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Local Punk Legends Back Together in Bloomington for Mutant Fest


On Saturday, July 11th, the Blockhouse and the Backdoor will host the second Mutant Fest. The event features 16 punk rock bands from the Midwest, including some of the original Bloomington punk artists as well as many newer acts. Headliners include Timmy’s Organism, The Panics and The Gizmos. WFHB correspondent Kara Tullman spoke with event coordinator Meagan Scruggs and band members of the Panics and KP&Me for today’s WFHB community report.

Daily Local News – July 9, 2015


An antitrust lawsuit filed by the U.S. Justice Department against two multinational corporations could decide the fate of 300 workers in Bloomington; The City of Bloomington’s Information and Technology Services Department has announced that inRoads, a new road status information tool, is now available to the public; Bloomington residents should not see an increase in water usage rates until at least next year; The Monroe County Board of Zoning Variance heard a request last week to build a house-deck that would extend into a county protected ecological area on the shore of Lake Monroe; The City of Bloomington has recognized several local people working to preserve historic buildings in the city; Homeowners, renters, businesses and private non-profit organizations that have experienced uninsured damage from severe storms and flooding starting on or after June 7th can fill out a damage report online.


On Saturday the Blockhouse and the Backdoor will host the second annual Mutant Fest. The event features 16 punk rock bands from the Midwest, including some of the original Bloomington punk artists as well as newer acts. Headliners include Timmy’s Organism, The Panics, and the Gizmos. WFHB correspondent Kara Tullman spoke with event coordinator Meagan Scruggs and band members of the Panics and KP&Me for today’s WFHB community report.

Our weekly public opinion segment.

Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Kara Tullman, Jerrod Dill and Jordan Guskey
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Kara Tullman.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

EcoReport – Bird Banding in Greene County


WFHB correspondent Bob Kissel recently interviewed Jess Gwinn and Maureen Forest from their rural Greene County bird banding station about their 5-year participation in the national research program mapping avian productivity and survivorship.

EcoReport – July 9, 2015


In today’s EcoReport feature: WFHB correspondent Bob Kissel recently interviewed Jess Gwinn and Maureen Forest from their rural Greene County bird banding station about their 5-year participation in the national research program mapping avian productivity and survivorship.

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: Linda Lightner and Glenn Lightner.
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene, Norm Holy, Kara Tullman and David Murphy. Our feature was produced by Dan Withered. Our broadcast engineer is Joe Crawford. This week’s calendar was compiled by Filiz Cicek. EcoReport is produced by Dan Young and Filiz Cicek. Executive producer is Joe Crawford.

Interchange – Drones At Liberty: Part One


This is the first of a two-part program based on a symposium to be held at Indiana University called Reconfiguring Global Space: The Geography, Politics, and Ethics of Drone War.

In warfare against savage tribes who do not conform to codes of civilized warfare aerial bombardment is not necessarily limited in its methods or objectives by rules agreed upon in international law. –Royal Air Force Chief of the Air Staff, Hugh Trenchard, March 1, 1924.

“To be against the drone program is like being against the Internet.” Ethan Hawke, actor.

Majed Akhter is an Assistant Professor of Geography at Indiana University Bloomington. He is a human geographer working at the intersection of political ecology/economy, development studies, and the history and politics of South Asia. His research queries how the spatiality of state power shapes, and is shaped by, transnational and transregional processes.

Hamid Ekbia is an Associate Professor of Informatics, Cognitive Science, and International Studies, and Director of the Center for Research on Mediated Interaction. His work focuses on mediation, that is, on the processes through which objects and meanings are transformed in hybrid networks of interaction. In particular, he wants to understand how technologies mediate interactions among individuals, organizations, and collectives. He is the author of Artificial Dreams: The Quest for Non­biological Intelligence (2008).

Jon Langford, “Drone Operator”
The Alan Parsons Project, “Eye In The Sky”

Good Kill, written and directed by Andrew Niccol
Wounds of Waziristan, a documentary film by Madiha Tahir

Interchange – Terror Skies: The Drone as Judge and Jury

The Medieval New
Popular models of innovation (including buzzwords such as “creative destruction” or “disruptive innovation”) prize getting rid of anything that’s old. But some of us are starting to reimagine innovation in different terms: as reusing, recycling, refurbishing, sampling, or updating the old. In her new book, Patricia Ingham shows that creative models combining old AND new have a long and interesting innovating history. Focusing on the period that gave us eye glasses, windmills, courtly love, and mechanical clocks, (not to mention falconry and the blast furnace), Ingham asks us to reconsider what we think we mean by calling something new.

Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board & Music Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Production Assistance: Kara Tullman
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

Books Unbound – The American Crisis: Readings for the Fourth of July


A special two-hour program broadcast on the Fourth of July, “The American Crisis” features readings from the Revolutionary era, contemporary poetry on national identity, and an impassioned profile of Phillis Wheatley, the first African American poet—and arguably the first truly American poet. The episode is narrated by Heather Perry.

Frank Buczolich reads selections throughout from the title work “The American Crisis,” a series of articles by the political pamphleteer Thomas Paine. Sarah Torbeck reads Abigail Adams’ famous “Remember the ladies” letter, an early American example of feminist writing, and Phil Kasper reads her husband John Adams’ retort.

Tony Brewer reads two poems from the Beat Generation, “I Am Waiting” by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and “America” by Allen Ginsberg.

The centerpiece of the episode is “The Difficult Miracle of Black Poetry: Something Like a Sonnet for Phillis Wheatley,” a slightly abridged version of the essay-profile by June Jordan. Renee Reed gives voice to a stunning evocation of what it meant for Wheatley, brought to the Colonies as a seven-year-old African and sold as a slave, to create herself as a poet within the tradition of white English literature.

“The American Crisis” includes a segment on the African American astronomer and surveyor Benjamin Banneker (1731–1806). Doug Storm reads a letter to Thomas Jefferson written by Banneker on racial justice, elegantly rebuking the author of the Declaration of Independence for perpetuating the institution of slavery while articulating the cause of freedom. The companion piece to the letter is the poem “Benjamin Banneker Helps to Build a City” by Jay Wright, read by Cynthia Wolfe, from his epic volume of verse Transfigurations. The segment in introduced with “Enlightenment,” by the multiracial poet Natasha Trethewey, which finds parallels between Jefferson’s contradictory attitudes toward slavery and the relationship of a white father and his black daughter.

The first Native American to publish in English, the Mohegan Christian convert Samson Occom (1723–1792), is represented by the opening of his memoir, in which he recalls the life of his people before the coming of Christianity. Martin O’Neill reads. Abenaki and French-Canadian poet Cheryl Savageau’s pointedly humorous “graduate school first semester: so here I am writing about Indians again” is read by Erin Livingston, who also reads examples of Phillis Wheatley’s poetry.

The episode closes with “lady liberty” by the Nuyorican poet Tato Laviera, who was born in Puerto Rico and died in New York in 2013, after a period of ill health and marginalization that included time spent in a homeless shelter. Cynthia Wolfe reads Laviera’s hopeful “lady liberty,” as well as the episode’s opening poem, “Of History and Hope” by Miller Williams, and “The History of America” by the Jewish feminist poet Alicia Ostriker.

The soundtrack for this episode features various works by the American composer Charles Ives (1874–1954), who has been described as “optimistic, idealistic, fiercely democratic … a Yankee maverick … among the most representative of American artists,” including:
selections from the album Ives: A Set of Pieces by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (Deutsche Grammophon, 1999)
“They Are There! (Fighting for the People’s New Free World),” performed by Kronos Quartet, from their album Black Angels (Nonesuch, 1990)
the Presto movement of Ives’ Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano, performed by the Beaux Arts Trio on their album Beaux Arts Trio: Fifty Year Celebration in Music (Phillips, 2004)

Additional music in the episode:
Stanley Friedman, Sonata for Trumpet and Piano: Variations on “The Morning Trumpet,” performed by Eric Berlin and Nadine Shank on the album Calls and Echoes: American Sonatas for Trumpet and Piano (MSR Classics, 2013)
Larry Hoffman, Blues Suite for Violoncello, Movements I and II, performed by Kristin Ostling on the album Works of Larry Hoffman: Contemporary American Music (After Click, 2011)
John Adams, “American Berserk”, performed by Nicolas Hodges, from the album Road Movies (Nonesuch, 2004)
“Trumpet, Flute, and Little Drum,” from Tzotziles: Psalms, Stories and Music (Sub Rosa/Le Coeur du Monde: 1999), a documentary field recording of a people descended from the Maya culture

Fireworks sound effects from Freesound.org were created by HerbertBoland, atomwrath, bmlake, and others.

