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Bloomington 350: Global Climate Change Rally

On Saturday, people in Bloomington gathered to rally as part of the largest global day of action against climate change ever. The local event was one of more than 2,000 rallies in more than 140 nations to urge world leaders to take fast and effective action on global warming. This is the first global campaign ever organized around a scientific …

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Race in the Age of Obama

Graduate student Shameka Neely is a witness to history. Neely took a camera crew to Washington for the inauguration of President Barack Obama, using the footage in her documentary for WTIU, Witnesses to History. As a follow-up, Shameka Neely organized “Race in the Age of Obama,” a panel forum Wednesday night featuring city and campus speakers, to expound on the …

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Responsible Bidder Ordinance

It took the Bloomington city council less than twenty minutes last night to make our town one of only two Indiana cities to enact responsible bidder laws. After extensive discussion at last week’s session, the council voted unanimously to amend city code with new provisions to make sure taxpayer-funded projects are done by ethical contractors and not just the cheapest …

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Battle of the Dans: Good Without God? (Part 2 of 2)

Two Dans enter the ring. Which one emerged victorious is largely a matter of opinion. Monday night WFHB hosted a public debate featuring local pastor Dan Waugh and minister-turned atheist Dan Barker. The event originated from the controversy that began in April when the Indiana Atheist Bus Campaign attempted to purchase advertising space on Bloomington Transit buses. Bloomington Transit rejected …

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Battle of the Dans: Good Without God? (Part 1 of 2)

Two Dans enter the ring. Which one emerged victorious is largely a matter of opinion. Last night WFHB hosted a public debate featuring local pastor Dan Waugh and minister-turned atheist Dan Barker. The event originated from the controversy that began in April when the Indiana Atheist Bus Campaign attempted to purchase advertising space on Bloomington Transit buses. Bloomington Transit rejected …

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Everybody’s Bloomington: Economics of Tourism

Bloomington city officials have launched a new monthly talk show to explore B-town news and events. The half-hour program is called “Everybody’s Bloomington”, produced at the studios of our media partner CATS, Community Access Television Services. The latest episode features local tourism guru Mike McAfee, executive director of the Bloomington Monroe County Conventions and Visitor’s Bureau. You can watch the …

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Hoosier Hills Food Bank: Julio Alonso

Senator Richard Lugar was in Bloomington last weekend and his visit included a tour of the Hoosier Hills Food Bank. Food bank director Julio Alonso is counting on Bloomington’s generosity to build up stocks of food supplies for the lean winter months and was delighted to show Lugar around the local facility. Alonso sat down with WFHB’s Will Murphy to …

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David Bollier: Reclaiming the Commons

They hang the man and flog the woman that steal the goose from off the common But let the greater villain loose that steals the common from the goose. That’s a folk poem from the mid-eighteenth century, but somewhere some corporation is probably trying to copyright it as theirs, according to David Bollier, a policy strategist and journalist whose work …

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Elinor Ostrom: Managing the Commons

The idea of “the commons” is the concept of public resources that are owned by EVERYone and not by SOMEone…like our public lands, or even the Internet. On Saturday several local groups held a public forum on the commons, hosted by a Bloomington woman who would become world famous less than forty-eight hours later. Elinor Ostrom is a long-time faculty …

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Richard Dawkins: Evidence for Evolution

Bystanders might have thought there was a rock concert going on last night at the IU Auditorium based on the line to get in, which snaked around Showalter Fountain and down the street to the HPER building. But no, it wasn’t Bob Dylan – not yet – it was evolutionary biologist, author, and atheist Richard Dawkins. As many as a …

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