This week on Interchange, host Joe Crawford speaks with Indiana University Law Professor Fred Cate, an expert on privacy and “cybersecurity”. Cate talks about government surveillance on the local, state and national levels – from the spying apparatus at the National Security Agency, to cell phone intercepts by the Indiana State Police, to new surveillance cameras in downtown Bloomington. Cate talks about how our understanding of privacy has changed since the adoption of the Fourth Amendment, which was intended to protect Americans from unlawful search and seizure, in 1792.
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Firehouse Follies’ “Leftover Turkeys” with special musical guest: songwriter Michael Smith. They were joined by Arbutus Cunningham, Art Heckman, the WFHB Gospel Gurlz, the Firehouse Rounders, and the Unusual Suspects Radio Acting Troupe for a live performance at the Ivy Tech Waldron Auditorium.
Norm Crampton of Bloom Magazine recently wrote a great piece about Firehouse Follies. Read it here.
“Leftover Turkeys” was made possible through the support of:
McDonald’s workers nationwide are asking for an increased minimum wage, to fifteen dollars an hour. Today workers went on strike in a reported one hundred cities around the country, and many other cities, including Bloomington, held demonstrations in solidarity with the workers. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh was on hand at a demonstration this afternoon, and brings us the story for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.
Two exceptional research images, taken at Indiana University’s Light Microscopy Imaging Center, are finalists in the International GE Cell Imaging Competition. Last year the center won the contest with an image of a dividing cell.
Imaging Center manager and research scientist Jim Powers gives background on the competition, and explains why IU has a good chance to take home the prize again.
“Every year GE runs a world-wide contest on their microscopes, which we have,” Powers says, “There aren’t too many in the world and every year people submit their images. Last year one of our images one and two got accepted this year.”
The IU Imaging Center captures their microscopic subjects with a $1.2 million super-resolution microscope. The microscope, in use since 2009, was funded entirely by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Scientists everywhere can use this tool to look at things impossible to see with a regular microscope, and Powers says that can be significant help to biologists.
“This imaging center is for all of IU and beyond,” Powers says, “A lot of us are very visual and to be able to see something otherwise impossible to see is really huge for biologists and
The microscope itself is understandably complicated. A computer takes thousands of pictures a minute from the microscope, and then math algorithms patch them together to create a single picture.
One image submitted this year is of newt chromosomes making RNA from D-N-A. These are the building blocks of an organism, and those in the image were stained red and, coincidentally, heart-shaped. Powers says this image is especially incredible.
“We hear about all these genes and what they do for us,” Powers says, “To be able to actually see this happen is so cool and something we haven’t been able to do very well with other microscopes.”
More than 15,000 votes were cast last year. To vote for the pictures and to see the other submissions this year, you can go to GE’s website.
The winner of the contest gets a free trip to New York City to see their image on a screen in Times Square.
This week on Interchange host Doug Storm speaks with Sara Pryor, Provost Professor of Atmospheric Science in the Department of Geological Sciences at Indiana University and editor of two books on Climate Change the most recent being Climate Change in the Midwest: Impacts, Risks, Vulnerability and Adaptation. This is a return visit to Interchange for Sara having joined host Colin Allen back in 2010. Pryor gives us a kind of update on the state of the art in Climate Science as well as offering insight into the ways we’re likely to experience climate change and what we might do about it. That is, the ways that our actions have affected and are affecting the next 100 years and beyond.
We try to put flesh on the epigraph that opens the new book: a quote from John Holdren, the US Presidential Science Advisor for 2010 that reads: “What we need is enough mitigation to avoid unmanageable climate change and enough adaptation to manage unavoidable climate change.”
Featured Photo Courtesy of Indiana University
The City of Bloomington Animal Shelter announced the beginning of its annual pet supply drive, which will run through the holiday season.
The shelter is seeking donations of canned dog and cat food, toys, bedding, and other supplies to make the animal’s stay at the shelter more comfortable while they wait to be adopted.
Laurie Ringquist is the director of animal care and control for the city of Bloomington. She says some donations are more useful to the shelter than others, like canned dog and cat food, which is used to help kittens and puppies grow and sick animals taking medicine.
“Any types of toys and treats we don’t really have a budget for, so those would be great,” Ringquist says, “Even simple things around the house that people might be replacing like sheets and pillowcases, those are always really helpful. It helps keep the animals comfortable.”
Donations will also supplement the animal shelter’s pet food pantry program.
To participate in the program, pet owners are required to spay and neuter their pets.
Ringquist explained how the pantry helps to keep animals out of the shelter.
