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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

July 1, 2013

 

newspaper illustration representing the union defending itself against southern sympathisers during the civil war

Traitors To The Union? Democrats In Civil War-Era Indiana

During the Civil War, Indiana Republicans continually worried that many Hoosier Democrats were conspiring with the South to overthrow the state government.

June 24, 2013

 

1950s portable radio

Win-Win: The Mutual Ascent Of Basketball And Radio

And when station owners went looking for popular programming that would draw fans and encourage advertisers, they discovered that one sure bet was basketball.

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.

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