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Arts & Culture
3:29 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Fort Wayne Youtheatre Toasts 80 Years With "Tin Soldier"

Leslie Hormann and Harvey Cox look to a bright future as the Fort Wayne Youth Theatre celebrates its 80th anniversary.
Credit Credit Julia Meek / WBOI News

Eighty years ago this month, Fort Wayne Youtheatre took the stage for the first time, with a performance of "The Steadfast Tin Soldier".

This weekend, they're toasting the past with a brand new adaptation of this Hans Christian Andersen classic, written by their artist-in-residence, Harvey Cox.

WBOI's Julia Meek met with Cox and Youtheatre Director, Leslie Hormann, to find out more about the show and celebration.

Fort Wayne Youtheatre Presents:

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Politics & Government
4:18 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Leaders Find Optimism in Latest Revenue Forecast

Thursday's revenue forecast is the last before legislators convene for the 2015 budget session.
Credit Courtesy / Wikimedia Commons

State leaders say they’re cautiously optimistic about Indiana’s fiscal future after a new revenue forecast unveiled Thursday predicts two to three percent growth in the next budget cycle.

That growth would mean more than $800 million in new money over the next two years. 

But Senate Appropriations Chair Luke Kenley says even that kind of increase shouldn’t start a spending frenzy.  He notes that even before the forecast he’s been receiving budget requests that total almost double that amount.

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Politics & Government
2:15 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

For Possible Candidates, Deciding Whether to Run for Office Can Be Tricky

Gov. Mike Pence has been rumored to be considering a presidential run for years.
Credit Courtesy / State of Indiana

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s announcement this week that he is actively exploring a presidential bid is causing ripple effects as the 2016 electoral picture begins taking shape.  And an Indiana political strategist has a message for potential presidential candidates: if you’re going to run, run.

Pete Seat is a former spokesman for the Indiana Republican Party, Senator Dan Coats and the Bush administration. 

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News
6:27 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

City Addresses Community's Relationship With Law Enforcement

Police Chief Garry Hamilton, Mayor Tom Henry, and community leaders gathered at Citizen's Square Wednesday to discuss public safety.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry gathered community leaders for a discussion about public  safety Wednesday. 

The dialogue comes on the heels of high-profile police actions in Ferguson, Missouri, and  New York City which led to nationwide protests calling for reform. At Wednesday’s event, city leaders acknowledged that Fort Wayne is not immune to  tensions between the police department and the community. 

“I was I guess disappointed with the fact there were not more open lines of communication between a lot of our citizen base and our police department,” says Henry. 

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Opinion - Health
5:21 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

The Failure to Police Medical Professionals

IPFW Associate Professor and medical ethicist Abraham Schwab.
Credit Courtesy / Abraham Schwab

The method that caught my eye immediately was “rectal feeding."

I’d never heard this term before, but I thought I could guess what it involved. In one instance it involved pureeing hummus, pasta with sauce, nuts and raisins that were then rectally infused into a detainee. Just one of many techniques, this procedure makes clear the role that professional medical practitioners played in enabling this sexual assault of persons suspected of terrorist activity.

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Arts & Culture
2:33 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Farmland Jazz Band Celebrates the Holidays with "The Dude"

Farmland Jazz Band is performing a festive variety of music this week, all in their signature Dixieland style.
Credit Courtesy/Farmland Jazz Band

If you're looking for an unexpected way to celebrate the holiday season, here's an idea: The Farmland Jazz Band is presenting two shows this week that combine New Orleans-style holiday standards with music from the classic Coen Brothers film, The Big Lebowski.

You can call him His Dudeness, Duder, or El Duderino if you're not into the whole brevity thing. But whatever you call him, there's no doubt that the character of "The Dude" and The Big Lebowski are staples of the cult film canon.

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Station News
11:14 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Holiday Music on 89.1 WBOI and Classical 94.1 WBNI!

89.1 WBOI and 94.1 WBNI are happy to bring you both new and traditional programs this holiday season! 

89.1 WBOI 

Tonight from 9-11, don't miss the final installment of The Nights Before Christmas, an eclectic mix of holiday music! 

On Dec. 19th from 8-11pm, you can hear holiday jazz music on the Friday Vibe, put together by host Bruce Reidenbach. 

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News
6:00 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Business Booming for Christmas Tree Farms Still Recovering From Drought

Judy Reifenberg is the co-owner of St. Joe Tree Farm in Fort Wayne.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

By this time of the year, many households that put up a Christmas tree, already have, whether it be fresh cut or artificial. Most fresh trees are grown in Michigan and the Pacific Northwest, but plenty are grown right here in Indiana.

2014 was an interesting year for Hoosier tree farmers, who had a great growing season this summer, but are still recovering from a drought in 2012.

WBOI’s Virginia Alvino head out to the only two tree farms left in Allen County, to find out how this season’s going, and what the future may hold.

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News
6:13 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Coalition Pushing to Change the Way Legislative Maps are Drawn

Indiana's district lines are redrawn every 10 years.
Credit State of Indiana

Leaders of “good government” groups say Indiana can’t wait any longer to explore changing the way it redraws its legislative maps every ten years. 

Indiana’s voter turnout in the last election was the lowest in its history and the worst in the country.  Common Cause Indiana’s Julia Vaughn says that’s in part because voters don’t have enough choices,  noting that 44 out of the 100 state Representatives ran unopposed.

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Health & Science
3:00 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Weekly Experiment - Thermodynamics

This week, Martin Fisher from Science Central talks about thermodynamics.  What is it, and what are some examples?

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