WVPE's Michiana Chronicles

The Michiana Chronicles writers bring portraits of our life and times to the 88.1 WVPE airwaves every Friday at 7:45 am during Morning Edition and over the noon hour at 12:30 pm during Here and Now. Michiana Chronicles was first broadcast in October 2001. Contact the writers through their individual e-mails and thanks for listening!

Well, Indiana has had its moment of political glory — serving as the iceberg that sank Ted Cruz’s ship.   Despite the ugliness, this political season has had an upside — reminding seasoned voters how exciting it is to be new to voting and crazy in love with your candidate.

How to Make America Great

The drama of presidential politics has overwhelmed the country this year, giving rise to the hope or fear that one candidate or another can single-handedly transform American society. Some look for a savior. Their opponents fear a dictatorship, because tearing up the Constitution would seem to be the only way to realize the dream of a final solution to our woes.

 

    We’re learning to speak French at our house.  Or, rather, we’re learning to speak French-ly.  

Bartenders and Hair Tenders: True Confessions

   

Fat Tuesday found me draped across a barstool while wonderful Wally “set ‘em up” as my pre-penitential push for partying unfolded in downtown South Bend. A band of revelers came in, handed out beads and headed back into the snowy South Bend darkness while I continued to stave off  thoughts of the rigors of the coming Lenten season by doing elbow bends and yuking it up with Wally.

Spring

Mar 25, 2016

I get to be the first to welcome in spring on behalf of the Michiana Chroniclers. The first sign of spring for me was a couple of weeks ago: Michiana Monologues, produced by the IU South Bend Women’s and Gender Studies Department and Chronicler April Lidinsky.

WVPE “Standing up for Women” - for Michiana Chronicles March 4, 2016.

"Somerset"

Feb 26, 2016

My earliest memories are of a place that’s been underwater since the mid ‘60s.

My dad grew up on a farm at what is now the bottom of what is now called the Mississenewa Lake, a man-made lake that used to be called the Mississenewa Reservoir. That’s about a mile from the town, also underwater, where Dad went to high school, a Wabash County town called Somerset.

I go to the water’s edge sometimes to look for something familiar.

"Dog World"

Feb 12, 2016

 

  Dog World

Joe Chaney

"2 Dog Night"

Feb 5, 2016

Its two p.m. and the band is late.  This is gonna be a close one.  My work in the theater means regular encounters with the crew from different shows on national tour.  Essentially this becomes a form of 101 first dates.  We are thrown together for an afternoon, consummate our relationship that evening, and then part most often without even exchanging phone numbers.  Tonight’s date, a rock band, had better be good, because we don’t have time to waste.

The Gift of Christmas

Jan 29, 2016

THE WATCHBIRD 

Making a Deal

Jan 22, 2016

Being "Mortified"

Jan 15, 2016

April Lidinsky recommends an activity that one can do from an armchair that involves time travel, emotional calisthenics, and deep gratitude for the present.

  Heather Curlee-Novak talks about the New Years "Revolution"

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