Today’s IN Nature segment features the slow but steady Box Turtle.
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Storyzilla Story Show is a monthly variety show offering local people the opportunity to tell their stories, often in a humorous way. Hosted by local storyteller Nell Weatherwax, participants receive advanced coaching in telling their true, personal stories on a given topic. Tonight on Standing Room Only we’ll hear tales of ‘Women with Guts‘ the theme of the August Storyzilla sshow. Nell Weatherwax opens with a short story of childhood bravery.
With hunting season approaching, Indiana has started up its venison exchange program which allows hunters to donate their game. This is the fifth year for the program, which is called Give In Game. The program is conducted by Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources Fish and Wildlife Division. It is a program that anyone in Indiana can sign up for. Every year hunters can offer venison in whatever condition agreed upon, ranging from field-dressed to butchered and packaged. These are strictly free exchanges since the selling, bartering, and trading of deer meat is still illegal. Michelle Cain, Wildlife Information Specialist at DNR, says the program is designed to be a donation program. Cain says that the purpose of the “GiveIN” is to provide high quality protein to those who need it.
The circumstances of these donations are solely up to the hunters and citizens, as the DNR never facilitates exchanges. Cain says that the great thing about this program is that that the DNR does not handle the exchanges, but leaves it to the hunters and they have people to exchange it to.
Anyone who has participated in the program in the past will have to re-register this year to continue participating. Anyone who wants to participate can sign up through the DNR website.
Work and labor will be the focus of this Fall’s “Themester” at Indiana University. A variety of courses and themes will focus on the theme, which is “At Work: The Nature of Labor on a Changing Planet.” One of the co-chairs of the committee overseeing this year’s Themester is professor Ben Robinson. He says the idea behind Themesters is to connect classes with campus events and encourage students to think beyond the syllabus. Robinson says that the university experience can be much more than the classroom when we think about being a part of the community as a whole and the rich number of resources that this makes available.
Themester events this fall are planned to address human labor from a variety of angles, Robinson says the theme has particular significance to students today. He says that there is enormous pressure on kids from kindergarten through high school to get into college and to find a career and that they will form the labor force of tomorrow.
One of the main events this year is a discussion with the Reverend William Barber and Richard Trumka on Nov. 4. Reverend Barber is one of the founders of Moral Mondays, a protest movement that began in North Carolina and has spread to other states, including Indiana. Partners in the Themester include IU Cinema, IU Art Museum, the Kinsey Institute, Lilly Library, Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology and the Monroe County History Museum. Most Themester events are free and open to the public. More information about the Themester and upcoming events can be found at themester dot indiana dot edu.
An estimated 6,000 people attended Pride Summerfest in downtown Bloomington this past Saturday, according to organizers of the event; Ja’Tovia Gary and Stefani Saintonge are coming to the IU Cinema this Friday to discuss their film collective “The New Negress Film Society”; Work and labor will be the focus of this Fall’s “Themester” at Indiana University; With hunting season approaching, Indiana has started up its venison exchange program which allows hunters to donate their game; A former township trustee in Morgan County convicted of embezzling public funds now owes the state more than a million dollars.
Monroe County officials are moving forward with plans to establish a needle exchange program here. Correspondent Hannah Boone has more for today’s WFHB community report.
A couple of oldies-but-goodies, the IRS phone scam and the phony contractor deal, are mentioned as reminders, and we look at one way the new smartphone technology can outsmart YOU.
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An estimated 6,000 people attended Pride Summerfest in downtown Bloomington this past Saturday, according to organizers of the event. That’s more than three times as many attendees as last year. The group made the announcement this afternoon. This was the second annual Summerfest. The event included workshops, live performances, dance parties, food trucks, kids’ activities, and a foot parade on the B-Line Trail. Organizers attributed the increased attendance to several causes, including a reaction to the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act that Governor Mike Pence signed into law earlier this year.
With me today to discuss the environmental hazards facing America’s prison population as well as the environmental hazards caused by prisons themselves is co-host Micol Siegel, who is an associate professor in the American Studies and History Departments at Indiana University. And joining us by phone is our guest Panagioti Tsolkas of the Human Rights Defense Center who’s here to tell us about the HRDC’s Prison Ecology Project which works to shine a light on the way prisons and jails are built on or near landfills, toxic waste dumps, Superfund cleanup sites, and coal mining sites, and that they are vulnerable to natural disasters such as flooding and environmental hazards like contaminated water.
According to HRDC, there is overwhelming evidence that the population of people in prison represents one of the most vulnerable and uniquely-overburdened demographics in our nation; people of low-income, black, Hispanic/Latino and Native Americans are consistently over-represented in prisons and jails in every one of our 50 states.
We’ll also hear from Paul Wright, Director of the Human Rights Defense Center, and Editor of the Prison Legal News, via the magic of editing. Paul Wright was one of the speakers on a panel called “Ecology of the Police State” which was part of the recent Public Interest Environmental Law Conference and we’ll be playing clips from that event throughout the program.
Crucial to the discussion and understanding of the politics and economics of this issue is a common or tacit acceptance that the incarcerated person represents a kind of waste management dilemma.
Panagioti Tsolkas, Prison Ecology Project Coordinator, Human Rights Defense Center.
“Parchman Farm Blues” by Bukka White
“New Prisoner’s Song” by Dock Boggs
“Early In the Mornin’” sung by “22″, Little Red, Tangle Eye, and Hard Hair, from “Prison Songs: Historical Recordings from Parchman Farm 1947-48,” Vol. 1.
“Work Song” by Charles Mingus
Human Rights Defense Center
Updates from the Fight to Stop a New Toxic Prison in Central Appalachia
Federal prison in Letcher County wrong for region, environment, prisoners
Activists Work to Stop Building of New Prison in Appalachia
The Ecology of a Police State: 2015 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference panel
Public Interest Environmental Law Conference
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