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Interchange – The Best of Andy Mahler: A Poet Protecting Mountaintops

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This episode features award-winning poet and author Maurice Manning, a native of Danville, Kentucky. Manning’s work has appeared in The Green Mountains Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Sonora Review, and The New Yorker. His collection entitled “Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions” was the 2001 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. In the third segment of the interview Manning discusses his active efforts to put a stop to the coal industry’s destructive technique of “mountaintop removal” in his native Kentucky.

This is the third of four installments in our News Summit Special series “The Best of Andy Mahler” chosen from our deep archive of available podcasts. Mahler was a long-time host for Interchange who, in 2009, was presented with a WFHB Legacy Award for his service to the station. Mahler is active in Heartwood, a regional network founded in 1991 that protects forests and supports community activism in the Eastern United States through education, advocacy and citizen empowerment.

Maurice Manning

NEXT WEEK: PCBs in Bloomington.

The final installment in our WFHB News Summit “Best of Andy Mahler” series. Bloomington resident Mick Harrison, one of the nation’s foremost environmental and public interest attorneys, talks with Mahler about the PCB contamination left behind by Westinghouse and their decades-long efforts to avoid responsibility for cleaning it up.

Local Live – Kade Puckett

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Kade Puckett, aka Pickin’ Puckett, moves us and shakes us with his incredible command for jazz and rhythm & blues guitar playing.

1. Guitarlick
2. Tears (Django Reinhardt cover)
3. Green Nova
4. Guitarman (Jerry Reed cover)
5. Messin’ Me Around
6. Travelin’ (Chet Atkins)

Local Live is produced by Erin Tobey,
Engineered by Jim Lang,
Executive Producer is Jim Manion
Hosted by Jar

News Summit Updates

The News Summit has started out marvelously with great attendance and discussion at all of our sessions! A link to the summary sheet from all meetings is available along with the session description of our Summit Website so you may review anything you’ve missed. Keep checking the website for updated handouts and notices. Feel free to browse the News Summit FAQ for more information.

Here’s a quick overview of the schedule, mark your calendars!

 

Interchange – The Best of Andy Mahler: Annemarie Mahler

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During the month of  July our News Department programming will consist of a “Best Of ” series as we direct and attend our first ever WFHB News Summit.  Our “Best of Interchange” highlights programs by host Andy Mahler, the recipient of the 2009 WFHB Legacy Award. In the first of these programs Andy interviews his mother, the artist Annemarie Mahler.

Annemarie (Ettinger) Mahler was born in Vienna, Austria in April of 1926. She eventually wound up in Bloomington but spent time in a Dutch orphanage, New York City, Berkeley, Dallas, and Madison, Wisconsin (and many other places) along the way. At Berkeley, she met and married a young biochemist named Henry Mahler, also born in Vienna. Incredibly, they had gone to the same elementary school yet had never met. They had three children, one of whom asks her about her life, love, her art, and anything else you might ask your own mother about on a live call-in radio program.

So tune in to Interchange to hear voices from the past as we prepare for our future. You’ll hear four great shows from our past. There are hundreds more to choose from. Get thee to the Interchange Archives and set to downloading!

Future show guests are:

July 15: Dwight Worker

July 22: Maurice Manning

July 29: Mick Harrison

Interchange – The 2014 WFHB News Summit: A Discussion with Alycin Bektesh

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Host Doug Storm asks WFHB News Director, Alycin Bektesh, questions about the upcoming WFHB News Summit.

Anyone with an interest in the current status of the News Department, the future of particular shows, or a desire to learn more radio skills is invited. You do not have to be a current volunteer in the News Department to attend any of the sessions.  The first week of sessions, July 7th – July 11th will be geared toward information sessions on current procedures and practices, as well as program staff/listener meet and greets.

The Summit takes place July 7th through August 1st, Monday through Friday, 11am  – 12pm. Sessions range from 45 minutes to 90 minutes and fall into one of three tracks: Big Ideas, Individual Programing, & Training. The same sessions are held at the same time each week, and each week takes on a different focus. Week one: Introductions,  Week Two: Brainstorming, Week Three: Action Plan, Week Four: Implementation.

A quick overview of the whole month’s schedule is available here: 2014 Summit Schedule.

You’re Invited!

The First Annual WFHB News Summit runs Monday July 7th – Friday August 1st, 2014.

  • What is a News Summit?

A News Summit is a chance to bring together producers, volunteers, and listeners to shape the next decade of news programming. We will take this time to examine our program schedule, strengthen partnerships, and develop our radio skills through workshops focused on individual programming, big picture ideas, and training. You can read more about what the News Summit is in the most recent addition of the Firehouse News, as Helen Harrell interviews News Director Alycin Bektesh about the Summit.  New production on our 20 in-house programs has been suspended during the month of July to account for the hours of time volunteers will put in to attending the summit sessions.

  • Who is invited?

You are! Anyone with an interest in the current status of the News Department, the future of particular shows, or a desire to learn more radio skills is invited. You do not have to be a current volunteer in the News Department to attend any of the sessions.  The first week of sessions, July 7th – July 11th will be geared toward information sessions on current procedures and practices, as well as program staff/listener meet and greets.

  • What is the schedule?

