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Firehouse Sessions – Eleni Mandell


Eleni Mandell stopped by the WFHB studios for a live Firehouse Session prior to her solo acoustic show at The Bishop on July 29, 2015. She performed three songs from her new album Dark Lights Up – “Someone to Love Like You”, “What Love Can Do”, and “China Garden Cafe”.

Hosted by Jim Manion
Engineered by Mike Chrastil & Jim Lang
Produced by Katie Moulton
Executive Producer is Jim Manion

Originally aired on July 29, 2015.

Interchange – Is a Woman a Person? Needing Ellen Willis More Than Ever


So, here we are, August 4th, 2015, and I’m asking “Is a Woman A Person?” You laugh, no, scoff at me for asking this. Of course!, you say. But are we “persons” by degrees with some considered lesser beings? Consider the concerted attack on women’s health funding by Republicans seeking to defund Planned Parenthood. It seems women ought to be tethered to reproduction and firmly under the control of the male head of the family. Right? We’ll look at the essays of Ellen Willis in this program as a way to investigate the longevity of this male supremacist attack on women.

On June 30 I talked with Ellen Willis’s daughter, Nona Willis Aronowitz, who had edited a selection of Ellen Willis’s essays, about Willis’s life and her influence as a writer,, which included her work as a music critic–rock music critic–for the New Yorker magazine, but was mostly political, and always feminist. We didn’t dig too deeply into the specifics of the Radical Feminism of Ellen Willis that night.

But, with the continuous onslaught against women primarily through access to care, which seems to be about restricting access to biological options regarding reproduction, we should return to Ellen Willis. No, we must to return to Ellen Willis.

There was something of a dismissive review of The Essential Ellen Willis in the Los Angeles Review of Books back in May of 2014 by Lisa Levy. It disparaged Willis exactly where I would praise her for sounding one particular feminist note for forty years. For FOUR decades what remained consistent for women while Ellen Willis was writing for both a popular and academic audience? The attack on women’s individual rights. The ongoing commitment to restricting women from being able to decide without the imposition of a man and a male supremacist society how to live their lives as equal human beings. But the book reviewer seemed to tired of that complaint, or too tired of having to read about it over and over.

Jennifer Maher, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Aretha Franklin – “RESPECT”
Eurythmics – “Sisters are Doing It For Themselves”
Beyonce – “Run The World (Girls)”
Bikini Kill – “Rebel Girl”

“Abortion: Is a Woman a Person?” (Village Voice, 1979)
“Radical Feminism and Feminist Radicalism” (Social Text, 1984)

Interchange – What Makes Us Vulnerable: The Essential Ellen Willis
Interchange – Impulse Under the Influence: Campus Rape Culture
Interchange – Rape and White Male Privilege

Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board and Music Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

Local Live – Slip Me 5


Lulu, Lucky, Lunchmeat and Ron of Slip Me 5 stop by the WFHB studios to perform some jazz standards. They’re a newly formed band who play swing tunes that will get you out of your seat and moving to the rhythm.

1.) Blue Skies – Irving Berlin
2.) Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby – Louis Jordan
3.) Exactly Like You – Jimmy McHugh
4.) Why Don’t You Do Right? – “Kansas Joe” McCoy
5.) Hit That Jive Jack – Skeets Tolbert
6.) Some of These Days – Shelton Brooks

Hosted by Frankie Ferrell
Engineered by Jim Lang
Produced by Erin Tobey
Executive Producer is Jim Manion

Local Live – Trollkiller


Joining us this week is Trollkiller, recipient of RAW’s 2014 Indiana Artist of the Year, playing us their blend of laid-back summertime porch rock.

1. The Secret Circus
2. Shame
3. Just Friends
4. Don’t Count on Me
5. The Key in the Tree
6. The End

Hosted by Jar Turner
Engineers: Jim Lang, Dan Withered, Adam Reichle, and Ilza Akerbergs.
Producer: Erin Tobey
Executive Producer is Jim Manion

Interchange – Drones at Liberty: Part Two


Part 2 of Drones at Liberty: Our conversation continues to explore the meaning of drones–drones as instruments of war and policing, drones in the public imaginary, drones as extensions of state and/or human will–all topics under examination at the recent IU Symposium on Drone Warfare.

All technologies are transgressive.

It seems to me that normalization is the issue. Spying technologies have been around for a long time and yet there surely was a “peeping Tom” (men!) stigma as well as a respect for privacy–plus, who cares what normal life someone else was leading–ah, but prurience cultivated over the decades has increasingly led us to acknowledge that life is boring, yet hope that some folks perhaps are not boring, or that spying as a transgression is not boring BECAUSE it’s a transgression not for what is revealed through spying. Our television shows and movies normalize torture and spying and now the piloting of UAVs across the thousands of miles.

I would go so far as to argue that acceptable use inevitably paves the way for the transgression, and that the transgression is the fullest expression of the technology.

But, as many presenters made plain, the policing and terror apparatus is already firmly in place, and UAVs are an “in-kind” application that will further the constant machine surveillance and control of humanity.

With apologies to Emily Dickinson:

I heard a DRONE buzz – when I died –
The Stillness in the Room
Was like the Stillness in the Air –

and then it was
There interposed a DRONE –

With Blue – uncertain stumbling Buzz –
Between the light – and me –
And then the Windows failed – and then
I could not see to see –

Ishan Ashutosh, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Indiana University, is a critical human geographer whose work encompasses the study of migration, the politics of race and ethnicity from an international and comparative perspective, and urban studies. His research examines the multiple and contested representations of South Asia through projects situated in migration and area studies.

