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Books Unbound – Killing Voltaire: An Observance for Charlie Hebdo

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“Killing Voltaire: An Observance for Charlie Hebdo” is a collaborative response by the Books Unbound community to the deadly attack on the offices of the French satiric weekly.

Classic and contemporary free-speech quotations from the Voice of Reason (Patsy Rahn), probing passages from authors by the Provocateur (Tony Brewer), and readings from Voltaire himself on fanaticism, blasphemy, and liberty vs. destiny (Frank Buczolich) are interwoven with selections made by the readers themselves or by series producer Cynthia Wolfe, including:

• Excerpt from a posthumously published essay by the assassinated Russian journalist Anna Politskovskaya, selected, read, scripted and produced by Sarah Torbeck, with a sample of the original Russian read by Pavel Abramov.

• “Fragment, 1959,” Lauren Robert reading a poem by Anna Akhmatova, selected by Doug Storm.

• Excerpt from a 2012 speech by Salman Rushdie, selected, read and produced by Jack Hanek.

• Excerpt from Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land, selected, produced and read by Richard Fish.

• Excerpts from “Balqis,” a long poem alternating love elegy and political passion by the Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani, selected and read in Arabic by Ali Alnahhabi, and by Berklea Going in an English adaptation.

• “The Auroras of Autumn”, eight of ten cantos of the poem by Wallace Stevens on unease in the house of the mind, containing the famous line “The house will crumble and the books will burn”, selected by Cynthia Wolfe and read by Doug Storm.

• Afterword by Maria McKinley, reading a passage on the true source of personal daring from Eudora Welty’s memoir One Writer’s Beginnings.

The episode also features Guillaume Ansart, associate professor at Indiana University and a specialist in 18th-century French literature and satire, with perspectives on Voltaire, Enlightenment values, and the French tradition of satire.

Special music for the episode comes from the Floodplain album by Kronos Quartet.

Credits
Produced by Cynthia Wolfe, with assistance from Doug Storm and Sarah Torbeck.
Script by Cynthia Wolfe, with contributions by readers.
Executive producer: Alycin Bektesh
Theme music by The Impossible Shapes

This podcast is expanded from the original broadcast.

Hola Bloomington – January 16, 2015

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Los locutores de HOLA Bloomington Minerva Sosa y Araceli Gomez-Aldana hablan sobre el dinero, como ahorrar y hacer mejores decisiones con nuestro dinero. Además, se habla de que necesita saber para la temporada de impuestos este año. Invitados Yvette y Roberto Hevia contribuyen a la conversación.

Hola Bloomington’s hosts Minerva Sosa and Araceli Gomez-Aldana talk about money, how to save money and make better decision with your money. They also talk about tax season and what you need to know for this tax season.

EcoReport – January 15, 2015

This week on Ecoreport, we hear an interview from 2012 with journalist Will Potter, which took place prior to Potter

speaking at the I-U campus. Potter has written extensively on the “Green Scare” and the U.S.

government’s efforts to criminalize environmental and animal rights activists — and even label them as terrorists.

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: Alyce Miller, Dan Young

This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene, Norm Holy, Susan Northleaf, and and Cathi Norton. Our

feature and broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. This week’s calendar was compiled by Catherine Anders.

EcoReport is produced by Dan Young and Gillian Wilson. Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

bloomingOUT – January 15, 2015

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Our hosts Erica Dorsey, Jeff Jewel, and Jeff Poling interview award winning filmmaker Bennett Singer about his documentary film work and background.  One of Bennett Singer’s many credits includes his Producer/Director work on the Brother Outsider film which can be found at http://rustin.org/ Our music tonight was “Rise Up” by Beyonce from 2013′s movie “Epic.”  We also heard the Out on Campus segment which discusses perceptions of homosexuality from the perspectives of religious texts.  Our other weekly segment, First Year Out talked about the real meaning behind things like Instagram “likes” and “friending” a romantic interest on social media. We would like to thank our guest Bennett Singer and new guest co-host Erica Dorsey for joining us tonight!