“The American Crisis” was produced, written and edited by Cynthia Wolfe, with assistance from Heather Perry, Sarah Torbeck, and Doug Storm.

Executive producer: Joe Crawford
Theme music: The Impossible Shapes

Hola Bloomington – June 12, 2015


Los locutores de Hola Bloomington Maria Auxiliadora Viloria y Luz Lopez hablen sobre las diferentes actividades que se pueden hacer en Bloomington durante el verano. Además, una entrevista pre grabada con Iván Heredia, propietario de la nueva panadería Trigos.

Hola Bloomington hosts Maria Auxiliadora Viloria and Luz Lopez discuss different summer activities for the whole family. Also, a pre-recorded interview with Ivan Heredia, the owner of the new bakery Trigos.

bloomingOUT – July 2, 2015


Join hosts Ryne Shadday and Jeff Poling as they talk with IU Mauer School of Law Professor and Huffington Post contributor Steve Sanders. You’ll also hear some of the latest LGBTQ+ headlines and events in and around Bloomington.

We also introduced our new theme music for the show, provided by Aaron Gage. Find more of Aaron’s work at aarongagemusic.com

Hosts – Ryne Shadday, Jeff Poling
Executive Producer – Joe Crawford
Producer and Engineer – Olivia Davidson
Social Media Coordinator – Megan McCullough

Voices in the Street – For Love of Country: How you do celebrate the fourth of July?


Saturday is the Fourth of July, Independence Day – a time to honor the birth of our nation and reflect on our common values and our shared destiny. It’s also a time to reflect on what being patriotic means to you. So Bloomington, how do you celebrate our country’s independence, and why? We hit the streets to find out.

IU Group Aims to Assist Students Struggling with Addiction


Addiction affects all kinds of people, even college students. Now, three people at Indiana University have come together to create a campus recovery community for students who want to beat their addictions and successfully navigate the remainder of their college years in sobriety. WFHB News correspondent Jordan Guskey looked into the group and its mission for today’s WFHB Community report.


When Kristen Martin was a freshman in high school in Gary, Indiana, she and her friends pushed together four tables in Calumet High School’s cafeteria every lunch period.

As high school progressed, their number dwindled. Alcohol and drug abuse resulted in many expelled, jailed or dead.

By her senior year, Martin sat alone.

Like her friends, Martin has suffered from alcohol and drug addiction since she was young, her first drink at age 12. Orange juice and vodka.

Although she’s 25 now and four years sober working in the child welfare field with a bachelor’s degree in social work from IU, the road she’s taken to get to this point has been rocky.

“I know for a fact most people can’t come out of it like I did,” Martin said.

Now Martin has teamed up with people at IU to create a campus recovery community at IU’s Bloomington campus.

Students in Recovery Bloomington will use a community focused approach to aid students attempting to traverse college life in recovery from their addictions to alcohol and, or, drugs.

“I just feel like the sense of community is the thing that empowers us the most,” Martin said. “With each individual that’s in recovery we have our own knowledge, expertise, access to resources and we can just really help each other out in a way that others usually can’t you know? There’s an emotional side to us, we are very … we just need each other.”

The group began with a phone call when IU rising junior Jake Desmond contacted OASIS, IU’s drug and alcohol prevention, information and education center, and got in touch with OASIS Director Jackie Daniels as he inquired about what IU had to offer him as he continued his own recovery.

“I was trying to get a hold of her, because I knew down here on my own I’m not making it. There’s no way I’m going to stay sober,” Desmond said. “But, with a group of students that’s in the same situation as me we’ve got a pretty damn good shot. There’s some 12-step programs down here that are pretty damn good as well. So, I mean, this whole thing kind of got me plugged in there, and once me and Jackie got together things really got rolling.”

Desmond is 21 and two years sober as of July 1st. He was looking to come back to Bloomington for the first time since what he describes as a toxic freshmen year landed him at a rehab facility in Nashville, Tennessee, for 33 days.

