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Lotus Live – Baltic Crossing


Kicking off our Lotus Live sessions, we bring you Baltic Crossing, live from The Blockhouse!

The soaring, joyous music of Baltic Crossing comes from the folk scenes of the United Kingdom and Scandinavia. This young quintet’s musical prowess and love of old dance traditions make for brilliant sets of jigs, polskas, waltzes, schottisches, and other tunes. Ian Stephenson (guitar) and Andy May (Northumbrian bagpipes and piano) hail from England; the Scandinavian side is comprised of Danish musician Kristian Bugge (violin) and Esko Järvelä (violin) and Antti Järvelä (mandolin and double bass) from Finland.

1. Risumäki Satiainen
2. Regular Set
3. International Jigs

Hosted by Adriane Pontecorvo
Engineered by The Blockhouse
Executive Producer is Jim Manion

Arts Interchange – Abby Lee On Hedda Gabler


Hedda Gabler has become Hedda Tesman in marriage to George Tesman. But the play is not called Hedda Tesman. And this must be our first indication of how an audience needs to be critical of the social world where marriage confers a new identity on a woman. Hedda will have none of that. But what has she had, and what will she find in this new circumstance? Hedda Gabler yearns to be an “artist of the beautiful act.”

Hedda Gabler is played by Abby Lee in the IU Theater Production. Abby joins us for this Arts Interchange to discuss a complicated woman who audiences tend to either love or hate.

The IU Theater opens Hedda Gabler in Ruth N. Halls Theater this Friday evening at 7:30 and will run through October 3rd.

Sept. 25, 26, 29-Oct 2, 2015, @ 7:30 p.m.
October 3 @ 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Ruth N. Halls Theatre

Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen is translated by Rolf Fjelde
Directed by Dale McFadden

Abby Lee (Hedda Tesman)~ is a first-year M.F.A. student in acting. This is her Indiana University debut. Regional Theatre Favorites: Wait Until Dark (Susan), Talley’s Folly (Sally Talley), Barefoot In The Park (Corrie Bratter), OR (Nell/Maria), West Side Story (Maria), Into The Woods (Cinderella) and Young Frankenstein (Elizabeth). Film: Confessions of A Shopaholic, 21 and a Wakeup, Year For Silk, Spexy and Triptych. TV: Chicago PD. Abby received her undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University. She is from Chicago, Illinois.

Audience Guide to Hedda Gabler
Graduate student continues theatrical career at IU (IDS interview with Abby Lee)
Hedda Gabler and Elizabeth Robins: From Ibsen to Activism by Mary Christian (Robins produced and acted in the first London production in 1891)
Hedda Gabler, “One Of The Treats Of Being An Actor”

PHOTO: Abby Lee as Hedda Gabler, and Henry Woronicz as Judge Brack

Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

Interchange – George Kateb: Accentuate the Negative


With our guest, George Kateb, who has been called “the most interesting and important philosopher of liberalism alive today,”* we’ll focus on oppression and resistance. Our texts for this conversation will center on three essays from Kateb’s 2006 collection of essays, Patriotism and Other Mistakes: “Is Patriotism a Mistake,” “Socratic Integrity,” and “Wildness and Conscience: Thoreau and Emerson,” as well as selections from his 2011 book Human Dignity and his latest work Lincoln’s Political Thought.

The essays, says Kateb, “deal with serious oppression of people by public authorities. Human Dignity is in part a defense of human rights: rights that are meant to protect people against oppression by public authorities. Oppression causes physical and mental suffering and can also create violations of human dignity, some of them causing what I call unfelt oppression (ie, Huxley’s Brave New World); [then turning to] Lincoln’s Political Thought, where suffering and extreme violation of human dignity through dehumanization and degradation are caused by slavery. Thoreau invokes conscience but doesn’t rule out violence, and Lincoln comes to understand that only military violence could end the violence of slavery and its defenders.”

*John Burt, author of Lincoln’s Tragic Pragmatism

George Kateb is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics Emeritus at Princeton. An influential political theorist with an international reputation, he is a champion of democratic individuality and a critic of its many challengers. He is the author of Utopia and Its Enemies (1963); Political Theory; Its Nature and Uses (1968); Hannah Arendt: Politics, Conscience, Evil (1984); The Inner Ocean: Individualism and Democratic Culture (1992); Emerson and Self-Reliance (1994); Patriotism and Other Mistakes (2006); Human Dignity (2011); and Lincoln’s Political Thought (2015)

Charles Ives: Piano Sonata No. 2, “Concord, Mass., 1840-60″
i. Emerson
ii. Hawthorne
iii. The Alcotts
iv. Thoreau

Performed by Gilbert Kalish, piano; Samuel Baron, Flute; John Graham, viola

Patriotism: What Is It Good For?
Existential Democratic Individuality: A Conversation with George Kateb

Photo credit: www.thinkingaloud.com

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



Delhi-2-Dublin1As the Lotus World Music Festival approaches, WFHB’s Adriane Pontecorvo chats with Canada’s Delhi 2 Dublin.

