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IU Health Bloomington Intends to Move Hosplital Elsewhere


Local people continue to react to I.U. Health Bloomington’s announcement that it intends to close the Bloomington Hospital and build elsewhere. Correspondent David Murphy spoke to two candidates for election to mayor of Bloomington – Democrat John Linnemeier and Republican John Turnbull – to get their views on the hospital’s move.

He also spoke with Forrest Gilmore, Director of Shalom Community Center, to hear about that social service agency’s concerns on the closing of the downtown hospital. We bring you that story now for today’s WFHB community report.

Books Unbound – The Many Voices of Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Part One


Born in New Orleans, Alice Dunbar-Nelson (1875–1935) was the daughter of a seamstress and former slave, and a sailor. She grew up poor and felt affluent only for a very brief period in her life, but had great personal elegance and was drawn to the pleasures of high culture and sensuality. She wrote fiction, poetry, and plays in a fluid and often gracefully romantic style, but was also a prolific columnist and essayist with a fiercely independent and blunt perspective. Much of her work was left unpublished in her lifetime, because it didn’t suit the literary market of the day, but also because she was protective of her public image.

Dunbar-Nelson described herself in multiracial terms, but as a hardworking educator and activist identified strongly with “the race,” as she put it simply. She was much in demand as a lecturer on what were then called Negro causes, as well as women’s and labor rights. Her fiction by contrast was racially ambiguous and universalizing. The first of a two-part program touches on some of her rich complexities as a writer and woman of color.

Episode One features fiction from her New Orleans story cycle and two essays: “A Carnival Jangle” and “Facing Life Squarely,” read by Renee Reed; “On the Bayou St. John” and the often-anthologized “Sister Josepha,” read by Berklea Going; and “The Woman,” read by Sarah Torbeck, who also hosts. Doug Storm is the announcer.

Special music for the episode comes from the albums Barktok/Korcia and Dances/Doubles Jeux/Bartok by Laurent Korcia.

This episode was produced, written and edited by Cynthia Wolfe, with assistance from Doug Storm, Robert Shull, and Sarah Torbeck. Special thanks to Community Access Television Service for production support.

Executive producer: Joe Crawford
Theme music: The Impossible Shapes

Hola Bloomington – February 27, 2015


Los locutores de HOLA Bloomington Maria Auxiliadora Viloria y Araceli Gómez-Aldana​ platican con un grupo de Chicago “Campaña para una Moratoria a las Deportaciones.” Hablan sobre DACA/DAPA y a quien están beneficiando la reforma migratoria.

Hola Bloomington hosts Maria Auxiliadora Viloria and Araceli Gómez-Aldana interview a group from Chicago “Moratorium on Deportations.” They talk about DACA/DAPA and who is really benefiting from immigration reform.

bloomingOUT – February 26, 2015


Tonight hosts, Erica Dorsey and Ryne Shadday interview Jacob Samples and Daniel Trent, brothers of IU’s predominantly Queer Fraternity, Sigma Phi Beta. They discuss their background and what it is like to be a member of Sigma Phi Beta. Our music tonight was Young Love by Eli Lieb. We also heard our weekly segment Out on Campus in which Frankie recaps Sigma Phi Beta’s Drag for a Cause, which happened last Thursday. We would like to thank our guests Jacob Samples and Daniel Trent for joining us tonight.

Hosts Erica Dorsey, Ryne Shadday
Executive Producer Joe Crawford
Producer Olivia Davidson
Script Coordinator Hayley Bass
Board Engineer Carissa Barrett

Voices In the Street – “The 2015 Oscars, Does Glitz Glow if nobody’s watching???”


The Oscars Awards ceremony held last Sunday saw a 17% drop in key demographic viewership—the lowest since 2008. It’s hard to feel too bad for them, though, considering 36.6 million people tuned in. Patricia Arquette has made some of the biggest headlines, arguing for wage equality during her acceptance speech for best supporting actress. Voices in the Street hit the streets to ask your friends and neighbors if they followed the Oscars this year and what role, if any, should Hollywood play when it comes to highlighting issues generally reserved for the political arena.

