"Off Mic" with Michael Puente

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Today:  Our colleague Michael Puente from Chicago Public Radio WBEZ sent along his recent "Off Mic" conversation with Andy Downs, the executive director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue University Fort Wayne, on the political futures of Vice President (and former Governor) Mike Pence and former South Bend Mayor (and presidential primary candidate) Pete Buttigieg.  We bring it to you, along with conversations from northwest Indiana's minority business community on "Neighborhood Voice" and another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso Univeity.  Today's conversation is with a well-known Gary public official.

Today on Off Mic: 

The U.S. Supreme Court pushes back on the Trump administration and its move to the dissolve the DACA program. This gives nearly a million people brought to the United States illegal as children by their parents hope. We talk to a college student in Northwest Indiana who is directly impacted by this decision. We also talk to a local attorney who works on DACA ISSUES. We also talk to three local people about the ongoing discussion about police reform including Gary, Indiana Mayor Jerome Prince.

Listen to a special edition of Off Mic where Micheal Puente hosted "Race and Justice: Here and Now", where he sat via Zoom with Northwest Indiana Community Leaders, Political Figures, and Law Enforcement to discuss recent events that sparked from the death of George Floyd.

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 We Continue Our Election Coverage With Discussions With Three Candidates Running In The Democratic Primary For The 1st Congressional District Seat. Hammond Mayor Tom Mcdermott Jr. Indiana State Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon And North Township Trustee Frank Mrvan What Are The Issue They Want To Tackle If Voters Send Them To Washigton, D.C. In January And What’s Left For Their Campaigns With Less Than Two Weeks To Go For The Primary All This On Off Mic

Today on “Off Mic,” What will Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb do? Will he lift the state’s stay-at-home order or extend it for another two weeks? We’ll hear from small business owners on how the pandemic has affected their business; We also hear from a local lawyer on the rights of workers returning to work; Local college students reflect on how COVID-19 crashed their graduation party; And learn more about the Bulls new general manager.

Today on Off Mic we bring you the latest on the COVID-19 outbreak in Indiana. We talk to a doctor who does things the old fashioned way...by making house calls. We talk about farm workers, the forgotten essential workers of this pandemic an what's done to protect them. We also discuss what the latest trends of this coronavirus 

This week on Off Mic we give you the latest information on Covid 19 as well as talk about the legendary Bulls for the new documentary "The Last Dance" 

On this edition of Off Mic with Micheal Puente, he goes over some important information regarding COVID-19 as well as the impact on sports, on this week's epidsode.

Today on “Off Mic” The COVID-19 epidemic is having a profound effect on life in the United States, the State of Indiana and right here in Northwest Indiana. 

Off Mic, March 13, 2020

Today on Off Mic on Lakeshore Public Radio,

 ·         How prepared is Northwest Indiana for coronavirus? The city of Gary's Health Commissioner says there are no test kits in the city. ·         What's next for Indiana's embattled Attorney General? ·         And the chefs at Art House Social Kitchen in Gary gives us a preview of a big event this weekend.

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Today:  we begin with "Off Mic" host Michael Puente's conversation with Porter County state Senator Karen Tallian about the Lake Michigan erosion issue and of the executive order from Gov. Eric Holcomb to put state agencies at work with local assistance -- and possibly a requst for federal help.  Michael also talks later about the northwest Indiana connection for the new Disney Co. CEO.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Jose Rodriguez, host of "Region Nerd Alert," and his cohosts have the latest about this weekend's C2E2 Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Tom Maloney talked with NPR's Bob Boilen about the next series of "Tiny Desk Concerts." Side Effects Public Media's Isaiah Seibert spoke at length with New England journalist Greg O'Brien about his personal journey with Alzheimers' and the podcast he created to talk about it. 

