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The COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S. around seven months ago, and it's far from over. Were our public health systems ready to respond? A new scholarly article published by three researchers calls for the modernization of local and state public health systems.

The Push For Carbon Neutrality

Sep 22, 2020

Big businesses like Microsoft, Amazon, and IKEA have pledged to go carbon neutral or negative. One way they can get there is by purchasing so-called carbon offsets. This offers financial incentive to farmers and landowners to plant trees or practice sustainable agriculture.

There are a handful of states that offer programs like this, and businesses and other entities are already spending money on them.

The Friday Pitch-In

Sep 18, 2020

Attorney General Curtis Hill weighs in on vote-by-mail, and the candidates up for his job in November respond. And state officials’ heads are spinning over conflicting guidance from Washington over what to do with CARES Act money. Today we get updates on these stories and more.

We also check in with the Indiana Citizen Education Foundation on their campaign to increase voter registration and turnout in the 2020 election.

COVID-19 On Campus

Sep 17, 2020

College students across the state have moved back in for the start of the school year. Schools say they’re implementing proper measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, but some students say schools aren’t doing enough. And some have accused colleges and universities of not holding themselves accountable, using claims of irresponsible student behavior as a scapegoat.

How Do We Make Remote Learning Better?

Sep 16, 2020

The Character of American Democracy

Sep 15, 2020

Jill Long Thompson is a former U.S. Representative from Indiana’s 4th District, and ran against Mitch Daniels for governor in 2008. We talk to her today about ethics in government, the subject of her new book “The Character of American Democracy: Preserving Our Past, Protecting Our Future.”

Produced by Matt Pelsor.

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The Friday Pitch-In

Sep 11, 2020

Gov. Holcomb says ‘no thanks’ to the president’s Payroll Tax Deferral for state employees. Indiana schools are facing a shortage of substitute teachers. And the Department of Workforce Development will start sending out more additional payments, but many still won’t get the extra federal Lost Wages Assistance money. Today we get updates on these stories and more.

Statewide Groups Unite Around Pandemic Efforts

Sep 10, 2020

A new statewide collaboration, made up of more than a dozen government, non-profit and economic development groups, was formed to help Indiana recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Homeless Shelters And COVID-19

Sep 9, 2020

Homeless shelters across the state have had to halt, pivot, and adapt services and programming because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and they’ve taken many different approaches to keep their residents, staff, and volunteers safe.

Today we check in with representatives from three Indiana homeless shelters to hear how things are going.

Produced by Matt Pelsor.

Guests:

The Friday Pitch-In

Sep 4, 2020

The Indiana State Board of Education wants to protect schools that open virtually, as some lawmakers threaten to withhold federal funding from schools that don’t offer in-person learning. And the state launches new tools to look at COVID-19 numbers. Today we get updates on these stories and more.

We also hear about a new report from Side Effects Public Media on cultural sensitivity in the fight against the coronavirus.

Telehealth And COVID-19 Testing

Sep 3, 2020

Indiana University is one of many institutions that have had to figure out how to conduct large scale COVID-19 testing for students on its campuses. On arrival, around one percent of students tested positive. We talk to a public health official there about how they've been tracking the virus since.

The Shortlist: Indiana Authors Awards Winners

Sep 2, 2020

The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards celebrate the best books written by Indiana authors. We’ve featured conversations with nominated authors in many of the categories throughout our series, “The Shortlist.” Today we hear from the winners.

The short list of nominees for the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards came out earlier this month. The awards happen every two years, and celebrate the best books written by Indiana authors.

The Friday Pitch-In

Aug 28, 2020

Gov. Holcomb says the mask order will stay in effect for now. The Indiana State Department of Health announced a color-coded map based on county infection rates to help schools and local governments. And Indiana officials say they will not expand vote-by-mail for the November election. Today we get updates on these stories and more.

Voting In The 2020 Election

Aug 27, 2020

Today we dive into all the details around voting, and counting votes, in the November election. There’s a lot of conversation going on about how it’s going to be done, how it should be done, and whether there’s reason to worry about fraud.

