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Books Unbound – The Life Of Lazarillo de Tormes, Part 1

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The Life Of Lazarillo de Tormes, His Fortunes and Misfortunes is a classic of Spanish literature, written anonymously and one of only six novels on the Index of Prohibited Books during the Inquisition. Lazaro is a clueless but sly servant boy who learns to survive a series of abusive masters through trickery and petty crime. The original book was controversial mainly for its satire of Catholicism and the clergy, and the version available to modern readers is an edition censored for re-publication. A sequel that was critical of the political power structure remained banned.

Written in the 16th century, Lazarillo is an early example of the picaresque novel, episodic fiction in which a roguish protagonist evades conventional authority and navigates a series of predicaments. Novelist Jane Smiley calls Lazaro the first protagonist in fiction to represent the ordinary person whose primary concern is eking out a living. Set mostly in Toledo, Spain, the novella is also notable for its depiction of poverty amid the anti-poor laws enacted during the period, and the changing attitudes toward charity in an increasingly capitalist society.

Excerpted from the translation of Robert S. Rudder, the Books Unbook presentation of The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes is newly expanded two-part program from a version first broadcast in the fall of 2014 as part of a series on classic satiric fiction. Tony Brewer is the reader, Sarah Torbeck the host, and Berklea Going the announcer.

The episode was written and produced by Cynthia Wolfe, with production assistance from Robert Shull and Doug Storm.

Lazarillo features period music by the 16th-century Spanish composer Diego Ortiz, who was born in Toledo, performed by Jordi Savali on his albums La Folia and Recercadas del Trattado de Glosas. Books Unbound theme music by The Impossible Shapes.

Broadcast on MCCSC Commencement day, the episode concludes with the poem “The Writer” by Richard Wilbur, read by Cynthia Wolfe and dedicated to the Class of 2015.

Series producer: Cynthia Wolfe
Executive producer: Joe Crawford

Local Live – Rikki Jean & the DWBs

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Joining us for a wonderful Local Live session and interview is Rikki Jean & the DWBs!

SONGS
1. Sailor of the Sea
2. Beverly
3. Glamorous Life
4. Mama’s Vine
5. Mississippi Shoes
6. Biscuits & Gravy

Hosted by Jar Turner
Engineered by Jim Lang, Adam Reichle
Produced by Erin Tobey
Executive Producer is Jim Manion

Local Live – Dono

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Local Live presents special guest Dono into our Firehouse Studios for a live performance and interview!

Hosted by Erin Tobey
Engineered by Jim Lang, Adam Reichle with help from “the IT guys”
Produced by Erin Tobey
Executive Producer is Jim Manion

Originally aired on April 29, 2015.

Standing Room Only – 2015 Legislative Wrap-Up

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On May 6, 2015, The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, led by its president and CEO,  Jeb Conrad, hosted a conversation with local legislators, who discussed some of the highlights of this year’s legislative session and provided insights into the effects of new legislation. This event was moderated by WISH-TV political reporter Jim Shella, and is part of  programming provided in support of the Chamber’s one-hundredth anniversary.

Firehouse Session – Dana Lyons

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In the studio today for a new Firehouse Session all the way from Bellingham, Washington is Dana Lyons.

Dana Lyons is in town for his show at The Bishop a fundraiser for HEARTWOOD. Heartwood is a regional network that protects forests and supports community activism in the eastern United States through education, advocacy, and citizen empowerment. Lyon’s plays two shows for the event and the second show is in Paoli, Indiana. Last year he released a new album The Great Salish Sea and he has toured in 46 of the 50 American States.

We get to chat about “Cows With Guns” this song was was #1 for the year on Dr. Demento, #2 on the Australian Country charts, #1 in Seattle and spent six months on the Irish Top 40.

Also Lyons gives us the background on his song “Cane Toad Muster” and about his many visits to Australia.

SONGS
“Salmon Come Home”
“Cows With Guns”
“Cane Toad Muster”

Hosted by Angela Backstrom
Engineered by Dan Withered
Produced by Katie Moulton
Executive Producer is Jim Manion

Originally aired on May21st, 2015.

Standing Room Only – Embargos, Music, and Culture: Cuba in Focus

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On April 23, CUBAmistad held a panel discussion in Bloomington featuring Frank Marshalek, Geography PhD candidate on Economic Developments, Marysol Quevedo, Musicologist on Cultural Changes, and Cathy McGuire of WILPF. The conversation touches on the history of the embargo, along with music and culture within Cuba.

Books Unbound – “Exploring with Robert McAlmon, Part Three”

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Robert McAlmon was a ubiquitous presence among the “Lost Generation” of American expatriate writers during the 1920s and ’30s in Paris. Bisexual, he entered into a marriage of appearances with the heiress and lesbian writer Bryher. With her father’s great wealth, he started a press that published the early work of many of the most famous Modernists—and paid bar tabs and hotel bills for his friends Ernest Hemingway and James Joyce. By the end of the 1930s, he was sinking into obscurity, bitterness, and alcoholism.

