Regionally Speaking

Monday - Thursday, 12-1 PM
  • Hosted by Chris Nolte

Addressing the most important local issues facing the Region during a daily hour of stimulating conversation with local news-makers.

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On this Reporter's Roundtable Thursday, we turn to Dan Carden of the "Times of Northwest Indiana" for his stories on the final U.S. Senate candidates' debate held in Indianapolis and other stories this week -- and to Carole Carlson of the "Post-Tribune" for her stories about the upcoming primary election.  Indiana Public Broadcasting's Brandon Smith completes his series of Senate candidate conversations with Todd Rokita. And we also have reporters and editors from the "Times" in one of the "That's So Region" podcasts. 

IU Northwest

Today:   Northwest Indiana activist Ruth Needleman is back in the studio to talk about events coming up this month -- including another immigration deportation protest vigil at the Gary-Chicago International Airport, and of an upcoming lawsuit hearing in federal court in Hammond involving the city of Gary. That hearing is all about Gary's "welcoming city" status.

We have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio," with Carl Lisek of South Shore Clean Cities.  He talks with Dunes Learning Center executive Geoff Benson.

Indiana University Bloomington

Today:   we talk to the president of Great Schools, Matthew Nelson, about the organization's first-of-a-kind list of more than 800 public and charter high schools across the country -- 45 of which are in Indiana and five in northwest Indiana -- that received "College Success Awards."  It's an award which recognizes schools that are doing the best at preparing students to get into and succeed in college.  The five local schools are: Chesterton Senior High School, Hanover Central High School in Cedar Lake, Munster High School.

Air in the Rust Belt blog

Today:   we close out the month of April with a reminder about an important public presentation at Ivy Tech Community College in Valparaiso on Monday evening.  Two dynamic speakers  are dealing with the proliferation of violent video games, bullying and school shootings.  It's a program sponsored in part by Porter County Sheriff David Reynolds, and he talks about the speakers and the topics.

Indiana Economic Digest

On this Reporter's Roundtable Thursday, we check in with "Indianapolis Star" political columnist (a northwest Indiana native and former local reporter) Matthew Tully about his columns on the three Republican Party candidates for U.S. Senate.  He brings us up-to-date on their antics on the campaign trail and on the debate stage.  The final pre-election debate is coming up in Indianapolis.  Rob Earnshaw of the "Times" talks about his stories out of Crown Point, including the story of a municipal water customer with an outrageously high bill.

Indiana Dept of Child Services

Today:   Retired Indiana University Northwest professor Rick Hug joins us to talk about his creation -- now in its 28th year.  The Forum on Child Abuse and Neglect will be held on the Gary campus on Friday, in the new Arts and Sciences Building.  Hug says they have a very knowledgable keynote speaker and participant in one of the workshops this year. 

Natural Prairie Dairy Indiana website

Today:  a conversation with Will De Jong, the operations manager for the new Natural Prairie Dairy organic farm in northern Newton County.  It's a facility that has drawn attention from nearby residents for its plan to build a controversial confined animal feeding operation (CAFO) for the dairy cows that will live and graze on the pasture and produce milk for sale to local markets.  The farm is owned by Donald and Cheri De Jong.  The operation's explained in more detail here.

Indiana Brownfields Coalition

Today:   Kay Nelson with the Northwest Indiana Forum joins us in the studio  to talk about Wednesday's NWI Forum and NIRPC co-sponsored brownfield redevelopment education panel discussion, to be held in Portage.  Brownfields are defined as former industrial or commercial sites where future use is affected by real or perceived environmental contamination,  Northwest Indiana has a multitude of them -- but many have great redevelopment potential, if the problems can be resolved.

Purdue University Northwest

Today:  we have two major conversations --  first,Leslie Plesac, the executive director of the Sinai Forum at Purdue University Northwest, is in the studio to talk about the first speaker for the 65th season of the town  hall-style series:  former FBI Director, and now award-winning author, James Comey.  His talk is scheduled for Sept. 9 in Michigan City.  And then, Gary Mayor Karen Freman-Wilson joins us from City Hall to talk about a multi-faceted anti-crime strategy that involves city officials, the faith community and Gary residents.

