Valparaiso University Jazz Festival

Indiana Public Media

Today:   Steve Coxhead of the Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about Amtrak's plans to expand its nationwide routes with $80 billion from President Biden's infrastructure plan.  IPB News reporter Mitch Legan has a feature on diversity and the lack of it in the General Assembly and state politics in general.  Valparaiso University music professor Jeffrey Brown talks about this week's virtual Jazz Fest and VU civil engineering professor Jay Grossman talks about his continuing research into traffic signal detection systems this year that will come with an INDOT grant. The research will study if the  new technologies are as safe and efficient as current ones.

Tom Lounges/Lakeshore Public Radio

Today:   We bring back our conversation with Jesse Kharbanda and Dr. Indra Frank with the Hoosier Environmental Council on the recent merger of "Improving Kids' Environment" with the HEC -- and, later in the program, with Conservation Law Center staff attorney Jeff Hyman on HB1031, the measure in the Legislature dealing with public access to Lake Michigan.  "Green Fleet Radio" from South Shore Clean Cities and NIRPC is once again on-the-air with host Carl Lisek. And we talk with Valparaiso University freshman Steven Mileusnich about his petition drive, both on campus and on, to "Save VU Jazz!" 

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Today:  Harry Vande Velde, CEO of Humane Indiana, based in Munster and with operations in Highland and Valparaiso, is in the studio to talk about the animal shelter, its history and how it expanded from helping stray animals find good homes -- to operating a resale store in Highland that financially supports the shelter -- to a expansive animal rescue and education center in Porter County.   

This edition of Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on TUESDAY, MARCH 29th on 89.1FM - LAKESHORE PUBLIC RADIO

GUEST:  International Vibraphonist, Educator & Bandleader STEFON HARRIS of BLACKOUT

Globally respected, vibraphonist STEFON HARRIS has taught music at many top institutions; and his group Blackout's latest album "Sonic Creed" was named "#1 Jazz Album of 2018."

IPB News/Lauren Chapman

Today:   We begin with "Times" Statehouse reporter Dan Carden on some of the latest stories he's posted online and had in print in the newspaper from the 2019 General Assembly session and Indiana Supreme Court decisions.  The lawmakers debate the issue of the change the BMV's making on drivers' licenses and ID cards and we wonder if it is a clue as how the "hate crime" debate will end up.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson brings her digital recorder along while on vacation in South Texas, and she asks lccals about the idea of a border wall.  And Valparaiso University Jazz Fest found

Town of Griffith, Indiana

Today:   a conversation with Griffith Police Chief Greg Mance, who is working with Indiana University Northwest faculty members and the town of Griffith's community YMCA for another series of workshops, in the hopes of adding diversity to his and other local police departments.  The workshop sessions are planned for May 19th in Gary.


Today:   A conversation with Dr. Indra Frank, the environmental health director for the Hoosier Environmental Council, about a new report of the impact of coal-fired power plants' ash disposal pits on water quality in the areas near the pits.  The HEC used new data released for the first time as a requirement of the 2015 federal coal ash rule to create the report.  Dr. Frank goes through the data that affects northwest Indiana the most: coal ash coming from the Bailly Generation Station along Lake Michigan at the Port of Indiana and the Schaefer power plant in Jasper County.

This "A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges" program originally aired on FRIDAY,  MARCH  31, 2017


GUEST:  JEFFREY BROWN Fest Founder Head of Jazz Studies at Valparaiso University

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John Cain, host of "Eye on The Arts" talks with Jeff Brown, Assistant Professor of Music at Valparaiso University, about the 32nd Annual Valparaiso Jazz Festival, taking place from Monday, April 3rd through Saturday, April 8th.