Books Unbound’s three-part program on this lesser-known Modernist concludes with poems and prose pieces from McAlmon’s 1921 collection Explorations, with a third short story from his fiction collection A Hasty Bunch (1922) to complement “A Vacation’s Job” and “A Boy’s Discovery” in parts one and two.

The first segment features McAlmon’s complete cycle of poems about what was then still the novel sensation of flying in an aircraft: “Aero-Rhythms” (Joan Hawkins), “Perspicuity” (Cynthia Wolfe), “Etherism” (Hawkins), “Aero-Metre” (Erin Livingston), “Consummation” (Tony Brewer), “Volplanetor” (Wolfe), and “Aero-Laughter” (Frank Buczolich).

The short-short story “Light Woven into Wavespray,” read by Phil Kasper, infuses gorgeous descriptions of seaside leisure with McAlmon’s pervasive ennui and contempt, and intimations of his sexuality. The central panel of the episode is “Mood Decisions,” a prose sequence (read by Brewer and Livingston) rife with biting humor, sharp images, and snark.

The episode closes with more poetry. Now almost a century old, the prescient “White Males” (Hawkins) treats its titular subject as a violent species facing extinction. Also included are “Today’s Music” (Wolfe), “Words” (Buczolich), and “A Modern’s Half Day” (Hawkins)

Special music for the episode comes from two classical composers who were active at the time of McAlmon’s literary career. The poems on flight are accompanied by excerpts from Igor Stravinsky’s symphonic poem “The Song of the Nightingale” (1917), conducted by Pierre Boulez and performed by the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. McAlmon writes about Stravinsky in the prose piece “Thought Ghosts on Music” in Explorations:

“Strawinsky — a snigger chortled between Mozart and Schumann — ‘laughing up his sleeve at us, and not letting us in on the joke with titles as does Strauss,’ men behind me declared. The innovation jarred senses that ten conscientious years of musical training had grooved. An innovation that might cause them to retrain their senses. I could hear Strawinsky tittering up his sleeve, and hear the titter giggling along his ribs, making them to rattle — and that is another theme for modern music. I enjoyed Strawinsky. He might mean anything because he meant nothing.”

Additional music comes from Maurice Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello, written during the time A Hasty Bunch and Explorations were published. The sonata is performed by Carlos Benito de la Gala and Alberto Gorrochategui Blanco on their album Kodaly and Ravel (KalilaDimna, 2011). Wind sound effect for the flight sequence was created by Mark DiAngelo via SoundBible.com.

Sarah Torbeck hosts, with announcer Jack Hanek. This episode was produced, written, and edited by Cynthia Wolfe, with production assistance from Heather Perry, Sarah Torbeck and Jack Hanek.

Executive producer: Joe Crawford
Theme music: The Impossible Shapes

Women in Media: Facing Inequality

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Do those things that terrify you. Say yes to your audience. Be a good person. That was all advice that a panel of media professionals gave to aspiring journalists late last month. The discussion occurred on the last day of class in J200, the Indiana University School of Journalism’s introductory course on writing and reporting. The four panelists were all women, and a segment of the talk focused on gender inequality in the line of duty. Photojournalist Caitlin O’Hara, former WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh, IU Office of the Provost communications director Jennifer Piurek, and veteran Bloomington newspaper editor Andrea Murray offer candid examples of sexism. Course instructor Chad Carrothers moderates the discussion in this WFHB community report.

Daily Local News – May 18, 2015

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County officials say they are confident that a recent sediment spill into Richland Creek has been remediated; The rural Southern Indiana town of French Lick, population 1,800, is expecting 40,000 plus visitors this week for the Senior PGA Championship; U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana has publicly speculated there could be a connection between the HIV outbreak plaguing Scott County and the area’s high food insecurity rate; Construction workers around Indiana are preparing for the repeal of the Common Construction Wage Law this July.

FEATURE
Do those things that terrify you. Say yes to your audience. Be a good person. That was all advice that a panel of media professionals gave to aspiring journalists late last month. The discussion occurred on the last day of class in J200, the Indiana University School of Journalism’s introductory course on writing and reporting. The four panelists were all women, and a segment of the talk focused on gender inequality in the line of duty. Photojournalist Caitlin O’Hara, former WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh, IU Office of the Provost communications director Jennifer Piurek, and veteran Bloomington newspaper editor Andrea Murray offer candid examples of sexism. Course instructor Chad Carrothers moderates the discussion in this WFHB community report.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Jordan Guskey, Kara Tullman and Jerrod Dill.
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Chad Carrothers
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Our engineer is Chris Martin
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive producer is Joe Crawford

Firehouse Sessions – Jesse Lacy & Hilary Scott

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Jesse Lacy returns to the WFHB studio, this time he is joined by Hilary Scott, winner of the Folk/Americana Album Of The Year from The National Traditional Country Music Association.

SONGS
1. Pack of Dogs
2. Calls from Springfield
3. Like I Did

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