Bloomington Task Force designated to Study Water resources


The Bloomington Chamber of Commerce has convened a task force to study water resources in Monroe County and beyond. WFHB News Director Joe Crawford spoke today with Liz Irwin, a spokesperson for the Chamber. They discussed the Chamber’s concerns about how water resources could affect future development in the area. We bring you that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report. Irwin began by explaining why the Chamber assembled the task force.

Teen Dating Awareness in Bloomington


February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month. Young people who experience dating violence are at a higher risk of substance abuse, depression, poor academic performance and future victimization. For the fourth consecutive year, organizations like Middle Way House in Bloomington, have reached out to teenagers to help them find the tools to build healthy relationships. Rene Llewellyn is a representative from Middle Way House.

“This month is set aside for discussion to try to encourage parents to talk to the teens, encourage educators, teachers to hold discussions on the topic,” says Llewellyn.

Llewellyn says Middle Way House has reached out to local teenagers in a variety of ways, from sending specialists to discuss the topic at schools to organizing meetings in the public library. She says that although culture, society and education play a role, the key to teaching health relationships lies at home, within the family. According to Llewellyn, parents should strive to be aware that sexual education is something that should not be ignored.

“An avoidance of the topic altogether can sometimes lead to the belief that an abusive relationship is a normal relationship,” Llewellyn also stated.

Llewellen says those parents who might be concerned about their childrens’ relationships can find advice from the US Department Health and Human Services website. As part of the activities organized my Middle Way House, a series of banners have been displayed around Bloomington. The banners convey messages proposed by teenagers. Llewellen says the banners were put together during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day activity.

“Our prevention team recruited over 40 teenagers.” She also says that the teens designed which messages should be put on the banners.

The banners were designed under the guidance of local artist Merridee LaMantia. They will be up until the first of March.

Daily Local News – February 26, 2015


The Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, approved the long-debated net neutrality rule today;February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month; A batch
of new luxury condos are planned for construction in downtown Bloomington;The Bloomington Board of Parks Commissioners heard an update on Tuesday about invasive species at the Griffy Lake Nature Preserve.

The Bloomington Chamber of Commerce has convened a task force to study water resources in Monroe County and beyond. WFHB News Director Joe Crawford spoke today with Liz Irwin, a spokesperson for the Chamber. They discussed the Chamber’s concerns about how water resources could affect future development in the area. We bring you that conversation now
for today’s WFHB community report. Irwin began by explaining why the Chamber assembled the task force.

Up next, our weekly public opinion segment!

Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Joe Crawford, Carmen Gozalo and Anson Shupe
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television
Services. Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford. Voices in the Street was produced by
Kelly Wherley, Our engineer today was Jose Rodriguez!!
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

EcoReport – February 26, 2015


In today’s EcoReport feature, Keith Johnson, from Renaissance Farms, talks about Permaculture, composting, and gardening.

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.

Today’s Anchors: Julianna Dailey and David Lyman.
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene, Norm Holy and Halle Shine. Our feature and broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. This week’s calendar was compiled by Catherine Anders.

EcoReport is produced by Dan Young, Filiz Cicek, Nancy Jones and Gillian Wilson. Executive producer is Joe Crawford.

Akwasi Owusu-Bempah Discusses the Dynamic Experience of African American Police Officers


As police departments around the country are pressured to review the racial makeup of their staff, last week WFHB’s African American public affairs show Bring It On discussed the roles and experiences of black police officers. The hosts spoke with Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and an Adjunct Professor within Indiana University’s Department of African American and Diaspora Studies. The show was hosted by Clarence Boone and Jim Sims. We bring you a portion of that conversation for today’s WFHB community report.

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