The coronavirus is changing a summer, and the upcoming fall season, of political campaigns. Traditional big rallies aren't taking place, large events that often feature campaigns or get out the vote drives are postponed or canceled, door-to-door electioneering may be impacted as well. Dr. Matthew Baggetta of the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs joins us to talk about local election strategies, messaging and what's to come as we look ahead in the campaign calendar.
In our first episode of Season 6, The Media School's Dean Jim Shanahan sits down with Hussein Banai, assistant professor at the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies.
Banai's new book, "Hidden Liberalism
Burdened Visions of Progress in Modern Iran," describes the ways that liberal political ideals appear in the country, and what their influence might mean for Iran's future.
The two discuss the book, modern Iran's political sphere, and how it may affect international relations in the future.
Beau Bledsoe (Kansas City, Missouri)
Beau Bledsoe studied classical guitar at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music under Douglas Niedt, where he received a Master of Music. There he continued his professional career in the Kansas City music scene playing with jazz musicians, classical chamber musicians, and also participating in the burgeoning Latin music scene. His interest in exploring new repertoire, cultures, and programming ideas led to the creation of a large body of arrangements, transcriptions and compositions for the solo guitar and guitar chamber music. He also founded Ensemble Ibérica, a group that performs the music of Ibéria (Spain and Portugal) and the colonial Americas while educating the public about Iberian cultural influence. His music is regularly programmed on Radio 1 BBC and All Songs Considered on NPR. His recording Yalnız by Alaturka received 4.5 stars and Best Albums of 2013 from Downbeat Magazine. He serves on the music faculty at the UMKC Conservatory of Music.
Interviewed by Holly Hobbs, 09/09/2020.
Belén Escobedo (San Antonio, Texas)
Belén Escobedo plays rare and beautiful fiddle tunes in the South Texas-Mexican grass roots Tejano Conjunto tradition. Growing up on the south side of San Antonio and working as a professional fiddler since she was a teenager, Belén has preserved a unique style of fiddling that has all but disappeared from the Texas borderlands. Belén has a vast and unique repertoire, including tunes she learned from her grandfather’s whistling and a huge range of borderlands tunes from both sides of the border. The name of her trio, Panfilo’s Güera, honors her grandfather’s influence on her, the grandchild he called his güera, or “blondie.” Panfilo’s Güera is Belén, her husband Ramón Gutierrez (tololoche or double bass), and Stevie R. Vaveges (bajo sexto).
Interviewed by Raquel Paraíso, 09/16/2020.
Ben Sollee (Louisville, Kentucky)
Ben Sollee is a cellist and composer based in Louisville, Kentucky. He has performed with companies including the Charlotte Ballet and the North Carolina Dance Theater, where he wrote original music for the play Dangerous Liaisons. Ben has toured on his bicycle, riding over 4,000 miles. He has been invited to speak on sustainability at festivals including South by Southwest Music (2011) and TEDx San Diego (2012). At home, Ben has raised awareness about Mountain Top Removal Strip Mining in Central Appalachia. His album Dear Companion (Sub Pop, 2010) with artist Daniel Martin Moore and producer Jim James sheds light on the issue. Ben’s music has been featured in film and television, including Mark Steven Johnson’s Killing Season starring John Travolta and Robert De Niro, ABC’s Parenthood, and HBO’s Weeds. Working with experimental technology, Ben has used the Vanishing Point virtual reality app, and created an interactive sculptural installation called Livestream.
Interviewed by Tamar Sella, 10/09/2020.
Merav Ben-David is a wildlife ecologist at the University of Wyoming. Her specialty? The effects of global environmental change on animals and their ecosystems. Her next move? A run for the U.S. Senate.
In this episode, host Janet McCabe talks with Dr. Ben-David about what it means for a climate scientist to run for office in a state whose economy has long relied on coal.
