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Schools, Schools, Schools – a look at the language of the State of the State Address

State of the State 2013-2015
WFHB inserted the text of Governor Mike Pence’s 3 State of the State Addresses into a word-cloud generator – notice any themes?
The full report, tonight on WFHB’s Daily Local news at 5:30pm.

Interchange – Unprotected: On Cybersecurity

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Host Doug Storm is joined by David Delaney from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and Steve Myers from the School of Informatics and Computing to talk about cybersecurity in the public and private sphere.

From the recent hack into Sony Industries ostensibly perpetrated by North Korea to oil pipeline sabotage in Turkey, both our physical places and our digital spaces are vulnerable to almost anyone or any “nation-state” with the right skill-set and knowledge. As guest Steve Myers said, uranium isn’t cheap, but people with computer knowledge are.

Of Related Interest
Interchange – Fred Cate: Government Surveillance, Then and Now
Interchange – Colin Allen: Thinking About Thinking Machines

Credits
Host & Producer: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Social Media: Carissa Barrett
Executive producer: Alycin Bektesh

New Bloomington Directory Highlights Women- And Minority-Owned Businesses

A new business directory is now available to highlight minority and women-owned businesses serving Bloomington and Monroe County.

According to the city of Bloomington, the Minority & Women-Owned Business directory was developed to help provide visibility for diverse businesses, promote equity of economic opportunities, and help eliminate barriers for minority and women-owned businesses.

Bloomington’s minority- and women-owned businesses generate more than $300 million a year, according to census data.

But, according to the city’s press release, minorities and women still remain underrepresented in our county, state and city.

Go here to view the directory in a separate window.

 

Local Legislators Discuss Issues To Be Introduced This Session

Today was the deadline for lawmakers to file bills in the state legislature, and some local representatives are already preparing for a big debate over education funding.

At a forum on January 10, legislators from the Monroe County area said money for schools would be one the biggest issues this legislative session. The officials spoke at a legislative update sponsored by the local League of Women Voters.

State Rep. Matt Pierce (D) whose district includes most of Bloomington said both major political parties agree there should be changes to the formula the state uses to fund public schools.

“You have rural, suburban and urban schools that often have stable or declining enrollments,” Pierce said. “The question is, how will the formula impact those schools? Some schools have more kids from poverty and usually more money is gevn to those schools to help children that may be struggling with things that get in the way of their learning.”

Under the current funding formula, public schools in Gary and Indianapolis receive larger amounts of funding per pupil than most other districts.

Rep. Matt Ubelhor (R) said he expects some conflict over how the formula is changed.

“I think the one thing as Pierce pointed out that’s going to be critical is the funding formula for schools,” Ubelhor says. “In our caucus one child isn’t worth more than another child, no matter where the go to school.”

The two parties are also expected to disagree on how to fund charter schools and school vouchers. Democrats like Pierce have traditionally opposed the trend toward funding those programs, which draw money away from public schools.

While there is disagreement on education, representatives from both parties seemed to agree more closely about funding for criminal justice programs. Last year the legislature made major changes to the criminal code in hopes of diverting some low-level offenders away from prison. Those offenders are instead supposed to be dealt with on a local level, but Pierce said the state has yet to adequately fund those local programs.

“The issue is will the people crafting the budget put money into those programs so we can get them going,” Pierce says. “I’m a little dismayed because the Governor’s budget hasn’t earmarked money for those programs. And, instead, calls for more money to be spent about $51 million to add new prison beds to the Department of Corrections which doesn’t make any sense because we just passed this bill to get people out of there.”

Ubelhor said he also agreed the state should fund the local programs. Officials in the Monroe County government have voiced public concern in recent months about the issue. The County’s Community Corrections Department expects an influx of offenders to its programs.

Monroe County would also be directly affected by another initiative discussed at the legislative update. State Senator Mark Stoops said he plans to file a bill that would help Bloomington Transit expand its services outside the city.

“We hope to make it more of a regional transit system,” Stoops says. “We want to add an income tax to people in the region that would allow Bloomington and Rural transit to provide routes into the rural communities like Smithville, Elletsville and even hopefully Nashville or Bedford.”

Stoops said the expanded service could be useful to commuters and could reduce traffic on local roads.

Bring It On! – January 12, 2015

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William Hosea and Jacinda Townsend welcome Roberta Radovich.

PART ONE
On tonight’s show, William and Jacinda welcome Roberta Radovich, University & Campus Program Specialist within the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs at Indiana University. she stops by to discuss the joint MLK Day activities scheduled for both IU and the City of Bloomington.

PART TWO
Headline news and local calendar events of interest to the African-American community.

