Michiana Chronicles: The Bugler In Me

Jul 9, 2020
(AP Photo/Brad C Bower)

I was looking for a good deal on my heart's desire at the Salvation Army, when I spotted a bag of old comic books on a high shelf behind the register. Bingo! I've got grandchildren the same age as I was when I spent hours and hours reading those cheap, floppy, innocent and uncomplicated rags. Maybe it was just wistful thinking, but I was sure they'd love to lift their eyes from the screens of "those devices" - to discover the likes of Archie and Jughead and GI Joe. So, I bought the whole stack.

Photo Of The Week - Over The Rainbow

Jul 9, 2020
Candice Schilz

You have to be in the right place at the right time when trying to photograph a rainbow. But on Wednesday, June 24, Candice Schilz of Knox was where she needed to be to capture this image of a rainbow over Bass Lake which is WVPE's latest Photo of the Week. Candice says that the day had been beautiful and then a little thunderstorm moved in before the return to sunshine which created the rainbow.

What are you taking photos of? 

Email them to us at wvpe@wvpe.org. 

Wild Rose Moon Radio Hour: Episode 35

Jul 6, 2020

Monday, July 6, 2020 at 9 PM

This episode of the Wild Rose Moon Radio Hour features Ryan Mear and Emma Hamel.

Photo provided by Downtown South Bend

WVPE is proud to be a media sponsor of Downtown South Bend. That organization is announcing that the Red Table Plaza Lunchtime Concert Series will take place Mondays through Thursdays through Aug. 27, 2020. The venue is the gridiron at the corner of Washington and Michigan Streets. Seating is available for the acoustic concerts that will feature soloists, duets and small groups. A variety of lunch options from surrounding establishments will also be available.   

'His Mona Lisa' - Penske Adds Golden Touch To Iconic Indy

Jul 4, 2020
(AP Photo/Jenna Fryer)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Roger Penske has spent the six months since he bought Indianapolis Motor Speedway transforming the facility. He's spent millions on capital improvements to the 111-year-old national landmark. He finally gets to showcase some of the upgrades this weekend as NASCAR and IndyCar share the venue in a historic doubleheader. Among the additions are a 100-foot video board and a lift to raise the winning car in the victory circle. Penske says his mission is to create a remarkable guest experience at the speedway. He hopes to have fans back for next month's Indianapolis 500.

Photo Of The Week - Nightly Walk On Campus

Jul 2, 2020
Becky Baxter

WVPE's latest Photo of the Week features one of the lakes on the campus at Notre Dame. The sun reflects on the water as people in silhouette walk along the shore. Thanks to Becky Baxter for capturing this image during one of her nightly walks. We'd like to see your photos too. Email them to us at wvpe@wvpe.org. 

Make sure to include your name, where you live, names of people in the photo, date the photo was taken and the location where the photo was taken. 

Michiana Chronicles: Rocking Chair

Jul 2, 2020
Marilyn Thompson

In our house is a rocking chair. It is all wood, with no padding, and it has no arm rests. It squeaks when you use it, and you don’t have to look too closely to see that its base is held together by wire, fashioned by a farmer who took whatever was handy to fix a split in the wood.

The rocking chair shows its age, but it is one of the most precious items in our house, because it belonged to my grandfather—a grandfather I rarely saw.

Monday, June 29, 2020 at 9 PM

WVPE continues its month-long series of programs focusing on racial justice with another episode of Peace Talks Radio.

Two topics on this new program. First, Judy Goldberg visits with Arjun Singh Sethi who tells us about his book, American Hate - Survivors Speak Out born out of his travels across the country to represent those directly impacted by hate crimes. Through the conversation we learn how adversity can activate all of us to become more involved in our local communities by standing up to hate and injustice.

WVPE Honored With Another 1st Place Journalism Award

Jun 26, 2020

Congrats to former WVPE journalist, Jennifer Weingart. She was honored Thursday with a First Place award for Best News Feature by the Public Media Journalists Association.

Jennifer's report on 'Water Levels, High Winds Erode Lake Michigan Coastline' aired in December of 2019. 

Earlier this year, Jennifer and WVPE's Justin Hicks also picked up awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for their reporting work. 

Photo Of The Week - Heavy Clouds & Streaming Light

Jun 25, 2020
Dawn Burns

WVPE's Photo of the Week features a balance of darkness and light along the shores of Lake Wawasee on the morning of May 15, 2020. Thanks to Dawn Burns for this submission. She says the scene struck her as being strange and beautiful all at the same time as she waited for the thunderstorm that loomed. 

Do you have a photo to share? 

Email us at wvpe@wvpe.org. 

Make sure to include your name, where you live, names of people in the photo, date the photo was taken and the location where the photo was taken. 

Andrew Kreider

It was twenty-five years ago.  Pastor Duane Beck of Belmont Mennonite Church had just done a funeral for a young man in the neighborhood who had died from a gunshot wound.  At the service, Pastor Duane told the young man’s friends: If you would like to do something to bring meaning and change from this death, then I’ll help you organize yourselves.  Out of that offer, a local movement began – it was entirely youth led, and it called itself Drop Your Guns.  Over the next number of months, DYG organized themselves into a hopeful force in Elkhart.  They spoke to local businesses, to churches,

Dan Boissy

Tuesday night (June 23) on 'J:Cubed,' WVPE's Karl Smith talks with guitarist and composer Adam Hawley. Join Karl at 9pm for 'J:Cubed Jazz to the 3rd Power: Cool, Smooth and Hot!'

