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Bloomington is home to the most fascinating, creative, and successful people. Big Talk host Michael Glab goes one-on-one with different guests each week, learning about their lives, their hopes, and their accomplishments. Find out what makes this town so special on Big Talk. Tune in every Thursday at 5:30pm, immediately following the Daily Local News.

Outspoken Political Scientist Jeff Isaac

Jeffrey C. Isaac is a noted observer of the American and the global political scenes. He’s been the editor of the respected journal, Political Science, has written numerous books, and his articles appear often in news magazines and academic publications. The Indiana University professor is outspoken, taking to social media on occasion to voice his displeasure with leaders and developments. …

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Charlotte Zietlow: From Upstart To Revered Veteran

She is the grande dame of Bloomington politics. Charlotte Zietlow jumped into the political fray nearly fifty years ago when she and a rag-tag band of newcomers took over City Hall in the 1971 election. Since then she’s pushed for programs and ordinances as both a City Council member and a Monroe County Commissioner. She tells the story of how …

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Big Talk! w/ Michael Glab: Sue Rall

Sue Rall performs acrobatics high above a stage as an aerial silks artist. She’s also a drag performer, appearing regularly at The Back Door in weekly shows. On this episode of Big Talk, Rall speaks with Michael Glab about her drag character and her earliest introduction to the drag scene.

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Sue Rall: Aerial Artist & Drag King

She hangs from bolts of material and assumes positions testing the limits of both her artistic vision and her own body. The next night she may be seen performing as Jaimee Spangle, a glam rock star who doesn’t know yet that he’s washed up. Taking the stage as either an aerial silks acrobat or one of the hottest drag kings …

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Indiana Poet Laureate Adrian Matejka

Newly-named state poet laureate Adrian Matejka says Bloomington is an almost magical, mystical fertile ground for creative writers. A professor in Indiana University’s English Department and a National Book Award finalist for his poetic biography of boxer Jack Johnson, The Big Smoke, Matejka assumed his post as Indiana’s bard ambassador this month. He joins Michael Glab to talk about his …

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County Commissioner Amanda Barge

Amanda Barge is a first-term Monroe County Commissioner and a rising star in the local Democratic Party. A family counselor who grew up in a politically active family, Barge finds her social work experiences were invaluable preparation for her stint as an elective officeholder. She has helped spearhead the county’s efforts to cope with the opioid epidemic. She talks about …

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Joan Hawkins & Wounded Galaxies 1968

Joan Hawkins, associate professor at Indiana University’s Media School, is one of the organizers of an academic conference and festival marking the 50th anniversary of a landmark, revolutionary year. Titled “Wounded Galaxies 1968: Paris, Prague, Chicago,” the conference runs February 6-11. A pre-conference festival has already begun with film screenings, art exhibits, musical performances, and literary readings at various venues …

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