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Inner States is a weekly podcast and public radio show about art, culture, and how it all feels, in Southern Indiana and beyond.

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Inner States is a weekly podcast and public radio show about art, culture, and how it all feels, in Southern Indiana and beyond.

    Mixtape: Stories about Music, Love, and More

    Mixtape: Stories about Music, Love, and More

    We decided to make you a mixtape this week. Okay, the songs on the tape are actually stories. There are a few stories about people who do their work out of the limelight. Sometimes right behind it. There’s a story about what happens to your relationship with your father once he finally retires. There are poems. And, in keeping with the spirit of romance that a mixtape provides, we also sent out a reporter to determine whether love is real.

    • 52 min
    NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans and Comedian Sara Schaefer Say What Needs to Be Said

    NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans and Comedian Sara Schaefer Say What Needs to Be Said

    When he was a teenager, Eric Deggans read a lot of movie reviews by Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert. He tended to have the same taste as Ebert, but it was Siskel’s reviews that showed him what was going on in a movie, and that helped him decide what he thought, even if he disagreed with Siskel’s take. That’s a good critic, and that’s what he aspires to as NPR’s tv critic and media analyst. This week, Eric Deggans on the life of the critic.

    Then comedian Sara Schaefer talks about women in comedy, and why we don’t talk about “men in comedy.”

    Credits

    Inner States is produced and edited by me, Alex Chambers, with support from Eoban Binder, Jillian Blackburn, Mark Chilla, Avi Forrest, LuAnn Johnson, Sam Schemenauer, Jay Upshaw, Payton Whaley, and Kayte Young. Our Executive Producer is Eric Bolstridge. Extra thanks to Avi Forrest for production help on the Eric Deggans interview.

    Our theme song is by Amy Oelsner and Justin Vollmar. We have additional music from the artists at Universal Production Music.

    • 51 min
    How the Midwest Helped Yalie Saweda Kamara Write Her First Full-Length Poetry Collection

    How the Midwest Helped Yalie Saweda Kamara Write Her First Full-Length Poetry Collection

    I’ve always thought that to be a writer you had to be able to go inwards. Cultivate solitude. I don’t think Yalie Saweda Kamara would disagree. But as a working poet, which is to say, as someone who both writes her own work and leads workshops and teaches at a university, Yalie also cultivates community and collaboration.

    For example, in 2022, she became the Cincinnati and Mercantile Library Poet Laureate. As part of that, she invited people from across the city and Northern Kentucky to write about what they’ve “discovered” in Cincinnati. Then she assembled their words into a poem, and it was displayed at Blink, the city’s biennial festival of light and art. She’s working on another series of polyvocal poems for the next festival, this spring.

    That’s just one example of Yalie’s work in the community. She came up as a poet through 826 Valencia and Youth Speaks, two writing programs in San Francisco for young folks, and her first full-length collection has just come out. It’s called Besaydoo. Besaydoo won the 2023 Jake Adam York Prize, and it’s been featured on a lot of most anticipated books lists in the past few months, including Lit Hub, and a mention in the New York Times Book Review. If you’re curious about the title, don’t worry, we talk about that too.

    • 50 min
    Jad Abumrad on Talking with Humans

    Jad Abumrad on Talking with Humans

    Jad Abumrad is the founder of the smash hit public radio show and podcast Radiolab. Radiolab exploded what narrative audio could sound like. Jad and his co-host Robert Krulwich made a show that was smart, and fast-paced, with incredibly detailed sound design. As much musical composition as it is journalism. At first, Radiolab brought us fascinating human stories and insights from researchers, mainly about science. How the world works. How our bodies work. Listeners often left with feeling of wonder. At a certain point, Jad shifted his focus to society and politics. He started a spin-off series on the Supreme Court, called More Perfect. Then, in 2019, he did a series called Dolly Parton’s America, which asks the question – in a time of incredibly political division, what is one thing we can all get excited about? Dolly is the answer. Along the way he won a MacArthur Genius Award, and the show won two Peabody Awards. He also built a team of some of the best radio makers in the business, and when he handed off the reins in 2022, the show could go on, and continue to evolve.

    Jad is coming to the Indiana University campus as a Patten Lecturer next week, we had a chance to talk before his visit. Jad has said that by the end of his time at Radiolab, he felt like he was doing interviews, preparing, having done all his research, and they weren’t clicking. He wasn’t getting to that natural chemistry. So he started interviewing interviewers. Not just journalists. Therapists. Conflict mediators. Salespeople. And he learned some things. That’s what we talk about here.

    • 30 min
    A Net Maker, and Remembering the Founder of the Ryder Magazine and Film Series

    A Net Maker, and Remembering the Founder of the Ryder Magazine and Film Series

    If you’ve spent time in Bloomington, you’ve likely come across the Ryder Magazine, a free magazine, printed on newsprint, with a cultural calendar and articles about local events, culture, and people. You may also have gone to see a movie, through the Ryder Film Series, that you wouldn’t have been able to see anywhere else. The Ryder was started – and sustained for over 40 years – by Peter LoPilato. Peter passed away on March 7, and so we’re devoting the second part of Inner States to an interview Yael Ksander did with him in 2016. But first, we’ll hear from Danny Cain. Danny is one of a small handful of people in rural Indiana who continues to make fishing nets by hand. He was featured in a documentary, The Net Makers, a few years ago, and producer Violet Baron visited him to hear about being in the documentary, and making nets by hand.

    • 52 min
    Inner States presents Inferno at Whiting

    Inner States presents Inferno at Whiting

    A few years ago, Ryan Schnurr developed a bit of an obsession with industrial fires. But it’s not like he just made a spreadsheet where he listed all their stats. He was interested in the fires themselves, sure – how they started, how they affected the places where they happened, in both the short and the long term – but he also wanted to understand the stories we tell about them. Take the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911 in Manhattan. It was a horrible tragedy. 146 garment workers, mostly women and girls, died. It also helped lay the groundwork for revolutionary legal protections for workers. Ryan wanted to understand other fires too. So he created a podcast. (For those of you who are interested, it was also his dissertation!) It’s called Fire!: An American Burning. He produced it in collaboration with Belt Magazine, an excellent online publication about the Rust Belt. On this week’s Inner States, we’re presenting Episode 3 of Fire!: Inferno at Whiting, about the 1955 Whiting Refinery fire. We also talk with Ryan what we can learn from industrial fires about the modern world, our relationship to ecology and the climate, and how we organize society. Listen to this episode, and then go listen to the rest of his show on Spotify or at Belt Magazine.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

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Great host, interesting topics!

This podcast is the epitome of good journalism and genuine passion. Every episode is curated with care- I would know I have listened to all of them!

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A New, Fresh Voice on Public Radio

First caught my interest because one of my favorite films was featured in a discussion. “Breaking Away” illustrates the convergence of viewpoints and values confronted by local blue collar high school kids as they encounter university students within the same town. Classic.

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