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Regionally Speaking
Friday, 11 AM -12 PM

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Each week, Regionally Speaking takes on the biggest stories from across Northwest Indiana and digs deeper into them. Whether it's the latest news from the Statehouse in Indianapolis, or a deep dive into the Region's past, hosts Dee Dotson and Tom Maloney explore everything happening in Northwest Indiana.

  • The Indiana General Assembly concluded March 8, 2024 with 172 bills being sent to Governor Holcomb for his signature or veto. Legislators passed bills addressing child care access and affordability in Senate Enrolled Act 2 and House Enrolled Act 1102 along with priority legislation to address low 3rd grade reading test scores in Senate Enrolled Act 1. Overall, the legislature largely stayed true to their stated desire to keep a low profile in the midst of what will be a busy election year. Joining us now to share her take on the session is the President of the Indiana Senate. Lieutenant Governor Crouch
  • The Whitney Reynolds Show will premiere Season 7 Monday, April 8, 2024 on Lakeshore PBS.
  • Lakeshore PBS, will present the new season of the Emmy-nominated series, the Whitney Reynolds Show Monday, April 8th. Graduating high school seniors have just a few days left to complete their FAFSA application. Bill Wozniak, INvestED Indiana Vice President of Communication and Student Services will join us. The Indiana General Assembly concluded March 8, 2024 with 172 bills being sent to Governor Holcomb for his signature or veto. We'll speak to Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch who will highlight a few of the bills that were passed into law.
  • The new documentary Walkable USA will be shown at a public screening April 4, 2024 at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond, Indiana. Tom Desch is the director and producer of the film.
  • The School Town of Munster is looking into acquiring the Center for Visual and Performing Arts. Lakeshore Public Media host Dee Dotson is joined by three leading voices as well as influencers in visual and performing arts in the Region to discuss what the sale could mean for arts in the Region. Among his many accolades Larry Brechner presently serves as the Chair of the Board for Lakeshore Public Media and was the former Center for Visual and Performing Arts Theatre Administrator as well as the former School Town of Munster Auditorium Director and host of Art on the Air which airs on Lakeshore Public Media. Dave Mika is the Executive Director for South Shore Arts and Northwest Indiana Symphony and is the current host of the Lakeshore Public Media original podcast Eye on Arts. John Cain, who served for more than 30 years as the arts director of South Shore Arts and the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra is newly retired and earned the distinguished tiled of director emeritus. John is also the former host of the Lakeshore Public Media podcast Eye on the Arts.
  • How do I pay for college? TBill Wozniak, INvestEd Indiana's Vice President of Communications and Student Services, joins us to discuss financial aid questions, breaking down the myths and facts of postsecondary education funding as well as share how students can get free financial aid help before the April 15th FAFSA deadline.The School Town of Munster is looking into acquiring the Center for Visual and Performing Arts. We’ll speak to three leading voices and advocates for the arts in the Region. Our guests include Larry Brechner, the Chair of the Board for Lakeshore Public Media, Dave Mika the executive director for South Shore Arts and John Cain the organizations director emeritus to find out what that could mean for the arts community in the Region?
  • Women’s History Month: Women are Flexing Their Money Muscles More than Ever – But They Still Need to Plan Differently than Men.
  • Northwest Indiana veterans are being connected with job opportunities, thanks to federal investment and support from elected officials. We’ll be joined by James Rodriguez the U.S. Department of Labor’s Assistant Secretary for Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS). The newly released 2024 KIDS COUNT Data Book finds the well-being of Indiana youth is better this year than last year. Indiana Youth Institute President and CEO Tami Silverman joins us to discuss child well-being in Indiana. But up first, the breeding season in cats is practically year-round, running as early as February. We bring back our conversation with Kelly Carey, founder of Silver Stray Social an organization focused on animal wellness in Northwest Indiana. All of that on this edition of Regionally Speaking.
  • Editors Note: This conversation contains references to suicide, suicide attempts and completion, suicidal ideation, and suicide coercion and mental illness. Please use discretion while listening. s If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please reach out for help. Call 911: If someone is in immediate danger, call 911. Call 988: Get connected to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by dialing 988. Crisis Text Line: Get 24/7 help from the Crisis Text LineThe Indiana Suicide Prevention Coalition - Indiana Statewide LOSS Team Network is a health coalition that currently reaches out to the families of those who have committed suicide. Losing a loved one or friend to suicide is life changing. We’ll speak to Alice Jordan- Miles, the Director of Behavioral Health and Family Studies Institute at Purdue University Fort Wayne as well as and Indiana Suicide Prevention Coalition - Indiana Statewide LOSS Team. All of that on this edition of Regionally Speaking after the news.