Last year, a local housing program for people with substance use disorder was created by Marilyn Burrus and Brandon Drake. Writer Ann Georgescu talks with Drake about the program, Courage to Change, and helping people all along the spectrum of recovery. “It is our job to stop the chaos,” Drake says. Click here to read the full story.
Bloomington is one of four cities in the U.S. to launch Rise to Run, a new grassroots movement that encourages and trains high school- and college-aged women to run for office. Writer Allison Yates talks to local co-coordinators Regina Moore and Rachel Guglielmo about their program. Click here to read the full story.
Southern Indiana has some of the country’s largest roosting places for Indiana bats. But these Hoosier mammals face many threats. Writer and bat fan April McKay gives us an in-depth look at these wondrous creatures, and how to help secure their survival — such as attending the Indiana Bat Festival. Click here to read the full story.
Longtime friends Sarah Mae Ruggles and Emily Bedwell have acted in the Monroe County Civic Theater for years, and now they play opposites in Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple (Female Version). Jen Pacenza looks Behind the Curtain at Olive and Florence in this hilarious performance playing at The Waldron this weekend. Click here to read the full story.
Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and Bloomington expat Joel Pett returned to his hometown recently for a gallery show — and a stand-up gig. After talking to Pett about his work, writer Yaël Ksander wonders whether a man with “a mean streak a mile wide” has, deep down, a passion for humanity. Click here to read the full story.
If life hands you zucchinis, make zoocanoes! Leah Rose Hagen has followed her calling to share healthful food with others and to help mothers with newborns. The postpartum doula and founder of Nourish, an in-home chef and catering company, spoke to LP’s resident sage, Ruthie Cohen, about her life’s calling. Click here to read the full story.
Cardinal Stage Company’s 2017-18 Cardinal for Kids production Garfield: The Musical with Cattitude brings Hoosier Jim Davis’ beloved comic strip to life, complete with the sarcastic feline bursting into song about lasagna, of course. The opening and closing performances will include very special four-legged guests, ambassador animals from VIPaws. Funds raised from the production will benefit VIPaws and other programs at the Monroe County Humane Association. Don’t miss Garfield and company at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Auditorium September 8 through 24! Click here to read more about Garfield.
In 1948, Ross Lockridge Jr. died by suicide in Bloomington just months after his best-selling novel, Raintree County, was published. In 2014, Doug Storm interviewed two of Lockridge’s sons for Interchange, his show on WFHB. Here, Storm writes about the sons’ conflicting opinions on the suicide and the assessment of Raintree County as the Great American Novel. Click here to read the full story.
Music speaks. And it can tell stories. Musical acts Meklit (Ethiopia) and Sabha Motallebi (Iran) will showcase their own forms of musical storytelling this year at the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival. In part 3 of his series, writer Benjamin Beane explores their genre-bending and -expanding music — and the stories they want to tell. Click here to read the full story.
The City of Bloomington’s Volunteer Network has created a new initiative, called ONE Community, to change how people serve nonprofits in Bloomington. A collaboration between the city and six organizations on the northwest side of Bloomington, the initiative focuses on a shared vision of creating healthy, asset-rich, success-ready individuals, families, and youth. Click here to watch videos of each of the six organizations.
IU Research Scientist Adam Fudickar studies animal behavior in response to climate change. “Many parts of the planet that haven’t changed for a really long time are changing very rapidly,” he says. While many species cannot adapt fast enough, some can, which provides hope to researchers. Writer Brian Hartz explores Fudickar’s work on the dark-eyed junco. Click here to read the full story.
For Kate Hess Pace, founder of the progressive grassroots group Hoosier Action, voting matters, but there are also “many, many other ways for people to build power for change.” She spoke about empowering people with Michael G. Glab on his WFHB show Big Talk, and here, in Glab’s LP column Big Mike’s B-town. Click here to read the full story.