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CEEP Assists with Saudi Education Reform


The Saudi Arabian government is looking to reform its education system with the help of experts at Indiana University. The Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at IU’s School of Education will focus on designing and conducting a series of evaluation projects for the Saudi government. These projects will help that government’s 45 school districts evaluate leaders, principals, teachers and the districts themselves.Challenges like communication, funding and local leadership are handled by Saudi Arabia’s Public Education Evaluation Commission. Marcey Moss is co-director of the Saudi Arabia Project at the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy.

The group has delivered their results, but Moss says they can’t be shared because of confidentiality agreements between the Saudi government and the CEEP. Moss says that eventually, in a year or two, the Saudi Arabian government will take over with evaluations of their own. Those evaluations will be an amalgamation of all that the international team helped to develop.

Interchange – George Kateb: Accentuate the Negative


With our guest, George Kateb, who has been called “the most interesting and important philosopher of liberalism alive today,”* we’ll focus on oppression and resistance. Our texts for this conversation will center on three essays from Kateb’s 2006 collection of essays, Patriotism and Other Mistakes: “Is Patriotism a Mistake,” “Socratic Integrity,” and “Wildness and Conscience: Thoreau and Emerson,” as well as selections from his 2011 book Human Dignity and his latest work Lincoln’s Political Thought.

The essays, says Kateb, “deal with serious oppression of people by public authorities. Human Dignity is in part a defense of human rights: rights that are meant to protect people against oppression by public authorities. Oppression causes physical and mental suffering and can also create violations of human dignity, some of them causing what I call unfelt oppression (ie, Huxley’s Brave New World); [then turning to] Lincoln’s Political Thought, where suffering and extreme violation of human dignity through dehumanization and degradation are caused by slavery. Thoreau invokes conscience but doesn’t rule out violence, and Lincoln comes to understand that only military violence could end the violence of slavery and its defenders.”

*John Burt, author of Lincoln’s Tragic Pragmatism

George Kateb is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics Emeritus at Princeton. An influential political theorist with an international reputation, he is a champion of democratic individuality and a critic of its many challengers. He is the author of Utopia and Its Enemies (1963); Political Theory; Its Nature and Uses (1968); Hannah Arendt: Politics, Conscience, Evil (1984); The Inner Ocean: Individualism and Democratic Culture (1992); Emerson and Self-Reliance (1994); Patriotism and Other Mistakes (2006); Human Dignity (2011); and Lincoln’s Political Thought (2015)

Charles Ives: Piano Sonata No. 2, “Concord, Mass., 1840-60″
i. Emerson
ii. Hawthorne
iii. The Alcotts
iv. Thoreau

Performed by Gilbert Kalish, piano; Samuel Baron, Flute; John Graham, viola

Patriotism: What Is It Good For?
Existential Democratic Individuality: A Conversation with George Kateb

Photo credit: www.thinkingaloud.com

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

Bring It On! – September 21, 2015


Clarence Boone and Mattie White welcome Sally Gaskill and Sara Laughlin.

On tonight’s show, Clarence and Mattie welcome Sally Gaskill, director at Strategic National Arts Alumni Project and Sara Laughlin, retired director of the Monroe County Public Library. They join us this evening to elaborate on the upcoming Power of Words presentation featuring the co-authors of March: civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and local artist Nate Powell.

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

Hosts: Clarence Boone and Mattie White
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

Hola Bloomington – September 18, 2015


Los locutores de HOLA Bloomington Raquel Anderson, Minerva Sosa y Carlos Bakota hablan con abogada de inmigración Christie Popp. Comienzan la serie del Mes de la Hispanidad con el tema de la inmigración. Hablan sobre cuestiones relevantes y la reforma migratoria. Además, Christie contesta las preguntas de los oyentas al aire.

Hola Bloomington’s hosts Raquel Anderson, Minerva Sosa and Carlos Bakota interview immigration lawyer Christie Popp. They begin the National Hispanic Heritage Month series talking about immigration. They talk about about current issues and immigration reform. In addition, Christie answers the listener’s immigration questions on air.

