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Interchange – A Power Unto Itself: Scott Horton on the National Security Elite

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Host Doug Storm is joined by Scott Horton, attorney and contributing editor at Harper’s Weekly, author of the recent book, The Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America’s Stealth Foreign Policy, and author of the essay “Company Men: Torture, treachery, and the CIA,” which appeared in the April issue of Harper’s.

Discussed
The Senate Report on Torture as “historical” rather than an “oversight” document (which should happen in real time).
Torture as an effective propaganda tool, not intelligence gathering.
The cooperative media, national security reporters fed lies they dutifully report.
A “better angel”: Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov was a Russian nuclear physicist, Soviet dissident and human rights activist.
John Brennan as the most influential person in the world.
The CIA has its own air force. There’s a direct flow-through from the torture program to the drone program.
Richard Bruce Cheney as THE lord of secrecy.
Private Contractors create more secrecy.

Guest
Scott Horton is a contributing editor at Harper’s magazine and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for reporting for his writing on law and national security issues. Horton lectures at Columbia Law School and continues to practice law in the emerging markets area. A lifelong human rights advocate, Horton served as counsel to Andrei Sakharov and Elena Bonner, among other activists in the former Soviet Union.

Related
Senate Intelligence Committee Study on CIA Detention and Interrogation Program
Scott Horton: “Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America’s Stealth Foreign Policy” (Book Excerpt)

Music
“Girl Trouble” from the motion picture soundtrack From Russia With Love, by John Barry and His Orchestra
“Spies in the Wire” by Cabaret Voltaire
“I Kill Spies” by Agent Orange

Credits
Host & Producer: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

Interchange – The State of Terror: Guantanamo Diary

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“The State of Terror: Guantanamo Diary”

Part One: “Presenting Redacted”
Joan Hawkins and Tony Brewer discuss selections of Guantánamo Diary they chose to perform as part of a collaboration between WFHB’s Books Unbound and The Writer’s Guild at Bloomington. We talk about the force of the redactions made in the text; if the narrative is effective as an “abolitionist” document; Tony reads selections from the book.

Part Two: “Dear Reader”
Scott Korb discusses Guantánamo Diary in relation to the 19th century American slave narrative.

Guests
Joan Hawkins is an Associate Professor in the Dept of Communication and Culture at Indiana University, soon to be part of the new Media School. She’s also a member of the Progressive Faculty Coalition and an active member of the Writer’s Guild at Bloomington—her academic writing focuses on horror and the avant-garde. Her creative writing centers around memoir.

Tony Brewer is chair of the Writers Guild at Bloomington and executive director of the Spoken Word Stage at the 4th Street Arts Festival. He is a poet, spoken word performer, screenwriter, and live sound effects artist, as well as a book compositor at Indiana University Press and a regular reader on WFHB’s Books Unbound.

Scott Korb teaches writing at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts which is part of the New School. Korb’s book Light Without Fire (2013), an intimate portrait of the first year at America’s first Muslim college, will be released in paperback on July 14th. He is also associate editor of The Harriet Jacobs Family Papers (2008), which was awarded the American Historical Association’s 2009 J. Franklin Jameson Prize.

Korbs articles on Guantanamo Diary
“Guantánamo Diary and the American Slave Narrative”
“Forced Feeding: The Torture of Keeping Detainees Alive”

Music
“Bodies” by Drowning Pool
“The Taliban Song” by Toby Keith

Credits
Host & Producer: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Adam Reichle
Special thanks to Books Unbound Producer Cynthia Wolfe for providing a selection from their Guantanamo Diary presentation of April 25.
Executive producer is Joe Crawford

Interchange – PCBs Under the Rug: A 2007 Interchange Interview

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…in a community that would like to pride itself on being environmentally friendly and attracting people to a safe, comfortable place to live, such as Bloomington, we don’t want to admit that we’ve got this huge unresolved problem; it’s not good for our image. I think the community leaders, the elected officials, have been schizophrenic about dealing with this problem they’ve had a lot of reservations with facing up to it….You can’t just sweep it under the rug. It’s an ethical issue. –Mick Harrison, Public Interest and Environmental Attorney

