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Books Unbound – “The Mulatto” by Victor Séjour


“The Mulatto” first appeared in 1837 in an anti-slavery magazine published by free people of color in France. Its author was the 19-year-old Victor Séjour, who had come as a student to Paris from New Orleans. Séjour was a French-speaking person of color whose baptismal record identifies him as a free quadroon. His father had come to New Orleans among refugees of the Haitian Revolution. “The Mulatto” is set in Haiti, and is thought to be the first short story published by an American of African descent.

It’s a frank melodrama, a mode of extreme passion and good-and-evil morality that permeated 19th-century fiction and drama. An oedipal tragic secret lies at the heart of a story fueled by rape, injustice, revenge and murder. Gothic elements of horror speak to the violence done to family within the institution of slavery. Séjour went on to have a highly successful career as a dramatist, with twenty of his plays in a variety of genres produced at the Comédie Française.

“The Mulatto” continues a series on race in literature that began with the four-part program “Benito Cereno” by Herman Melville. In an extended podcast edition, Indiana University associate professor Maisha Wester returns to talk about the racial implications of gothic melodrama.

Our reader is Lauren Robert. Hosted by Sarah Torbeck, with Jack Hanek as the announcer. Special music comes from the Twelve Grand Études of Frédéric Chopin, which were published the same year as “The Mulatto”, performed by Martha Goldstein courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. The episode was produced and written by Cynthia Wolfe, with the interview produced by Doug Storm.

Executive producer: Joe Crawford
Theme music: The Impossible Shapes

Hola Bloomington – February 20, 2015


Los locutores de HOLA Bloomington Maria Auxiliadora Viloria y Minerva Sosa​ platican con la comisión de asuntos hispanos y latinos de Bloomington. Hablan sobre la misión de la comisión y asuntos que involucran a la comunidad Latina en Bloomington.

Hola Bloomington hosts Maria Auxiliadora Viloria, Luz Lopez and Minerva Sosa interview The City of Bloomington’s Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs. They talk about the commission’s mission and issues that involve the Latino community in Bloomington.

bloomingOUT – February 19, 2015


Tonight, our hosts Erica Dorsey, Ryne Shadday, and Jeff Jewel interview IU Mauer School of Law Professor and Huffington Post Contributor, Steve Sanders, about an important upcoming Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriages. They also discuss the Religious Liberty Bill that is moving through the Indiana Statehouse, as well as a complaint filed by Ashlee and Ruby Henderson with the U.S District Court in Indianapolis challenging how state law defines “born out of wedlock”, saying it violates the equal protection and due process clauses of the 14th Amendment. Our music for tonight is “Heroes” by Conchita Wurst. We also heard the last episode of our weekly segment, First Year OUT. This week’s segment is about cheating and also familial acceptance. We would like to thank our guest Steve Sanders for being with us tonight!

Hosts Erica Dorsey, Ryne Shadday, Jeff Jewel
Executive Producer Joe Crawford
Producer Olivia Davidson
Script Coordinator Hayley Bass
Board Engineer Carissa Barrett

New teen services and digital creativity center


The new teen services and digital creativity center at the Monroe County Public Library is set to open in a matter of days. Kevin MacDowell, the manager of the center, gave an update on the status of the center at a Library Board meeting yesterday. MacDowell said the space would be virtually ready for a Friends of the Library event on Saturday. He says the space will be all in place by this Saturday, and completely functional within the next week.

The center has been in the works for years and it has been a big part of the renovations happening at the Library in recent months. MacDowell actually started at the Library in May. He said much of his work so far has been establishing partnerships in the community. He said he also started a program called Drop In and Hang Out. He says this will give teens an opportunity to give their feedback on what they would like to see in this space.

The teen services and digital creativity center will be open to youth ages 12 to 19. MacDowell said much of his staff’s focus will be on establishing connections with the teens who use the center. He says mentors that visit with the teens will be able to give better feedback on what to include in the center.
There will be books in the teen center as well. MacDowell said other library patrons will be able to access those books.

40-acre subdivision construction delayed


The Monroe County Plan Commission delayed a vote Tuesday on whether to allow a new 40-acre subdivision west of Bloomington. Jackie Scanlan, senior planner with the county, recommended the commission approve new zoning for the subdivision, despite what she acknowledged were concerns from neighbors about drainage issues on the property. The Monroe County Drainage Board also approved of the plan for the development, known as Stonechase Bend. Drainage engineer Todd Stevenson gave a detailed explanation of the watershed complications on the property, including karst features,numerous sinkholes and ecoli contamination due to the current use of the land as a cow pasture. The company Beazer Homes is looking to develop the subdivision. Beazer Homes has overseen other subdivisions in the area and new board member Bernard Guerrettaz asked about the relationship between the various developments.

