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Interchange – Ukraine: 25 Years of Revolution


Over the past year Americans have been hearing about the escalating conflict in Ukraine as a story of separatist movement stoked by Russian expansionism under Putin.

The human cost of the partisan war as of February 2015 is sobering. According to the UN, 5,700 people have been killed; 14,000 wounded. Meanwhile, 5.2 million Ukrainian people are living in conflict areas; and over 950,000 people have been displaced within Ukraine, while 600,000 have fled to neighboring countries, of whom 400,000 have gone to Russia.

All this is taking place in a country already suffering from a crisis in health and demographics. Between 1990 and 2013, Ukraine’s population declined by over 12 percent. The fertility rate is well below replacement rates, and the mortality rate among working-age and younger men is said to be at crisis levels. Income inequality is among the worst in the world and there is widespread environmental depredation, and a deteriorating infrastructure.

While the suffering in Ukraine is clear, a clear divide between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ forces there may not be. Most of us struggle to understand the ongoing conflict because our knowledge of Ukraine during the post-Soviet era is very incomplete. We are told by our leaders and by the mainstream press that the fight reflects a clear conflict between pro-Russian and pro-Western ideologies. We have very little idea of what it has been like to live in Ukraine during the past 25 years.

Sarah Drue Phillips, IU Professor of Anthropology and the Director of the Russian and East European Institute. She has been conducting anthropological research in Ukraine since 1995. Her broad research interests have concerned the variable effects of socialist collapse on people’s lives, especially in terms of gender formations, health, social inequalities and social justice, and changing citizen-state relations. She has studied the role of women in Ukraine’s civil society, the Ukrainian disability rights movement and, most recently, HIV prevention strategies.

Padraic Kenney, IU Professor of History and International Studies at Indiana University. He is the author or editor of seven books on Polish, Eastern European, and global history including most recently, 1989: Democratic Revolutions at the Cold War’s End (Boston, 2010).

Polina Vlasenko, a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at IU who is a native of the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. She was an active volunteer in bringing medical aid to participants in the 2014 EuroMaidan protests, and has seen family members forced to flee from the eastern region of Ludansk.

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Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Research & Script: Nancy Jones
Board Engineer: Carissa Barrett
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

Books Unbound – “Lost Borders” by Mary Hunter Austin, Part 3


“Lost Borders” by Mary Hunter Austin continues with interconnected stories about the American West from a feminist and conservationist perspective. Austin’s settings and subject matter may be familiar from Hollywood westerns, but she challenges masculinist myths of dominance and exploitation. Although she was a prolific and highly regarded writer at the time of her death in 1934, nearly all her work soon fell out of print.

The Books Unbound podcast presents the stories in the order of the original book: “The Woman at the Eighteen Mile” is read by Sarah Torbeck, who plays the role of the author throughout the series, and “The Fakir” is read by Shayne Laughter. (Listeners of the March 28 broadcast who are looking for the story “The Return of Mr. Wills,” also read by Laughter, will find it in podcast episode two; “The Readjustment,” read by Katy Ratcliffe, will be in podcast episode four next week.)

Jack Hanek hosts. The recurring poem, read by Berklea Going, appears at the beginning of the print volume of “Lost Borders”.

Special music for the episode comes from the album River of Light (Naxos, 2011), as performed by violinist Tim Fain and pianist Pei-Yao Wang.

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

Bring It On! – March 30, 2015


Beverly Calender-Anderson and Doris Sims welcome Valeri Haughton-Motley, Chanelle Fox and Kimberly Owens.

On tonight’s show, Beverly and Doris welcome the Honorable Valeri Haughton-Motley. Recently named Bloomington’s Woman of the Year for 2015, she has been the presiding judge of Monroe Circuit Court VIII for six years. She joins us to discuss the honor and her many other stellar achievements over the years.

Headline news of interest to the African-American community.

Chanelle Fox, an IU Mauer School of Law student, and Kimberly Owens join Beverly and Doris to discuss the details of a peaceful protest against the Religious Freedom Restoration Act planned for the 31st.

Hosts: Beverly Calender-Anderson and Doris Sims
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

Activate! – Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard: Patrick Siney


Patrick Siney, a volunteer for Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard and many other local non-profits, discusses opportunities at “The Hub” and talks about how volunteering has made a huge difference in his life. Also, ways for you to connect your talents to non-profits in our community through volunteering from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.


