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Interchange – Drones at Liberty: Part Two

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Part 2 of Drones at Liberty: Our conversation continues to explore the meaning of drones–drones as instruments of war and policing, drones in the public imaginary, drones as extensions of state and/or human will–all topics under examination at the recent IU Symposium on Drone Warfare.

All technologies are transgressive.

It seems to me that normalization is the issue. Spying technologies have been around for a long time and yet there surely was a “peeping Tom” (men!) stigma as well as a respect for privacy–plus, who cares what normal life someone else was leading–ah, but prurience cultivated over the decades has increasingly led us to acknowledge that life is boring, yet hope that some folks perhaps are not boring, or that spying as a transgression is not boring BECAUSE it’s a transgression not for what is revealed through spying. Our television shows and movies normalize torture and spying and now the piloting of UAVs across the thousands of miles.

I would go so far as to argue that acceptable use inevitably paves the way for the transgression, and that the transgression is the fullest expression of the technology.

But, as many presenters made plain, the policing and terror apparatus is already firmly in place, and UAVs are an “in-kind” application that will further the constant machine surveillance and control of humanity.

With apologies to Emily Dickinson:

I heard a DRONE buzz – when I died –
The Stillness in the Room
Was like the Stillness in the Air –

and then it was
There interposed a DRONE –

With Blue – uncertain stumbling Buzz –
Between the light – and me –
And then the Windows failed – and then
I could not see to see –

GUESTS
Ishan Ashutosh, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Indiana University, is a critical human geographer whose work encompasses the study of migration, the politics of race and ethnicity from an international and comparative perspective, and urban studies. His research examines the multiple and contested representations of South Asia through projects situated in migration and area studies.

Chris Miles is a PhD student in the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University. His work focuses on the intellectual, political, and material relationships between capitalism, media technologies, and nature. In particular, he studies informatic media and digital technology integrated into or pattered on biology and biological processes.

MUSIC
The Flaming Lips, “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1″
The Police, “Bombs Away”
The Flaming Lips, “Do You Realize??”
The Flaming Lips, “All We Have Is Now”

OF INTEREST
41 men targeted but 1,147 people killed

RELATED
Interchange – Drones At Liberty: Part One
Interchange – Terror Skies: The Drone as Judge and Jury
Interchange – Colin Allen: Thinking About Thinking Machines

CREDITS
Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board and Music Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

Daily Local News – July 21, 2015

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Indiana is sitting on $2.1 billion in cash reserves as the 2015 budget year draws to a close; The legal balance between First Amendment rights and local government ordinances was on display last week at a Bloomington Board of Public Works meeting; The budget for the Monroe County Public Library is expected to grow slightly next year; Horror movies have provided thrills for decades now, but do video games provide the same rush of adrenaline for players?

FEATURE
Each year the Indiana Arts Commission awards grants to further the careers of budding artists around the state. Of the thirty-seven grant recipients this year, eight were from Bloomington, including one piano player getting ready to launch a festival this August. Correspondent Jordan Guskey brings us that story for today’s WFHB community report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
When you hear “investment,” you might think “risky.” Richard Shockley of IU’s Kelley School of Business reveals the secret of growing your money in the market simply and without the risk of get-rich-overnight investing schemes.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Jerrod Dill and Ivy Bridges
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Jordan Guskey
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacy and edited by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineers are Jen Brooks and Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Bring It On! – July 20, 2015

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Liz Mitchell and Leila Randle welcome Terry James.

PART ONE
On tonight’s show, Liz and Leila welcome Terry James. Mr. James joins us to provide an update on family activities in the African American settled community of Jamestown, of which he is a descendant of Ervin James, the founder of the settlement. He also provides his observations on the recent series of events in South Carolina.

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

CREDITS
Hosts: Liz Mitchell and Leila Randle
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

IU Receives Grant to Study Possible Autism Link

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IU has received a $900,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study a possible link between autism and body temperature. The study will be conducted by Jeffrey Alberts and Chris Harshaw of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.

The researchers will examine the effect of body temperature on mice with genetic disorders that mimic the symptoms of autism. Anecdotally, parents of children with autism have reported that fevers tend to lessen their behavioral symptoms. A 2007 study published in the Journal of Pediatrics confirmed some of those observations, but the nature of that association is still unclear.  Alberts and Harshaw are hoping to take a detailed look at that connection under laboratory conditions.

Single-Use Bag Ordinance

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Last week the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Monroe County Waste Management District voted, tentatively, to support Bloomington’s yet-to-be proposed single use bag ordinance. Clark Sorensen is the chair of the Committee.

“We’re going to vote on whether or not to support the single-use bag ordinance that’s being proposed. We’re going to send out the actual ordinance to members and have a second vote electronically to see whether we want to actually endorse the ordinance and forward it to the Center for Sustainable Living.”

