Regionally Speaking

Monday - Thursday, 11 AM -12 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.

Edgewater Health

Today:  Dr. Danita Johnson Hughes, the president and CEO at Edgewater Health, is with us to talk about the guest column she wrote for the "Post-Tribune" entitled "The Pandemic, The Police and Politics."    It is a column with her thoughts on the issues of  the coronavirus crisis, racial disparity, relations between minorities and police and the political conditions of the day.  Julie Wendorf, director of the Crown Point Community Library, joins us to talk about the reopening of the Crown Point and Winfield branches on June 15th when the governor's plan allowed it to happen.  The Lake County Public Library is going through the reopening process right now, with the Merrillville branch to reopen on Monday.  And Valparaiso Mayor Matt Murphy talks about his city's ongoing efforts toward equality with established organizations working with police and citizens, how the community's coping during the COViD-19 pandemic and the city's  big plans for the July 4th holidays.

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Today:   We revisit our conversations with Lake County Democratic Party chairman Jim Weiser and Republican Party chairman Dan Dernulc about the June 2nd primary election that was marked by the changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic:  the shift, for many, to vote-by-mail and how candidates had to focus more on social media instead of in-person campaigning.  "Post-Tribune" columnist Phil Potempa joins us to talk about the observance this week of the 1918 Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus train wreck on tracks between Gary and Hammond and the horrendous fire that led to 86 deaths and 127 injuries.  The victims, many of them unidentifiable because of their burns, were buried at "Showmen's Rest," in an Illinois cemetery.  The wreck happened on June 22nd, 1918.

IU Northwest

Today:    Robert Blaszkiewicz with Franciscan Health has an update today on how the healthcare facilities are holding up, during the pandemic. He also tells about a blood drive to be held Tuesday at Bulldog Park in Crown Point.  Northwest Indiana political activist Ruth Needleman is also with us, to discuss the protests and their local impact, the cases reviewed by and handed down from the U.S. Supreme Court and some of the documentaries she's watched while at home.

Indiana Economic Digest

Today:  On this "Reporters Roundtable," we talk to "Times" reporter Mary Freda about the protest-related stories she's written for print and online -- including one that has the views of Region officials and residents as to what comes after the protests.  "Post-Tribune" reporter Carole Carlson just finished her attendance at today's virtual meeting of the DUAB, and has the latest on the state board and its contract with MGT Consulting, the firm that is emergency manager for the Gary Community Schools.  "Off Mic" host Michael Puente has a feature on the calls for policing reform and how they pertain to the city of Gary.

Chicago Fire Wire

Today:  We revisit our conversation with Franciscan Health's  Dr. Erica Kauffman West about a study on how well "convalescent plasma" can treat coronavirus patients.  Purdue University economist Larry DeBoer is back to talk about the public school referenda questions on the June 2nd primary election ballot, an election changed by COVID-19 and by so many people using "vote-by-mail."  And mid-way through the program, we talk with Gary firefighter Tyrone Jackson Jr., whose recent remarks on his Facebook page about Fire Chief Sean O'Donnell have led to controversy.  It's Jackson's chance to tell his side of the story, after hearing on Tuesday from Mayor Jerome Prince and Chief O'Donnell.

NPR

Today:  Dr. Yolanda Watson with "Complete College America" talks about the issue of the gaps in racial equity in higher education, and how there are major implications for Hoosier students and leaders in higher education in dealing with the gaps.  Tami Silverman with Indiana Youth Institute reviews how grownups can talk about racism with younsgsters and what to say, based on their age.  Another conversation from a Gary resident from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University.  And Gary Mayor Jerome Prince and his Fire Chief Sean O'Donnell respond to recent comments on social media about the fire department leadership. 

Lake County Public Library

Today:   We talk to three organizations offering programs and events, as northwest Indiana slowly reopens from the COVID-19 pandemic's impact.    Caren Jones with the YWCA of Northwest Indiana tells us about the reopening of the facility today -- Nicholas Neal with Geminus Corp. talks about two community resource fairs happening late this month -- and Lake County Public Library director Ingrid Norris has the latest on how the library system is restoring services to the community.  She gives us the "Big Scoop" on the reopening of library branches, beginning with Merrillville on June 29th.