“The common threat is its Beazer” says Bernard Gerates “Before StoneChase the Water was clean” says Todd Steveson

Board member Scott Wells brought up the controversial history of Beazer Homes, which was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for accounting fraud beginning in 2007. David Compton, the president of Beazer Homes Indiana, said that no one who was named in the investigation is still with the company.

Scott Wells says “We don’t own a mortgage company anymore” “We saw was a huge problem”

Board Member John Irvine talked about the impact on future development if the area is not rezoned and what it might mean for other subdivisions already approved in the county.

John Irvine says “We have 8- 10 years of supply out there called zombie subdivisions”

Compton said the particular lot in question already has the infrastructure needed to become a successful subdivision, including roadway access for fire safety, large water lines to support a public sewage system, and the benefit of being adjacent to amenities such as the karst farm greenway.

“They have to compete” “If they screwed up in their location, they will fail” says Compton

The petitioner asked for a continuance and a second hearing regarding the rezone proposal. Members of the public who were present to speak about the proposal agreed to return at a future meeting. Due to scheduling conflicts during the week of spring break in March, the hearing for the Stonechase Bend proposal was postposed to the Plan Commission Meeting on April 21st.

Monroe County Deer Study


Professor Timothy Carter of Ball State University gave a presentation Monday night in the Bloomington City Council
chambers. Carter discussed his study of deer behavior and biology in Monroe County. Only part of Carter’s research
is complete. We bring you a portion of Carter’s talk now for today’s WFHB community report.

Daily Local News – February 19, 2015


There’s no need to pay the parking meters in downtown Bloomington the next few days; The proposed extension of I-69 from Martinsville to Indianapolis has been a hot topic for Hoosiers, and now INDOT is providing citizens with an opportunity to express their concerns in a public forum;The Monroe County Plan Commission delayed a vote Tuesday on whether to allow a new 40-acre subdivision west of Bloomington; The new teen services and digital creativity center at the Monroe County Public Library is set to open in a matter of days.

Professor Timothy Carter of Ball State University gave a presentation Monday night in the Bloomington City Council chambers. Carter discussed his study of deer behavior and biology in Monroe County. Only part of Carter’s research is complete. We bring you a portion of Carter’s talk now for today’s WFHB community report.

Your WFHB local public opinion segment

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

EcoReport – February 19, 2015


Last week local residents participating in Global Divestment day joined an estimated 450 events in 60 countries to bring awareness to the connection between climate change and the use of fossil fuels. Correspondent Alycin Bektesh has that story for today’s WFHB community report.

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.

This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene, Norm Holy and Halle Shine. Our feature and broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. This week’s calendar was compiled by Catherine Anders.
EcoReport is produced by Dan Young, Filiz Cicek, Nancy Jones and Gillian Wilson. Executive producer is Joe Crawford.

Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Financial Request Granted


The Monroe County Storm Water Management Board allocated half of their yearly Stormwater Education budget during a meeting last week. The Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District was awarded twenty five thousand dollars last year and requested the same amount this year to put toward educational programing. Todd Stevenson, the drainage engineer for the Monroe County Highway department, submitted his recommended budget to the board, which reduced funds to the Soil and Water Conservation District to nine thousand dollars. Stevenson was not present at the meeting last week and a motion was made to table the discussion until next month when he could explain his concerns. Petitioner Jeff Bailey, chairmen of the Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District, expressed disappointment that the discussion has been repeatedly postponed.

Board member Patrick Stoffers stood up for the petitioners, saying the requested funds are available. He pointed out the board has approved other, more expensive projects without much debate. Board Member Julie Thomas said it wasn’t about the money, but that the board needed a clearer explanation of Stevenson’s concerns regarding the allocation of the educational funds.

The Storm Water Management District currently holds a cash balance of more than 2 million dollars and has yet to collect the storm water fee from residents this year. Stoffers made a motion to grant the Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District the full twenty five thousand dollars that it was requesting, The motion passed 3-1.

Better Beware! – Supplement Scams


Almost half the population of America take herbal supplements – and now it turns out that some of the most popular brands don’t contain the herbs on the label! A major health headsup!

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