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Activate! – Stamp Out Hunger: Jenn Hottell


Jerry Sutherland talks about Saturday’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive sponsored by the National Alliance of Mail Carriers, the United Way of Monroe County and the Hoosier Hills Food Bank. Also, more opportunities to volunteer to help reduce hunger and food insecurity in Monroe County from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.


Hoosier Hills Food Bank
Stamp Out Hunger Volunteers
Teens Potato Harvesting & Soil Health Project
Garden & Gleaning Programs

Books Unbound – Exploring with Robert McAlmon: ‘A Vacation’s Job,’ Part One


“Exploring with Robert McAlmon” is a three-episode series of fiction and poetry by one of the lesser-known Modernists. Born in 1895, McAlmon grew up in the small towns of the Midwest as the son of an itinerant Presbyterian minister, and he never developed the habit of staying in place. He knew and offered support as a publisher to many of the key figures of Modernism, publishing Ernest Hemingway’s first book and typing in the manuscript of James Joyce’s Ulysses. He also published Mina Loy’s Lunar Baedeker, selections from which were heard in the November 23 episode of Books Unbound.

The series begins with “A Vacation’s Job,” a selection for graduation season to be continued next week, published in McAlmon’s 1922 collection A Hasty Bunch. A smugly superior white male college student takes a summer job among manual laborers. He thinks of himself as an enlightened intellectual, but through techniques of ironic point of view, McAlmon reveals his unexamined racist hypocrisies. (Listeners are advised that the story contains offensive and derogatory racial and ethnic characterizations and language that reflect attitudes of the 1920s.) The story’s exploration of masculinist themes and male friendships is interesting in light of McAlmon’s own strong belief that bisexuality is normative, and that both homosexuality and heterosexuality are partial and restrictive.

The reader is Phil Kasper. Sarah Torbeck hosts, with announcer Jack Hanek. This episode was produced, written, recorded and edited by Cynthia Wolfe, with assistance from Sarah Torbeck and Jack Hanek.

The episode concludes with an observance for the deaths in Nepal after the April 25 earthquake. Cynthia Wolfe reads “Death Speaks” by Nepalese poet Dinesh Adhikari, in a translation by Wayne Amtzis.

McAlmon regularly refers to jazz and avant-garde classical in his work, and the episode features lavish portions of 1920s music. Special music for the Nepalese observance (and during a description of the desert in the story) comes from the Sonata for Violin and Cello by Maurice Ravel, written 1920–1922, and performed by Carlos Benito de la Gala and Alberto Gorrochategui Blanco, from their album Kodaly and Ravel (KalilaDimna, 2011).

Executive producer: Joe Crawford
Theme music: The Impossible Shapes

Daily Local News – May 4, 2015


A conversation about what to do when pulled over by police; Tomorrow is primary election day in Bloomington; Last week, County Election Board member Lorraine Farrell gave instructions for how the public can file complaints about candidates they suspect of violating campaign finance law; Chants of Black Lives Matter filled the street along Kirkwood last Friday night; The Bloomington Fire Department has its first female chief in its 115-year history; The longtime WFHB personality, Steve Thrasher, passed away late last week in Hawaii after sustaining injuries in a surfing accident.

Last week the Bethel AME church in Bloomington hosted a forum on the relationship between police and the rest of the Bloomington community. In the lead up to that event WFHB’s African American public affairs program, Bring it On, hosted a conversation with the church’s pastor, Reverend Dennis Laffoon. We bring you a portion of that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.

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

Anchors: Doug Storm, Sarah Panfil
Today’s headlines were written by Joshua Byron and Joe Crawford.
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Dan Withered.
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer today is Chris Martin.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Forum on Relationship Between Police and Bloomington Community


Last week the Bethel AME church in Bloomington hosted a forum on the relationship between police and the rest of the Bloomington community. In the lead up to that event WFHB’s African American public affairs program, Bring it On, hosted a conversation with the church’s pastor, Reverend Dennis Laffoon. We bring you a portion of that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.

Tomorrow is Primary Election Day in Bloomington

Tomorrow is primary election day in Bloomington. Voters will cast ballots in races for mayor and city council among others. So far, fewer than 3 percent of voters cast ballots during the early voting period. But County Clerk Linda Robbins says that statistic doesn’t tell the whole story.

Robins said,  ”Well it tells us that we’ll have about twelve percent of the registered voters that will all show up for everything… We have just only 35,000 voters who are considered active voters within the municipality so we could double that say of our active voters we’ll have nearly a quarter of our active voters voting.”

In Bloomington, all the contested races are among Democrats. Voters who choose Republican ballots will not be able to vote in those races.

Robbins added, “They’ll need to remember that they have to pick a party because this is a primary and they will need to make sure, I can’t emphasize enough, that they bring their government issued ID.  That’s a driver’s license, a passport, a military ID and IU IDs and Ivy Tech IDs will also suffice.”

