Michael Puente

Michael Puente

Today on Off Mic: Saturday will mark the 20th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. We talk to one local reporter on what she remembers of that day and how local journalists responded. We hear from the mayor of Gary and his city's plans to mark the day. And we rebroadcast a story from the 10th anniversary and how the wars that followed impacted the mental health of one local service member. All this on Off Mic.

Michael Puente

Today on Off Mic: Gary native Clifford Johnson has been nominated to become the next U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana. We talk about what his selection may mean and talk to two people who know him well. And if covid infections are going up, why then aren’t more people getting vaccinated? We talk to two ladies who are trying to boost vaccine rates in NWI. And there is continued unrest in Cuba, we talk to someone who knows the country well and gives us his thoughts about U.S. involvement.

There is continued unrest in Cuba.

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Today on Off Mic: One hospital in Northwest Indiana has already announced plans to dramatically downsize. Could another follow? We talk to two Indiana state lawmakers who are trying to get answers about the future of St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago; we also talk to one doctor who has worked at St. Catherine for decades and hear her worries about the future of the hospital; and finally a discussion about a new Indiana law that will give the public a new tool to get answers from not-for-profit hospitals. 


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Today on Off Mic: It's not the London Bridge but it's a bridge nonetheless. There's a growing concern about the demolition of a pedestrian bridge in East Chicago. School children often use it to cross a busy roadway. But, coming next week, it's being demolished and not being replaced. We'll give you another look inside the new Hard Rock Casino in Gary. And, did you see that play by the Cubs' Javy Baez? We'll catch you up. All this on Off Mic.

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Today on Off Mic, Well, it’s here. Gary’s new $325 million Hard Rock Casino. We’ll bring you some of the sights and sounds from the grand opening just a week ago. And, we discuss if a future Chicago casino is a real threat. And we bid adieu to two of our production interns who will be graduating from college this weekend. All this on Off Mic!

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Today on Off Mic: The move to get more Latino’s vaccinated is happening this weekend. A local state representative is sponsoring a mass vaccination site in Hammond where a Spanish singer, a food giveaway and flowers will be available to anyone who gets a vaccine. A new political organization is trying to get more moms elected. And the news that Northwest Indiana’s largest city will soon be without a full service hospital is not sitting well with the city’s mayor. Finally, the battle between DC and Marvel heats up again. Who wins? All this on Off Mic…

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Today on Off Mic, Running a small business these days takes more than luck. It takes positive thinking. We talk to one local caterer that offers luwith a side of inspiration. Low income northwest Indians parents of sick children can now seek medical treatment closer to home. And, what's this feud between Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and lawmakers that landed them in court? Finally, we catch up with a local artist that makes art  out of junk. All of this on Off Mic...

Today on Off Mic: It’s been an emotional week here in Indiana and across the country. The announced conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd and the continued outrage of the death of 13-year-old Adam Toledo in Chicago, has sparked discussion. We bring you that;Earth Day celebrations continue in Northwest Indiana. We talk about how one city is using the occasion in getting its citizens involved in cleaning up the community; and April is National Organ Donor Month.

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Today on Off Mic: The shocking video released yesterday of a Chicago police officer shooting to death a 13-year-old boy whom the officer who was told he had a gun, raises more questions about police accountability. We talk to one person who sees the situation as a former police officer, prosecutor, sheriff and defense attorney; aAnd a federal judge says BP Whiting violated air pollution standards, but what does the ruling really mean?

Today on Off Mic: Whether you supported him or not, President Trump had a large following. And much of that following does not trust the news media. That's a big problem for the press. How does the press win those people back? We talk to one person who says strengthening media literacy is the key; And, we talk to a local writer about 100 things to do in Northwest Indiana before you die. All this on Off Mic. 

Today on Off Mic:President Joe Biden is in the White House now and he's pushing forth ambitious plans on a number of issues. One is providing a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. We talk to one activist on what they may mean for those living in the shadows in Northwest Indiana; And, the pandemic has led to the collapse of many small businesses in Indiana and Illinois. But there are some who have decided that now is the time to open a business. We talk to three women who are doing just that. All this on Off Mic.

