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Ignorance and Illness: Mental Health and Society

On this episode of Standing Room Only we go to the First United Church in Bloomington for a talk by Dr. Bernice A. Pescosolido. The subject of the event is the stigma surrounding mental illness and how to combat it. The primary speaker is Dr. Bernice A. Pescosolido a Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Indiana University and Director of the Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research. This event was recorded on location by Dani Aleska for Standing Room Only, on WFHB.

Interchange – Policing Race in America: Ferguson, Missouri

On tonight’s program, Policing Race in America, we discuss the way racial minorities are denigrated and devalued through institutional violence using the August 9 police murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri as an example that is all too common in the U.S.

Darren Wilson, the officer who killed Brown, is a resident of Crestwood, MO which is 94% White and under 2% Black, working in a Ferguson Police department (whose racial makeup is actually nearly that of the suburb of Crestwood) which polices a community that is 67% Black and 29% White (according to Wikipedia).

Joining host Doug Storm for this discussion are Jeannine Bell, an expert on police behavior and hate crime at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and Valerie Grim, professor and chair of the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies.

Credits:
Host & Producer: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Executive Producer: Alycin Bektesh

Bring It On! – August 18, 2014

William Hosea and Clarence Boone welcome Eric Love, William Vance and Jacinda Townsend.

PART ONE
On August 9, a police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. In the days since his death, Ferguson has been rocked by protests, some of which have turned violent.

Bring It On contributor Eric Love, William Vance, president of the Monroe County branch of the NAACP and Jacinda Townsend, assistant professor in IU’s Department of English for join William and Clarence to begin a dialogue on the distressing set of circumstances in Ferguson, Missouri.

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

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

EcoReport – August 14, 2014

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In today’s EcoReport feature, IU Campus Beekeeper Ellie Sims shares the joys and challenges of maintaining bee hives at the Hilltop Garden And Nature Center.

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 this week: Kristina Wiltsee and Kelly Miller
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene and Norm Holy. This week’s feature was engineered by Dan Young. This week’s calendar was compiled by Dan Young.  Our broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. Producers for EcoReport are Stephanie Stewart, Kelly Miller, and Dan Young. Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Media School Releases Franklin Hall Renovation Plans

The IU Media School tweeted a drawing of the plans for Franklin Hall renovation following last week’s Board of Trustees meeting. On August 8th, Associate Dean Lesa Hatley Major met with IU trustees to propose interior plans for the merged media school. Major told trustees that the school will have space for student media including the IDS, WIUX, IUSTV, the Arbutus, and American Student Radio. The school will be open 24 hours a day to keep the media programs running. Level one of the school will have a broadcast studio as well as Ernie Pyle archives and the largest TV on campus. Classrooms will be on level two, along with study areas overlooking the first level.

Charter Schools and Monroe County


In this episode of Standing Room only we go to Bobby’s Colorado Steak House for a discussion of new charter schools possibly being introduced to Monroe County Prominent speakers include Cathy Fuentes-Rohwer of Monroe County Coalition Public Education and Charlotte Zietlow of The Project School. This even was hosted by Democracy for Monroe county and recorded on location by WFHB correspondents for Standing Room Only, on WFHB.

Interchange – Poor Bees, Poor Birds, Poor Men: Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring

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Tonight we  share with you a discussion of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring I had with two scholars of Carson’s work, Lisa Sideris, Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and the Director of the Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics and Society, and Christoph Irmscher, provost professor of English and the Director of the Wells Scholars program. Silent Spring was published in 1962 and was a document of the detrimental effects on the environment of the indiscriminate use of pesticides like DDT. Carson accused the chemical industry of spreading disinformation and public officials of accepting industry claims unquestioningly. These claims, to say the least, were explosive. We recorded this conversation as part of the 2013 summer series called The Custom House and included in it are selections from the text that are read to the accompaniment of music by Early Day Miners.

