WBAA Podcasts-logo

WBAA Podcasts

Government >

More Information

Location:

United States

Language:

English


Episodes

Among Greater Lafayette Activists, Aims Overlap, But Conflicts Persist

7/19/2019
More
Greater Lafayette is home to a host of groups fighting for a cause, whether that’s racial equality, reproductive justice, or an end to gun violence. The broader goals of many of these organizations overlap, but sometimes conflicts can threaten to derail their conversations.

Duration:00:05:02

Buttigieg Issues Generational Call To Arms At Young Democrats Convention

7/19/2019
More
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg issued a generational call to arms Thursday as he addressed the Young Democrats of America’s national convention.

Duration:00:01:08

Book Review: Beastie Boys Book

7/19/2019
More
Pop Quiz: What band has released seven multi-platinum albums from 1981 to 2011, recieved three grammy awards, and had the first album of their genre to be #1 on the charts? If you said the Beastie Boys you are correct, and may be fascinated by the Beasite Boys Book. This collaborative effort among the two living Beastie Boys, Mike D and Adam Horovitz, uncovers the history of the group with various other famous contributors giving their take on the legendary music group. West Lafayette Public...

Duration:00:13:28

Ask The Mayor: Frankfort's Chris McBarnes On Police Arrest Statistics, Downtown Art

7/18/2019
More
The Frankfort Police Department has released its numbers for the first half of this year, and arrests are down. Is that number reflective of a drop in crime in the community, or a change in the Frankfort Police Department? What is law enforcement doing differently?

Duration:00:28:57

Crawfordsville Searches For Common Ground In Low-income Housing Debate

7/17/2019
More
Montgomery County’s first-ever comprehensive plan, passed earlier this year, outlines a list of desired land uses in the county, as well as what the residents would like to keep out. On that second list? Low-income housing. Crawfordsville sits at the heart of the county’s housing debate, and city officials complain the market is oversaturated with subsidized and low-income units. But oversaturation is difficult to define.

Duration:00:04:50

Will WL Fire That Destroyed Five Houses Spur Talk Of Urban Planning, Expansion Changes?

7/15/2019
More
Though no cause has been released, fire officials studying the blaze which leveled five homes and damaged at least three others Friday in West Lafayette say they hope it sends a message to policy-makers. Wabash Township Fire Chief Ed Ward, whose department is leading the investigation, says the fire on Tesla Drive underscores possible unintended consequences of the area’s recent growth spurt.

Duration:00:01:03

Fire Destroys Five Homes In West Lafayette's Lindberg Village

7/12/2019
More
Five different fire departments responded to a multi-home fire in West Lafayette's Lindberg Village neighborhood Friday afternoon, which West Lafayette Fire Chief Tim Heath says began around 3 p.m.

Duration:00:01:23

Book Review: The Samaritan's Secret

7/12/2019
More
Omar Yussef is a teacher and administrator for the UN schools in modern day Palestine. When Yussef travels to Nablus, the West Bank's most violent town, to attend a wedding, he little expects the trouble that awaits him. An ancient Torah scroll belonging to the Samaritans, descendants of the biblical Joseph, has been stolen. But when the dead body of a young Samaritan is discovered, a seemingly straightforward theft takes an unexpected turn. This is the mystery of The Samaritan's Secret by...

Duration:00:13:06

Ask The Mayor: Lafayette's Tony Roswarski On Demolition As Reinvigoration At Five Points

7/11/2019
More
Lafayette city officials argue historic preservation is good for economic development. But not every building can be protected. The city plans to redevelop Five Points – but there’s a debate over whether to restore historic properties or build something new. How will the proposed demolition of the E.M. Weaver building change plans for Five Points development? What effect might it have on the timeline for developing the area? And what role does preservation of similar historic landmarks play...

Duration:00:28:59

Greater Lafayette Farmer's Markets Added Incentives For SNAP Users. Will They Come?

7/10/2019
More
This summer, users of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—commonly known as food stamps—can show their benefits card to catch a free ride to Greater Lafayette farmer’s markets—and, in West Lafayette, make their money go twice as far through a new program that doubles their benefits. Greg Seiters is trying to decide if the extra funds outweigh the wait time. “Well,” Seiters says, “generally, they’re on time.” He’s waiting at a CityBus stop near his Lafayette home on a sweltering...

