The anti-vaccination movement has been in the news a lot lately, with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie drawing fire for stating parents should have a measure of choice when it comes to deciding whether or not to vaccinate their children. Voices in the Street hit the street to ask your friends and neighbors what they think about the movement, whether you feel vaccinations contribute to higher rates of autism in children, a parent’s right to choose and what are some of the ramifications of this movement.
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February is Black History Month, which in Bloomington means a full slate of public forums and celebrations honoring the cultural legacy of African-Americans in Bloomington and beyond. As part of our coverage of Black History Month, we hit the streets to ask local residents about African-Americans who inspire you. So Bloomington, tell us about your black heroes.
Last Monday, we celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King is a central figure in non-violent opposition to racism and the fight for racial equality. It’s been more than 50 years since he delivered his “I have a Dream” speech, so Voices in the Streets hit the streets to ask your friends and neighbors if they think we’ve achieved racial equality here in America.
A new year is here, a time for reflection and resolution. How are people in Bloomington resolving to improve themselves and our world? In this special edition of Voices in the Street, WFHB went on-location to local taverns, neighborhood parties, and of course the streets of Bloomington to find all about hopes and dreams for 2015.
In 2007, a former CIA interrogator asserted that the tactic known as water boarding was effective in shaking potentially life-saving information from terrorists. Fast forward seven years, and the U.S. Faces criticism from the United Nations as well as other countries whom the U.S. Has criticized for human rights violations after a Senate report was released detailing torture techniques used after the September 11th attacks. Notably, The Senate report concluded CIA interrogation tactics were ineffective and often too brutal and could incite attacks and endanger the lives of American hostages held by Islamic militants. Voices in the Street spoke with people seven years ago about how they felt on this issue.
Bloomingfoods workers will have a union. A large majority of voters were in favor of joining the United Food and Commercial Workers and having this union be the vehicle for negotiating a first collective agreement with Bloomingfoods management. Voices in the Street hit the streets to ask your friends and neighbors how they feel about unions.
Our ability to ponder our own mortality is one of the things that makes us human. Even if you’re not particularly religious, you’ve likely wondered about the end of your life and what’s in store beyond. We wanted to know how our listeners view death and the afterlife.
So let’s get heavy Bloomington: what do YOU think happens when you die? We hit the streets to find out.
After being turned down once before, a local attorney now has received permission to build a new 4-story apartment building in downtown Bloomington. David Ferguson, through his company Moonburn LLC, got approval from the Bloomington Plan Commission on November 3rd. The building will be on North Morton Street, near the intersection with 10th Street. It will have 33 apartments, each with one bedroom. Jim Roach, from city planning, said the Commission voted against a slightly altered version of the same project in July.
WFHB, in partnership with Community Access Television Services, hosted a full night of interviews and updates on election night. IU Professor of Political Science Majorie Hershey was among the guests to come on the show, and she spoke with WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford about her research on political parties and elections. With the votes all tallied, we hear her perspective for today’s community report.
VOICES IN THE STREET
WFHB’s weekly public opinion segment
Anchors Carissa Barret, Carolyn VandeWiele
Today’s headlines were written by Anson Shupe, Susan Northleaf, Sophia Saliby and Sarah Panfil
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley
Our engineer today is Jose Rodriguez
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.