At a Committee meeting in May, Jean Leimkuhler [lime-cooler], of Bring Your Own Bag Bloomington described a draft ordinance that would restricting plastic bag use. Her organization hopes the Bloomington City Council will adopt the ordinance. It would eventually limit retail vendors’ free provision of plastic carry- out bags to customers. The bags would only be allowed  for wrapping of meats and other perishables. Eventually, customers would be charged for each bag provided at the check-out. Leimkuhler has said she anticipates the ordinance to be brought before the city council in September. Bring Your Own Bag Bloomington is also asking the County to adopt a similar law. The tentative resolution in support of the draft ordinance was passed unanimously by the Committee. A final vote will be tallied by e-mail after members are sent the actual ordinance.

Finding Meaning In Tragedy

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Elena Mnayarji is a typical high school senior. She likes to hang out with her friends, spend time in her hobbies, and plan out her college dorm room. But an event earlier this year lead her to reevaluate the way she sees her life. Her sister, Indiana University student Lauren Mnayarji brings us the story, which comes courtesy of the IU Media School and American Student Radio.

Daily Local News – July 20, 2015

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The City of Bloomington’s Council for Community Accessibility is hosting a celebration this weekend recognizing the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Last week the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Monroe County Waste Management District voted, tentatively, to support Bloomington’s yet-to-be proposed single use bag ordinance. Clark Sorensen is the chair of the Committee. Monroe County is moving ahead with its plan to market the Westside TIF District to potential tenants. IU has received a $900,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study a possible link between autism and body temperature. The Indiana University Maurer School of Law has announced a fixed rate tuition for all students entering the school this year.

FEATURE
Elena Mnayarji (meh-NAR-jee) is a typical high school senior. She likes to hang out with her friends, spend time in her hobbies, and plan out her college dorm room. But an event earlier this year lead her to reevaluate the way she sees her life. Her sister, Indiana University student Lauren Mnayarji brings us the story, which comes courtesy of the IU Media School and American Student Radio.

Activate
Volunteers Jim Griffin and Janet Schell talk about the importance of supporting teacher’s through their work at the Teacher’s Warehouse and about the great resource it provides to Bloomington’s educators and students. Also, more volunteer opportunities to use teaching skills here in Bloomington from the Volunteer Network.

CREDITS
Anchors: Doug Storm and Joe Crawford
Today’s headlines were written by Kara Tullman, Ivy Bridges and Jerrod Dill
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Lauren Mnayarji
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Our engineer is Chris Martin
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive producer is Joe Crawford

Books Unbound – Elizabeth Stoddard and the 1860s, Part Four: ‘Two Men’ Begins

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Two Men, the second novel by Elizabeth Stoddard (1823–1902), was published in 1865, a mere two months after Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. Women were prolific writers of fiction during the 1860s, and have also left abundant letters and diaries, but masculinist notions of what constitutes “war writing” have given an incomplete picture of American literature in the crucial decade of the Civil War.

Stoddard’s novel is a tightly compressed, multigenerational family saga that deals with issues of identity—race, class, religion, region, nation—that spoke to general anxieties about reunification in American society. While her short stories focus on female protagonists and typically end in marriage or a reconciliation, Stoddard begins Two Men with a marriage, and in a letter stated her desire to write “the history of a man”. Shayne Laughter reads. Stoddard’s letters, journalism, and diary entries are read throughout the series by Sarah Torbeck, who also reads the author’s dedication of the book to her brother. Doug Storm reads the book’s epigraph from Emerson’s essay “Experience,” and Martin O’Neill reads an excerpt from the preface to the revised 1888 edition written by Stoddard’s friend Edmund Clarence Stedman.

(Broadcast listeners: Stoddard’s story “Lemorne versus Huell,” which concluded in the July 18 broadcast, may be found in its entirety in part three of the series.)

Heather Perry hosts, with announcer Jack Hanek. The episode was produced, written, and edited by Cynthia Wolfe, with assistance from Heather Perry, Sarah Torbeck, and Jack Hanek.

Special music for Two Men comes from the album MacDowell: Second Modern Suite / Étude de Concert / Twelve Études (Naxos, 1999), performed by James Barbagallo (1952–1996). The American composer Edward MacDowell, born in 1860, wrote these works for piano in the 1880s, around the time Two Men was reissued.

Executive producer: Joe Crawford
Theme music: The Impossible Shapes

Hola Bloomington – July 17, 2015

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Los locutores de HOLA Bloomington Maria Auxiliadora Viloria y Araceli Gómez-Aldana entrevistan a Ellen Vaughn y Olivia Rios, las dos son consejeras del Centro para el Crecimiento Humano. Ellen y Olivia hablan de sus experiencias como consejeras y dan consejos sobre cómo lidiar con el estrés y cómo reconocer síntomas de depresión.

Hola Bloomington’s hosts Maria Auxiliadora Viloria and Araceli Gómez-Aldana interview Ellen Vaughn and Olivia Rios, both are counselors at the Center for Human Growth. Ellen and Olivia talk about their experiences as counselors and give advice on how to deal with stress and how to detect depression symptoms.

Better Beware – Latest Scam News

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Bad news and good – a headsup on a new wrinkle in the email spam game, a look at some of the current cons, and a couple of examples to prove that sometimes, the bad guys get caught!

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