NPR

Today:    we look at one facet of the opioid addiction crisis that is gripping the nation as well as the state of Indiana -- the enormous cost that it brings, in terms of families as well as communities.  NPR News is reviewing the issue in Muncie, Indiana and interviewed Ball State University economist Michael Hicks for its Web story.  Professor Hicks, the director of the Center for Business Economics and Research, compared the opioid epidemic to a war in economic terms.  He discusses with us the personal  economic impact, and his team's new report that compares how jobs as well as health i

Montana Public Media

Today:   Porter County Sheriff David Reynolds joins us to talk about a special program coming up on April 30th at Ivy Tech Community College in Valparaiso, where two nationally-known speakers will talk very candidly about the dangers of bullying and violent video games, as they relate to the ongoing issue of school shootings.  The Porter County Safe Schools Commission is working with the Sheriff's Department on this program.

Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County

Residents in Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties are invited to spend a day this coming Saturday connecting with the environment, be educated and have some fun in the process.  The annual Earth Day Celebration will be held at the Porter County Expo Center in Valparaiso, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Donna Stuckert, the Public Education Coordinator for the District, was on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to talk about Earth Day, its importance and about all of the events to be held this weekend.

renslow4rep.com

Today:   a conversation with one of the two Democratic Party primary election candidates for Indiana House District 3 -- Gary community builder Jessica Renslow. Renslow and Gary Common Councilwoman Ragen Hatcher will be on the May 8th election ballot, seeking the party nomination for the seat vacated when State Representative Charlie Brown retired.  We reached out to Ms. Hatcher with an invitation to join us, but have not yet received a response before this program.

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Today:   It's Reporter's Roundtable Thursday and we have on the program: Meredith Colias-Pete from the "Post-Tribune," Jon Gard of the LaPorte "Herald Argus" and Michigan City "News-Dispatch," and Joseph Pete from the "Times of Northwest Indiana."  They talk about the stories they had in print and online for their newspapers.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson is also on the program with her story of a Highland teacher who uses art to enhance the school's STEM curriculum.

Wikipedia

Today:  we find out the latest in a semi-annual report from PNC Financial Services Group from a survey of small- and mid-sized Indiana businesses owners and executives on the Hoosier economy -- how it's going and what needs to be improved.  They mention the lower percentage of qualified employees that can be hired in Indiana.  Kurt Rankin is a vice president and economist with PNC.

We have the latest edition of "Green Fleet Radio," supported by South Shore Clean Cities.  Host Carl Lisek talks with Therese Haller of the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District.

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Today:  Northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer joins us again, this time to offer some wise financial advice on how to best use a 2017 income tax refund.  He says the average taxpayer got a refund of several hundred dollars and some get back one thousand dollars or more. 

We bring you another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University.  This conversation is from a woman who recalls her family life in Gary and how her mother hesitated to move out of the home in which she lived with her husband and raised her children.

Indiana Landmarks via Twitter

Todd Zeiger of the Indiana Landmarks northern regional office was on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to talk about the May 5th "Logs to Lustrons" architectural tour in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.  There will also be an accompanying talk to be held the evening before, entitled "Logs, Glass and Metal: A Century of Architectural Legacy."   It will be held in the National Lakeshore's Portage Lakefront Pavilion.

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Today:  an extended conversation with State Senator Eddie Melton (D-Merrillville) about the 2018 General Assembly session just ended, a look at the upcoming short, special session next month, and a peek at what Melton may bring to the Legislature in 2019.  We also note what the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus has a  series of town hall meetings this month, including this coming Saturday in East Chicago.

Gary on Instagram

Today:  on this Reporters' Roundtable Thursday, we bring in "Post-Tribune" reporters Greg Tejeda and Carole Carlson to talk about the stories they worked on and presented in print and online this week.  We also have Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson's conversation with Dian Reynome about "Smart Money Week" coming up later in April -- and a special feature from Network Indiana about Robert F. Kennedy's speech in Indianapolis that may have saved the capital from being another riot-torn city in 1968.

