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Standing Room Only: Songs of John Handcox, African American Composer and Labor Organizer

On November 11, 2015, Professor Michael Honey of the University of Washington-Tacoma shared stories and music from the life of John Handcox, a 20th Century African American composer, poet, and labor organizer for the Southern Tenant Farmers Union. Professor Honey’s most recent book “Sharecropper’s Troubadour” is an oral history of Handcox. In this segment of Standing Room Only, we’ll hear …

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Books Unbound – A Piece of Earth Is My Birthright: Writings from Native American Women for Thanksgiving


The Yankton Sioux writer Zitkala-Sa attended Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, in the 1890s. “Zitkala-Sa” (“Red Bird”) was the name she gave herself when she began her writing career in English: her birth name was Gertrude Simmons, and she often appears in literary histories under her married name of Gertrude Bonnin. “A piece of earth is my birthright” is a …

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Interchange – Zora Neale Hurston and the Blues

photo by Carl Van Vechten (1938)

WFHB Blue Monday DJ and Blues guitarist Jason Fickel discusses Zora Neale Hurston with IU professor M. Cooper Harriss. The two look at the work of the Harlem Renaissance author, anthropologist, and folklorist in the context of Blues culture. We’ll hear Library of Congress recordings of Hurston singing as part of her folklore project, we’ll play blues songs from the …

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Cast of Characters: Rachid Maidi

Rachid Maidi has lived in the United States for over 40 years. He considers the U.S. his home.

In the WFHB series, Cast of Characters, we go looking for local people with interesting personal stories. In this episode, local resident Rachid Maidi discusses his childhood in Algeria, his experiences as a Muslim in the U.S. and much more. Cast of Characters is produced by Amanda Marino.

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The Ins and Outs of Money

WFHB’s weekly financial segment The Ins and Outs of Money.You’ve finally committed to keeping a budget, but it can be tedious. Here are some tips for managing your money—without micromanaging it. Produced by Ryan Stacy and Associate Producer Kristina Wiltsee. It’s part of the It’s Your Money Project at Monroe County Public Library.

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Daily Local News – November 24, 2015

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging Governor Mike Pence’s decision to block the resettlement of Syrian refugees; A bill introduced by state lawmakers last week could make it more difficult for Bloomington officials to target discrimination; Bloomington’s incoming mayor is raising questions about plans for the proposed Trades District downtown; The …

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Bring It On! – November 23, 2015

Cornelius Wright and Jim Sims welcome Doris Sims, Beverly Calender-Anderson, and William Hosea. PART ONE On tonight’s show, Cornelius and Jim welcome friends for a round table discussion on the holiday traditions and the blessings of family. We start out the night on the phenomenon of the Patti Labelle Sweet Potato Pie. PART TWO Headline news of interest to the …

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Local Dance Event Brings AIDS Awareness

WFHB correspondent Joshua Byron speaks with Jan Lucas Grimm who will be helping host an event next week on World AIDS day. The event, titled “Dancing Into the Heart Of Compassion,” seeks to raise support and awareness of AIDS in Africa. It is scheduled to take place December 1 at the Commons in Columbus, Indiana.

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Daily Local News – November 23, 2015

A meeting next week will include new details about the five preliminary routes for section 6 of Interstate 69; Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis plans to introduce 14 All Gender restrooms across campus; The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has announced a program to control the common carp population at Griffy Lake; Bloomington’s B-Line Trail has been recognized by a …

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Books Unbound – Killing Voltaire, November 13 Edition: An Observance for Charlie Hebdo (Audio Updated)


In response to the November 13 attacks in Paris, Books Unbound revisits an episode originally created in the wake of the January 7 attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo. (Note to WFHB broadcast listeners: The encore presentation of Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, previously announced for this date, has been postponed.) Classic and contemporary free-speech quotations from the Voice of …

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