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Interchange – Larry Lockridge: An Unedited Interview

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Host Doug Storm talks with Larry Lockridge, author of Shade of the Raintree, about his father Ross Lockridge, Jr., and his bestselling novel of 1948, Raintree County, about the search for answers to the mystery of his father’s suicide, and about the wish to save his father’s letters and manuscripts for future scholars of the novel.

This is an unedited conversation.

Find out more about Larry Lockridge’s Shade of the Raintree at www.raintreecounty.com.

Photo credit: Hugh Hazelrigg

Interchange – Larry Lockridge: In the Shade of the Raintree

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Host Doug Storm continues the three-part series on the bestselling 1948 novel Raintree County with excerpts from a conversation with Larry Lockridge, the second child of Ross Lockridge, Jr., and author of Shade of the Raintree: The Life and Death of Ross Lockridge, Jr.

The episode opens with “Flash Perkins’ Theme” from the soundtrack to the 1957 movie Raintree County.

Listen to the first show in the series: Taking the Measure of Raintree County

More about the novel and Larry Lockridge’s biography can be found at www.raintreecounty.com.

Community Concerned With I-69 Sediment Erosion

A contractor helping supervise I-69 construction insisted May 9 contractors are doing all they can to prevent pollution from the project. In a presentation to the Bloomington/Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Policy Committee, Jeremy Kieffner outlined the various strategies contractors use to prevent erosion. Over the past year waterways near Section 4 of the new interstate have been contaminated with sediments washing away from construction areas.

Kieffner works for the Evansville-based firm, Bernardin, Lochmueller & Associates. He told the group road projects always present erosion issues.

Kieffner did not directly address the erosion issues caused by Interstate 69 and he didn’t take questions from the Committee. After the presentation several committee members said they had doubts the state is following proper procedures with the construction. Committee member Andy Ruff has been a long-time opponent of I-69.

“I worked in battling sediment erosion with construction sites and it’s not an easy law to enforce or follow,” Ruff says.

Ruff said the sediment is probably damaging ecosystems in the waterways near Indian Creek, where some of the most contamination has occurred. Committee member Cheryl Munson, who lives in the Indian Creek area, said problems continue there. Munson said she’s hopeful erosion won’t cause as many problems in Section 5 of the interstate, which runs through Bloomington.

Crews have already begun clearing properties in Section 5 in preparation for construction of the interstate.

Bloomington’s 2014 Art Project Grants Awarded

The recipients of the City of Bloomington’s 2014 Art Project Grants have been announced. Grants are made available to nonprofit organizations that participate in activities that revolve around the arts. The purpose of these grants are to support and enhance a high level of artistry around the community. Miya Michaelson, Assistant Economic Development Director for the Arts, talks about this year’s change in how often these grants are given to the community.

“They used to give out grants twice a year and this year was the first time to give out just one a year,” Michaelson says.

Michaelson says the organizations that apply for these grants have increased over the years, and funds have also increased. Additional advertising through news releases, emailing previous applicants with the necessary guidelines, and online allows everyone an equal opportunity to apply.

The grants are given to an organization after considering three categories. Artistic quality, community impact and organization capacity are three factors in deciding who is eligible to receive the grants.

The Arts grant helped established perennial recipients like the Krampus Night activities, and the Bloomington Creative Glass skills pumpkin patch project. There were fifteen recipients for the 2014 grant, the full list can be found online on the city’s art page.

Bring It On! – May 12, 2014

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Bev Smith and William Hosea welcome Dr. Khalil Muhammad, director of the acclaimed Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

PART ONE
Beginning with the collections of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg more than 85 years ago, the The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture located in Harlem, New York has collected, preserved, and provided access to materials documenting black life—in America and worldwide. It has also promoted the study and interpretation of the history and culture of peoples of African descent.

A research unit of The New York Public Library system, It is recognized as one of the leading institutions focusing exclusively on African-American, African Diaspora, and African experiences.