CREDITS
Hosts: William Hosea and Jacinda Townsend
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

Books Unbound – The Massacre of Yangzhou

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The protagonist of “The Massacre of Yangzhou” is the southern Chinese city of Yangzhou, a rich and beautiful center of the failing Ming Dynasty as it succumbed to the rising Qing Dynasty. The episode is based on “‘Horrid Beyond Description’: The Massacre of Yangzhou”, from the book Voices from the Ming-Qing Cataclysm: China in Tigers’ Jaws by Lynn Struve. Struve is a professor emerita of the Departments of History, and East Asian Languages and Culture, at Indiana University.

In May 1654, the city of Yangzhou came under siege by northern invaders. The defender of the city, the noble and educated Shi Kefa, refuses to surrender despite inevitable defeat. When the city falls, the forces under Qing command are set loose for five days of punitive violence, as an example to other cities to capitulate. Unsanctioned looting, rape, and killings continue for another five days.

But there are no good guys and bad guys in this story. Internal systemic failures and ineffectual leadership among the Ming left them weak. Renegade Ming forces had been recruited by the Qing along with the northern Manchus and allied tribes. Many of the atrocities in Yangzhou seem to have been committed by renegade Ming. Individual residents of Yangzhou attempt to appease or collaborate with the invaders. The Qing are portrayed as restoring order, charity, and the rule of law.

In Lynn Struve’s presentation and her masterly translations, these complexities are represented by the voices of two very different men. In his last days, the viceroy and defender of the city Shi Kefa wrote sorrowful letters to his family, agonizing over his failures. Although traditionally viewed as the embodiment of integrity and loyalty, Shi Kefa’s choice to keep his word and not negotiate terms of surrender led to the slaughter of tens of thousands who lacked the power to choose.

The scholar Wang Xiuchu was one of these ordinary residents of Yangzhou who suffered its devastation. Unlike Shi Kefa, he survived to write a powerful and unsparing memoir of wartime atrocity, free of either self-aggrandizement or sentimentalized victimhood. If there’s a hero in this account, it’s Wang Xiuchu’s wife—who is left unnamed.

Listeners are advised that the episode contains brutal descriptions of the acts Wang witnessed.

The memoir of Wang Xiuchu is read by Eric Rensberger, and the letters of Shi Kefa by Frank Buczolich. Special music comes from the album Dialogue Between Fisherman & Woodcutter: Singing About the Beautiful Legend of China.

Guest host is Patsy Rahn, who co-produced.
Co-hosted and co-produced by Doug Storm.
Books Unbound is produced and written by Cynthia Wolfe.

For an extended interview with Lynn Struve, plus commentary by Patsy Rahn, listen to “Beyond Description: Witnessing Historical Trauma,” a crossover episode of WFHB’s Interchange.

Executive producer: Alycin Bektesh
Theme music: The Impossible Shapes

Hola Bloomington – January 9, 2015

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Los locutores de HOLA Bloomington Maria Auxiliadora Viloria y Minerva Sosa hablan con las invitadas Lillian Casillas, Zelideh Martinez-Hoy y Cynthia Roberts sobre su viaje a Cuba y la nueva relación entre Cuba y los EE.UU. Además, se habla sobre el nuevo año.

Hola Bloomington’s hosts Maria Auxiliadora Viloria y Minerva Sosa interview Lillian Casillas, Zelideh Martinez-Hoy and Cynthia Roberts, who traveled to Cuba, and talk about the new relations between Cuba and The United States. They also talk about the New Year and common traditions.

BloomingOUT – January 8, 2015

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Tonight, hosts Jeff Jewel and Justin Ford discuss with Bobbie Emetu issues facing the transgender community, societal attitudes on the community, social media, and how it all connects to the recent tragic death of Leelah Alcorn. Our weekly segments “Out on Campus” and “First Year Out” are also highlighted in this week’s show.

Hosts – Jeff Jewel, Justin Ford
Executive Producer – Alycin Bektesh
Producer – Olivia Davidson
Script Coordinator – Hayley Bass
Board Engineer – Carissa Barrett

EcoReport – January 8, 2015

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This week on Ecoreport, Mike Luurtsema from Hoosier Forest Watch and Sarabeth Clue-Mundy from Indiana DNR discuss the status of different amphibian and reptile species in Indiana.

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.

Anchors: Julianna Dailey, Dan Young
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene and Norm Holy.
Our feature and broadcast engineer is Dan Withered.
This week’s calendar was compiled by Catherine Anders.
EcoReport is produced by Dan Young.
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Bring It On! – January 5, 2015

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William Hosea and Cornelius Wright welcome Leila Randle.

PART ONE
On the first B.I.O. show of 2015, William and Cornelius welcome Bring It On contributor Leila Randle, a.k.a. the “Savvy Sistah of Shopping!”. She stops by to offer advice that will help our listeners set realistic and attainable goals and resolutions for 2015.

PART TWO
Headline news and local calendar events of interest to the African-American community.

CREDITS
Hosts: William Hosea and Cornelius Wright
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

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