COVID-19 vaccines for children

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Today:  Amateur Gary historian and Facebook group leader Korry Shepard is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about his love of history in his hometown and seeks answers to his questions. One question is: why are there so many abandoned houses in Gary?  He brings up the subject of historic housing discrimination in the city.  Pediatrician Dr. Tina Tan talks about the importance of getting youngsters ready for in-person learning this year with vaccination.  The delta variant is affecting children at a higher rate than previous variants of the virus. Dr. Tan is an attending physician with the Lurie Childrens' Hospital in Chicago.

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Today:  Andy Downs, the executive director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue Ft. Wayne is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about what Hoosier legislators are supposed to be doing when they return to Indianapolis this fall: redrawing state legislative and congressional district maps.  Andy offers some insight to the process and has some suggestions.  The work on redrawing the maps is being delayed because of the lack of new U.S. Census data.   We bring back our conversation with U.S. Health and Human Services pediatrician Dr. Michael Warren about the vaccines that young people should receiving this summer, aside of the COVID-19 vaccine (if they can receive it).  And we have another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University.

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Today:  Leslie Plesac, the director of Purdue University Northwest's Sinai Forum program, is on "Regionally Speaking" for an extended conversation about the guest speakers for the 68th season for the Sinai Forum -- beginning with medical expert Dr. Deborah Birx  (pictured)  on October 17th.  Other guests who will speak this season include Holocaust survivor Max Eisen, civil rights lawyer and social justice activist Bryan Stevenson and Silicon Valley icon Steve Wozniak.  Pediatrician Dr. Christina Johns talks about the COVID vaccines available (and soon-to-be available) for children and of the importance of deciding if they should be vaccinated.  And Gary Literacy Coalition executive director Lori Kuykendall talks about the organization and its mission in the Steel City to support, promote, enhance and coordinate programs for citizen access to literacy programs.