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Firehouse Sessions – Glen Hansard

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Irish singer-songwriter and bandleader Glen Hansard stopped by for a very special Firehouse Session before a sold-out show at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. He is best-known for his work with The Frames and the Swell Season, as well as his lead role in the musical film Once, which won the Oscar for Best Original Song. Next month, Hansard releases a tribute EP for late Bloomington musician Jason Molina, and he spoke emotionally about his friendship with Molina and performed the Songs:Ohia song “Hold On, Magnolia.”

SONGS
1. “Hold On, Magnolia” (Songs:Ohia cover)
2. “Paying My Way”

Hosted and Produced by Katie Moulton
Engineers: Jim Lang, Dan Withered
Executive Producer is Jim Manion

Interchange – The Prick of Noon: Romeo & Juliet

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We have two guests with us tonight to discuss the play both as production or performance and as text; the deed and the word. As Harold Goddard said, “Drama is a portrayal of human passions eventuating in acts. Poetry is a picture of life in its essence.” Shakespeare toils to mend the two.

In Act One, “The Play’s the Thing,” we’re joined by the director of the IU Theater Production of Romeo & Juliet, Nancy Lipschultz to talk about producing the play for the stage.

In Act Two, “The Prick of Noon,” we’re joined by Ellen MacKay, a scholar of early modern English drama and public culture whose approach to the Shakespearean stage is “driven by the epistemological problems that the theatre poses to a culture eager to draw a clear line between artifice and authenticity.” We discuss Shakespeare’s treatment of time.

We don’t need to withhold any plot points tonight as our subject is a play that was written sometime near the end of the 17th century and like all of Shakespeare’s plays is based on a prior text or two. It’s an ancient plot, warring tribes, political enmity in city-states, and even star-crossed lovers: all nothing new. We can even find Dante referencing historical Montagues and Capulets as feuding political parties in the Purgatory of his Divine Comedy.

And so you know, Romeo and Juliet are always dead before we even begin. It is the outcome that begs a reason why and the play begins with the Prologue giving up our ghosts.

Credits
Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Social Media: Carissa Barrett
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

Activate! – Global Gifts: Mary Megan Walker

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Mary Megan Walker on her service learning and volunteering with Global Gifts and Fair Trade Bloomington. Also, volunteer opportunities from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.

LINKS
Global Gifts
My Sister’s Closet
Opportunity House

Local Live – Chainsaw Mondays

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On this week’s Local Live, Chainsaw Mondays rocks us the folk out with their unique blend of rock n’ roll, blistering horns and lyrical wit.

Chainsaw Mondays is:
Tim Baker: Electric guitar and vocals
Michael Pruitt: Bass
Scott Currie: Drums
Aaron Comforty: Trumpet
Ben Fowler: Baritone Sax

SONGS
1. Country Blues No. 2
2. Water Dries
3. Door on a Roof
4. Bridge
5. Moving uptown
6. One More Time

Hosted by Jar Turner
Engineered by Jim Lang, Dan Withered, Adam Reichle, and Matt Gwaltney
Produced by Erin Toby
Executive Producer is Jim Manion

Firehouse Sessions – The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

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The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band had the whole WFHB building shaking with their foot stomping country blues rave up. Playing three songs off their brand new album “So Delicious” they took us from the happy (Pot Roast and Kisses) to the angry (Scream At the Night) to the boastful and blistering (Front Porch Trained). These Brown County ambassadors of hot licks and ear to ear smiles gave us the perfect primer not only for the new album, but also the six month long world tour they’re about to embark on.

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is Reverend Peyton, Breezy Peyton, Ben Bussell

SONGS
1. Pot Roast and Kisses
2. Scream At The Night
3. Front Porch Trained

Hosted by: Mat Alano-Martin
Engineered by: Jim Lang, Dan Withered
Producer: Katie Moulton
Executive Producer: Jim Manion

Interchange – Bloodier Than Tarantino: The Real Slave Narrative and Its Complexities

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The last few years in particular have seen a re-popularization of slave narratives: from Tarantino’s fictional Django Unchained to the award-winning 12 Years a Slave. But why did ex-slaves argue for their humanity through narratives rife with depictions of life in a brutal system which treated them as beasts? What were the stakes and aims for ex-slaves narrating their fight from savage beast to man? And what can we learn from them now?

