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Off Mic, with Michael Puente
Friday @ 11 AM

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

  • Friday, April 1, 2022 marked our final ‘Off Mic’ show for Lakeshore Public Radio. I started this show about three years ago. Over the years I’ve had a lot of fun and gave me the opportunity to try new things. The show ‘Off Mic’ was an opportunity for me to go beyond the local reporting I do on WBEZ and it’s been a joy and a lot of hard work behind the scenes to put together a weekly show. Thank
  • School choice has been around for nearly two decades in Indiana. Is it working the way it should? What else can be done to improve the system? Cesar Roman of the Institute for Quality Education, based in Indianapolis, gives us some answers.
  • Michael Puente talks first generation college in NWI, he gets the latest on Ukraine, and Chicago sports.
  • One innovative program in Chicago is working hard to boost minority diversity among the ranks in fire safety members. The world condemns the Russian invasion into Ukraine. Will sanctions really deter President Vladimir Putin?
  • The Region took a big hit with Snowmageddon 2022! As Latino communities grow across the Hoosier state, there’s a push to get more representation at the Statehouse and how are the latest COVID-19 trends affecting the northwest Indiana economy.
  • Today on Off Mic, East Chicago Deputy Police Chief Jose Rivera talks about the ongoing investigation into the Christmas Day homicide outside of a bar owned by a City Councilman Dwayne Rancifer Jr. And a recap of the political soap opera surrounding the Lake County Sheriff’s office.And a recap of the political soap opera surrounding the Lake County Sheriff’s office.
  • A homicide took place outside of an East Chicago bar early on Christmas morning. Police are trying to find clues to the homicide Could a recent raid be tied to politics? . Also talk about another local political soap opera regarding the Lake County Sheriff’s office has many chiming in with their thoughts. All of this on Off Mic…
  • The Lake County sheriff has been indicted on resisting law enforcement charges, understanding the legal defense…Pro Se and Gary’s Welcoming City ordinance stands.
  • Today on Off Mic: Money, money and more money is coming to Indiana as well as the rest of the country as part of the president’s $1.2 Trillion investing…
  • Today on Off Mic ....A public forum will take place next week that some in East Chicago hope will address concerns about the future of a safety-net…