Commentary

This is all commentaries on WVPE including Friday's Michiana Chronicles Feature and occasional one-time contributors.

April Lidinsky

As a nerdy kid with a competitive streak, I thought of summer reading as both a sprint and a marathon. My local library didn't host a “summer reading challenge,” so my only competition was myself … but I’m sorry to say how much I enjoyed flaunting my long list of conquered titles. Now, as a nerdy proto-crone with a competitive streak, I still relish this feeling.

Michiana Stories: Cassie And Carter

Jun 11, 2018
St. Joseph County Public Library

On this episode of Michiana Stories, Carter, a sixth grade student, speaks with his mother, Cassie, about his dreams to become a paleontologist and to unearth rare dinosaur fossils.

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and WVPE and airs Mondays at 7:45 AM and 4:45 PM on 88.1 WVPE.

Michiana Chronicles: The End Of The Line

Jun 8, 2018
Sid Shroyer

Back in April, that first weekend when it seemed like winter would, in fact, end, a group of Kiwanis fellows got together to pick up the trash along State Road 2 between Mayflower and the bypass.

This was my first time to the task, being a new member, and if I say I was surprised by the amount rubbish along the road, that would suggest that I’d given it some thought, which I hadn’t, really.  

St. Joseph County Public Library

Michelle FitzGerald speaks with her husband, Nat, about her decision to quit her job and open Make South Bend, which offers space for artists in the River Park neighborhood of South Bend.

The FitzGeralds are also curators of the Rebel Art Fest.

Michiana Stories airs Mondays at 7:45 AM during Morning Edition and at 4:45 PM during All Things Considered and is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and 88.1 WVPE.

Music: "Son of Man" by SPACESHIPS (Nat FitzGerald is a member of the band)

“Sometimes you have a little trouble taking ‘no’ for an answer, don’t you?” That’s what Larry, my beloved, has said to me in the past when I have been, well, having trouble taking “no” for an answer.

St. Joseph County Public Library

Michelle and Nat FitzGerald are the owners of Make South Bend and curators of the Rebel Art Fest. They talk about their love for the River Park neighborhood of South Bend.

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and WVPE and is heard Monday mornings at 7:45, and Monday afternoons at 4:45, on 88.1 WVPE.

Music: "Son of Man" by SPACESHIPS (Nat FitzGerald is a member of the band)

Puppy Love

May 25, 2018
Andrew Kreider

Last year, my grandma died, my dad died, my car died, and my dog died.    Out of all of these, the one I had the most trouble mourning was the dog.  This is sort of surprising, because I never used to be a dog person.  But then we had kids.  And then one of our kids wanted a dog.  And then everybody wanted a dog.  My wife and I were having coffee at Barnes and Noble one night when it hit me.  I said to her, “We’re getting a dog, aren’t we?”  She just smiled.

And the very next week it happened.  April the dog adopted our family.

Michiana Stories: VOID

May 21, 2018
St. Joseph County Public Library

Seth Kirkpatrick, Emilio David, Julilla Baer are three South Bend teens involved with the production of the audio drama, VOID.

Michiana Stories can be heard Mondays at 7:45 during Morning Edition and at 4:45 during All Things Considered.

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and 88.1 WVPE.

Just Looking

May 18, 2018
Heather Curlee-Novak

Sometimes a person wants a big change.  Life can get too easy or predictable.  I’ve been married for 11 years to my handsome husband. We have two kids, one dog, two guinea pigs and a fifteen cent goldfish that could survive a nuclear bomb. I love my life but wanted something new.  I wanted something younger and more exciting and so I did what anyone in my situation would do: I went online.  Pictures say a thousand words and I spent several weeks swiping left or swiping right looking for that special someone.  Before you judge me, you should know my husband was into it.

St. Joseph County Public Library

Actors Faryal Sheikh and Mateo Beserra from Stage for Change IUSB perform monologues about prejudice written by anonymous South Bend residents.

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and 88.1 WVPE.

Trippin'

May 11, 2018
Jeanette Saddler-Taylor

Oh good, you’re here. Please come and sit down so that I can show you the 2713 (According to mathematician Larry, that’s a prime number.) pictures that I took on my recent trip. What? This is radio, and you can’t see them and thus are spared from this “opportunity.” Well then, a thousand words, give or take, will have to suffice.

St. Joseph County Public Library

Christina Brooks is Director of the City of South Bend’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Her husband is former Notre Dame and NFL running back Reggie Brooks, who is now the Director of Student-Athlete Alumni Relations and Engagement at the University of Notre Dame. Together, they reflect on moments from their 28-year marriage.

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and 88.1 WVPE.

Music: "Rebound" by Kris Brownlee

April Lidinsky

Today, I offer an argument: States divide themselves one of two ways: by longitude, or latitude. For example, I grew up in Colorado, where the eastern flatlanders have little in common with western Coloradans who notch their belts by the lofty 14-ers they’ve climbed. And among western Coloradans, please don’t mistake the east-of-the-Continental Dividers from true Western Slopers. The Colorado state of mind is organized by longitude, fine-sliced on the vertical. 

 

St. Joseph County Public Library

On this episode of Michiana Stories, we hear from Faith and Rebecca. The mother and daughter discuss working together at an Elkhart-based industrial distributor.

At the Climbing Wall

Apr 27, 2018
At the climbing wall.
Courtesy of the author.

Driving south in the early spring is an excellent kind of time travel. In Michiana last weekend the magnolia buds were just thinking about opening and the tulips weren’t even close. But down in Bloomington on Saturday bulbs rioted on the street corners, the spring-flowering trees reached out gaudily on almost every block, and the grass needed cutting. Walkers and saunterers were out, uh, walking and sauntering, stylish patrons stood in lines in front of restaurants for the open-air seating, and I put on a baseball cap so I didn’t get a sunburn up there. 

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