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Today:     Retired public school superintendents Tony Lux and Michael Berta and Merrillville Community Schools administrator Danny Lackey are on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about Thursday's first of a two-webcast series co-hosted by Purdue University Northwest and the Northwest Indiana Coalition for Public Education that will focus on education and race, as barriers to learning.  The virtual panel discussion is free and available to the public on the Purdue Northwest  YouTube channel.  We also have another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University, a conversation with Griffith Town Council president Rick Ryfa on events and issues involving the town, and Indiana Youth Institute president and CEO Tami Silverman joins us for the latest on the 2021 "Kids Count Data Book" just released.

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On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on the closing of 3 Floyds brewpub, Brandon Smith reports Governor Eric Holcomb unveiled his agenda for 2021 and Chris Nolte has a conversation with the president and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute President Tami Silverman. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

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Today:  We revisit our conversation with Chris Bayh, the son of former Senator Birch Bayh, and Joe Allen, a former Bayh staffer who now heads up the "Bayh-Dole-40" initiative that marks the 40th anniversary (actually observed earlier this month) of the passage of the Bayh-Dole Act.   The Bayh-Dole Act fundamentally changed the nation's system of technology transfer, by enabling universities to retain title to inventions and take the lead in patenting and licensing groundbreaking discoveries.  We also have Tami Silverman with the Indiana Youth Institute to talk about her latest column entitled "Still Home for the Holiday: Supporting Our Kids Over Break." Young people usually await the holidays to enjoy being with friends and family, as well as the presents.  But the pandemic changed all that and added stress to the holiday plans.  Tami offers some tips in dealing with that stress.

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Today:  We have two environmental topics that are linked to northwest Indiana and NIPSCO's coal-fired plants.   Hoosier Environmental Council director of environmental health and water policy director Dr. Indra Frank talks about the release of a 32-page white paper entitled "Our Waters At Risk, Part 2: The Impact of Coal Ash."  It addresses the concerns about groundwater contamination by power plants' coal ash "impoundments"  -- the unlined pits in flood plains of Lake Michigan and Indiana rivers.  Jamie Palmer, a policy analyst with the I.U. Public Policy Institute talks about a recent analysis designed to help Hoosier lawmakers discuss the state's shift from coal to emerging technologies to create electricity.  PNC Financial Services Group economist Abbey Omodunbi joins us for the first of a monthly series of conversations about the local and national economies.  And Indiana Youth Institute president-CEO Tami Silverman talks about her recent column on helping get family members ready for a very different Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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Today:  We talk with Indiana Youth Institute president and CEO Tami Silverman about her latest column topic: keeping Hoosier children healthy by feeding as well as we can during the coronavirus pandemic, when schools aren't able to help as much as in the past. Lake Area United Way president-CEO Lisa Daugherty is also with us to bring us up-to-date on programs that help working families-in-need in Lake County during the COVID crisis.  We have another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University and the second part of Indiana Public Broadcasting's Ella Abbott's two-part series on "Sundown Towns" in Indiana: how the past is affecting present day life in those communities.

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Today:   Hobart Mayor Brian Snedecor joins us to talk about how his city is coping with the coronavirus pandemic, and he explains in detail his reasons for switching political affiliations from Democrat to Republican.  Indiana Youth Institute president and CEO Tami Silverman's produced another public column about helping Hoosier youth during the COVID-19 pandemic and the important role that teachers play in the process.  She talks about the column, as school systems attempt to reopen during the pandemic.  Susan Bannwart, the community engagement manager for the LaPorte County Public Library, explains how its new Mobile STEAM Classroom can help prepare for high-skilled and good-paying jobs in northwest Indiana.  And Brad Miller, the northwest field director for Indiana Landmarks, talks about the latest Ten Most Endangered List and one of this year's additions is Gary Roosevelt High School.  It is one of the three high schools that provided unprecedented learning opportunities to African Americans.

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Today:  We hear from two northwest Indiana school district superintendents on their reopening plans for classes this fall: first, from School City of Hammond superintendent Scott Miller and, later, from Merrillville Community Schools superintendent Nick Brown, speaking with Sharon Jackson.  In between, Indiana Youth Institute president and CEO Tami Silverman is with us to talk about the help that the Lilly Endowment and the state organization of United Ways is doing to help Hoosier nonprofits that serve young people -- agencies which have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.   The Lilly Endowment is creating a $20 million fund to help youth-serving organizations that it calls the Youth Program Resilience Fund. 

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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. 

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Indiana Youth Institute president and CEO Tami Silverman talks to Regionally Speaking” host Chris Nolte about being supportive and encouraging as well as informative when discussing COVID-19 with children. A recent report shows that we should anticipate more questions from later and elementary and early middle schoolers.

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

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On this edition of the podcast the you’ll the latest on U.S. Steel’s revised consent decree to ensure protections for Indiana Dunes National Park, the fetal remains found at an abortion doctors properties cannot be identified, Jeanie Lindsey reports on the hold off Gov. Eric Holcomb is taking on major statewide action on teacher pay raises until 2021and Chris Nolte has a conversation Tami Silverman, president and CEO of the Indiana Parenting Institute. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…     

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Today:  We recognize this Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with his "I Have A Dream" speech from 1963 and Indiana University  Northwest's theatrical presentation on Tuesday with  James Wallace, the director of Diversity, Equality and  Multicultural Affairs.  Indiana Youth Institute president and CEO Tami Silverman talks about Indiana National Mentoring Month and the IYI's special initiative called Mentor Indiana. We also bring back our conversations with Diana Rosenthal, jazz educator at Merrillville High School and jazz educator and musician Charkey Harrison, who was commissioned by MHS to prepare a piece he wrote for the school's Jazz Club. 

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Today:   The Leadership Institute at Purdue Northwest is holding a discussion on Thursday with regional leaders, including some of the public officials who were involved in Tuesday's election.  PNW professor and LNI academic director Rachel Clapp-Smith joins us with the details of the event.  We have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio" with Carl Lisek of South Shore Clean Cities with the focus on Hammond's economic development program. The director of the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project, Karen Lloyd, talks about the project -- which is similar to Story Corps -- and its importance to keeping the lines of conversation with veterans alive.  And Tami Silverman with the Indiana Youth Institute is with us, with the IYI's tips on making holiday familiy gatherings  enjoyable, educational for young people, and with minimum conflict.

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Today:   Jena Bellezza with the Indiana Parenting Institute talks about this Friday's "State of the Family Luncheon, to be held at Avalon Manor in Hobart.  Tami Silverman with the Indiana Youth Institute joins us to talk about National Hispanic Heritage Month and how educators and parents  can pave the way for students to more well-rounded citizens.  We have another conversation with Ty Warner with NIRPC on "Building Northwest Indiana." And Mitch Barloga with NIRPC is live in the studio to talk about the Greenways Foundation of Indiana's upcoming series of workshops to explain and encourage the establishment of Trail Towns. Trail Towns can generate economic growth and tourism dollars, as well as protect trails. Mitch is the president of the board of directors for the Greenways Foundation.

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Today:   Ed Feigenbaum with Hannah News Service's "Indiana Gaming Insight" newsletter joins us to talk about the new mobile gaming service being established in Indiana this week.  Indiana Youth Institute presidient-CEO Tami Silverman has her column out on the newest Indiana Dept. of Education database on Hoosier public school discipline issues.  She talks about how parents can help their local schools do better.  And we bring back Side Effects Public Media's Isiah Seibert's conversation with journalist and podcaster Greg O'Brien -- who is suffering from Alzheimer's.

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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.

Report: Indiana Improved Kids Health Ranking

Jun 17, 2019

The well-being of Hoosier children ranks in the middle of the pack, according to the Kids Count Data Book.

The annual report finds Indiana in the 29th spot overall, a slight decline from last year.  The data measures trends in well-being, including health, economics and family and community.