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Interchange – Poor Bees, Poor Birds, Poor Men: Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring

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Tonight we  share with you a discussion of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring I had with two scholars of Carson’s work, Lisa Sideris, Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and the Director of the Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics and Society, and Christoph Irmscher, provost professor of English and the Director of the Wells Scholars program. Silent Spring was published in 1962 and was a document of the detrimental effects on the environment of the indiscriminate use of pesticides like DDT. Carson accused the chemical industry of spreading disinformation and public officials of accepting industry claims unquestioningly. These claims, to say the least, were explosive. We recorded this conversation as part of the 2013 summer series called The Custom House and included in it are selections from the text that are read to the accompaniment of music by Early Day Miners.

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In the coming weeks Interchange will seek to explore a few topics that have breadth and depth enough to require multiple treatments to be sure we cover as many angles and perspectives as we can in order to present a more complete picture. One such topic is Bloomington’s long history of being a toxic waste dump thanks to the Westinghouse Electrical Corporation (bought and sold several times since they dumped untold amounts of electrical equipment filled with polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, into Bloomington’s soil and groundwater). If you’re a dedicated listener you know that Interchange has tackled the topic in the past and you can go find those shows via our archives link at WFHB.org. How should we think about such a breach of care and responsibility? Can’t we consider that an extreme violation of the rights of those people living through that period of active contamination, but also can’t we see it is a violation against the future inhabitants most of whom, by now, either don’t know about the toxicity under our feet and in our water, or have assumed the problem has gone away. Instead, it festers.

Beyond PCBs we’ll take a look at Genetically Modified Organisms and Food Security as well as the Coal and Fracking industries. At the back of all of this is our right to know what is being done to us, to our bodies, to the world that sustains our lives, and to those new humans we bring into this land of toxic waste.

Activate! – First Book and Childhood Literacy: Akola Krishnan

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Akola Krishnan, volunteer for First Book and founder of the Monroe County chapter, talks about her passion for promoting children’s literacy and how rewarding the work of First Book is to both her personally and the community at large. Also, literacy volunteer opportunities from the Volunteer Network.

Links:
First Book
First Book Advisory Board
Banneker at the View After School Program
VITAL Volunteers

 

 

Local Live – Nate Johnson & The Keepers

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Saxophonist and blues singer Nate Johnson brings in his band of seasoned musicians for a session of fun and funky blues jams.

1. Nate the Great
2. Down in the Valley (Otis Redding cover)
3. You’re So Unhappy
4. Not Gonna Take it Anymore
5. Bring it on Home (Sam Cooke cover)

CREDITS
Hosted by JR “Jar” Turner
Engineered by Jim Lang, Dan Withered, Ilze Akerbergs
Produced by Erin Tobey
Executive Producer is Jim Manion

Monroe County Schools Start This Week

Local public schools opened to new and returning students Monday. Bev Smith, a spokesperson for the Monroe County Community School Corporation says that August 4 was the earliest the schools had opened for many years. This increasingly early start coincides with an early finish to the school year in year, in mid-May.

No final numbers have been tabulated as to student enrollment for the this school year. The 2013-2014 year ended with over 10,000 students. For the last few years, the district has averaged between 10 and 11 thousand children.

Smith says that the district will be working on incorporating the new state mandated and generated common core curricular standards into the school lessons. The district is also working on what it calls cultural competency, which  entails increasing diversity among faculty and classroom content, so as to improve the academic performance of minorities. These programs could help schools such as Fairview Elementary which has been given a F grade by state for the last few years.

“Looking at Fairview and really fine-tuning what’s going on there, again we have a new principal there in place which brings a great deal of experience so we look forward to what his experience will yield and mean for Fairview and its quest to improve not only a grade that it receives from the state but really showing and showcasing what children learn and know,” Smith says.

At the other end of the performance spectrum are the schools at which the district hopes to introduce international baccaleureate programs.

 

 

 

 

Hoosiers Can Celebrate LGBQT Culture Despite Indiana’s Ruling on Gay Marriage

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Despite Indiana’s stay on gay marriage, Hoosiers can still celebrate LGBQT culture this summer. PRIDE festivals are happening all over Indiana and Bloomington will host its first PRIDE this September. Correspondent Sierra Gardner talks with PRIDE Director Sarah Perfetti and Sigma Phi Beta PRIDE Chairman Ty Adams about their plans for Bloomington PRIDE for this week’s Daily Local News feature.

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Highlights from the Monroe County 4H Fair

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The Monroe County Fair concluded this weekend, WFHB Correspondent Hondo Thompson was on location speaking to the vendors, attendees and organizers who come together for the annual celebration of summer in Monroe County, for today’s community report.

Brown County Hour – Episode #29

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Hosted by Dave Seastrom and Vera Grubbs.

First aired Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 9 AM on WFHB

In this episode of the Brown County Hour:

  • Bees in Indiana: a roundtable discussion with Chuck Wills
  • Essay by Jeff Tryon: “Our Brown County”
  • Larry Pejeau, CEO of the Brown County Community Foundation
  • John Mills, former Brown County School Board member
  • Larry Pejeau and John Mills discuss the Brown County Literacy Coalition
  • Poetry by Chris Curtin
  • Rick Fettig with a Brown County News Update
  • Dave Seastrom delivers another fine essay
  • and selected tunes from the 2014 Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Competition
Theme music by Slats Klug & Friends.

Interchange – The Best of Andy Mahler: Mick Harrison and Bloomington’s Toxic Waste Problem

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This is the final show of our News Summit Special four-episode series “The Best of Andy Mahler.”

For tonight’s episode Mahler talks with Bloomington resident Mick Harrison, one of the nation’s foremost environmental and public interest attorneys representing whistleblowers, environmental advocates, and others who resist corporate and government malfeasance. The two pay special attention to how Westinghouse turned Bloomington into a toxic waste disaster area by dumping more than a million pounds of PCB-contaminated materials in and around Monroe County, and the decades-long efforts of Westinghouse (with EPA assistance) to avoid responsibility for cleaning it up.

Next week we’ll return to regular programming on Interchange when Doug Storm and Trish Kerle’ talk to composer and musician Lauren Bernofsky and author Scott Russell Sanders for a discussion on environmental awareness and the arts with a special focus on their current collaboration with The Cardinal Stage Company called The Breakfast Feast.

 

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

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