31 episodes

Do you think Indiana is a flyover state in the middle of the U.S. with just corn and basketball? Are you wrong or are you right? Find out by listening to Colleen Brennan and Janice V. Rodriguez, stand-up comedians who were born and raised in Indiana, as they discuss the stereotypes, jokes and myths about Indiana with special guests who help them try to defend the Hoosier state.

Defending Indiana Colleen Brennan and Janice V. Rodriguez

    • Comedy
    • 4.9 • 27 Ratings

Do you think Indiana is a flyover state in the middle of the U.S. with just corn and basketball? Are you wrong or are you right? Find out by listening to Colleen Brennan and Janice V. Rodriguez, stand-up comedians who were born and raised in Indiana, as they discuss the stereotypes, jokes and myths about Indiana with special guests who help them try to defend the Hoosier state.

    Amazing Hoosier Women: Leaders Throughout History and Today

    Amazing Hoosier Women: Leaders Throughout History and Today

    Indiana has been home to extraordinary women.  From actors and singers and writers to entrepreneurs and notable women from history, amazing women have been born and raised in Indiana (or if they spent a few years here - we're claiming them too!).

    One of these amazing Hoosier women, Christina Hale, worked her way through college as a proud single mother and served as a nonprofit executive for Kiwanis International, fulfilling a variety of roles that included chief communications officer and executive director for Kiwanis Youth Programs worldwide. A former state legislator for the Indiana General Assembly and the first Latina to run for statewide office in Indiana, Christina earned a reputation for bipartisanship and resolve. In 2021, Christina was appointed by the Biden-Harris Administration to head communications for the US International Development Finance Corporation. She continues to fight against sexual violence and advocate for youth and democracy.

    In her book, "Why Not You?", Hale shows why, no matter your age, now is the time to find your platform and pursue the vital causes that inspire you. Christina discusses the importance of positional leadership, how to channel a servant leader’s heart, and why it’s easier than you think to create your own path toward transformative change. With powerful stories of ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things, Why Not You? is an interactive guide that points you in the right direction and inspires you to say yes to your calling.

     Hosts: Colleen Brennan and Janice V. Rodriguez
     Co-Producers: Colleen Brennan and Janice V. Rodriguez
     Theme Music: Michael Miltenberger
     Sound Editing: Michael Miltenberger
    Stay in Touch with Defending Indiana
    defendingindiana@gmail.com
    Defending Indiana Website
    Defending Indiana on Facebook
    Defending Indiana on Instagram
    Defending Indiana on Twitter

    • 50 min
    Reproductive Rights in Indiana - What Happened

    Reproductive Rights in Indiana - What Happened

    In our second episode examining human rights in Indiana, Colleen and Janice discuss the events in the Indiana Statehouse and Supreme Court following the U.S. Supreme Court decision to overrule Roe v. Wade.  State senator, J.D. Ford, provides context and detail to help us understand how Indiana became the first state to ban abortion after the fall of Roe v. Wade.
     
     ***TRIGGER WARNING - This episode references sexual assault and may not be suitable for sensitive listeners.***
     
     J.D. Ford - In 2018, the voters of Indiana Senate District 29 elected J.D. Ford to the Indiana Senate   Since then, he was elected as Minority Caucus Chair and appointed to serve as ranking member on a number of important committees, including Education, Veterans Affairs and Family and Children Services.
     
     Senator Ford is the first, and so far only, openly LGBT+ member of the Indiana General Assembly. As one of the youngest members of the Indiana Senate, he is proud to represent Hoosier Millenials.
     
     Hosts: Colleen Brennan and Janice V. Rodriguez
     Co-Producers: Colleen Brennan and Janice V. Rodriguez
     Theme Music: Michael Miltenberger
     Sound Editing: Michael Miltenberger
    Stay in Touch with Defending Indiana
    defendingindiana@gmail.com
    Defending Indiana Website
    Defending Indiana on Facebook
    Defending Indiana on Instagram
    Defending Indiana on Twitter

    • 24 min
    LGBTQ+ Rights in Indiana

    LGBTQ+ Rights in Indiana

    In the first episode examining the state of  human rights in Indiana, Colleen and Janice discuss the history and politics of LGBTQ+ rights over the past decade with state senator, J.D. Ford.