To find your precinct and where to vote, visit monroecountyelections.com. Tune in to WFHB tomorrow night beginning at 6 p.m. for exclusive election coverage, including a conversation with IU political science professor Marjorie Hershey.

Hola Bloomington – May 1, 2015


Los locutores de HOLA Bloomington Minerva Sosa y Luz Maria López entrevistan a niños de nuestra comunidad en celebración del día del niño. Hablan de la tradición latinoamericana de celebrar este día y platican con los niños sobre sus planes para el futuro.

Hola Bloomington hosts Minerva Sosa and Luz Maria Lopez interview children from our community in honor of “Día del Niño” or Children’s Day. They talk about this Latin American tradition and interview the children about their future plans.

Hamilton and Neher on Affordable Housing


There are two remaining candidates in the Democratic primary race for mayor of Bloomington. Democrat John Linnemeier dropped out of the race last week, leaving Darryl Neher and John Hamilton to compete for the nomination. In recent months both candidates have spoken publicly about the need for more affordable housing in Bloomington. WFHB correspondent Taylor Telford looked into the candidates’ positions on the issue and we bring you that report for today’s WFHB community report.

Early Voting Ends Monday at Noon


County Clerk Linda Robbins said today that absentee voting has gone smoothly so far in the lead up to the municipal primary election on Tuesday, May 5th. Early voting ends Monday at noon. Voters can go to the Johnson Hardware Building, on West Seventh Street at Madison, to cast early votes. The polling station is open tomorrow from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and then Saturday from 9 to 3. At a meeting today of the County Election Board, Robbins reminded voters that the deadline to request a ballot by mail has passed

bloomingOUT – April 30, 2015


Tonight, our hosts Jeff Poling and Ryne Shadday interview Barry Magee, the director of Quarryland Men’s Chorus. Our music tonight was Quarryland Men’s Chorus with “Let’s Misbehave” as well as “Skylar.” We also interviewed Caleb Marshall, the Fitness Marshall. The bloomingOUT staff would like to give a special thanks to Barry Magee and Caleb Marshall.


Hosts Jeff Poling, Ryne Shadday

Executive Producer Joe Crawford

Producer Olivia Davidson

Script Coordinator Hayley Bass

Board Engineers Carissa Barrett, Jorge Guillen

interns Andrew Sims, Megan McCullough, and Jacob Samples

Budget Hurts Some Schools, Spares MCCSC


Changes to Indiana’s school funding formula are expected to hurt large urban districts throughout the state. But they may benefit some local schools in Monroe County. Indiana lawmakers finished the 2015 legislative session last night. The legislature passed a two-year budget that includes a $464 million increase in education spending. State Representative Matt Pierce, a Democrat who represents most of Bloomington, is critical of the education budget. But he says the Monroe County Community School Corporation should do comparatively well under the new funding formula.

“MCCSC does fairly well  in the funding formula” Pierce says. However State Representative Matt Pierce when on to say, ” People who attend more rural schools are going have difficulty…then you have urban schools like, Gary or Indianapolis public school systems, they’re getting really hammered”.

Republican leaders in Indiana, including Governor Mike Pence, praised the new state budget today. They issued statements pointing out the budget is balanced and includes no new tax increases. In a press conference this morning, Pence indicated he would sign the budget bill into law.

State Senate Pro Tem David Long issued a press release today stating QUOTE “The budget maintains Indiana’s hard-fought reserve funds and prioritizes education funding” UNQUOTE. But statements like those from Pence and Long don’t tell the whole story.

“They’re not going to talk about about the things that aren’t getting done so they had to take several million dollars out of local road funding” Pierce exclaimed. He continued  ”So we’re going to have more pot holes, more crumbling infrastructure and the transportation system is going to decline.”

Despite his criticisms, Peirce was supportive of a part of the new budget targeted at criminal justice. The legislature allocated $60 million partly to help pay for local probation and community corrections programs. Those programs have been strained after the legislature changed the criminal code last year. Many offenders are now being sent to local programs rather than state prisons. Pierce said the local programs need the money but he was frustrated the legislature insisted on funneling the new funding through the state Department of Corrections.

“I think that’s a big mistake because the department of corrections has been missing in action in trying to improve our system” Pierce says. “Their hearts not going to be in what we need to get done on the local level.”

The legislature also passed a measure allowing limited needle exchange programs to open around the state. Indiana law generally outlaws those programs, but Governor Pence has suspended the rules recently in Scott County, where an HIV outbreak is linked to sharing needles. Under the new law, a county would have to prove there is a public health emergency in order to set up a needle exchange program.  Critics say counties will probably be reluctant to declare such an emergency for fear of attracting negative publicity.

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