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Better Beware! – Phony Phone Tactics

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Scammers who call on the phone demanding money deserve anything they get – so here’s some ideas on how to turn the tables on ‘em!

Daily Local News – May 27, 2015

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An armed man and an accomplice robbed the People’s State Bank on Bloomington’s East side yesterday evening; The City of Bloomington Housing and Neighborhood Development Department announced yesterday that applications are now available for its 2015 Citizens’ Academy program; Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has joined a national lawsuit against four cancer charities accused of scamming millions of dollars from donors; The proposal to extend the life of the west-side TIF district is on the table once again; The Jack Hopkins Social Services Funding Committee announced its recommendations, for funding allocations, to local non-profit organizations, for 2015.

FEATURE
The state of Oklahoma has experienced an increased number of earthquakes in recent years and researchers there say the seismic activity appears to be linked to oil and gas drilling. Specifically, the earthquakes seem to be connected to the use of hydraulic fracking, a process that also occurs in parts on Indiana. WFHB correspondent Kyle Boen looked into whether Hoosiers should be worrying about increased risk of earthquakes and we bring you that story now in this WFHB exclusive.

BETTER BEWARE!
Scammers who call on the phone demanding money deserve anything they get – so here’s some ideas on how to turn the tables on ‘em!

CREDITS
Anchors – Kelly Wherley and Araceli Gomez
Today’s headlines were written by Ivy Bridges, Jerrod Dill and Jack Hanek
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Better Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was produced by Doug Storm
Our engineers today are Adam Reichle and Matt Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Cancer Charities Accused of Fraud; 137 Million Dollar Settlement Already Agreed Upon

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has joined a national lawsuit against four cancer charities accused of scamming millions of dollars from donors. That’s according to a press release from the AG’s office. The plaintiffs include the Federal Trade Commission and attorneys general from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The FTC has accused the charities of squandering donations on personal expenses, including cruises and dating site memberships. According to the New York Times, the charities collected $187 million between 2008 and 2012, but spent less than 3% on actual aid. They are also accused of filing fraudulent statements with state regulators and making false claims in promotional materials. Two of the charities have already agreed to a $137 million settlement, and will be dissolved. Funds recovered in the settlements will be distributed to the states for donation to legitimate charities. The charities accused of fraud are the Cancer Fund of America, Children’s Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services and The Breast Cancer Society.

Interchange – A Power Unto Itself: Scott Horton on the National Security Elite

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Host Doug Storm is joined by Scott Horton, attorney and contributing editor at Harper’s Weekly, author of the recent book, The Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America’s Stealth Foreign Policy, and author of the essay “Company Men: Torture, treachery, and the CIA,” which appeared in the April issue of Harper’s.

Discussed
The Senate Report on Torture as “historical” rather than an “oversight” document (which should happen in real time).
Torture as an effective propaganda tool, not intelligence gathering.
The cooperative media, national security reporters fed lies they dutifully report.
A “better angel”: Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov was a Russian nuclear physicist, Soviet dissident and human rights activist.
John Brennan as the most influential person in the world.
The CIA has its own air force. There’s a direct flow-through from the torture program to the drone program.
Richard Bruce Cheney as THE lord of secrecy.
Private Contractors create more secrecy.

Guest
Scott Horton is a contributing editor at Harper’s magazine and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for reporting for his writing on law and national security issues. Horton lectures at Columbia Law School and continues to practice law in the emerging markets area. A lifelong human rights advocate, Horton served as counsel to Andrei Sakharov and Elena Bonner, among other activists in the former Soviet Union.

Related
Senate Intelligence Committee Study on CIA Detention and Interrogation Program
Scott Horton: “Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America’s Stealth Foreign Policy” (Book Excerpt)

Music
“Girl Trouble” from the motion picture soundtrack From Russia With Love, by John Barry and His Orchestra
“Spies in the Wire” by Cabaret Voltaire
“I Kill Spies” by Agent Orange

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

Bloomington Announces It Will Offer Its Workers Gender Reassignment Surgery

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The City of Bloomington has announced it will offer its workers health care that includes gender reassignment surgery and other needs specific to transgender people. Correspondent Sierra Gardner has that story for today’s WFHB community report.

Ins and Outs of Money – Artists Approaching Finances (repeat)

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Artistic types are known for always doing things their own unique way. Miah Michaelsen of Bloomington Entertainment & Arts District (BEAD) joins us to discuss how artists can approach their finances and who can help them.

Daily Local News – May 26, 2015

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The State of Indiana has extended the official public health emergency in Scott County by a full year. A Bloomington North High School has received a ten-thousand-dollar award for teaching excellence. A group at Indiana University is partnering with five Indiana health centers to evaluate adult patients for alcohol and substance abuse risks. Bloomington residents may soon be presented with an ordinance to outlaw single use shopping bags. The Monroe County Public Library Board of Trustees talked last week about how to more accurately measure library use in the era of rising on-line use. The Indiana Attorney General’s office has announced a $6 million settlement with three major credit reporting agencies, intended to strengthen consumer protections.

