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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

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.”

September 30, 2013

 

black and white photograph of workers standing along canal

Fighting Irish Along The Canal

Irish canal workers tried to ensure that as many men as possible from their own parts of Ireland were hired onto work crews; conflicts inevitably arose.

September 23, 2013

 

little girl carrying water in a bucket

A Day In The Life Of A Hoosier Tenant Farmer

Many of the well-known images of life during the Great Depression are of farm families from the dustbowl of the Great Plains. Others picture Hoosier lives.

September 16, 2013

 

aerial view of Vincennes University

The First University On The Western Front

By legal charter, Indiana could boast of a university ten years before it achieved statehood: Vincennes University was chartered in 1806.

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