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Today:   We revisit our conversation with Andy Downs of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics in Fort Wayne about the major issues that could come up during the next General Assembly session that is  scheduled to begin January 3rd.

Ellen Szarletta with the Center for Urban and Regional Excellence at Indiana University Northwest joins us to talk about the topics for next month's "Senior University" courses offered on the Gary campus.

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Today:  We find out about the latest Northwest Indiana Coincident Economic Index from Indiana University Northwest economist Micah Pollak, and learn that the Region's economy is steadily improving. Pollak and his colleague Bala Arshanapalli sift through the data on several key areas of the  economy in Lake, Porter, Newton and Jasper Counties to create the Index report.  He presented the latest information at a recent Chancellor's Commission for Community Engagement meeting.

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With the start of a new academic year, Indiana University Northwest wants to make sure that students understand the importance of recognizing and preventing sexual misconduct -- as well as domestic and date violence and abuse, sexual harassment and stalking.  Dean of Students Beth Dean Tyler came on "Regionally Speaking" on Wednesday to talk about a number of programs -- local as well as IU system-wide -- that inform and educate.

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Today:   Indiana University Northwest Dean of Students Beth Tyler joins us to talk about the Gary campus' sexual assault prevention programs.   With the start of a new academic year, IUN wants to make sure that students understand the importance of recognizing and preventing sexual misconduct -- as well as domestic and date violence and abuse, sexual harassment and stalking.  Dean Tyler talks about a number of programs -- local as well as IU system-wide -- that inform and educate.

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Today:  A conversation with Richard Rupp, a Purdue University Northwest political scientist who's taken on the position of Chief of Staff to PNW Chancellor Thomas Keon.  We talk about his experiences on campus, including heading up projects that led to the opportunity to serve in a wider leadership capacity on both the Hammond and Westville campuses.

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Ivy Tech Community College in Gary is partnering with Indiana University Northwest in the use of the new Arts & Sciences Building, which will be officially dedicated on Friday.   Vice chancellor for academic affairs Margaret Semmer was on "Regionally Speaking" on Wednesday, as the conversation continued about the new building along Broadway at 35th Avenue. 

Inside Indiana Business

Today:  a conversation with Jeff Strack, the chief executive of Indiana Grocery Group, the company that now owns and operates 20 of northwest Indiana's most popular supermarkets.  The group purchased some of the Strack & VanTil stores, along with a few Town & Country and Ultra stores, from Central Grocers in U.S. bankruptcy court.  Jeff talks about the process of creating a brand-new company  -- setting up the wholesale agreements to replace Central Grocers -- and planning for the future.

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Today:  Steve Coxhead, the president of the Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance, joins us to talk about concerns about late trains on Amtrak's "Hoosier State passenger service between Indianapolis and Chicago.  The national rail provider says only one in three Indianapolis-bound trains arrived on-time in June, a change from past months  Coxhead says there are problems on CSX, the freight line that provides the rails for both the "Hoosier State" and the Indiana "Cardinal" passenger routes. 

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Today:   Indiana University Northwest's director of the school of Public and Environmental Affairs, Asst. Dean Karl Basel, will talk about a new accelerated program that will allow students to get a Masters of Public Affairs degree much quicker than the usual time.  This new degree program begins this fall semester.

Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore listened in on a session at the Gary Symphony Orchestra's annual summer music camp -- an opportunity to help young people who might not be exposed to music in their public school.  He has a report for "Regionally Speaking."

John Cain, host of "Eye on the Arts," talks with Mark Baer, Associate Professor of Acting and Directing at Indiana University Northwest, about IUN's upcoming 10 minute play festival, taking place April 28th and 29th at Theatre Northwest.

Centre For Medical Humanities

Three Indiana University Northwest faculty members creating a medical humanities curriculum for the Gary campus, as well as at IU South Bend and IU Kokomo, are one of the winners of the inaugural IU Regional Campus Grand Challenges Initiative. 

Grand Challenges are defined in IU's Strategic Plan as "major and large-scale problems" facing humanity that can "only be addressed by multidisciplinary teams of the best researcher." 

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Today:   Indiana University Northwest professors Susan Zinner, Jonathyne Briggs and  Monica Solinas-Saunders, on their "Health Studies Consortium" project that is a winner of the first "IU Regional Campus Grand Challenge Initiative."  The program awards regional campus faculty members who use multidisciplinary efforts to address complex challenges to their communities.

Originally broadcast on Friday, February 24, 2017

In-Studio Guests: BILLY FOSTER & RENEE MILES-FOSTER

Tom's in-studio guests on this edition of "A Look At The Arts" is jazz performers BILLY FOSTER and his wife/musical partner RENEE MILES-FOSTER.

Foster is a former member of the Valparaiso University Faculty Jazz Trio, and currently the band leader of The Billy Foster Quartet, which features Renee on vocals.

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Today:  A conversation with city of Valparaiso Economic Development Director Patrick Lyp on two major 2017 projects: the implementation of the Bike Share program and efforts to create a larger parking lot for the city's Chicago Dash commuter bus service between Valparaiso and Chicago.  The Bike Share program is a joint project of the city and Valparaiso University.  The city is looking at buying and transforming much of the old Anco wiper blade factory site into a new bus depot and parking lot.

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Community activist and Indiana University Northwest labor studies Professor Emeritus Ruth Needleman was in the “Regionally Speaking” studio to talk about her interest in her community and its people.