Michiana Chronicles: COVID-19 Stress Dream

May 21, 2020
Ken Smith

These days, the dogs that pass by out there on the sidewalk look trim and happy. They’re getting a lot of exercise with their work-from-home humans. They sniff out little mysteries and tag bushes and never glance up to ask their masters, “Why are you home so much? Why so many walks?” The dogs are not having bad dreams. Two neighborhood friends who are both biologists walk by wearing sleek, face-fitting masks. I could call from the door to ask how their dreams are going, but I don’t have to. These two know exactly how microorganisms like to boogie.


Congratulations go out to WVPE's Jennifer Weingart and Justin Hicks who were recently honored for their broadcast reporting work.

Monday, May 18, 2020 at 9 PM

A celebration of the whirlwind of early music produced by Richard Penniman, Little Richard, who passed away Saturday, May 9, 2020 at the age of 87.

Photo Of The Week - Spring Is In Bloom

May 14, 2020
Heather Story

Spring has sprung in WVPE's latest Photo of the Week. Thanks to Heather Story for the image she submitted from Buchanan, Michigan, or as she calls it "Red Bud City." Heather captured her photo in Buchanan on the evening of May 7th as the trees were just beginning to bloom and as the grass was greening up.  

Are you capturing images of spring and nature in bloom? 

Email photos to 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. 

Ken Smith

Here’s another one from the English Major files: Synecdoche. Think like a Greek so the spelling doesn’t bedevil you. A synecdoche is a figure of speech in which a part of something is used to represent the whole. “Hands” is the classic example, as in “all hands on deck” (in which the presumption is that bodies are still attached).

Graham Bones

Monday, May 11, 2020 at 9 PM

The Third Coast International Audio Festival presents this hour of stories about family ties, love and loss.

Eric Weddle/WFYI News

The pandemic forced schools to find new ways to get free meals to students, many of whom depend on them for nutrition. Statewide, nearly half of all students qualify for free or reduced price meals.

Connie Kristelli has been a food service supervisor at Indianapolis Public Schools for more than 30 years. She is one of many staffers who helped Indianapolis Public Schools serve more 242,000 meals for anyone 18 years old or younger since school buildings closed.

Photo Of The Week - Not Out Of The Woods Yet

May 7, 2020
Ashley Henderson

An image captioned "Not Out of the Woods Yet" is WVPE's latest Photo of the Week. Thanks to Ashley Henderson of South Bend for this submission. Her caption not only works as a photo description but also is a nod to the current pandemic conditions. Ashley took the photo April 20, 2020, at Notre Dame.

Ashley also happens to be one of the many brides-to-be being affected by the pandemic. Her plans for her wedding ceremony scheduled for tomorrow had to be drastically altered as a result of the virus.  

Are you capturing images documenting life during the pandemic? 

Sid Shroyer

I miss my retired teacher friends. We meet once a month for breakfast to tell war stories, solve the problems of the world, and revel in our good fortune at having gotten out alive. We met last on March 6, right before the pandemic began to hit home.

Two months later, someone who looks like my wife, but with longer hair, flips channels between The Price is Right and the governor of New York. Andrew Cuomo seems like maybe he’d be a good teacher. Drew Carey, not so much.

I try to stay calm.

Maybe that’s a mistake.        

'1A' Names New Permanent Host

May 7, 2020
Jason Marck

Today a new host for 1A was announced. Jenn White of WBEZ in Chicago will take on the role July 6. You can hear 1A on 88.1 WVPE weekdays from 10am-noon. It's also available on WVPE NEWS2 weekdays from 4-6pm.

Even as we practice physical distancing, we can remain connected through kindness and generosity even without physical proximity. There is no reason that our physical separation means we can’t provide the financial, emotional and social supports that nurture our families and communities. If you are in a position to lend your support to WVPE today, please consider making a donation here. 

#GivingTuesdayNow: You Power Public Radio

May 4, 2020

You are the community that powers public radio. WVPE and NPR’s network of local stations around the country are made possible because of donations from people like you.