Guests

Maisha Wester, an Associate Professor in Indiana University’s Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, and author of African American Gothic: Screams from Shadowed Places.

Stephanie Li, the Susan D. Gubar Chair in Literature and professor in the Department of English, and author of Something Akin to Freedom: The Choice of Bondage in Narratives by African American Women, and most recently of Signifying without Specifying: Racial Discourse in the Age of Obama.

Discussed in the program:
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Written by Herself, by Harriet Jacobs.
My Bondage and My Freedom, by Frederick Douglass
The Bondwoman’s Narrative, by Hannah Crafts

Credits
Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Social Media: Carissa Barrett
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

Firehouse Follies returns March 1 with ‘Men in Mauve,’ guest David Olney

ARE THERE ALIENS IN BLOOMINGTON? WFHB’s Firehouse Follies Spring show, “Men in Mauve,” will take a good, hard look at this question. Don’t miss it: Sunday, March 1, 4-6 p.m. at the Ivy Tech Waldron Whikehart Fish Auditorium. Don’t miss it. Your very survival might be at stake here!

David Olney

david_olney_webMaster craftsman, acclaimed singer/songwriter and globe-trotting performer David Olney has released 20 albums over four decades, including six live recordings. His music has been prominently featured in ABC-TV’s Nashville and he stellar songs have been recorded by Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Del McCoury, Tim O’Brien and Steve Young, among many others.

Activate! – VITAL: Sarah Buchanan and Susan Welsand

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Volunteers Sarah Buchanan and Susan Welsand share their experiences working for the Volunteers in Tutoring Adult Learners (VITAL) program at the Monroe County Public Library. Also, volunteer opportunities from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.

LINKS
VITAL at the Monroe County Public Library
RSVP Tutoring in the Schools 
ESL Tutors 
VITAL Volunteers 

Local Live REMOTE from The Blockhouse presents: WATER

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WFHB’s monthly Local Live REMOTE series breaks new ground inside the newly established Blockhouse studio with a special live performance by Water!

SONGS
1. How Many Days
2. ¿Qué Hora es?
3. Quarter Til’ Ten
4. Looking For a Way
5. Get Down (Our Way)
6. Hanging Gardens

Master of Ceremonies:  Jar Turner
WFHB engineers: Jim Lang, Dan Withered
Executive Producer is Jim Manion

Originally aired live on February 4, 2015 in front of a live studio audience.

Interchange – Shadows Are Black: Slavery’s Long Setting

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Tonight’s show, Shadows are Black: Slavery’s Long Setting, features a discussion on the text and context of Herman Melville’s 1855 novella “Benito Cereno.” “Benito Cereno” is clearly about slavery; but it also seems a deep meditation on the limits of the mind; on the ignorance of other ways to be minded; on the commonality of humanness (for “good” or “bad”). It is about America, it is about Spain, it is about Africa, and it is about cultural blindness and interpretive misconstrual. The stage setting is borrowed from Spain, the actors are nearly all African, and the play we’re watching turns out to be “The Ignorant American,” and the director is Babo.

Guests

Maisha Wester, an Associate Professor in Indiana University’s Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, and author of African American Gothic: Screams from Shadowed Places.

Christopher Freeburg, an Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois, and author of Melville and the Idea of Blackness: Race and Imperialism in Nineteenth Century America.

Related

Books Unbound – “Benito Cereno” by Herman Melville

Books Unbound – “Benito Cereno” by Herman Melville, Part Two

Books Unbound – “Benito Cereno” by Herman Melville, Part Three

Credits

Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Social Media: Carissa Barrett
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

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