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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

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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

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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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Interchange – Paul Robeson: The Most Dangerous Man In America

PAUL ROBESON LEADING SHIPYARD WORKERS IN SINGING THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER, OAKLAND, CA, SEPTEMBER 1942

It’s primary Tuesday here in Indiana and the Democratic primary features a candidate whose rhetoric focuses on workers’ rights and social democracy and it seems as if this were subversive…it’s not, or not very, as Noam Chomsky has called Bernie Sanders a New Deal Democrat–or what was once a mainstream political position. So for this program, we’re going to take …

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Interchange – Romanticism, What Is It Good For? The Work of Morse Peckham

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The Fifth Symphony opens very famously with four memorable notes. Beethoven was asked what he meant by this opening and he’s said to have replied, “Thus fate knocks at the door.” Morse Peckham suggests we take Beethoven at his word, that we take him seriously. In a book published in 1962, Beyond the Tragic Vision, Peckham said this of the …

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Interchange – Impulse Under the Influence: A Repeat Prompted by Weekend Rape Reports

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We revisit a 2014 program called Impulse Under the Influence in the light of what Herald-Times reporter Kurt Christian posted Monday, April 18. In an article titled “Police investigating reports of rape, sexual assault during the weekend,” Christian wrote Investigations are ongoing as Bloomington and Indiana University police look into two reports of rapes and one sexual assault incident over …

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Interchange – On Police Force

Critical Incident Response Team in training at the Public Safety Training Center on South Walnut. Photo courtesy of the Bloomington Police Dept.

Let’s start with this bit from Jean Anouilh’s version of Antigone performed in Nazi occupied France in 1942. The stress here is not on individual men, but on the institutional role. They are the guards. They chew tobacco; one smells of garlic,another of beer; but they’re not a bad lot. They have wives they are afraid of, kids who are …

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Interchange – Gownsburg: The Messy Child Born of a Dysfunctional Couple

Student false alarm rates are an egregious cost that the city pays. Photo credit: David Snodgress for the Herald-Times

Universities are paternalistic and infantilizing and municipalities enable them. This translates loosely into “If you’re father says it’s okay…” Bringing a wealth of experience in Bloomington City Government to the topic, Geography scholar Stephen Volan will share his research into how college campuses function, for better and for worse, as municipalities. Indiana University has a complex relationship with the City …

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Interchange – Eliding History: Jill Lepore on Telling Stories

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Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore joins me in the studio to discuss history and that… 1. Voting used to be fatal! 2. Margaret Sanger tried to steal her sister’s hunger strike. 3. Joe Gould is a Modernist Frat Boy Pin-up. We discuss three of her books: The Story of America: Essays on Origins, her book of …

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