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EcoReport – June 4, 2015

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Myke Luurtsema of the Indiana Forest Alliance talks about their Wild Indiana Campaign to set aside Wild Areas in the Indiana State Forest System.

EcoReport is a weekly program providing independent media coverage of environmental and ecological issues with a focus on local, state and regional people, issues, and events in order to foster open discussion of human relationships with nature and the Earth and to encourage you to take personal responsibility for the world in which we live. Each program features timely eco-related headline news, a feature interview or event recording, and a calendar of events of interest to the environmentally conscious.

Today’s Anchors: Julianna Dailey and David Lyman.
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene, Norm Holy, and Kara Tullman. Our feature was produced by Dan Withered. Our broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. This week’ s calendar was compiled by Filiz Cicek. EcoReport is produced by Dan Young and Filiz Cicek. Executive producer is Joe Crawford.

EcoReport – Myke Luurtsema: Wild Areas

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Myke Luurtsema of the Indiana Forest Alliance talks about their Wild Indiana Campaign and it’s proposal to set aside Wild Areas in the Indiana State Forest System.

EcoReport ‘IN Nature’ – Hog-Nosed Snake

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Professor publishes account of wrongful detainment

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Indiana University Professor Christine Von Der Haar is back in the news after publishing a full account of her wrongful detainment in 2012. After settling her lawsuit against the federal government in April, Von Der Haar is ready for her story to be heard again. WFHB correspondent Ivy Bridges brings us that story.

Better Beware! – Wedding Scams

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’tis the season for Makin’ Whoopee – and fraudsters are all over the wedding industry these days, now that the average nuptials cost over 25 grand. If you’re planning to get hitched, don’t get taken!

Bloomington Parks Department seeks public input

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The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department is holding a public forum this Thursday to hear from members of the community as it develops its five-year Master Plan. The forum will be held from six-thirty to eight-thirty p.m. in the council chambers at city hall. Parks Department Director Mick Renneisen says some key themes for the plan have already been developed that will guide the department’s actions from 2016 to 2020. Residents also want the department to continue to take care of the parks and facilities currently in place. The forum will allow Bloomington residents to comment on these themes.

Indiana University’s Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands is leading the Master Plan team. The Eppley Institute has extensive experience guiding master planning projects for parks and recreation departments across the nation. Institute staff have already begun gathering information from the public. According to Renneisen on the week of May 18th a randomly selected sample of Bloomington households received postcards in the mail with invitations to go online and take surveys about Bloomington parks and programs. The results make up one part of a triangulated approach to creating the Master Plan. The other two are consultations with stakeholders and steering committees and holding public forums. While Thursday’s forum will be the third one held so far, it’s the first one held as a stand-alone. Renneisen hopes between 20 and 40 people will attend.

Anyone needing more information about Bloomington Parks and Recreation’s Master Plan process or further information on how to contribute opinions and ideas can contact The Eppley Institute at 812-855-3095. A finalized Master Plan will be released in November.

Daily Local News – June 3, 2015

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The owners of Nick’s English Hut are leading an initiative to challenge panhandlers and others they refer to as bums in downtown Bloomington; The Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center is celebrating its 100th birthday this Friday; A new report from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index ranked Indiana as the eighth most obese state in the US; The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department is holding a public forum this Thursday to hear from members of the community as it develops its five-year Master Plan; In other Parks news, the Department is undertaking further studies before deciding on a strategy for its proposed deer cull at the Griffy Lake Nature Preserve; The Utilities Department at the City of Bloomington has purchased a Toyota Prius to promote community support for the Georgetown University Energy Prize contest.

FEATURE
Indiana University Professor Christine Von Der Haar is back in the news after publishing a full account of her wrongful detainment in 2012. After settling her lawsuit against the federal government in April, Von Der Haar is ready for her story to be heard again. WFHB correspondent Ivy Bridges brings us that story. After the settlement, a federal court dismissed the case with prejudice, meaning the lawsuit cannot be filed again.

Better Beware!
Two-thirds of American adults (and way too many kids) need to lose weight, and there are more scammers working this field than perhaps any other. So called “miracle” products are ALL phony!