 

Credits

Hosts Erica Dorsey, Jeff Jewel, Jeff Poling

Producer Olivia Davidson

Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh

Script Coordinator Hayley Bass

Board Engineer Carissa Barrett

Rep. Todd Young Wants More Work Hours for Healthcare

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For a second time, U.S. Rep. Todd Young authored legislation to increase the number of hours employees have to work in order to receive healthcare from their employers. The bill has passed in the House of Representatives. As it heads now to the Senate, WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh explores what the impact of Representative Young’s bill would be here in his hometown of Bloomington.

Voices in the Street – Toasting the New Year: Hopes and Dreams for 2015

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A new year is here, a time for reflection and resolution.  How are people in Bloomington resolving to improve themselves and our world?  In this special edition of Voices in the Street, WFHB went on-location to local taverns, neighborhood parties, and of course the streets of Bloomington to find all about hopes and dreams for 2015.

Daily Local News – January 15, 2015

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A second candidate has entered the race for mayor of Bloomington; Poverty is still on the rise in Indiana, according to a new report from the Indiana Institute for Working Families; After a rape was reported on Indiana University’s campus this week, a student group is aiming to educate IU students about sexual assault, rape and consent; The Bloomington City Council spent most of its meeting last night remembering community members who recently passed away.

FEATURE
For a second time, Representative Todd Young authored legislation to increase the number of hours employees have to work in order to receive healthcare from their employers. The bill has passed in the House of Representatives. As it heads now to the senate, WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh explores what the impact of Representative Young’s bill would be here in his hometown of Bloomington Indiana.

VOICES IN THE STREET
A new year is here, a time for reflection and resolution. How are people in Bloomington resolving to improve themselves and our world? In this special edition of Voices in the Street, WFHB went on-location to local taverns, neighborhood parties, and of course the streets of Bloomington to find all about hopes and dreams for 2015.

CREDITS
Anchors: Scott Weddle, Caroly VandeWiele
Today’s headlines were written by Sarah Panfil
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access
Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Jonathan Goethals.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Bloomington Beware! – Online Colleges

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Up next, our weekly consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!

Daily Local News – January 14, 2015

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Governor Mike Pence opened his half-hour State of the State speech last night by saying Indiana has never been stronger; Bloomington residents stood on the corner of Kirkwood and Walnut as the sun set yesterday evening, waving signs that said “no keystone XL” as part of a national day of action against the controversial pipeline; Monroe County is now a semifinalist in a nationwide competition to save energy.

FEATURE
We now bring you condensed portions of Governor Mike Pence’s State of the State address from last night. Pence gave the speech before the Indiana General Assembly.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Up next, our weekly consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley, Kathi Norton
Today’s headlines were written by Alycin Bektesh
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was engineered by Michael Hilton
Our engineers today were Jim Lang, Adam Reichle, Matt Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Local Activists Turn Out to Oppose The Keystone Pipeline

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Bloomington residents stood on the corner of Kirkwood and Walnut as the sun set yesterday evening, waving signs that said “no keystone XL” as part of a national day of action against the controversial pipeline.

Jack Brubaker (BRUE-bay-ker), a local activist who helped organize the event, told WFHB he wants to keep the issue in the public eye, especially because of recent misleading reports that President Obama has resolved not to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. In fact, the Obama administration announced that he would veto a current proposal for the development due to a procedural hang up. Obama believes the matter should be decided by the state department, not determined through the current legislation. He has not said whether he would veto the project if the state department approves the construction.
Proponents of the pipeline often refer to job creation in the United States, and reduced dependence on foreign oil. Brubaker points out the United States won’t see most of the economic benefits of the project.
Even if the state department approves of the pipeline and Obama signs off on it, it is not a guarantee that the pipeline would be built. A recent drop in the price of oil worldwide means that currently, Alberta tar sand production is operating at a loss, and may not find investors to participate in refining the tar sands.
Brubaker is most troubled by the environmental risks of the pipeline.

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