Bertram Levy (Port Townsend, Washington)
Bertram Levy is one of the few accomplished bandoneonistas in North America. In 1989, Bertram first heard the instrument played live by Astor Piazzolla. He was so moved by Piazzolla’s music that he abandoned all his other musical endeavors to pursue the bandoneón. At that time Bertram was in his late forties and had achieved an international reputation as a banjo and concertina virtuoso. He had been featured on more than a dozen albums, including the Smithsonian CD compilation American Folk Music. He had also authored the definitive concertina tutor The Concertina Demystified, was chosen as banjo player of the year by Frets magazine, and was highlighted in several national broadcasts of The Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. In addition, he created and directed the most prestigious instrumental folk music festival in the United States: the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes. Bertram’s first bandoneón lessons were with Miguel Varvello in Buenos Aires in 1991 and later in Paris with Cesar Stroscio. In 2005, Bertram enrolled in the Conservatorio Manuel de Falla in Buenos Aires to study classical bandoneon with the great Rodolfo Daluisio. He founded Tangoheart in 1999 to introduce Pacific Northwest audiences to authentic Argentine tango. He currently lives both in Washington State and in Buenos Aires, where he continues his studies with Rodolfo Daluisio.
Interviewed by Raquel Paraíso, 10/23/2020.
Bethany Highley (Bonners Ferry, Idaho)
Bethany is a professional recording artist and session vocalist with classical vocal training, choir, musical theater, and worship leading experience. She can also dance, play piano/keyboard, and write song lyrics. Bethany just finished co-writing and recording vocals for a chill but dark electronic album written and produced by Yuri Kryzhanivskyy. She defines herself as pretty trance, chill, alternative, alt/dream pop/rock/punk-oriented, but has dynamic singing style abilities.
Interviewed by Raquel Paraíso, 10/5/2020.
Bonnie Montgomery (Wimberley, Texas)
Austin-based artist Bonnie Montgomery works in a multitude of genres, including outlaw country, classical, and opera. With her roots in White County, Arkansas, Montgomery is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who has performed and toured with a number of artists, securing the title of 2020 Entertainer of the Year from the Arkansas Country Music Awards, the ACMA 2019 Americana/Roots Artist of the Year, and the titles of Best Americana Artist and Best Female Vocalist. She has produced singles with rockabilly legend Rosie Flores, toured with Texas troubadour Ray Wylie Hubbard, and composed a 2016 short-length opera about Bill Clinton’s youth in Hot Springs, Arkansas, which earned her accolades from The New Yorker and Huffington Post.
Interviewed by Holly Hobbs, 09/16/2020.
Bradley Simmons (Durham, North Carolina)
Bradley Simmons is a performer and educator of Afro-Cuban and African percussion based in Durham, North Carolina. A native of New York City, he started playing at age nine, and became a sought after Conguero and shekere player for community and religious events. Bradley has played on Broadway plays including Timbuktu with Eartha Kitt and Melba Moore and Billy Wilson’s version of Guys and Dolls starring Robert Guillame. He has performed in nightclubs with musicians including Eartha Kitt, Gregory and Maurice Hines, and Oba Babatunde, and has recorded and played with the Fatback Band and with drummer Norman Connors. Bradley is the former Music Director of the Chuck Davis African-American Dance Ensemble and has taught throughout the United States. Bradley is a Musical Director at Duke University where he teaches West African and Afro-Cuban music. He is the leader of the percussion ensemble Elements of Percussion, which tours locally and nationally.
Interviewed by Tamar Sella, 09/25/2020.
This episode, we're taking a deeper look at environmental injustices in an around prisons. How are they sited, what do they emit, and what does all of this mean for people locked inside?
We start with the history of the St. Louis and Central Michigan correctional facilities with Dr. Elizabeth Bradshaw, move through trends with Candice Bernd and legal arguments with Taylor Carpenter, and start the discussion around what can be done to improve conditions.
