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Books Unbound – “Killing Voltaire: An Observance for Charlie Hebdo”


“Killing Voltaire: An Observance for Charlie Hebdo” is a collaborative response by the Books Unbound community to the deadly attack January 7 on the offices of the French satiric weekly. The episode was originally broadcast January 17. (Note to WFHB listeners: Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, previously announced for this date, has been postponed to April 25.)

Classic and contemporary free-speech quotations from the Voice of Reason (Patsy Rahn), probing passages from authors by the Provocateur (Tony Brewer), and readings from Voltaire himself on fanaticism, blasphemy, and liberty vs. destiny (Frank Buczolich) are interwoven with selections made by the readers or by series producer Cynthia Wolfe, including:
• Excerpt from a posthumously published essay by the assassinated Russian journalist Anna Politskovskaya, selected, read, scripted and produced by Sarah Torbeck, with a sample of the original Russian read by Pavel Abramov.
• “Fragment, 1959,” Lauren Robert reading a poem by Anna Akhmatova, selected by Doug Storm.
• Excerpt from a 2012 speech by Salman Rushdie, selected, read and produced by Jack Hanek.
• Excerpts from “Balqis,” a long poem alternating love elegy and political passion by the Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani, selected and read in Arabic by Ali Alnahhabi, and by Berklea Going in a loose English adaptation.
• “The Auroras of Autumn”, eight of ten cantos of the poem by Wallace Stevens on unease in the house of the mind, containing the famous line “The house will crumble and the books will burn”, selected by Cynthia Wolfe and read by Doug Storm.
• Afterword by Maria McKinley, reading a passage on the true source of personal daring from Eudora Welty’s memoir One Writer’s Beginnings.
The episode also features Guillaume Ansart, associate professor at Indiana University and a specialist in 18th-century French literature and satire, with perspectives on Voltaire, Enlightenment values, and the French tradition of satire. Special music for the episode comes from the Floodplain album of Kronos Quartet.

Produced by Cynthia Wolfe, with assistance from Doug Storm and Sarah Torbeck.
Script by Cynthia Wolfe, with contributions by readers.
Executive producer: Joe Crawford
Theme music by The Impossible Shapes

Bring It On! – April 20, 2015


Clarence Boone and Jacinda Townsend welcome Dr. Raymond Wise.

On tonight’s show, Clarence and Jacinda welcome Dr. Raymond Wise, director of the IU African American Choral Ensemble. He joins us for a discussion on the history and future of the Chorale Ensemble, along with providing an overview of their annual Spring concert.

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

Hosts: Clarence Boone 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

Monroe County Courthouse Closed Temporarily

Monroe County has announced an impromptu closure of the County Courthouse tomorrow. Valerie Haughton, the presiding judge of the Monroe County Circuit Court, says a septic backup at the courthouse has forced the building to close down. Haughton says all court dates scheduled tomorrow are canceled. Anyone scheduled to attend court tomorrow should contact the Office of Court Services about rescheduling. Haughton says it’s currently unclear whether the situation at the Courthouse could pose threats to the health of anyone inside the building. Hazardous materials experts are scheduled to inspect the building tomorrow. It’s not yet clear whether the building will reopen on Wednesday.

Daily Local News – April 20, 2015


Monroe County has announced an impromptu closure of the County Courthouse tomorrow; Bloomington’s local co-op grocery is undergoing major challenges; On Friday, Governor Pence signed new legislation that allows for individuals to obtain and use overdose intervention drugs; Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor and former Democratic presidential candidate, is set to visit Bloomington on Wednesday; At a work session last week, the Monroe County Community School Board heard a proposed plan for evaluating teachers; Indiana University is in the process of approving two new degrees in engineering.

This year the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding. As part of its 100 Years Working for Peace Exhibit, the local branch of the League hosted a presentation by Judith Allen, a history professor at Indiana University. The event was held at the Monroe County History Center. Allen presented, “Charlotte Perkins Gilman to Jane Addams: Perils of Peace,” a presentation which compared these two iconic women and their views on war. We bring you portions of that event for today’s WFHB community report.

Kelly Wherley and Deb Christiansen on Trashion ReFashion and their experience with this great event. Also, more volunteer opportunities from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.

Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Joshua Byron, Amanda Marino and Joe Crawford
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Michael Hilton and Cynthia Roberts-Hall
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Our engineer is Chris Martin
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive producer is Joe Crawford

Activate! – Trashion Refashion: Kelly Wherley and Deb Christiansen


Kelly Wherley and Deb Christiansen on Trashion ReFashion and their experience with this great event. Also, more volunteer opportunities from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.

Center for Sustainable Living – Discardia
Trashion Refashion
Sidewalk Exchange/Reuse Volunteer
Recycle for Charity

IN Nature – Morel Mushrooms


Hola Bloomington – April 17, 2015


Hola Bloomington hosts Israel Herrera and Carmen Gozalo host a special segment “Un cafecito con…” with Rachel Lears, the director of the documentary titled, “The Hand the Feeds You,” and real character Mahoma Lopez. They discuss the documentary which is about the struggle of low-wage undocumented Latino workers that create a union to receive a decent labor treatment and fair salary. It has been selected best documentary in DOC NY, Full Frame and AFI DOCS.

Los locutores de Hola Bloomington Israel Herrera y Carmen Gozalo albergan un segmento de “Un cafecito con..” Rachel Lears, directora del documental “La mano que alimenta” y personaje real Mahoma López. “La mano que alimenta” es un documental sobre la lucha de los trabajadores Latinos de bajos salarios e indocumentados que crean un sindicato para recibir un tratamiento digno y salario justo. El documental fue llamado el mejor documental en DOC NY, Full Frame and AFI DOCS.

bloomingOUT – April 16, 2015


Tonight our hosts Jeff Poling and Ryne Shadday discuss news and calendar in recent events. Jeff Jewel interviews mayoral candidate John Hamilton. Our music for tonight was “Time” by Steve Grand. We also heard our weekly segment “Out on Campus,” Arielle Soussan has a conversation with IU students about RFRA’s impact on student life. The bloomingOUT staff would like to give a special thanks to our guest John Hamilton.

Hosts Jeff Poling, Ryne Shadday, Jeff Jewel
Executive Producer Joe Crawford
Producer Olivia Davidson
Script Coordinator Hayley Bass
Board Engineer Carissa Barrett
Interns Jorge Guillen, Megan McCullough, Jacob Samples, and Andrew Sims

Bloomington Free Parking Happy Hour


Last night the Bloomington City Council voted to give downtown drivers back 2 hours of free parking each day. The Council voted to start enforcing the meter rules at 9 a.m. instead of 8 a.m. They also moved the end of parking enforcement up an hour, from 10 p.m. to 9 p.m. Council member Steve Volan presented a proposal to cut the enforcement hours. Volan said the idea was based on a proposal from Mayor Mark Kruzan’s administration.

“They were suggesting cutting 4 hours out of the 18 hour days” Volan referencing the proposal of Kruzan’s administration. “Both my ordinance only propose to cut 2 hours of the day off.” Volan states.

Cutting the enforcement hours is expected to cost the city government $175,000 a year in meter revenue. Although it approved the reduction in hours, the Council rejected another proposal that would have cut costs for drivers. Volan suggested reducing the cost of parking on the edges of downtown, where many parking spaces are under-utilized. He proposed cutting the cost from a dollar an hour to 50 cents an hour. But some Council members, including Susan Sandberg, said that would be too confusing for residents.

Sandberg exclaims, “I think consistency is our smartest strategy in trying to, again, get the public to vie in to the fact we no longer have 2 hour free parking” “having it be a dollar can be a prohibitory factor” Sandberg says.

The Council did approve several other changes to the parking rule. The parking garage on Morton Street will now allow drivers 3 hours of free parking. The Council also gave the mayor discretion to suspend meter operation on holidays and in other special circumstances, such as extreme weather. The changes don’t take effect until after the mayor signs the legislation and the City Clerk publishes it.

EcoReport – Joe Duff: Operation Migration, Part 2


In today’s EcoReport feature, Part 2 of Bob Kissel’s interview with Operation Migration co-founder Joe Duff about an experimental Whooping Crane reintroduction program.

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