In 2010, Dr. Khalil Muhammad, a former faculty member in the Department of History at Indiana University Bloomington and a former contributor to Bring It On!, was appointed director of the acclaimed Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Dr. Muhammad joins Bev and William to discuss several of the program offerings as well as a few of the relevant social issues that the Schomburg Center is addressing.

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

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

bloomingOUT – May 8, 2014

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Reverend Irene Monroe discusses blacks in athletics and entertainment, Mother Teresa and other related issues.  Director of Development for the Indiana Youth Group (IYG) Sarah Popkin provides updates about the organization and highlights their annual IYG Art Auction to be held on Saturday 10 May 7-10 pm at the Indiana Landmark Center in Indianapolis. Featured artist is Gracie Curran & The High Falutin’ Band.  Musical selections are “Even With the Rain” and “Can’t Getta” from their “Proof of Love” CD.

www.irenemonroe.com
www.indianayouthgroup.org
www.thehighfalutinband.com

Producer Carol Fischer
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Associate Producers Sarah Hetrick & Kenzie M.
News Director Josh Vidrich
Original Theme Music Mikial Robertson
Announcer Sarah Hetrick

EcoReport – May 8, 2014

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Jacqui Bauer, Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Bloomington, discusses some of the City’s upcoming sustainability and renewable energy initiatives.

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

Indiana’s membership nonprofits hard hit through recessions

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In the latest report in a series of nonprofit examinations authored by Indiana University professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs Kirsten Grønbjerg, findings show that membership-based nonprofits are especially hard hit by economic recessions.

Indiana Nonprofit Membership and Related Employment, 1995-2011

BPAC Protests Drone Use

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A demonstration this evening on the courthouse square is part of a larger day of action called Days of Remembrance, a nationwide effort to bring attention to United States drone use.

“The U.S. drone program operates outside of the rule of law, essentially acting as judge jury and executioner,” says Timothy Baer, an organizer with Bloomington Peace Action Coalition

Names being read during the event are compiled by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism from news sources in the regions that have been hit by done attacks, a part of a larger project by BIJ called “Naming the Dead.” The names will include 62 school children killed in an attack to a religious school in Pakistan.  Baer says reading the names out loud brings a human element to a military tactic that has removed the hardships of war from those who carry out the attacks.

“Those who are killing people, they are removed from the kill-zone,” says Baer. “They are typically thousands of miles away.”

Today’s rally is being held on the courthouse square between 5 and 6 pm, coinciding with events nationwide as well as a quilt exhibition also protesting the use of drones on display in the Monroe County Public Library through May 18th.  The Bloomington Peace Action Coalition has proposed a local resolution for passage by the Bloomington City council.  Baer says it is important for local legislatures to take a stand against actions made by the federal government, and sees continued drone warfare as increasing safety risks in America.

“The actions we are taking are in no way decreasing terrorism, they are without a shadow of a doubt increasing it, we are essentially creating more enemies than can be destroyed.”

PRIMARY ELECTION UPDATES

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9:20pm update, 100% of Precincts reporting

Contested Races Only

 

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE,  DISTRICT 9

Democrats

BILL BAILEY     45.00%            

JAMES R. McCLURE, JR.                      

J.S. MILLER            

WILLIAM JOSEPH (BILLY) THOMAS 

Republicans           

KATHY LOWE HEIL                 

MARK G. JONES                 

TODD YOUNG 82.00%  

                               

COUNTY CLERK

Democrats

ASHLEY (SKOOGLUND) CRANOR                      

LINDA K. ROBBINS            71.69

COUNTY SHERIFF

Democrats

MICHAEL (MIKE) PERSHING          

STEPHEN E. SHARP             

CATHERINE (CATHY) SMITH               

BRAD SWAIN          49.65%                  

                          

COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT 2

Republicans

MARILYN BRINLEY

BRIAN ELLISON 38.64%

JENNIFER MICKEL

PAUL E. WHITE, SR

COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT 4

Republicans            

BARAK (BARRY) JAYNE                          

GREG KNOTT 88.59%

                               

Voter Dataprimary election turnout two Provided by Monroe County Clerk’s Office:

 

primary election turnout one

 

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