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley, Aracelli Gomez
Today’s headlines were written by Jerrod Dill, Kara Tullman and Joe Crawford
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Better Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was produced by Ivy Bridges
Our engineers today are Adam Reichle and Brian Lloyd
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Indiana is 8th most obese state in U.S.

A new report from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index ranked Indiana as the eighth most obese state in the US. That puts Indiana four spots higher than the previous year’s ranking. 31.4% of Hoosiers were reported as obese last year, up from 29.9% the year before. The study utilized phone surveys of 176,000 adults across the US. Respondents were asked about their height and weight, which were used to calculate Body Mass Index, or BMI. Americans with a BMI of 30 or higher are classified as obese. BMI is only determined by height and weight, and does not measure other factors like muscle or bone mass. Individuals with higher-than-average muscle mass, for example, could still be classified overweight or obese. Because of these limitations, the CDC’s website advises medical practitioners to use BMI for general screening, and not diagnosis.

High BMI is correlated to increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other obesity-related illnesses. Another caveat to these results is the nature of phone surveys. Respondents could skew the results by over- or under-reporting height or weight. This data follows a February report that put Indiana 48th in the nation for general well-being. Gallup’s researchers stated that high rates of obesity are linked to low levels of well-being. Overall, obesity is on the rise across the country, according to the study. The national obesity rate increased from 27.1% to 27.7% in the same time period. The state ranking highest was Mississippi, with 35% of its population reported as obese, Hawaii was the least obese at 19%.

Nick’s English Hut hosts meeting to discuss panhandling

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The owners of Nick’s English Hut are leading an initiative to challenge panhandlers and others they refer to as bums in downtown Bloomington. Susan Bright and her husband, Gregg Rago, are hosting a meeting tomorrow afternoon at their restaurant with city officials and other business owners. A message that Bright sent seeking support for the effort was titled, “Bum Commerce on Kirkwood.” That title, as well as other parts of the message, were criticized on social media today after the message was posted to Facebook.

Nick’s English Hut will host the meeting about panhandling tomorrow at 3 p.m. in the upstairs attic of the restaurant. This afternoon a volunteer at Boxcar Books said volunteers there are opposed to the wording used in Bright’s letter and that some local residents are planning a measure in reaction to tomorrow’s meeting. So far there is no set time or meeting place, but those interested in the counter action can contact Boxcar Books.

Interchange – Creating the Subject: Hildegard Keller’s Annemarie Mahler

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Host Doug Storm is joined by literary critic, author, and filmmaker, Hildegard Elisabeth Keller, who teaches German literature at Indiana University and at the University of Zurich.

Keller’s most recent project, the film Whatever Comes Next, is a documentary about Bloomington painter and scholar Annemarie Mahler. Born in Vienna in 1926, Mahler fled by herself as a twelve-year child to the United States and since 1955 has lived in Bloomington, IN, and in the summers in Woods Hole, MA.

The documentary portrays the artist’s outer and inner lives, which bridge two centuries and two continents.

A major theme of the film and the interview is identity, particularly that of the immigrant and the artist. Keller also discusses her projects on Mystics like Meister Eckhart and Hildegard of Bingen, as well as her “muse,” the modernist Argentine poet Alfonsina Storni, of whom she is writing a biography due out in November.

Special thanks to Hildegard Keller for letting us hear parts of her film in this program. Ann Malcolm reads excerpts from the writings of Annemarie Mahler. Music in the film is by composer Olav Lervik and cellist Ivan Turkalj.

Sonia Velazquez read Alfonsina Storni’s “Voy a Dormir.”

Music
“Alfonsina y el Mar” by Mercedes Sosa
“Alfonsina y el Mar” by Shakira

Next time on Interchange
“What Went Wrong: Assessing Obama’s Legacy.” Doug Storm speaks with Yale Professor David Bromwich, critic, scholar, and political essayist who has tried, and failed, to find a President who has put any of his eloquent words into political action. Assessing Obama’s legacy on Interchange next Tuesday (6/9).

Credits
Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

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