Chris Miles is a PhD student in the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University. His work focuses on the intellectual, political, and material relationships between capitalism, media technologies, and nature. In particular, he studies informatic media and digital technology integrated into or pattered on biology and biological processes.

The Flaming Lips, “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1″
The Police, “Bombs Away”
The Flaming Lips, “Do You Realize??”
The Flaming Lips, “All We Have Is Now”

41 men targeted but 1,147 people killed

Interchange – Drones At Liberty: Part One
Interchange – Terror Skies: The Drone as Judge and Jury
Interchange – Colin Allen: Thinking About Thinking Machines

Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board and Music Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

Interchange – Innovation Is Nothing New: Novelty in the Middle Ages


Popular models of innovation (including buzzwords such as “creative destruction” or “disruptive innovation”) prize getting rid of anything that’s old. But some folks are starting to reimagine innovation in different terms: as reusing, recycling, refurbishing, sampling, or updating the old. In her new book, The Medieval New, Patricia Ingham shows that creative models combining old AND new have a long and interesting innovating history. Focusing on the period that gave us eye glasses, windmills, courtly love, and mechanical clocks, (not to mention falconry and the blast furnace), Ingham asks us to reconsider what we think we mean by calling something new.

I. Rethinking “new” as opposed to the “old”: how the medieval question was organized differently (not old versus new but ingenium vs. consuetudo, so inborn, though idiosyncratic, talent vs. convention, or things generally agreed upon); “cultures of artistic copying”– creative works were not a completely “original” poem or story, but a work engaged with, updating, reworking, or repurposing stories or poems long admired; things “discovered” not made out of nothing; creativity as an engagement with tradition as well as “environment.”

II. Medieval ambivalence about “newness” on account of questions of Ethics: both in medieval literature and art where newfangledness is regularly used as an ambivalent term. Ambivalence and its definition: as simultaneously, or possibly, loved, but also possibly hated, etc. In contrast to today where too often people assume that anything “new” is, by definition, good, what we want, etc.; historians of science and technology who don’t all see the path of history as one of unrelenting “progress.”

III. Innovation and the University: We are said to be currently in an Age of Innovation–but we don’t always think too hard about what innovation entails. The University as an institution has long drawn together both strands of the “medieval new”: histories of re-reading, remaking, repurposing; but also ingenious solutions to long standing problems, concerns.

Patricia Ingham, Professor of English and Medieval Studies at Indiana University and Editor of Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and author of The Medieval New: Ambivalence in an Age of Innovation.

Innovators are killing us
The Disruption Machine

Vijay Iyer’s Life in Music: “Striving is the Back Story”

The Hilliard Ensemble, “O Livoris Feritas, M9″ (Guillaume de Machaut)
Nice & Smooth, “Old to the New”
Derek and the Dominoes, “Layla”
Us3, “Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)”–sample Herbie Hancock’s “Cantaloupe Island”
Madlib, “Slim’s Return”–originally recorded by Gene Harris & The Three Sounds as “The Book of Slim”

Part Two of Drones at Liberty

Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Joe Crawford
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

Local Live – Frankie Camaro


Frankie Camaro crashes into our Local Live studio for a solo surf-rock guitar performance and interview. Frankie explains his Solar Powered Guitar Amplifier system.  “The amp and is all battery powered, where the batteries are charged with a Solar Panel. It can run just with Sun Power without a battery, but using batteries allows me to capture the sun’s energy to use at night,” he says.

1. Miserlou
2. One Hot Summer
3. Drag Strip
4. Apache
5. Hard Day’s Night

Hosted by Frankie Ferrell
Engineered by Jim Lang, Dan Withered, Adam Reichle,  Ilza Akerbergs, and Mike.
Produced by Erin Tobey
Executive Producer is Jim Manion

Originally aired on June 24, 2015.

Local Live – Mark Bookwalter


Local country songwriter Mark Bookwalter visited our Local Live studio for an exclusive live performance and interview.

1. Disease
2. Working Title
3. Man in Black
4. Spins
5. Half-Time

Hosted by Jar
Engineered by Jim Lang, Dan Withered
Produced by Erin Tobey
Executive Producer is Jim Manion

Firehouse Sessions – Eilen Jewell


In the studio today for a new Firehouse Session is Eilen Jewell accompanied by band members Jason Beek, Shawn Supra and local Jerry Miller.  Eilen Jewell is here from Boise, ID playing at The Bishop whilst touring her new album “Sundown Over Ghost Town”. We get the chance to chat with Eilen day one of her current mid west tour.  Eilen Jewell chats to us about her autobiographical writing style and the new album that is inspired by baby Mavis and moving back to her home town Boise, ID with husband Jason Beek.


1. “Worried Mind”
2. “Rio Grande”
3. “Hallelujah Band”

Hosted by Angela Backstrom
Engineered by Dan Withered
Produced by Katie Moulton
Executive Producer is Jim Manion

Originally aired on July 2nd, 2015.

Local Live – Sitar Outreach Ministry


Sitar Outreach Ministry joins our Local Live Studios to create an enchanting soundscape that will put your aura in check.

Sitar Outreach Ministry is Nick McGill, Dylan Sizemore, Richard Leinenbach, Aaron Pollitt, and Bryce Martin.

1. Waters of Oblivion
2. Pay Day
3. (untitled)
4. (classical indian (Raga) style song)
5. Raga Joe

Hosted by Frankie Ferrell
Engineered by Jim Lang
Produced by Erin Tobey
Executive Producer is Jim Manion

Recorded on May 27, 2015.

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