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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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Interchange – Embodied By Prisons: First the Whip, Then the Chains, and Then…

SC book cover

What comes after Whips and Chains? Solitary confinement. Lisa Guenther of Vanderbilt University discusses the reformist good intentions of Benjamin Rush in the 1790s who developed the idea that solitary confinement could serve to “clean” the criminal of the impulses to transgress. We also discuss the 13th Amendment and its “partial emancipation” of enslaved Black people and how this Amendment …

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Interchange – Brief: Michael Honey on Love, Solidarity, and the Black Freedom Song


Michael Honey discusses non-violent theorist and organizer James Lawson, and John Handcox, the Great Depression-era tenant farmer and union advocate. Honey’s recent short film, Love and Solidarity, is about the work of James Lawson, who served as nonviolent theorist, teacher and organizer for Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, among others. As a Methodist minister in …

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Interchange – Tracking Subversives: Alan Wald On the Development of the Literary Left

Alan Wald (2011)

According to or my guest, Alan Wald, the aim of the literary radical is “to endow history with meaning.” Literary radicalism is less a noun than a verb….It’s a work in progress, an evolving tradition of activism and commitment obsessed with its own identity. Its orders, its achievements, its efficacy.* We track three “subversives” in our program and offer their …

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Arts Interchange – Roger Hallas: Documenting the Photographic Event

Van Dyke with DeBrie camera during The Children Must Learn.

Roger Hallas talks about the ways two technologies for image capture combine in documentaries about photographers and how these sharpen the focus on what is meant by the “event of photography.” The act of filming photography, of framing one medium through its perceived other, necessarily draws attention to the question of medium. While scholars have analyzed this self-reflexive practice within …

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Interchange – The Shell Game of Digital Liberation


Our program today is “The Shell Game of Digital Liberation.” Segment One: The Amazonization of Everything. We’ll take a look at what Jeff Bezos hath wrought–from enterprise software management systems to just-in-time-staffing in warehouses; from “immaterial labor” to Alexa, your personal digital assistant device which is always listening to you in your home; from Human Intelligence Tasks to inactivity reports. …

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Arts Interchange – Zac Little of Saintseneca: To Shake the Ache

Zac Little of Saintseneca

Doug Storm talks to singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Zac Little of Saintseneca, an American folk rock band from Columbus, Ohio, about Apalachia, songwriting, God, the devil, and the Tao of Physics in this Arts Interchange. RELATED Saintseneca: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert CMJ 2013’s 10 Best Discoveries Pop for Misfits MUSIC From Such Things unless otherwise noted. “Daendors” (Dark Arc) “River” …

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Interchange – The Next Mayor of Bloomington: An Interview with John Hamilton and John Turnbull


Welcome to Interchange at Noon, a special Mayoral Election edition. Today we’ve got our two mayoral candidates in the studio with us; Republican candidate John Turnbull and Democratic candidate John Hamilton. Let me set the tone in a way that I think is necessary. Which is to say that I think we are past the point of acting as if …

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Interchange – The United States of Apartheid: Gerald Horne On the White Supremacist Project


For tonight’s show, “The United States of Apartheid,” we welcome Gerald Horne. It would be something of an understatement to call Gerald Horne a prolific author; he has more than 30 books and over 100 scholarly articles to his credit. The Wikipedia entry describes his work further: While many of Horne’s books use a celebrated, intriguing or politically engaged individual …

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Arts Interchange – Rhiannon Giddens


My guest today is Rhiannon Giddens co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops an old-time string band from Durham, North Carolina. Their 2010 album, Genuine Negro Jig, won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. Giddens has released a solo album produced by T. Bone Burnett called Tomorrow Is My Turn. David Fricke in …

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