    Interview starts: 16:31
     
    J.D. Ford - In 2018, the voters of Indiana Senate District 29 elected J.D. Ford to the Indiana Senate   Since then, he was elected as Minority Caucus Chair and appointed to serve as ranking member on a number of important committees, including Education, Veterans Affairs and Family and Children Services.

    Senator Ford is the first, and so far only, openly LGBT+ member of the Indiana General Assembly. As one of the youngest members of the Indiana Senate, he is proud to represent Hoosier Millenials.

    Hosts: Colleen Brennan and Janice V. Rodriguez
    Co-Producers: Colleen Brennan and Janice V. Rodriguez
    Theme Music: Michael Miltenberger
    Sound Editing: Michael Miltenberger
    Stay in Touch with Defending Indiana
    defendingindiana@gmail.com
    Defending Indiana Website
    Defending Indiana on Facebook
    Defending Indiana on Instagram
    Defending Indiana on Twitter

    • 52 min
    Photoworthy...Indiana?

    Photoworthy...Indiana?

    Is this "flyover" state worth a second look?  Colleen and Janice hope Hoosier photographer and entrepreneur, Joey Lax-Salinas, can convince them it is.  Lax-Salinas has changed the way Indiana appears on search engines by photographing and cataloging nearly every city and town across the entire State of Indiana (approximately 400 to date!).  With his extensive travel and knowledge of not only Indiana, but cities across the U.S., he seemed to be the most qualified for this task.  

    Joey Lax-Salinas is a traveling photographer and entrepreneur whose photos and videos have been featured on Good Morning America, World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, The Weather Channel, CNN, Forbes.com, and USAToday.com.  He is a collegiate licensed photographer of Indiana University campus photos and the author of "Good Night, Indiana University", available on bookshelves in 2023.  

    17:07 Lax-Salinas interview begins 

    Hosts: Colleen Brennan and Janice V. Rodriguez
    Co-Producers: Colleen Brennan and Janice V. Rodriguez
    Theme Music: Michael Miltenberger
    Sound Editing: Michael Miltenberger
    Stay in Touch with Defending Indiana
    defendingindiana@gmail.com
    Defending Indiana Website
    Defending Indiana on Facebook
    Defending Indiana on Instagram
    Defending Indiana on Twitter

    • 57 min
    Indiana...Cuisine?

    Indiana...Cuisine?

    Defending Indiana cuisine felt like a herculean task for Colleen and Janice.  Thankfully, acclaimed Hoosier chefs, Ambarish Lulay and Chris Pappas, stepped in to provide much needed insight.   Listen and learn all about food and the food scene in Indiana including: the "Indiana Banana" (the pawpaw), duck farms, mushrooms, burrata, lemon rice soup and the pork tenderloin.   

    Interview starts: 16:17

    Ambarish Lulay is a Culinary Olympic Silver Medalist Chef who began his career in India with the 5-star Leela Beach, formerly the Four Seasons, in Goa and the 5-star Taj Mahal Hotel in Bombay.  Since that time, Chef Lulay's has worked around the world including more recently as Chef de Cusine at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park and Executive Chef at Petco Park in San Diego (home of the San Diego Padres MLB team)

    He then went on to blend his global exposure to food with traditional French- Mediterranean methods and techniques to reflect current trends in food as the Chef Instructor at the Chicago Tribune 3-star Dining Room at his alma mater Kendall College in Chicago.
    Lulay went on to serve as the Department Chef at the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Purdue University where he oversaw foodservice, operationally and academically at the Purdue campus while also serving as the chef for the president of the university.  .  As faculty, he also taught international Cuisine and Culture classes that study abroad each year.
    In 2018, Chef Lulay switched gears to join Scott Trzaskus as the executive chef at East End Grill in Lafayette, Indiana where he oversaw day-to-day culinary operations and worked with Scott to develop a new concept for Lafayette. Currently, Lulay is the Executive Chef for all dining operations at Cornell University and lives in Ithaca, NY with his wife Kim and child.

