Regionally Speaking

Monday - Thursday, 12-1 PM
  • Hosted by Chris Nolte

Addressing the most important local issues facing the Region during a daily hour of stimulating conversation with local news-makers.


Today:  We bring back our conversation with David Wright, the planning director for Gary Public Transportation Corp. about the recent service changes and what will be "On the Table" at the next Legacy Foundation-sponmsored discussion on Monday at Gary Public Library.  Ann Massie of the Northwest Indiana Food Council tells about the last series of "Farm Hop" farm tours around the Region, and Professor Tim Tomasik has details of this year's Valparaiso University Film Festival.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson also talks with  Allison Mack with Gas about the impact that recent attacks on Saudi crude oil facilities will have on what we here in northwest Indiana pay for gasoline.

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Today:  We revisit our conversation with Dee Dee White, a workforce specialist with Ivy Tech Community College's Lake County campuses.  She talks about the casino dealer training courses underway and how they can link residents to new jobs proposed at the Hard Rock Casino in Gary.  State Senator Karen Tallian (D-Ogden Dunes) was with us to talk about the potential review of the two-year state budget that could happen in the next General Assembly session.  And school buses and other school district transportation projects are discussed in the latest edition of "Green Fleet Radio," supported by South Shore Clean Cities and NIRPC. Carl Lisek's guest is Amy Rosa of the Wa-Nee Community School Corp.

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Today:  Northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer talks about the recent anniverary of the Social Security system and offers some ways to save time and effort in seeking benefits.  Mary Ruble of Chesterton-based "The Artistic Recovery" joins us to talk about the organization that links art and recovery from substance abuse and about this weekend's "Hooked On Art" street art festival to be held in Centennial Park.  We have another edition of "Building Northwest Indiana," supported by the Constructiion Advancement Foundation.  Host Kevin Comerford learns more about current Purdue University Northwest construction projects, and we have another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University.

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Today:   Two college professors who are also authors came into the "Regionally Speaking" studio to talk about their books -- first, I.U. Northwest professor emeritus James Lane about the 3rd edition of "Gary - A Pictorial History," and then Purdue University Northwest professor Carolyn Boiarski talks about her latest book that chronicles the effects of good and bad communication.  One good example that she brings up is Enbridge Energy's effort to comunicate with Griffith residents before expanding a pipeline.


Today:  On this "Reporters Roundtable" Thursday we talk to "Times" business reporter Josaeph Pete and "Post-Tribune" education correspondent Hannah Reed about the stories they covered and wrote for print and on-line editions.   Sandwiched in between their remarks, we have a conversation with David Wright with Gary Public Transportation Corp. about the upgrades in public transit and what will be discussed at the Legacy Foundation's next "On The Table" discussion on Sept. 23rd at the Gary Public Library and Cultural Center.  It's an opportunity to speak out about public transportation needs and how they affect issues like "food deserts" and food insecurity.

Northwest Indiana Food Council website

Today:  Ann Massie with the Northwest Indiana Food Council joins us to talk about the final set of urban and rural farms on this year's "Farm Hop" tour -- an in-depth look into the amazing work being done at family farms, community gardens and other similar projects in the Region.  The final tour will be held on September 21st.  We also talk with Valparaiso University professor Tim Tomasik about the next International Film Festival, and we have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio," with host Carl Lisek, supported by South Shore Clean Cities and NIRPC.

NWI Times

Today:   We talk with Lake County Council president Ted Bilski about the discussions with the county department heads about their 2020 budget proposals, as councilmembers get ready to finalize the budget.  Bilski goes into detail about the fiscal constraints that they face in the next year and how they will make sure that the 2020 budget is balanced.  We also have another edition of "Building Northwest Indiana," supported by the Construction Advancement Foundation. Host Kevin Comerford talks with RDA COO Sherri Ziller.  There is also another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University. And we have details on this year's weekend MBA program offered at Indiana University Northwest.

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Today:  We talk with Emily Cutka, the director of community engagement for the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, about "Hunger Action Month" this month, the need for making sure that more than 90,000 area residents who face food insecurity get the help they need, and what Strack & VanTil is doing to "help the cause."  We also bring back our conversation with Kathy Luther with NIRPC about the coalition of groups  administering an $800,000 federal grant to remediate "brownfield" sites in Gary, East Chicago, Hammond and other communtities.  Luther says some sites've already been partially worked on and ready for cleanup or remediation as early as this month.

