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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.

The Catholic Divide:

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.

Race and Justice: Here and Now  Episode 3

 A live discussion about police training, tactics, and options for reform as part of its ongoing community conversation, Race and Justice: Here and Now, with host Michael Puente. 

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Today on Off Mic we get the latest on the pandemic in Northwest Indiana with rising COVID-19 rates and a call for the state to set up a free testing site.

Race and Justice: Here and Now” episode 2

TODAY ON OFF MIC Less than two weeks ago no one knew George Floyd’s name. Today the world knows it and America deals with another incident of a black man killed at the hands of police. Civil unrest in large cities and small towns has put the pandemic on the back burner. Raw emotions were on display at demonstrations this week here in Northwest Indiana. We talk to the winner of Tuesday’s Democratic primary for Indiana’s first congressional district race, and will there be any baseball this year?

Today on Off Mic, the primary is finally here! The most anticipated race is the Democratic primary for Indiana’s First Congressional District seat. We hear from five candidates running for the nomination: Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott Jr., Sabrina Haake, Jim Harper, Indiana State Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon and North Township Trustee Frank Mrvan.

Today on Off Mic, The national jobless rate is at its highest level since the Great Depression with nearly every sector of the economy taking a hit. That includes the media. We speak to Rich Jackson, the so called “Homeless Editor” who gaining national attention after being laid off recently by a newspaper in Indiana. And, putting a face on those who work in meat processing plants; Meanwhile, the race for Congress in Northwest Indiana is heating up. We talk to candidate Sebrina Haake about her campaign; And when will the boys of summer get back to work?

On this edition of Off Mic, Michael Puente finds out how Coronavirus is affecting NWI. 

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This week on Off Mic: A candidate for Congress in Northwest Indiana responds to “victim shaming” directed at her. It’s due to her connection to the disciplinary case against Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, a native of Hammond is now the head of the Disney Empire, a Chicago man talks about his work on the August Wilson play “Gem of the Ocean”, we talk to a local organizer of a Friday Fish Fry and we get an update on Spring Training for the White Sox and Cubs.

Micheal Puente is joined by the hosts of 'The Bill and Kali Show" to discuss crazy month one of 2020 on this edition of Off Mic.

The City of Gary attempts to deal with the ever growing violence problem. In Off Mic we explore the solutions that could be taken from the police, the new admintration under Jerome Prince, and even the community.

This week on "Off Mic," Michael Puente talks about the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., the fallout of the cheating scandal in Major League Baseball, and just what goes into the votes for the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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Michael Puente hosts the latest edition of "Off Mic."

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