Yesterday WFHB’s Daily Local News reported that though there has been relatively little public discussion about the contaminants in the past decade, a citizen group called Healthy Monroe County has recently reignited the issue. And on April 30th WFHB’s EcoReport aired an interview with Public Interest and Environmental Lawyer Mick Harrison, and Retired Senior Greenpeace Scientist Pat Costner about PCBs, their health effects, and the current state of the clean-up in Monroe County.

In complement to this we revisit an archive Interchange from September of 2007 about PCB contamination in Bloomington and the ongoing struggle of local activists and concerned citizens to make headway on a real clean-up of this environment hazard which was inflicted on Bloomington by the Westinghouse Electric Corporation between 1957 and 1977.

Westinghouse’s disposal practices were neither abnormal or illegal during this period. However, with the passage of environmental legislation in the 1970s, these disposal practices were halted. Furthermore, environmental legislation made those responsible for pollution strictly liable for the cleanup even if their disposal actions were legal at the time. In 1977 Westinghouse halted production of capacitors using PCBs due to the Toxic Substances Control Act that specified PCBs as a hazardous substance.

Since 1957…58 years and counting…

In this archive episode of Interchange Host Mylo Roze probes Bloomington’s PCB problem with key figures in the fight for public health. Mylo is joined in the studio by Environmental Attorney Mick Harrison and Citizen Activist Greg Moore. Addressed are the history, scope, sites and current status of PCB contamination in the Bloomington area due to dumping by the Westinghouse corporation. The state of then-current litigation against the EPA and the initiation of a new Action Group to get the remaining PCB contaminated materials and soil into sealed bunkers are explained. Possible liability of the City of Bloomington, cover-ups by local government officials and dump sites being ignored by the EPA are also mentioned. Toxic health effects, the ailments of former Westinghouse workers and our legacy of poisoning future generations are also dealt with in this ‘PCB episode’. The apathy and anxiety of the average Bloomingtonian regarding the issue are also spoken to by guests Moore & Harrison.

Related

Decades-Old Document Lists Properties Suspected of PCB Contamination
Health effects and clean-up options for PCBs- full 30 minute interview
Interchange – Mick Harrison
Frey v E.P.A

Credits
Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Adam Reichle
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

Interchange – What’s the Matter with Voting?

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Tonight’s show, “What’s the Matter with Voting,” will focus on some of the questions that surround the ways citizens think about what voting means, why it matters, or doesn’t, and the ways in which local elections fit inside national and state narratives of the electoral process.

Joining host Doug Storm are Marjorie Hershey and Joe Crawford.

Marjorie Hershey is a professor of political science at Indiana University where her research and teaching interests focus on political parties, campaigns, and elections. With regard to research, she continues to examine the process by which political activists and journalists construct explanations for election results.

Joe Crawford is the News Director at WFHB.

MUSIC
“Politics” by The Thompson Twins
“Ball of Confusion” by Love and Rockets

Credits
Host and Producer: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

Interchange – Troubadours, Activists, and Acrobats: “A Show of Hats”

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Guest Host Andy Mahler is joined by the musicians performing in “A Show of Hats,” April 29th, at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater: Dillon Bustin, Travis Puntarelli, and Marc Haggerty share the songs and stories that illustrate the power of community.

Guests
Travis Puntarelli is a troubadour in the traditional sense of the word. Born in California and raised in Bloomington, he was influenced by the diversity of this musical community. From early music events at IU to marching band at Bloomington North, from Player’s Pub to the Music Co-op, Travis has played throughout our community. He’s been taught and influenced by Anne Dunbar, Diane Demes, Janis Stockhouse, and Dr. Raymond Wise, among a wide array of musicians within the Bloomington community.