Post-Tribune/Chicago Tribune

Today:   On this "Reporters' Roundtable" edition, we have "Post-Tribune" reporter Grant Morgan and "Times" reporters Carley Lanich and Andrew Steele on the program to talk about the stories they posted online and had in print.

Porter County

Today:   We begin with Indiana University Northwest's latest addition to its curriculum: courses that will lead to an Bachelor's Degree in neuroscience.  It's a program that will benefit not only students looking to careers in the medical  and health care fields, but will help students in learning to think critically about science information.  We talk with assistant psychology professor Maureen Rutherford.

Hannah News Service

Today:  Ed Feigenbaum with Hannah News Service's "Indiana Gaming Insight" newsletter joins us with his review of, and opinions on, last week's Indiana Gaming Commission meeting which took up the Gary land-based casino project and Indiana sports wagering (which officiallly began on Sunday). He also takes a look at some of the effects that the new Hard Rock Casino project in Gary will have on northwest Indiana construction trades jobs.  We also have another edition of "Building Northwest Indiana," and another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University.

Today:   On this "Reporters' Roundtable." we ask the "Times'" Dan Carden to talk about his stories from the Indiana Gaming Commission on the Gary casino and sports wagering that take effect this weekend.  We also talked with "Post-Tribune" writer Carole Carlson about her stories on the latest Gary Police Department officer shooting and discussion at the Common Council and the vote on the city and Spectacle Entertainment vote on the casino. "Post-Tribune" sunmer interm Hannah Reed talked about her story on northwest Indiana birth rates and Laheshore Public Radio's Sharon Jsckson had her story about the Ravinia summer concerts. 

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Today:   A conversation with Lake County Assessor and Gary Mayor-elect Jerome Prince, who is preparing to take office in January 2020.  He talks about the work done so far for become Mayor, the Hard Rock Casino project in his city and his views on the lifting of property tax caps in 2020 and the impact on the city of Gary. 

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Today:  We have our conversations with both Lake County political party leaders:  Democratic Party chairman Jim Weiser and Republican Party chairman Dan Dernulc. Weiser talks about his party's new candidates out campaigning for their respective town and city elections and Dernulc does the same, including candidates looking to hold onto existing GOP seats and ones trying to gain new ones.

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Today:   Alverno Laboratories CEO Sam Terese joins us to talk about the Hammond-based lab network that serves Hoosier hospitals and healthcare clinics has become the first lab network in the U.S. to offer digital pathology  technology.   We also talk with Indiana economist- writer-lecturer Morton Marcus about his recent "Eye on the Pie" columns -- and he also offers some pointed comments about northwest Indina services as the 2019 municipal elections draw near,.   

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Today:  On this Reporters' Roundtable edition, we bring you "Times" reporters Kale Wilk and Olivia Heersink with a "Byline" podcast about Larry Eyler, and Giles Bruce on the first of a multi-part series of articles -- in print and online -- on healthcare issues.

Today:    Indiana Youth Instiute president and CEO Tami Silverman talks about the pro's and con's on Hoosier youth being involved in sports in the school setting.  An ESPN study shows 30% of girls and 37% of boys play on high school teams...

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Today:   Katie Kerstensen with the Institute for Leadership and Service at Valparaiso University joins us to talk about the Institute and its latest "Pathways to Progress" series of speakers coming to campus becinning next month.  The Institute for Leadership and Service is, simply speaking, a place at VU where it is okay for students to admit all the things they haven't yet figured out about their future.  The "Pathways" series helps inspire and guide them.  We have another edition of "Building Northwest Indiana," supported by the Construction Advancement Foundation, and another conversat

NWI Forum website

Today:  Heather Ennis with the Northwest Indiana Forum is our in-studio guest to talk about the months of work that will become a complete report called "Ignite the Region -- Northwest Indiana's Strategy for Economic Transformation."  The plan focuses on five areas including business development and marketing, talent and placemaking and infrastructure.  A luncheon on Thursday at Avalon Manor will offer an update by the people who've spent the past year on this project.  St.

Indiana House Democrats

Today:   State Representative Carolyn Jackson of Hammond tells us about Saturday's Indiana Black Legislative Caucus town hall meeting, held this year for the first time in Hammond.  It will be held at the Ophelia Steen Family and Health Center.  Topics of interest to northwest Indiana residents include education and the efforts to clean up contaminated soil in East Chicago.  We also revisit our conversation with Jena Bellazza of the Indiana Parenting Institute about this weekend's Parent Expo on the I.U. Northwest and Ivy Tech Gary campuses.  The I.U.

