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Arts & Culture
1:57 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

IPFW Strikes a Chord with "Monster Piano Concert"

IPFW's Chancellor Vicky Carwein and Director of Keyboard Studies, Dr. Hamilton Tescarollo will open Friday evening's concert with von Suppe's "Poet and Peasant Overture."
Credit Jim Whitcraft

As IPFW continues its 50th anniversary celebrations, the university is holding a rare musical event this weekend with its first-ever "50 Hands Monster Piano Concert."

The brainchild of Director of Keyboard Studies Dr. Hamilton Tescarollo, the event features 24 pianists, a conductor, and eight concert Steinways -- all on one stage.

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Politics & Government
5:08 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Bill Would Include Guard, Reserves in Military Financial Protections

A bill currently in the Indiana Senate would give Indiana National Guard members and reservists the same financial protections as other servicemembers.
Credit Courtesy / Wikimedia Commons

Legislation approved by a Senate panel Tuesday aims to bolster financial protections for active duty National Guard members and reservists.

The federal Servicemembers Civil Relief Act doesn’t necessarily extend to members of the Indiana National Guard or reservists.  And the Attorney General’s office made a state-level protection bill part of its agenda for the session. 

The measure helps protect Guard members and reservists who’ve been on active duty for at least 30 days from foreclosures and default. 

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Politics & Government
4:42 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Senate Approves Experimental Drugs for Terminally-Ill

The Indiana Senate approved a bill Tuesday allowing experimental treatments to be given to some terminally-ill patients.
Credit Courtesy / Wikimedia Commons

Senate lawmakers unanimously approved the Right to Try bill Tuesday that its sponsor says will give “hope to the hopeless.”

The Right to Try bill would allow terminally-ill patients to receive experimental drugs as long as they meet three standards.  

Valparaiso Republican Senator Ed Charbonneau, the bill’s sponsor says, first, the medications must have passed through the first of three phases in the FDA’s approval process.

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Politics & Government
4:20 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

I.D. Bill Aimed at Amish Hoosiers Passes Senate Committee

An Indiana Senate committee approved a measure Tuesday creating a new state I.D. that doesn't require a photograph. Indiana Rep. Bob Morris authored the bill.
Credit Courtesy / Indiana House Republicans

A Senate committee Tuesday easily approved legislation creating a new state I.D. that does not require a photograph. The bill is aimed at Indiana’s Amish community.

Lloyd Lambright represents a large segment of Indiana’s Amish residents.  He says some of the most conservative members will still refuse to get any kind of state identification card.  But he says for many, the barrier to getting an I.D. is the photograph that accompanies it.

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Politics & Government
4:22 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

House Committee Debates RFRA Amid Protests

Both supporters (pictured) and opponents packed the Indiana Statehouse Monday to express their opinion on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Opponents of the proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act say it’s not about religious freedom, but about legalizing discrimination.  A House committee debated the issue in a hearing Monday.

Proponents of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, say they’re worried about the government encroaching on their practice of religion.  But opponents say RFRA goes much further than simply protecting religious practices; they say it will allow private citizens to discriminate because of their religious beliefs. 

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Health & Science
5:45 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

Weekly Experiment - Balance in Biology

In this episode of The Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central talks about balance in biology.  

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Arts & Culture
6:17 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Area Artists Aim to Wow Fort Wayne with "the BIG show"

Fort Wayne artist Owen Sanders discusses his Etch A Sketch work and other mediums he's exhibiting in "the BIG show" with exhibit curator, Candy Pease.
Credit Simon May

This weekend, Fort Wayne's first-ever show featuring work by artists with disabilities opens at Wunderkammer Company.

It's called the BIG show, and is part of the AWS Foundation's year-long celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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6:00 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Scholastic Program Works to Engage More Diverse Student Artists

"Mother and Child" by North Side High School senior Sawn Chan, won a gold key award in this year's regional Scholastic Art and Writing competition.
Credit Fort Wayne Museum of Art

The Scholastic Art and Writing program is the oldest source of recognition and scholarships for teen arts in the country. The Fort Wayne Museum of Art’s Scholastic program boasts tons of national awards and has been recognized as one of the best in the country.

But it often takes parents, teachers, and other artists working together to help young creators succeed.

WBOI’s Virginia Alvino reports on the people and program aiming to get more students from diverse backgrounds to participate in the competition.

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4:45 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

ACRES Receives Surprise $1 Million Gift

The estate of Fort Wayne man Robert E. Pence awarded a $1 million gift to ACRES Land Trust this week. While Pence was an outdoors enthusiast, ACRES staff say they never met him.
Credit Courtesy / Steve Linsenmayer

ACRES Land Trust announced this week it received a surprise gift of one million dollars from the estate of a Fort Wayne man.

The trust was founded in 1960 with a mission to acquire land to create nature preserves.

The bequest comes from the estate of Robert E. Pence, a former tool maker, computer technician, and lifelong nature enthusiast. Pence died in 2012.

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7:58 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

This Week on WBOI Presents: A (Brief) History of Time

This week on WBOI Presents, we'll take a look at last weekend's time change.  Why exactly did we have to lose one hour of sleep?  To help answer this and other time-related questions, we will feature a documentary from Backstory with the American History Guys called "On the Clock: A (Brief) History of Time."  

In case you missed the episode or would like to hear it again, you can visit the episode's webpage here