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EcoReport – July 23, 2015

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In today’s EcoReport feature: in July of 2010 Amy Spindler of EcoReport interviewed IU’s Dr. Elinor Ostrom, the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Economics. To honor the late Dr. Ostrom and her work, here we rerun that interview discussing her research on the sustainability of the commons.

EcoReport is a weekly program providing independent media coverage of environmental and ecological issues with a focus on local, state and regional people, issues, and events in order to foster open discussion of human relationships with nature and the Earth and to encourage you to take personal responsibility for the world in which we live. Each program features timely eco-related headline news, a feature interview or event recording, and a calendar of events of interest to the environmentally conscious.

Today’s Anchors: Julianna Dailey and Dan Young.

This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene, Norm Holy, and David Murphy. Jim Lang produced the feature and served as our broadcast engineer. This week’s calendar was compiled by Filiz Cicek. EcoReport is produced by Dan Young and Filiz Cicek. Executive producer is Joe Crawford.

Ins and Outs of Money – Growing Your Money Through Investing

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When you hear “investment,” you might think “risky.” Richard Shockley of IU’s Kelley School of Business reveals the secret of growing your money in the market simply and without the risk of get-rich-overnight investing schemes.

Interchange – Drones at Liberty: Part Two

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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 –

GUESTS
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.

MUSIC
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”

OF INTEREST
41 men targeted but 1,147 people killed

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

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

Daily Local News – July 21, 2015

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Indiana is sitting on $2.1 billion in cash reserves as the 2015 budget year draws to a close; The legal balance between First Amendment rights and local government ordinances was on display last week at a Bloomington Board of Public Works meeting; The budget for the Monroe County Public Library is expected to grow slightly next year; Horror movies have provided thrills for decades now, but do video games provide the same rush of adrenaline for players?

FEATURE
Each year the Indiana Arts Commission awards grants to further the careers of budding artists around the state. Of the thirty-seven grant recipients this year, eight were from Bloomington, including one piano player getting ready to launch a festival this August. Correspondent Jordan Guskey brings us that story for today’s WFHB community report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
When you hear “investment,” you might think “risky.” Richard Shockley of IU’s Kelley School of Business reveals the secret of growing your money in the market simply and without the risk of get-rich-overnight investing schemes.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Jerrod Dill and Ivy Bridges
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Jordan Guskey
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacy and edited by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineers are Jen Brooks and Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

IU Receives Grant to Study Possible Autism Link

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IU has received a $900,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study a possible link between autism and body temperature. The study will be conducted by Jeffrey Alberts and Chris Harshaw of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.

The researchers will examine the effect of body temperature on mice with genetic disorders that mimic the symptoms of autism. Anecdotally, parents of children with autism have reported that fevers tend to lessen their behavioral symptoms. A 2007 study published in the Journal of Pediatrics confirmed some of those observations, but the nature of that association is still unclear.  Alberts and Harshaw are hoping to take a detailed look at that connection under laboratory conditions.

Interchange – Drones At Liberty: Part One

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This is the first of a two-part program based on a symposium to be held at Indiana University called Reconfiguring Global Space: The Geography, Politics, and Ethics of Drone War.

In warfare against savage tribes who do not conform to codes of civilized warfare aerial bombardment is not necessarily limited in its methods or objectives by rules agreed upon in international law. –Royal Air Force Chief of the Air Staff, Hugh Trenchard, March 1, 1924.

“To be against the drone program is like being against the Internet.” Ethan Hawke, actor.

GUESTS
Majed Akhter is an Assistant Professor of Geography at Indiana University Bloomington. He is a human geographer working at the intersection of political ecology/economy, development studies, and the history and politics of South Asia. His research queries how the spatiality of state power shapes, and is shaped by, transnational and transregional processes.

Hamid Ekbia is an Associate Professor of Informatics, Cognitive Science, and International Studies, and Director of the Center for Research on Mediated Interaction. His work focuses on mediation, that is, on the processes through which objects and meanings are transformed in hybrid networks of interaction. In particular, he wants to understand how technologies mediate interactions among individuals, organizations, and collectives. He is the author of Artificial Dreams: The Quest for Non­biological Intelligence (2008).

MUSIC
Jon Langford, “Drone Operator”
The Alan Parsons Project, “Eye In The Sky”

MOVIE TRAILERS
Good Kill, written and directed by Andrew Niccol
Wounds of Waziristan, a documentary film by Madiha Tahir

RELATED
Interchange – Terror Skies: The Drone as Judge and Jury

NEXT WEEK
The Medieval New
Popular models of innovation (including buzzwords such as “creative destruction” or “disruptive innovation”) prize getting rid of anything that’s old. But some of us are starting to reimagine innovation in different terms: as reusing, recycling, refurbishing, sampling, or updating the old. In her new book, 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.