He followed that up with two years in Indianapolis as 10 months at a halfway house and classes at IUPUI helped him adjust to living in recovery.

Desmond got Daniels in touch with the organization Transforming Youth Recovery, which subsequently gave Students in Recovery Bloomington a $10,000 grant as seed money to kick start its efforts.

This money will help the group publicize and fund events, which in Martin’s eyes might bring in people who need help who wouldn’t have come otherwise.

“We go out for coffee, we have bonfires. I mean we are just, we’re fun,” Martin said. “We are loud still, we are obnoxious and we laugh and we have fun. It would be cool if they could see people who are in recovery and they’re not much different than the rest of the world.”

OASIS estimates 545 IU students struggle with addiction each year. That’s the size of a small residence hall.

Martin knows what these students are going through, and how a recovery community could help transition them to sobriety.

“This is a disease and with it is a compulsion to use and use and use,” Martin said. “And some people can’t put anything in their body and have control over their use at that point. Like as soon as I started drinking I couldn’t control, my inhibitions were lower, I couldn’t control what else I put in my body I just wanted more. You know? And it’s really hard for people to understand but those in the recovery world, which is lots and lots of people, they completely get it.”

IU has substance abuse groups and counseling through OASIS and its Counseling and Psychological Services. Bloomington does as well.

But Daniels thinks a more specialized community is necessary.

“It’s for students that are in recovery and that are actively working to change their lives but also be successful students while sober, which can present its own challenges for our students,” Daniels said.

Daniels has wanted to create a recovery community since she arrived professionally at IU in 2010.

It’s personal for her.

She’s in recovery, and has been since she delayed her senior year at IU in the early 2000s to receive treatment after an overdose.

But, she didn’t have enough student involvement to create one yet, and wasn’t going to make something just for herself. She worked as a resource liaison for students seeking help until she found students to lead the program, and is now guiding them to create greater change for the IU community.

“I think the more we kind of create a space at IU for talking about recovery, and kind of promoting stigma reduction around addiction and dependence and recovery, then I think it’s just going to become a safer place for students as they figure out what’s going on with them,” Daniels said. “Or, even for students in recovery outside of Bloomington who really want to come to IU, I think they’ll feel welcome too.”

Daniels says OASIS already goes out of its way not to judge students who come in for counseling whether they come through the student ethics office after a policy violation or self-refer. Self-referrals add up to 10% of the students OASIS sees.

According to Martin this type of non-judgmental counseling is the only way to go.

“Working with people with substance abuse, it’s hard, because you can’t really tell them what to do,” she said. “You have to like subtly suggest things and just kind of pray that they will find a solution, or listen, or see that there is another way out. But, it can take a long time.”

Along this line Daniels is asking for a little more leniency from those at IU with disciplinary power.

She says expelling students, effectively casting them aside at their most vulnerable moment, isn’t the right course of action.

Not only does this action negatively affect the student, but Daniels says this takes away the school’s ability to benefit from the student’s talents and tuition money.

It bothers Martin, who sees it as misplaced hubris.

“I personally don’t feel like they care,” Martin said. “I feel like they try to hold up this elitist standard, or this, this doesn’t happen on my campus type thing. Or, hey you know it’s just college experimenting.”

At this moment Desmond thinks the university’s priorities are elsewhere, but believes it will need to get behind the issue eventually.

“If you can sweep overdose deaths underneath the rug, I think they’ve kind of done that for a while,” he said. “There’s been plenty of people who’ve overdosed this past year, killed themselves, and could possibly be due to drug addiction, depression, mental illness as a whole. I think that a lot of those things just get swept under the rug. There’s lots of people that die, students that die every year. It’s something that needs to stop, not to say that we are going to start this CRC and start saving the world, but you know doing the best we can and hopefully the university catches on and gets behind us.”

According to Daniels, IU Dean of Students Harold Goldsmith has been very supportive of the group’s efforts so far. In the next few years Daniels, Desmond and Martin hope Students in Recovery Bloomington will have a broader impact on campus. For now, they’ll settle on helping any student who comes their way.

“I think it’s only a matter of time before we can really start taking off in a way, hopefully saving some lives,” Martin said.

Students in Recovery Bloomington will be at orientation resource fairs this summer in the event incoming students are looking for information about IU’s recovery resources.

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