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Interchange – The Hoarders: Pathologizing the Packrat

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We’re joined by Scott Herring, author of The Hoarders, a cultural history of the recent DSM-5 diagnosis of Hoarding Disorder. We talk about famous pack rats such as the Collyer Brothers of Harlem, Andy Warhol, and Big Edie and Little Edie Beale from the documentary Grey Gardens. Herring argues that this new disease has a significant–and overlooked–cultural back story from the 1930s to the present.

Also discussed: Ralph and Terry Kovel, authors of a nationally syndicated collectibles column that began in 1955; and Sandra Felton, “The Organizer Lady” and founder of “Messies Anonymous.”

Scott Herring is an associate professor in the Department of English at Indiana University.

The Hoarders: Material Deviance in Modern American Culture

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

The Top Stories of 2014: Follow the Money

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Our coverage this evening focuses on major changes to Bloomington’s city government following the discovery of an embezzlement scheme within the Public Works Department. Herald Times editor Bob Zaltsberg joins Joe and Alycin for a look back beginning in March when federal authorities charged former city engineer Justin Wykoff with 24 counts of embezzlement. Wykoff was accused of collaborating with the Bedford-based company, Reliable Concrete, to steal about $800,000 from the city by approving fraudulent invoices.

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.

The Top Stories of 2014 – Sexual Assault on Campus

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This spring Indiana University was named as one of 50 universities under investigation by the federal government for title nine violations regarding handling of sexual violence complaints. Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University Debby Herbenick joins Alycin and Joe to discuss 2014′s nation-wide dialog regarding sexual assualt. This year an effort to raise awareness regarding sexual harassment became global through social media hastags #yesallwomen and #heforshe. Street harassment and cat-calling was highlighted in a viral video of a woman walking around New York City, and locally the group “Street Harassment Awareness Bloomington” formed and has designed cards that can be handed to harassers stating “Thanks for ruining my day.”

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.

Bloomington Beware! – Holiday Scams Part 3

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More info and warnings about holiday-themed scams that are suckering all too many victims at a time when we all should be happy and trusting, instead of fearful and suspicious.

Books Unbound – Heaven’s Cafe: A Miscellany for Solstice Eve

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“Heaven’s Café” is a seasonal episode of Books Unbound featuring poetry from China, Germany, Mexico, Palestine, Cuba and England, with a tribute to the late Mark Strand and one of Dostoyevsky’s lesser-known stories, “The Christmas Tree and the Wedding”. The program explores seasonal themes of Heaven/the heavens: how we mark the season and align ourselves to celestial phenomena, and how at the end of the year’s cycle we dwell on loss, especially love lost—but also revisit childhood and beginnings with often unforeseen consequences.

Co-hosts: Doug Storm and Sarah Torbeck
Announcer: Berklea Going

READINGS

  • “New Year’s Watch” and “Visiting the Temple of Auspicious Fortune on New Year’s Eve” by the 11th-century Chinese poet Su Shi (Patsy Rahn, Pei-Shan Yu)
  • “After the Rain” by World War One-era poet Richard Dehmel (Frank Buczolich, in both German and his own translation)
  • Poetry by the 17th-century Colonial Mexican poet Sor Juana on the Nativity and the cosmos (Berklea Going, Eric Rensberger, Cynthia Wolfe, Sonia Velázquez)
  • “A Prayer to the New Year” by the 20th-century Palestinian poet Fadwa Tuqan (Ali Alnahhabi, Cynthia Wolfe)
  • “The Coming of Light” by Mark Strand, a brief tribute to the Canadian-American poet who died last month (Frank Buczolich)
  • “The Christmas Tree and the Wedding” by Dostoyevsky (Sarah Torbeck, with Russian intro by Pavel Abramov)
  • “Christmas of 2012″ by the Cuban dissident writer and photographer Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo (Tony Brewer)
  • “On Heaven” by Ford Madox Ford, writing as Ford Madox Heuffer, again taking us to the WW1 era, imagining the afterlife as meeting his lost beloved in a cafe in the South of France (Doug Storm)

Music excerpted from the Sonata for Viola and Piano of Dmitri Shostakovich.

Produced by Cynthia Wolfe with Doug Storm.
Written by Cynthia Wolfe with contributions from Ali Alnahhabi, Frank Buczolich and Doug Storm.
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Hola Bloomington – December 19, 2014

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Los locutores de HOLA Bloomington Maria Auxiliadora Viloria, Carlos Bakota, Minerva Sosa, John Nieto-Phillips y Christie Popp hablan sobre la acción ejecutiva del presidente Obama sobre la reforma migratoria. Ademas, se habla sobre la importancia del voto Latino.

Hola Bloomington’s hosts Maria Auxiliadora Viloria, Carlos Bakota, Minerva Sosa, John Nieto-Phillips y Christie Popp talk about President Obama’s executive action on immigration reform. In addition, we talk about the importance of the Latino vote in the next election.

bloomingOUT – December 18, 2014

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Tonight, our hosts Jeff Jewel and Ryne Shadday reflect on news from Alexandria, IN where the First United Methodist Church will close it’s doors on December 31st after over 100 years in existence due to the ousting of it’s gay music director, Adam Fraley. The discussion opens with our guests Justin Ford, a professor at the Kelley School of Business and Patrick Redmond, a teacher and a Kaylie Jones Books writer. Our music tonight was “Let it Go” (a Bonus Track) by Pentatonix from their That’s Christmas to Me release. We also heard a weekly segment, First Year Out with Nick Tumino, as well as Out on Campus. We would like to thank our guests Justin Ford and Patrick Redmond for joining us tonight.

Hosts Jeff Jewel, Ryne Shadday
Producer Olivia Davidson
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Script Coordinator Hayley Bass
Engineer Carissa Barrett

EcoReport – Mining Close to Home: IU Professor Michael Hendryx

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This week on Ecoreport, IU Professor Michael Hendryx discusses the health implications of living near mining operations.

The Top Stories of 2014: Parents Protest at Fairview Elementary

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Today on the Top Stories of 2014, former school board candidate Brandon Shurr joins Alycin and Joe in the studio to discuss changes made at Fairview Elementary School and the ensuing protests from parents and students.

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 18, 2014

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This week on Ecoreport, IU Professor Michael Hendryx discusses the health implications of living near mining operations.

EcoReport is a weekly program providing independent media coverage of environmental and ecological issues with a focus on local, state and regional people, issues, and events in order to foster open discussion of human relationships with nature and the Earth and to encourage you to take personal responsibility for the world in which we live. Each program features timely eco-related headline news, a feature interview or event recording, and a calendar of events of interest to the environmentally conscious.

Today’s Anchors: Dan Young and Alicyn Bektesh.
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene, David Murphy, and Norm Holy. Our feature and broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. This week’s calendar was compiled by Dan Young.
EcoReport is produced by Dan Young. Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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