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42 minutes | 6 days ago
"Hoosiers" Screenwriter Angelo Pizzo On Bringing Indiana To Life For The Screen
Bloomington native Angelo Pizzo is one of the key creative forces behind iconic Indiana sports films like "Hoosiers" and "Rudy," and has worked in the entertainment industry now for more than four decades. He joined the Monthly Weekly this week to talk about what it took to bring Hoosier basketball culture realistically to life, what "Breaking Away" got wrong about his hometown, how to sustain a career in showbiz, and why he hasn't seen a new sports movie in decades.
31 minutes | 13 days ago
John Feinstein on March Madness, Bobby Knight, And What Makes A Great Underdog
The Washington Post's John Feinstein has done just about all you can in a journalism career, starting out as a night reporter under Bob Woodward (yes, that Bob Woodward), writing some of the best-selling sports non-fiction of all time, and even recently "pivoting to video" with his popular "Storytime" web series. This week he joined the Monthly Weekly to provide his takes on the tournament so far, share some stories about what it was like to write "Season on the Brink," and share what he's learned about storytelling after more than four decades in the business.
31 minutes | 18 days ago
Chef Carlos Salazar On Keeping His Restaurant Dream Alive In The Pandemic Year
This week, IM's dining editor Julia Spalding takes the reins of the Monthly Weekly to catch up with Carlos Salazar, a veteran of favorites like Rook and Oakleys Bistro and one of Indiana's top young chefs. Carlos and Julia talk about his endlessly innovative menus, what it's been like to survive last year's relentless restaurant closures, and how Asian-owned businesses like his own have been impacted by the recent rash of hate crimes against Asian-Americans.
27 minutes | a month ago
Dustin Dopirak Previews The All-Hoosier NCAA Tournament
This week local sportswriter Dustin Dopirak of the Daily Hoosier joins the Monthly Weekly to break down this year's NCAA tournament, taking place entirely within the confines of the Hoosier State. Dopirak previews the on-court action, from the numerous high-profile first-round matchups to the potential ceiling for Indiana's only team in the tournament, the Purdue Boilermakers. He also looks forward beyond the Archie Miller era in Bloomington, and predicts who will be the next Hoosier team to make the tournament.
26 minutes | a month ago
Lili Wright On Covering Indiana's Biggest Star, Zoe LaVerne
Zoe LaVerne, the Greenwood 19-year-old with nearly 20 million followers on the social media platform TikTok, is a magnet for drama. Fortunately, drama is her business, earning her in the high six figures for the short videos that capture her dancing, drama, and day-to-day life. The author Lili Wright profiled LaVerne in our March issue, and she joins the Monthly Weekly this week to talk about her experience going down the rabbit hole that is influencer drama, what it was like as a mother of teenagers herself to chronicle LaVerne's sometimes very grown-up issues, and the extent to which the whole affair made her want to put away her own smartphone for good.
28 minutes | a month ago
State Rep. Vanessa Summers On A Contentious Statehouse And Her Battle With COVID-19
Indiana State Representative Vanessa Summers succeeded her father to represent the 99th District three full decades ago in 1991, and she's seen more than her share of partisan rancor — but nothing like what happened last month, when GOP members booed Black lawmakers speaking about discrimination during a session of the General Assembly. The heated climate nearly led to a physical confrontation between Republican Rep. Sean Eberhart and Summers, who recently spent more than a week in an intensive care unit for COVID-19. Amid such a tense political climate, Summers joined the podcast to talk about what happened during that debate over House Bill 1367, her struggle with COVID, and how this political moment is unlike any she's seen in her lifetime.
36 minutes | 2 months ago
IMPD Chief Randal Taylor on Gun Violence In Indy, Last Summer's Protests, And State Oversight
After last summer's racial justice protests, IMPD Chief Randal Taylor knew he had his work cut out for him restoring trust in the police among some of Indianapolis' most vulnerable communities. Now more than half a year later, Taylor joins the podcast to talk about his career as a black man in law enforcement, how the IMPD has adapted to the demands made by the communities they police, the city's startling uptick in gun violence, and politicized efforts by the state legislature to exercise oversight of the department.
