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WBOI Presents: July News Roundup 2019

Ben Clemmer

July brought a controversial local holiday, further crack downs on immigration nationally, and the death of a beloved icon in the local arts community. For this month's News Roundup on WBOI Presents, we take a closer look at these stories and more. Thank you for joining us.

WBOI Presents Producer Ben Clemmer sat down with Science Central's Executive Director Martin Fisher and Purdue University-Fort Wayne history professor David Schuster.

The three talked about the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

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WBOI Reporter Barb Anguiano spoke with St. Joseph County attorney and public defender Cecelia Lopez Monterrosa who specializes in immigration and asylum law. 

The two spoke about how asylum fits into immigration, and the legal act of presenting to border authorities and seeking asylum. 

WBOI's Barb Anguiano and South Bend attorney Cecelia Lopez Monterrosa talked about immigration law.

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Just about a year ago, the City of Fort Wayne asked for help in naming the Tunnel Boring Machine which would make its way about five miles under the city to help provide a way to clean up the rivers as part of a lengthy sewer seperation project.

In July, WBOI reporter and host Zach Bernard went on a tour of the tunnel to see how far MamaJo had traveled. 

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The late Sam Hyde, hanging out in his iconic Fort Wayne bookstore on Wells Street.

WBOI's Julia Meek and local poet Johnny Commorato sat down with WBOI News Director Rebecca Green to remember Sam Hyde, one of the founders of Hyde Brothers Booksellers. Hyde passed away in July, and his death was felt widely in the community beyond the Wells Street Corridor where he did business.

WBOI's Rebecca Green, Ben Clemmer, and Julia Meek facilitated the rememberance. 

WBOI's Rebecca Green talks with poet Johnny Commorato and WBOI's Julia Meek to remember bookstore owner Sam Hyde.
We got several testimonials from community members who wanted to say a few words about Sam Hyde. We’ll hear from Chad Chenowith, Judi Wire, Mayor Tom Henry, and Sam’s son Jake. The music is This is It performed by Joe Martyn Ricke.

State political expert Andrew Downs of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue-Fort Wayne joins us monthly to help us understand the goings-on in Indiana politics and government.

In July, a pilot program to attach paper voter verification to machines and accessible to voters was expanded. Downs explained to WBOI's Rebecca Green what it involves and what will likely happen as a result of it.  

WBOI's Rebecca Green spoke with PFW's Andrew Downs about election and vote security.

WBOI's Zach Bernard and Ben Clemmer spoke about a somewhat spontaneous event featuring ESPN's Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz. After months of banter about coming to Fort Wayne, a group of fans got members of the show to come for an event in conjunction with an evening TinCaps game.


We revisted a story by WBOI's arts and culture reporter Julia Meek looking at attempts to create a creative arts zone, including living space and a Creative Engagement Center in Decatur. 

Thanks for listening to the July News Roundup on WBOI Presents.

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