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: 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.

Today on Off Mic …..We remember the events of Sept 11 – and how the day shaped who we are today. We talk about a new book that claims President Trump downplayed the severity of the coronavirus back in March. Did the famous writer have a duty to report those claims as soon as he found out? And its up, up and away for comic book stores. And we talk a little White Sox, Cubs and Bears.

Kenosha On Edge.

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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.

Race and Justice: Here and Now” episode 2

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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?

Today on Off Mic, the primary is finally here! The most anticipated race is the Democratic primary for Indiana’s First Congressional District seat. We hear from five candidates running for the nomination: Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott Jr., Sabrina Haake, Jim Harper, Indiana State Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon and North Township Trustee Frank Mrvan.


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

Today on Off Mic, much of Northwest Indiana is awakening from its COVID-19 slumber. Restaurants in Porter County began to reopen this week. It’s Lake County’s turn next week. We’re a little more than two weeks away from the big primary for Congress in Northwest Indiana. We’ll hear what the big issues are for people with disabilities and see which candidates responded to a survey and who didn’t. And, it’s the last dance this weekend for ESPN’s documentary on the Chicago Bulls the “Last Dance.”

Today on Off Mic, The national jobless rate is at its highest level since the Great Depression with nearly every sector of the economy taking a hit. That includes the media. We speak to Rich Jackson, the so called “Homeless Editor” who gaining national attention after being laid off recently by a newspaper in Indiana. And, putting a face on those who work in meat processing plants; Meanwhile, the race for Congress in Northwest Indiana is heating up. We talk to candidate Sebrina Haake about her campaign; And when will the boys of summer get back to work?

Today on “Off Mic,” What will Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb do? Will he lift the state’s stay-at-home order or extend it for another two weeks? We’ll hear from small business owners on how the pandemic has affected their business; We also hear from a local lawyer on the rights of workers returning to work; Local college students reflect on how COVID-19 crashed their graduation party; And learn more about the Bulls new general manager.

Today on Off Mic we bring you the latest on the COVID-19 outbreak in Indiana. We talk to a doctor who does things the old fashioned way...by making house calls. We talk about farm workers, the forgotten essential workers of this pandemic an what's done to protect them. We also discuss what the latest trends of this coronavirus 

This week on Off Mic we give you the latest information on Covid 19 as well as talk about the legendary Bulls for the new documentary "The Last Dance" 

On Off Mic today we talk about the latest updates around The Region, including statistics and what the community is doing dealing with COVID- 19

On this edition of Off Mic with Micheal Puente, he goes over some important information regarding COVID-19 as well as the impact on sports, on this week's epidsode.

Today on “Off Mic” The COVID-19 epidemic is having a profound effect on life in the United States, the State of Indiana and right here in Northwest Indiana. 

On this edition of Off Mic, Michael Puente finds out how Coronavirus is affecting NWI. 

Off Mic, March 13, 2020

Today on Off Mic on Lakeshore Public Radio,

 ·         How prepared is Northwest Indiana for coronavirus? The city of Gary's Health Commissioner says there are no test kits in the city. ·         What's next for Indiana's embattled Attorney General? ·         And the chefs at Art House Social Kitchen in Gary gives us a preview of a big event this weekend.

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