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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.

February 18, 2022


Shop Tails, by Nancy Hiller

Better Living Through Dogs: Nancy Hiller's Shop Tails

Yaël Ksander reviews Nancy Hiller's Shop Tails: The Animals Who Help Us Make Things Work

February 18, 2022


Ileana Haberman

Queer Embroidery

This week, artist Ileana Haberman talks about embroidery, queerness, and mental health. Plus, a review of Nancy Hiller’s book Shop Tails: The Animals Who Help Us Make Things Work.

February 11, 2022


Salil and Yousuf

Love and Citizenship in the Heartland

It was a summer day when Nancy and Kim found out they could get married. They both had other plans for lunch, so they waited till 3. Stories of love and citizenship, this week on Inner States.

February 4, 2022


Inside the Bybee Stone Mill

Joyce Jeffries and the Cutters

Limestone work used to be quite dangerous. Joyce Jeffries remembers workers, including her grandfather, dying or getting injured. It’s gotten safer though. This week, Joyce, and others, on limestone.

January 28, 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.

January 21, 2022


LaWaSo Ground, Columbus Indiana

Who and How to Remember

A walk among memorials and public art pieces last fall. We talk with creators, participants, and passers-by about the meaning of public art, about Native presence in a state named for Indians, about immigration, Christopher Columbus, Columbus, Indiana, who we choose to remember, and how.

January 14, 2022


Alicia Kozma at the IU Cinema

Loving movies beyond all reason

The work of women in film has been overlooked since the beginning of movies. Alicia Kozma, incoming director of the IU Cinema, is working to change that.

January 7, 2022


Alicia Kozma at the IU Cinema

Dreams of Regional Theater

Actress Diane Kondrat did not dream of a life in regional theater. That’s what she’s had, though, and it’s brought unexpected challenges and pleasures.

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