America's Toxic Prisons: https://earthisland.org/journal/americas-toxic-prisons/
Taylor's legal note: https://mckinneylaw.iu.edu/ihlr/pdf/vol17p229.pdf
Brandon Woody (Baltimore, Maryland)
Brandon Woody is a trumpet player, composer, and curator based in Baltimore, Maryland. Growing up in East Baltimore, Woody is an alumnus of the Baltimore School for the Arts, and participated in programs such as the Berklee jazz workshop and Grammy Camp. Woody has studied with Cecile Bridgewater, Ambrose Akinmusire and Theljon Allen. He has performed with musicians including Quincy Phillips, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Tarus Mateen, and has appeared on the projects of several different rappers and singers including Miranda Curtis, Sophie Marks, and Neptune. Woody is also a member of the band of singer Solange. Woody has performed at venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center Appel Room, the Lyric Opera House, the Kimmel Center, Monterey Jazz Festival, Moma Ps1, and Harlem Stage. After attending the Brubeck Institute on a full scholarship, he moved back to his hometown of Baltimore. In 2015, Woody founded his band UPENDO, which has toured nationally and internationally.
Interviewed by Tamar Sella, 09/16/2020.
Dr. David Brenneman joins the program to talk about the upcoming re-opening of Indiana University's famed Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, how the museum industry is fairing in the economic crunch and what you might expect to see the next time you visit your favorite galleries.
Brian Coleman (Summerville, South Carolina)
First Nation drummer Brian Coleman was born in Summerville, South Carolina, where he resides with his wife Shantrice and their daughter, Alijah. Brian is a Tribal member of the Edisto Natchez-Kusso Tribe of South Carolina. He serves as Chairman and Treasurer of the Board for the Tribal Council and the Edisto Indian Free Clinic. As a musician, he is a member of the Edisto River Singers Drum group, with whom he regularly performs at pow wows and other functions. He received his degree in electrical engineering from South Carolina State University and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Charleston Southern University, and continues to work as an electrical engineer.
Interviewed by Holly Hobbs, 10/09/2020.
Brian Marshall (Humble, Texas)
Brian Marshall is considered one of the keepers of the unique Texas Polish fiddle tradition. Performers like Brian Marshall have been responsible for a recent revitalization of the rich tradition of Polish fiddling from Texas that declined into obscurity until recent years. In the nineteenth century, Polish bands used fiddles to create a distinctly Texan sound. Brian and His Tex-Slavik Playboys bring back the old Polish Texan sound. A Houston native with Bremond roots, Marshall has a fiddle style redolent of the Old Country while containing elements of Western swing as well. Brian and his band have recorded several CDs including Texas Kapela and Texas Lowlands.
Interviewed by Raquel Paraíso, 09/14/2020.
Brian Walther (Bismarck, North Dakota)
Brian Walther’s career in music goes all the way back to 1982 and he has played countless styles of music. Whether it be as a polka drummer, a bass player in a country punk band, a keyboard player in a blues rock outfit, or an acoustic solo artist, Brian has a lifetime of experience in the music industry. Brian has recorded two solo albums that are currently available and was a founding member of the seminal 1980s cult country punk band Eddie & The Shitheads. The Shitheads were at the forefront of the DIY independent music movement selling several thousand copies of their classic record Ignorant Prix. Brian is the lead vocalist and guitar player for the American Storytellers. He has also produced multiple independent artists and worked as a live sound engineer for many years.
Interviewed by Raquel Paraíso, 10/05/2020.
In the third and final episode of our land defender series, we talk with Eduardo Brondizio, David Rodríguez Goyes, and Stella Emery Santana about the international systems that have long exploited indigenous land and resources, as well as indigenous and peasant resistance efforts and opportunities to support land defenders.
Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes is a musician, author, and ethnographic photographer. Sunpie is the Big Chief of the Northside Skull and Bone Gang, one the oldest Afro-Creole carnival groups in the United States, which began its traditions in 1819. He is a member of the Black Men of Labor Social Aid and Pleasure Club and the band leader of Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots. His joint book and album project, Le Kèr Creole, was co-authored with Rachel Breunlin and Leroy Etienne. Sunpie is a former National Park Service Ranger, former high school biology teacher, former college football All-American, and former NFL football player for the Kansas City Chiefs. He performs his own style of Afro-Louisiana music, incorporating blues, zydeco, creole jazz, gospel, work songs, and Caribbean and African-influenced rhythms and melodies and is a multi-instrumentalist who plays accordion, harmonica, and piano along with rubboard, talking drum, and dejembe. He is a former member of the Paul Simon Band, and his acting work has appeared in the Hollywood films Point of No Return, Deja Vu, Under Cover Blues, Jonah Hex, Tremé, The Big Easy, Skeleton Key, and many more.
Interviewed by Holly Hobbs, 09/14/2020.
Tyler Davis interviews Brenda Buck, a custodian at Indiana University South Bend and officer in AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees) Council 962.
This oral history was conducted through COVID-19 Stories, an oral history project seeking to document the experiences of members of the Indiana University South Bend community and residents of the River Park neighborhood (where the majority of the IU South Bend campus is located). Oral history narrators were asked to talk about their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic starting in the spring of 2020, including the pandemic's impact on their home and work lives. They were also welcome to talk about their relationship to social and racial justice protest movements in the wake of the death of George Floyd in May 2020.
Buffalo Rogers (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
Singer-songwriter Buffalo Rogers’ music has been described as Americana with a heart. Originally from Oklahoma, where he has lived with his wife and child for a number of years, he has spent many years touring extensively throughout the Oklahoma/Texas area with his blend of country/Americana/folk. Known for his showmanship and clever lyrics, his songs have been recorded by the Damn Quails and many others. Buffalo Rogers is also a visual artist.
Interviewed by Holly Hobbs, 09/30/2020.
In the era of “big data” revolution, social scientists face different types of challenges that we think are more technical, rather than theoretical. While it is certainly a challenge to analyze bigger than tera-byte data, the analysis of big data is not just a matter of solving computational problems. Big data provides a unique opportunity to solve society’s big problems if and only if it is analyzed through careful research designs and strong theoretical frameworks. This talk introduces two practical strategies for social scientists — parallel aggregation and matching — to make big data smaller so that we can overcome technical difficulties while making robust statistical inference. I will illustrate them based on my own trial and error during the analysis of large-scale medical claims data under the context of the US opioid epidemic. This talk also presents several tips for the effective management of big data.
Caique Vidal (Greensboro, North Carolina)
Caique Vidal is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and educator based in Greensboro, North Carolina. Born in Salvador, Bahia, he is steeped in the Afro-Brazilian tradition. One of his first performances took place with the ensemble of the Olodum Mirin project, participating in Michael Jackson’s “They Don’t Care About Us” (1993). Vidal studied at the Liceu de Artes e Oficios da Bahia and toured with the Balé Folclórico da Bahia. He participated in Mikael Mutti’s project Percussivo Mundo Novo. He has performed nationally and internationally, sharing the stage with artists including Suzana Baca, Carlinhos Brown, and Gilberto Gil. In 2012, Vidal moved to North Carolina, where he has taught Afro-Brazilian music and culture to professional musicians, publics school students, and universities. He leads the band Batuque, which uses Afro-Brazilian percussion in various contexts. Batuque has performed at venues including the Art of Cool-NC, Afro-Bahia Festival-NC, and Hardee’s Festival-VA.
Interviewed by Tamar Sella, 10/14/2020.
When stay-at-home orders were issued parents became teachers. And now that summer is here, parents are wondering what happens with their children's fall enrollment. We talked with Indiana University sociologist Jessica Calarco, who researches the impact of social inequalities on families, children, and schools, about what we might see when school is back in session.