Delhi 2 Dublin set is possibly the only place you’ll see a fiddle player rocking out with a kilt-wearing Korean, flanked by two Bhangra percussionists and a vocalist who looks like he would be at home in a Bollywood music video. The group began in 2006 as a one-off performance in a Vancouver club, and they’ve been at it ever since, throwing Bhangra, Celtic, Dub, reggae, and electronica into a musical blender.

Produced and Edited by Jim Manion



bhi-bhimanprofAs Bloomington gears up for the upcoming Lotus World Music Festival, WFHB’s Tall Steve chats with singer-songwriter Bhi Bihman.

American singer-songwriter Bhi Bhiman is known for his fine guitar playing, his clever and edgy lyrics, and a remarkable voice that has earned comparisons to such artists as Nina Simone and Bill Withers. “What a voice Bhi Bhiman has, full-bodied and brawny but delicate” (New York Times).

Produced and Edited by Jim Manion



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As Bloomington counts down the days before Lotus World Music Festival, WFHB’s Jim Manion chats with tUnE-yArDs’ own Nate Brenner.

tUnE-yArDs is fresh, avant-garde, experimental, groovy, poppy, funky — pick a word to describe Merrill Garbus’s band and a reviewer somewhere in the world has already used it. Garbus and her collaborator, bassist (and Bloomington native) Nate Brenner, along with a changing array of bandmates, have found a worldwide audience for “a lovably scrappy, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink aesthetic that is distinctly their own” (SPIN)

Produced and Edited by Jim Manion

Interchange – Necessary Trouble: March and The Example of John Lewis


Tonight we discuss the groundbreaking graphic novel series, March, an engaging and award-winning first-hand account of Congressman John Lewis’s lifelong struggle for civil and human rights. March: Book One spans Lewis’s youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Nashville Student Movement’s battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins. The memoir trilogy continues in the newly released March: Book Two, including the 1961 Freedom Rides and the legendary 1963 March on Washington.

Andrew Aydin is the Digital Director & Policy Advisor to Congressman Lewis in Washington, D.C. and co-author of MARCH (two volumes of a trilogy have been published).

Nate Powell is a graphic novelist (and Bloomington resident) whose work includes March, the graphic novel autobiography of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis; Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero, You Don’t Say, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole (which won the 2009 Eisner Award for Best Original Graphic Novel), The Silence Of Our Friends, and The Year Of The Beasts.

Marilyn Wood is the the Director of the Monroe County Public Library


The Friends of the Library and Monroe County Public Library present:

The Power of Words
with John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell
7:30 p.m. on September 21, 2015 at IU Auditorium

Monroe County Public Library and The Friends of the Library are honored to present The Power of Words featuring the authors of March: civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and local artist Nate Powell. The Power of Words is a free, ticketed event and takes place Monday, September 21, at 7:30 p.m. in IU Auditorium. This event is co-sponsored with IU Union Board.

“The visit of Congressman John Lewis to Bloomington is especially timely, given the recent 50th anniversary of the historic Selma to Montgomery march that he co-led, which changed our country’s history. The Library is indebted to our multiple partners for working to ensure that the visit has a long-term, meaningful impact on our community,” said Sally Gaskill, Co-Chair of the 2015 Power of Words.

The Power of Words with Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
Teaching the Movement: The State Standards We Deserve
Rep. John Lewis’ Speech at the 1963 March on Washington
Martin Luther King and The Montgomery Story
John Robert Lewis (brief video biography)
The Comic Book That Changed the World: Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story’s vital role in the Civil Rights Movement by Andrew Aydin

“Black, Brown and White” by Big Bill Broonzy
“Mississippi Goddamn” by Nina Simone
“A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke
“Original Faubus Fables” by Charles Mingus

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

Activate! – CASA: Angie Raymond


Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Angie Raymond explains the importance of this volunteer position to the children caught up in DCS cases and talks about the rewards of her own experience. Also, volunteer opportunities connected to the legal sector from the City of Bloomington’s Volunteer Network.

Monroe County CASA
POAP Assistant
CJAM Mediation Training
CASA New Volunteer Training

Interchange – The Endeavor to Tell Lines: The Music of Will Johnson (Extended)


Will Johnson joins us to talk about his new album, Swan City Vampires, and how it reflects an intense period of loss and mourning. With the passing of his mother and the breaking up of his band of seventeen years, Centro-matic, Will Johnson lost two of the most important things in his life. Swan City Vampires comes from inside of that mourning. But it also points forward. Will Johnson is known for many things, but standing still is not one of them.