“There are people in our community that are wonderful pet owners but maybe fallen on hard times and can’t afford to buy pet food,” Ringquist said, “We have a pet food bank program supported completely by donations. It helps us out because those who sign up agree to have their pets vaccinated and neutered and we don’t need to take in their pets from them.”
Donation boxes decorated by students from local schools are set up in fourteen area locations.
Donations can also be brought directly to the shelter, located on South Walnut Street.
The City of Bloomington Animal Shelter has held the annual holiday pet supply drive for over ten years.
For more information on how to contribute, visit http://bloomington.in.gov/animalshelter
Photo: Casey Kuhn
Fiddler and singer/songwriter Susan Anderson talks to us about the difference between fiddles and violins, and her journey from a band-member to a songwriter.
1. This Town
2. My Better Half
3. Better Day
4. Oak Tree
Susan Anderson: Susan Anderson (vocals, fiddle), Matt Romey (guitar, backing vocals)
The WFHB Board met on November 25, 2013 to determine the next steps in the General Manager search. With the decline of employment from Mr. Kevin Culbertson, the board decided that there was no need to reopen the search with the current two finalists remaining and a potential additional candidate to consider as a finalist. The board determined that Mr. Cleveland Dietz, who had previously received an interview from the selection committee for the position of GM should receive a finalist interview with the board to be considered along with the other remaining finalists.
Given the data collected on each candidate, the committee engaged in a lengthy deliberation and compared the overall competencies and strengths to determine which finalist would best meet the current and future needs of the station. To evaluate each finalist, the board reviewed the strengths of the three finalists considering the interview results, input received from the staff, interview committee notes, and the membership input.
After a unanimous vote, it was agreed that Cleveland should receive an offer of employment to become the next General Manager of WFHB. An offer was extended to Cleveland on November 26, 2013 and he accepted. Cleveland, who is familiar to us during his years of volunteer service at WFHB and the last five months as interim GM was selected based on the following:
1. Experience with WFHB
- Served as news volunteer
- Serving successfully as the interim GM
- Understands “volunteer powered radio”
2. Familiarity with radio station operations
- Day to day operation
- Logs and traffic management
- FCC compliance requirements
- Recognizes the need to update and maintain equipment from studio to tower
3. General Characteristics As interim GM has demonstrated:
- Problem-solving skills
- Decision-making skills
- Willingness to change and adapt
- Willingness to continually learn
4. Fit and interest
- Loves the station and clearly wants the station to be successful
- Respected by staff and volunteers
5. Strategy and Vision
- Understands the current strategy and has been working to execute it
- Has a vision for the station to grow and truly live up to the slogan of “community radio for south central Indiana
- Wants to reach out and include volunteers from other counties beyond Monroe
- Wants to expand news coverage to include news from other cities in our listening area
- Envisions live in-studio videos circulating around the internet
- Wants to establish a tradition of news speakers to come in and give talks
6. Staff and Membership Relationships
- Understands the importance of the Staff and Volunteers
- Wants to recognize the value of the work of the staff
- Believes we are over-reliant on a small staff and must work on solutions to address this
- Wants to harness the energy of the volunteers to create greater success for WFHB
- Wants to communicate to the volunteers clearly
- Use Spot Online for issues that come up
- Update the website regularly,
- Reinstate the monthly volunteer meetings
- Wants to build a sense of belonging among the volunteers
- Feels that we can use broadcast time to talk about WFHB meetings and events to communicate to the membership and volunteers
7. Continuous Improvement
- Believes the station operation can continually improve
8. Fundraising and Development
- Understands the necessity and importance of fundraising
- Looks forward to prioritizing the selection of a development director
- Must work to overcome the current state of “strapped for money”
- Must continue to emphasize two 10 day fund drives
- Need to work hard to gain traditional funding through on-air appeals and mailings
- Should work on payment processing changes to allow us to take credit cards at events and the station
9. Station Image and Community Presence
- Believes he will need to devote a significant amount of time to community relationships
Let us all welcome Mr. Cleveland Dietz as our new General Manager of WFHB Radio. If you have questions for the board about the selection process, feel free to communicate with us. Thank you.
IU telecommunication student and bloomingOUT/WFHB volunteer Nick Tumino chats with Helen and Michael about coming out issues. Associate Director of Sexual Health Promotion and IU Professor Brian Dodge discusses his recent work about bisexuality and sexual health among men on a new edition of Sexual Health Matters. Featured artist is Arro Verse. Musical selections are “Marry Me” and “Love Follows Me.”
Producer Carol Fischer
Executive producer Alycin Bektesh
Associate Producers Sarah Hetrick And Nick Tumino
News Director Josh Vidrich,
Original theme music provided by Mikial Robertson
Our announcer Sarah Hetrick