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Books Unbound – Exploring with Robert McAlmon, Part Two


“Exploring with Robert McAlmon” is a three-episode series of fiction and poetry by one of the lesser-known Modernists. McAlmon has been called a leading “spokesman of the post-war nihilistic pessimism of the Lost Generation.” He was publisher and hard-drinking companion of many of the major Modernists writing in English, including James Joyce, William Carlos Williams, H.D., Gertrude Stein, and Ernest Hemingway.

Graduation day at Indiana University brings the conclusion of “A Vacation’s Job”, as a white male college student combats his intellectual ennui with a summer job supervising manual laborers. David’s “racial tourism” brings him into contact with the vital culture of African Americans in the 1920s, but his experiences are constrained by racist prejudices and sense of superiority. (Listeners are advised that the story contains offensive and derogatory racial and ethnic characterizations and language that reflect attitudes of the 1920s.) “A Vacation’s Job” is read by Phil Kasper.

The short “A Boy’s Discovery” deals with sexual identity and childhood vulnerability, and like “A Vacation’s Job, hints at autobiographical elements, such as the author’s own peripatetic upbringing and bisexuality. Shayne Laughter reads a wistful, comic but unsparing story about growing up in small-town America. Both stories come from McAlmon’s 1921 short-story collection A Hasty Bunch.

Sarah Torbeck hosts, with announcer Jack Hanek. This episode was produced, written, and edited by Cynthia Wolfe, with production assistance from Heather Perry, Sarah Torbeck and Jack Hanek.

Special music for the episode comes from the 1920s classics ““Take Me Away from the River” by Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra; “Sidewalk Blues” by Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers; and Maurice Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello, written about the time A Hasty Bunch was first published. and performed by Carlos Benito de la Gala and Alberto Gorrochategui Blanco on their album Kodaly and Ravel (KalilaDimna, 2011)

Executive producer: Joe Crawford
Theme music: The Impossible Shapes

Daily Local News – May 11, 2015


The Bloomington City Council has begun a process to make Bloomington’s Courthouse Square a Local Historic District; Fewer than 7 percent of Bloomington’s registered voters showed up to the polls during the municipal primary election last week; The reptile rescue and education team, Scaly Tailz, is asking for donations to help them relocate.

For decades, a group of chemical compounds called PCBs have caused massive problems in Bloomington. Although there has been relatively little public discussion about the contaminants in the past decade, a citizen group called Healthy Monroe County has recently reignited the issue. That has caused some in the community to call for more information about the current status of PCB contamination in the city.

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

Anchors: Emily Beck, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Sierra Gardner
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Emily Beck
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

Hola Bloomington – May 8, 2015


Los locutores de HOLA Bloomington Minerva Sosa, Luz Maria López y Maria Auxiliadora Viloria entrevistan a mamás de nuestra comunidad en honor al día de las madres. Hablan de lo que se significa ser mamá y de los mejores consejos que les dieron sus madres.

Hola Bloomington hosts Minerva Sosa, Luz Maria López and Maria Auxiliadora Viloria interview moms from our community in honor of Mother’s Day. They discuss what it means to be a mother and the best advice they got from their moms.

bloomingOUT – May 7, 2015


Tonight, hosts Jeff Poling and Ryne Shadday interview our guest Jeanne Smith, an activist, an environmentalist, a humanist. She describes herself as a hoosier philosopher, a free thinker, an absolute relativist, a nude transvestite, a transsexual, a full time crossdresser and someone transgender.  She has been living as a woman for the past seven years.  Our music for tonight was “Ghost Town” by Adam Lambert.  The bloomingOUT staff would like to give a special thanks to Jeanne Smith for joining us tonight.



Hosts Jeff Poling, Ryne Shadday

Executive Producer Joe Crawford

Producer Olivia Davidson

Script Coordinator Hayley Bass

Board Engineers Carissa Barrett, Jacob Samples

social media coordinators Megan McCullough, and Jorge Guillen, and Andrew Sims

Voices in the Street – Speaking from Experience: Advice Post Pomp and Circumstance


This time of year, our community’s youth find themselves on the cusp of big change. In the midst of graduations at IU, Ivy Tech, as well as local high schools, we asked YOU for advice and words of wisdom for our local graduating seniors.

