"Quantum Leap" STEM initiative

Calumet Roundtable, Purdue NW

Today:   Purdue University English literature Professor Carolyn Boiarsky spoke with us recently about her latest book on the effects of good and bad communication.  We bring back her remarks, and her examples -- as noted in the book -- about good communication (Enbridge Pipeline Co.) and bad communication (events that led to the 1992 Chicago flood and the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig spill).  We also have immediate past chairman of the SCORE Northwest Indiana chapter, Jim Hubbard, who talks about the organization that links seasoned business veterans with small businesses that need their ad

School City of Hammond website

Today:   "Northwest Indiana Gazette" editor and publisher Ken Davidson joins us to talk about the issues surrounding the School City of Hammond's multi-million dollar improvement projects which includes a new high school -- projects which he says aren't being publicly discussed by the School Board.  He has put out posts on his website about a strategic planning committee and bids approved on "consent agenda."

nwitimes.com

Today:   we talk with "Howey Politics Indiana" publisher Brian Howey about, among other topics, the talks tonight in Singapore between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un -- last weekend's Indiana Republican Party convention in Evansville -- and this coming weekend's Indiana Democratic Party convention.

Today:   on this abbreviated "Reporters' Roundtable Thursday," we hear from Carmen McCollum, reducation reporter for "The Times of Northwest Indiana" and Carole Carlson of the "Post-Tribune" about the stories they worked on and published in print and online this week.

We also revisit our recent "Quantum Leap" STEM initiative feature from Indiana Humanities on Goose Pond.

WRTV/General Assembly

Today:  On this Reporter's Roundtable Thursday, we asked Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations' statehouse reporter Brandon Smith to talk about the special legislative session on Monday, and Joseph Pete of the "Times of Northwest Indiana" to tell us about the stories he posted online and in print.   They included the dramatic rise in gasoline prices in northwest Indiana and of an upcoming cable TV network documentary about a Hobart woman who could be considered a serial killer.

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.

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.

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.

IN.gov

Today:    Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch visited northwest Indiana recently for a speaking engagement before the Northwest Indiana Forum.  She also stopped by Lakeshore Public Radio and Sharon Jackson spoke with her about her comments on the Region.

We bring you that conversation, along with a "Lakeshore Focus" program with host Keith Kirkpatrick and his guest, Jake Messing, Director of Behavorial Health at St. Catherine's Hospital.  "Lakeshore Focus" airs on Lakeshore PBS on Fridays at 7:30 p.m.

ADA National Network website

Today:  two conversations dealing with the laws and the rules and regulations behind the question of what is a "service animal" and what is a "comfort animal."  The recent incident at the County Line Orchard between a visitor to the business and two employees prompted my associate producer (and board op) Dee Dotson and I to begin this examination of the issues and the conversations with Peter Berg, a veteran specialist and trainer at Chicago-based Great Lakes ADA Center and Rebecca Huss, a professor at the Valparaiso University School of Law who teaches courses in animal law.

AFSP website

Today:  a conversation with Mary Edwards, a northwest Indiana resident who (along with her husband) are personal survivors of a family suicide and how, over the past decade, she'd come to grips with the tragedy and is now devoted to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  The AFSP is holding two local "Out of the Darkness" suicide awareness rallies this month, the first September 17th in Chesterton and the second on September 30th at Wicker Park in Highland.

city of valparaiso website

Today:  a conversation with Valparaiso's new Police Chief Jeff Balon.  Mayor Jon Costas recently promoted Balon, who was the head of the Police Department's investigations division, to the department's top leadership post.   Balon took over as head of the department when Michael Brickner, the only police chief to serve during Costas' 14-year tenure as mayor, left to become executive director of Porter County's newly created Emergency Communications and Public Safety Department.

Indiana Senate Democrats

Today:  An extended conversation with northwest Indiana State Senator Karen Tallian (D) about the 2017 General Assembly session, the issues and the bills that addressed those issues and her thoughts on what might come up on the agenda of the 2018 Indiana Legislature session.

Northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer joins us again to talk about the Trump administration tax reform program, as it now exists, and some common-sense advice to high school and college graduates as they get into the workplace and start earning a paycheck.