Dillon Bustin is a musician and songwriter who has had a profound and lasting effect on Bloomington. He writes about a wide variety of topics and experiences, including sailing on the ocean, boat building, homesteading, gardening and firewood. He reflects upon the humor of what we have all done to each other over the years and the situations we have made of our lives. Because of all this, his work transcends entertainment in its lasting importance to our community.

Aaron Comforty is a musician who plays, among many other instruments, guitar, bass, trumpet, and he also sings.

Marc Haggerty is a musician, an activist, and an acrobat. In no particular order.

Credits
Producer: Doug Storm
Guest Host: Andy Mahler
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

Interchange – Bloomington City Council Primary Candidates: District 5 Democrats

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Host Doug Storm is joined by District 5 candidates for the Democratic nomination to run for the Bloomington City Council seat in November.

Guests
Isabel Piedmont-Smith
Kurt Babcock
Gabriel Colman

Previous Candidate Conversations
Interchange – Bloomington City Council Primary Candidates: District 1 Democrats
Interchange – Bloomington City Council Primary Candidates: District 4 Democrats
Interchange – Bloomington City Council Primary Candidates: District 3 Democrats
Interchange – Primary Candidates for Mayor: A Conversation

Related
Democracy for Monroe County Forum, 3/31

Music:
“Vote for Me” – Chicago
“Mayor of Simpleton” – XTC

Credits
Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

Interchange – Bloomington City Council Primary Candidates: District 1 Democrats

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Host Doug Storm is joined by District 1 candidates for the Democratic nomination to run for the Bloomington City Council seat in November.

Guests
Chris Sturbaum (incumbent)
Kevin Easton

Previous Candidate Conversations
Interchange – Bloomington City Council Primary Candidates: District 4 Democrats
Interchange – Bloomington City Council Primary Candidates: District 3 Democrats

Related
Democracy for Monroe County Forum, 3/31

Music:
“Election Day” – The Replacements
“Election Day” – Arcadia

Credits
Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

Interchange – Bloomington City Council Primary Candidates: District 4 Democrats

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Host Doug Storm welcomes the candidates vying for the Democratic party nomination to run for the District 4 Bloomington City Council seat: Dave Rollo, the incumbent, and the challenger, Philippa Guthrie.

Music
“The Candidate” by Urge Overkill
“The Politics Of Dancing” by Re-flex

Credits
Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

Interchange – Saint Monkey: A Conversation with Jacinda Townsend

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Host Doug Storm is joined by Jacinda Townsend, author of the novel Saint Monkey which has won the 2015 James Fenimore Cooper Prize awarded by the Society of American Historians. The Society’s web site says that the “prize is awarded for a book of historical fiction on an American subject that makes a significant contribution to historical understanding, portrays authentically the people and events of the historical past, and displays skills in narrative construction and prose style.”

Of Related Interest
#WhiteHistoryMonth: The FBI’s obsession with African-American Literature

Credits
Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

Interchange – Bloomington City Council Primary Candidates: District 3 Democrats

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This is a special Wednesday edition of Interchange. We kick-off a series of candidate conversations concerning contested seats on Bloomington’s City Council. There are four seats which have primary challenges to the incumbents–these are for Districts 1, 3, 4, and 5.

Tonight’s show welcomes the candidates vying for the democratic party nomination to run for the District 3 seat. We welcome Marty Spechler, the incumbent, and the two challengers, Allison Chopra, and Mike Satterfield.

The city’s website describes the role of the council this way:

As the legislative body of the City, the City Council is a link between the citizens of Bloomington and their government. By enacting legislation that fosters the health, safety and welfare of the City, the Council works to represent the interests of residents while ensuring the delivery of municipal services. By statute, the Council is responsible for the control of the City’s property and finances, and the appropriation of money.

It’s easy to lose sight of the big important issues like poverty and social justice amidst all the bureaucratic procedures and jargon of operational government, but this is our intent on the series.

Credits
Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Research Assistance: Nancy Jones
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

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