At two public forums last month, parents of local school children expressed overwhelming dissatisfaction with the school calendar. The Calendar Committee of the Monroe County Community School Corporation organized the forums, for September 23rd and 24th , to gather comments from parents. Hundreds of parents attended the first meeting, at Bloomington High School South. Most of the speakers expressed issues with the current calendar. Speakers who attended the meeting at Bloomington North made similar comments. The members of the 25-person Calendar Committee are expected to take these comments, as well as other input, under consideration, in drawing up the future multi-year calendar. Their proposal will then be presented to the MCCSC Board of Trustees for consideration. Both community forums were moderated by the Public Relations and Information Director for MCCSC, Tim Pritchett. MCCSC Board Trustee, Sue Wanzer, attended the Bloomington South forum. WFHB Assistant News Director, David Murphy, spoke to both Pritchett and Wanzer about the school calendar controversy.
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Rhiannon Giddens will be in Bloomington on Monday, October 12th, to perform at The Buskirk Chumley Theater. Giddens uses her voice and platform to showcase the hidden histories of Black String Music, in particular the banjo, which in her words is at the heart of American Music. Giddens spoke to Interchange Host Doug Storm about the way she seeks to interpret the past in order to bring lost history into the present in instructive but emotionally powerful ways. Storm first asks Giddens first about the mission of her group, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, which she co-founded in 2005.
The full conversation, including several of Giddens’s songs, is here: Arts Interchange – Rhiannon Giddens (37:48).
So far, two Democrats have announced they will compete next year to represent Indiana in the U.S. Senate. One candidate is Baron Hill, the former U.S. representative from Seymour. Hill represented Indiana’s 9th District, which includes the Monroe County area. The other candidate is John Dickerson, the longtime executive director of the Arc of Indiana, which offers services to people with disabilities. Dickerson has never run for office before. He was in Bloomington last week, and during that trip, he stopped by the WFHB studios to speak with News Director Joe Crawford. We bring you their conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.
Identity theft is everywhere, but there are ways to minimize your risks of being exposed or hacked. Kristina tells you how in this three-part series.
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacy with help from Kristina Wiltsee, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
The Wounded Galaxies Festival begins in Bloomington on Thursday, October 8th. The four-day festival includes film screenings, musical performances and other events that emphasize what organizers call “the subversive potentials of montage, remixes, appropriations, cutups and rearrangements of all kinds.” Participants include the feminist, fictionalist, and DIY filmmaker Chris Kraus, as well as bassist, composer and improviser James Ilgenfritz, who will be performing at the first event Thursday at the Bishop. The group behind the festival is known as The Burroughs Century, Ltd. WFHB News Director Joe Crawford spoke with Charles Cannon and Laura Ivins, two officers in that organization for today’s WFHB community report. The report includes music by the Baltimore-based duo, Matmos, which will be performing Friday night at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.
The full schedule of events for the Wounded Galaxies Festival is available at woundedgalaxiesfest.com. An extended version of the interview is available here.
Riots are coming and with greater intensity and frequency, according to poet and political theorist Joshua Clover. Clover will give a talk on riots as historical phenomena, on Saturday October 3rd in Bloomington. The event begins at 5 p.m. at the I. FELL building, located at 415 W 4th Street. Clover’s talk will be followed by a reading from his book, Red Epic, as a part of the Ledge Mule Press Poetry Project. He spoke with Doug Storm for Interchange about his poetry and his forthcoming book, Riot Strike Riot: The New Era of Uprisings. We bring you that conversation for today’s WFHB Community Report. Riot is no random apolitical action according to Clover.
That was poet, cultural critic, and political theorist Joshua Clover. Clover will give a talk on riots as historical phenomena this Saturday, October 3rd, at the I. FELL building, located at 415 W 4th Street in Bloomington. The talk is scheduled for 5pm and will be followed by a reading of poetry from his new book, Red Epic, as a part of the Ledge Mule Press Poetry Project. Clover will be joined by local poets Alex Chambers and James Payne with a special musical guest, Follies. He spoke with Interchange host Doug Storm. You can hear the full conversation, Writing Red: The Poetry and Politics of Riot online at wfhb dot org slash news slash Interchange.
Drive most anywhere in Bloomington and you’ll see evidence of the city’s unprecedented boom in apartment construction. Seemingly every new proposal begins a complicated drama that plays out between residents, developers, and city government. Today, WFHB correspondent Jerrod Dill brings us a story about one such proposal.
A new study out of IU and the University of Richmond shows what has long been understood about transgender people in the United States: that they experience major and daily discrimination. But the study goes on to look at how that discrimination affects the physical health of those same people. This afternoon, WFHB News Director Joe Crawford spoke to one of the researchers behind the study, Ph.D candidate Lisa Miller, from the IU Department of Sociology. We bring you that conversation for today’s WFHB community report.
Earlier this month, the Bloomington City Council added Veteran Status and Housing Status to the list of protected classes in the Bloomington Human Rights Ordinance. The recommendation to do so came from the city’s Human Rights Commission. At the meeting, the Chair of the Commission, Byron Bangert, and its Director, Barbara McKinney, spoke on this recommendation. WFHB Assistant News Director, David Murphy, spoke to both Bangert and McKinney about these additions to the code and also about the role of the Commission in enforcing the Code’s regulations. We bring you that conversation for today’s WFHB community report.