WBOI Presents: June News Roundup

Jul 5, 2018

This week on WBOI Presents, we bring you our June News Roundup.

This week we will focus on the work of our news team here and around the state during the past month, giving us a chance to look back and dive a bit deeper into the stories we've done. We spent a lot of time covering immigration issues, through the lens of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' speech in Fort Wayne and the responses to it.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions appeared in Fort Wayne in early June, sparking protests.
Credit Rebecca Green / WBOI/NIPR

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a sudden visit to Fort Wayne, this month, to tak about the Trump administration's immigration policy. Zach Bernard spoke with Rebecca Green about his speech, and the response following it. They start out their conversation, though, looking at news out of Fort Wayne, specifically ongoing waste management issues and other matters.

After Attorney General Sessions' speech included a great deal of scripture, in defense of the Trump administration's immigration policy, many religious leaders spoke out. Seeking representation from our own community, Rebecca Green spoke with Bishop Kevin Rhoades, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. Rhoades issued a statement in the week after Sessions' speech, expressing concern over the Trump administration's immigration policy.

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside Parkview Field during the visit by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Ben Clemmer spoke with Araceli Gomez-Aldana, who was outside the event covering protests of Session's speech. Araceli walked us through the asylum process and a conversation she shared with associate director of legal services at the National Immigrant Justice Center, Lisa Koop.

The U.S. Supreme Court finished up a busy month of June with the announcement of the retirement of long-time Justice Anthony Kennedy. Many of the rulings have potential impact on Indiana, and Ben Clemmer spoke with Indiana Public Broadcasting's Brandon Smith in order to get a better sense of what their impacts could be in Indiana.

To begin Pride month,  Julia Meek spoke with Doug Strahm. The gay singer-songwriter shared how he spreads understanding and acceptance through his music. 

Busker Fest, one of the last events from the month of June, was held on June 30th. The event was closed out by Pyroscope Entertainment. Ben Clemmer spoke with two flow artists of Pyroscope, Lauren Tourkow and Brent Helpkamp.

Lauren Tourkow (right) and Jacqueline Barnes perform at Busker Fest 2018

Music for this episode is provided by Mark Waldick and Doug Strahm.