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Lotus Festival, College Fight Songs, Stop and StART

This week on Artworks, Lotus Festival of World Music director Lee Williams talks about some of the more spontaneous events of the festival. Song historian William Studwell gives us his list of top college fight songs. And Bloomington, Indiana turns eyesores into eye candy with the Stop and StART project.

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Lotus Festival 2008 Preview

It's fall again, and for many residents of Bloomington, Indiana that can mean only one thing. The Lotus Festival of World Music will be taking over much of the downtown with the sights and sounds of one of the area's most anticipated events. The line-up this year includes musicians from Africa to the northern shores of Scotland. And, as executive director Lee Williams says, a couple of themes have emerged .

William Studwell on College Fight Songs

College Fight Songs: every school has one and retired librarian William Studwell has collected more than five hundred of them. His number one ranking goes to an Indiana school, but it’s not in the Big Ten. However the Big Ten does have six in the top thirteen. You can find out which ones made it […]


Imagine that a company like Wal-Mart grew so big, it clogged the world with garbage. Nothing could grow, and the air is became so toxic humanity had to relocate. The hoi polloi crowded in a great wad into a luxury liner spaceship, and disappear for the stars. Now fast forward four hundred years. On Earth, […]

Stop and StART in Bloomington, Indiana

Over the summer, the City of Bloomington partnered with the Bloomington Area Arts Council to mount a public art project designed to engage local artists, empower youth, and encourage strolling around downtown. And, as WFIU’s Yaël Ksander reports, it dealt with one of the homelier features of the urban landscape that were largely unnoticed by […]

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