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Regionally Speaking, Wednesday, November 1, 2017


Today:  a conversation with Isis Ferguson, one of the originators of "ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen"  in downtown Gary. Isis and others joined Theaster Gates in following his vision about the facility into reality, and she talks about the one-year anniversary of the grand opening coming on November 19th and what's planned for events in 2018. 

We talk with Indiana University Northwest drama students Josh Kime and Elizabeth Ramos and Associate Professor Mark Baer about "afterlife: a ghost story" -- the next performance for Theatre Northwest to be held beginning this weekend, as the first play in the brand-new Studio Theatre in the Arts and Sciences Building in Gary. 

And School City of Hammond Superintendent Walter Watkins, Executive Director of Business Services Alesia Pritchett and Executive Director of Buildings and Grounds James Burggraff will talk about the two referenda questions before Hammond voters on November 7th.  They'll explain the concerns and issues behind both questions on the special election ballot.

The Hammond school district is asking for a tax increase to cover future operational expenses and if school officials can issue bonds or enter into a lease for construction of a new high school and make other improvements to existing buildings.  The average Hammond homeowner would pay $10.47 a month in additional property taxes for both referenda.  The issues were explained to residents at four separate public meetings in September.

Chris Nolte produces and hosts “Regionally Speaking” aired weekdays from noon to 1:00 p.m. He's also the temporary local "Morning Edition" host.