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Today on Off Mic ....

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.

All this on Off Mic.

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Today on Off Mic …An Indiana senator recruits Chicago Police officers to apply for law enforcement jobs in Northwest Indiana.  Is that a good move? And – no fooling around – we hear about an upcoming comedy show. And move over Bulls – there’s a new basketball champion in town. And we wrap up the show giving you a fresher course on Dia de los Muertos …. All this on Off Mic.

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Today On Off Mic: Latinx are traditionally Democrats but a sizable percentage vote Republican. We talk with the author of a book who chronicles the history of Hispanics and the GOP, from Nixon to Trump. And, it is true? Are da Bears heading to da burbs? We'll talk about how Chicago hopes to keep their beloved Bears in the city. And, we'll find out what are the chances of the White Sox going deep in the playoffs. All this on Off Mic.

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Today on Off Mic: We talk about the controversy over a 9-11 parade float in Valparaiso last week and more issues of potential bias happening in that city. We talk to to a motivational speaker about being positive and authentic. And it’s Hispanic Heritage Month. We talk about the issues and get a jump start on the month.  All this on Off Mic.

South Shore CVA

Today: On "Reporters' Roundtable," "Times" freelance repoter Deborah Laverty talks about the stories she's put out in print and online, including a look at the 2021 Porter County Fair and this year's local observance of World Civility Day.  "Off Mic" host and reporter Michael Puente recently spoke with Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter about the state bills enacted into law this year focusing on criminal justice and on plans to create a local cybercrime-fighting task force, and we have a conversation with a Merrillville businessman who helped tornado victims in Illinois recently -- by making pizzas for them.

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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.

Franciscan Health

Today on Off Mic: The move to get more Latino’s vaccinated is happening this weekend. A local state representative is sponsoring a mass vaccination site in Hammond where a Spanish singer, a food giveaway and flowers will be available to anyone who gets a vaccine. A new political organization is trying to get more moms elected. And the news that Northwest Indiana’s largest city will soon be without a full service hospital is not sitting well with the city’s mayor. Finally, the battle between DC and Marvel heats up again. Who wins? All this on Off Mic…

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Today on Off Mic, Running a small business these days takes more than luck. It takes positive thinking. We talk to one local caterer that offers luwith a side of inspiration. Low income northwest Indians parents of sick children can now seek medical treatment closer to home. And, what's this feud between Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and lawmakers that landed them in court? Finally, we catch up with a local artist that makes art  out of junk. All of 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.

Today on Off Mic: Indiana lawmakers aren’t exactly known for going out of their way to help Northwest Indiana. But, there is a bill that is nearing the finish line to getting passed that would save a lot of time and trouble for low income parents whose children are suffering from cancer or other illnesses; We also hear about an initiative in Michigan City to clean up the city; And, baseball is back and with fans. We’ll see how both sides of Chicago are expected to do this season. All this on Off Mic.

Today on Off Mic: Covid restrictions are easing up a bit in Indiana but does that mean Hoosier should let down their guard? We talk to the state’s top doc about that; We hear from the head of Northwest Indiana’s first land-based casino; And, we also hear about how folks on Chicago’s North and South Sides are gearing up for a new season of baseball. This time with fans in the stands; Also, an emotional conversation about depression among high school and college students; And what is it like to be a college basketball player playing in this time of Covid? All this on Off Mic

  

Today on Off Mic,  Later this Spring, the first land-based casino in Northwest Indiana will open. We talk to the head of the new Hard Rock Casino Northwest Indiana in Gary.  We also talk to those local vendors who want to work with the casino.  And, are you meeting your fitness goals? We have a personal trainer who will give you trips on staying fit;  And, what’s it like to pour all those beers at Wrigley Field and Guaranteed Rate Field? We talk to one man who has done it for five decades. All this on Off Mic. 

 

Times of Northwest Indiana

Today:   Northwest Indiana "Times" prep sports reporter James Boyd is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about his nomination for the Associated Press Sports Editors' contest for a long-form feature and a "Times" project last year.   He goes into detail for us about his nominated stories.   Final placements for the top 10 nominations will be announced soon.  Carrie Napoleon with the "Post-Tribune" is also on this Reporters' Roundtable Thursday to talk about her recent stories in print and online.  They include a feature on a northwest Indiana woman who survived COVID-19, but is still having problems.  And "Off Mic" host Michael Puente talks with the lady who is behind the "Gary For Life" project. 

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Protecting the Environment. Indiana lawmakers seem to be going backwards in doing just that. From wetlands to solar power, some say Indiana is not moving in the right direction. We talk to the director of the Hoosier Environmental Council to see what needs to be done; And part of our ongoing series on people who have started a business during the pandemic, we talk to one man who got tired of looking for work – so he became his own boss; We also talk to the White House reporter for Politico; And --- this weekend’s Valentine’s Day. Many couples will be going out to celebrate. We talk to one person who says you might be able to bring a smile to a child for Valentine’s Day.All this on Off Mic ….

TODAY ON OFF MIC ….PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN CONTINUES TO PUSH HIS COVID-19 RELIEF EFFORTS THROUGH CONGRESS. BUT HE’S GETTING PUSH BACK FROM REPUBLICANS. HE’S ALSO GOT A NUMBER OF OTHER THINGS HE’S TRYING TO GET PASSED. WE TALK TO POLITICAL REPORTER NATASHA KORECKI WHO HAS A FRONT-ROW SEAT TO WHAT COMES OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE. WE CONTINUE OUR SERIES OF LOCAL WOMEN STARTING BUSINESSES DURING THE PANDEMIC.AND – A PREVIEW OF SUNDAY’S BIG GAME. ALL THIS ON OFF MIC.

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Today:   "Regionally Speaking's" Reporters' Roundtable includes "Post-Tribune" reporter Amy Lavalley's conversation with "Off Mic" host Michael Puente, on her story on Hammond resident and conservative influencer Kash Lee Kelly's arrest following the U.S. Capitol building assault earlier this month.  "Times" business reporter Joseph Pete also talks about his recent stories in print and online.  And Indiana Youth Instiute president-CEO Tami Silverman talks about her latest column, written and released in observance of Mentor Month. She speaks in particular about the I.Y.I. initiative MENTOR Indiana.

Today on Off Mic: The good news: We have a vaccine. The bad news: We’re still months away from it getting to the masses. Until then, the economy will continue to the struggle and that includes mass transit.We take a lonely ride on the south shore with one of the few remaining riders. And – saying goodbye to a 100-plus year old community newspaper in Porter County. And – who’s water is better? Chicago’s or Hammond’s Well, it’s up to Joliet to decide. All this on Off Mic.

Today on Off Mic, Covid-19 cases continue to rise in Northwest Indiana. We take a look at the latest numbers. But help may be on the way. Pfizer’s new vaccine could be making its way to Indiana hospitals soon. And, you may be spending a lot of time at home. That means doing a lot of movie watching. So, what are the best streaming services? We’ll talk to one expert. And while it’s football season, the White Sox are getting all the press. All this on Off Mic

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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.

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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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