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 …..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.

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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.We talk to the author of a book on the history of Hammond.And, will Major League Baseball be able to finish out their 60 game season?All this on Off Mic.

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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

A live conversation to discuss recent events related to the protests surrounding the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, with young activists, law enforcement, and young educators from around the region.

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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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This week on Off Mic: A candidate for Congress in Northwest Indiana responds to “victim shaming” directed at her. It’s due to her connection to the disciplinary case against Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, a native of Hammond is now the head of the Disney Empire, a Chicago man talks about his work on the August Wilson play “Gem of the Ocean”, we talk to a local organizer of a Friday Fish Fry and we get an update on Spring Training for the White Sox and Cubs.

Today on "Off Mic" Indiana’s governor got a bird’s eye view of Northwest Indiana’s eroding lakeshore recently. Could a disaster declaration be coming soon? We speak to Beverly Shores Town Council president Geof Benson and Indiana State Sen. Karen Tallian about the issue.

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The future for a historic high school in Northwest Indiana looks bleak. 

Today on Off Mic, Erosion is a big problem for Chicago and Northwest Indiana. But how the two regions are dealing with the problem is vastly different. We talk to two local leaders who say erosion is threatening homes, buildings, and safety in Northwest Indiana. We also talk to a local boxer who will defend her title at a big bout in Hammond this weekend. And the Oscars are Sunday! We talk about the best picture nominees and who might take home the big awards. All this on Off Mic with Michael Puente.

Micheal Puente is joined by the hosts of 'The Bill and Kali Show" to discuss crazy month one of 2020 on this edition of Off Mic.

The City of Gary attempts to deal with the ever growing violence problem. In Off Mic we explore the solutions that could be taken from the police, the new admintration under Jerome Prince, and even the community.

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