Today, Dan Coats, senior Senator from Indiana, announced that he will not be running for re-election next year. According to Brian Howey of Howey Politics Indiana, he has maintained that position as the congressional GOP as a whole has moved to the right. Correspondent David Murphy spoke to Mister Howey today about Coats’ politics and the implications of his decision not to run again for the Democrats and Republicans who will seek to take this key seat. Following Senator Coats announcement, several Indiana politicians from both major parties released statements on Coats legacy.
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Liz Mitchell and Jacinda Townsend welcome Dr. Amrita Myers.
On tonight’s show, Liz and Jacinda welcome Dr. Amrita Myers, IU associate professor of History and Gender Studies. She join us, in studio, to provide an overview of the event she is co-organizing titled “It’s Not So Black and White: Talking Race, From Ferguson to Bloomington.”
Headline news and local calendar events of interest to the African-American community.
Hosts: Liz Mitchell and Jacinda Townsend
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin
Blue Butterfly Woman on how working with students at Broadview Learning Center in the MCCSC Adult Education Program enriches her life and proves the lessons of her childhood hold true even in retirement. Also, more volunteer opportunities from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Local organizations have begun collecting camping gear for homeless residents who will soon be without access to a low-barrier shelter.
Next Wednesday, the Interfaith Winter Shelter will officially cease its operations for the season. Each year after the shelter closes, dozens of homeless residents are left to sleep outdoors, typically in camps that are technically illegal.
Forrest Gilmore, the executive director of the Shalom Community Center, said he is helping collect tents, sleeping bags, tarps, rain gear, flashlights and other camping equipment to distribute to residents who need them. Gilmore said anyone with gear to donate can bring it to the Shalom Center or to the Salvation Army in Bloomington.
In past summers, the Genesis Church operated a low-barrier shelter, but that ended in 2012 and no organization has filled the void. An organization known as the Ubuntu Group was once poised to open a replacement shelter but the Group never found an affordable location. City zoning places severe restrictions on where homeless shelters can be located.
Shortly before we went to air today, the Indiana House of Representatives approved a bill that could protect businesses that discriminate against LGBT residents. The bill is known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. It would prohibit governments from “substantially burdening a person’s exercise of religion.” Some proponents of the bill have said they hope it will protect businesses, churches or individuals that choose not to serve LGBT residents.
The bill has been widely seen as a response to the legalization of same-sex marriage in Indiana. Just before the bill passed, News Director Joe Crawford spoke with one of the leaders of the movement to oppose the measure. We bring you that interview for today’s WFHB community report.
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 63 to 31. It has already passed the Senate and Governor Mike Pence has expressed support for the legislation.
Local organizations have begun collecting camping gear for homeless residents who will soon be without access to a low-barrier shelter; A former employee at the city of Bloomington is waiting on a federal court to decide his fate after pleading guilty to 11 counts of wire fraud; In a separate case of alleged embezzlement at the city of Bloomington, a former Parks Department employee has been indicted on a wire fraud charge for allegedly stealing more than $400,000 in funds intended for the Parks Department projects and programs; The city of Bloomington is celebrating Disability Awareness Month throughout March with a variety of events, exhibits and programs; With less than two months before municipal elections, the Monroe County Election Board has been at odds over rules related to poll workers; The Bloomington Board of Park Commissioners has recognized the achievements of Banneker Program Specialist Terrance Thomas, who was named the 2015 Outstanding Black Male Leader of Tomorrow by the City’s Commission on the Status of Black Males.
Shortly before we went to air today, the Indiana House of Representatives approved a bill that could protect businesses that discriminate against LGBT residents. The bill is known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. It would prohibit governments from “substantially burdening a person’s exercise of religion.” Some proponents of the bill have said they hope it will protect businesses, churches or individuals that choose not to serve LGBT residents. The bill has been widely seen as a response to the legalization of same-sex marriage in Indiana. Just before the bill passed, News Director Joe Crawford spoke with one of the leaders of the movement to oppose the measure.
Our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.
Anchors: Doug Storm, Maria McKinley
Today’s headlines were written by Anson Shupe, Joe Crawford and Amanda Marino.
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Michael Hilton
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Our engineer today is Chris Martin.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford
In the interconnected story cycle of “Lost Borders,” Mary Hunter Austin challenges the masculine myths of the American West through the perspective of a feminist and conservationist.
Austin was an ailing transplant from the Midwest who began to thrive personally and artistically in the desert landscape among the spiritual and expressive traditions of Native peoples. Although she published thirty-one books, most fell out of print soon after her death in 1934. In recent decades, there have been efforts to restore her to the literary canon, but she remains largely unknown compared to her contemporaries and friends Jack London, Ansel Adams, and Willa Cather.
The stories for the podcast are presented in the order in which they appear in the original book. (Listeners of the original broadcast may note differences.) Sarah Torbeck is the voice of the author that threads throughout.
In “The Return of Mr. Wills,” read by Shayne Laughter, a wife and mother gains confidence as an independent working woman, while her husband disappears into the desert on a quixotic quest for fabled gold and silver mines.
Early conservation laws and bounties on predator animals play a role in “The Last Antelope,” a heartbreaking exploration of the complex relationship between a shepherd and an aging buck in an over-hunted region. The homesteader armed with axe and gun is a twist on the western bad guy. Tony Brewer reads.
Also read by Shayne Laughter, the story “Agua Dulce” unfolds from an apparently racist remark made by a stagecoach driver, who struggles to overcome the taciturnity expected of a white male Westerner to tell about his love for a courageous and selfless Paiute woman.
Jack Hanek hosts. The poem that recurs as a refrain in the Books Unbound production appears as a prelude in the book. Berklea Going is the reader.
Special music for the episode comes from “The Light Guitar” by Patrick Zimmerli and “Graceful Ghost Rag” by William Bolcom, as performed by violinist Tim Fain and pianist Pei-Yao Wang on the album River of Light (Naxos, 2011).
This episode is produced, written and edited by Cynthia Wolfe with assistance from Sarah Torbeck.
Executive producer: Joe Crawford
Books Unbound theme music: The Impossible Shapes
Hola Bloomington – March 20, 2015
Hola Bloomington’s hosts Israel Herrera and Mónica Hernández host a special segment “Un Cafecito con… Participants of the Annual Song Festival.” The hosts interview Tomas Lozano, Juan Rojas and Valeria de Castro and showcase their music.
Los locutores de Hola Bloomington Israel Herrera y Mónica Hernández albergan un segmento especial de “Un Cafecito con.. Participantes del Festival Anual de la Canción.” Los locutores entrevistan a Tomas Lozano, Juan Rojas y Valeria de Castro y demuestran su música.
Join co-host Ryne Shadday as he interviews co-host Erica Dorsey and producer Olivia Davidson about their backgrounds and involvement with the show. We also hear another episode of the weekly segment “Out on Campus” along with calendar events and news.
Hosts – Ryne Shadday and Erica Dorsey
Executive Producer – Joe Crawford
Producer – Olivia Davidson
Script Coordinator – Hayley Bass
Board Engineer – Carissa Barrett