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Yaël Ksander

WFIU's Arts Desk Editor, Yaël seeks out and shepherds the stories of artists, musicians, writers, and other creative people. In addition, Yaël co-hosts A Moment of Science, writes essays for A Moment of Indiana History, produces Speak Your Mind (WFIU's guest editorial segment), hosts music and news hours throughout the week, and lends her voice to everything from accounting courses to nature documentaries. Yaël holds a MFA in painting from Indiana University, an MA in art history from Columbia University, and a BA from the University of Virginia, where she studied languages and literature.

Recent posts by Yaël

December 9, 2013

 

On The Vanguard For African American Rights

At a time when other branches of government proved inconsistent on matters of African American rights, the Indiana Supreme Court steadily upheld human rights.

December 2, 2013

 

military commission that tried Lambdin Milligan in 1864

The Infamous Hoosier Behind the Right To a Fair Trial

Although Milligan conspired against his government, the Supreme Court ruling in his case set a precedent regarding the rights of citizens to a fair trial.

November 25, 2013

 

abandoned railroad tracks

The Legend of Pinhook

During the 1850s, a rail line planned to connect Lafayette and Covington, Kentucky would have stopped at Pinhook. The railroad never materialized.

November 18, 2013

 

newspaper photo of Indiana high school basketball game

An Unsung Hero of Hoosier Hysteria

Referees have been indispensable to the history of Indiana basketball, although their contributions are far less storied than those of the players and coaches.

November 11, 2013

 

horse and buggy

How Hobart Really Got Its Name

The name of the northern Indiana city of Hobart is attached, via local legend, to a traveler and his horse.

November 4, 2013

 

Lucie Hartrath, Cottage Scene, oil on canvas

A Fair-weather Brown County Painter

"The county loses its charm when everything is hard," Lucie Hartrath claimed. "The wind blows the mist away and every detail in the landscape is visible."

October 28, 2013

 

A Savory Solution For A Surfeit Of Squirrels

An Indiana farmer in the 1840s came up with a savory solution for the squirrels threatening his corn crop: burgoo.

October 21, 2013

 

Eugene Debs Released from Prison, 1921

The Staid Beginnings Of A Hoosier Radical

In his young working days, the man who would found the American Socialist Party took a somewhat more conservative approach to the needs of the working class.

October 14, 2013

 

old letter with German script

Hoeing A New Row, In The New World

In his letters back home, a German immigrant documented the challenges of farm life in mid-nineteenth-century Indiana.

October 7, 2013

 

movie still of James Dean in East of Eden

A Case Of Dean

In an essay for his high school principal, the Fairmount, Indiana student speculated "I think my life will be devoted to art and dramatics.”

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