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WBOI Presents: May News Roundup

Danielle Doepke
Amanda Wendt, Head Bartender at Hop River Brewing Company, serves patrons at the Middle Waves lineup announcement while rocking a Middle Waves t-shirt.

This week on WBOI Presents, we bring you the May News Roundup. Our program will focus on the work of own news team, we'll hear from a Dr. Elton Skendaj from Manchester University about impact of the US moving its embassy to Jerusalem, and we'll also have two of the biggest arts and culture stories from this past month.

Our show opened with a story from Araceli Gomez-Aldana. In May, she reported on adjustments were made in the Columbia City community when many Puerto Rican citizens moved there in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

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Elton Skendaj (right) at the International Workshop: From the EU Peacebuilding to the EU Statebuilding: Changes & Challenges in the Western Balkans and the Middle East, in Jerusalem

After the US opened its embassy in Jerusalem, the move was controversial and Ben Clemmer sat down with Elton Skendaj, Professor of Peace Studies at Manchester University, to discuss where this leaves the US in the region's conflict.


On top of hosting Morning Edition on 89.1 WBOI, Zach Bernard also covers local development, government, and public health and safety. He was busy in May and to catch up, he sat down with Rebecca Green.

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A look inside the GE campus during a tour this past month.

In May, the 2018 box office continued to be dominated by superheroes and sci-fi with the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story. The newest fans are too young to remember when these stories and characters first appeared in comics and movies, so WBOI’s Ben Clemmer sat down with John Kaufeld. The two discussed the impact of Star Wars, what trading cards and playing games have meant to Kaufeld, and what it’s like to be the geeky patriarch of a family.

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John Kaufeld at Gen Con in Indianapolis.


To look back at two of the biggest arts and culture stories from May, we rebroadcast Julia Meek’s conversation with Rick Kinney. Their conversation about the now open Clyde Theatre can be found here.

We were also joined by Katy Silliman and Corey Rader from the Middle Waves Music Festival. A lineup announcement party was held on May 31, and the two of them joined Ben Clemmer in the studio for more on what it takes to book the festival.

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Katy Silliman (center), Middle Waves Festival Chair, joins in the celebration at the lineup announcement party held at Hop River Brewing Company

Special thanks to the entire WBOI news team for making this episode possible. Our theme music is by Mark Waldick.