Don't miss Kennedy's Kitchen tonight on 88.1 WVPE. The group is featured on The Wild Rose Moon Radio Hour at 9pm.   

Recorded before a makeshift audience in the cellar of Wild Rose Moon Performing Arts Center just prior to  the advent of sheltering in place as a result of  the COVID-19 epidemic, the show features interviews with many of the band’s leading band members.

"Giving Tuesday Now" Is May 5th

May 4, 2020

Giving Tuesday Now is a new global day of giving and unity on  May 5, 2020 – in addition to the regularly scheduled Dec. 1, 2020 #GivingTuesday. It's an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

Photo Of The Week - Through The Window

Apr 30, 2020
Cindy Bradley

WVPE's Photo of the Week is an image of social distancing. Thanks to Dan Buck for submitting this photo on behalf of photographer Cindy Bradley. In the picture. Helen Buck, of Mentone, gets as close as she can to her husband, Alton Buck, as they visited through the window of his room at the Peabody long-term care facility in North Manchester about a month ago. When she went back last week to wish him a happy 84th birthday, they could only wave to each other through the closed window.

(Stephanie Wiechmann/IPR)

Indiana residents must be registered to vote 29 days before each election. What do you need on Election Day? What do you need to register to vote? Can you vote if you’re homeless? 

May 4th Voices: Kent State, 1970

Apr 25, 2020

Monday, April 27, 2020 at 9 PM

“Kent State was not just Kent State. It was a symbol for everything, and it was indicative of everything at that time. And, as they’ve said, that was the day the war came home." (May 4th Voices)

WATCH VIDEO: Donate Your Car To WVPE

Apr 24, 2020
John Blosser

Donating a car is fast, easy and secure. We accept any vehicle - running or not - including cars, trucks, boats, RVs, motorcycles, and more. Simply call or fill out our secure online vehicle donation form, and one of our friendly Donor Support Representatives will take you through the process from start to finish. The pick-up is free, and your gift is tax-deductible! 

Photo Of The Week - A Sign Of The Times

Apr 23, 2020
Ann Umbaugh

WVPE's latest Photo of the Week is indicative of what many of us are seeing at area parks. Picnic tables stacked up as another reminder of social distancing. Thanks to Ann Umbaugh for this submission. She captured this image on Wednesday, March 25th at Cobus Park. She says the tables used to be in a pavilion there, but are now stacked on the lawn. 

Are you capturing images documenting life during the pandemic? 

Email photos to wvpe@wvpe.org. 

Listen Monday, April 20, 2020 at 9 PM. 

John Prine passed away Tuesday evening, April 7, 2020 from complications of the corona virus.

Photo Of The Week - Snow In Spring

Apr 16, 2020
Jeanette Saddler-Taylor

Today our Photo of the Week is certainly fitting for the weather outside. It depicts snow in spring. This photo of  snow and a daffodil and a leftover Easter decoration sums it up pretty well. Jeanette Saddler-Taylor submitted this image taken outside her home in South Bend on April 15, 2020. Jeanette is also a regular contributor to our Michiana Chronicles feature. She says she is referring to this picture as "Mother Nature's whomp upside the head!"  

Do you have a photo to share? 

Email photos to wvpe@wvpe.org. 

Tony Sizemore admits he was a pessimist who didn’t expect much good from other people.

Except for Birdie. He always saw the good in her.

But since Birdie died, he’s begun to see goodness in others. He thinks he understands why.

“It’s just a combination of people being scared, and Birdie being on the forefront of this and being the first one here to die,” he says. “I think it’s a combination of everything that has caused all the love and stuff, and the compassion.”

The forefront of a pandemic.

The first one to die.

Monday, April 13, 2020 at 9 PM

Photo Of The Week - Art Outdoors

Apr 9, 2020
Mike Morehouse, Niles

Thanks to Mike Morehouse for this week's Photo of the Week. He sent in a photo of a painting he created last week in Niles in the woods at Silverbrook. Mike was practicing "plein air" painting, which is the act of painting outdoors.  A great idea during this time of social distancing. He said he was channeling his inner Bob Ross. Mike also sent along some Facebook live videos he created while making his painting. Links are below.