    Chris Pappas attended Purdue University, one of the top restaurant management schools in the country, and partook in some unforgettable internships during his time there. It was during this time that he fell in love with the kitchen and decided to continue his education in culinary arts at the Culinary Institute of America (Hyde Park New York).
    While in New York, Chris spent time at two Michelin-rated restaurants, including Per Se in New York City with Chef Thomas Keller, and was there presented with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at the world-renowned Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California with food activist Alice Waters. Chris’ entire outlook on life and food was transformed while working alongside some of the most brilliant minds and passionate individuals in the industry at Chez Panisse. Before leaving California Chris spent time in Napa Valley studying, tasting, and working with wine allowing him to achieve his first certification of The Court of Master Sommeliers.
    After completing his degree in New York, Chris returned home to Crown Point, IN, to the place where it all began, to relieve his father of his duties at their family-owned restaurant. Shortly after, he decided to open Provecho, a fine dining experience with a unique mixture of exquisite Latin American and Spanish culinary specialties, paired with expertly handcrafted drinks.
    Hosts: Colleen Brennan and Janice V. Rodriguez
    Co-Producers: Colleen Brennan and Janice V. Rodriguez
    Theme Music: Michael Miltenberger
    Sound Editing: Michael Miltenberger


    Stay in Touch with Defending Indiana
    defendingindiana@gmail.com
    Defending Indiana Website
    Defending Indiana on Facebook
    Defending Indiana on Instagram
    Defending Indiana on Twitter

    • 1 hr 3 min
    The Indiana Dunes - Sandy Happiness

    The Indiana Dunes - Sandy Happiness

    In this episode, Colleen and Janice want you to imagine watching a stunning sunset over the vast, blue seascape while feeling gentle breezes and sand between your toes.  Would you believe THIS is Indiana?!?!?!  It is and it can be enjoyed regularly at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.  Joined by Superintendent for the National Park Service, Paul Labovitz,  and founder of Dig the Dunes, Eve Wierzbicki, Colleen and Janice confirm there is a slice of paradise in Northwest Indiana. 

    Paul Labovitz started his National Park Service career in the Rivers & Trails Program and would go on to serve in Philadelphia, for the Midwest Regional Office at Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio, Voyageurs National Park and Mississippi National River & Recreation Area in Minnesota.  Paul has worked on park and protected area projects in over 25 states and in several European countries.  Now 26 years later, Paul serves as Superintendent at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. 

    Prior to working for the NPS, Paul was a Forester, Wildlife Biologist and Manager at a 10,000 private property in Southwestern Pennsylvania after earning a BS in Forest Science from The Pennsylvania State University.  He would later receive his MBA from Frostburg State University. 

    Paul serves as a strategist on the Urban National Park work group.  Their goal is to reach a new generation of National Park stewards.  He also serves as the Midwest Region's Superintendent Representative to the NPS Tourism Council. 

    Eve Wierzbicki started Dig the Dunes because of her love for the area. She began taking photos and posting them on Facebook and found that people really enjoyed seeing where she was every day. After watching her page grow, Eve started writing blog posts, created a website and added much more information for people to discover. Now she enjoys planning events and workshops and getting people out and about all year long. She’s excited to watch Dig the Dunes grow and looks forward to seeing what will happen next!

    15:04 Paul Labovitz interview begins

    42:10 Eve Wierzbicki interview begins

    Hosts: Colleen Brennan and Janice V. Rodriguez
    Co-Producers: Colleen Brennan and Janice V. Rodriguez
    Theme Music: Michael Miltenberger
    Sound Editing: Michael Miltenberger
    Stay in Touch with Defending Indiana
    defendingindiana@gmail.com
    Defending Indiana Website
    Defending Indiana on Facebook
    Defending Indiana on Instagram
    Defending Indiana on Twitter

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

looololdnie ,

Awesome

Hilarious original and always entertaining! Love it!

kmuno ,

Well done!

Brilliantly funny! Keep it up, ladies!!

KikiLynch22 ,

Not just about Indiana!!

Hilarious podcast about all things and a great representation of the region and the sand people!

Top Podcasts In Comedy

Morbid Network | Wondery
Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, Will Arnett
NPR
Lemonada Media
Theo Von
Team Coco & Earwolf

You Might Also Like