost Borders” by Mary Hunter Austin continues with interconnected stories about the American West from a feminist and conservationist perspective. Austin’s settings and subject matter may be familiar from Hollywood westerns, but she challenges masculinist myths of dominance and exploitation. Although she was a prolific and highly regarded writer at the time of her death in 1934, nearly all her work soon fell out of print.

The Books Unbound podcast presents the stories in the order of the original book: “The Woman at the Eighteen Mile” is read by Sarah Torbeck, who plays the role of the author throughout the series, and “The Fakir” is read by Shayne Laughter. (Listeners of the March 28 broadcast who are looking for the story “The Return of Mr. Wills,” also read by Laughter, will find it in podcast episode two; “The Readjustment,” read by Katy Ratcliffe, will be in podcast episode four next week.)

Jack Hanek hosts. The recurring poem, read by Berklea Going, appears at the beginning of the print volume of “Lost Borders”.

Special music for the episode comes from the album River of Light (Naxos, 2011), as performed by violinist Tim Fain and pianist Pei-Yao Wang.

This episode is produced, written and edited by Cynthia Wolfe with assistance from Sarah Torbeck.

Executive producer: Joe Crawford

Books Unbound theme music: The Impossible Shapes

Activate! – Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard: Patrick Siney

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Patrick Siney, a volunteer for Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard and many other local non-profits, discusses opportunities at “The Hub” and talks about how volunteering has made a huge difference in his life. Also, ways for you to connect your talents to non-profits in our community through volunteering from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.

LINKS

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard

New Hope Family Shelter Website Designer
Graphic Designers & Photographers – check the listings at http://www.bloomingtonvolunteernetwork.org/searchopportunities

Firehouse Sessions – Kinobe & the Wamu Spirit

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Ugandan artist Kinobe’s March 24 Firehouse Session was his second visit to WFHB, having played a WFHB Lotus Live Session which led to his song “Abataka” being selected for WFHB’s Lotus Live Volume 1 CD. In the six years since Kinobe’s last visit he has traveled to many African countries and his music has evolved from Ugandan fusion to a more organic Pan-African acoustic sound. Kinobe was accompanied by guitarist Jaja Bashengezi, a Congolese refugee who Kinobe met in Uganda. Kinobe and his band were in town for for Lotus Blossoms, an educational outreach program of the Lotus Education & Arts Foundation.

SONGS
1. Magibobo
2. Kikwabanga
3. Rafiki

Hosted by Jim Manion
Engineered by Jim Lang & Dan Withered
Produced by Katie Moulton
Executive Producer is Jim Manion
Special thank you to Loraine Martin

“Visions of Rwanda” exhibited at Indiana University

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The creators of an exhibit at Indiana University are hoping to give viewers a more complex understanding of Rwanda. Correspondent Amanda Marino has that story for today’s WFHB community report.

Voices In The Street – Religious Freedom and Restoration? Or Legally-Sanctioned Discrimination?

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence has vowed to sign into law SB 101 or the Religious Freedom & Restoration Act. Governor Pence has said the law “…is about respecting and reassuring Hoosiers that their religious freedoms are intact” but others see the law setting a bad precedent for businesses and others like police and doctors to legally discriminate against the LGBTQI community, in particular. With the calls by thousands of Hoosiers and high-powered business interests (including Gen Con, the annual gaming convention) for Pence to veto the legislation, Voices in the Street asked your friends and neighbors how they feel about SB 101 being signed into law.

Daily Local News – March 26, 2015

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Civil rights organizations and business groups throughout the state condemned Gov. Pence today after he officially approved the Religious Freedom Restoration Act; After much debate last night, Bloomington city council members passed an ordinance allowing food trucks to park 50 feet from existing restaurants; The Monroe County Community School Board has reversed its decision to send a letter of dissent to the Statehouse about public education in Indiana; Some environmental activists are worried a bill aimed at protecting Indiana’s drinking water from hazardous chemicals may be in trouble.

FEATURE
The creators of an exhibit at Indiana University are hoping to give viewers a more complex understanding of Rwanda. Correspondent Amanda Marino has that story for today’s WFHB community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Indiana Governor Mike Pence has vowed to sign into law SB 101 or the Religious Freedom & Restoration Act. Governor Pence has said the law “…is about respecting and reassuring Hoosiers that their religious freedoms are intact” but others see the law setting a bad precedent for businesses and others like police and doctors to legally discriminate against the LGBTQI community, in particular. With the calls by thousands of Hoosiers and high-powered business interests (including Gen Con, the annual gaming convention) for Pence to veto the legislation, Voices in the Street asked your friends and neighbors how they feel about SB 101 being signed into law.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Sarah Panfil and Joe Crawford
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Amanda Marino
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Jose Rodriguez
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

EcoReport – Jim Mountjoy & Don Whitehead

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Jim Mountjoy talks about the rare sighting of an Ivory Gull in Illinois and Don Whitehead discusses local rare birds.

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