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Book Review: Sharp

8/17/2018
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Michelle Dean's Sharp focuses on ten fascinating women who each made their own unique and significant contribution to the cultural and political direction of America. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Duration:00:10:35

Ask The Mayor: Frankfort's Chris McBarnes On School Resource Officers And Frito-Lay's Expansion

8/16/2018
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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, the school safety conversation continues. Frankfort has placed school resource officers in local schools—but will they be opting into the state’s handheld metal detector program? Is there more than one way to ensure student safety? And how can Frankfort stay prepared outside of school? We’ll also discuss Frito-Lay’s plans to expand in Frankfort, with two new production lines in the works and additional warehouse space—but is there room for even more job...

Duration:00:28:59

Book Review: Typewriters

8/10/2018
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Anthony Casillo's Typewriters: Iconic Machines from the Golden Age of Mechanical Writing gives readers a thorough briefing on many of the popular typing machines that were once in almost every household across the country. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Duration:00:14:55

Ask The Mayor: Lafayette's Tony Roswarski On Sagamore Parkway Construction And Downtown Housing

8/9/2018
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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, a study shows more housing units will be needed in the downtown Lafayette area in the next few years to meet demand—and that both older and younger professionals looking to move there are part of that equation. How does the city create a downtown that appeals to everyone? In this week's talk with Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, we’ll discuss concerns surrounding road construction and traffic at the Sagamore Parkway and State Road 26 intersection--and how...

Duration:00:29:00

New Release: Dream Album Is A Dream Come True

8/9/2018
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The latest recording from Stephen Hough is The Dream Album on Hyperion Records . Over two dozen miniatures, including his own compositions, make up favorite encores, pieces from childhood, works written for friends, and are ellaborately detailed in the liner notes. Music Director John Clare spoke to Stephen about this fabulous new release that is creative, lush, and fascinating.

Duration:00:11:40

New Release: Ravishing Ravel

8/8/2018
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Hoosier native Kazem Abdullah conducts around the world. He was most recently the Music Director for the City of Aachen, a post formerly held by Herbert von Karajan, Fritz Busch, and Wolfgang Sawallish! His most recent release is with the Aachen Symphony Orchestra in Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe . Music Director John Clare spoke to Kazem about the ballet. Learn more here . I remember when this commercial came out that has Kazem conducting:

Duration:00:01:29

New Release: French Moments Monumental

8/8/2018
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Following their American Moments , the Neave Trio has released French Moments on Chandos Records. Capturing the sophistication, and romance of the 19th and 20th Centuries, the ensemble shares delightful sounds of Debussy, Faure, and Roussel . Music Director John Clare spoke to the three musicians of the Neave Trio about French Moments . Find out more here . The Neave Trio plays in New York and Massachusetts this season . We're looking forward to their next release! Bonus, why are they called...

Duration:00:05:36

Book Review: Rebel Bulldog

8/3/2018
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Rebel Bulldog, aptly subtitled The Story of One Family, Two States and the Civil War, is exactly that. It's the story of Preston Davidson and his family during the Civil War. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Duration:00:10:54

Ask The Mayor: West Lafayette's John Dennis On Back To School Safety

8/2/2018
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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we’re going back to school. School shootings have dominated the headlines over the past year, and the state of Indiana is supplying free handheld metal detectors to schools who request them--but will the West Lafayette School Corporation sign on? What’s the best way to ensure safety, with an awareness of gun violence heightened after the Noblesville shooting in May?

Duration:00:28:59

SNAP Benefits Can Now Be Redeemed At The Lafayette Farmer’s Market

8/1/2018
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Following reporting by WBAA News on delays in accepting food stamps at the Lafayette and West Lafayette farmer’s markets, those programs have begun to ramp up. The Lafayette Farmer’s Market has begun accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits. A month into the process, twelve vendors have agreed to opt in to accept the vouchers. But the work to get the program up and running has only just begun. At a table off the main drag at the Lafayette Farmer’s Market, market...

