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Interchange – Slapping Both Cheeks: Incarceration As A Barrier To Social Justice

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“Slapping Both Cheeks” will try to offer some insight into the facts of incarceration in our society and community and into the idea of social justice.

Does incarceration decrease crime, either through deterrence or incapacitation? How do the challenges of homelessness make people vulnerable to arrest and incarceration? And once jailed how reduced are the chances for future welfare?

Incarceration is a fact of our justice system; Is it a barrier to the notion of social justice?

Our guests are:
Christopher Abert a social worker here in Bloomington.
Isabella Bravo is a lawyer with the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office.
Erin Marshall is a member of Decarcerate Monroe County.
Jason Sorden is a recidivist felon, recently paroled from prison and experiencing homelessness.
Judah Schept is an Assistant Professor of Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University.

Incarceration is a fact that both utterly inundates our society while at the same time being somewhat invisible to what we might call the voting middle class. Something one imagines akin to the abattoirs of our meat industry–our jails are hidden by being located in economically depressed middle America–we are blind to the lives that are darkened inside them.

Which is to say, how do we countenance throwing away the lives of so many people behind the justification of criminal code violations that disproportionately punish those who live in poverty and the Black and Hispanic populations?

And it’s not like the jailed population are the only people affected–families are put under such strain and hardship that there is no conception of “the good life” or the chimera we call the American Dream. There is the truth of an American Nightmare–the Prison State America.

We’ll try to understand the ways in which our political culture of management bureaucracy sweeps folks under the rug as part of business as usual.

What are jails good for?
What does the term Social Justice mean?

Credits:
Host & Producer, Doug Storm
With Special Assistance from Micol Seigel
Board Engineer, Jonathan Richardson
Social Media Coordinator, Carissa Barrett
Executive Producer, Alycin Bektesh

The Ins and Outs of Money – Artists Approaching Finances

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Artistic types are known for always doing things their own unique way. Today Miah Michaelsen of Bloomington Entertainment & Arts District (BEAD) joins us to discuss how artists can approach their finances and who can help them on their way for WFHB’s weekly financial segment The Ins and Outs of Money.

Activate! – Tom Rea: Bloomington Animal Shelter

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Tom Rea, a volunteer Adoption Counselor and Animal Handler for the Bloomington Animal Shelter, on how he came to work with the shelter and the fulfillment he gets from his time there. Also, Volunteer Connection offers ways for you to volunteer to help animals in our community.

LINKS
Bloomington Animal Shelter
Help Local Wildlife
Pets Alive Kennel Support
Uplands PEAK Sanctuary

Veterans Day Ceremony Hosted At Monroe County Courthouse

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Richard E. Dunbar, Commander, Burton Woolery American Legion Post #18, hosted a Veterans Day ceremony at the Monroe County Courthouse this morning. Excerpts of the gratitude expressed for our nations’ veterans by Master of Ceremonies Colonel Turner Nolan here, for today’s community report.

Daily Local News – November 11, 2014

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Bloomingfoods workers will have a union; The City of Bloomington wants to develop a coherent neighborhood on a 15 acre parcel of land just north of City Hall, one that includes a balance of residential, commercial and industrial, and it wants the housing to be a mixed income, owner occupied rather than predominantly student housing like other near by new developments; Indiana Department of Natural Resources has announced that deer numbers are down, but says this year’s firearms season will still be productive for Indiana deer hunters; According to a recent press release from the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, there is a new aggressive move to ban synthetic drug compounds such as “Spice,” Ecstasy,” and “K2.”

FEATURE
Richard E. Dunbar, Commander, Burton Woolery American Legion Post #18, hosted a Veterans Day ceremony at the Monroe County Courthouse this morning. Excerpts of the gratitude expressed for our nations’ veterans by Master of Ceremonies Colonel Turner Nolan here, for today’s community report.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carisssa Barrett, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Sophia Saliby and Anson Shupe
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacey in partnership with the
Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County. Engineer is
Dan Withered
Our broadcast engineer is Anna Legge,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Bring It On! – November 10, 2014

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William Hosea and Clarence Boone welcome Robin Winston.

PART ONE
On tonight’s show, William and Clarence welcome Robin Winston of the Winston/Terrell Group, a recognized political analyst, strategist and former chair of the Indiana Democratic political party from 1999 through 2001.  He joins us by phone to help answer some probing questions and provide his own analysis of the national and statewide political landscape in the aftermath of the 2014 midterm elections.

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

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

New initiative vows to end homelessness in Bloomington by 2020

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Last week the Shalom Community center hosted an event titled “off the streets by 2020″ – a plan to end homelessness in Bloomington. WFHB Correspondent William Morris was on hand, and brings us the long-term strategy to address a long term Bloomington issue, for today’s community report.

Daily Local News – November 10, 2014

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Three teenagers were arrested yesterday in Bloomington for charges of attempted murder , rape with an armed weapon, burglary, confinement, intimidation and resisting law enforcement; Bloomingfoods workers will be voting today and tomorrow on unionizing, according to Scott Barnett, organizing director for Local 700 of the United Food and Commercial Workers, which is the union seeking certification and representation rights; Contractors are weeks away from what a state official called full on construction of Interstate 69 in the Bloomington area; A Veteran’s Day panel is scheduled at the Monroe County Public Library Auditorium tomorrow with the topic “The U.S. and I.S.I.S.: Is War the Answer?”; Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs will host a program on how cities worldwide are preparing for climate change and natural disasters.

FEATURE
Last week the Shalom Community center hosted an event titled “off the streets by 2020 – a plan to end homelessness in Bloomington. WFHB Correspondent William Morris was on hand, and brings us the long-term strategy to address a long term Bloomington issue, for today’s community report.

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

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy and
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Dan Withered with correspondent William Morris
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker, in partnership with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Our engineer is Chris Martin,
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Books Unbound – “The Burning Secret” by Stefan Zweig, Part 4

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Stefan Zweig was an Austrian Jew whose books were among the first burned by the Nazis in 1933. He was one of the most beloved writers of the 1920s and 30s, but he committed suicide in Brazil in 1942, despairing that the Old Europe he loved was lost. His novella “The Burning Secret” shows the psychoanalytic influence of his friend Sigmund Freud. Zweig has enjoyed a recent renaissance in the English-speaking world, and was the inspiration for filmmaker Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Hola Bloomington – November 7, 2014

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Los locutores de HOLA Bloomington Maria Auxiliadora Viloria, Carlos Bakota, Luis Hernandez y Israel Herrera en el segmento de “Un Cafecito con…” entrevistan a la directora de cine Christiana Ochoa acerca de su documental “Otra coso no hay.”

Hola Bloomington’s hosts Maria Auxiliadora Viloria, Carlos Bakota Luis Hernandez and Israel Herrera host a segment of “Un cafecito con…” and they interview filmmaker Christiana Ochoa about her documentary “Otra cosa no hay. “

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