Construction Begins in B-Line Woods Neighborhood


Habitat for Humanity began building homes last week as part of its new subdivision along the north end of the B-Line Trail. This first round of construction was part of what Habitat calls the Women Build Blitz, where all-women volunteer teams construct houses. The entrance to the new neighborhood is located off Diamond Street. The project faced some resistance when it was proposed last year, mostly from residents who opposed clearing part of the B-Line Woods to make way for the homes. A petition from those residents asked the city government to let Habitat build the subdivision on anearby piece of city-owned property, but that deal never came tofruition. The City Council ultimately approved zoning variances to allow Habitat to clear the woods. Last Friday teams of volunteersbegan building the first two homes in the neighborhood, which theorganization calls the Trail View neighborhood. In total there will be 35 homes there. Habitat for Humanity says homeowners will pay interest-free mortgages for their new homes.

City Deals with Pricey Sludge


The City of Bloomington has hired a company to truck away sludge from its waste water treatment plant. The Utilities Services Board awarded the contract to Young Trucking. The Board recently heard that costs for removal and disposal of sludge has been escalating rapidly over the last few years, approaching three-hundred-thousand dollars for 2015. Utilities Department Assistant Director Efrat Feferman reported on the process leading up to the recommendation to hire Young Trucking.

“The Young Trucking contract is offering a, per ton, flat charge of $32.52″ Efrat explains.

The company would remove the sludge and arrange for disposal of it at a land-fill. The proposed ten-year contract would allow either party to cancel it with one year’s notice. Utilities Department Deputy Director John Langley says the city will continue to use the City’s Dillman Landfill for the occasional disposal of sludge. The Board voted unanimously to accept the contract with Young Trucking. Also at the meeting, Utilities Director Patrick Murphy told Board members of a special service that his department will be providing for IU-Bloomington during its Spring graduation ceremonies.

“We’ve been specifically requested  by the office of the president of Indiana University to provide water stations” says Utilities director Patrick Murphy.

Later in the meeting, Utilities Engineer Mike Bengston reported on the department’s work with Isolux, the principal contractor building section five of I-69. The city is working with the company on necessary adjustments to utility infrastructure near the new highway.

“We have been working with Isolux for 6 months now trying to establish acceptable relocation plans for each one of the intersections” says Mike Bengston.

Costs for this work will be assumed by Isolux.

Daily Local News – May 7, 2015


Summer festival season is about to start, as can be seen by the Bloomington Board of Public Works agenda for its meeting of June 6th; On Tuesday, Bloomington High School South is set to unveil its new sustainable energy installation called Project Pavegen; Habitat for Humanity began building homes last week as part of its new subdivision along the north end of the B-Line Trail; The City of Bloomington has hired a company to truck away sludge from its waste water treatment plant.

On Tuesday, Democrats in Bloomington chose their candidates for mayor and City Council. Those candidates will compete in the general election in November. Although there was a well-publicized race for mayor this year, still only about 11 percent of Bloomington’s active voters came to the polls. On Tuesday, WFHB’s program Interchange hosted a conversation about voting with IU political science professor Margie Hershey. The show was co-hosted by Doug Storm and Joe Crawford. We bring you a portion of that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.

WFHB’s daily local opinion segment!

Today’s headlines were written by Joshua Byron and Adele Poudrier. Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services. Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Jose Rodriguez
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

EcoReport – May 7, 2015


In today’s EcoReport feature, Dan Young speaks with Nobel Prize-winning climate scientist  Michael Mann who discusses his contribution to understanding global warming, and the vicious attacks his work has faced from climate deniers.

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:  Glenn Lightner and Linda Lightner.
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene, Norm Holy and David Murphy. Our feature and broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. This week’s calendar was compiled by Catherine Anders.
EcoReport is produced by Dan Young and Filiz Cicek. Executive producer is Joe Crawford.

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