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Interchange – The Prick of Noon: Romeo & Juliet

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We have two guests with us tonight to discuss the play both as production or performance and as text; the deed and the word. As Harold Goddard said, “Drama is a portrayal of human passions eventuating in acts. Poetry is a picture of life in its essence.” Shakespeare toils to mend the two.

In Act One, “The Play’s the Thing,” we’re joined by the director of the IU Theater Production of Romeo & Juliet, Nancy Lipschultz to talk about producing the play for the stage.

In Act Two, “The Prick of Noon,” we’re joined by Ellen MacKay, a scholar of early modern English drama and public culture whose approach to the Shakespearean stage is “driven by the epistemological problems that the theatre poses to a culture eager to draw a clear line between artifice and authenticity.” We discuss Shakespeare’s treatment of time.

We don’t need to withhold any plot points tonight as our subject is a play that was written sometime near the end of the 17th century and like all of Shakespeare’s plays is based on a prior text or two. It’s an ancient plot, warring tribes, political enmity in city-states, and even star-crossed lovers: all nothing new. We can even find Dante referencing historical Montagues and Capulets as feuding political parties in the Purgatory of his Divine Comedy.

And so you know, Romeo and Juliet are always dead before we even begin. It is the outcome that begs a reason why and the play begins with the Prologue giving up our ghosts.

Credits
Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Social Media: Carissa Barrett
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

Daily Local News – February 24, 2015

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An electronics repair company has announced it plans to cut 320 jobs at its location in Bloomington; Today is the deadline for bills to get a second reading in the Indiana State legislature; In other news from the legislature, a Senate Joint Resolution with the potential to harm Indiana lakes and rivers was defeated by the Indiana State Senate today; An IU professor of law and medicine says Indiana’s agreement with the Obama administration to expand Medicaid will be counterproductive in its purported goal of helping the poor; Plans for a 107-room hotel proposed for the intersection of 17th and Walnut Streets received narrow approval last week from the Board of Zoning Appeals.

FEATURE
Many in Bloomington have expressed concern and anger over the announcement that the IU Health Bloomington Hospital plans to move away from downtown. City leaders have responded, asking the hospital to stay in its current location. News Director Joe Crawford brings us that story for today’s WFHB community report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
WFHB’s weekly financial segment.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Joe Crawford and Sophia Saliby
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was written by Alycin Bektesh and produced by Joe Crawford
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacy and edited by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County
Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer is Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh,
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Senate Bill Calling for Restrictions on Abortion

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An Indiana senate bill could place further restrictions on abortion in the state. Senate Bill 334 would make it illegal to perform an abortion if the decision is based on a fetus’s sex or disability. Writers of the bill say they are trying to prevent discriminatory abortions.

A healthcare provider could face wrongful death and medical malpractice charges if found knowingly performing an abortion for a woman who wants to terminate a pregnancy because of the fetus’ sex or a potential disability.Disabilities specifically mentioned in the bill include scoliosis, Dwarfism, albinism, amelia, Down syndrome and any type of physical or mental disease or disfigurement. Many abortions rights advocates say the bill is troubling.

Betty Cockrum, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, said Senate Bill 334 interferes with the sacred doctor-patient relationship.

“It gets government into an arena where it shouldn’t be at all,” Cockrum said.

Cockrum also said that while abortions based on a fetus’s sex may be an issue overseas, it is not a concern in Indiana. But mental health and disabilities are. Cockrum says parents of children with disabilities need help, but she says government funding for disability services would help more than this proposed law.

“The services to families who have developmentally challenged children are underfunded, and if members of the legislature see it fit to impose government intrusion into this decision making, they sure ought to step up and fully fund services,” said Cockrum.

President of Indiana Right to Life, Mike Fichter, did not return a call for comment today. He supports the bill. Fichter was quoted in the Indianapolis Star, saying Indiana Right to Life doesn’t “believe an unborn child should be discriminated against based on disability or sex.” A Senate committee approved the bill last week and it now awaits a vote before the full Senate.

 

Bring It On! – February 23, 2015

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Cornelius Wright and Jacinda Townsend welcome Katherine Wheatle, Victor Borden, and Carl Darnell.

PART ONE
On tonight’s show, Cornelius and Jacinda welcome IU doctoral candidate in Higher Education Katherine Wheatle, Professor of Higher Education & Student Affairs and senior advisor to the IU Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs Victor Borden, and IU doctoral candidate in Higher Learning & Student Affairs Carl Darnell.

They join the BIO! crew to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the nation’s Historically Black College’s and Universities (HBCU) in the 21st Century.

