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Books Unbound – The Edge of Christmas, Second Christmas: Classic Stories for the Season

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Stories for the season from Langston Hughes, Willa Cather, and William S. Burroughs highlight themes of redemption and disillusion. “One Christmas Eve,” by the great Harlem Renaissance writer Langston Hughes, is a sharply poignant story about a small boy’s first realization that the secular deity Santa Claus is for white people. The story, which first appeared in Hughes’ 1934 collection …

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Books Unbound – The Edge of Christmas, Part One: Classic Stories for the Season

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Christmas is the setting as sly women turn the tables on their menfolk in a pair of overlooked short stories from the classic era of magazine fiction. “The Christmas Present” (1922) by Richmal Crompton, read by Katy Ratcliff, is a brief and humorous tale about a secret of self-preservation passed down by the women of a family through generations. Crompton …

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Interchange – Marching the Alcotts: “We Really Lived Most of It”

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Our guest is Pulitzer Prize winning biographer John Matteson whose The Annotated Little Women was published last month. Since its first publication in the 1860s, Little Women has been translated into more than fifty languages and inspired six films, four television shows, a Broadway musical, an opera, and a web series. Through numerous photographs taken in the Alcott family home …

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Cast of Characters: Heather Pittman (EXTENDED)

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In the WFHB series, Cast of Characters, we go looking for local people with important personal stories. We bring you another installment of the Cast of Characters series now with WFHB correspondent Amanda Marino, featuring local resident Heather Pittman.

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Interchange – Orson Undiminished, Or How Kane Was Raised

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From theater to radio to Hollywood…the ambition of Orson Welles, as Patrick McGilligan tells us in his new book Young Orson, was already old-fashioned: he wanted to be an “actor-manager” of a theater company. The leader of a troupe…something romantic about that…and something very Ambersons in its bad timing. “Orson Undiminished” focuses on the early life of George Orson Welles; …

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Books Unbound – The Wild Pigeon: Rejection of a Caged Life

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Uyghur writer Nurmuhemmet Yasin’s poignant beast fable led to his imprisonment by the Chinese government on charges of inciting separatism. The tale can be read as a political or environmental allegory, and values freedom and spirituality over domination and exploitation. The author has remained in prison since the story’s publication ten years ago: 2015 was to have been the year …

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Black Student Solidarity March to Take Place Saturday on IU Campus

March organizers sold shirts featuring the words, "BLACK IUNITY." Many participants are planning to wear those shirts on Saturday. White says the proceeds from the sales will help pay the college application fees for high school students who could not otherwise afford to apply to attend IU.

On Saturday, a group of black students at Indiana University are planning a march as a symbol of solidarity in the wake of what organizers call racial transgressions on campus. The march begins at noon at the Sample Gates. WFHB News Director Joe Crawford spoke with an organizer of the march for today’s WFHB community report.

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Sheriff Swain Talks Body Cameras and Privacy Concerns (EXTENDED)

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At the end of last week, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department received a shipment of 36 body cameras. The cost for the equipment was almost $40,000, which came from money left over in the Sheriff’s fuel budget. All deputies are expected to begin using the body cameras by December 21st. This afternoon, WFHB News Director Joe Crawford stopped by the …

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Interchange – Eat Walk Shoot Draw: A New Film on John James Audubon

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John James Audubon was “an archetypal American who astonishingly combined in equal measure the virtues of George Washington, Daniel Boone and Benjamin Franklin.” (Lewis Mumford) Two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Al Reinert will premiere Audubon, a new documentary about the renowned bird artist, eloquent writer, and naturalist John James Audubon on Thursday, December 10 at 7:30pm AMC Showplace Bloomington 11, for …

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Books Unbound – Bad Girls Like Nice Shoes: Fairy Tales and Ballerinas for Nutcracker season

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Contemporary women poets reimagine fairy tales and the cultural icon of the ballerina—especially of the black swan school—along with two unsettling stories from Hans Christian Andersen, “The Red Shoes” (read by Renee Reed) and “The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf” (Jack Hanek). Berklea Going reads three poems: “Obedience, or The Lying Tale” by Jennifer Chang, from her debut collection …

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