Off Mic, with Michael Puente

Friday @ 11 AM

A weekly local news show addressing issues in Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland. Hosted by Michael Puente.

Today on Off Mic, It’s Pride Month. We take a look back at the struggle gay people faced for the right to marry across the nation and here in Indiana.  We talk to one local gay man on acceptace in Northwest Indiana and the future of the LGBTQIA movement. And now that wedding receptions are back in full swing, what’s the hot music and classics that are sure to get folks on the dance floor?  One local wedding DJ gives us the scoop. All This on Off Mic … 

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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: 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, Northwest Indiana is home to a new vaccination center. We’ll  visit with Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and Indiana Health Commissioner Dr. Christina Box to tell us the significance of the opening of this new center in Gary; And while Gov. Holcomb’s mask mandate is now over, some of you tell me why you plan to keep wearing your mask; And, one town in Northwest Indiana is proposing making getting a vaccine mandatory for all employees; and April is National Donate Life l Month. We’ll learn about how and why you should become an organ donor.

Today on Off Mic: Indiana lawmakers aren’t exactly known for going out of their way to help Northwest Indiana. But, there is a bill that is nearing the finish line to getting passed that would save a lot of time and trouble for low income parents whose children are suffering from cancer or other illnesses; We also hear about an initiative in Michigan City to clean up the city; And, baseball is back and with fans. We’ll see how both sides of Chicago are expected to do this season. All this on Off Mic.

Today on Off Mic: Covid restrictions are easing up a bit in Indiana but does that mean Hoosier should let down their guard? We talk to the state’s top doc about that; We hear from the head of Northwest Indiana’s first land-based casino; And, we also hear about how folks on Chicago’s North and South Sides are gearing up for a new season of baseball. This time with fans in the stands; Also, an emotional conversation about depression among high school and college students; And what is it like to be a college basketball player playing in this time of Covid? All this on Off Mic

  

Today on Off Mic,  Later this Spring, the first land-based casino in Northwest Indiana will open. We talk to the head of the new Hard Rock Casino Northwest Indiana in Gary.  We also talk to those local vendors who want to work with the casino.  And, are you meeting your fitness goals? We have a personal trainer who will give you trips on staying fit;  And, what’s it like to pour all those beers at Wrigley Field and Guaranteed Rate Field? We talk to one man who has done it for five decades. All this on Off Mic. 

 

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The pandemic has impacted movie theaters, live concerts and community theater. It’s forced some community theater groups to come up with creative ways to get their productions to the masses. We talk to the head of the Towle Theater in Hammond, Indiana; We talk to the new owner of the iconic African American magazine, Ebony, and the owner’s connection to Northwest Indiana; And preventing violence before it happens. We talk to the organizers of one such program in the City of Gary. All this on Off Mic.

TODAY ON OFF MIC….Indiana is a very agricultural state but if you live in the urban areas of northwest indiana – a farm is as foreign to you as Mars. But that could change under legislation to expand urban agriculture. There’s also plans to enhance economic opportunities on the lakefront in Gary; And – why aren't teachers given priority to get the covid vaccine in Indiana? We’ll talk to one teacher who has issues with that; And could the Chicago Bears land Russell Wilson? We’ll find out. All this on Off Mic.

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President Biden is pushing through an aggressive plan to allow 11 million undocumented immigrants to become citizens. It’s a move that many welcome but those on the right, are opposed. We talk to one local professor on what this legislation may mean for those living in the shadows locally and nationally; We talk about African-American contributions to Major League Baseball, including the White Sox and Cubs. And, how historic was all this snow we got this week? We talk to a legendary Chicago weatherman. And, it’s cold outside but sports are heating up. All this on Off Mic.

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Protecting the Environment. Indiana lawmakers seem to be going backwards in doing just that. From wetlands to solar power, some say Indiana is not moving in the right direction. We talk to the director of the Hoosier Environmental Council to see what needs to be done; And part of our ongoing series on people who have started a business during the pandemic, we talk to one man who got tired of looking for work – so he became his own boss; We also talk to the White House reporter for Politico; And --- this weekend’s Valentine’s Day. Many couples will be going out to celebrate. We talk to one person who says you might be able to bring a smile to a child for Valentine’s Day.All this on Off Mic ….