Cantor Yvon Shore (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Cantor Yvon F. Shore is a cantor and educator based in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she is the Director of Liturgical Arts and Music at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She earned a master’s degree in Sacred Music and Ordination through HUC-JIR, New York in 1995. She received a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from West Chester University, College of Visual and Performing Arts with a double major in flute and conducting. Cantor Shore took additional studies in ethnomusicology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York with Bathja Bayer, Amnon Shiloah, Edwin Seroussi, and Johoash Hirshberg. She continued graduate studies with an emphasis in musicology at the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music. At HUC, she teachers and oversees curricula, as well as leads prayer services. She has taught and lectured on topics from Music of the Moroccan Jewish Community to Classical Reform Jewish Music and Prayer.
Interviewed by Tamar Sella, 10/27/2020.
On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we went live on Facebook to reflect on historical Earth Days and discuss present issues in environmental health and climate communications.
6:45 - James Capshew and Ellen Ketterson
25:45 - Janet McCabe and Stephen Jay
39:30 - Jim Shanahan and Enrique Saenz
Carla Sciaky (Lakewood, Colorado)
Carla Sciaky is a multi-instrumentalist and folk singer-songwriter based in Lakewood, Colorado. As a soloist, she toured the US and Europe throughout the 1980s and 90s, recording first on her own Propinquity Records and later on Green Linnet and Alacazam Records. Her songwriting won her awards and/or recognition in such arenas as the Kerrville New Song Competition, the Louisville (Kentucky) songwriting competition, the Colorado Arts and Humanities Fellowship for Composition, the Billboard Songwriting Competition, and the Colorado, Utah, and Kansas Artist in Residence programs. As a member of the long-standing infamous Denver-area group the Mother Folkers, Carla was recently inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, and her solo Zoom series, Concept Concerts, has soothed fans worldwide during the sheltering time of COVID. In the classical/early music world, Carla performs on baroque violin with Sémplice, a Denver quartet specializing in baroque music on period/replica instruments, as well as being a member of the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado since their first season. Carla is also active in the holistic and energy healing world, helping people find greater well-being through her practice Doorway to Healing, and is working on two book projects.
Interviewed by Raquel Paraíso, 10/12/2020.
Va-et-vient (Addison County, Vermont)
Vermont’s Addison County group Va-et-vient (“Come and Go”) celebrates the many colors found in music from several French cultures. They play repertoires from across different centuries ranging from France to Québec and New Orleans. They perform dance numbers, love songs, Cajun and Créole tunes, and traditional Québecois tunes. From their neighbors to the north, they bring back traditional tunes learned from Québecois elders, reweave them into their own arrangements, and have been spreading them throughout New England and Québec since 2001. The group includes Carol Reed from Leicester (voice, guitar, & mandolin), Suzanne Germain from Lincoln (voice and percussion), and Lausanne Allen from South Starksboro (voice, fiddles, flute, penny whistles, harmonica, & mandolins). All three have backgrounds rich in French cultures and language, and lifelong experiences living and traveling in French-speaking lands.
Interviewed by Tamar Sella, 10/01/2020.
Indiana University's Covid-19 testing labs are now online at Bloomington and the IUPUI campuses. Dr. Aaron Carroll, of the IU Medical School and director of Surveillance and Mitigation at IU, says it's another step toward the university's ultimate plan of ubiquitous testing.
Casey Wayne McCallister (Charlottesville, Virginia)
Originally from Baton Rouge, multi-instrumentalist Casey Wayne McCallister spent years in New Orleans playing with multiple bands in the nuevo roots/country scene, including Hurray for the Riff Raff, before relocating to Charlottesville, Virginia. Over the years, he slowly began to do increasing amounts of composition for film, and now he has multiple feature film scores under his name, including the independent films Ghostbox Cowboy (2018), Western (2015), the Ross Brothers’ Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020), and Socks on Fire (2020. He is also a skilled refurbisher of vintage organs.
