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Today:   South Shore Clean Cities exeuctive director Carl Lisek talks about the beginnings of the nonprofit coalition that's focused on promoting sustainable transportation in northern Indiana.  SSCC began 20 years ago this month, and a 20th Anniversary Celebration iis planned to take place next week.

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Today:   Northwest Indiana political activist Ruth Needleman is in the studio to bring us updates on several projects and topics.  She tells us about an upcoming board meeting in an Illinois village reviewing a proposal from another privately-owned corrections company to establish an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center.  Ruth also talks about the March 11th IURC field hearing in Hammond on NIPSCO's electric rate case.  "Green Fleet Radio" from South Shore Clean Cities is back -- we'll bring back our conversation with Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr -- and Eric Zosso


Today:    The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission holds its field hearing on NIPSCO's electric rate case in Hammond on March 11th --  so we call upon Anthony Swinger of the Office of Utility Consumer Counselor to explain what the IURC is considering, ahead of the public hearing at Hammond High School's auditorium.  We have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio," supported by South Shore Clean Cities.  Host Carl Lisek talks with University of Notre Dame's sustainability director.  And Lorelei Weimer with Indiana Dunes Tourism talks about the reaction to the renaming of Indiana Dunes Nation

Indiana Landmarks

Today:   Todd Zeiger,  the northern Indiana director of Indiana Landmarks is with us to talk about the offer that the non-profit preservation group is offering, in partnership with the National Park Service, to make the famous "House of Tomorrow" in Beverly Shores available for a 50-year lease to a party that will undertake its restoration.  The "House" is one of five "Century of Progress" homes brought over to Indiana in 1934, when the Chicago World's Fair closed.  Four of the homes have already been restored.  We have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio," supported by South Shore Clean

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Today:   Michael Hicks, the executive director of Ball State University's Center for Business and Economic Research, is the co-author of a new report that shows that, overall, Indiana has an overabundance of homes and what the report says is an unprofitable housing industry.  We talk with Professor Hicks about the report, and take a closer look at northwest Indiana.


Today:   we bring in with northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer, for our previous conversation on getting everything together for the 2018 tax year income tax returns.  "Green Fleet Radio," supported by South Shore Clean Cities, is back with Carl Lisek and his guest.

Today:   Valparaiso University professor Allison Schuette joins us in the studio as one of the co-director of  the Welcome Project, about the NEH grant of $100,000, to support the new "Flight Paths" initiative.  Dozens of applicants seek the grants on average each year but only seven are awarded  each year.   We revisit conversations from the past year for "Green Fleet Radio," supported by South Shore Green Cities. This conversation is from June 13th, 2018.

Today:   Purdue University Northwest joins Valparaiso University in planning celebrations of the life and work of civil rights icon Martin Luther King. Jr  next week.  We talk with the coordinator of the events on the Hammond and Westville campuses, Laura Odom, about the January 21st and 22nd events  and we bring back our conversation with Byron Martin and Heath Carter with Valparaiso University, about their January 21st program.

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Today:    Steve Coxhead, the president of the Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance, is with us to talk about the advocacy organization's lobbying efforts with state legislators to make sure that the Indiana Department of Transportation continues to support the "Hoosier State" and other regional passenger rail services. Hoosier lawmakers are working on a new two-year state budget this session.

Today:    One of the major programs for Lake Area United Way is to help working-poor families affordable healthcare and livage-wage jobs.  We bring back our conversation with the United Way's chief executive Lisa Daugherty on the goals in 2019.  We also have "Howey Politics Indiana" creator Brian Howey with the big Indiana political stories of 2018 and on how the 2019 General Assembly session will look, with the issues and personalities involved.  State Rep.

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Today:  The Mascot Hall of Fame officially opened to the public in Whiting and we have two conversations -- first, with the Executive Director of the mascot-themed interactive childrens' museum, Orestes Hernandez and then, with Whiting Mayor Joe Stahura on the important economic development benefits that the Hall of Fame bring to his city.  We also have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio," from South Shore Clean Cities.  Host Carl Lisek talks with an executive with ChargePoint, which supports electric vehicles.