The Shortlist: The Best of 2020 Indiana Poetry

Aug 26, 2020

The short list of nominees for the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards came out earlier this month. The awards happen every two years, and celebrate the best books written by Indiana authors.

Big Ten Postpones Fall Sports

Aug 25, 2020

Last week the Big Ten Conference postponed football, and all other fall sports, until at least the spring semester.

Today we talk about how the decision was made, and what impact it could have.

Produced by Maggie Gelon.

Guests:

Zach Osterman
College Sports Reporter, Indianapolis Star

The Shortlist: The Best of 2020 Indiana Genre

Aug 24, 2020

The short list of nominees for the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards came out earlier this month. The awards happen every two years, and celebrate the best books written by Indiana authors.

The Friday Pitch-In

Aug 21, 2020

In a statewide address this week, Governor Holcomb announced a new cabinet position--Chief Equity, Opportunity, and Inclusion Officer. And Planned Parenthood will drop a lawsuit against the state of Indiana over the 18-hour pre-abortion ultrasound law. Today we get updates on these stories and more.

Indiana’s Eviction Moratorium Is Over. Now What?

Aug 20, 2020

Indiana’s moratorium on evictions ended last week, and many are worried the ongoing pandemic will cause a wave of evictions across the state. Evictions are often a catastrophic event in someone’s life, and can have wide-ranging consequences in the communities where they happen.

The Shortlist: The Best of 2020 Indiana Fiction

Aug 19, 2020

The short list of nominees for the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards came out earlier this month. The awards happen every two years, and celebrate the best books written by Indiana authors.

Gov. Holcomb’s Address On Equity And Inclusion

Aug 18, 2020

Today Governor Eric Holcomb addresses the state on issues around equity and inclusion. The speech comes nearly three months after protests against police brutality and systemic racism kicked off in Indiana and across the country. Soon after those protests started, Holcomb said he was working on a “to-do list” to address racial injustice in the state.

The Friday Pitch-In

Aug 14, 2020

Gov. Holcomb aims to give schools more certainty about school funding, and consumer advocates say utilities should offer payment plans to customers with overdue bills. We get updates on these stories and more.

Conspiracies And Misinformation Surrounding COVID-19

Aug 13, 2020

Conspiracy theories and misinformation around the COVID-19 pandemic have muddied conversations about the virus, and changed the way some people are reacting to it. The internet has made it easier than ever for unreliable sources to give the illusion of authority, and the culture wars have left some with an intense distrust of science.

The Shortlist: The Best of 2020 Indiana Nonfiction

Aug 12, 2020

The short list of nominees for the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards came out earlier this week. The awards happen every two years, and celebrate the best books written by Indiana authors.

The Culture Wars Come To Fort Wayne

Aug 11, 2020

Communities across the country are having important conversations about how we remember our history, and how we should memorialize it. How do we learn about and understand history, and who gets to decide what merits commemoration?

Issues Facing Women Veterans

Aug 10, 2020

Some women veterans don't join veteran service organizations because of a culture they say continues to marginalize them. Some say reports of sexual violence continue to be mishandled in the military. Leaders behind a new project say it's time to talk openly about all of it.

The Friday Pitch-In

Aug 7, 2020

Indiana schools are struggling with contact tracing. Parents are concerned about privacy, and some don’t even believe the phone calls are legitimate. And the Indy 500 will run without fans this year. Today we get updates on these stories and more.

We also learn about a southeastern Indiana newspaper publisher that has revitalized its coverage of the region by launching two new papers.

COVID-19 Update

Aug 6, 2020

Indiana’s schools are starting to reopen, in a variety of ways. And although the state’s reopening plan was put on pause, it's nearing the end of its timeline. But the COVID-19 pandemic is definitely not over.

Creating Art In Uncertain Times

Aug 5, 2020

Artists take inspiration from many places, but the societal upheaval of the pandemic, and protests for racial justice are ringing loudly right now. How are Indiana’s artists responding? What effect is the pandemic having on their income, and their ability to complete their work?

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