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Interchange – Public Education: Dividing the Conquered


Tonight we try to think about the way Public Education is politicized and the way that the politics of education as a system of social management has made secondary considerations of learning as a path to human flourishing. Unless of course you consider workforce training the path to a realization of your human potential. We raise the issue of our public education system as fulfilling a kind of economic function as well. Where else will Pearson Education sell their wares? Where else will Bill Gates dump all his technology products? The host is Doug Storm.

Joining us for this conversation are:

Cathy Fuentes-Rowher, Chair of the Monroe County/South Central Indiana branch of the Indiana Coalition for Public Education–a grassroots group of people who believe that fully funded and equitable public schools are essential for a healthy democracy.

Cathy Diersing, the School Leader of The Bloomington Project School: a Charter school.

Steve “Roc” Boncheck, a founder and Director of the Harmony School here in Bloomington. Harmony is an Independent school.

‘Race Across America’ Bike Tour Coming Through Bloomington

Next week, bicyclists on a country-spanning race will be trickling through Bloomington.

Participants in the annual Race Across America road race will set off from Oceanside, California June 10 on their way to Annapolis, Maryland. They are expected to start coming through Time Station 39, in Bloomington, starting around Monday, June 16 through to the weekend. There are different categories of racers, male and female, single, double and team.

Jim Schroeder, a local resident and bicycling enthusiast, is the captain of Station 39, which will be on College Mall Road, in front of Casa Brava restaurant. He says this race is unique in it’s length and time.

Race Across America is not like the notable Tour races, Schroeder says its harder with a longer distance in shorter time.

The race draws competitors from across the globe, especially Europe where ultra-marathon bike racing is popular. The European teams are professional bike racers, sponsored by corporations. Schroeder says that it costs at least $30,000 to finance a team, which includes riders, crew, equipment and supplies. Many of the racers raise funds from pledge donations which they donate to their favorite charity.

It is expected that the leading competitors in the Race Across America ultra bicycling marathon race will be coming through Bloomington starting Monday, June 16 and continuing into the weekend.

They will be riding south-west along the 45/46 bypass, loop around the mall along 3rd St, Hillcrest, and College Mall Road, and checking in with their time in front of Casa Brava Mexican restaurant.

Bring It On! – June 9th, 2014


Bev Smith and William Hosea welcome Carla Wilson and Inger Nemcik

Carla Wilson, MSW, has been a correction officer for more than nineteen years. Bev and William welcome her on the show to discuss her new book “What If I’m Right?”In the book, she talks about herself, the inmates, and the system, all shaped by years of frontline experience as a professional working in the correctional system.

In addition to being an author, Wilson is an inspirational speaker, guided meditation facilitator and life coach in jails, prisons, churches, and educational institutions. She also owns Connection Principle Empowerment Solutions. She is a contributing author in Serving Productive Time by Tom Lagana and Laura Lagana

Inger Nemcik, Operational Specialist for the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, stops by to give an overview of the upcoming Juneteenth festivities

Headline news of interest to the African-American community.

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 – June 5, 2014


The Publisher/Editor of Nashville Unite magazine and the new United Indianapolis magazine Joey Amato discusses the publishing industry, success of the Nashville LGBT magazine in reaching all communities, support of the country music industry and the new Indy magazine slated for launch at Indy Pride on 14 June. Outreach Coordinator for the Multicultural Efforts to end Sexual Assault (MESA) at Purdue University Skye Brown talks about how to enjoy pride festivities and remain safe from violence, HIV/AIDS and other STI transmission as well as other health related issues. President of Tri-State Alliance in Evansville Wally Paynter reports more highlights of their upcoming Pride Festival Sunday 8 June.

EcoReport – June 5, 2014


This week, the Obama administration announced new regulations mandating a 30% cut in carbon emissions from fossil fuel power plants. President Obama’s climate change agenda is intended to spur other countries to action when negotiations on a new international treaty begin next year. In today’s EcoReport feature, we examine various perspectives on the Obama Administration regulation of coal emissions. First, WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford speaks with Bruce Stevens, president of the Indiana Coal Council, about the proposed rules and their impact on Indiana. Then, WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh speaks with Jesse Kharbanda from the Hoosier Environmental Council as they react to the the President’s announcement.

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

Interchange – Reading Moby Dick: Melville’s Wicked Book


Host Doug Storm is joined by three professors of literature at Indiana University, Jennifer Fleissner, Jonathan Elmer, and Christoph Irmscher, to examine Herman Melville’s great book, Moby Dick. Each of these readers and teachers share a favorite passage from the novel and try to say just what makes them respond with awe to this novel.

Jennifer Fleissner reads Chapter 25, “Postcript.”
Jonathan Elmer reads the famous “Hotel de Cluny” passage from Chapter 41, “Moby Dick.”
Christoph Irmscher examines Chapter 87, “The Grand Armada.”