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In the coming weeks Interchange will seek to explore a few topics that have breadth and depth enough to require multiple treatments to be sure we cover as many angles and perspectives as we can in order to present a more complete picture. One such topic is Bloomington’s long history of being a toxic waste dump thanks to the Westinghouse Electrical Corporation (bought and sold several times since they dumped untold amounts of electrical equipment filled with polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, into Bloomington’s soil and groundwater). If you’re a dedicated listener you know that Interchange has tackled the topic in the past and you can go find those shows via our archives link at WFHB.org. How should we think about such a breach of care and responsibility? Can’t we consider that an extreme violation of the rights of those people living through that period of active contamination, but also can’t we see it is a violation against the future inhabitants most of whom, by now, either don’t know about the toxicity under our feet and in our water, or have assumed the problem has gone away. Instead, it festers.

Beyond PCBs we’ll take a look at Genetically Modified Organisms and Food Security as well as the Coal and Fracking industries. At the back of all of this is our right to know what is being done to us, to our bodies, to the world that sustains our lives, and to those new humans we bring into this land of toxic waste.

Daily Local News August 12, 2014

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The Indianapolis Business Journal is reporting that local for-profit hospital Monroe Hospital filed for bankruptcy federal court in Indianapolis on Friday; MaryEllen Bishop stepped down as Chair of the Indiana University Board of Trustees during the Trustee meeting in Bloomington on Friday; Indiana University has a new Women’s Basketball coach; The Hoosier Hills Food Bank distributed more pounds of food in July than ever before in the organization history; A national association of retail stores has named Indiana Republican Senator Dan Coats a 2014 Hero of Main Street; Three Communities in Northwestern Indiana live with some of the nation’s worst air quality, as well as highly contaminated waters and elevated cancer and asthma rates; Monroe County will tackle the contentious issue of vote centers again in the coming weeks; The Monroe County Commissioners can’t quiet down interstate sixty-nine; A controversial proposal for a new trash transfer station in Bloomington is back after a long delay.

FEATURE
The Indiana University Board of trustees met on Friday and discussed some capital improvement projects for the campus of IU Bloomington. Today, correspondent David Murphy speaks with Indiana University spokesman Mark Land about the changes, for today’s community report.

CREDITS
Anchors: Helen Harrell, Casey Kuhn
Our Engineer today is Carissa Barrett,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Managing Editor is Joe Crawford,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Vote Centers A Proposed Discussion With Monroe County Budget

Monroe County will tackle the contentious issue of vote centers again in the coming weeks. County Clerk Linda Robbins says she will propose vote centers during upcoming budget talks.Robbins made the statement at an August 7 meeting of the County Election Board.

“We are also going to look at comparing costs of precinct voting to vote centers so we’re going to try and tackle that again with some comparative costs,” Robbins says.

Switching to a vote center model would shrink the number of voting locations in the County. But a resident could vote at any of the locations instead of being limited to a single precinct. In the past, county Republicans have opposed the change.

Robbins insists it could save hundreds of thousands of dollars during each election.

“There’s been pushback from certain individuals about these centers,” Robbins says. “Any cost we incur with this will be charged back to the city, not the county.”

The Board plans to begin 2015 budget discussions on August 12.

Local News, Quick Reads – August 12, 2014

  • Indiana University has a new women’s basketball coach.  Teri Moren was announced as the Hoosiers’ new coach Saturday night. She replaces Curt Miller, who resigned on July 25.   Moren played for the Purdue Boilermakers  from 1987-1991 and has spent the past four seasons as the coach  at Indiana State University.
  • The Hoosier Hills Food Bank distributed more pounds of food in July than ever before in the organizations history. 413,835 pounds of food were distributed last month. HHFB distributes to nearly 100 non-profit agencies in Brown, Lawrence, Orange, Owen, Martin and Monroe counties with limited distribution in Crawford and Greene counties.
  • The Indianapolis Business Journal is reporting that local for-profit hospital Monroe Hospital filed for bankruptcy federal court in Indianapolis on Friday. Court documents show the hospital to be $125 million in debt. The hospital currently employees 315 people, and is in works with Prime Healthcare for a buyout.
  • MaryEllen Bishop stepped down as Chair of the Indiana University board of trustees during the trustee meeting in Bloomington on Friday. Randall Tobias,  the Retired Chair and CEO of Eli Lilly and Company and  a 2013 gubernatorial appointment to the IU board of trustees, was unanimously voted in a chairman of the board on Friday.
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