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Today:   Lake Area United Way is focusing its 2019 effort to help working-poor families find affordable child care and livable-wage jobs.  These households are also known by the term ALICE, and we revisit our conversations with Lisa Daugherty, President and CEO of Lake Area United Way, to review the nonprofit's strategies next year.    We also have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio," supported by South Shore Clean Cities.  And Celina Weatherwax with the MAAC Foundation in Valparaiso joins us to talk about the organization's training efforts for emergency personnel that includes a new p

Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Today:   We have a conversation with Marc Magill, the medical director of the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, about his recent Town Hall Meeting with northwest Indiana veterans, their families and caregivers held at the Adam Benjamin Outpatient Clinic in Crown Point.  Magill says topics like the VA REACH program, an update on the ongoing concerns about veteran suicides and local veterans' concerns about the future of VA health care services came up at the meeting.

Lake Area United Way

Today:   We find out more about the Lake Area United Way's 2019 campaign -- continuing 0n the effort of 2018 by the nonprofit, to help Lake County "working poor" families with affordable childcare and into jobs paying livable wages.  Statistics show 22-percent of Lake County households are considered in the "working poor" category, and that is on top of an additional 15-percent of local households in poverty.

Today:   Lake County Coronor Merilee Frey spoke to a local group about the area's opioid crisis and we bring you the conversation we had with her after the meeting. A little later in the program, we have another new Indiana state legislator from northwest Indiana -- State Rep. Carolyn Jackson (D-1), who defeated Libertarian Party candidate Donna Dunn in the Nov. 6 general election to represent residents of sections of Hammond and Whiting.  She talks about the issues she raised during the campaign that got her elected, many of which she says came from residents she spoke with.

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Today:   An extended conversation with one of the new state legislators, State Rep. Lisa Beck (D-19), who joined her northwest Indiana colleagues for swearing-in and Organization Day at the Statehouse, in advance of the 2019 General Assembly session.   We also have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio," supported by South Shore Clean Cities.  Lauri Keagle is in once again for host Carl Lisek, with a conversation with John Scharingson, the Executive Director, Sales & Marketing at the Renewable Energy Group.

IU Northwest

Today:   on this post-Election Day program, we have Indiana University Northwest economist Micah Pollak and his "Northwest Indiana Coincident Index" report for this year and going into 2019.  It's a very positive report on the local economy.  And we talked with a Munster native who is attending Ball State University and is working in an immersive learning course that is helping a Muncie non-profit healthcare agency.  Haley Collison is double-majoring in human resources and marketing.

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Today:   Purdue University Northwest philosophy professor David Detmer's written a book that chronicles the work of author Howard Zinn, his teachings and books that looked at bias and objectivity in history.  Zinn's work upset many, including former Governor Mitch Daniels.  Detmer's book "Zinnophobia" goes into detail about the Zinn-Daniels incident, and we bring back our conversation with him about it.

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Today:   Lake County Sheriff is one of the public offices on the Nov. 6th general election ballot in Lake County. We invited Republican Dan Bursac into the studio to talk about himself and his seeking the seat currently held by Oscar Martinez.  Later on, we talked with Lake County Council District 7 Democratic candidate Phil Kuiper, who is on the ballot along with Republican Christian Jorgensen for the seat held by Eldon Strong.  And IPBS reporter Brandon Smith concludes his conversations with Indiana Secretary of State candidates today with Libertarian Party candidate Mark Rutherford.

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Today:   Julia Vaughn, policy director for Common Cause Indiana, talks about Saturday's "Redistricting Reform 101" activist training workshop at Purdue University Northwest's Westville campus.  The event is to help citizens learn more about the redistricting reform effort to make changes that put an end to "gerrymandering."  Vaughn reviews the reasons behind the reform movement and the Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting.  She also talks about concerns that Hoosier voters' registration may have been purged or cancelled ahead of the Nov.


