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Conversations that challenge the ways we perceive the world around us.

Interchange – The Persistence of Patriarchy: An Interview with Carol Gilligan

Carol Gilligan is very well-known for having authored the influential feminist classic In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women’s Development published in 1982. This centered on a critique of the then current theories of moral development which literally excluded the study of girls and women and simply assumed studying boys and men would suffice to give the whole picture. …

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Interchange – Radicals and Reactionaries: Tony McKenna’s Political Angels and Demons

Today’s show, “Radicals and Reactionaries,” is a 90-minute special with journalist and novelist Tony McKenna. Tony McKenna’s new book is Angels and Demons: A Radical Anthology of Political Lives, published by Zero Books. In it he offers a series of essays about historical figures using a Marxist analysis, showing with each of the figures examined how the art, politics and …

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Interchange – Class Rules: How the Middle Class Rules School

Recently a criminal investigation into fraud in the testing regimes for college entry revealed that wealthy people buy advantages; many of us surely simply shrugged. What’s new? Folks with money look to buy the path they and their children tread. We seem to accept this even if we are, on occasion, outraged. And it can’t surprise you if I say …

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Interchange – Roll Jim Crow: The Racial Project of the American Tobacco Company

Our opening song is “Lucky Day.” This is Judy Garland’s version from the London sessions of 1960. The first performance of the song was by Harry Richman in a 1926 Broadway revue. “Lucky Day” became a theme song for the 1940s NBC radio show Your Hit Parade which was sponsored by Lucky Strike cigarettes. Sponsoring radio and television shows and …

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Interchange – There Are No Accidents: The Business of Blaming the Worker

In the U.S., death and injury on the job are considered to be a condition of doing business, a necessary evil that is often said to come about because of “operator error” — everyone makes mistakes after all, why should an employer or corporation bear the burden of what is surely just a fact of human nature? To make this …

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Interchange – Don’t Pull No Punches: Dahr Jamail on the End of Ice

In his essential essay, “Fate,” published in 1860 in the book The Conduct of Life, Ralph Waldo Emerson writes: The book of Nature is the book of Fate. She turns the gigantic pages, –leaf after leaf,–never returning one. One leaf she lays down, a floor of granite; then a thousand ages, and a bed of slate; a thousand ages, and …

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WFHB Journalists Win SPJ Awards

In keeping with its mission of promoting and protecting a free press, the Indiana Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has awarded 4 members of the WFHB news department in their “Best of Indiana Journalism” 2018 contest. Sarah Vaughan was awarded in the category of Radio Feature Story for her piece, “Prosecutors, Paramedics Training to Recognize Domestic Violence Strangulation,” …

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Interchange – Moments of Betterment: The Example of Eugene V. Debs

On March 30 this year, WFHB partnered with several local businesses, the Ryder Magazine and Film series, the Burroughs Century, the Debs Foundation, and Indiana University, to bring Paul Buhle to Bloomington to talk about his new graphic biography of Eugene V. Debs (drawn by Noah Van Sciver and published by Verso) and the necessity of utopian thinking. What better …

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Interchange: Unmade in America: The Wages of Factory Work

Taking a close, insider’s, look at Chicago’s industrial Southeast Side in the 1970’s and early 1980’s offers us lessons of a period brought forward to our current moment, when talking heads and politicians spout off about middle class values and middle class jobs and the way to make America great…again. What today’s show makes clear is that there’s no “middle” …

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Interchange – Politics Lost: The Academic Left and Posthumanism

Tim Brennan joined me in the WFHB studio when he was in Bloomington to deliver the lecture “Biopolitics: The Limits of the Liberal Imagination” as a guest of the Contemporary Africa Seminar Speaker Series. The conversation ranged from the aforementioned biopolitics to seeing the state as a precious and necessary form of human freedom even as we challenge its current …

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