Duration:00:01:28

WBAA Arts Spotlight: Linden Depot Museum

8/1/2018
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Last April, the Linden Depot Museum turned 25 years old. In those two and a half decades, they have restored the original building, have a caboose, semaphores, and feature exhibits including trains and circus memorabilia. Events like "Deopt Under the Stars", and a "Christmas Open House" take place this fall and winter. John Clare spoke with Vice President Elizabeth Hendrickson about their history, and the 25th Anniversary Steam Engine.

Duration:00:07:29

Book Review: The Fifties Chronicle

7/27/2018
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The Fifties Chronicle brings back to life the decade that spawned the Civil Rights Movement, Rock n' Roll and the Space Race. Along with it's written summaries of each year of the decade are numerous photos, in both black and white and color, that document the iconic era. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Duration:00:12:47

Ask The Mayor: Crawfordsville's Todd Barton On Whether His Town Is The Wrong Size

7/26/2018
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Cities of all sizes have their issues. Large burgs like Indianapolis often have high rates of poverty and homelessness and often not enough services to help those in need. Small municipalities frequently don’t look like inviting places to invest, so they frequently are happy if they’re keeping the lights on and not losing residents. But this week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, a question from a listener causes us to ponder this question: is the city of Crawfordsville’s population – about 16,000...

Duration:00:29:00

Monthly Conversation With Mitch Daniels: The Cost Of Associating With Papa John

7/25/2018
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As we were preparing for this month’s conversation with Purdue President Mitch Daniels, a question came in from a loyal listener. Why, he asked, would Purdue even consider taking the name of Papa John’s Pizza founder John Schnatter off of the business center his $8 million gift to Purdue helped endow, even if Schnatter admits to repeating a racial slur on a conference call with his company’s executives? Wouldn’t that be tantamount to limiting free speech on campus? We ask that of President...

Duration:00:28:59

Lafayette Grapples With Challenges Of Its New In-home Summer Feeding Pilot

7/25/2018
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Every year, the federal Summer Food Service Program feeds children in low-income areas whose access to consistent meals can become limited once the school year ends. Food Finders Food Bank in Lafayette has been sponsoring program sites for nine years. This year, though, they’re trying a different approach - feeding kids at private homes. The pieces are still coming together. It’s lunchtime at the Romney Meadows affordable housing complex. This is Food Finders Food Bank’s biggest open...

Duration:00:04:56

Experts: The Growing Anti Plastic Straw Movement Is About More Than Straws

7/23/2018
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One after another, restaurants, businesses and even communities are dropping plastic straws. The immediate goal is to reduce the hundreds of millions of plastic straws estimated to be used in the country each day. But some people are thinking much bigger, and they’re hopeful the straw movement will lead to an overall reduction in all plastic use. Danni Schaust: The “Recycling Guru” Danni Schaust has become known as the “recycling guru” among her friends. It’s clear she takes it seriously...

Duration:00:03:40

Book Review: Wade in the Water

7/20/2018
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"Wade in the Water" is a collection of poems by Tracy K. Smith. Smith is currently serving as the 52nd Poet Laureate of the United States. West Lafayette public library director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Duration:00:07:30

Ask The Mayor: Frankfort's Chris McBarnes On Surveys, Solar Power

7/19/2018
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The Wabash Heartland Innovation Network has released a survey to gather information, including how residents of Frankfort really feel about Frankfort. On WBAA’s Ask the Mayor, we put Chris McBarnes to the same test. We also ask about the state of renewable energy in Frankfort, just after a proposal from the state’s power agency to land a solar park in the city. We find out not just the solar power in question, but the project’s power with potential investors as well.

Duration:00:28:59

Purdue Summer Band 7/26 Preview

7/17/2018
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The Purdue Summer Band performs at Riehle Plaza this Thursday evening at 6:30pm. WBAA's John Clare spoke to directors Matt Conaway and Jon Sweet about the concert.

Duration:00:05:10

Book Review: 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die

7/13/2018
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199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die features the most interesting, peculiar and remarkable cemeteries across the globe. The books author, Lauren Rhoads, is also the host of the popular Cemetery Travel blog. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Duration:00:10:03