Guy Rhodes Photography website

Today:  we revisit our conversation with northwest Indiana native and photographer Guy Rhodes.  He was fortunate to be able to go to South Korea to photograph members of the U.S. Winter Olympics team.  He's posted several of his photos in U.S. media during the Olympics as well as on his web site.

We also bring you another edition of "Green Fleet Radio," supported by South Shore Clean Cities.  Carl Lisek's guest today is the director of the Port of Indiana - Burns Harbor, Ian Hurt.

Pottawatomi Indian Nation

Today:  Ed Feigenbaum, the editor and publisher of "Indiana Gaming Insight" and "Indiana Political Insight" newsletters, joins us to review how Indiana casinos -- including the Northwest Indiana boats -- did in February. (Spoiler Alert: they're all hoping for a better month of March.)  Ed also talks about the 2018 General Assembly session, its successes and its failures -- especially in the final hours of the regular session.  Lawmakers are preparing for a short, special session in May.

Lakeshore Public Radio conversations with candidates for public office in the May 2018 primary election began on Monday with the two Democratic Party candidates for Indiana Senate District 1.  Veteran incumbent Senator Frank Mrvan (D-Hammond) and his challenger, Fr. Mark Kurowski, came into the "Regionally Speaking" studio to talk about the reasons for running (or seeking re-election) and about the issues that affect Northwest Indiana residents.  The conversation became spirited at the end, as you can hear for yourself.

Kokomo Tribune

Today:  We begin our conversations with candidates for public office in the May 2018 primary election, with the two Democratic Party candidates for Indiana Senate District 1.  Veteran incumbent Senator Frank Mrvan (D-Hammond) and his challenger, Fr. Mark Kurowski, are in the studio to talk about the reasons for running (or seeking re-election) and about the issues that affect Northwest Indiana residents.

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We turn on the faucet and expect the water to flow freely, but it isn't always that simple a procedure.  The flow is oftentimes interrupted by leaks in antiquated pipes.  Water utilities may not make regular inspections of their piping to search for these leaks.

TheStatehouseFile.com

Today:  on this Reporter's Roundtable, we bring in "Times of Northwest Indiana" reporters Giles Bruce and Carmen McCollum to talk about the stories they covered in print and online for the newspaper.  We also bring you an extended conversation with State Senator Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) about the efforts to improve the state's water infrastructure improvement.  Besides his work in the Indiana General Assembly, Charbonneau participated in a recent Great Lakes states policy workshop on the issue.

INDOT

Today:  a conversation with Matt Deitchley, director of communications for the LaPorte District of the Indiana Department of Transportation, better known as INDOT.  He'll review the history of Interstate-65  -- how it got so comgested -- and the plans for improving I-65 in Lake and northern Newton Counties.  INDOT's contractors are widening the highway between U.S.

Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County

Donna Stuckert of the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction district was on "Regionally Speaking" on Tuesday to talk about the reopening of the county's composting operations -- about an added drop-off facility in Portage -- and the 2018 household hazardous waste collection schedule around Porter County.  The drop-offs allow residents a chance to bring in items that cannot be thrown  into the trash, such as oils, old gasoline and fluorescent bulbs.  Here's the conversation.

18artists.com

Today:  a conversation with Donna Stuckert of the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction district, on the county's composting operations -- an added drop-off facility in Portage -- and the 2018 household hazardous waste collection schedule around Porter County.  The drop-offs allow residents a chance to bring in items that cannot be thrown  into the trash, such as oils, old gasoline and fluorescent bulbs.

Town of Griffith, Indiana

Today:   a conversation with Griffith Police Chief Greg Mance, who is working with Indiana University Northwest faculty members and the town of Griffith's community YMCA for another series of workshops, in the hopes of adding diversity to his and other local police departments.  The workshop sessions are planned for May 19th in Gary.

JoeyBLS Photography

Today:  on this Reporter's Roundtable, we welcome Joseph Pete, business reporter for the "Times of Northwest Indiana," and his Statehouse colleague Dan Carden.  They talk about the stories they wrote that were in print as well as online.

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