Issues & Ales: July 18, 2018

Issues & Ales

July 18, 2018  -  7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Calhoun Street Soups, Salads and Spirits.

Did you know there was an event where you can hear intelligent, open conversation within the friendly confines of a neighborhood pub?

There is, and you should join us on July 18. 

The first panel discussion, moderated by 89.1 WBOI News Director, Rebecca Green, will focus on the difficult but necessary conversations around End-Of-Life issues. We will talk about the different permissions and documents required, and why it is important to have the conversation sooner rather than later. Our panel will feature medical and legal experts who answer these questions every day.

Guest Panelist:

Kristin Bilinski, Attorney, Allen County Bar Association

Dr. Ann Moore, Chief Medical Officer, Visiting Nurse

Mary Willems-Akers, Social Worker, Visiting Nurse


In the second hour, All Things Considered host and reporter Araceli Gomez-Aldana will moderate a panel on the status of teachers in Northeast Indiana. National and local teacher shortages continue throughout Indiana, why? Are declining wages to blame? The discussion will cover issues like overcrowding, long hours, teacher evaluations, school funding and state legislation. 

Guest Panelists:

Jeanie Lindsay, Education Reporter, Indiana Public Broadcasting

Heidi Miller, UniServ Director, Indiana State Teachers Association

Luke Rodesiler, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Secondary Education, Purdue Fort Wayne  

WBOI's Issues & Ales is an award-winning panel discussion event focused on issues important to the community. We take your questions (in-person, through email or via social media), you grab a beer, and our panelists work on the answers. It's free and completely open to the public.

For 2018, there are two remaining panel discussions planned for July 18 and Oct. 24 at Calhoun Street Soups, Salads and Spirits. Mark your calendars now.

Issues & Ales has been recognized by the Associated Press, and won the Indiana Broadcasters Association's Cardinal Award for Community Service in 2017.

Past panel discussions included:

  • Civic involvement in Indiana
  • Downtown development
  • Homelessness
  • Immigration issues in northeast Indiana
    Fort Wayne City Councilman Dr. John Crawford answers questions at a recent panel.
    Credit Rebecca Green/WBOI

Future discussions planned include:

  • Aging and the dying process
  • Competition between school districts for students
  • Healthcare access in rural communities

Come and join us!