25 minutes | 2 months ago
Indiana University's Dr. Aaron E. Carroll On Running Schools Safely During COVID-19
When Dr. Aaron E. Carroll joined the team tasked with ensuring IU Hoosiers' safe return to school last fall, he knew it wasn't the science he'd have to figure out, there being a standard playbook in place for managing the spread of diseases like COVID-19 — it would be the logistics and implementation of that playbook, including getting buy-in from a justifiably fearful and skeptical public. Now, many months later, case numbers are falling across the country and multiple vaccines are rolling out, but the coronavirus isn't done with us just yet. Dr. Carroll joined the Monthly Weekly to talk about how he fought the pandemic in Bloomington, why a safe return to school is not only possible, but desirable for most of America's schoolchildren, and how vaccines will change the way we live in 2021.
36 minutes | 2 months ago
"Hero Of The Pandemic" Consuelo Poland, Of The Latina Welders Guild
In December Indianapolis Monthly published a series of first-person essays from various "Heroes of the Pandemic" around the city that included Consuelo Poland, the founder of the Latinas Welding Guild. The Latinas Welding Guild trains minority women to enter a field that's overwhelmingly (96 percent, according to recent statistics) male. This week, she joins the Monthly Weekly to talk about her experience growing up in a largely white Northern Michigan community, discovering welding through her training as an artist, and what drove her to fight for Indianapolis-area minority women to have the same opportunities in the field that she's had.
35 minutes | 3 months ago
Whitley Yates on Her Work Diversifying the Indiana GOP
Whitley Yates is the director of diversity and engagement for the Indiana GOP. As a young, black woman in a mostly older, white party, she's faced serious challenges in trying to convince the party that it needs to broaden its outreach when it already has an electoral stranglehold over Indiana. We talked about how her work is going, how uniformly white rooms full of state Republicans have responded to her diversity seminars, and what it was like for her to witness the events of the past few months, as large numbers of Republicans, including some in her own state, attempted to disenfranchise Black and other minority voters across the country.
37 minutes | 3 months ago
Steve Raymer, "Welcome to Chindianapolis" Photographer
This week Derek speaks with Steve Raymer, the veteran photojournalist and Indiana University professor who photographed the South Side's Burmese Chin refugee community for our December issue. Raymer discusses his long career dating back to the Vietnam War and National Geographic's 1970s heyday, as well as the decline of storytelling photojournalism and how he was able to bring it back for the December feature. "Welcome to Chindianapolis": https://www.indianapolismonthly.com/arts-and-culture/circle-city/welcome-to-chindianapolis
31 minutes | 3 months ago
Derek Schultz and the Indianapolis Colts' Past, Present, and Future
This week Derek is joined by his fellow, well, Derek, beloved Indy sports radio host Derek Schultz to break down the Colts' Wild Card loss against the Buffalo Bills and its aftermath. They talk about everything from Philip Rivers, to sports media's collectively short memory, to the Notorious B.I.G.'s "Juicy," and play a lightning-round game of "Overrated or Underrated." The final recap of the season: https://www.indianapolismonthly.com/arts-and-culture/sports/indianapolis-colts-recap-wild-card-at-buffalo-bills Derek's essay about his experience during the pandemic: https://www.indianapolismonthly.com/arts-and-culture/what-i-did-with-my-mandatory-unpaid-eight-month-long-summer-vacation
32 minutes | 3 months ago
Scott Soltys-Curry, Creator of the Indianapolis Coffee Guide
In our first episode of 2021 Derek talks with Scott Soltys-Curry, the creator of the Indianapolis Coffee Guide and a contributor to our January cover story featuring the best coffee in the city. They talk about Indy's coffee scene, how to develop a taste for a fine pour-over, and what it's like to start a new publication in 2021, as Scott prepares to launch the coffee-focused Batch Magazine in stores soon.