Deep calls unto deep. That is the whale song of Herman Melville who wrote to Nathaniel Hawthorne in response to the enthusiasm this friend and fellow traveller showed for his novel.

A sense of unspeakable security is in me this moment, on account of your having understood the book. I have written a wicked book, and feel spotless as the lamb. Ineffable socialities are in me. I would sit down and dine with you and all the gods in old Rome’s Pantheon. It is a strange feeling — no hopefulness is in it, no despair. Content — that is it; and irresponsibility; but without licentious inclination. I speak now of my profoundest sense of being, not of an incidental feeling. (Letter to Nathaniel Hawthorne, November [17?] 1851)

Hoosier Hills Food Bank Provides Monthly Food Boxes To Low-Income Seniors


Starting in June, Hoosier Hills Food Bank (HHFB) will begin providing monthly boxes of food for up to 100 low-income senior citizens in Monroe County. The Commodity Supplemental Food Program is already operational in Brown, Crawford, Orange, and Martin counties.

Potentially eligible seniors must complete a program application and will be scheduled for an interview to document their eligibility. Casey Steury, the Director of Programs for HHFB, says to be eligible, they must be 60 and over, live in Monroe County and be 130% of the poverty level or less.

Funding for the program is  provided by the US Department of Agriculture and Indiana State Department of Health, but Steury says that volunteer power is really what runs the program, and that without volunteers getting the word out about the program, many eligible seniors who don’t have access to internet or newspapers wouldn’t know that help was available.

The HHFB provides food for soup kitchens and shelters but the monthly food delivery program is the one time they get to interact directly with the people who benefit from their work.

“This senior program is the one program where we actually get to hand boxes directly to these seniors,” Steury says. “Because they get this food they don’t have to decide between buying food or medicine this month.”

The seniors then provide feedback on how this program has helped to improved their lives.

About 7% of Monroe County’s senior population are living below the poverty level.

Indiana Board of Pharmacy Bans Synthetic Drug Compounds


The Indiana Board of Pharmacy has banned four compounds that are used to make the synthetic drugs K2 and spice. The board is working closely with Indiana State Police to pass emergency rules to battle the ever-changing chemical formulas.

These synthetic drugs are extremely dangerous because the majority of users are youth that may think these are natural substances. K2 and spice are synthetic forms of with highly unpredictable effects. Communications Director for the Indiana Board of Pharmacy Nick Goodwin reflects on the dangers of these synthetic drugs.

“The dangers are widely documented,” Goodwin says, “Recently, 4 kids from Columbus, IN were hospitalized and were on synthetic drugs.”

Goodwin says there are misconceptions to the legality and safety of these kinds of synthetic drugs.

Reported effects of synthetic cannabinoids include increased heart rate, anxiety, hallucinations, paranoia, seizures, and chest pain. No official studies have been conducted, but data show that 11,000 people ended up in the emergency room in 2012 from smoking these substances.

Goodwin says this emergency rule will go into effect next Friday.

Once this rule is in effect, Indiana State Police will begin to prosecute providers of these synthetic drugs if the banned compounds show up in the lab tests of their products.

Local Police Recieve Grant To Buy New Audio & Video Equipment


Local police are planning to spend a $29,000 grant on new audio and video recording equipment. The Monroe County Commission accepted the County’s portion of the funding at a meeting May 30.

County attorney Jeff Cockerill said the money would be split between the County Sheriff’s Department and the Bloomington Police Department.

“This fund is to prevent violent crime,” Cockerill says. “The city will use their portion to install audio and video equipment in their  interview rooms and the county will use its portion to continue the in-car video system purchases.”

The grant money comes from a federal grant program through the Department of Justice. The Commission voted unanimously to approve the expenditure.

Bring It On! – June 2, 2014


On a special episode of B.I.O., Bev Smith and Clarence Boone welcome Dr. Osita Afoaku (from IU SPEA) and Roberta Radovich from the Office of the Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs. Later in the show, Dr. Stephanie Power-Carter, director of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center and Dr. Audrey McCluskey, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of African American & African Diaspora Studies at IU reflect on the passing of Dr. Maya Angleou

Dr. Osita Afoaku (from IU SPEA) and Roberta Radovich from the Office of the Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs join Bev and Clarence to discuss the political, social and contemporary reality of the Boko Haram, along with a follow-up to the recent “Bring Back Our Girls” community forum of concerned citizens of Bloomington, Indiana and Indiana University.

Dr. Stephanie Power-Carter and Dr. Audrey McCluskey join Bev and Clarence to offer a tribute to the memory of Dr. Maya Angelou.

Hosts: Bev Smith 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

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