WBOI Presents

Wednesdays at 7:00pm on WBOI 89.1

A one-hour talk or presentation on a varied subject, usually recorded in northeast Indiana.


Last month, we aired the first discussion in a series called Factory Families, produced by the University Community Conversation (UC2) Initiative at IPFW. Part two takes a look back at some of the major manufacturers to impact our region. The conversation was moderated by  Steve Buttes, Associate Professor of Spanish and Culture Studies at IPFW.


Retired International Harvester employee: Bob Glick

Retired Zollner employee: Al Meredith

Retired GM employee: Randy Schmidt

Retired GE employees: Denver Sarver and Carl Reinking


Conspiracy theories have always been a part of our discourse. Just this past month, the students who survived the shooting in Parkland Florida have been under attack from conspiracy theorists. According to Dr. Joseph Uscinski, who recently gave a presentation at Manchester University, Conspiracy Theories are for Losers.

Ruth Yaro

Welcome to the February News Roundup on 89.1 WBOI. The WBOI news team takes a look at some of the biggest stories from February. There's been many responses to gun violence ever since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Hoosiers can now buy alcohol on Sundays, USF's Marble Lounge Records signed Rosalind & The Way, and Conspiracy Theories are for Losers.

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Part One


Tonight on WBOI presents, we’ll be broadcasting a panel discussion examining the public defender system in Indiana, and the panel was moderated by WBOI's Rebecca Green.

Who funds the public defender system? If you’re arrested and need a public defender, what does that process look like? We’ll have the answers to these and many other questions tonight on WBOI Presents.


Throughout 2018, a number of local historical and educational entities have partnered together to explore and share our region’s labor history. The initiative is called Factory Families. Tom Castaldi, from WBOI’s On The Heritage Trail joins in a panel discussion about the history of manufacturing and innovation in northeast Indiana.

Zach Bernard

Tonight on WBOI Presents, we take a look back through stories from the month of January. For more on school transfers, the Fort Wayne Women's March, and the My Brother's Keeper initiative, listen to this month's edition of the WBOI News Roundup. If you have any story ideas you would like to share with us, send an email to WBOIPresents@nipr.fm

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Part One

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On tonight’s program, we’ll hear from Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb for the State of the State address and Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush for the State of the Judiciary. Both addresses were recorded earlier this month and will cover a variety of topics such as the creation of regional drug and veteran courts, workforce development to fill thousands of vacancies in the state, and infrastructure improvements on track to be completed in coming years.

Part One: State of the State

Part Two: State of the Judiciary

Danielle Doepke / Danielle Doepke Photography

Every month, the news team at 89.1 WBOI covers events in northeast Indiana and around the state. This week on WBOI Presents, we are taking a look back 2017.

Part One. Zach Bernard has more on the status of Fort Wayne’s fight against opioids (00:38), Zach Bernard joins us in the studio (09:21), Araceli Gomez-Aldana looks back at the regional healthcare shakeup with Sherry Slater from the Journal Gazette (14:35)


WBOI listeners have probably heard from Martin Fisher. In addition to being the Executive Director of Science Central, Fisher also hosts The Weekly Experiment on Saturday afternoons right here on WBOI. Araceli Gomez-Aldana sat down with him this week to talk about some of the biggest science moments of 2017, as well as the importance of science literacy.

Top science stories of 2017 (01:12), the importance of science literacy (09:28), and predictions for what scientific innovations and discoveries we could see in 2018 (14:25)

This panel discussion was held on December 4th and was moderated by Andy Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics.


Ken Fries

Retired Allen County Sheriff

Desiree Koger-Gustafson

Fort Wayne Director of the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic

James Toole

Associate Professor of Political Science

Another conversation about immigration issues in our region can be found here: http://wboi.org/post/wboi-presents-issues-ales-part-2