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Best of 2013 #6 – House Joint Resolution 6: the Battle for Marriage Equality in Indiana

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The fight for marriage equality reached the boiling point in 2013. From the landmark Supreme Court decisions striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and deferring to the lower court decision that found the ban of same-sex marriage created by California’s Proposition 8 referendum to be unconstitutional under California law to Maine, Maryland, Washington State, Rhode Island, Delaware, Minnesota, California, New Jersey, Illinois, Hawaii, New Mexico, and most recently, Utah legalizing same-sex marriage in their states, either by legislation, ballot referendum and court decision, the move toward marriage equality gained a massive amount of momentum this year. In 2014, decisions regarding same-sex marriage will be taken up by Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Oregon, Nevada, and Colorado, which could potentially lead to legalization in 24 states and the District of Columbia or nearly half the country. Indiana may be another state where big decisions are made regarding same-sex marriage next year.  On January 30th of 2013, the Indiana House issued Joint Resolution 6. HJR6 proposes amending the Indiana Constitution to define marriage HJR6 states that “Only a marriage between one (1) man and one (1) woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana”. It was supposed to have been voted on earlier this year, but just a month after the United States Supreme Court scheduled oral arguments on the DOMA and Prop 8 cases, the amendment was pushed back to the 2014 legislative session.

CREDITS
The best of 2013 is a production of the WFHB news department.
Today’s episode was produced by Jennifer Whitaker and Alycin Bektesh.
Correspondent Jennifer Whitaker and David Murphy and Producers Cleveland Dietz and Harrison Wagner contributed to today’s reports
Our theme music is provided by Legs
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

Interchange – Big Data Is Watching You

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This week on Interchange host Doug Storm presents “Big Data Is Watching You,” a conversation with Colin Allen, Director of the Cognitive Science Program at Indiana University.  Allen is a philosopher of biology and cognitive science and he’s joined us once before on Interchange to talk about the possibilities of machine morality and perhaps rather the necessity of building morality into source codes.  If nothing else, this week’s program should make that at least clear, and clearly an imperative.  Of course we’re stuck with the question, who will craft this ethical code?

We also present here for podcast the unedited conversation which covers more ground and even attempts to explicate Yeats’s “Second Coming” (1919) as an ode to the coming of the Mind of Big Data.

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

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Best of 2013 #7- Indiana stays HIP: the ACA & the Twenty-Nine Hour Work Week

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A source of national controversy and the impetus behind the October shutdown of the federal government, the ACA produced two big issues in Indiana. The creation of the 29-hour work week allowed employers to avoid providing health care benefits to part-time workers, and Indiana lawmakers refused to create an Indiana insurance exchange, rejected Federal Medicaid expansion monies, and chose to seek approval for the revamped Healthy Indiana Plan system as an alternative. As 2013 started, businesses, schools, and local governments began looking at ways to implement the requirements of the ACA, slated to go into effect at the beginning of 2014. As early as January, administrators were looking at ways to cut employee hours in order to avoid providing health insurance. Without employer coverage, many of these workers turned to the state, where Mike Pence’s refusal to create a state insurance exchange or to take part in ACA Medicaid expansion is expected to leave at least 400,000 people in poverty without the ability to get insurance even under an expanded Healthy Indiana Plan.

Bring It On! – December 23, 2013

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Bev Smith and William Hosea joined Eric Love, Liz Mitchell, and Leila Randle

PART ONE
It’s Christmas time and while last week’s temperature climb and torrential rains melted away all vestiges of snow, we at Bring It On still wanted to gather around the ol’ Yule log and talk about our favorite memories and family traditions for the season.

Joining Bev and William for a special Christmas edition of Bring It On to talk about their favorite Christmas memories and traditions are Eric Love, Liz Mitchell, and Leila Randle.

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

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

Books Unbound – Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Part 6

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Born in 1885, David Herbert Lawrence was an English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, and painter. His collective works are classified as a reflection of the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialization. His marriage in 1914 to Frieda Weekly, a woman who left her husband and three children for Lawrence, provided inspiration and emotional support for his literary career. Lawrence died in 1930, reaching his peak of fame posthumously.

Banned by U.S. Customs (1929). Banned in Ireland (1932), Poland (1932), Australia (1959), Japan (1959), India (1959). Banned in Canada (1960) until 1962. Dissemination of Lawrence’s novel has been stopped in China (1987) because the book “will corrupt the minds of young people and is also against the Chinese tradition.” Lady Chatterley’s Lover was the object of numerous obscenity trials in both the UK and the United States up into the 1960s.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover, first published privately in 1928, was not published openly in Britain until 1960. It tells the story of the love affair between Constance (Lady Chatterley) and her husband Clifford’s gamekeeper, Oliver Mellors, while exploring the nature of relationships between men and women. Besides the evident sexual content of the book, “Chatterley” spurred controversy for its discussion of the British social class system and social conflict. Penguin, the publisher of the unexpurgated text in 1960, was unsuccessfully tried for violation of the 1959 Obscene Publications Act. The prosecutor was ridiculed for asking, “Is this the kind of book you would wish your wife or servants to read?”

Hola Bloomington – December 20, 2013

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Hostess Johann Mercado and Sandra Santana bring us a special holiday program with Traditions of Christmas Eve and New Year’s from different countries of Latin America. Listen to all the different food being cooked and desserts from countries like Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala, Chile and so on.

Listen to the events of the week and the segment of “Desde los pasillos.”  Merry Christmas!

Best of 2013 #8 – A Year of Government Dysfunction: The Sequester and the Shutdown

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One of the biggest national stories in 2013 was the continuing inability for the Federal Government to govern in a bi-partisan manner or in fact to govern at all. Beginning with the automatic cuts commonly referred to as the sequester in March as a result of the Budget Control Act of 2011 and reaching a breaking point with the October government shut down, political infighting, intransigence, and incompetence set the tone for 2013 and affected everyone from the inner circle in DC to the residents here in Monroe County.

CREDITS
The best of 2013 is a production of the WFHB news department.
Today’s episode was produced by Jennifer Whitaker. Correspondents David Murphy, Casey Kuhn, Producers Carolyn VandeWiele and Ilze Ackerbergs and WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford contributed to today’s reports.
Our theme music is provided by Legs
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

bloomingOUT – December 19, 2013

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Bloomington Pride Film Festival Co-Directors Abby Henkel and Sarah Perfetti provide information about this year’s event scheduled for 23-25 January 2014 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theatre. IU School of Public Health Professor Debra Herbenick and Michael discuss LGBTQIA issues related to family and personal interactions during the holidays on a new edition of Sexual Health Matters. Featured artist is singer/songwriter Bobby Blue. Musical selections are “Blue Island” and gay wedding song “He Loves Me.”

www.bloomingtonpride.org
www.info.publichealth.indiana.edu/faculty
www.bobbyblue.com

Producer Carol Fischer
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Associate Producers Sarah Hetrick & Nick Tumino
News Director Josh Vidrich
Original Theme Music Mikial Robertson
Announcer Sarah Hetrick

EcoReport – Myke Luurtsema: Hoosier Forest Watch

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Director Alycin Bektesh speaks with Myke Luurtsema of the Hoosier Forest Watch, and Indiana Forester John Seifert, about the logging currently happening in Indiana’s protected back county areas.

The Strike Mic – December 17, 2013

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This week on The Strike Mic, a weekend march in response to the passing of Ian Stark, and the underlying issues of social services and homelessness in Bloomington.

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