Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics director Andy Downs

Indiana Public Media

Today:   Indiana Dunes National Park superintendent Paul Labovitz is with us to talk about the beachfront remediation done last year to correct the growing erosion problem along Central Avenue Beach and the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk.  He also talks about other projects at the National Park which are planned for 2021.  Indiana Public Broadcasting's Rebecca Thiele has a report on the push to allow reusable shopping bags during the coronavirus pandemic.  Later in the program, Andy Downs with the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue University Ft. Wayne has a review of the first month of the 2021 General Assembly session.  

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On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on the a caucus date set to select the new North Township Trustee, South Shore Double Track Project, Katy Anderson reports on reaction from Indiana political expert Andy Downs about the unprecedented scene that unfolded at the U. S. Capitol earlier this week and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Jim Ventura, the CEO of Maya Energy LLC, which is building a solid waste and recyclables processing facility on Gary's west edge… All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”… 

Purdue University Ft Wayne

Today:   It's Indiana politics day on "Regionally Speaking."  Andy Downs, the director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue University Ft Wayne, is with us with a pre-Election Day update which includes his thoughts on the latest vote-by-mail decisions, early voting opportunities, the Attorney General candidates on the ballot and concerns about voting equipment security issues.  That is also the subject that Indiana University Public Policy Institute analyst Joti Martin talks about.  The Institute just issued a new analysis that finds that Indiana's reliance on older paperless voting machines could pose security risks in the upcoming election.  And Indiana Public Broadcasting's Brandon Smith has a feature on the 2020 Governor's race and of the three candidates on the ballot. 

Johns Hopkins Medicine

Today:   Andy Downs with the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics in Ft. Wayne joins us to talk about the 2020 General Assembly session which is in its final weeks, and the bills that've been come up so far for review.  Dr. Erik Mikaitis with Franciscan Health Crown Point explains the coronavirus, its symptoms and how the healthcare system is getting ready to deal with it -- in the hopes that they don't have to.  We have another edition of "Building Northwest Indiana" from the Construction Advancement Foundation and another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University. Purdue University Northwest is observing Women's History Month with a series of events, and Kimberly Trajkovski tells us about a program this weekend at the Hammond campus on "believing in restorative justice."

WFYI Public Radio

Today:  Updates on the 2020 Indiana General Assembly session -- first, from Andy Downs with the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue University Ft. Wayne, and later, from Dr. Indra Frank with the Hoosier Environmental Council,  which is closely watching environmentally-related measures moving through the Legislature.  We have a new edition of "Building Northwest Indiana" from the Construction Advancement Foundation and a new conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University.