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Interchange – Redneck Muslim: A Special Episode of the Hijabi Diaries

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Tonight in lieu of Interchange we’re going to share another special episode of the local podcast The Hijabi Diaries. This one is called Redneck Muslim and explores one woman’s lifelong attraction to organized Religion. Host Aubrey Seader offers the life story of one woman, her name is Dawn, a member of the Bloomington Muslim community, who has practiced three very …

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Interchange – The Hijabi Diaries: Muslim Women Speaking for Themselves

Anna Maidi and Aubrey Seader are interviewed by the Indiana Daily Student for a story about their Muslims of Bloomington project. (TAE-GYUN KIM / INDIANA DAILY STUDENT)

For today’s Interchange we bring you a special anthology episode of the local podcast “The Hijabi Diaries” which is a joint production of the Islamic Center of Bloomington and friends Aubrey Seader and Anna Maidi. Seader writes of the project on her website that she and Maidi, started hearing more and more anti-Muslim rhetoric coming out of the mouths of …

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Interchange – The Graphically Radical Paul Buhle

Cartoon Paul Buhle by Steve Chappell

Our music tonight, at the suggestion of our guest, comes from The Fugs, formed in 1963 by the poets Ed Sanders and Tuli Kupferberg and Ken Weaver. And we open with, “Here Comes the Levellers,” which is from the Reagan Era release No More Slavery. Our guest is Paul Buhle, one of the foremost historians of American Radicalism and the …

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Interchange – The Radical Democracy of Henry David Thoreau: A Conversation with Branka Arsic’

Sunrise on Walden Pond

What may seem surprising as you listen is the way in which Thoreau’s understanding of death and life can inform our own considerations of what it means to live by an ethics of inclusion and acceptance of differences and to eschew what is given to us politically and socially as measured, hierarchical, and standardized forms of “knowing.” All this is …

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Interchange – For Want of a Better Choice: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton

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It’s thought that to get a woman in the White House would be an achievement for all women everywhere, a kind of trickle-down feminism. In the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, the mantle of feminist elect has descended on Hillary Clinton and dissent seems tantamount to political betrayal. A new book, False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham …

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Interchange – Pitching Poetry: Recalculating Charles Bernstein

Susan Bee, Recalculating, 2010. Oil on linen, 16 x 20 inches. Courtesy of the artist and A.I.R. Gallery.

This show features the most recent work of Charles Bernstein, the inestimable Charles Bernstein, to whom I might append title, à la James Brown, “the hardest working man in poetry.” Which is just to say, Charles Bernstein walks and talks the walk and talk. If you know anything about poetry since the 1980s you must know at least something of …

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Interchange – The Endeavor to Tell Lines: The Music of Will Johnson (Extended)

Will Johnson, photo by Matt Pence

Will Johnson joins us to talk about his new album, Swan City Vampires, and how it reflects an intense period of loss and mourning. With the passing of his mother and the breaking up of his band of seventeen years, Centro-matic, Will Johnson lost two of the most important things in his life. Swan City Vampires comes from inside of …

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Interchange – If You’ve Got the Money, I’ve Got the Time: Wendell Potter on Big Money

Wendell Potter

Former Insurance PR Executive turned atoning activist, Wendell Potter, joins us to discuss his latest book, Nation on the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do About It. Potter and co-author Nick Penniman write that American democracy has become coin-operated. Special interest groups increasingly control every level of government. The necessity of raising huge sums …

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Interchange – Racist Revolutionaries: The Alt-Right Uprising?

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Our opening song for this program, “Racist Revolutionaries,” is a counter-statement: “Money Jungle” from three greats of Jazz, Duke Ellington, Max Roach, Charles Mingus. As has come to be “SOP” here, we like to choose music illustrative of our program; sometimes this comes from a sideways angle, but it’s usually fairly direct that the music reflects the content. For this …

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Arts Interchange – King Lear In Original Pronunciation

king lear poster new frontiers

Audiences will be treated to King Lear the way it sounded in 1606 at its first performance at the Court of Saint James. Director and IU associate professor Murray McGibbon says that this is the first original pronunciation performance of William Shakespeare’s King Lear since the 17th century: “Making world theater history in Bloomington, Indiana.” McGibbon and Graham Hopkins, the …

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