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Yaël Ksander

Raised in Alexandria, Virginia, Yael 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. She joined WFIU in 2000, where she hosts music and talk programs, and produces features on artists, writers, musicians and other creative people for Artworks. Yael co-hosts A Moment of Science and writes essays for A Moment of Indiana History. She enjoys getting to know WFIU listeners--from those who submit commentaries for Speak Your Mind to those who provide the comments she reads on Saturday mornings.

Recent posts by Yaël

June 17, 2013

 

Rose Orphan Home

Terre Haute’s Advocate for Childcare Reform

Childcare advocate Lyman Alden was ahead of his time, and the children who passed through Rose Orphan Home benefited from his compassion and dedication.

June 10, 2013

 

excerpt of an 1850 census

The 1850 Census And The Lost Citizens Of Richmond

Richmond had grown rapidly since the construction of the National Road, so citizens were dismayed to discover their town had officially decreased in population

June 3, 2013

 

Ars Longa, Vita Brevis: Art Outlives Scandal In New Harmony

A series of sketches in the Owen Family Papers bearing the pseudonym “Clorion” have lately been attributed to Richard Owen's wife Martha.

May 27, 2013

 

A Motorcade Fit For A Prince

The trip from Indianapolis to Lafayette in 1904 took four and a half hours of driving time, not considering numerous stops for cooling and tire changing.

May 20, 2013

 

civil war newspaper illustration

Some News Is Good News: Waiting For Word On The Home Front

Those who waited on the Indiana home front during the Civil War lived in anticipation of news of the great battles and for the rolls of the dead.

May 13, 2013

 

Underground Railroad map

Looming Large In Anti-Slavery Lore

By one account there were 33 incidents of Underground Railroad activity involving residents of Gibson and Pike Counties. Of those, Dongola figures in fifteen.

May 5, 2013

 

An Ignominious Governorship

On Governor David Wallace's watch, the internal improvements program bankrupted the state and the Potowatomi Indians were exiled to Kansas by armed militia.

April 29, 2013

 

Morgan's Raiders in a vintage lithograph

In Morgan’s Wake Without A Break

Few claims were paid for the property confiscated by Union troops in pursuit of Morgan's Confederate raiders since the federal government required receipts.

April 22, 2013

 

Bridging The Span From Past To Present

The 460-foot bridge without windows spanning the east fork of the White River became known as “The Dark Bridge.”

April 15, 2013

 

the interior of a mid-nineteenth-century schoolhouse

Advocating For Better Schools

in 1840, 1 in every 10 white citizens in Indiana above the age of 21 could neither read nor write, an illiteracy rate matching that of Mississippi.

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