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Books Unbound – The Queen of Spades by Alexander Pushkin

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“The Queen of Spades” is a mock fairy tale about debt, gambling, guilt and the supernatural—and the deadening effect of money on love. An aging, once-beautiful Countess possesses the secret to a one-time super-win at cards—but at what price?

Third in a trilogy of Russian fiction recently read on Books Unbound, “The Queen of Spades” is often considered the best of the short stories by Alexander Pushkin—and if the plot seems familiar, it’s because of its enormous influence. Pushkin was an aristocrat with African slave ancestry who sympathized with the liberal reforms sought by the revolutionary Decembrists. He was exiled and his works subjected to such strict censorship that none of his plays was even performed during his life—which ended at the premature age of 37 following a duel with his beautiful wife’s reputed lover. Despite the official constraints on his work, Pushkin is widely regarded as Russia’s greatest poet and as the founder of modern Russian literature. Special music for the episode comes from the album The Russian Viola by Nobuko Imai and Roland Pöntinen.

Reader: Frank Buczolich

Host: Sarah Torbeck
Announcer: Doug Storm

Produced by Cynthia Wolfe and Doug Storm
Written by Cynthia Wolfe

Executive producer: Alycin Bektesh
Theme music: The Impossible Shapes

EcoReport – January 1, 2015

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Today’s show features highlights from a panel dicussion that followed a showing of the film “Wisdom to Survive”. The film showing and panel dicussion was sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Living and the Applied Community Commons Working Group.

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.

EcoReport is produced by Dan Young. Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Bloomington Beware! – Bad News & Good News

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The internet is coming to resemble something that happened 100 years ago – World War I. But the good guys are fighting back!

Glenn Carter June 18, 1963 – December 9, 2014

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Advocates for shelter in Bloomington know Glenn, he has been involved in social justice issues in Bloomington for some time, and began working on a solution for the homeless population during Bloomington’s Occupy movement in People’s Park. Addicts in Bloomington know Glenn as well. After 8 months in the Amethyst house, a drug and alcohol recovery treatment center, Glenn became a source of encouragement in the recovery community, and a strong supporter of detox facilities in Bloomington.
Artists also know Glenn. Glenn’s nature-inspired metal sculptures could be found in the of Hoosier Artist Gallery in Nashville and many other local galleries.

On December 9th, Glenn passed away in his home. Tonight, we bring you Glenn’s story, which he was always eager to share in hopes of helping others.

You can read Glenn’s Obituary here: http://www.heraldtimesonline.com/obituaries/obituaries-dec/article_37fd30d7-96c0-5838-97d9-52a36be7319d.html
and find details for the January 17th, 2015 Celebration of Life https://www.facebook.com/events/602545593225129/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

The Top Stories of 2014: Politics and Development in Downtown Bloomington

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Our coverage this evening focuses on the rapid growth of apartments, hotels and other businesses in the heart of Bloomington. We looked back at Mayor Mark Kruzan’s attempts to restrict chain restaurants downtown, Habitat for Humanity’s new subdivision in the B-Line woods, Old National Bank’s plans for Kirkwood Avenue and controversy over giving a tax break to million-dollar penthouses.

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.

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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