Commentary

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

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.
 

Hunger At The Fair

Aug 3, 2018
April Lidinsky

It’s county fair season, and a day or two in those crowded midways is another kind of summer school. It’s not the animals I look forward to. I love the fair as a festival of humanity — a chance to people-watch and spark conversations that could only catch fire there.

St. Joseph County Public Library

On this episode of Michiana Stories, three generations of women from a Michiana family share memories of South Bend and the woman who ties them together, late Penn High School teacher Josephine Davis.

Josephine's granddaughter, Emma Smith is a student at Indiana University and an intern at the St. Joseph County Public Library. She is living in South Bend for the first time this summer.

Anne McCollam Pendl is a syndicated columnist and Josephine’s best friend.

Tricia Smith, a realtor and Emma’s mother, grew up in South Bend.

What Goes Around Comes Around

Jul 27, 2018

My friend Arthur was struggling with things, things like life and death, and everything in between, and so with advice from someone who is paid to smile when she joyously reads what she is told to read, by anyone who will pay her, my friend Arthur enlisted the support of the DNA analysis company “21 and Done” to help him see if he could find out what was up with him.

Michiana Stories: Studebaker Part 2

Jul 23, 2018
St. Joseph County Public Library

From the Studebaker National Museum, Assistant Director Jo McCoy, archivist Andrew Beckman and curator Aaron Warkentin once again join us and discuss how Studebakers outshined other car industries throughout history.

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.

Here we are in the heart of sunshiney, joyous summer. Here we are in the heart of hot, oppressively humid summer. If ever there was a conflicted season, summer is it. For me, at least, it definitely is a love/hate relationship.

Summers bring longer lightness--that translates to a lightness of spirit. Early morning birdsong, breakfasts on the screened porch, evening drinks on the screened porch, occasional naps on the chaise lounge on the screened porch: a freedom of attitude that gives one permission to lull, be languid, and luxuriate in life.

Michiana Stories: Studebaker Part 1

Jul 16, 2018
St. Joseph County Public Library

On this episode of Michiana Stories, Assistant Director of the Studebaker Museum, Jo McCoy, has a conversation with both the museum’s archivist, Andrew Beckman and the museum’s curator, Aaron Warkentin about the innovation at the museum as well as some of their favorite Studebakers.

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.

The Beautiful Game

Jul 13, 2018
Reuters / Getty Images

It’s been a month of irrational exuberance in our household.

I’m speaking of course of soccer.  And it’s completely irrational.  To be an England soccer fan is not too far removed from being a Buffalo Bills fan, or a Cleveland sports fan before LeBron came on the scene.  Imagine a once-proud population reduced to a litany of almosts and never coulds.  That’s England.

Grant Beachy

In this episode of Michiana Stories, we rejoin the conversation with Director Hannah Fischer and rising director Chloe Ilene (EILEEN), this time regarding the inspiration behind one of their favorite performances, Mercy/Shelter.

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and 88.1 WVPE and is heard Monday mornings at 7:45, and Monday afternoons at 4:45, on 88.1 WVPE.

Pardon Me

Jul 6, 2018

We are all so gross.  You are, I am, that guy at your work is.  You know it is true.  You know how sometimes a person…I’m not saying YOU of course, but a random person might get a thing on their whatever?  Like lint or a booger or leftover food from their last meal….it’s on their thing and they do not know.  Don’t we have a social obligation to tell them?  I mean, wouldn’t you want to know?  Sure it is embarrassing as all get out that my eyeliner has smeared or my lipstick has crusted but I’d rather know since everyone else will. 

Grant Beachy

On this episode of Michiana Stories, Hannah Fischer, founding director of Fischer Dance, speaks with Chloé Ilene, rising director of New Industry Dance, about the rebranding of the company. The conversation was recorded on location at Fischer Dance.

Below is information from a Fischer Dance press release from June 26, 2018.

Fischer Dance bids farewell to founding director Hannah Fischer, announces a new name, and ushers in a new era of contemporary dance in South Bend, Ind.

The Trouble With Being Correct

Jun 29, 2018

Amid debates over the costs of higher education, I’ve been reflecting on what it means to be a student. What kind of citizen are we trying to produce, and what is that transformation worth? Some of the things that universities do are virtually spiritual missions. One core mission is to help students develop an internal sense of authority.

 

Michiana Stories: South Bend LGBTQ Center

Jun 25, 2018
St. Joseph County Public Library

LGBTQ Center employees Tricia McCann and Jamie Morgan talk about the different local events and local resources available in South Bend for the LGBTQ community.

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and 88.1 WVPE. It is aired on Monday mornings at 7:45, and Monday afternoons at 4:45, on 88.1 WVPE.

Mending Window

Jun 22, 2018

My friend is rehabbing a two-story brick house in the big city, renewing that sturdy old beast and contributing something of his own to an urban neighborhood that is making its comeback. I stop by once in a while to check out the progress. Cooler than cool but almost invisible are the twenty new solar panels up on the flat roof, with their web app that graphs how much electricity each panel generates on sunny as well as shady days.

Michiana Stories: Betty & Bob Urbanski

Jun 18, 2018
St. Joseph County Public Library

An adventurous retired couple reminisces about their experiences of their ongoing 45 years of travel. From dancing to a captain nicknamed ‘Teddy Bear,’ here are a couple of the stories from Bob and Betty Urbanski.

Michiana Stories can usually 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.
 

April Lidinsky

As a nerdy kid with a competitive streak, I thought of summer reading as both a sprint and a marathon. My local library didn't host a “summer reading challenge,” so my only competition was myself … but I’m sorry to say how much I enjoyed flaunting my long list of conquered titles. Now, as a nerdy proto-crone with a competitive streak, I still relish this feeling.

Michiana Stories: Cassie And Carter

Jun 11, 2018
St. Joseph County Public Library

On this episode of Michiana Stories, Carter, a sixth grade student, speaks with his mother, Cassie, about his dreams to become a paleontologist and to unearth rare dinosaur fossils.

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and WVPE and airs Mondays at 7:45 AM and 4:45 PM on 88.1 WVPE.

The End Of The Line

Jun 8, 2018
Sid Shroyer

Back in April, that first weekend when it seemed like winter would, in fact, end, a group of Kiwanis fellows got together to pick up the trash along State Road 2 between Mayflower and the bypass.

This was my first time to the task, being a new member, and if I say I was surprised by the amount rubbish along the road, that would suggest that I’d given it some thought, which I hadn’t, really.  

St. Joseph County Public Library

Michelle FitzGerald speaks with her husband, Nat, about her decision to quit her job and open Make South Bend, which offers space for artists in the River Park neighborhood of South Bend.

The FitzGeralds are also curators of the Rebel Art Fest.

Michiana Stories airs Mondays at 7:45 AM during Morning Edition and at 4:45 PM during All Things Considered and is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and 88.1 WVPE.

Music: "Son of Man" by SPACESHIPS (Nat FitzGerald is a member of the band)

“Sometimes you have a little trouble taking ‘no’ for an answer, don’t you?” That’s what Larry, my beloved, has said to me in the past when I have been, well, having trouble taking “no” for an answer.

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