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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.

Books Unbound – “Lost Borders” by Mary Hunter Austin, Part 2

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In the interconnected story cycle of “Lost Borders,” Mary Hunter Austin challenges the masculine myths of the American West through the perspective of a feminist and conservationist.

Austin was an ailing transplant from the Midwest who began to thrive personally and artistically in the desert landscape among the spiritual and expressive traditions of Native peoples. Although she published thirty-one books, most fell out of print soon after her death in 1934. In recent decades, there have been efforts to restore her to the literary canon, but she remains largely unknown compared to her contemporaries and friends Jack London, Ansel Adams, and Willa Cather.

The stories for the podcast are presented in the order in which they appear in the original book. (Listeners of the original broadcast may note differences.) Sarah Torbeck is the voice of the author that threads throughout.

In “The Return of Mr. Wills,” read by Shayne Laughter, a wife and mother gains confidence as an independent working woman, while her husband disappears into the desert on a quixotic quest for fabled gold and silver mines.

Early conservation laws and bounties on predator animals play a role in “The Last Antelope,” a heartbreaking exploration of the complex relationship between a shepherd and an aging buck in an over-hunted region. The homesteader armed with axe and gun is a twist on the western bad guy. Tony Brewer reads.

Also read by Shayne Laughter, the story “Agua Dulce” unfolds from an apparently racist remark made by a stagecoach driver, who struggles to overcome the taciturnity expected of a white male Westerner to tell about his love for a courageous and selfless Paiute woman.

Jack Hanek hosts. The poem that recurs as a refrain in the Books Unbound production appears as a prelude in the book. Berklea Going is the reader.

Special music for the episode comes from “The Light Guitar” by Patrick Zimmerli and “Graceful Ghost Rag” by William Bolcom, as performed by violinist Tim Fain and pianist Pei-Yao Wang on the album River of Light (Naxos, 2011).

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

Local Live – Chris Wolf

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Chris Wolf sits down with his guitar to play us some songs from his album, “The Wolfman” and a song inspired by one of his influences, John Prine. The stories underlying the songs vary in theme from dark to humorous to endearing.

1.) Beater with a Heater
2.) If I Was the Devil
3.) Crossroads to Nowhere
4.) My Favoritest
5.) Spotless (My Invisible Dog)
6.) When I Was a Kid

Hosted by Frankie Ferrell
Engineered by Jim Lang & Adam Reichle
Produced by Erin Tobey
Executive Producer is Jim Manion

Originally aired on March 11, 2015.

EcoReport – Jim Nelson: The Choral Reefs of Florida and the Caribbean, Part 2

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In today’s EcoReport, we bring you part two of an interview with Jim Nelson, in which he discusses the condition of coral reefs in Florida and the Caribbean.

Standing Room Only – Native American Church

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On February 27th, the Mathers Museum of World Culture hosted Daniel Swan, Curator of Ethnology at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History at University of Oklahoma, to speak of the musical instruments used in Native American Church. Swan says that the musical instruments used in Peyotism provide an important opportunity to consider the role of material culture and music in the construction of religious identities in contemporary Native American communities.

Books Unbound – “Lost Borders” by Mary Hunter Austin, Part 1

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Mary Hunter Austin was born in Illinois in 1868 and died in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1934. Her father encouraged her interest in writing, but died when she was only ten. Her mother considered fiction mere “storying” akin to lying, and found Mary too insistent about shaping her identity as an individual. Mary did attend college, and earned a degree in math and science—not typical of women at the time. But her physical and emotional health deteriorated, and the family moved to California partly in the hope that the climate would strengthen her. In the West she found a husband, who proved to be unenduring, and her true calling as a writer. She was inspired by the desert landscape of the Mojave, and by the spiritual and storytelling traditions of Native peoples.

Austin was a prolific writer publishing thirty-one books, and belonged to a creative community that included Jack London, Willa Cather, and Ansel Adams. Soon after her death, however, her work fell out of print, and she has been largely forgotten and omitted from the literary canon.

The interconnected story cycle of Lost Borders challenges myths of the West as a setting for masculine self-definition from an ironic feminist perspective. Her own myth-making sometimes leads her into essentialism—variously interpreted by critics as either challenging or merely perpetuating stereotypes. Her depictions of Shoshone and Paiute women are sympathetic, but raise similar questions.

Sarah Torbeck represents the voice of the author throughout, and reads the story “The Land.” Other voices of “Borderers,” as Austin called them, are represented by Renee Reed (“The Hoodoo of the Minnietta”), Shayne Laughter (“A Case of Conscience”), and Berklea Going (“The Ploughed Land,” and poem). Doug Storm hosts, and Jack Hanek is announcer.

Special music for the episode comes from “The Light Guitar” by Patrick Zimmerli, performed by violinist Tim Fain on his album River of Light (Naxos, 2011).

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

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

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