Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation

The Conversation website

Today:  Claire Fiddian-Green, the president and CEO of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, is with us with details of the report of a study, commissioned by the foundation, that takes a comprehensive look at Indiana's school funding since the 2008 property tax reforms.  It warns of school funding inequities that affect low-income communities, racial groups and types of schools -- and that those inequities will likely continue through the COVID-19 crisis.  Vanetta Keefe with the Indiana Department of Transportation talks about the review of the Indiana Rail Plan, a plan that guides improvement of freight and passenger rail service in the state.  Federal law requires an update every four years, and this is the year for the update.  Vanetta is seeking public input and it can be made online very soon.  And from the Lake County Public Library -- branch services coordinator Carol Daumer Gutjahr says library branches will reopen with regular hours beginning October 15th at the Central Library in Merrillville and the other eight branches on October 19th.  She tells us why it is finally time to reopen.

Indiana Obesity Rates Continue To Rise

Mar 14, 2019

A new report finds Indiana has the 12th worst obesity rate in the nation and the number Hoosiers who are obese or overweight continues to climb.

Chicago Tribune

Today:   On this "Reporters Roundtable Thursday," we asked "Chicago Tribune" and "Post-Tribune" reporter Michael Hawthorne to talk about his story this week on how an industrial neighbor to homes in Whiting has reportedly contaminated the air, an area already loaded with contaminated soils.  Giles Bruce of the "Times" also joins us, along with "Post-Tribune" reporter Greg Tejeda, to talk about their stories in print and online.  And Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson has a conversation with Indiana Youth Institute executive Tami Silverman on the high opioid and nicotine use in Indiana,

New Reports Calculate Lives Lost To Tobacco, Opioids

Oct 30, 2018
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Lauren Chapman

Two new reports from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation outline the loss of life in Indiana from two epidemics: tobacco and opioids

Miller Spotlight

Today:  Kelly Anoe, Vice President with the Legacy Foundation of Lake County, is in the studio to give us a broad perspective on the art scene in the city of Gary -- including "ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen" and other very visible projects.  The Legacy Foundation is the local funding link between the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and other public philanthropists and projects and programs in Lake County.  The foundation works with "ArtHouse" and the other Knight Cities Challenge grant recipients.