Commentary

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

Michiana Stories: The Exoneration Project

12 hours ago
St. Joseph County Public Library

Notre Dame Law Professor Jimmy Gurulé speaks with law students Erika Gustin and Alyssa Slaimen about their work with the Exoneration Project.

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.

Music: "Exoneration" by Telergy

 

People can become depressed on social media, threatened by comparisons with other people whose celebratory photos of successful children, talented pets, and wonderfully full heads of hair seem like bragging. None of that bothers me. I’m a private person and an introvert, and I find that the new American culture of virtual reality suits me well. I’m comfortable with language, and I’m a fast typist. This combination makes me something of a chatterbox online. I was never a popular kid in school, but in a text-driven culture, my English-major skills have value.

One of Michiana Chronicles essayists, Jeanette Saddler-Taylor, regularly volunteers to answer phones during WVPE's membership campaigns. So, we’ve asked her to talk about that experience.

If Michiana Chronicles is part of your Friday routine and your Friday wouldn’t be the same without it, please make sure you are a member of WVPE by calling 888-399-9873.

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Michiana Stories: Victoria Powers

Oct 1, 2018
St. Joseph County Public Library

U.S. Air Force veteran Victoria Powers speaks with Dr.  Catherine Pittman about her time in the service and her decision to leave the military.

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: At The Food Bank

Sep 28, 2018
Ken Smith

I drove to Missouri last week and while I was there I helped out at the neighborhood food bank session that an old friend and some of his neighbors have been running on Friday mornings for more than a decade.There’s a tidy old storefront that was a grocery store and later a tavern, but which in recent decades has served formally and informally as a community center. About nine-thirty Friday morning the volunteer workers arrived and a white van rolled up.

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.

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