Today:   We revisit our conversation with northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer about the upcoming deadlines on Monday, October 15th for those with individual retirement accounts (IRAs).

On this week's "Green Fleet Radio," host Carl Lisek talks to James Turnwald, the executive director of the Michiana Area Council of Governments about the multi-county organization's green initiatives. "Green Fleet Radio" is supported by South Shore Clean Cities.

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Today:   We talk with Karen Toering, the founder and organizer for the Gary International Black Film Festival, the three-day event in Gary that focuses on dozens of short-and feature-length films that explore a variety of themes that reflect on the complexity of the black diaspora.  The 8th annual Film Festival gets residents interested in filmmaking and in other activities that support local businesses.  Karen says this year's Opening Night feature to be shown at Indiana University Northwest is "1 Angry Black Man."   Here's the link to the we

Today:    We begin our series on the Lake County November 6th general election ballot, with the only public school district referendum listed this time.   Lake Ridge New Tech Schools Superintendent Sharon Johnson-Shirley talks about her district's request for support on operating expenses and construction, renovation and improvements.  Lake Ridge is located in unincorporated Calumet Township, outside the city of Gary.


Today:    Tami Silverman, the presuident and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute, joins us to talk about the new state Legislature-mandated training sessions for all Indiana teachers and educators in grades 5-12 on youth suicide awareness and prevention.  Hoosier youth are more likely to consider or attempt suicide than their peers nationally, according to IYI data.  Indiana also faces significant disparities in youth suicide among the vulnerable groups,. and among the different sizes of school districts in the state. 

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Today:   an extended conversation with Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas.  The mayor talks about the status of the city's U.S. 30 corridor project, other improvements made to neighborhoods around downtown Valpo, the quest for affordable housing in his city and what he plans to work on in 2019, as he wraps up his term of office.  He covers a lot of ground in this interview.

Indiana Public Media

Today:   Lorelei Weimer, the executive director of Indiana Dunes Tourism, joins us to talk about the concerted lobbying effort, both locally and in Washington, to get the Indiana  Dunes National Lakeshore elevated to National Park status.  She tells us the latest on that, as well as more about the new video series about the Indiana Dunes State Park and National Lakeshore that is now on the Indiana Dunes Tourism YouTube channel.  The series is entitled "Dunes 101."

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Today:     We talk with Indiana's U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly (D) about some of the measures that he and his colleagues have worked on Capitol Hill to pass or move ahead -- including a way to make it easier to establish suicide hotlines.   We revisit our conversation with Andy Downs of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue University Fort Wayne  about the Lake County precinct consolidation plan.

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Today:    An in-studio update from Steve Beekman, the CEO of the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, on its multi-goal campaign to fight hunger in the Region through its new facility in Merrillville and its programs to better service the food pantries and support programs that it services.  The Food Bank moved from Gary to Merrillville just a few months ago.  You'll be surprised to hear how it's grown in that short amount of time.

South Shore Clean Cities

Today:    We revsit our conversation with state Senator Karen Tallian (D-Ogden Dunes) on her recent trip to Canada for a meeting where trade between the U.S. and Canada was discussed.  Indiana's one of the major Midwest trade states with our neighbors to the North. 

We also have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio," supported by South Shore Clean Cities, with Carl Lisek and the manager for business development at NIPSCO.

Indiana Senate Democrats

Today:  Northwest Indiana state Senator Karen Tallian (D) is in the studio to talk about her recent trip to Winnipeg, Manitoba to participate in the annual Midwestern Legislative Conference of both U.S. and Canadian lawmakers.  The group discusses key topics on both sides of the border -- including trade and NAFTA.  Karen also talks about her meeting with Canada's national minister for natural resources, on what Canada's been doing to research and promote the industrial hemp economy.