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Interchange – A Box Within a Box Within a Box: The Riddle of the Raintree

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As I considered making a show to serve as a kind of year in review, I first thought to choose my favorite program from each month of the year, 12 shows, excerpt 3 minutes for flavor, a bit of commentary or set-up. Well, when I got to the month of May and saw three weeks of Raintree County–and remembered my interest and involvement with this book and the world of its author and his suicide at the peak of his worldly success–I made a new plan. My most important story of 2014, reading and thinking about Raintree County in the 100th anniversary of the author’s birth.

Raintree County was published in 1948, the same year as Indiana University professor Alfred Kinsey’s Sexual Behavior in the Human Male and these two authors and these two books might actually illuminate each other.

Also, a quick note to let you know that the music you hear within these programs is from the soundtrack to the movie Raintree County, the 1957 film starring Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift, Eva Marie Saint and Lee Marvin. Johnny Green was the composer.

Part I excerpts the May 6th episode Taking the Measure of Raintree County and my guests are Don Gray, emeritus professor of English literature at Indiana University; Eric Sandweiss, Carmony Chair in the Department of History at IU and Editor of the Indiana Magazine of History; and Cherry Williams, Curator of Manuscripts at The Lilly Library at Indiana University. Much of this episode focused on an exhibit of Lockridge Jr.’s personal papers, manuscripts, and family memorabilia showcased at the Lilly Library, in particular the one artifact that serves as the novel’s framing device, The Illustrated Historical Atlas of Henry County Indiana of 1875.

Part II excerpts the May 13th program which consisted of my interview with Ross Lockridge Jr.’s second son, Larry Lockridge, whose biography Shade of the Raintree was re-issued by Indiana University Press this year in a 20th anniversary edition.

Part III excerpts my interview with Ernest Lockridge, the oldest of son of the Ross Lockridge, Jr. and author of several novels, Prince Elmo’s Fire being the most successful, and a kind of photo expose/memoir called The Skeleton Key to the Suicide of My Father.

Full Episodes:

Interchange – Taking the Measure of Raintree County

Interchange – Larry Lockridge: In the Shade of the Raintree

Interchange – Ernest Lockridge: The Nostalgia of Emptiness in Raintree County

Credits:
Producer & Host is Doug Storm.
Board Engineer is Jonathan Richardson.
Carissa Barrett coordinates our social media.
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Books Unbound – Storytellers of Immortality: Contemporary World Poetry

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An encore presentation of a program that originally aired November 15 for Day of the Imprisoned Writer, featuring poetry in translation from writers around the world who have experienced imprisonment, exile, military occupation, censorship, and other forms of extreme literary suppression.

Announcer: Sarah Torbeck
Host: Doug Storm

• Aron Atabek, “My Throat Will Die” (Tony Brewer)
• Tsering Woeser, “A Sheet of Paper Can Become a Knife” and “The Past” (Cathi Norton)
• Liu Xiaobo, “Words a Cell Can’t Hold” (Eric Rensberger)
• Enoh Meyomesse, “Despair” (Frank Buczolich)
• Tal al-Mallouhi, “You Will Remain an Example” (Berklea Going)
• Zargana, “Oblivion” (Eric Rensberger)
• Kajal Ahmad, “Separation from Earth” (Berklea Going)
• Dmitry Bykov, “I lived the wrong one … ” (Frank Buczolich)
• Raúl Zurita, excerpt from “A Path in the Solitudes” (Tony Brewer, Spanish reading of untitled excerpt by Carlos Bakota)
• Liu Xia, “Black Sail”, “Another Kind of Death”, and “June 2nd 1989″ (Patsy Rahn; Chinese reading of “Another Kind of Death” by Lu-San Lai)
• Abdul-Wahhab Al-Bayati, “Poem for the Man of Light” and “Western Civilization” (Phil Kasper; Arabic reading of “Poem for the Man of Light” by Ali Alnahhabi)
• Nadia Anjuman, “Rich” (Berklea Going)
• Ko Un, “The Moon” (Frank Buczolich)
• Rashid Hussein, “Passport” (Tony Brewer)
• Mansur Rajih, “The Fatherland” (Eric Rensberger)
• Dunya Mikhail, “Tablets” (Lauren Robert)
• Ahmed Matar, “Poetry for the Censors” (Frank Buczolich)
• Tran Khai Thanh Thuy, “Voice from Beyond the Grave” (Cathi Norton)

Produced by Cynthia Wolfe with Doug Storm and Robert Shull.
Written by Cynthia Wolfe.