CREDITS
Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board & Music Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Production Assistance: Kara Tullman
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

The Vast Influence of Indiana University’s Collins Living Learning Center

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To any Indiana University outsider, the Collins Residence Center is just like any other residence hall. However the residence hall made the news last year when transgender actress and former IU student Laverne Cox said she switched from another dormitory to Collins Living and Learning Center for a more welcoming atmosphere. WFHB wanted to find out what makes Collins different than other residence halls on campus, and how that influences students who stay there. Correspondent Kara Tullman spoke with two former Collins residents as well as the residence hall director for today’s WFHB community report.

Daily Local News – May 26, 2015

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The State of Indiana has extended the official public health emergency in Scott County by a full year. A Bloomington North High School has received a ten-thousand-dollar award for teaching excellence. A group at Indiana University is partnering with five Indiana health centers to evaluate adult patients for alcohol and substance abuse risks. Bloomington residents may soon be presented with an ordinance to outlaw single use shopping bags. The Monroe County Public Library Board of Trustees talked last week about how to more accurately measure library use in the era of rising on-line use. The Indiana Attorney General’s office has announced a $6 million settlement with three major credit reporting agencies, intended to strengthen consumer protections.

FEATURE
The City of Bloomington has announced it will offer its workers health care that includes gender reassignment surgery and other needs specific to transgender people. Correspondent Sierra Gardner has that story for today’s WFHB community report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Artistic types are known for always doing things their own unique way. Miah Michaelsen of Bloomington Entertainment & Arts District (BEAD) joins us to discuss how artists can approach their finances and who can help them.

CREDITS
Anchors – Casey Kuhn and Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Ivy Bridges and Jerrod Dill
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Sierra Gardner
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacy and edited by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer is Harrison Wagner
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Purdue and IU freeze tuition

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Last week, Purdue University announced it would freeze tuition for a fourth year in a row. And today, IU indicated it would follow suit. IU president Michael McRobbie recommended in a statement today that IU not increase tuition for in-state students for the next two years. The IU Board of Trustees will make a final decision on that request June third. McRobbie’s recommendation comes on the heels of Purdue Trustees approving a fourth year of a tuition freeze at that school. Purdue has frozen the rate of tuition since the 2012-2013 school year and plans on offering the same rate through the 2015-2016 academic year.

A tuition freeze would be something of a change to IU’s past approach. IU Spokesman Mark Land said yesterday that while IU has not offered an across-the-board tuition freeze recently, it has set a fixed rate for some students. There isn’t a huge difference between the two universities’ tuition for in-state students. Full-time Purdue students can expect a rate of $10,002 per year, while IU students can expect to pay $10,388 a year. At Purdue out-of-state students pay $28,804, while IU is more costly at $33,240 a year. Land says in the past IU has offered other strategies to help its students with affordability.

At Purdue, the recent tuition freeze also came with a proposed 3.5 percent merit pay increase for employees at its West Lafayette campus. Purdue Trustees also approved an increase in entry-level wages to $10 per hour for all full-time clerical and service staff. The minimum wage at IU is lower, at just $8.25 per hour. Purdue, however, pays its part-time employees, many of them students, as little as $7.25 an hour. Land says there has been talk of future wage increases at IU.

IU trustees will take public comment on tuition recommendations at their meeting Wednesday, June 3rd. Public comments begins at 3:30 p.m. in Room 450A of the IUPUI Campus Center in Indianapolis.

Daily Local News – May 15, 2015

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A new report from U.S. News and World report ranks Bloomington High School North as the
10th best high school in the state;The Monroe County Community School Corporation is
planning to survey local residents about their views on education issues;The Monroe County
Public Library is getting its finances in order as it moves forward with plans to build a
new branch;Monroe County is comparing itself to other government bodies to find out how
much County employees should be paid;The City of Bloomington is working on a 5-year master
plan for its Parks and Recreation Department;The Bloomington Commission on Sustainability
heard Tuesday from Janice Lilly, from the organization Healthful Food for All, about the
group’s efforts to collect perishable food for distribution to local food banks.

FEATURE
A national nonprofit organization has just opened a center for pregnant women in
Bloomington. The group describes the facility as “secular and client-centered” Sierra
Gardner has more for today’s WFHB community report.Beginning this Fall, All Options plans
to host secular support groups for after-abortion support, pregnancy loss and parenting,
according to its website.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Up next is Voices in the Street, our weekly public opinion segment!

CREDITS
You’ve been listening to the Daily Local News on WFHB,
upported by Smithville Fiber, a local provider of high speed Internet, TV, voice, and
security services.
Today’s headlines were written by Jordan Guskey
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television
Services.
Our feature was produced by Sierra Gardner
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Jose Rodriguez
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

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