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bloomingOUT – June 5, 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

PART ONE
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.

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

CREDITS
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

bloomingOUT – May 29, 2014

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Former bloomingOUT Co-Anchor, Indianapolis photographer, winner of the Caregiver of the Year Award and budding author of “Raising Dad” Mark Lee is in studio with personal and professional updates. The first and only Native American to graduate with a PhD from IU School of Public Health and member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma LaDonna Jessie BlueEye stops by to chat about various topics related to Natives in higher education as well as her own achievements and perspectives. Director of Spencer Pride Kim Fidler and festival activities committee member Ed O’Brien provide some last minute updates about this year’s event coming up on 7 June at the Spencer Court House Square.

www.greatexposures.net
www.spencerpride.org

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

Alternative Voice with David Barsamian, Part 1

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On April 10th in Bloomington Indiana Alternative Radio’s David Barsamian he spoke about his lifetime of work as an independent media producer, and the convergence of media, capitalism, and the environment.  Mr. Barsamian and Dr. Martha Crouch were the primary speakers and the event was recorded on location at the Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center by WFHB’s Alycin Bektesh for  Standing Room Only, on WFHB.

Interchange – Voices On the Hill

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For our program tonight, Voices on the Hill, Interchange producers Doug Storm and Trish Kerlé wend their way through Rose Hill Cemetery accompanied by Voces Novae, a local chamber choir under the artistic direction of Sue Swaney.

On May 17th Voces Novae gathered at the gates of Rose Hill Cemetery to begin what they termed a “musical walking tour” of the cemetery. The group, along with an audience which seemed to grow in number as they moved from stone to stone, walked to a designated gravesite and then Sue Swaney would speak a bit about the person buried there and then a song would be sung in tribute to that person (and “in tune” with that person’s biography or achievements).

But we’re going to plant the songs sung by Voces Novae like peonies around the gravestones.

This is the story of Rose Hill told by 3 people who have different relationships with the Cemetery. Together their stories will offer some new perspectives on a 200-year-old outdoor museum in Bloomington that, up until now, may have been all but invisible to citizens.

Also performing in the cemetery were Cindy Kallet and Grey Larsen, local folk musicians who released a much acclaimed album in 2007 titled Cross the Water.

We bring you this Interchange in two parts. In our first segment we’ll hear from the most powerful man in Bloomington, Jay Davidson, Sexton of the Rose Hill Cemetery and self-styled King of the Dead and in the second we’ll meet two keepers of the dead, Sally Gaskill and Lou Malcomb, both of whom work to keep what was lost found.

Of related interest:

Voces Novae

Cindy Kallet & Grey Larsen

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