Interviewed by Holly Hobbs, 09/08/2020.
We talked with Indiana University's vice president for research, Fred Cate, about a few of the ongoing and groundbreaking types of research going on around the COVID-19 pandemic. Cate says it would be hard to find a part of life in Indiana that research at IU hasn't been touching. Listen to hear details of some of the interesting work going on around the IU system.
Caz Gardiner (Washington, D.C.)
Caz Gardiner, 2019 Wammie (Washington DC Area Music Association) nominee for best Soul Artist/Group, grew up listening to jazz, Caribbean music, soul, blues, rock, mod, and punk. Caz has shared the stage with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Lee Fields and the Impressions, the London Souls, the Selecter, Don Bryant, and Nikki Hill. Starting her music career in the 1990s as the front woman of the soul/ska band the Checkered Cabs, Caz was later the lead singer of the rock/soul band the Ambitions, as well as for the rocksteady band Caz and the Day Laborers, before deciding that she wanted to break free of the band dynamic by starting her own self-titled band. In addition to her own current band, Caz Gardiner has performed with the BandHouse Gigs, Newmyer Flyer productions, Beat Hotel, Soul Crackers, Caz Gardiner and the Badasonics, Caz and the Commotions, Victor Rice Octet, and the New York Ska Jazz Ensemble. Caz has recorded and performed throughout the U.S., South America, and parts of Europe.
Interviewed by Holly Hobbs, 09/30/2020.
César “Jarochelo” Castro (Los Angeles, California)
A professional son jarocho musician, luthier, and instructor, César Castro has been an active liaison between communities in the US and Veracruz, Mexico, for over fifteen years through Radio Jarochelo, a community-based podcast series he started in 2010, as well as various cultural projects, artist residencies with musicians from Veracruz, and cultural events in local communities, cultural centers, schools, universities, and California state prisons. He is very active as a community activist working to promote community building through music and participatory projects, particularly traditional Mexican son jarocho music. He conveys vast knowledge and experience in son jarocho/fandango musical practices and engages disenfranchised communities in building self-sustaining projects that tap into and build upon cultural knowledge, embodied experience, and memory. He plays requinto, jarana, improvises lyrics, and dance son jarocho.
Interviewed by Raquel Paraíso, 09/15/2020.
Observing art can help us relate to environmental issues and move us emotionally, but what happens when we take the next step and begin creating art? In this episode, we look at the multi-level potential for art to help us engage in climate commitment.
Video bio of J Chapman, inducted to Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame in 2020;
J Chapman grew up in the broadcasting industry — his father, Jerry, led Indianapolis’s WFBM-FM/TV (now WRTV-TV) for three decades, and J got an early start in the media business when assigned by his father to mow the grass at the station’s northside transmitter site. After graduating from Hanover College in 1983, Chapman worked as on-air talent at stations in Indianapolis; South Bend, Indiana; and Madison, Indiana. He also worked at stations in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Covington, Kentucky. Chapman was part of a team that launched Indianapolis’s Fox TV affiliate, WPDS-TV (now WXIN-TV), in 1984 as a photographer and sports anchor. In the later 1980s, Chapman decided to go into broadcast sales and joined Emmis Communications, where he started as a sales representative for WENS-FM and became sales manager before becoming general sales manager for WTLC-AM/FM. From 2001 to 2005, he was director of sales for Emmis’s Indianapolis Radio Group, where he worked for 17 years. In June 2013, he became owner and president of Woof Boom Radio with six stations throughout eastern Indiana, serving the Muncie, Anderson, Hartford City, Daleville, Yorktown, Alexandria, Pendleton, New Castle and Marion communities. He soon added more Indiana stations in Lafayette and a five-station cluster in Lima and Delphos, Ohio. Chapman also served as the board chairman of the Indiana Broadcasters Association.
--Words from the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers