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A public forum will take place next week that some in East Chicago hope will address concerns about the future of a safety-net hospital;

We talk about food insecurity in Northwest Indiana as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches;

And, as we near the end of the year, we want to highlight some of Northwest Indiana's biggest wins in terms of economic development.

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Today on “Off Mic” with guest host Post-Tribune columnist Jerry Davich we’ll take a look at the broader picture behind all the “We’re Hiring” signs at local businesses, with insights from an economics professor at IUN about the ongoing "great reassessment of work,” as it’s called.

We’ll also hear from a Gary pastor who says he went through hell after contracting COVID-19 – “the worst 17 days of his life” – and how he now feels compelled to spread the gospel about vaccinations for the deadly virus.

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Today on Off Mic: One hospital in Northwest Indiana has already announced plans to dramatically downsize. Could another follow? We talk to two Indiana state lawmakers who are trying to get answers about the future of St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago; we also talk to one doctor who has worked at St. Catherine for decades and hear her worries about the future of the hospital; and finally a discussion about a new Indiana law that will give the public a new tool to get answers from not-for-profit hospitals. 

Today on Off Mic, It’s Pride Month. We take a look back at the struggle gay people faced for the right to marry across the nation and here in Indiana.  We talk to one local gay man on acceptace in Northwest Indiana and the future of the LGBTQIA movement. And now that wedding receptions are back in full swing, what’s the hot music and classics that are sure to get folks on the dance floor?  One local wedding DJ gives us the scoop. All This on Off Mic … 


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Today on Off Mic: It's not the London Bridge but it's a bridge nonetheless. There's a growing concern about the demolition of a pedestrian bridge in East Chicago. School children often use it to cross a busy roadway. But, coming next week, it's being demolished and not being replaced. We'll give you another look inside the new Hard Rock Casino in Gary. And, did you see that play by the Cubs' Javy Baez? We'll catch you up. All this on Off Mic.

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Today on Off Mic, Well, it’s here. Gary’s new $325 million Hard Rock Casino. We’ll bring you some of the sights and sounds from the grand opening just a week ago. And, we discuss if a future Chicago casino is a real threat. And we bid adieu to two of our production interns who will be graduating from college this weekend. All this on Off Mic!

Today on Off Mic: It’s been an emotional week here in Indiana and across the country. The announced conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd and the continued outrage of the death of 13-year-old Adam Toledo in Chicago, has sparked discussion. We bring you that;Earth Day celebrations continue in Northwest Indiana. We talk about how one city is using the occasion in getting its citizens involved in cleaning up the community; and April is National Organ Donor Month.

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Today on Off Mic: The shocking video released yesterday of a Chicago police officer shooting to death a 13-year-old boy whom the officer who was told he had a gun, raises more questions about police accountability. We talk to one person who sees the situation as a former police officer, prosecutor, sheriff and defense attorney; aAnd a federal judge says BP Whiting violated air pollution standards, but what does the ruling really mean?

Today on Off Mic, Northwest Indiana is home to a new vaccination center. We’ll  visit with Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and Indiana Health Commissioner Dr. Christina Box to tell us the significance of the opening of this new center in Gary; And while Gov. Holcomb’s mask mandate is now over, some of you tell me why you plan to keep wearing your mask; And, one town in Northwest Indiana is proposing making getting a vaccine mandatory for all employees; and April is National Donate Life l Month. We’ll learn about how and why you should become an organ donor.

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The pandemic has impacted movie theaters, live concerts and community theater. It’s forced some community theater groups to come up with creative ways to get their productions to the masses. We talk to the head of the Towle Theater in Hammond, Indiana; We talk to the new owner of the iconic African American magazine, Ebony, and the owner’s connection to Northwest Indiana; And preventing violence before it happens. We talk to the organizers of one such program in the City of Gary. All this on Off Mic.

TODAY ON OFF MIC….Indiana is a very agricultural state but if you live in the urban areas of northwest indiana – a farm is as foreign to you as Mars. But that could change under legislation to expand urban agriculture. There’s also plans to enhance economic opportunities on the lakefront in Gary; And – why aren't teachers given priority to get the covid vaccine in Indiana? We’ll talk to one teacher who has issues with that; And could the Chicago Bears land Russell Wilson? We’ll find out. All this on Off Mic.

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President Biden is pushing through an aggressive plan to allow 11 million undocumented immigrants to become citizens. It’s a move that many welcome but those on the right, are opposed. We talk to one local professor on what this legislation may mean for those living in the shadows locally and nationally; We talk about African-American contributions to Major League Baseball, including the White Sox and Cubs. And, how historic was all this snow we got this week? We talk to a legendary Chicago weatherman. And, it’s cold outside but sports are heating up. All this on Off Mic.

Today on Off Mic: Whether you supported him or not, President Trump had a large following. And much of that following does not trust the news media. That's a big problem for the press. How does the press win those people back? We talk to one person who says strengthening media literacy is the key; And, we talk to a local writer about 100 things to do in Northwest Indiana before you die. All this on Off Mic. 

Today on Off Mic:President Joe Biden is in the White House now and he's pushing forth ambitious plans on a number of issues. One is providing a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. We talk to one activist on what they may mean for those living in the shadows in Northwest Indiana; And, the pandemic has led to the collapse of many small businesses in Indiana and Illinois. But there are some who have decided that now is the time to open a business. We talk to three women who are doing just that. All this on Off Mic.

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Of the hundreds of pro-Trump rioters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, at least one was from Northwest Indiana. And, he has a large following on social media. But who is Kash Lee Kelly? And, the Trump administration executed a woman this week, it’s one of several that have been carried out in the last months of President Trump’s term in office. And, with the Bears out of the playoffs, what’s next for the team?All this on Off Mic.

Today on Off Mic, Indiana’s newest Congressman reflects on being sworn into office and the unrest that unfolded at the Capitol. Frank J. Mrvan is the new Representative for Indiana’s 1st Congressional District replacing longtime Rep. Peter J. Visclosky. Mrvan talks about his historic swearing in and whether President Trump should be removed from office. We’re also joined by Indiana State Rep. Earl Harris Jr to get a look at his legislative agenda.

Celebrate the Christmas spirit with a delightful Sherlock Holmes radio drama put on by Michael Puente and friends! 

Today on Off Mic, the numbers continue to look ugly in the battle against COVID-19 across the country and in Northwest Indiana. We talk to a local expert on the latest numbers and the challenges facing us. And we’ll hear a report on worker complaints to OSHA on COVID-19 issues such as pressuring employees to come in even if they are sick; And the Grammy nominations came out recently with some noticeable snubs. Who gets to vote and what is the process like? We talked to one voting member of the Grammy Awards. He’s actually a very familiar voice. All this on Off Mic.

Today on Off Mic: Hope in a Bottle: Northwest Indiana sportswriter Mike Hutton participates in a trial for a COVID-19 vaccine; And, what does the future hold for two prominent Hoosiers: Vice President Mike Pence and former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg;  And, can a casino open during a pandemic?

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  As the world awaits the finally numbers for the presidential race, we’ll talk about the state of national politics and in Northwest Indiana. We talk with Tony Walker, Gary attorney and former chair of the Indiana Judicial Disciplinary Commission, on local politics. We talk to Akilia McCain who is the newest member of the Gary School Board. And, an update  on the White Sox selection of Tony La Russa as its new manager.

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Today on Off Mic: We are just days away from the Presidential election. Millions have already voted but some will on vote on election day. This election has caused a divide among Roman Catholic voters who to support and what does it mean to be a devout Catholic? We speak to several Roman Catholics in Chicago and here in Northwest Indiana, including a former priest who answers the question: Can you be a devote Catholic and still support a pro-choice nominee like Joe Biden?

WE ARE NOW IN THE 9TH MONTH OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.AND RIGHT NOW – THE DISEASE SHOWS NO SIGNS OF SLOWING UP.

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Immigration is a major issue in the upcoming presidential election. But the issues surrounding immigration isn’t just for border states like Texas or California. It affects Northwest Indiana as well. Today, demonstrators are demanding that the Gary Chicago International Airport stop allowing federal officials to use it to fly undocumented immigrants out of the country. We also talk to the author of a book that details the history of Latino support for the GOP. And, we talk to one Latino supporter for President Trump.

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 The President and the First Lady both test positive for COVID-19. What does this mean for the campaign? Until we hear otherwise, the campaign continues and that means courting the Latino Vote.Today we hear from a history professor on his book detailing the history of Latino support for the Republican Party including for Donald Trump.

Painting the town red. Literally. A new public arts program in Gary hopes to turn abandoned structures into works of art; And, the issue of child abuse and neglect takes center stage in an on-line conference today sponsored by IUN in Gary; Reliving Purdue University Northwest’s celebration of Day of the Dead; And, the Cubs and Sox are struggling but they play a big series tonight all before the playoffs start in this COVID-19 era. All this on off mic.

Today on Off Mic …..We remember the events of Sept 11 – and how the day shaped who we are today. We talk about a new book that claims President Trump downplayed the severity of the coronavirus back in March. Did the famous writer have a duty to report those claims as soon as he found out? And its up, up and away for comic book stores. And we talk a little White Sox, Cubs and Bears.

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COVID-19 continues to climb in Indiana and in Northwest Indiana.The City of East Chicago, with its large Latino population, is leading the way.We talk to one East Chicago couple who battled the virus and won.

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 To Teach or Not to Teach in the Fall?With COVID-19 cases going up in Indiana, the big debate is whether children will be back in class? And, if they do, who will teach them? That’s because many teachers are unsure if they will be back in the classroom; And, what is it like to have COVID-19? We hear from one East Chicago woman who is still recovering from the dreaded virus; And, Batter up! The Cubs and White Sox play this weekend but one of our Boys of Summer is battling COVID-19.

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