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The Kentucky Derby was postponed and many other events in the Midwest were canceled, as officials tried to stem the spread of coronavirus. Indiana and Kentucky saw their first fatalities this week, as the number and severity of coronavirus cases continues to rise in the Midwest. Here's a state-by-state summary of the news:


Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered all schools closed through March 30. 

WVPE Community Calendar And Events Tab On Hiatus

Mar 17, 2020

In light of the pandemic, WVPE has temporarily modified our website. Our "Events" tab that is usually available and features "Community Calendar" events has been removed as an option for the time being. Once conditions warrant, WVPE fully intends to re-instate this popular feature and at that time we would re-invite community members to use the platform to get the word out about area events.


RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) — Earlham College seniors held their own snap graduation event, shortly before the school's ban on face-to-face classes and campus gatherings to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

The hour-long commencement Friday at the private college may have lacked the usual festivities of graduation day.

But it still had caps and gowns, original poetry, music, student stories, faculty reflections and premature degrees.

Earlham President Anne Houtman applauded the seniors, saying they “took lemons and made lemonade.”

Photo Of The Week - Lake Wawasee Tranquility

Mar 12, 2020
Dawn Burns

It's been a crazy week between the markets, coronavirus and primary elections.  So let's all just take a deep breath and enjoy a tranquil sunrise. This image comes to us courtesy of Dawn Burns of Syracuse, Indiana. Dawn captured this scene on Lake Wawasee on August 5, 2019, at 6:31am when it was a balmy 62 degrees. She says she was struck by the quiet and still nature of the lake that morning with what she calls a perfect balance of mist and color. Dawn says she happened upon this image during one of her regular morning walks to the lake.

All IN - Coronavirus Questions Answered

Mar 12, 2020
CDC/Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM

The number of people in Indiana who have tested positive for COVID-19 has continued to grow according to the Indiana State Department of Health. What precautions should we be taking? Is Indiana prepared? 

Produced by Drew Daudelin.


Tom Duszynski
Director of Epidemiology Education, Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI

Ram Yeleti
Chief Physician Executive, Community Health Network

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Could voting be easier in Indiana? One non-profit thinks so. On All IN, host Matt Pelsor talks to representatives from the non-partisan group Indiana Vote By Mail. The group says if we adopted policies that have been in practice in other states for years, it would increase election security and voter participation, and decrease wait times at the polls for those who choose to vote the old-fashioned way. Guests will talk about how it would work, where it HAS worked, and the potential risks involved. 

Listen today at 1pm on 88.1 WVPE.

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President Trump is speaking from the Oval Office at 9pm about the coronavirus. The World Health Organization labeled the outbreak a pandemic earlier in the day.

All IN: Today At 1pm On 88.1 WVPE - Your Coronavirus Questions Answered

Mar 11, 2020

In Indiana some businesses have asked employees to work from home--some schools are holding classes online. Precautionary measures to control the spread of a respiratory virus that some say has already reached pandemic status. Next time on All IN, we’ll bring your questions to an epidemiologist and health officials to separate fact from fiction, and find out what you need to know about the Coronavirus. Listen today at 1pm on 88.1 WVPE.

'This American Life' Wednesday At 8pm On 88.1 WVPE

Mar 11, 2020
Tile painting by Ashley Newman of Baked in Brooklyn

Listen Wednesday night for 'This American Life' at 8pm on 88.1 WVPE. This week, stories about "the vague and not-so-vague ways we teach children about race, death and sex."  

Shoreline Erosion On Lake Michigan

Mar 10, 2020
Timeless Aerial Photography LLC.

Many communities along the Lake Michigan shoreline are in crisis. High water levels and strong storms this winter contributed to shoreline erosion that is threatening private homes and vital infrastructure, and eating away at the beaches.

How much of this erosion is natural, and how much have man-made structures contributed? And how are the most impacted communities handling the challenge?

Produced by Maggie Gelon.


Paul Labovitz
Superintendent, Indiana Dunes National Park

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As cases of coronavirus spread across the Midwest, we know there are lots of questions about it -- including how to avoid getting sick. We also know there's plenty of misinformation about this new virus, so we want to help you sort fact from fiction. 

Send your questions to health@wfyi.org or text “health” to 73224, and we'll find the answers.

Courtesy of the BBC

The BBC World Service presents remarkable stories of women's history, told by the women who were there. Selected from its Witness program, audiences will hear moving, inspiring and even outrageous stories about a few of the most important women in living memory.

Photo Of The Week - Frozen Fruit

Mar 5, 2020
Dave Coulston

WVPE's Photo of the Week is of frozen fruit in Berrien County. This image was actually submitted to us late in 2019 by Dave Coulston of Niles. The snow and the fruit captured in this image seem representative of how the seasons can clash. A timely reminder as we look ahead to the offiical start of spring on March 20th. 

We'd love to see your images too. 

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. 

Mike King/Flickr

Basketball is a cornerstone of culture of Indiana. If you need evidence, just look at the number of high school gyms in the state that seat over 7,000 fans. Among the 10 biggest high school gyms in the country, Indiana has nine.

Today we explore the deep roots behind Indiana’s love affair with basketball.


The Ironhand Wine Bar is hosting a "Beer Launch Party" Friday, March 13 from 6-8pm. 

Ironhand is celebrating its partnership with Upland Beer and is now serving Dragonfly IPA, Bad Elmer's Porter, Cahmpagne Velvet and more. 

