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Firehouse Follies – Wizard of Odd

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The WFHB Firehouse Follies spring radio variety extravaganza, “The Wizard of Odd,” featured musical guests Bleu Django, along with the WFHB Gospel Gurlz, the Firehouse Rounders, and storyteller Arbutus Cunningham. We took a trip down the Yellow Brick Road Donald the Scarecrow, Raphael the Tin Man, Bernie the Lion, and, of course, Hillary and her loyal lapdog Bill-Bill. Many adventures were …

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Books Unbound – Safe as Houses, Part Two: An Anthology

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Our strange and surprising relationships with house and household objects are explored in an early story by Virginia Woolf, a modern adaptation of an unfinished story by Kafka, and a local story set in Bloomington, with poems by Pablo Neruda, James Tate and Cate Marvin. Heather Perry hosts. Featured readings: “Oda a las cosas rotas/Ode to Broken Things,” from the …

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Firehouse Sessions – Heartless Bastards

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On Monday, March 7, Heartless Bastards stopped in for a special acoustic Firehouse Session before their sold-out show at The Bishop. Songs performed: 1. Hi-Line 2. The Fool 3. Gates of Dawn Hosted by Jim Manion. Produced by Christine Brackenhoff. Engineered by Dan Withered, Ilze Akersberg and Jim Lang.

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Interchange – Red Rosa: Eagle of the Revolution

Rosa Luxemburg and other international socialist leaders, including Karl Kautsky (German), Victor Adler (Austria), Georgii Plekhanov (Russia), Edouard Vaillant (France) and Sen Katayama (Japan).

Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day (originally called International Working Women’s Day) and who better to honor on this day than Rosa Luxemburg? A giant of the political left, Rosa Luxemburg is one of the foremost minds in the canon of revolutionary socialist thought. To quote Nickel and Dimed author Barbara Ehrenreich, Luxemburg was A courageous leader of the …

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Books Unbound – Safe as Houses, Part One: ‘The House of Cobwebs’ by George Gissing

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A struggling writer finds unexpected kindness and friendship from his poor landlord in this short story by George Gissing, whom George Orwell ranked among the best English novelists. Heather Perry reads. Gissing (1857–1903) neither sought nor enjoyed popularity, and is little known today, although his novel New Grub Street ranks on the Guardian’s list of top 100 novels written in …

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Interchange – “No Excuses” Schools: Broken Windows Theory Goes to School

Detria Mills and Justin Campbell work on the floor with their fellow eighth-graders at a KIPP academy in metro Atlanta. Students get classrooms and desks when they demonstrate they have earned them by meeting their student goals. (AJC.com)

I’m joined by author and educator Jim Horn to discuss his latest book, Work Hard, Be Hard: Journeys Through No Excuses Teaching. Horn explores the ideological contexts for the creation and spread of “no excuses” charter schools with a primary focus on the Knowledge Is Power Program or KIPP. “No Excuses” means schooling that focuses on psychological interventions aimed to …

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Local Live – Limestone Beaters

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Ben Fowler and Aaron Comforty of Jefferson St. Parade Band bring in a group of young protégés who skillfully blow and bang their way through some standards and originals. SONGS 1. Saints Go Marching In 2. Cumbia De La Pendejita 3. Nick’s Beat 4. Gonyea’s Groove 5. Party Time Excellent Hosted by Frankie Farrell Engineered by Jim Lang, Dan Withered …

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Books Unbound – Not Light, But Fire: Readings from African-American Abolitionists

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To close Black History Month, words that inspired hope and incited action in the struggle for the abolition of slavery and for the empowerment of people of African descent in the United States. Two hundred years of chattel slavery shaped the economic and political life of the United States. The consequences of slavery still affect the country’s economy and national …

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Arts Interchange – Carmen As Other

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This program focuses on Georges Bizet’s 1875 opera Carmen, which is being produced by the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Opera & Ballet Theater. Bizet’s Carmen, our guests tell us, is one of the top 3 most performed operas in the world today after a rather rocky start in its day. Carmen, the fiery gypsy cigarette girl, gets any …

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Interchange – The White Coats Are Coming: Explanation and Power in Psychology and Neuroscience

‘The CIA contracted Bruce Jessen, left, and James Mitchell to design, lead, and direct harsh interrogations of a Qaeda operative,’ The New York Times wrote of the two psychologists in December 2014. ‘The men are pictured in images from ABC News.’

Last month novelist and social critic Curtis White joined us to discuss his latest book We, Robots: Staying Human in the Age of Big Data. One of his major points is that we are being told stories about the ways our technologies will organize us (positively) and though some of us will be left behind (a lot of us), the …

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