AP/Politico

Today:  The Gary Chamber of Commerce is hosting a "Virtual Conversation with U.S. Senator Todd Young" on Friday afternoon on Zoom,  and Chamber executive director Chuck Hughes talks about what he will discuss, including the coronavirus pandemic and the recent racial protests.  Eli Lilly and Company chief executive Dave Ricks  discusses the Indianapolis drugmaker's early-stage trial on a potential treatment for COVID-19.  And we have a report from Side Effects Public Media repoerters Darian Benson and Carter Barrett on some of the health inequities that are part of the protests held across the country.

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Today: The November election is just around the corner and we catch up with Lake County Democratic Party Chairman Jim Wieser as well as the Lake County GOP Party Chair Dan Dernulc to discuss results of the primary election.

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Today: Hanover Community Schools Superintendent Mary MacAuley joins us to discuss the great news after the community voted “yes” on two referendum questions — one seeking to extend existing funds supporting teachers and classroom supplies and another requesting support for $79 million in construction funds to build a new third through fifth grade upper elementary school and expand facilities at Hanover Central Middle School and Hanover Central High School.

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Today: Lake County residents affected by recent flooding or sewage damage due to recent storms are encouraged to fill out a Disaster Intake/Assessment Form. American Red Cross Executive Director Kristin Marlow-Kellerman along with Lake Area United Way Vice President, Community Impact Andrea Proulx Buinicki join us to tell us how the data collected will help FEMA assess the need for the county.  June marks the mid-way point of 2020 and there were a lot of unanticipated events that have impacted the economy.

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Today: “Times” reporter Dan Carden  joins us to talk about the stories he put out in print and online, including an update on primary elections. Julian Marsh, Executive Director of the Gary Housing Authority joins us to discuss the collaboration with FAITH Community Development Center to spearhead the COVID-19 Food Relief Initiative. The drive-up food giveaway will take place every Thursday in June.

Today is Election Day in Indiana as the state expanded vote-by-mail to anyone who wanted it for this year’s primary, a reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic. Brandon Smith has a special report on why it may take days for the final tally of many races to come in as more than 500,000 Hoosiers requested an absentee ballot. Mark Edward Wilows is a children’s book author. He joins us to discuss his latest project-- the heartwarming story “Silas and Sophie”.

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The latest topics surrounding COVID-19 dominate this "Reporters' Roundtable." 

“Times” reporter joins us to talk about the stories he put out in print and online, including an update on the latest with massive layoffs at the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City as well as White Lodging at its corporate headquarters in Merrillville. Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson talked to Karen Marlow-Kellemen, executive director of the Northwest Indiana Red Cross about a virtual version of its “Zero to Hero” program.

Borden Dairy

Today: The City of Gary partnered with Borden Dairy to distribute thousands of gallons of free milk as part of the Mayor’s Milk Initiative. Attorney Tony Walker  joined us to tell us more about it as well as the provide details about the weekly food distributions at the Gary Genesis Center. Indiana University Northwest announced that it’s School of Business and Economics has received an extension of its AACSB International accreditation, a designation earned by only five percent of the world's schools offering business degrees at the bachelor's level or higher.

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Today: Bob Wernes is a Cedar Lake man who can’t wait to have a hip replacement surgery. Bob along with his surgeon Dr. Denis Nam join us to talk about how the shelter in place order during the coronavirus pandemic affects patients who urgently need surgical procedures. Memorial Day is an American holiday honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. As we remember those that have sacrificed for our country World War II veteran Eugene Polisnky recently joined us to reflects on his missions over Nazi occupied Germany.

