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Standing Room Only — City Issues 102: What Does Economic Development Mean in Bloomington?


On September 15, 2015, the League of Women Voters of Bloomington and Monroe County and the Monroe County Public Library hosted the second in a series of forums designed to inform the public about city issues in advance of the November election. In City Issues 102, Herald Times Editor Bob Zaltsberg acts as moderator for a discussion on economic development with Danise Alano-Martin, Director of the Bloomington Department of Economic & Sustainable Development, Jacqui Bauer, Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Bloomington, Lynn Coyne, President of the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation, and Richard Rampley of WorkOne South Central Indiana.  

This is an excerpt of that discussion. The full event can be viewed at catstv.net.


Standing Room Only – Bloomington City Issues 101: The City Planning Process


On September 8, 2015, the League of Women Voters of Bloomington and Monroe County hosted the first of two forums designed to inform the public about city issues in advance of the November election. In City Issues 101, Tom Micuda, Planning and Transportation Director of the City of Bloomington, explains the city planning process in detail. The forum begins with an introduction from League of Women Voters President Kate Cruikshank.

Standing Room Only – Green Drinks Bloomington and the Indiana Forest Alliance


The organization Green Drinks Bloomington describes itself as “an informal social networking event for people from all walks of life who are interested in making a greener world.” On August 26, 2015, the organization hosted a panel of presenters including Wendy Anderson of the Sassafras Audubon Society, Katrina Folsom of the Sycamore Land Trust, Audrey Moore with the Indiana Forest Alliance, and David Mann of Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Each speaker gave a short talk on their organization’s projects and coming events, and fielded questions from the audience. Later in our program, we revisit a talk given in April 2015 by Mike Luurtsema of the Indiana Forest Alliance on their Wild Indiana Campaign, an effort to establish 13 wild areas across the state, and to curtail commercial logging in state forests in order to preserve Indiana’s remaining “deep, wild forests.”

Standing Room Only – Storyzilla Story Show: Women With Guts


Storyzilla Story Show is a monthly variety show offering local people the opportunity to tell their stories, often in a humorous way. Hosted by local storyteller Nell Weatherwax, participants receive advanced coaching in telling their true, personal stories on a given topic. Tonight on Standing Room Only we’ll hear tales of Women with Guts the theme of the August Storyzilla sshow. Nell Weatherwax opens with a short story of childhood bravery.

Standing Room Only – A Conversation with Music Critic Jessica Hopper


On August 4, 2015, The Friends of the Monroe County Library hosted music and culture critic Jessica Hopper  who read excerpts from her book titled “The First Collection of Criticism By A Living Female Rock Critic” and took questions from the audience. Hopper is a senior editor at Pitchfork, a music webzine based in Chicago.

Standing Room Only – Medicare Turns Fifty


On July 30, 2015, the Indiana chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program and Hoosiers for a Common Sense Health Plan hosted a local event honoring the fiftieth anniversary of Medicare. Dr. Rob Stone, director and founder of Hoosiers for a Common Sense Health Plan, reviewed the history of Medicare and discussed data supporting the need to protect the program and improve it for the future. The event was co-sponsored by Brown Countians for Quality Health Care and The League of Women of Voters of Bloomington and Monroe County. The event was recorded in full by Community Access Television Services (CATS).

Standing Room Only – What Makes Food Edible?


Science Café Bloomington brings scientists and the public together to consider science research of general interest. The group recently hosted sociocultural anthropologist Rick Wilk of Indiana University, who researches  why certain foods are considered edible in some eras and cultures, but inedible in others. Wilk specifically addressed fish, using carp and fish considered by-catch as an example.

Standing Room Only – Citizen Science and Astronomy


Science Café Bloomington recently hosted a discussion with Daniel Cervantes, the director of Bloomington’s Feynman Observatory, about citizen science and the field of Astronomy. Marta Shockett, Science Café organizer, provided an overview of contributions made by citizen scientists through history. Daniel, who is also a Solar System Ambassador for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Caltech, gives the audience insights on designing and building a home observatory, and discusses his celestial observations.

Standing Room Only – An Interview with Indiana Author James Madison


Author James Madison spoke on June 24th at the annual meeting of the Friends of Monroe County Library about his new book Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana. Madison is the Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor of History at Indiana University, Bloomington. In this lecture, he shares stories spanning 200 years, from Indiana as a frontier state to the present day.

Standing Room Only – Crime in Downtown Bloomington: A Public Forum


On June 10th, Bloomington City Council Representative Stephen Volan moderated a public forum concerning illegal activity in the Kirkwood Avenue area of downtown Bloomington. A three-person panel consisting of Susan Bright of Nick’s English Hut, Byron Bangert, Chair of the Bloomington Human Rights Commission, and Erin Marshall of Decarcerate Monroe County, shared their thoughts and received comments from the public.

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