South Bend Tribune

Today:  Jesse Kharbanda, executive director of the Hoosier Environmental Council, has the latest from the Statehouse on environmental bills still moving through the General Assembly, including two that are up for review in separate Environmental Affairs Committees this week.  The HEC's Kim Ferraro tells us about the Indiana Supreme Court decision on a request to review an appeals court case about "factory farms" and their impact on local farms and residents.  And  also speaking of the environment, we have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio," with Carl Lisek of South Shore Clean Cities.  "Off Mic" host Michael Puente spoke recently with Gary attorney Tony Walker about Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill's legal problems, and we revisit that conversation. Walker served as chairman of the state Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission.

Today on Off Mic, Erosion is a big problem for Chicago and Northwest Indiana. But how the two regions are dealing with the problem is vastly different. We talk to two local leaders who say erosion is threatening homes, buildings, and safety in Northwest Indiana. We also talk to a local boxer who will defend her title at a big bout in Hammond this weekend. And the Oscars are Sunday! We talk about the best picture nominees and who might take home the big awards. All this on Off Mic with Michael Puente.

Northeast Indiana Public Radio

Today:  Hoosier Environmental Council senior policy director Tim Maloney and his colleagues have been closely watching the progress of bills in this General Assembly session that can affect the Indiana environment.  Tim is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about the measures that he's been monitoring -- two of which made it through Senate committees.  "Inside Indiana Business" host Gerry Dick and his panel of experts review the week's stories in this "INsiders" segment, and we bring you reporter Michael Puente's "Off Mic" conversation with Gary resident and activist Apostle East on the rise in crime in the Steel City. Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson visited south Texas near the Mexico border last year and talked to residents about the controversial issue of immigration.

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.

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Today:  Reporters Sharon Jackson with Lakeshore Public Radio, Michael Puente with WBEZ (in his role as "Off Mic" Friday program host) and "Times of Northwest Indiana" business reporter Joseph Pete are on the program.  Sharon's offered to us her discussion of the latest on the Griffith-Calumet Township relationship  issue with Town Council president Rick Ryfa.  Griffith's asking state lawmakers to support a bill that would allow the town to handle its own township services.  Michael has his "Off Mic" conversation with the new Mayor of Gary, Jerome Prince. And Joseph covers the business stories he sent out in print and online for "Times" readers.  They include news of two  local "Pier 1" store closings and how Pizza Hut wants to expand in the midst of takeout and delivery competition.  We also talk to Linda Hadley with Methodist Hospitals about Friday morning's Northwest Indiana Health Disparities Council meeting in Merrillville.  It will be the first community forum of 2020 addressing local healthcare topics and issues.

In studio newly elected Gary Mayor Jerome Prince will discuss his administration, as well as Ed Chevere who is a Chicago Resident living in Puerto Rico to report on the situation after the devastating earthquakes all on this episode of Off Mic.

On this episode of Off Mic: What’s next for Star Plaza area? Firefighters, East Chicago Mayor at odds and a book about bullies and zombies.

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Today:  On this "Reporters' Roundtable," we talk with Meredith Colias-Pete of the "Post-Tribune" about her story on the concerns over the growing erosion on Portage's Lakefront and Riverwalk and the impact on the Pavilion.  "Times" business reporter Joseph Pete is with us to cover the stories he's put out in print and online, including the flooding at the U. S. Steel Gary Works and a year-in-review review of Region retail businesses. It covers those businesses which opened and closed in 2019.  Michael Puente also offers his "Off Mic" conversation with documentary filmmaker Paul Nelson on his latest project, covering Octave Chanute.

Purdue University Ag. Economics

Today:  There will be 50 new mayors taking office in 2020 in Indiana cities and towns.   Many campaigned during the elections on promises -- and must now turn those promises into policy.  Purdue University economist Larry DeBoer joins us from his West Lafayette campus office to talk about some of the issues the new mayors will face, and how the Indiana economy has evolved over the years to treat urban, suburban and rural communities differently. He talks about research going into a new formula that he will unveil later this year.  We also have this week's edition of "Building Northwest Indiana" from the Construction Advancement Foundation and another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University.