Some jazz lovers may also know Hawley as Dr. Adam Hawley. He has a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California. He's played with performers like Dave Koz (a guest on Karl's show last week), Natalie Cole, Jennifer Lopez, Peabo Bryson and more. 

Check it out Tuesday at 9pm. 

Justin Hicks/IPB News

Monday, June 22, 2020 at 9 PM

Photo Of The Week - Fog On The River At Sunset

Jun 18, 2020
CJ Beutien

WVPE's Photo of the Week captures an image of fog on the St. Joseph River at sunset on Northside Blvd at 32nd Street in South Bend from last month.

Thanks to WVPE listener-member CJ Beutien for sharing this photo with us. 

Do you have an image to share? We'd love to see your submissions. Just email them to us at wvpe@wvpe.org.

Make sure to include your name, where you live, names of people in the photo, date the photo was taken and the location where the photo was taken. 

Heather Curlee-Novak

What in the world is going on in the world?

Monday, June 15, 2020 at 9 PM

This is the first in a month-long series of Monday night specials focusing on racial justice on 88.1 WVPE.

Image from IU South Bend's Facebook page

Peter Ringenberg & Justin Hicks

Justin Hicks, Indiana Public Broadcasting

Systemic racism has a huge impact on the health of African-Americans in the U.S. It's literally a problem from cradle to grave, affecting everything from infant mortality to life expectancy. And now, COVID-19 is taking a disproportionate toll on the community. Here's a sampling of Side Effects  stories highlighting the health care divide — and potential solutions.

(Courtesy of Dennis Osborn)

While doctors and nurses are risking their lives working with COVID-19 patients in hospitals, some are risking theirs working in stores and making deliveries. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Rebecca Thiele has been talking with other essential workers whose stories need to be told.

Photo Of The Week - Bony Clouds?!

Jun 11, 2020
Michael Darnel

You never know what you may see when you look up. That was the case for Michael Darnel of Granger this week as he captured WVPE's latest Photo of the Week. He says he was working in his garden Tuesday morning, looked up, and saw the clouds forming what looked like an  `X-ray' of a spine and ribs in the sky.

Screenshot from Karl Smith's interview with Dave Koz

ICYMI: WVPE's Karl Smith, the host of  'J:Cubed,' aired an exclusive one-on-one interview with jazz legend and saxophonist Dave Koz on Tuesday.

We've got a link to the video from the interview for you. Dave shared some of his thoughts on music in the era of COVID-19 and social unrest. 

Photo Of The Week - Mishawaka Riverwalk

Jun 4, 2020
Roberta Hudson Strachan

An image of blue skies, white clouds and the St. Joseph River caught the attention recently of Roberta Hudson Strachan of South Bend. 

She provided this Photo of the Week submission. She says she was walking across the bridge on Main Street in Mishawaka and stopped halfway, getting lost in the beauty of what she was seeing. She captured this picture that provides a view of the Mishawaka Riverwalk on May 29th. 

Are you capturing images to share? 

Email photos to wvpe@wvpe.org.

St. Joseph County Public Library

Support for WVPE comes from the St. Joseph County Public Library with the Summer Reading Challenge. Every book read is a chance for adults, teens, and children to win a prize. Let your imagination run wild all summer long. 

Monday, June 1, 2020 at 9 PM

Photo Of The Week - Peeking Out

May 28, 2020
Scott Opasik

WVPE's Photo of the Week is in the spirit of "Where's Waldo" this time around. Thanks to Scott Opasik of Lakeville for this submission. He captured the image last spring just east of Lakeville.

Scott encourages you to find what is hidden among the mayapples in the photo. He says the black cat peeking out kept a close eye on him and his dog as they walked past and he was able to snap this picture.

Are you capturing images to share? 

Email photos to wvpe@wvpe.org. 

Jeanette Saddler-Taylor

“Once you’ve bought a novel in your pajamas, there’s no turning back.” So says a character in the novel “The Overstory,” as he drives a forklift in a fulfillment center. Well, in this time of social distancing, that ship sailed weeks ago. Sadly, sitting on the couch, in front of the television, sometimes, well often, in my pajamas, things have been ordered that amaze me.

Monday, June 8, 2020 at 9 PM

Popular public radio hosts, past and present, read short eulogies to just some of the tens of thousands lost to the coronavirus pandemic in the United States in the months of March, April and May, 2020.Produced by public radio veteran producer Paul Ingles and featuring the voices of Susan Stamberg, Noah Adams, Liane Hansen, Maria Martin, Al Letson, Neal Conan, Glynn Washington and others.

Photo Of The Week - Bonneyville Mill

May 21, 2020
Candice Parker

A building at Bonneyville Mill County Park in Elkhart County is framed by blossoming tree branches in WVPE's latest Photo of the Week.    

Thanks to Candice Parker of Granger  for this submission. 

The  photo was taken on Candice's drive home from work in Shipshewana on May 15th. 

Bonneyville is home to Indiana's oldest continuously operating grist mill that still produces stone-ground flour.  

Are you capturing images of spring and nature in bloom or of area landmarks? 

Email photos to wvpe@wvpe.org.