Issue: February/March 2015

There’s a Healthy Appetite for WFIU’s ‘Earth Eats’

BY CARROL KRAUSE What local radio show easily outperforms both This American Life and Fresh Air on Twitter? The answer is Indiana Public Media’s Earth Eats, aired Saturday mornings on WFIU and hosted by Annie Corrigan. With 329,000 Twitter followers [in February 2015], it gathers about 100 new followers every day and is one of the most popular Twitter accounts for any public media program. Corrigan points out, “This American Life has 275,000 followers while Fresh Air has 191,000 [also in February]. We’re really, really proud of — and baffled by — that.” The show airs at 7:30 a.m.,...

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Wolfgang Brendel: German Opera Star Turned Teacher

BY JEREMY SHERE For world-renowned opera baritone and voice Professor Wolfgang Brendel, teaching students to sing is more art than science. “There are many books about singing, but I don’t believe they help,” says Brendel, 67, who joined the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music faculty in 2011. “Every student is unique, and you have to teach each as an individual. It’s very difficult to predict how a given voice will develop.” Brendel knows a thing or two about excelling at a young age. Selected to attend the prestigious Wiesbaden Conservatory of Music in Germany at age 16, he...

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The Science of Love Is IU Prof’s Specialty

BY ELISABETH ANDREWS “My goal is to get people to take seriously the science of love,” says Justin Garcia, an assistant professor of gender studies at Indiana University and director of education and research training at The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. He is also a scientific advisor to With research topics ranging from hookup culture to single parents’ dating patterns to the stranger-snuggling phenomenon of group “cuddle parties,” Garcia, 29, brings a rare interest in emotional bonding to his studies of romantic and sexual relationships. “Freud didn’t take love seriously enough. Kinsey didn’t...

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Cardinal Stage to Create Its Own Educational Musical Plays for Kids

BY ROSIE PIGA PIZZO Cardinal Stage Company, which has exposed thousands of school children to live theater through its IU Credit Union Education Initiative, has entered an ambitious new phase: the creation of children’s musical plays with an educational focus. “Our plan is to commission plays for specific subjects geared toward school audiences,” says Artistic Director Randy White. He envisions a series of plays that entertain and engage students through the wonder of science. Last fall’s The Birthday Feast was Cardinal’s first foray in the series. Written by local author Scott Russell Sanders and with music by local composer...

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How Yoga Got Its Start Years Ago at the YMCA

BY CARMEN SIERING In Bloomington, where there seems to be a yoga studio on every block and yoga pants are de rigueur, it’s hard to imagine a yoga program was ever controversial, but Diane Thayer remembers when it was — just 30 years ago. “At the time, yoga was anything but mainstream,” she says of the program she helped develop at the Monroe County YMCA. Thayer, 74, is quick to tell you she didn’t start yoga classes at the Y— that honor belongs to Jan Snyder Lambrecht, who taught a handful of classes there in the early 1980s. Lambrecht...

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