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Head Start Expansion

A federal grant will fund a major expansion of the Head Start program in Monroe County, operated by the South Central Community Action Program. The grant will enable SCCAP to create an Early Head Start Program serving infants from 0-3 years of age and pregnant moms. While Head Start has served 3 to 5 year olds from low-income families in …

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Interchange – Jared Thompson: Hey, What’s So Funny?

How funny is Jared Thompson? Meet the owner of Bloomington’s only full-time comedy club, The Funny Bone. Host Echaka Agba laughs until it hurts as she and Thompson discuss his childhood and how comedy became a major role in his life, how he and wife Dana Thompson came into owning The Funny Bone, and a few of his Top 100 …

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Growing a Local Food Network: Charlotte Zietlow, Maggie Sullivan

Representatives from nine local organizations gather to review local food production and the “Growing a Healthy Community” project developed three years ago. The United States Department of Agriculture awarded a grant in 2006 to help expand the delivery of healthy, locally grown food to children and seniors through partnerships with Monroe County nonprofit organizations, working together to develop a local …

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Nazif Shahrani: Afghanistan and the U.S.

Indiana University professor Nazif Shahrani was born and raised in Afghanistan. He has just returned from a visit to his homeland with new insight into U.S. policy there. In light of post-election developments in Afghanistan and the announcement by President Obama of a major U.S. troop escalation in Afghanistan, he wonders if it is possible to hold free and fair …

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Waldron Task Force

An eight-member task force convened by Bloomington mayor Mark Kruzan met for the first time today to begin an inquiry into management changes and fee increases at the John Waldron Arts Center. Members include Joni McGary, from a coalition of 21 local performing arts groups that use the facilities at the Waldron, managed by the Bloomington Area Arts Council. The …

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City To Buy CSX Railway Switchyard

Last night the Bloomington city council granted preliminary approval for the Parks and Recreation department to buy the former CSX railway switchyard, a property the city has sought for almost a decade. The switchyard is located along the eastern edge of a one point two mile stretch of the southern part of the B-Line Trail. The 27-acre property is bounded …

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Formula Business Ordinance Group: Restricting Chain Stores Downtown

Members of the new Formula Business Ordinance Group clash in a discussion of Mayor Mark Kruzan’s request to put controls on the presence of chain stores and restaurants, or “formula businesses,” in Bloomington’s downtown areas. The Ordinance Group has heard presentations from the Mayor and other city officials on why such controls might be needed for downtown business corridors from …

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Interchange – Maryellen May and Paul Messing: Documenting What “Bloomington Talks About…”

Host Deb Kent talks with local videographer Maryellen May and writer-composer-producer Paul Messing about their new project, “Thinking Out Loud” (formerly known as “Bloomington Talks About…”), a 30-minute video in which local residents reflect on a variety of topics. Clips from the pilot episode, on the arts, are played throughout this week’s Interchange, and include comments from a wide range …

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Elinor Ostrom: Nobel Speech

Indiana University Professor Elinor Ostrom told a worldwide audience today that the complexity of human social and economic behavior is something to be analyzed, understood and appreciated, not feared or denied. Ostrom’s research focuses on “the commons,” the concept of public resources that are owned by EVERYone and not by SOMEone…like our public lands, or even the Internet. Ostrom received …

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Intelligent Design: Judge John Jones III

U.S. District Judge John Jones III is best known for his landmark ruling that the teaching of intelligent design in public schools is unconstitutional. At stake in Kitzmiller versus Dover was a pro-intelligent design school board policy and the book “Of Pandas and People”, which used the term “intelligent design” to mean a specific field of inquiry. The case arose …

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