The Summit takes place July 7th through August 1st, Monday through Friday, 11am  – 12pm. Sessions range from 45 minutes to 90 minutes and fall into one of three tracks: Big Ideas, Individual Programing, & Training. The same sessions are held at the same time each week, and each week takes on a different focus. Week one: Introductions,  Week Two :Brainstorming, Week Three: Action Plan, Week Four: Implementation.

A quick overview of the whole month’s schedule is available here: 2014 Summit Schedule.

An invaluable tool throughout the Summit is the Summit Website which is available online or as a mobile app.  Along with up to date schedule information, the website allows you to create your own schedule of sessions you are interested in attending, read detailed descriptions of each workshop, and access any available session handouts.

  • Will this be fun at all?

Though the summit sounds like a lot of work, it will, indeed, be very fun. For the first time members of various production crews will be working together to share their ideas for improving the WFHB News Department. You will have a chance to meet volunteers just like yourself who dedicate their time each week to providing locally produced news for our community. There is also something to be said for brainstorming sessions that go beyond the superficial and into action. By the end of the summit you will be implementing the strategies developed for improving the news department, and it feels good to make a difference!

If all of that is not enough, there will be a party to celebrate the kick-off week of the Summit. On Friday, July 11th the News and Public Affairs Committee is hosting a reception at the Back Door beginning at 8pm. And since parties are fun yes, the summit will be fun.

  • How can I help?

Volunteer moderators are needed to make sure that each session is carried out in a productive manner that respects all attendees’ input. Please sign up to moderate a session (or a few!) Moderators will keep sessions focused, as well as take notes and prepare a short summary of each session. There will be training provided for volunteer moderators. Please sign up for sessions for which you can be a neutral participant in the conversation.

Also, there is a core group of volunteers who have been working each week to envision and plan the News Summit and they deserve a huge thank you! If you’d like to thank them personally, or ask them any further questions, they are: Joe Crawford, Carol Fischer, Helen Harrell, Louis Malone, Susan Northleaf, and Doug Storm.

  • What if I can’t attend Summit Meetings?

Over the course of the month there are more than 100 workshops dedicated to the improvement of the WFHB News Department. Hopefully you can look at the full schedule and find something that fits into your schedule. Each meeting will have a moderator taking notes, and summaries of each session will be posted along with the individual sessions schedule, so you can always catch up on anything you missed.

  • I like facebook

So do we! There is a facebook friend and facebook group dedicated entirely to the WFHB News Summit. We know that you will want to keep the conversation going beyond the time limits of each session. The WFHB News Summit 2014 facebook group allows members to share ideas, pictures, files and discussions. The group will be moderated throughout the Summit so the social media conversation will be fully integrated in the in-person conversations and vice versa. Speaking of social media, stay in touch with WFHB News throughout the summit by following us on twitter, Instagram and becoming friends with the WFHB News Summit facebook friend, Malina Lyon. Use #newssummit in your comments online, and tag us in any photos or tweets!

  • I have more questions

Great, you should –  the WFHB News Summit is a made up thing that has never happened before! Feel free to write to news@wfhb.org with any questions that come up, and please thoroughly browse the WFHB News Summit website for a complete schedule of events, descriptions of individual sessions, a list of the Big Ideas categories, and much more!

 

 

 

 

Activate! – Katie Haddad: Hoosier Hills Food Bank

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Katie Haddad, Volunteer Coordinator of the Hoosier Hills Food Bank and former volunteer with Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, on her experiences and the need for more summer volunteers to Fill the Gap at HHFB, including a unique 4th of July opportunity. To volunteer, go to http://www.hhfoodbank.org/volunteer.php.

Same Sex Couples Marry in Monroe County

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Indiana’s law that made it illegal for same sex couples to marry was ruled unconstitutional today in federal court. The permanent injunction on the marriage ban meant that same sex couples could marry effective immediately, and statewide couples young and old took advantage of their new right to marry. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh was on location for several marriage ceremonies at the Monroe County Court House this afternoon, for today’s WFHB feature report.

Interchange – Subverting Democracy Through Education Reform

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Host Doug Storm is joined by prominent blogger and Purdue PhD candidate Freddie DeBoer. DeBoer’s blog, Interfaces of the Word, is often linked to and excerpted by such national bloggers and columnists like Andrew Sullivan at The Daily Dish and Ta-Nehisi Coates at The Atlantic Monthly. His essays have appeared in New Inquiry, Salon, and Jacobin.

DeBoer is currently writing a dissertation, on the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) and its successor, the CLA+, developed by the Council for Aid to Education.

We look at  issues in the politics and economics of our education system tonight with a fair amount of focus on Bill Gates whose Foundation has been said to have enacted an educational coup with the recent overwhelming acceptance of Common Core State Standards. And, due to the way most education policy is implemented in the states, there didn’t even need to be any public discussion or consent.

Big Philanthropy in Education is as much a subversion of the democratic process as the  McCutcheon decision by the Supreme Court to uncap the number of candidates to which an individual can give money.

 

The Sounds of “Taste of Bloomington”

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The annual Taste of Bloomington brings together scores of Bloomington’s independently-owned restaurants for an afternoon of food, music, and the coveted waiter/waitress race trophy. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh spoke with the organizers and volunteers who help run the event, as well as satiated attendees and a three-month old establishment making it’s “taste” debut, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

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