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Today:   We begin with the latest news on the impending closing of the Southlake Mall Sears store and the impact on the city of Hobart.  Mayor Brian Snedecor talks with us about what mall owners have told him and his own thoughts on the future of the space (that, by the way, belongs to Sears and not the mall).  He also talks about the expanding business and industrial sector in Hobart -- the need for more housing -- and what two developers are doing to meet the future need for new homes.   Purdue University Northwest athletics director Rick Costello is in the studio to talk about the annou

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Today:   State Senator Karen Tallian of the Portage area is in the studio to discuss the likelihood that state lawmakers may be able to add some items in the two-year state budget passed last session, since there is new revenue that wasn't available when the budget was approved.  Could some areas like additional funds for teacher pay be addressed? Senator Tallian talks about that.  Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter also joins us in the studio to talk about his decision to announce in 2019 that he'll seek re-election in 2022.

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Today:   On this "Reporters' Roundtable," we talk with "Post-Tribune" reporter Meredith Colias-Pete about the stories she wrote for the print and online editions of the newspaper, including her examination into the costs of bringing so many high-profile speakers into the Region for the Purdue University Northwest's Sinai Forum series this fall.  We also welcome "Post-Tribune" intern journalist Hannah Reed onto the program, to talk about her story on the decline of birth rates in northwest Indiana over the past decade and the factors behind the decline.

Purdue University Northwest

Today:   We talk with Purdue University Northwest physics professor Neeti Parashar, who is on the team of 400 scientists looking into the origin of the universe -- and is a recipient of the 2019 High Energy and Particle Physics prize from the European Physical Society.  It involves what is called the "top quark."  Ivy Tech Community College K-12 initiatives director Caleb Westberg talks about a new collaboration between IVTC, River Forest Schools in Lake County and Praxair that will lead to more people qualified for top manufacturing jobs in the Region.  "Howey Politics Indiana" editor-pub

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Today:  We continue our conversations with Lake County's political party leaders with Republican Party chairman Dan Dernulc -- to find out more about the local party's plans and (perhaps) strategies for the Nov. 5 town and city general elections.  We talked with Democratic Party chairman Jim Weiser on July 1st  and he told us about the new names and faces who're running as candidates.  The Construction Advancement Foundation presents its inaugural "Building Northwest Indiana" program.


Today:   Northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer joins us to talk about the 84th anniversary of the creation of the Social Security system -- its place in Americans' financial stability over the years -- and how we all can better keep track of and use our benefits, at the right time, to get maximum use of the money we've accumulated over our working lives.   We also find out about health food options at some Indiana fairs and festivals from Side Effects Public Media's Isaiah Seibert and Meghan Buell of northern Indiana-based TREES, Inc.

Indiana Public Radio

Today:   Indiana Public Broadcasting's Brandon Smith is the host and moderator of "Indiana Week In Review," a discussion of the issues in Hoosier business and politics with his guests, and we bring you this week's "IWIR."  Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson talks with Munster Police DARE officer James Ghrist about next week's "National Night Out," a program that the town police force has been supporting for the past 24 years.  And "Times of Northwest Indiana" business reporter Joseph Pete joins us to talk about his stories this week -- which include one about tonight's rally in Michig

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Today:   We talk with Dave Benjamin of the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project about the alarming number of drownings in Lake Michigan this year -- although he says it's been worse in the past.  He talks about a recent rescue effort that he personally joined in, at Washington Park beach in Michigan City, and offers tips to swmmers when they step into Lake Michigan.  Jena Bellezza with the Indiana Parenting Institute tells about an August 17th conference to be held in the I.U.

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Today:  INDOT's Scott Manning talks about the new "Trucks Stop Here" program that allows for long-haul truck drivers moving through Indiana to take their DOT-mandated rest breaks in places away from moving traffic.  David Wright and the incoming general manager of Gary Public Transportation Corp., Jerome Parker, talk about upcoming GPTC mass transit projects.  And Eric Parrish, executive vice president of MGT Consulting and Lisa Rosinko, CFO of the Gary Community Schools, have an update on the financial health of the school district that is currently under state-mandated emergency manageme

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Today:  We talk to "Times" state government and legislative reporter Dan Carden about the stories he's put up online and in print lately, including a look at the new inland gambling venue coming to the Region:  the Hard Rock Casino Gary.  It'll be built on land at I-80-94 and Burr Street.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson talks to psychotherapist/author/podcaster Ken Page about his new book on dating and relationships and we talk with Donna Stuckert with the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District about smoke dectector recycling, household hazardous waste collection day