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WBOI Presents: November News Roundup 2019

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Our news team was busy throughout the month of November. We’ll begin with Zach Bernard’s continuing coverage of tumultuous relations between city officials and the Native American community.




WBOI’s Ben Clemmer caught up with Zach Bernard in the studio to discuss what all Zach reported on last month. 


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Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives Brain Bosma announced he would retire on November 19. Our monthly politics roundup took a look at how things could change in the General Assembly. Andy Downs from the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics also provided an analysis of how the ongoing impeachment inquiry impacts local politics. 



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A sea of teachers and public education supporters traveled to the statehouse last month. They were there to put pressure on lawmakers and demand better pay, school funding, and more respect for their field. We heard from Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Jeanie Lindsay for this story.



Additional coverage of the ‘Red For Ed’ rally can be found here


Some NPR programs on WBOI may sound a little different in 2020. WBOI’s Ben Clemmer and Katy Anderson spoke about departures of Guy Raz and Joshua Johnson from the TED Radio Hour and 1A respectfully. Today, it was also announced that Robert Krulwich will be retiring after 15 years as the co-host of WNYC Studios’ Radiolab.


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For some, a traditional Thanksgiving meal may not be an option during the holiday season. WBOI’s Zach Bernard has more on a project from Fort Wayne Community Schools’ Career Academy that helped provide for those without access to food.


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Amnon Weinstein is a violin-maker from Tel Aviv who has spent the last two decades locating and restoring violins that were played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. His collection of instruments is called Violins of Hope, and has toured many cities around the world, including Fort Wayne last month. 

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic and the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne partnered with dozens of community organizations to commemorate the exhibition, including WBOI’s sister station, Classical 94.1 WBNI.

WBOI’s Katy Anderson had a chance to interview Dr. Jay Grymes, a musicologist and author of the book Violins of Hope.  In his book he profiles six of the instruments from the collection and their owners, as well as the Weinstein family. Katy begins the interview by asking Dr. Grymes about the path that led to him writing this book.





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Fort Wayne filmmaker Kelly Lynch is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the television crime drama, The Untouchables, with an online retrospective. Lynch got hooked on this groundbreaking show thanks to his father, Dan, a nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist whose career included work for the Kansas City Times and the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.

WBOI's Julia Meek sat down with Lynch to discuss the passion he inherited from this dad, their combined efforts in this project and where the journey continues to take him. You can hear the interview here.


Special thanks to the entire WBOI news team for making this roundup possible. Our theme music is by Mark Waldick. Additional music comes from Mark Waldick and Noah Campodonico. Our web producer is Loyal Vandenburg. Our WBOI Intern is Brittany Smith.