FEATURE
The City of Bloomington has announced it will offer its workers health care that includes gender reassignment surgery and other needs specific to transgender people. Correspondent Sierra Gardner has that story for today’s WFHB community report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Artistic types are known for always doing things their own unique way. Miah Michaelsen of Bloomington Entertainment & Arts District (BEAD) joins us to discuss how artists can approach their finances and who can help them.

CREDITS
Anchors – Casey Kuhn and Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Ivy Bridges and Jerrod Dill
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Sierra Gardner
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 engineer is Harrison Wagner
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Books Unbound – Not Somewhere Else But Here

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“Not Somewhere Else But Here” is a companion piece to Books Unbound’s April 25th episode on Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, and was originally broadcast as a prologue to a living reading of the memoir. Excerpts from classic fiction on incarceration and poems explore the theme of confinement, how it shapes identity, and the nature of escape. The program is structured in three conceptual sequences, the first locating the impulse to confine in the family.

I. familial repression and freudian crime

• “They Shut Me Up in Prose” by Emily Dickinson (read by Erin Livingston)
• “Captivity” by Louise Erdrich (Lauren Robert)
• “Cage” by Josephine Miles (Joan Hawkins)
• “last speakers of a dead language shut up” by Tony Brewer (Tony Brewer)
• “Black Woods” by Kevin Pruffer (Tony Brewer and Cynthia Wolfe)
• “Hole” by Matt Morris (Erin Livingston, Tony Brewer, and Cynthia Wolfe)

II. law and order: incarceration

• excerpt from “The Pit and the Pendulum” by Edgar Allan Poe (Jack Hanek)
• excerpts from Notes from a Dead House, Chapter One, by Fyodor Dostoevsky (Sarah Torbeck and Pavel Abramov, with additional music from “Motherland” and “Freedom” by Russian political and peace activist Yuri Shevchuk and DDT)
• “What Kind of Times Are These” by Adrienne Rich, with a statement from her 2001 column in the Los Angeles Times, “Credo of a Passionate Skeptic” (Joan Hawkins)
• “The Man in Question” by Daniel Borzutzky (Tony Brewer) listener advisory: this poem contains blunt statements about sexual activity
• “Before the Law” by Franz Kafka (Frank Buczolich)

III. confinement and the mind: escape

• “The Sail of Ulysses” by Wallace Stevens (Cynthia Wolfe)
• “Everyone Sang” by Siegfried Sassoon (Lauren Robert)

Heather Perry is this week’s host. Produced by Cynthia Wolfe with assistance from Heather Perry, Sarah Torbeck, and Jack Hanek. Script by Cynthia Wolfe with contributions from Sarah Torbeck, Tony Brewer, and Frank Buczolich. Edited by Cynthia Wolfe.

Special music for the episode from “Chitarra Ocarinistica Bad Reise” and “Seven Replies to Unasked Questions” by Fred Frith and his workshop, and “Elegy for an Angel” by Lindsay Cooper, Fred Frith, Gianni Gebbia and Lars Hollmer, from the album Angelica ’92; and from the album Voyage That Never Ends by Stefano Scodanibbio

Executive producer: Joe Crawford
Books Unbound theme music: The Impossible Shapes

Hola Bloomington – May 22, 2015

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Hola Bloomington hosts Israel Herrera, Juan Pablo Soto and Hannah Kasak-Gliboff host a special segment of “Un cafecito con…” with the real Latino students, now adults, that in 2004 beat MIT in The National Robotics Competition. This inspirational Latino story inspired the worldwide blockbuster film “Spare Parts.”

Los locutores de Hola Bloomington Israel Herrera, Juan Pablo Soto y Hannah Kasak-Gliboff albergan un segmento de “Un cafecito con..” los estudiantes Latinos, ya adultos, que en 2004 le ganaron a MIT en una competencia de robótica. Esta historia Latina inspiradora inspiró la película  “Spare Parts” ya reconocida internacionalmente.

 

bloomingOUT – May 21, 2015

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Tonight, hosts Jeff Jewel and Jeff Poling interview Spencer PRIDE’s secretary and director, Judi Epp. Our hosts also interview bloomingOUT intern Megan McCullough about her segment, “Lost in the Initialism”. The music tonight was “I Can Change” by Brandon Flowers. BloomingOUT would like to thank Judi Epp for her time.

Credits

Hosts Jeff Jewel, Jeff Poling

Executive Producer Joe Crawford

Producer Olivia Davidson

Board Engineer Jorge Guillen and Andrew Sims

Social Media Coordinators Megan McCullough, and Jacob Samples

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