45 minutes | 4 months ago
"Mayor Pete and Me," from March 2020
For the holiday week the Monthly Weekly is turning back the clock to revisit our conversation with contributing editor Adam Wren, about his March retrospective on Pete Buttigieg's presidential primary campaign. Adam described the experience of reporting the "Pete beat" from his humble beginnings in South Bend to his surprise victory in the Iowa caucuses, as well as discussing his bright future, which now includes his impending nomination as the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. We'll be back with new episodes in the new year, and we hope you and yours have a safe and happy holiday.
36 minutes | 4 months ago
Designing "Russian Doll," With Michael Bricker
This week, Derek speaks with Indianapolis' own Michael Bricker, a production designer for film and television who won an Emmy for his work on the Netflix hit "Russian Doll." Derek and Michael talk about the latter's approach to creating that series' magical-realist version of New York City, his unique path to the entertainment industry, and exactly what it means to be a "production designer" in the first place.
45 minutes | 4 months ago
Ryan Murphy and "The Prom," with NPR's Eric Deggans
This week, Derek and deputy editor Daniel Comiskey are joined by NPR television critic Eric Deggans to talk about Indy native Ryan Murphy's new film for Netflix, "The Prom," premiering this week. They discuss how Murphy's Hoosier roots have influenced his career and approach to this project, as well as Deggans' day-to-day life as a TV critic in a time when streaming services and the pandemic have upended how we consume media.
30 minutes | 5 months ago
A Very Traders Point Thanksgiving; Indy's Pioneering CBD Bakery
This week, Derek and dining editor Julia Spalding are joined by Jon Warner, the executive chef at Traders Point Creamery, who talks about their Thanksgiving takeout menu and dispenses his own tips for Indy's home chefs. Then, we speak with Rebecca Raffle, the founder of Elevate Bakery and Barkery, about her unique experience developing a proprietary blend of flavorless CBD that goes into their cookies, gummies, and more.
41 minutes | 5 months ago
IU Football's Magical (So Far) Season; Indy's Most Stylish Sportswear Startup
This week we talk with sportswriter Dustin Dopirak about Indiana University football, as the as-yet-undefeated Hoosiers are set to play maybe their most important game since the Nixon era against Ohio State this weekend. Then, Derek interviews Connor and Christa Hitchcock, the founders of Indianapolis' own Homefield Apparel, the startup featured in a recent Athletic feature (paywall) that's building a national following with their stylish college sports apparel. The Hitchcocks reacting to IU's winning touchdown over Penn State: https://twitter.com/HomefieldApparl/status/1320149293261594624
51 minutes | 5 months ago
The Election Day Post-Mortem; Mental Health During The COVID-19 Pandemic
This week, the Monthly Weekly is joined by editor-in-chief Michael Rubino and contributing editor Adam Wren to talk about the results of the 2020 election in Indiana, including President Trump's continued stranglehold on the state, Christina Hale's narrow miss in the 5th Congressional District, the enduring popularity of incumbent Gov. Eric Holcomb, and the future of Democrats in Indiana statewide. Then, Derek speaks with Dr. Heather Fretwell, Chief Medical Officer of Psychiatry with the Sandra Eskenazi Mental Health Center, to discuss what Hoosiers can do to care for their mental health amid the COVID-19 pandemic as the dark winter months set in.
47 minutes | 5 months ago
Building Downtown Indy's Comeback; A Virtual Season of Theatre
This week, the Monthly Weekly hosts IM director of editorial operations Megan Fernandez and interim director at City Market, Catherine Esselman, for a chat about how downtown Indy can move forward after a chaotic 2020. Then, Derek speaks with Indiana Repertory Theater artistic director Janet Allen about the IRT's decision to move to a virtual season, streaming live performances directly into living rooms across Indiana and beyond.
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