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Audra McDonald Performing at Indiana University

Six time Tony Award winner, Audra McDonald will be performing at the Indiana University Auditorium next Thursday as part of her 32-city concert tour. McDonald has performed in numerous Broadway productions such as Porgy and Bess, Carousel and A Raisin In the Sun. She has also appeared in several operas, including City of Mahagonny, for which she won two Grammys.

McDonald recently made headlines for being one of the first celebrity figures to speak out against the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Governor Mike Pence signed the Act into law last week and many say it effectively legalizes discrimination.

McDonald voiced her concerns in Twitter messages directed at Pence. She wrote, “Some in my band are gay & we have 2 gigs in your state next month. Should we call ahead to make sure the hotel accepts us all?”

McDonald’s performance at the IU auditorium will include a number of Broadway pieces, popular standards, and songs from her most recent album, Go Back Home. More information is available on the IU Auditorium’s website.

National Criticism Drawn to Indiana Over Religious Freedom Restoration Act


Governor Mike Pence has officially cancelled a trip to Bloomington as he continues to deal with fallout from the passage of the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Pence had been scheduled to speak at a dinner tomorrow night sponsored by the Monroe County Republican Party, but this afternoon the chairman of the Local Republicans, Steve Hogan, confirmed Pence called off those plans.

Protests were expected to draw hundreds of people to the Bloomington Amvets Post, where Pence was scheduled to speak. This afternoon one of the main protest organizers said the rally would still go on as planned. For more on the controversy over the new law, WFHB News Director Joe Crawford has this story.

Correspondent Alycin Bektesh contributed to this report.

Daily Local News – March 30, 2015


Indiana has drawn nationwide criticism for a bill that effectively legalizes discrimination; Officials in the state of Indiana are still looking for ways to contain and prevent the spread of a recent HIV outbreak; Six time Tony Award winner, Audra McDonald will be sharing her talents at the Indiana University Auditorium on April 7th at 8:00 p.m. as part of her 32-city concert tour; Any hope of making Indiana a leader in coal gasification technology seems to be going up in smoke; The Monroe County Public Library will hold a grand reopening the weekend of April 12th to celebrate the completion of extensive renovations in the Bloomington branch; The Bloomington Farmer’s Market opens this Saturday.

Governor Mike Pence has officially cancelled a trip to Bloomington as he continues to deal with fallout from the passage of the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Pence had been scheduled to speak at a dinner tomorrow night sponsored by the Monroe County Republican Party, but this afternoon the chairman of the Local Republicans, Steve Hogan, confirmed Pence called off those plans.

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

Anchors: Doug Storm, Maria McKinley
Today’s headlines were written by Amanda Marino, David Murphy and Adele Poudrier.
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford and 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

Hola Bloomington – March 25, 2015


Los locutores de HOLA Bloomington Luz López y Minerva Sosa hablan con abogada de inmigración Christie Popp sobre DACA, DAPA y la reforma migratoria. Además, se habla sobre la nueva ley en Indiana que a causado controversia.

Hola Bloomington’s Luz Lopez and Minerva Sosa interview immigration lawyer Christie Popp. They talk about DACA, DAPA and immigration reform. In addition, they discuss the new controversial law in Indiana.

“Visions of Rwanda” exhibited at Indiana University


The creators of an exhibit at Indiana University are hoping to give viewers a more complex understanding of Rwanda. Correspondent Amanda Marino has that story for today’s WFHB community report.

Voices In The Street – Religious Freedom and Restoration? Or Legally-Sanctioned Discrimination?


Indiana Governor Mike Pence has vowed to sign into law SB 101 or the Religious Freedom & Restoration Act. Governor Pence has said the law “…is about respecting and reassuring Hoosiers that their religious freedoms are intact” but others see the law setting a bad precedent for businesses and others like police and doctors to legally discriminate against the LGBTQI community, in particular. With the calls by thousands of Hoosiers and high-powered business interests (including Gen Con, the annual gaming convention) for Pence to veto the legislation, Voices in the Street asked your friends and neighbors how they feel about SB 101 being signed into law.

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