Commentary

This is all commentaries on WVPE including Friday's Michiana Chronicles Feature and occasional one-time contributors.

St. Joseph County Public Library

Parents Jennifer Henecke and Mat Sisk share their struggles with infertililty.

If you have a Michiana story to share, contact the St. Joseph County Public Library at (574) 235-4199 or MichianaStories@gmail.com.

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and 88.1 WVPE.

Ken Smith

This is the story of how, at age 52, I learned to like experimental jazz. Or, really, this is the story of how I learned I could learn to like experimental jazz … I’m a work in progress. 

 

Michiana Stories: Gary Gabrich

Sep 17, 2018

Gary Gabrich is a retiree and historian specializing in Hungarian immigration to South Bend. When researching his genealogy, he discovered relatives in Croatia. He went to visit them... on September 11, 2001.

If you have a Michiana story to share, contact the St. Joseph County Public Library at (574) 235-4199 or MichianaStories@gmail.com.

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and 88.1 WVPE.

Michiana Chronicles: Model Citizens

Sep 14, 2018
Sid Shroyer

It was my good fortune to be in attendance the evening that the Carter Build Habitat for Humanity folks treated themselves to a night out at the South Bend Cubs game at the end of August.  I would have been on the couch at home, otherwise, checking the TV for the latest episode of “What Goes Around Comes Around,” if my buddy Doug Snyder had not called the night before and said,

Michiana Stories: Tania

Sep 10, 2018
St. Joseph County Public Library

Tania shares the story of her family’s escape from Russia during the Second World War in pursuit of the American Dream.

Michiana Stories can be heard Mondays at 7:45 during Morning Edition and at 4:45 during All Things Considered.

If you have a Michiana story to share, contact the St. Joseph County Public Library at 574.235.4199 or MichianaStories@gmail.com.

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and 88.1 WVPE.

Larry Taylor

Vices versus virtues: sounds like a sports team rivalry, doesn’t it?

Michiana Stories: 100 Black Men

Sep 3, 2018
St. Joseph County Public Library

Arnold Sallie, current President of 100 Black Men of Greater South Bend, discusses with past presidents Alfred J. Guillaume, Jr., and Sy Barker what inspires their work with the mentorship program.

Michiana Stories can be heard Mondays at 7:45 during Morning Edition and at 4:45 during All Things Considered.

If you have a Michiana story to share, contact the St. Joseph County Public Library at 574.282.4646 or library@SJCPL.org

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and 88.1 WVPE.

Andrew Kreider

Why don’t the toilets stink at the library?  

Michiana Stories: Ben and Deb Futa

Aug 27, 2018
St. Joseph County Public Library

Ben Futa, director of the Allen Centennial Garden at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, speaks with his mother, Debra Futa, executive director of the St. Joseph County Public Library, about parallels in their personalities and leadership styles.

Michiana Stories can be heard Mondays at 7:45 during Morning Edition and at 4:45 during All Things Considered.

If you have a Michiana story to share, contact the St. Joseph County Public Library at 574.282.4646 or library@SJCPL.org

Neighborhoods

Aug 24, 2018
Heather Curlee-Novak

The domicile in which I live has always been important to me.  I grew up on Troy Court in South Bend Indiana, then Alpine St., Twyckenham and then Emerson Ave for most of high school. I moved out a bit early (a bit young but needing to escape family struggles), into a furnished second story apartment above a house on Pleasant Street.  I lived on both 8th and 9th streets in Mishawka , and on Columbia  St.

Michiana Stories: Potawatomi Zoo

Aug 20, 2018
St. Joseph County Public Library

Joshua Sisk and Skye Hoffman of Potawatomi Zoo talk about the importance of wildlife encounters and their lifelong love of animals.

Michiana Stories can be heard Mondays at 7:45 during Morning Edition and at 4:45 during All Things Considered.

If you have a Michiana story to share, contact the St. Joseph County Public Library at 574.282.4646 or library@SJCPL.org

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and 88.1 WVPE.

The Gift Of Enthusiasm

Aug 17, 2018
Joe Chaney

Never underestimate the value of becoming enthusiastic about something in life—especially a hobby, a more or less purposeless enthusiasm not involving any striving or wishing. Here I’m not talking about an amateur sport like golf, which imitates the competition of everyday life, its thrills, frustrations, and disappointments. Last spring I had the honor of hosting a Japanese drummer, Erika Fujii. One day we went to John Adams High School at the invitation of the marching band percussion director, Charlie Lawrence.

Michiana Stories: Talking To The "Other"

Aug 13, 2018
St. Joseph County Public Library

Michiana Peace and Justice Coalition member Lois Clark recalls an encounter with a counter-protester in downtown South Bend.

Michiana Stories can be heard Mondays at 7:45 during Morning Edition and at 4:45 during All Things Considered.

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and 88.1 WVPE.

If you have a Michiana story to share, contact the St. Joseph County Public Library at 574.282.4646 or library@SJCPL.org.

Something Happening Here

Aug 10, 2018
Toledo Blade

A friend was traveling on a crowded train in England, in the midst of their endlessly divisive Brexit political turmoil just before this summer’s drought struck that country. She had to stand in the aisle with no view really of the passing green valleys and hills, so she pulled a paperback out of her bag, hoping to read. A woman seated nearby spotted the title: How Democracies Die. My friend noticed an acknowledgment in the other traveller’s face, the tired way eyebrows furl and the measured, involuntary intake of breath that together signify recognition and weariness, fear and grief.

St. Joseph County Public Library

Peter Smith is a Vietnam War veteran and Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Computer Science at St. Mary's College. He speaks with lifelong activist Lois Clark about the mission of the Michiana Peace and Justice Coalition.

Michiana Stories can be heard Mondays at 7:45 during Morning Edition and at 4:45 during All Things Considered.

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and 88.1 WVPE.
 

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