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

CREDITS
Hosts: Cornelius Wright and Jacinda Townsend
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Joe Crawford
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

Activate! – Global Gifts: Mary Megan Walker

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Mary Megan Walker on her service learning and volunteering with Global Gifts and Fair Trade Bloomington. Also, volunteer opportunities from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.

LINKS
Global Gifts
My Sister’s Closet
Opportunity House

Religious Freedom Restoration Act

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A bill known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is working its way through the Indiana legislature. The law would provide protection to individuals, businesses and churches that deny services based on claims of religious belief. On Thursday, WFHB’s LGBTQI+ program, Bloomingout, discussed the bill with Steve Sanders, a law professor at Indiana University. The show was hosted by Erica Dorsey, Ryne Shadday and Jeff Jewel.

Daily Local News – February 23, 2015

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An Indiana senate bill could place further restrictions on abortion in the state. Senate Bill 334 would make it illegal to perform an abortion if the decision is based on a fetus’s sex or disability; The Indiana Youth Institute has released the 2015 Kids Count data book, an assessment of childhood wellbeing across the state; The Monroe County Solid Waste Management District Citizens Advisory Committee identified a need for updated bylaws during a meeting on February 19th.

FEATURE
A bill known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is working its way through the Indiana legislature. The law would provide protection to individuals, businesses and churches that deny services based on claims of religious belief. On Thursday, WFHB’s LGBTQI+ program, Bloomingout, discussed the bill with Steve Sanders, a law professor at Indiana University. The show was hosted by Erica Dorsey, Ryne Shadday and Jeff Jewel. We bring you a part of that conversation for today’s WFHB community report.

ACTIVATE!
Your WFHB weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Doug Storm and Maria McKinley
Our engineer is Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Emily Beck along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh
Executive producer is Joe Crawford

Books Unbound – “The Mulatto” by Victor Séjour

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“The Mulatto” first appeared in 1837 in an anti-slavery magazine published by free people of color in France. Its author was the 19-year-old Victor Séjour, who had come as a student to Paris from New Orleans. Séjour was a French-speaking person of color whose baptismal record identifies him as a free quadroon. His father had come to New Orleans among refugees of the Haitian Revolution. “The Mulatto” is set in Haiti, and is thought to be the first short story published by an American of African descent.

It’s a frank melodrama, a mode of extreme passion and good-and-evil morality that permeated 19th-century fiction and drama. An oedipal tragic secret lies at the heart of a story fueled by rape, injustice, revenge and murder. Gothic elements of horror speak to the violence done to family within the institution of slavery. Séjour went on to have a highly successful career as a dramatist, with twenty of his plays in a variety of genres produced at the Comédie Française.

“The Mulatto” continues a series on race in literature that began with the four-part program “Benito Cereno” by Herman Melville. In an extended podcast edition, Indiana University associate professor Maisha Wester returns to talk about the racial implications of gothic melodrama.

Our reader is Lauren Robert. Hosted by Sarah Torbeck, with Jack Hanek as the announcer. Special music comes from the Twelve Grand Études of Frédéric Chopin, which were published the same year as “The Mulatto”, performed by Martha Goldstein courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. The episode was produced and written by Cynthia Wolfe, with the interview produced by Doug Storm.

Executive producer: Joe Crawford
Theme music: The Impossible Shapes

Hola Bloomington – February 20, 2015

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Los locutores de HOLA Bloomington Maria Auxiliadora Viloria y Minerva Sosa​ platican con la comisión de asuntos hispanos y latinos de Bloomington. Hablan sobre la misión de la comisión y asuntos que involucran a la comunidad Latina en Bloomington.

Hola Bloomington hosts Maria Auxiliadora Viloria, Luz Lopez and Minerva Sosa interview The City of Bloomington’s Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs. They talk about the commission’s mission and issues that involve the Latino community in Bloomington.

bloomingOUT – February 19, 2015

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Tonight, our hosts Erica Dorsey, Ryne Shadday, and Jeff Jewel interview IU Mauer School of Law Professor and Huffington Post Contributor, Steve Sanders, about an important upcoming Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriages. They also discuss the Religious Liberty Bill that is moving through the Indiana Statehouse, as well as a complaint filed by Ashlee and Ruby Henderson with the U.S District Court in Indianapolis challenging how state law defines “born out of wedlock”, saying it violates the equal protection and due process clauses of the 14th Amendment. Our music for tonight is “Heroes” by Conchita Wurst. We also heard the last episode of our weekly segment, First Year OUT. This week’s segment is about cheating and also familial acceptance. We would like to thank our guest Steve Sanders for being with us tonight!

Credits
Hosts Erica Dorsey, Ryne Shadday, Jeff Jewel
Executive Producer Joe Crawford
Producer Olivia Davidson
Script Coordinator Hayley Bass
Board Engineer Carissa Barrett

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