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Books Unbound – Elizabeth Stoddard and the 1860s, Part Two: Relations

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The second part of Books Unbound’s summer series on Elizabeth Stoddard (1823–1902) features “Lucy Tavish’s Journey “ (1867), a romantic tale read by Renee Reed that throws a few satiric elbows. Young Lucy Tavish sets out in new clothes bought by hay and cheese to have her first independent adventure, exposing herself to an unpredictable, sordid world. But before she even gets off the train, she’s found a safe destination. Like most of Stoddard’s stories, “Lucy Tavish’s Journey” centers on male-female relationships, but her ostensibly happy endings are often perplexing. A self-declared “difficult” woman, Stoddard herself had a lasting marriage but was blamed for estranging her husband from his friends.

The Stoddards lost two of their three sons, one as an infant and the other at age six. Elizabeth published several poems of mourning for her sons, including “Unreturning” (1868), read by Antonia Matthew. “Unreturning” is accompanied at the end of the episode with the poem “Testament” by Carolyn M. Rodgers, which is dedicated to the congregation of Mother Emanuel AME in Charleston, South Carolina, in memory of their loved ones killed in the June 17 shooting at the church. Rodgers is a poet from the South Side of Chicago who was an early member of the Black Arts Movement. Her poem is read by Renee Reed.

Sarah Torbeck reads two of Stoddard’s letters from 1865 that mention Lincoln’s assassination, and the couple’s friendship with the actor Edwin Booth, the pro-Lincoln brother of John Wilkes Booth. Stoddard abruptly juxtaposes this event with personal, even narcissistic concerns, and with adoration for her surviving son—suggesting unresolved themes of family, blood, race and politics in the Civil War era that underlie her superficially conventional fiction.

Special music comes from the Piano Quintet in F Minor of Johannes Brahms, published in 1865. The quintet was performed by Jorja Fleezanis, Wu Han, Ian Swensen, Ralph Kirshbaum, and Cynthia Phelps, and was recorded live at the Music@Menlo chamber music festival in 2005. Music for the poetry segment comes from Brahms, the Adagio movement of his Piano Trio in B Major, performed by the Beaux Arts Trio.

“Elizabeth Stoddard and the 1860s, Part One: Mrs. Stoddard” was produced, written and edited by Cynthia Wolfe, with production assistance from Heather Perry, Sarah Torbeck, and Jack Hanek. The series will continue after a break for a special episode on July 4.

Executive producer: Joe Crawford

Books Unbound theme music: The Impossible Shapes

Hola Bloomington – June 26, 2015

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Los locutores de HOLA Bloomington  Minerva Sosa, Carlos Bakota y Luis Hernandez hablan con abogada de inmigración Christie Popp sobre DACA, DAPA y la reforma migratoria. Además, se habla sobre las mujeres y niños que se encuentran en lugares de detención y los comentarios controversiales que hizo Donald Trump.

Hola Bloomington’s hosts Minerva Sosa, Carlos Bakota and Luis Hernandez interview immigration lawyer Christie Popp. They talk about DACA, DAPA and immigration reform. In addition, they discuss the number of women and children that are currently in detention centers and the recent controversial comments from Donald Trump.

Voices in the Street – “What issues have you with Bloomington?”

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Nick’s English Hut made community news recently with a letter wherein they described illicit activity taking place outside their institution as “Bum Commerce.” And while the owners contend that the issue at hand is the illegal activity posing a danger to both customers, employees, and the community alike—regardless of the socioeconomic status of the individual—others found the use of the word targeted people experiencing homelessness specifically and took issue with what they felt was an unfair and blanketing generalization. Regardless of where you find yourself on the issue, we all have things we wish could be improved. Voices in the Street hit the streets to ask your friends and neighbors what issues they have with downtown Bloomington.

bloomingOUT – June 25, 2015

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Tonight, hosts Olivia Davidson and Ryne Shadday discuss the latest news headlines as well as the impending SCOTUS decision regarding same-sex marriage. The music tonight was “I Still Love You” by Jennifer Hudson. BloomingOUT would like to wish everyone a good end to this year’s Pride Month.

Credits

Hosts Ryne Shadday, Olivia Davidson

Executive Producer Joe Crawford

Producer Olivia Davidson

Board Engineer Andrew Sims

 

IU Student Connects With Great-Grandfather Through Poetry

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It’s rare to have an opportunity to explore the life of a family member you’ve never met. But IU student Joe Weber had a rare opportunity to do just that through an unusual medium: poetry. He brings us this story, which comes courtesy of a partnership with American Student Radio.

Daily Local News – June 25, 2015

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A hundred-sixty thousand Hoosiers will keep their health insurance subsidies offered through the Affordable Care Act; U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly wants to take a closer look at Indiana’s prescription drug monitoring program, known as INSPECT; There are plenty of cats to go around at The City of Bloomington Animal Care and Control; The College Democrats of Indiana University have written an open letter to Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan expressing concerns about a recent public meeting that addressed crime and homelessness downtown.

FEATURE
It’s rare to have an opportunity to explore the life of a family member you’ve never met. But IU student Joe Weber had a rare opportunity to do just that through an unusual medium: poetry. He brings us this story, which comes courtesy of a partnership with American Student Radio.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Our weekly public opinion feature Voices in the Street asks about issues in downtown Bloomington.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Kara Tullman, Jordan Guskey and Joe Crawford.
Our feature was produced by Joe Weber.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

EcoReport – June 25, 2015

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In Today’s EcoReport Feature, Sycamore Land Trust Communications Director Katrina Folsom discusses their effort with the State of Indiana to establish the Bean Blossom Bottoms Conservation Area.

EcoReport is a weekly program providing independent media coverage of environmental and ecological issues with a focus on local, state and regional people, issues, and events in order to foster open discussion of human relationships with nature and the Earth and to encourage you to take personal responsibility for the world in which we live. Each program features timely eco-related headline news, a feature interview or event recording, and a calendar of events of interest to the environmentally conscious.

Today’s Anchors: David Lyman and Julianna Dailey.
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene and Norm Holy. Our feature was produced by Dan Withered. Our broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. Live production manager is Phil Kasper. This week’ s calendar was compiled by Filiz Cicek. EcoReport is produced by Dan Young and Filiz Cicek. Executive producer is Joe Crawford.

EcoReport Feature – The Bean Blossom Bottoms Conservation Area

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In this EcoReport Feature, Sycamore Land Trust Communications Director Katrina Folsom discusses their effort with the State of Indiana to establish the Bean Blossom Bottoms Conservation Area.

IN Nature – The Opossum

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This IN Nature segment features the Opossum.

Standing Room Only – Stories from the Heartwood Forest Alliance

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On the weekend of May 22, the Heartwood Forest Alliance gathered at the Lazy Black Bear in Paoli, Indiana, to celebrate its 25th annual forest council and to reflect on a quarter century of environmental activism. As Ernie Reed, Heartwood’s Council Chair, puts it, “Heartwood is people helping people protect the places they love.” On tonight’s program, some of Heartwood’s members share their experiences collaborating to protect the forests they treasure.

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