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October is National-Adopt-a-dog Month

Bloomington Animal Shelter joins shelters across the United States in recognizing October as National Adopt-a-Dog Month.  Special events are planned where adoptable dogs will be present at locations around Bloomington on Saturdays.  Locations include Bryan Park, the library, Upland Brewery and the Farmer’s Market.  During the month of October the dog adoption fee is reduced to $40, which includes vaccinations, spaying or neutering, microchipping and heartworm testing.

According to Laurie Ringquist, Director, City of Bloomington Animal Care & Control, October is usually the most successful month for dog adoptions.  Last October 104 dogs were adopted compared to an average of 60-80 dog adoptions for other months.

Interchange – Claims on the Forest

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Host Doug Storm is joined by Myke Luurtsema, the Hoosier Forest Watch Coordinator for the Indiana Forest Alliance (IFA), and Ron Kerner, a mushroom expert who runs the website Indiana Mushrooms.

This is Part II of our discussion about commercial logging and forest health in the Indiana state forests. Part I was a conversation that took place on September 9th with the Director of the Division of Forestry, John Seifert.

The discussion centers on the assertion that the Forestry Division treats the forest as a kind of agricultural crop and chooses to implement methods that value the tree by its harvest value (silviculture). We also discuss the ways that clear cutting or “regenerative openings” disturb habitat and disrupt ecosystem health. One feature of this is the vital symbiotic role that healthy fungi play in the growth of forests. A final topic is the IFA’s campaign to create State Wild Areas in our state forests.

Where John Seifert makes claims for the benefit of introducing sunlight to enhance diversity (through “regenerative openings”)–”sunlight drives the system”–Luurtsema claims “sunlight drives the crop tree while mortality drives the ecosystem.”

Credits:
Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Carissa Barrett
Executive Producer: Alycin Bektesh

Indiana Superintendent Glenda Ritz Releases “State of the Classroom” Series

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Indiana Superintendent Glenda Ritz released a video September 18th, the first in a three part series titled State of the Classroom. The first video focuses on students in the classroom, including the environments and external factors that impact student success.

Daily Local News – September 30, 2014

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On Saturday, September 27 an animal rights activist group named Direct Action Everywhere staged a protested at Bloomington’s Chipotle Grill on Kirkwood street; Males and students of color in Indiana are at a disproportionate risk for school suspension and expulsion; The Indiana Statewide 911 Board is reminding residents they can text 911 in case of emergency; Josh Fox, creator, writer, director, and producer of the Gasland documentaries will be in Bloomington on October 25 for a showing of his film Gasland 2 at 6pm; The National Science Foundation has awarded IU scientist and adjunct professor in the Department of Chemistry, Phil Stevens, a three-year $700,000 grant to continue his research studying the relationship between climate change and pollution; An IU research team headed by geography professor Tom Evans has recently received a grant for $2.6 million to study over five years climate variability, growing human demands for water, and the decision-making process of distributing limited water supplies by African farmers in Kenya and Zambia; A group of Indiana University students is working to help Bloomington become what is known as a Star Community.

FEATURE
Indiana Superintendent Glenda Ritz released a video September 18th, the first in a
three part series titled State of the Classroom. The first video focuses on
students in the classroom, including the environments and external factors that
impact student success.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Chelsea Hardy and Anson Shupe
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access
Television Services.
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Dan Withered, in partnership with the
Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineers today are Carissa Barrett and Anna Legge.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford.
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Animal Rights Group Stages Monthly Protest At Bloomington Chiptole

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On Saturday, September 27 an animal rights activist group named Direct Action Everywhere staged a protest at Bloomington’s Chipotle Grill on Kirkwood street.

Jeff Melton, the local organizer for Direct Action Everywhere, says he and another protester went to Chipotle to protest their business practices and claims.

Melton says that the group takes issue with all fast food chains for their source of factory farmed meat products, but that businesses like Chipotle and Whole Foods that brand themselves misleadingly are a high concern. The protest matches others nationwide as part of a larger month-long effort by Direct Action Everywhere against species-ism.

Species-ism is defined as the exploitation of nonhuman animals for their meat, skins, their labor, or in scientific experiments. Melton says that they did not receive the hostility that protesters elsewhere have received, and that some people approached the protesters after the demonstration to gain more information.

Chipotle advertises its offerings as “food with integrity” and offers information on their website about the benefits to “naturally” raised farm animals. They also state that “Though the process is more complex, we are trying to find suppliers who can provide us with pasture-raised poultry and pork. Eventually, we want all of our meat to come from suppliers who meet these standards. We’re definitely working on it. Stay tuned.”

Direct Action Everywhere estimates that more than 100,000 animals are killed to be eaten each  minute world wide, and points out that undercover investigations have shown factory farms to terminate animals in cruel ways while they are still conscious.

Melton says that he chooses to demonstrate support for animals because they can not advocate for themselves.

Bring It On! – September 29, 2014

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William Hosea and Cornelius Wright welcome Attorney Jake Moore.

PART ONE
On tonight’s show, William and Cornelius are joined by Attorney Jake Moore, Republican candidate for Monroe County Prosecutor. Moore lays out elements of his political platform and talks about the relationship between the Prosecutors office and the African American community.

PART TWO
Headline news and local calendar events of interest to the African-American community.

CREDITS
Hosts: William Hosea and Cornelius Wright
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

Daily Local News – September 29, 2014

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Jimmy John’s recently announced a data breach that could have compromised debit and credit cards users at over 216 locations nationwide; Indiana is to receive $647,072 in grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to prevent chronic diseases; The Indiana Department of Workforce Development recently announced that it will be receiving a one point five million dollar grant from the US Department of Labor; A recent study of approximately 119,000 Indiana students in grades 6 through 12 found a marked decline in drinking and smoking; A new CVS store is coming to downtown Bloomington.

FEATURE
The election board did not receive any reassuring updates regarding poll workers in their meeting last week. WFHB News director Alycin Bektesh has the report.

ACTIVATE!
Our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Cathi Norton
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
In partnership with the city of Bloomington volunteer network
Our engineer is Chris Martin,
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Election Board Prepares for Upcoming Elections

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The election board did not receive any reassuring updates regarding poll workers in their meeting last week. WFHB News director Alycin Bektesh has the report.

Activate! – Middle Way Rooftop Garden: Andrea Jobe

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Andrea Jobe, an original member of the volunteer team behind the Middle Way House Rooftop Garden and the Volunteer Coordinator for the project, talks about the importance of the project to shelter residents, their children and those who volunteer – what they learn, how their lives are made better and how gardening is bringing them to a brighter future. Also, more local volunteer opportunities geared toward helping those living with food insecurity from the Bloomington Volunteer Network in honor of September as Hunger Awareness Month.

Links:
Middle Way House
Rooftop Garden Volunteers
Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard Orientations
Community Kitchen

Books Unbound – Frankenstein, Part 7

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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was 18 when she and her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley, visited some literary friends and got involved in a challenge, to see who could write the most frightening story. Out of a group that included the poet Lord Byron, only Mary’s story of a scientist who goes too far has lasted as a landmark of fantastic literature. Mary Shelley was twenty when the book was published.

Frankenstein was published in 1818, as the Industrial Revolution readied for takeoff in Europe. Science held out the promise of mankind’s triumph over nature, even over death itself – and electricity was the key. In the novel, a doctor uses electricity to re-animate parts of human corpses into a whole, living being – who, although hideous, develops intelligence and self-awareness – and finally turns against its creator. Frankenstein was banned in South Africa in 1955, for containing material deemed “indecent” and “obscene.”

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