Duration:00:04:46

Remembering Eva Kor, A Fiery Personality Who Gave Hate The Cold Shoulder

7/5/2019
More
Terre Haute resident and Holocaust survivor Eva Kor died Thursday, while accompanying one of the many groups of people she led to Eastern Europe in the last decade. WBAA News Director Stan Jastrzebski went on one of those trips nearly a decade ago to cover the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp. He spoke by phone and Skype to some of the people he met on that trip to get their remembrances of a woman who was small in stature, but outsized in impact.

Duration:00:04:42

Book Review: London Stories

7/5/2019
More
Perhaps the city with the most famous literary history is the metropolis of London. From Shakespeare to Dickens, this historic town has housed some of the best writers. How fitting for this famous capital to have a collection of tales commemorating the life of London and its literature in London Stories by Jerry White. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Duration:00:13:38

Ask The Mayor: West Lafayette's John Dennis On Upcoming Mayoral, City Council Elections

7/4/2019
More
For the first time in eight years, West Lafayette’s mayoral race has two candidates. Zachary Baiel is running as an independent on a platform focused on transparency in local government. Does West Lafayette need more transparency? How will having a challenger change the campaign landscape in the city?

Duration:00:28:57

Stars And Stripes Celebration 2019 Preview

7/3/2019
More
Several groups and soloists join at Riehle Plaza this Fourth of July to celebrate Independence Day. WBAA's John Clare spoke with conductor William D. Kissinger about the 2019 Stars and Stripes Celebration .

Duration:00:03:27

WBAA Arts Spotlight: Red Barn Theatre

7/3/2019
More
The 51st Season is underway for Frankfort's Red Barn Summer Theatre . This week continues the play A Thousand Clowns by Herb Gardner, and on July 11th, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum opens. WBAA's John Clare spoke with company members Luke McLaughlin, Danielle Ullman, and Aaron Moon about their roles and the productions. Find out more here . Red Barn Summer Theatre is a professional, non-equity company in its 51th season. The company is in residence for 8 weeks. The theatre...

Duration:00:07:29

Book Review: They Both Die at the End

6/28/2019
More
​ ​Would you want to know if it was your last day on Earth? The young adult novel entitled They Both Die at the End explores this topic with two teens in a modern world. Despite the bleak title, author Adam Silvera fills this book with adventure, joy, and touching friendship. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Duration:00:12:02

Ask The Mayor: Crawfordsville's Todd Barton On Housing, Making An Election Impact

6/27/2019
More
WBAA News has spent a fair amount of time in Crawfordsville during the past couple months, with an increasing amount of that focused on the debate in the city about subsidized housing. Recently, Mayor Todd Barton got inspectors from the department of Housing and Urban Development to come look at some rental units that had been okayed by the Crawfordsville Housing Authority. The federal official found some to be substandard, which could them to be removed from the rolls of those eligible for...

Duration:00:29:00

Monthly Conversation With Mitch Daniels: USDA Moving, Tiny Houses, Civics Exam

6/27/2019
More
When U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a few months ago he planned to move the department’s headquarters out of Washington, D.C., Purdue University President Mitch Daniels endorsed the idea every chance he got, and even started his school making some preparations in case Indiana was chosen as the new home. That honor went instead to Kansas City, Missouri – but was there more Indiana could have done to back up its bid?

Duration:00:28:59

Book Review: Save Me the Plums

6/21/2019
More
Renowned food writer and restaurant critic Ruth Reichl is well-known for her succesful years as editior-in-chief at Gourmet magazine. In her memoir, Save Me the Plums, Reichl tells of her trials and tribulations at the esteemed food news outlet. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Duration:00:16:57

Ask The Mayor: Frankfort's Chris McBarnes On Jail Fees Affecting Recidivism

6/20/2019
More
If Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes wants to have his city seen as more progressive, when it comes to attracting investment, a recent move by the county commissioners may not help. They’ve instituted a $30 per day fee for anyone found guilty of a crime who sits in the county jail for more than three days. That’s despite much criminal justice research showing that legal fees and fines do little more than encourage recidivism.

Duration:00:28:59