The launch party will feature live music by The Tune Shakers, tastings and giveaways. 

Ironhand is at 1025 Northside Blvd., South Bend. (In the Armory across from the Farmer's Market in South Bend.) 

Learn more about the event here. 

Live Coverage: 2020 Super Tuesday

Mar 2, 2020

Follow NPR's live coverage of the 2020 Super Tuesday contests, including results and analysis. Listen live starting at 8pm on 88.1 WVPE for NPR coverage of Super Tuesday results. Coverage is anticipated to be live on air through at least 1am on Wednesday.


All IN: A Look Back On The Buttigieg Campaign

Mar 2, 2020
Peter Ringenberg

On Sunday morning Pete Buttigieg appeared on Meet the Press to talk about his strategy going into Super Tuesday. By the end of the day he had dropped out of the race. We talk to two reporters (WVPE's Jennifer Weingart and Jeff Parrott of the South Bend Tribune) who have covered Buttigieg to find out how his supporters are reacting, and how his experience as mayor of South Bend had an impact on his campaign.

We also talk to a public health expert to get an update on the coronavirus, and to help us identify misinformation about the outbreak.

Justin Hicks / IPBS News

After finishing fourth in the South Carolina primary, Buttigieg came home to South Bend to an emotional and loud crowd to make his announcement Sunday night. 

He did not throw his support behind any other candidate, but instead called for unity in the party moving forward. 

“I will no longer seek to be the 2020 Democratic nominee for president, but I will do everything in my power to ensure that we have a new Democratic president come January,” Buttigieg says.

At the announcement South Bend resident Tracey Thomas, and many others, said the announcement was a loss. 


The IU South Bend Graduate Programs Open House scheduled for Thursday, March 12 has been canceled.

The Democratic presidential primary candidates are competing in South Carolina on Saturday, hoping to win over voters in the fourth contest of 2020. Follow NPR's live coverage of the primary, including results and analysis.


Andrew Kreider

It’s a good day in our house.  I just received a new 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle in the mail.  It’s a Star Wars one, a happy conglomeration of posters from the first three movies – images large and small of Luke, Leia, Han, Obi-Wan, Darth Vader, the Death Star, the droids, aliens, light sabers, X-wings, Tie fighters, all the good stuff with no pod racing – everything jumbled up in a large pile of cardboard and dust, all the characters looking for their missing parts. This mess is going to take days to sort out.  I can’t wait.

Photo Of The Week - Great Scott!

Feb 27, 2020
Scott Doty

WVPE's Photo of the Week comes from Scott, Indiana, which is in our listening area. It's a small unincorporated community in LaGrange County's Van Buren Township. It's on the Pigeon River near the Indiana Toll Road about a mile south of the Indiana-Michigan border. 

This image was captured by Scott Doty of Sturgis, Michigan. He took the photo on his way to work in Middlebury on February 21st. 

We'd love to see your images too. 

Email photos to wvpe@wvpe.org. 

Photo courtesy of Indiana University Archives

Before Jim Brown, Mean Joe Greene, or any other black NFL superstar, there was George Taliaferro. George played football for Indiana University two years before Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier, and went on to become the first African American drafted by the NFL. 

We sat down with the author of a new biography on Taliaferro, to talk about the Indiana native’s athletic and academic achievements made during a time of deep racial division, and his long life after football.

Produced by Drew Daudelin.

Photo provided by The Wild Rose Moon Radio Hour

Wisconsinite, Andy Noyes,  brings his diverse acoustic guitar skills to the Wild Rose Moon Radio Hour this Monday at 9 PM on 88.1 WVPE. Noyes shares his beautiful song, Awani Winds.


In many states, emergency medical services are not considered essential, like fire or police. That means when you call 911, there’s no guarantee an ambulance will respond. And this is a big problem in rural areas, where volunteers are scarce.

Donna Hansen says when her husband started having severe chest pains four years ago, the plan seemed straightforward. Her daughter would drive him to the fire station two miles away in their town of Hudson to get an ambulance.

Lauren Chapman/IPB News

Members of our Indiana 2020 Two-Way texting group told us they wanted to know more about health care costs, what’s being done to address them, and why the system is the way it is. 


WVPE is a media sponsor of Kozmo Events' For the Love of Art Fair which will be featured at South Bend's Century Center March 7 and 8. 

The event will present the work of more than 50 regional artists creating original paintings, sculptures, hand-crafted woodwork, fine jewelry and more. 

Hours for the event on Sat., Mar. 7 run from 10am-6pm. 

Hours for Sun., Mar 8 are 11am-4pm.


Democratic presidential hopefuls are on stage in South Carolina ahead of that state’s primary. The candidates’ battle follows Sen. Bernie Sanders’ wins in the New Hampshire primary and the Nevada caucuses. Follow NPR’s live fact checks and analysis of their remarks.


All IN: Food Stamps for Ex-Drug Offenders

Feb 25, 2020
Michael Caterina/South Bend Tribune

Six years ago, Indiana was among a handful of states that still banned ex-drug offenders from using food stamps, no matter how many years passed, how long they were drug free, or how long they followed parole.

Cheryl Ashe wanted to change that. After spending years driving people who were ineligible for food stamps from food pantry to food pantry, she was convinced it was time to change the law. And after six years of trying, she helped make it happen.

Produced by Maggie Gelon.