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Bring It On! – May 19, 2014

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Bev Smith and William Hosea welcome Gerrick DeVane, owner and proprietor of Gerrick’s BBQ Catering Company.

PART ONE
Gerrick DeVane, owner and proprietor of Gerrick’s BBQ Catering Company, joins Bev and William on the show to acquaint the listening audience with his new establishment on the corner of 17th and Dunn.

With over 5 years of experience, Gerrick’s specializes in catering graduation events, sports events, birthday parties and cookouts.

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 15, 2014

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Authoress of Left-Hander in London-The Earthquake, parent, grandmother, spouse, entrepreneur, writer, entertainer and President of the Indy Rainbow Chamber of Commerce JJ Marie Gufreda is in studio to chat about the upcoming world premiere of her one-woman show to be held in Toronto as well as other potential tour dates and locations.  She also provides some updates about her recent activities and sings a couple of original songs.  Selections are “I’m so Happy, I don’t have the Blues” and “Come to Me Little Ones.” President of Tri-State Alliance Wally Paynter phones in with details about their upcoming 35th Pride Picnic on 8 June in Evansville IN.

www.lefthanderinlondon.org
www.tsagl.org

Producer Carol Fischer
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Associate Producer Sarah Hetrick
News Director Josh Vidrich
Original Theme Music Mikial robertson
Announcer Sarah Hetrick

EcoReport – May 15, 2014

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Matt Reynolds, President of the clothing line Indigenous, discusses the sustainability and eco-friendly practices of the company.

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 Dan Young
This week’s news stories were written by Joe Crawford, Linda Greene, Norm Holy, and Dan Young. This week’s feature was engineered by me, 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.

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.

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