Executive producer: Alycin Bektesh
Theme music by The Impossible Shapes.
Special music for the episode from Gran dereit’, Visions and Miracles by Ensemble Alcatraz

IN Nature – Stinkhorn Mushroom

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IN Nature – Yellowjackets

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IN Nature – Hudsonian Godwit

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IN Nature – Monarchs

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IN Nature – Hummingbirds

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Top Stories of 2014: Ferguson, MO

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The Top Stories of 2014 is a special production of WFHB News, looking back on the stories that define the year in news. From deer to development, education to equality, national issues became local, and Indiana worked to set itself apart. The Top Stories of 2014 is produced by Alycin Bektesh and Joe Crawford.

EcoReport – December 25, 2014

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On today’s special Christmas edition of EcoReport, Lucille Burtuccio, Dan Withered, and Dan Young read excerpts from Lucille’s Book “Au Natural: Ruminations on Nature”

Bloomington Beware! – Year End Review

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Well, the old year is fast running out. It’s Christmas Eve already, WFHB News is on hiatus this week, and that means Bloomington Beware won’t be repeated in the evening as usual. So listen up and make a special effort to clue your friends and family in on any of this news they might be able to use.

We’ve reported on all kinds of frauds, con games and swindles this year, and still haven’t caught them all. Increasing global connectivity has been a hothouse for scammers; they’ve multiplied at an unbelievable rate, and this trend bids fair to continue in the New Year…so here’s a quick look at some of the traps and pitfalls they’re putting in everybody’s path, pretty much every day now.

Ponzi Schemes (or “pyramid schemes”) continue to sucker people into investing hard-earned savings in get-rich quick schemes. They always promise you a huge return on your money – but only the people who get on board first ever see any returns. The evil financial wizards who run these things simply keep recruiting more investors, and use their money to make payments…until the whole thing inevitably collapses, the promoter disappears with a pile of cash, and most of the people who bought into the scheme are left holding an empty bag. ANY investment which claims you’ll get a very large payback, very quickly, is seriously suspect. Don’t invest your money anywhere without checking things out very thoroughly first, or without talking to friends, family, or an investment counselor.

But beware of FAKE investment counselors. Senior citizens, especially, are favorite targets for people who claim to have financial credentials and experience – but really only have a glib tongue and gobs of greed – according to the A-A-R-P scamwatch. Someone you know well, someone a friend or family member has used for a long time, or someone who works for a large, long-established company, are the safest bets…and an investment advisor who finds YOU is much more likely to be a crook than one you find, after asking around and doing some serious checking.

Affinity Fraud is another oldie-but-a-baddie, and it often works all too well. That’s when the swindler targets a group of people who have something in common. It can be a shared interest in something – like cars, mystery novels, collectibles, or even membership in a church or some other perfectly legitimate organization. They play on your emotions, and build trust by pretending to share the common bond. All too often, they manage to bamboozle some innocent group member and get him or her to sell other group members on the swindle. Just because you heard about a great deal from somebody you’ve known all your life doesn’t mean you still don’t have to check it out yourself.

And there are many, many more – fake charities, phishing emails, data breaches at big companies – even if we could list them all, we don’t have enough time. But the good news is, checking things out is a lot easier than it used to be, if you can go online. The Better Business Bureau’s website at b-b-b dot o-r-g is a great place to start. The Indiana Attorney General maintains an excellent website – easily found with a quick search. And just searching for “scams and frauds” or something like that will turn up a whole list of websites from the FBI, the Federal Trade Commission, and private organizations where you can search for people and company names, or keywords, and get tipped off before you get ripped off. Have a wonderful holiday ….and stay safe!

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