County Plan Commission has Recommended Approving Communication Tower Near Airport

The Monroe County Plan Commission has recommended approving a controversial wireless communications tower near the county airport. At its meeting on Tuesday, the Commission had its final hearing on the request from Verizon to build the tower on a small parcel of land, currently zoned residential. The Commission had heard this request previously, first, in April, then in July and August. During those meetings, neighbors criticized the tower’s location and height as well as a flashing light that would be on top of the tower. So the Commission sent the request back for revision. The County’s senior planner, Jackie Scanlan, reviewed the case for the Commission on Tuesday.

“This petition is for a rezone to add the wireless communications facility overlay to a portion of a parcel on … west Barge lane, so you can see it located here near State Road 45, west of the city of Bloomington,” Scanlan said.

The revised proposal reduced the tower height from 155 feet to 135 feet, plus a four foot lightning rod. The petitioner also committed not to raise the height in the future, even though new state legislation would allow that to occur starting next year. But despite those concessions from Verizon, several Commission members were still opposed, including John Irvine.

“The very purpose of having zoning is to protect yourself from intrusion by unwanted development,” Irvine said.

Irvine motioned to reject Verizon’s application, but that motion was defeated five to four. Commission member Kevin Enright then moved to recommend acceptance and provided reasons for his support

“What we get is a lower tower and we get a commitment to keep it that low. We get a commitment for co-location for first responders in that area and improved services on the west side,” Enright said.

Enright is referring to a nearby water tower also has a flashing light at the top. Enright’s motion to send the petition to the County Commissioners with a favorable recommendation passed five to four.

bloomingOUT – Bryant Paul – September 17, 2015


Hosts Ryne Shadday and Jeff Poling interview Indiana University Professor Bryant Paul about his research. All of the music tonight was by Kacey Musgraves. bloomingOUT would like to thank Professor Bryant Paul for joining us this evening.

Hosts: Ryne Shadday, Jeff Poling
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford
Producer: Olivia Davidson
Engineer: Andrew Sims

Voices in the Street – What Bloomington Thinks of the 2016 Presidential Race


With the Presidential Election still more than a year down the road, last night’s Republican Debate got Voices in the Street wondering who you’re planning on voting for. So tell us, Bloomington, who are you planning on voting for and why?

Congressman John Lewis to Speak About His Graphic Novels at Power of Words


On Monday evening, the Monroe County Public Library and the Friends of the Library will host a program called the Power of Words. Congressman John Lewis will speak at the IU Auditorium about his series of graphic novels, titled March. The books chronicle the role of Lewis and many others in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. The congressman will be joined by two co-authors of the books: his chief of staff, Andrew Ayden (I-den), and an artist from Bloomington, Nate Powell. Earlier this week, Powell and Ayden spoke with the host of WFHB’s Interchange, Doug Storm, about the making of the novels. We bring you a portion of that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.

Local Candidate Forums


The League of Women Voters of Bloomington and Monroe County is hosting three local candidate forums starting Monday, September 28. The first event will start at 7pm at the City Council Chambers and will feature the Mayoral candidates and the City Council at-large candidates. On September 29 the forum will also take place at the City Council chambers at 7pm and will include candidates for City Council Districts 1 and 3. The final forum will be on September 30 at 7pm at the Ellettsville Fire Department Training and Conference Room. That forum will include candidates for the Ellettsville Town Council Wards 2 and 3. The forums seek to let people ask the candidates questions and get a feel for who these candidates are as people. Questions will be taken on notecards at the events.

Promotion of Anti-Discrimination Laws in Indiana


The former CEO of Angie’s List says he is forming a coalition aimed at promoting anti-discrimination laws in Indiana. The Indianapolis Star reports today that Bill Oesterle is starting a group called Tech For Equality, which he says will advocate for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Hoosiers. In many parts of Indiana, there are no laws barring employers and others from discriminating against a person based on sexual orientation. The group will support a proposed non-discrimination ordinance now being considered in Carmel and Oesterle says he also hopes to put pressure on state lawmakers to pass statewide measures. In cities like Bloomington and Indianapolis, local laws already prohibit discrimination. According to the Star, Oesterle says he has held preliminary discussions with technology organizations around the state about joining the coalition. He says he will release a list of members on Monday. Another coalition, Freedom Indiana, also announced this month it would be campaigning for statewide laws outlawing discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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