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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

April 8, 2013


current view of 19th-century canal embankment

Indiana’s Canal Debacle

The Wabash and Erie Canal became emblematic of the failure of Indiana’s great transportation revolution of the 1830s.

April 1, 2013


stacks of books in a library

Caroline Dunn: Heroine Of The Stacks

Caroline Dunn was a manuscript librarian who knew her collections, knew how to use them for research, and even how to introduce them to the uninitiated.

March 25, 2013


Engraved portraits of John Cleve Symmes and Daughter Anna Symmes Harrison

Indiana’s First First Lady

Anna Symmes Harrison had not yet made it to Washington when her husband gave his inaugural address. As she prepared to leave, she received news of his death.

March 18, 2013


Judge Loretta Rush is introduce as the new Supreme Court judge in 2012 in Indianapolis.

A Woman’s Judgment

Although Ohio elected a woman to its supreme court in 1922, it was not until 1995 that Indiana would see a woman sitting on its highest state court.

March 11, 2013


black and white portrait of T.C. and Selma Steele in their garden

Steele’s Magnolia

In the spring of 1908, Selma Steele began planting gardens—a passion that would become her own artistic contribution to the House of the Singing Winds.

March 4, 2013


vintage photo of Camilla Williams in opera

The Desegregating Diva

Camilla Williams was the first black woman singer to appear with a major national opera company, nearly ten years before Marion Anderson's debut at the Met .

February 25, 2013


watercolor painting of New Harmony in 1832 by Karl Bodmer

Old World Royalty In New Harmony

Prince Maximilian's journals are a significant record of the intellectual life of New Harmony after its famous years as an experimental utopian community.

February 18, 2013


overgrown buildings at Kingsbury Fish and Wildlife Area

The Kingsbury Ordnance Plant

Work at the Kingsbury Ordnance Plant was dirty, difficult, and dangerous, and African American employees were consistently assigned to the most hazardous tasks.

February 11, 2013


Shortridge High School Girls Basketball team

A Modest Start To A Storied Tournament

Though the IHSAA attracted national attention when single-class basketball ended, Indiana's first statewide high school tournament was less than newsworthy.

February 4, 2013


poster from 1855 advertising meeting of those in favor of keeping western states such as Kansas free from slavery

A Pocket Of Abolitionism In Fort Wayne

The short-lived "Fort Wayne Standard" suggests that Indiana, despite its mostly conservative political leanings, was also home to more radical political views.

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