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IU Group Raises Relief Funds for Nepal Recovery Effort


The earthquake in Nepal last month has claimed the lives of more than seventy-five hundred people, according to a statement today from the country’s government. Another 14,500 people were injured. In Bloomington, a group at IU has been collecting money to help in the relief effort. On Friday, WFHB spoke with a professor who has been closely involved with the effort. Correspondent Michael Hilton brings you that story for today’s WFHB community report.

The Ins and Outs of Money – Keep Your Scams Off My Money!


Scams are more prevalent than ever, says consumer watchdog Richard Fish. But by keeping a few basic guidelines in mind, you can protect yourself—and your money—from falling prey to many common swindles.

Interchange – What’s the Matter with Voting?


Tonight’s show, “What’s the Matter with Voting,” will focus on some of the questions that surround the ways citizens think about what voting means, why it matters, or doesn’t, and the ways in which local elections fit inside national and state narratives of the electoral process.

Joining host Doug Storm are Marjorie Hershey and Joe Crawford.

Marjorie Hershey is a professor of political science at Indiana University where her research and teaching interests focus on political parties, campaigns, and elections. With regard to research, she continues to examine the process by which political activists and journalists construct explanations for election results.

Joe Crawford is the News Director at WFHB.

“Politics” by The Thompson Twins
“Ball of Confusion” by Love and Rockets

Host and Producer: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

Bring It On! – May 4, 2015


William Hosea and Doris Sims welcome Brad Swain.

On tonight’s show, William and Doris welcome Monroe County Sheriff, Brad Swain. He joins us to discuss his viewpoints as Monroe County Sheriff on several national cases and to specifically share his plans on building trust and forging partnerships within minority communities during a time of tense relationships with law enforcement.

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

Hosts: William Hosea and Doris Sims
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

Brown County Hour – Episode #38: May 3, 2015


☆ In this episode of the Brown County Hour:

  • Musical guests: The Hammer & The Hatchett
  • Jeff Tryon launches his new series, “My Brown County”
  • Vera Grubbs interviews artist Monique Cagle ofSleepy Cat Studio
  • Singer/songwriterCari Ray returns with another “For a Song”
  • Poetry by Carol Marks, Chris Curtain and BCH Poet Laureate, Gunther Flumm
  • Essays by Dave Seastrom and Rick Fettig
  • Guest host Paulette Justice delivers the May Brown County Community Calendar
✇ Theme music by Slats Klug & Friends.

Featured photo includes John Bowyer & Jayme Hood of The Hammer & The Hatchet in the BCH studio.

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.

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