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Interchange – Orson Undiminished, Or How Kane Was Raised

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From theater to radio to Hollywood…the ambition of Orson Welles, as Patrick McGilligan tells us in his new book Young Orson, was already old-fashioned: he wanted to be an “actor-manager” of a theater company. The leader of a troupe…something romantic about that…and something very Ambersons in its bad timing. “Orson Undiminished” focuses on the early life of George Orson Welles; …

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Interchange – Eat Walk Shoot Draw: A New Film on John James Audubon

John James Audubon. Painting: John Syme

John James Audubon was “an archetypal American who astonishingly combined in equal measure the virtues of George Washington, Daniel Boone and Benjamin Franklin.” (Lewis Mumford) Two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Al Reinert will premiere Audubon, a new documentary about the renowned bird artist, eloquent writer, and naturalist John James Audubon on Thursday, December 10 at 7:30pm AMC Showplace Bloomington 11, for …

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Arts Interchange – Jean Anouilh’s Antigone

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This Arts Interchange is about Jean Anouilh’s 1944 Antigone, inspired by the Sophocles play of the same name, which the IU Theater Department is performing beginning Friday December 4th. The program is in two parts. Part One is an interview with the play’s director Katie Horwitz and Part Two is an interview with the two leads, Ashley Dillard, who plays …

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Interchange – Organized for Violence: The Police and You

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Our show today comes in two parts. First a pre-recorded spot, an interview with noted police critic, Kristian Williams, author of Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America produced and hosted by WFHB News Department Volunteer Dan Young. For Part Two we’re joined by Bloomington’s Police Chief Mike Diekhoff. I’ll ask him to respond to some of what …

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Interchange – Zora Neale Hurston and the Blues

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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…

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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

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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

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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

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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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