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Michiana Chronicles: Luke, Lightning And The Antichrist

Aug 12, 2021
Andrew Kreider

My first summer in Michiana, I was part of a group of students who joined a painting business.  Our boss, Luke, a fellow student, was a brilliant entrepreneur who combined possibly excessive thriftiness with student desperation in order to mold a successful enterprise.  It was quite a time.

Photo of the Week: Summertime Wasp

Aug 12, 2021

WVPE listener David Thomas caught our eye this week with a close up photo of a wasp pollinating a flower. He calls the photo "Summertime Wasp."

What are you taking photos of? Email us your shots to photo@wvpe.com and it could be selected as the next WVPE Photo of the Week.

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Photo Of The Week: Outdoor Dining

Aug 5, 2021

WVPE listener Elisabeth Simeri caught our eye this week with a photo of a monarch butterfly in her front yard perennial garden. She calls the photo "Outdoor Dining."

What are you taking photos of? Email us your shots to photo@wvpe.com and it could be selected as the next WVPE Photo of the Week.

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Brett McNeil

We hit the St. Joe 4-H Fair and did the local bike parade and caught twilight fireworks at the ballpark the night before. The Fourth was a real red-white-and-blue holiday again this year, especially the magnetometers outside the fair. Very Americana.

It was all pretty good fun, especially with a three-year-old, but carried a whiff of the rote and clumsy in our flag-waving and elephant ear-eating, the solemn trotting and urgent smartphone-videotaping of Budweiser Clydesdales. 

Was it a relief to return to a crowd? To celebrate the Fourth in public? 

Sheila Muhammad tested HIV positive in 1990, when she was just 26 years old and pregnant with her third child.

She was shocked, angry and scared. HIV wasn’t something she thought she was at risk for.

“It wasn’t something I was doing,” Muhammad said.

But her husband had tested positive while in treatment for intravenous drug use.

“It took me a long time to know that he was on the drugs,” Muhammad said. “And then I didn't know enough about it. I didn't educate myself to even know that the two went together.”

Photos provided by Kenny Garrett, Bryan Lubeck, Stephen and Mary Merriman

'The Sauce' with host Dawn Burns is back for the program's August installment Monday August 9th at 9:00pm eastern.

Enjoy this one-hour monthly radio broadcast focusing on the arts, music and culture in the Michiana area. Celebrate the vibrant and flavorful melting pot of local and regional talent. The Sauce is produced by Karl Smith (J:Cubed Jazz to the 3rd power). 

https://www.kennygarrett.com

Wild Rose Moon

Monday, August 2, 2021 at 9 PM

Silky smooth harmonies echo forth from 88.1 WVPE as Melissa Carper, Rebecca Patek, and Brennan Leigh hold court on the Wild Rose Moon Radio Hour.  These women are seasoned veterans of the southern music scene and they render the wonderfully nostalgic songs off Melissa’s new album, Daddy’s Country Gold, with effortless grace. 

Heather Curlee-Novak

Friends, I have a confession to make:  I am not just your average stay at home mama.

Photo Of The Week: Robin and Bokeh Roses

Jul 29, 2021

WVPE listener Francis Jeffery stunned us with a close up photo of a robin perched on a railing with roses blooming in the background. He calls the picture "Robin and Bokeh Roses."

What are you taking photos of? Email us your shots to photo@wvpe.com and it could be selected as the next WVPE Photo of the Week.

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Monday, July 26, 2021 at 9 PM

Photo Of The Week: Reflections

Jul 23, 2021

WVPE listener Zane Exner of South Bend captured our eye this week with a photo he took last month. It's of a bright blue sky reflected in the windows of a red brick building in downtown South Bend.

What are you taking photos of? Email us your shots to photo@wvpe.com and it could be selected as the next WVPE Photo of the Week.

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Jeanette Saddler-Taylor

Like wildebeests out of the cage, after the last homebound year and a half, it was road trip time. Although a curious thing was that that road trip became a wildebeest trip. Unlike my friend, Rosemary, who literally will go to the ends of the earth to see exotic animals, I’m not the biggest animal fan in the universe, so it seemed odd that after 18 months of going almost nowhere, I went over 3500 miles to look at a lot of animals. Having not gotten out much, I clearly was desperate to go somewhere—anywhere!

The COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful for many families — and that stress can affect a child’s development, including their language and social skills.

Side Effects Public Media recently received questions from audience members through our texting group, the Midwest Checkup, about how the changes wrought by the pandemic may affect child development.

Intelligence Squared U.S.

Monday, July 19, 2021 at 9 PM

Photo Of The Week: Curly

Jul 15, 2021

WVPE listener Vince Sipocz from the Keller Park neighborhood in South Bend captured our eye with a photo he titled "Curly". It's a unique close up angle of wrought iron railing on Notre Dame's campus. 