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Of the hundreds of pro-Trump rioters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, at least one was from Northwest Indiana. And, he has a large following on social media. But who is Kash Lee Kelly? And, the Trump administration executed a woman this week, it’s one of several that have been carried out in the last months of President Trump’s term in office. And, with the Bears out of the playoffs, what’s next for the team?All this on Off Mic.

Celebrate the Christmas spirit with a delightful Sherlock Holmes radio drama put on by Michael Puente and friends! 

WE ARE NOW IN THE 9TH MONTH OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.AND RIGHT NOW – THE DISEASE SHOWS NO SIGNS OF SLOWING UP.

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 The President and the First Lady both test positive for COVID-19. What does this mean for the campaign? Until we hear otherwise, the campaign continues and that means courting the Latino Vote.Today we hear from a history professor on his book detailing the history of Latino support for the Republican Party including for Donald Trump.

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COVID-19 continues to climb in Indiana and in Northwest Indiana.The City of East Chicago, with its large Latino population, is leading the way.We talk to one East Chicago couple who battled the virus and won.

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COVID-19 numbers are going through the roof in Indiana. But the virus may even be more troubling that first thought. We speak to a professor who led a study of Hoosiers and the affects the virus is playing on the state; We talk to two young brothers who developed an app that makes shopping locally a little bit more safe during this pandemic; And even tough carnivals aren’t happening this summer, we talk to the author of a new book about his experience as a traveling carnival worker. And baseball is back for the North and South Siders! But is it safe to play during the pandemic?

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 To Teach or Not to Teach in the Fall?With COVID-19 cases going up in Indiana, the big debate is whether children will be back in class? And, if they do, who will teach them? That’s because many teachers are unsure if they will be back in the classroom; And, what is it like to have COVID-19? We hear from one East Chicago woman who is still recovering from the dreaded virus; And, Batter up! The Cubs and White Sox play this weekend but one of our Boys of Summer is battling COVID-19.

Race and Justice: Here and Now  Episode 3

 A live discussion about police training, tactics, and options for reform as part of its ongoing community conversation, Race and Justice: Here and Now, with host Michael Puente. 

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Today on Off Mic we get the latest on the pandemic in Northwest Indiana with rising COVID-19 rates and a call for the state to set up a free testing site.

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The U.S. Supreme Court pushes back on the Trump administration and its move to the dissolve the DACA program. This gives nearly a million people brought to the United States illegal as children by their parents hope. We talk to a college student in Northwest Indiana who is directly impacted by this decision. We also talk to a local attorney who works on DACA ISSUES. We also talk to three local people about the ongoing discussion about police reform including Gary, Indiana Mayor Jerome Prince.

Listen to a special edition of Off Mic where Micheal Puente hosted "Race and Justice: Here and Now", where he sat via Zoom with Northwest Indiana Community Leaders, Political Figures, and Law Enforcement to discuss recent events that sparked from the death of George Floyd.

TODAY ON OFF MIC Less than two weeks ago no one knew George Floyd’s name. Today the world knows it and America deals with another incident of a black man killed at the hands of police. Civil unrest in large cities and small towns has put the pandemic on the back burner. Raw emotions were on display at demonstrations this week here in Northwest Indiana. We talk to the winner of Tuesday’s Democratic primary for Indiana’s first congressional district race, and will there be any baseball this year?

Michael Puente is live in St. John, IN covering a peaceful protest.

Here's part two of Michael's coverage:

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Frank Mrvan seems to have captured an upset victory in yesterday’s Democratic primary for Northwest Indiana’s congressional seat.

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Hammond, IN - A mostly peaceful  protest in Hammond, Indiana Tuesday afternoon resulted in  the arrest of one man and police using pepper spray on a crowd of about a hundred young people.


Today On Off Mic We Continue Our Election Coverage With Discussions With Three Candidates Running In The Democratic Primary For The 1st Congressional District Seat. Hammond Mayor Tom Mcdermott Jr. Indiana State Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon And North Township Trustee Frank Mrvan What Are The Issue They Want To Tackle If Voters Send Them To Washigton, D.C. In January And What’s Left For Their Campaigns With Less Than Two Weeks To Go For The Primary All This On Off Mic

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