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July 29, 2022


Monroe Anderson

Monroe Anderson on objectivity, Chicago's racial politics, and ink in your blood

When he was young, Monroe Anderson had a plan. He was going to be the next James Baldwin. Then he got a taste of journalism, and the ink was in his blood.


July 22, 2022


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How to Survive the Future Episodes 1 & 2

This week, the first two episodes of How to Survive the Future, a podcast about today, from the perspective of tomorrow. But first, a frog in a bedroom leads to a bit of climate panic.


July 15, 2022


Ileana Haberman

Queer Embroidery + Drive-Ins

This week on Inner States, we talk with artist Ileana Haberman about embroidery, queerness, and mental health. Plus, IU Cinema Director Alicia Kozma on drive-in movie theaters.


July 8, 2022


Detail from Be Holding, by Ross Gay

Being Beholden

Poet Ross Gay on witnessing, gratitude, reading very long poems out loud, and a particular layup from the 1980 NBA finals.


July 1, 2022


Sam Shoaf

Becoming a Participant in the Landscape

Sam’s day job involves removing invasive plants and restoring native ones. Fire is one of the ways he does that. He’s a lifelong hunter, too - that’s what got him into landscape restoration. This week, a walk in the woods with Sam Shoaf.


June 24, 2022


Diane Kondrat

Dreams of Regional Theatre

When Diane Kondrat was an aspiring actor, she didn't dream of a life in regional theater. But between working with prisoners, starting a theater company, and the teachers and collaborators she's met, it worked out pretty well.


June 17, 2022


Michael Martone

Fiction Without Narrative, Teaching Without Grades, Indiana Beyond Sugar Cream Pie

Writer and teacher Michael Martone on fiction without narrative, teaching without grades, and writing about Indiana beyond corn, basketball, and sugar cream pie.

June 10, 2022


Sycamore Leaves

Jack and Seigen

Jack was studying vocal performance when he met Seigen at the local Zen center. They became good friends. They took walks, stopping to look at every tree. Then Seigen asked Jack to drive him to an execution.

June 3, 2022


Trans Medicine Cover Detail

Trans Health Care

Sociologist stef shuster talks about how doctors’ relationships to uncertainty affects their interactions with patients who don’t fit their expectations, and other research from their book, Trans Medicine.

May 20, 2022


Singers 2 at BLEMF 2018

Festival Fest

This week, Inner States is a festival of festivals. We hear about upcoming festivals in Bloomington: Granfalloon and Bloomington Early Music. We talk about why festivals matter. We get advice on preparing for festivals. And more.

May 13, 2022


Flinora Frazier (nee Meyers) meeting Langston Hughes

Censorship and Freedom

Three stories. One about the challenges of accessing books in prison. One about how overlooking a neighborhood’s history has affected the place. One about a comic book artist who has yet to experience writers’ block.

May 6, 2022


Novelist Jacinda Townsend

Mothering on Two Sides of the Atlantic

A conversation with novelist Jacinda Townsend about her new novel, which tackles the subject of motherhood from two perspectives on different sides of the world.

April 28, 2022


People from Bloomington

People from Bloomington: A Short Story Collection from Indonesia

In 1980, the Indonesian fiction writer Budi Darma published a book of short stories called People from Bloomington. The English translation came out this month. This week on Inner States, translator Tiffany Tsao on Indonesian literature, Budi Darma, and Twitter.

April 22, 2022


Kate Schneider

A Graphic Novel about the Medicalization of Death and Dying

The graphic novel Headland is about a woman in a hospital, the wilderness she visits in her mind, and the tortoise she meets there. It’s also about the medicalization of death and dying. This week, we talk with the author, Kate Schneider. Plus, Midwestern Movies, with Alicia Kozma.

April 15, 2022


Graham Reynolds

Rock Opera and Other Border Crossings

Graham Reynolds has composed for film, ballet, theater. He also leads a band that puts on great live concerts. And he wrote a rock opera about Pancho Villa. This week, we talk about all that with Graham. Plus, poet Ross Gay, delighted.

April 8, 2022


Ilana Gershon

Who Makes Decisions At Work

A lot of people who’ve quit jobs lately thought they were sticking it to the man. But their employers - and coworkers - apparently didn’t realize. This week, anthropologist Ilana Gershon on power in the workplace and what it means for democracy. Plus, a conversation with singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams.

April 8, 2022


Lucinda Williams at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater

A Conversation with Lucinda Williams

Yaël Ksander talks with singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams about the twists and turns of her career, the cost of sticking to your guns artistically, her evolving relationship with the dark side, and … men.

April 1, 2022


Sister City, by Ian Woollen

We Are Family: Sister City by Ian Woollen

Yaël Ksander brings us a review of Bloomington-based author Ian Woollen’s fifth novel, Sister City (Coffeetown Press, 2020).

April 1, 2022


Monique Verdin and Tracing Our Mississippi in Columbus, Indiana

Two Rivers, One Watershed

Indiana doesn’t touch the Mississippi River, but it’s still bound up with it. This week, we talk with Monique Verdin, Liz Brownlee, and others, about those connections. Plus, a review of Ian Woollen’s Sister City.

March 25, 2022


The summit of the tallest filing cabinet in the world

From the Inner States Files

For Spring Pledge Drive, we’re dusting off some old favorites from the Inner States files.

March 18, 2022


Christopher DeSante

Serious Thoughts About Laughing Matters

A while back, political scientist Christopher DeSante tried to convince his fellow grad students to watch Dave Chappelle instead of reading for their qualifying exams. It didn’t work. This week on Inner States, we talk about the politics of humor.

March 11, 2022


One of the Bloomington Catholic Worker houses

Hospitality and facing one's own limitations at the Bloomington Catholic Worker

Inner States intern Kaity Radde brings us a story about the challenges and payoffs of living a life of voluntary poverty and radical hospitality.

March 11, 2022


Alice and Henry Gray

Henry and Alice

Henry Gray is about to turn 100. This week, he reflects on the 70 years he had with his wife, Alice, on growing up in Indiana, and on getting old. And Kaity Radde visits the Bloomington Catholic Worker.

March 4, 2022


Fafnir Adamites in their studio

Felt Thoughts, Paper Gestures

A conversation with fiber artist Fafnir Adamites about textiles in political movements, and making space for intergenerational trauma. Also, a review of two debut novels by women.

February 25, 2022


Stephen Deusner

Southern Rock, Midwestern Soul

This week on Inner States, music critic Stephen Deusner talks about the book he wrote about the Drive-By Truckers, the South, and more. Plus, a review of a local band that made President Obama’s best-of list.

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