Will Johnson is an American musician, singer-songwriter and painter who is the lead singer of the bands Centro-matic and South San Gabriel. Called “one of the most prolific artists in American indie rock”, Johnson has also released solo records, and is a member of the bands Monsters of Folk, New Multitudes and Overseas, and has also performed as part of the Undertow Orchestra. (Wikipedia)

“Nameless, But a Lover” (Swan City Vampire)
“All Gone, All Gone” (Molina & Johnson)
“Twenty Cycles to the Ground” (Molina & Johnson)
“Hearts” (Huey Lewis & the News)
“Hearts” (Will Johnson)
“Call, Call, Call” (Swan City Vampires)
“Made Us Feel Like (Kings) (Swan City Vampires)
“Multnomah” (Swan City Vampires)
“Scorpion” (Scorpion)
“The Watchman” (Swan City Vampires)
“Vultures Await” (Vultures Await)
“Paradise, Basically” (Swan City Vampires)
“Rosanky” (Scorpion)
“Pulleys” (Swan City Vampires)
“Just To Know What You’ve Been Dreaming” (Live for WFHB Firehouse Sessions, Vultures Await)
“Chalked Lines-Waxed Sun” (Swan City Vampires)
“Through the Fog, Then Down” (Centro-matic, Take Pride In Your Long Odds)

Will Johnson
Firehouse Sessions–Will Johnson
Thanks for Giving a Damn with Otis Gibbs, Episode 56: Will Johnson

Host & Producer: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford
Photo of Will Johnson

Books Unbound – Bread and Roses: Workers’ Rights A Century Ago


Speeches and poetry of the labor movement in the 1910s are featured in the Books Unbound Labor Day weekend special “Bread and Roses”. “Bread and roses!” was a rallying cry that originated around 1911. It first appeared in literary form in a poem of that title by James Oppenheim, who was inspired by versions of the phrase on banners carried by women strikers. “The woman worker needs bread, but she needs roses too,” is the most famous quotation from Rose Schneiderman, a Jewish activist for workers’ and women’s rights. The episode is motivated by the “roses” of verbal artistry that expressed the plight of workers in the early to mid-20th century: the transformation of poetry into song lyrics and other forms, the relation of speech and action, and the soundscape of physical labor.

Tony Brewer reads “The Song of the Wage Slave” (1911) by Robert W. Service. The poem is set to “Sourdough / The Miner’s Song” performed by Bill Staines, from his album Wild Wild Heart (Philo, 1985). Service was a Scottish immigrant to Canada whose verse, like the fiction of Jack London, mythologized the Klondike Gold Rush and the Canadian Arctic. His ballads influenced the Canadian folksinger tradition, and inspired novels and movies.

The second segment focuses on the 1912 textile workers strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts. During the demonstrations, a woman was shot and killed—according to some accounts, by a police officer. Labor organizers Arturo Giovannitti and Joseph Ettor were charged as accessories to murder, although witnesses’ testimony was consistent that the two were miles away. Giovannitti, a socialist, was an Italian immigrant who wrote bilingually as a poet, playwright, and orator. He composed his most famous English poem, “The Walker,” while in jail, and delivered a speech in the defense of his cause that is a classic of early 20th century oratory. He was acquitted. His “Address to the Jury” is read in a condensed version by Frank Buczolich.

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911 was the worst industrial disaster in the history of New York, and remains one of the worst in U.S. history. Management testified at trial that doors were kept locked to prevent the possible petty theft by workers of the clothing items they made. When a fire broke out, 146 garment workers died. Most were recent Jewish and Italian immigrants, and all but 23 were women. In a scene that was recalled in the wake of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, horrified witnesses watched workers leap from ninth- and tenth-floor windows to escape being burned alive. One of these witnesses was the young Frances Perkins, who was so altered by the event that she devoted her life to workers’ rights. In 1933, she was appointed Secretary of Labor by Franklin Roosevelt, becoming the first woman to serve in a U.S. Cabinet post. Sarah Torbeck reads an excerpt from a talk in September 1964 that Perkins gave on the fire and its aftermath. Perkins also recalls hearing the short but fiery Triangle Shirtwaist speech made by Rose Schneiderman, which is read by Berklea Going.

Excerpts from songs based on “Bread and Roses” are performed by the Rheingans Sisters, the Seattle Labor Chorus, and the Harrington Saints. “I Don’t Want Your Millions, Mister” and “Which Side Are You On” come from the album Talking Union and Other Union Songs by the Almanac Singers with Pete Seeger and Chorus. A second version of “I Don’t Want Your Millions, Mister” sung by Tillman Cadle, and “Overtime Pay” by the Priority Ramblers, come from the Labor Sings! Online Exhibit of Labor Arts.

Sound effects from Freesound.org were created by contributors under the names epicwizard, rutgermuller, mediapetros, evernaut, sengjinn, dnewtonjr, and jagadamba.

The summer series “Elizabeth Stoddard and the 1860s” resumes next time with the final episodes of the novel Two Men.

Heather Perry hosts, with announcer Jack Hanek. This episode was produced, written, and edited by Cynthia Wolfe, with assistance from Heather Perry, Sarah Torbeck, and Jack Hanek.

Executive producer: Joe Crawford
Theme music: The Impossible Shapes


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