TODAY ON OFF MIC ….PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN CONTINUES TO PUSH HIS COVID-19 RELIEF EFFORTS THROUGH CONGRESS. BUT HE’S GETTING PUSH BACK FROM REPUBLICANS. HE’S ALSO GOT A NUMBER OF OTHER THINGS HE’S TRYING TO GET PASSED. WE TALK TO POLITICAL REPORTER NATASHA KORECKI WHO HAS A FRONT-ROW SEAT TO WHAT COMES OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE. WE CONTINUE OUR SERIES OF LOCAL WOMEN STARTING BUSINESSES DURING THE PANDEMIC.AND – A PREVIEW OF SUNDAY’S BIG GAME. ALL THIS ON OFF MIC.

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.

Today on Off Mic, Indiana’s newest Congressman reflects on being sworn into office and the unrest that unfolded at the Capitol. Frank J. Mrvan is the new Representative for Indiana’s 1st Congressional District replacing longtime Rep. Peter J. Visclosky. Mrvan talks about his historic swearing in and whether President Trump should be removed from office. We’re also joined by Indiana State Rep. Earl Harris Jr to get a look at his legislative agenda.

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

Today on Off Mic: The good news: We have a vaccine. The bad news: We’re still months away from it getting to the masses. Until then, the economy will continue to the struggle and that includes mass transit.We take a lonely ride on the south shore with one of the few remaining riders. And – saying goodbye to a 100-plus year old community newspaper in Porter County. And – who’s water is better? Chicago’s or Hammond’s Well, it’s up to Joliet to decide. All this on Off Mic.

Today on Off Mic, Covid-19 cases continue to rise in Northwest Indiana. We take a look at the latest numbers. But help may be on the way. Pfizer’s new vaccine could be making its way to Indiana hospitals soon. And, you may be spending a lot of time at home. That means doing a lot of movie watching. So, what are the best streaming services? We’ll talk to one expert. And while it’s football season, the White Sox are getting all the press. All this on Off Mic

Today on Off Mic, the numbers continue to look ugly in the battle against COVID-19 across the country and in Northwest Indiana. We talk to a local expert on the latest numbers and the challenges facing us. And we’ll hear a report on worker complaints to OSHA on COVID-19 issues such as pressuring employees to come in even if they are sick; And the Grammy nominations came out recently with some noticeable snubs. Who gets to vote and what is the process like? We talked to one voting member of the Grammy Awards. He’s actually a very familiar voice. All this on Off Mic.

Today on Off Mic: Hope in a Bottle: Northwest Indiana sportswriter Mike Hutton participates in a trial for a COVID-19 vaccine; And, what does the future hold for two prominent Hoosiers: Vice President Mike Pence and former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg;  And, can a casino open during a pandemic?

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  As the world awaits the finally numbers for the presidential race, we’ll talk about the state of national politics and in Northwest Indiana. We talk with Tony Walker, Gary attorney and former chair of the Indiana Judicial Disciplinary Commission, on local politics. We talk to Akilia McCain who is the newest member of the Gary School Board. And, an update  on the White Sox selection of Tony La Russa as its new manager.

The Catholic Divide:

Today on Off Mic: We are just days away from the Presidential election. Millions have already voted but some will on vote on election day. This election has caused a divide among Roman Catholic voters who to support and what does it mean to be a devout Catholic? We speak to several Roman Catholics in Chicago and here in Northwest Indiana, including a former priest who answers the question: Can you be a devote Catholic and still support a pro-choice nominee like Joe Biden?

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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Immigration is a major issue in the upcoming presidential election. But the issues surrounding immigration isn’t just for border states like Texas or California. It affects Northwest Indiana as well. Today, demonstrators are demanding that the Gary Chicago International Airport stop allowing federal officials to use it to fly undocumented immigrants out of the country. We also talk to the author of a book that details the history of Latino support for the GOP. And, we talk to one Latino supporter for President Trump.

Painting the town red. Literally. A new public arts program in Gary hopes to turn abandoned structures into works of art; And, the issue of child abuse and neglect takes center stage in an on-line conference today sponsored by IUN in Gary; Reliving Purdue University Northwest’s celebration of Day of the Dead; And, the Cubs and Sox are struggling but they play a big series tonight all before the playoffs start in this COVID-19 era. All this on off mic.

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