Trump administration

U.S. House of Representatives

Today:  A conversation with noted Indiana economist, writer and speaker Morton Marcus about his "Eye on the Pie" columns that focus on the Hoosier economy and related issues.

Donna Stuckert from the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District joins us to talk about composting those discarded leaves, pumpkins and gourds from the Halloween decorations at the county's composting operation.  She also talks about the upcoming "America Recycles Day," and the Porter County  Master Recycler program, which is seeking applicants for 2018 classes.

Michigan City Area Schools

Today:  We talk to Michigan City Area Schools Superintendent Barbara Eason-Watkins about the school district's "1:1" (one-student, one-device) high tech expansion program that includes Chromebook computers for students.  The program, supported by grants from the community and other sources, gives Michigan City students a chance to organize and enhance their work and stay engaged through "blended learning": the process of combining digital and traditional learning.  The program's picked up another "Innovators Award" for the school district from the Society of Innovators in Northwest Indiana

Heartland Now

Today:  we asked noted Indiana economist, writer and speaker Morton Marcus back on the program for the latest from his "Eye on the Pie" columns published across the state.  Some of his remarks are timely, in dealing with natural disasters like from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and how much we should really depend on Uncle Sam for help in recovering from the storms. 

We bring you another in the series of comversations from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University --  this time it centers around the Gary community of Miller.

Amtrak

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. 

Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly

The first six months of the Trump administration in Washington is bringing a sense of optimism, nationwide, among the country's small businesses and we wondered if northwest Indiana small businesses are sharing in any of that optimism.  We asked Lorri Feldt of the northwest Indiana Indiana Small Business Development Center and economics professor Micah Pollak of Indiana University Northwest to talk about it, on Wednesday's "Regionally Speaking" program.

Joshua Claybourn - Vimeo

Today:  Josh Claybourn, an Indiana attorney, Republican and contributor to Howey Politics Indiana joins us to talk about his recent commentary about the first weeks of the Trump administration and its impact on the GOP.  He called it "a great fork in the road."