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WBOI Presents: January News Roundup 2020

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This week, our news team is looking back at some of the biggest stories from January. Impeachment has dominated the headlines and we’ll hear perspective from northeast Indiana’s expert on all things politics, Andy Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana politics. A new city council begins work, the farm bureau attempts to fill a gap in health coverage, and a podcast dedicated to Fort Wayne women begins its second season. That’s all ahead on the January News Roundup.


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The impeachment trial came to an end this week and WBOI News Director Rebecca Green spoke with Andy Downs last week to unpack some of the storylines to come out of the proceedings, the statements from Senators Todd Young and Mike Braun, and what to look for from the state legislature at the halfway mark of the 2020 General Assembly session.


















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Last week’s episode of WBOI Presents focused on education. We’ll have an update on that and other issues that were brought up during the first month of the 2020 session in Indianapolis.










Farmers across the Midwest are facing tight profit margins and rising healthcare costs. And that means some hold off getting medical treatment or forgo health insurance altogether. Some state farm bureaus are trying to fill that gap.







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January was a busy month for WBOI Morning Edition Host Zach Bernard. He caught up with his evening host counterpart, Ben Clemmer, to discuss the latest in government, development and the future of public health. 










RG: A new survey from APM Research Lab shows our attitudes across the country toward immigrants fall along predictable party lines. But when it comes to how we perceive immigrants in our local communities, that perception shifts.

















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Bad Hombres performing at the most recent Friday Night Vibes

  In addition to highlighting the everything creative in our region’s arts and culture scene, WBOI’s Julia Meek joined Ben Clemmer in the studio to talk about a new live music showcase, WBOI’s Meet The Music Presents Friday Night Vibes.









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Keeping the microphone on the local issues women face keeps Stephanie Gottesman and Traci Henning-Kolberg connected to the community.

Women Are Fort Wayne, the brainchild of Stephanie Gottesman and Traci Henning-Kolberg is an in-depth podcast series, about to launch its second season.

For a behind the scenes look at the project, WBOI's Julia Meek invited the team into the studio to talk about its purpose and the impact it is making on the community.


We concluded our news roundup by welcoming the newest member of the WBOI news team. Ella Abbott comes to us from Cleveland, Ohio. Her first story on WBOI aired this week.



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, Noah Campodonico, and Kurt Roembke. Our web producer is Loyal Vandenburg. Our production assistants are Monica Blankenship and Mikaela Veltum.