What are you taking photos of? Email us your shots to photo@wvpe.com and it could be selected as the next WVPE Photo of the Week.

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Ken Smith

Once violets and vaccines had bloomed across the Midwest, we gassed up the orange hatchback and headed east, then west, and then south, putting more than 4000 miles on the odometer, reminding ourselves what North America looks like these days. and visiting family members we hadn’t seen for more than a year. Near the end, in the heat wave, our sturdy little car’s air conditioner wavered and then broke down crossing Iowa, but our adventure was a success.

Photo Courtesy of Berrien County Sheriff's Department

The Berrien County Sheriff's Department was recently gifted a device called an AquaEye by the family of drowning victim Cody Yergeau. WVPE's Kent Fulmer spoke with Undersheriff Chuck Heit about the gift. Click on the link to hear the full interiview.

Elkhart County Symphony

Kent Fulmer:  My guest today is Dr. Soo Han who is the…can we still say new…Musical Director of the Elkhart Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Han?

Soo Han:  Sure…it allows me a little bit more opportunities to mess up and be forgiven a bit more.

Kent Fulmer:  The orchestra is having their first public performance in quite some time, coming up this weekend, right?

April Lidinsky

In May, the New Yorker magazine featured a cover of little cartoon people tentatively opening a gigantic door. It was easy to imagine the creaking sound that captures our collective anxiety and hope about this season of emergence. Hasn’t it been weird, worrying, and sometimes wonderful? 

 

Wild Rose Moon

Monday, July 5, 2021 at 9 PM

Photo Of The Week: Dragonfly Shadow

Jul 1, 2021

WVPE listener Paul Steury of Goshen captured our eye this week with a scene you might have seen yourself this summer. It's a photo of a dragonfly perched on a leaf with it's shadow fully in frame. 

What are you taking photos of? Email us your shots to photo@wvpe.com and it could be selected as the next WVPE Photo of the Week.

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Michiana Chronicles: The Willful And The Chosen

Jul 1, 2021
Emily T. Phillips

I have often been asked and I have never failed to disappoint. No, I am not worried for my father’s soul. Those who eclipse themselves after decades of battling feelings of inadequacy and unbelonging have duly earned their eternal spots in the Sun, don’t you think? If indeed there is a life after death, they deserve to be granted their own visions of imperishable joy.

Provided by Oaklawn

June is PTSD Awareness Month. WVPE's Kent Fulmer spoke to John Horsley, Vice President of Adult and Addiction Services at Oaklawn about post traumatic stress disorder.

Witness History: Pride Month

Jun 28, 2021

Monday, June 28, 2021 at 9 PM

From Witness History by the BBC World Service, remarkable stories of LGBT+ rights, told by the people who were there. We hear stories of fighting homophobia in Uganda; how LGBT people in China sometimes arrange fake marriages to hide their sexuality; and meet the transgender American tennis player who fought for the right to compete in tournaments as a woman in the 1970s.

Photo Of The Week: Tiger Lily

Jun 24, 2021

WVPE listener Walt Regan from Benton Township in Michigan captured our eye this week with this photo of a tiger lily bathed in sun with a shadowed ravine in the background. He calls it "Tiger Lily."

What are you taking photos of? Email us your shots to photo@wvpe.com and it could be selected as the next WVPE Photo of the Week.

 

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Dear Reunion Organizer:

The Freed People

Jun 21, 2021
WGBH

Monday, June 21, 2021 at 9 PM

Written and produced by David Freudberg, The Freed People is a one-hour documentary that examines a time when the United States faced an unprecedented refugee crisis: 4 million slaves had been emancipated, primarily from plantations where they’d been held captive, following the bloody Civil War. Most possessed no more than the clothes on their backs and were now suddenly homeless and jobless. 

Michiana Chronicles: Dance Season

Jun 17, 2021
Andrew Kreider

It’s dance season.  I’m pushing a broom across the floor, collecting an impressive pile of bobby pins, sequins and orange and green feathers.  I like to think we have two seasons of dance in our theater.  Spring dance is filled with feathers and fuzz.  Winter dance has an endless supply of snowflakes.  Either way, the detritus has a way of hanging on long after the dancers have departed.


Photo Of The Week: Fishermen In The Mist

Jun 10, 2021

WVPE's latest Photo of the Week comes courtesy of Kathleen White of Edwardsburg, Michigan. It's of fishermen in a boat seen through a misty morning fog off a dock on Eagle Lake.

What are you taking photos of? Email us your shots to photo@wvpe.com and it could be selected as the next WVPE Photo of the Week.

Heather Curlee-Novak

Last week I dreamt that I awoke to a snow-covered yard.  I know, it is now June and these fears should be far behind me, but the seasons have been discombobulated. We need to admit snow in June might not be completely off the table.

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