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John Mikulenka

John Mikulenka

John Mikulenka was 12 years old when cousin Ann Barlow gave him an antiwar poster for Christmas. His father, who worked for the U.S. Army at Fort Benjamin Harrison, immediately kicked Ann out of the house, thereby guaranteeing his son’s enduring fascination with her.

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Intentional Communities Must ‘Bend with the Times’

Southern Indiana has a long tradition of utopian communities, also known as communes. A few of the ones formed in the 1960s and ’70s — places like May Creek Farm and Needmore — have had to “bend with the times” to survive, says writer John Mikulenka in this detailed and expansive feature. But as the founding members age, he asks, who will take their place? Click here to read the full story.

A Teenager’s Murder Still Breaks Hearts and Boggles Minds 50 Years Later

Fifty years ago, 16-year-old Sylvia Likens was found tortured to death in the Indianapolis home of her caretaker, Gertrude Baniszewski, who was later convicted of first-degree murder in what’s been called the most terrible crime ever committed in Indiana. In this essay, John Mikulenka ponders how the case went from a local tragedy to something affecting people worldwide. In his video, he interviews the newspaper reporter who covered Baniszewski’s trial. Click here for the full story and video.

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