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Today: Kathy Shoaf is a former nurse and the owner of a travel agency catering to clients with special needs. She joins us to discuss the travel industry during the time of the coronavirus pandemic as well share her plans to help fulfill experiences of a lifetime for her clients.  We revisit a conversation with Bishop Robert McClory, the new bishop for the Diocese of Gary. He was ordained and installed earlier this year in a liturgy in Gary. And, we bring you another edition of Green Fleet Radio.  

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Today:  Indiana Democratic gubernatorial candidate Woody Myers is a third-generation Hoosier, a physician, as well as the former Indiana State Health Commissioner. He recently announced that former State Representative Linda Lawson, who served Northwest Indiana in the legislature for 20 years, is his running mate. They join us to discuss their campaign ahead of the primary election.

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Today: The latest topics surrounding COVID-19 dominate this "Reporters' Roundtable."

“Times” chief political reporter Dan Carden shares the latest on politics locally as well as at the statehouse in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Joseph Pete  business reporter for the “Times” looks at what will happen to the local economy as businesses slowly reopen. Plus U. S. Representative Pete Visclosky joins us to talk about everything from how Congress is working to tackle concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic to Hoosier politics.

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The latest topics surrounding COVID-19 dominate this "Reporters' Roundtable."

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State Senator Eddie Melton came on "Regionally Speaking" Tuesday to talk about the 2020 legislative session – bills he authored and its impact on northwest Indiana.   Here's that conversation.

Lauren Chapman, IPB News

Today:  The latest topics surrounding COVID-19 dominate this "Reporters' Roundtable." 

TheStatehouseFile.com

Today:  State Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon joins us with her thoughts on the state response to the coronavirus pandemic, from her view as a state legislator. We also have a conversation with a psychologist on how to talk with youngsters about COVID-19 and how the Gary Communnity Schools  is helping their students stay educated outside of classrooms by use of YouTube.  "Green Fleet Radio" with Carl Lisek from South Shore Clean Cities is on the program today, along with northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer on making tough decisions during what can be considered some rather volatile financial times.

Porter County Recycling

Today:  We have a coronavirus update for northwest Indiana, with the first three COVID-19 cases reported at hospitals in Lake and Porter Counties.

WVPE Public Radio

Today: We have three conversations about the coronavirus: one of them, with a Crown Point woman who has self-quarantined after testing negative for the flu, step-throat and RSV.   State Representative Chris Chyung (D-Dyer) talks about the 2020 General Asssembly session and of his own decision to stay at home, with symptoms of the cold and flu, because of his concern over COVID-19. And NFIB state director Barbara Quandt reviews a recent survey of Hoosier small businesses on how they are dealing with COVID-19.

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Today: The U.S. Census Bureau begins mailing invitations to all Americans this month to respond to the once-a-decade population count that is so important.  Deb Stempowski has an overview of the 2020 Census and how to respond by mail, by phone or through the Internet.

Hanover Community Schools website

Today:   A south Lake County school district is asking its patrons (and voters)  to consider a question that will come up on the May 5th primary election ballot.  Mary McAuley with Hanover Community Schools is leading an ambitious project to be able to educate a growing number of students.

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Today:  We continue our conversations with new northwest Indiana Mayors with Portage Mayor Sue L:ynch.

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Today:  We continue our conversations with newly-elected Mayors in northwest Indiana communities with Michigan City Mayor Duane Parry (R). 

Indiana Public Media

Today:  "Times" chief political reporter Dan Carden joins us to talk about the stories he offered in print and online, including news of major bills at the General Assembly that will have an impact on northwest Indiana.  They include what may be the resolution of the issue of the town of Griffith wanting to secede from Calumet Township.  "Region Nerd Alert" podcaster Jose Rodriguez talked with two vendors at last weekend's Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, C2E2, and he gives us his conversation. Ron Taylor with the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District has the latest on the household hazardous waste collection dates in 2020, the cleanliness of the county's recycling drop-off sites and a sneak peek at the 2020 northwest Indiana Earth Day observances in April.  And Jesse Kharbanda with the Hoosier Environmental Council is at the Statehouse with the latest status in the General Assembly of bills dealing with the Indiana environment.

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