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Black Student Union Organizes Protest to Highlight Racial Inequality


WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh was on hand during a demonstration on campus last week organized by the Black Student Union to call attention to racial injustice and police/citizens relations, and brings us today’s community report.

Photo by Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – December 8, 2014


An Indiana law limiting abortion clinics was declared unconstitutional last week; On November 26th, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a reduction in the allowable level of ground level ozone in the atmosphere; A law prohibiting dead people from voting was responsible for delays in tallying election results last month; Local realtors and other concerned citizens will have a chance to talk informally with Monroe County officials about a set of controversial new zoning laws.

WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh was on hand during a demonstration on campus last week organized by the Black Student Union to call attention to racial injustice and police/citizens relations, and brings us today’s community report.

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

Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy and Sophia Saliby
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Our engineer is Chris Martin,
Manging Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Brown County Hour – Episode #33 – December 7, 2014


Hosted by Dave Seastrom, Pam Raider, Vera Grubbs, Rick Fettig & Jeff Foster.

First aired Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 9 AM on WFHB

☆ In this episode of the Brown County Hour:

  • Musical guest Kenan Rainwater talks about his recent CD, As The River Flows, produced by the Reverend Peyton, and we hear selected tunes from the project

    Kenan Rainwater

    Kenan Rainwater

  • Director of Mother’s Cupboard Sherry Houze discusses the Cupboard’s work to help feed Brown Countians in need
  • Brown County singer/songwriter extraordinaireCari Ray launches the pilot segment of her new BCH series, For A Song, wherein she explores the creative processes involved in finding your muse
  • Rick Fettig offers a heartfelt perspective on public assistance, and also some thoughts on a persimmon tree
  • Our old friend Pete Sebert returns to visit Brown County, and offers some uplifting thoughts in a freewheeling interview with Pam Raider
  • Poetry by Gunther Flumm
  • Dave Seastrom delivers another pithy essay
  • FOSTER JONES perform Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas in this archive recording from our December 2010 episode.
✇ Theme music by Slats Klug & Friends.

Books Unbound – “Short, With a Wicked Tongue and Long Legs,” Episode Two: “The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes” and “The Cloak” by Gogol

“Short, With a Wicked Tongue and Long Legs” is the second of a three-part of classic short satiric fiction. This week, the conclusion of The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes, His Fortunes and Misfortunes, an early Spanish novella published anonymously and officially banned during the Inquisition, followed by the first part of “The Cloak” by Russian master Nikolai Gogol. Both stories have an outsider protagonist, the one a sly but often clueless rascal who finds success in a government job, and the other a downtrodden government employee who longs for the clothes to make him a man. Guest readers are Tony Brewer and Frank Buczolich. Hosted by Sarah Torbeck, with announcer Berklea Going.
The episode features music interludes written in the era of Lazarillo by Diego Ortiz, with selections from Recercadas del Tratado de Glosas performed by Jordi Savali and by the Ensemble for the Seicento. Music for “The Cloak” comes from the Viola Sonata in D Minor by Gogol’s contemporary Mikhail Glinka and performed by Nobuko Imai. The translation ofLazarillo is by Robert S, Rudder. “The Cloak” appeared in the 1917 collection Best Russian Short Stories edited by Thomas Seltzer.
Produced and written by Cynthia Wolfe, with assistant producers Doug Storm and Robert Shull. Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh. Theme music by The Impossible Shapes.

Hola Bloomington – December 5, 2014


Los locutores de HOLA Bloomington Maria Auxiliadora Viloria y Araceli Gómez-Aldana hablan del arte y la cultura Latina con invitado especial Giancarlo Huapaya de Cardboard House Press. Además,una entrevista sobre la obra “En el agua roja y marrón” que debuto hoy y correrá hasta diciembre 13.

Hola Bloomington’s hosts Maria Auxiliadora Viloria and Araceli Gómez-Aldana talk about art and Latino culture with special guest Giancarlo Huapaya from Cardboard House Press. Also, an interview about the play “In the Red and Brown Water” which debuted tonight and will run until December 13.

“We all deserve respect”


Voices from the Rally Against Injustice hosted by the Indiana University Black Student Union Thursday evening.

Rally Against Injustice – Slideshow

EcoReport – Karst Farm Greenway


In today’s EcoReport feature, we hear about the new Karst Farm Greenway, a trail on the west side of Bloomington.

bloomingOUT – December 4, 2014


Tonight, hosts Ryne Shadday and Jeff Poling interview Barry McGee, artistic director of the Quarryland Men’s Chorus, and we hear a couple of songs from the group as well. We also hear from various community members at a recent Trans Day of Remembrance Day on Out on Campus. Frankie Price-Preslaff introduces his newest segment about being a gay father trying to raise eight children with his partner Kelly Compton in Bloomington, Indiana.

Executive Producer – Alycin Bektesh
Producer – Olivia Davidson
Script Coordinator – Hayley Bass
Board Engineer – Carissa Barrett
News Coordinator – Ryne Shadday
Music Director – Jeff Poling
Hosts – Jeff Poling and Ryne Shadday

Food-cart Fiasco


The Bloomington City Council is still struggling with how to regulate food trucks. The Council debated eight separate amendments to the proposed rules governing mobile vendors at a meeting last night. City staff put forward the original draft of the regulations, which establish where and when the vendors can operate and set limits on how much noise they can make. The Council considered several changes to the legislation, including one amendment to the noise limits. Council member Steve Volan co-sponsored the measure. He says that it will increase the generator level from 60 to 70 db.

Although the change increases the allowable noise from 60 decibels to 70, one food truck operator said the amendment would actually reduce the amount of noise her generator could produce. Darlene Gonzalez is the owner of Juancho’s Munchies.

Most Council members were unclear about how to set the noise limit. Although Volan co-sponsored the amendment, he suggested it might be best to withdraw it.

The Council later voted down the amendment, which leaves the noise limit at 60 decibels, which is approximately the level of a normal conversation from 3 feet away. Several Council members said they expect to revisit the noise issue early next year. Council member Marty Spechler said it may be all but impossible to set a specific limit that seems reasonable to all involved.

The Council also heard extensive public comment about a rule that forbids food trucks from operating within 50 feet of restaurants. Talia Halliday, who helps organize the Bloomington Handmade Market and runs a shop called Gather, said she likes to work with food trucks.

Several food truck operators and other members of the public said the rules seem aimed at protecting brick and mortar restaurants from an increasingly popular group of food trucks and carts. Patty Mulvihill, a city attorney who helped draft the regulations, responded to that claim.

Council member Susan Sandberg was upfront about her interest in protecting established restaurants. Sandberg said she wanted to be sure those businesses were happy with the new rules.

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