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A March 2024 episode of Echoes of Indiana Avenue profiled Merging Traffic, an influential jazz fusion band that formed in Indianapolis in the 1970s. | Photo by @djkylelong
Calling all podcast fans: Looking for something new to add to your weekly listening lineup? Indianapolis is home to dozens of local podcasts spanning music, history, food, politics, and much more. Here are a few we think you should press play on.

Echoes of Indiana Avenue
Subject: Cultural achievements of Black artists and musicians from Indianapolis
Recent episode: A history of the Ink Spots, the only Indianapolis act to be inducted into the Rock and Hall of Fame.

Talking Hoosier History
Subject: The people, places, and events that shaped Indiana
Recent episode: An analysis of how bracero workers in Indiana helped the US meet agricultural needs during World War II.

Voices of Indy
Subject: Interviews and in-studio performances from established and up and coming local musicians
Recent episode: An interview with the frontman of Vonnegut Hardware, who have performed at local venues including Black Circle Brewing and Healer.

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Voices of Indy features live music from talented local acts.

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Indiana Week in Review
Subject: Hoosier Democrats, Republicans, and insiders talk candidly about the political debates and issues shaping Indiana
Recent episode: A look at South Korean tech company SK Hynix’s plans to build its first US semiconductor plant at Purdue Research Park.

Shift Drink
Subject: Conversations with movers and shakers in the beer, liquor, and hospitality industry, hosted by Indy restaurateur Ed Rudisell
Recent episode: An interview and tasting with a translator-turned-mezcal enthusiast from Fort Wayne.

Locked On
Subject: Daily reviews of the latest news concerning the Pacers, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the Colts, and more.
Recent episode: Now that the Pacers are playoff bound, host Tony East reviews the keys that will help them prevail against the Bucks.

Know of a local podcast we missed? We’re all ears.
 
 
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Thursday, April 18
  • Orchid Murder Mystery Book Club: Deadly Slipper | Thursday, April 18 | 6-7:45 p.m. | Newfields, 4000 N. Michigan Rd., Indianapolis | $10-$15 | Join an orchid specialist in the Lilly House to discuss the allure of orchids and the twist and turns of the novel.
  • Community Seed Swap | Thursday, April 18 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | North Mass Boulder, 1411 Roosevelt Ave., Indianapolis | Free | Gather to exchange seeds, knowledge, and inspiration with fellow plant enthusiasts.
Friday, April 19
  • Spring Carnival | Friday, April 19 | 5-8 p.m. | Ray Crowe Elementary, 1300 Ray Crowe Way, Greenwood | $10-$12 | Enjoy games, a cake walk, inflatables, a dunking booth, and concessions at this community event.
  • Indy Fuel Playoffs: Round 1, Home Game 1 | Friday, April 19 | 7 p.m. | Indiana Farmers Coliseum, 1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis | $16-$60 | Cheer on the Fuel in their first playoff game as they chase the championship.
Saturday, April 20
  • Matt Breman 5K Run | Saturday, April 20 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Military Park, 601 W. New York St., Indianapolis | $15-$35 | Lace up your shoes for this family- and pet-friendly run to raise funds for Prevent Child Abuse Indiana.
  • Indianapolis Color Throw Festival- Holi Hungama 2.0 | Saturday, April 20 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Waterfront Hotel and Conference Center, 2930 Waterfront Parkway West Dr., Indianapolis | $10 | Get your free color blasters and refill your water guns at the pools as you take part in exciting hourly color throws.
Sunday, April 21
  • Stargazing - Comet Pons-Brooks | Sunday, April 21 | 7-9 p.m. | Pecar Nature Park, 5203 E. County Rd. 150 N., Avon | $2 | Bring your blankets, snacks, and binoculars and marvel at the beautiful Pons-Brooks comet.
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Community
  • This should spark some conversation. SPARK on the Circle is returning this year to the northwest quadrant of Monument Circle. The pop-up park will feature expanded programming and longer hours. It will be open from Saturday, June 1 through Sunday, Nov. 3. (WTHR)
Edu
  • On Monday, July 1, IUPUI will officially cease to exist as Indiana University and Purdue University will go their own way with two separate campuses. Here’s what to expect from the change. (WTHR)
Transit
  • IndyGo has unveiled its new buses for the upcoming Purple Line, a 15-mile route that will connect downtown Indianapolis to Lawrence. The buses use near zero-emission propulsion systems, which will improve air quality and reduce noise pollution. The route will be completed later this year. (WTHR)
Sports
  • Step aside, Emily in Paris — it’s Tyrese’s turn. The Pacers’ Tyrese Haliburton is one of 12 players named to the US Olympics basketball team yesterday. The team’s first game will be on Sunday, July 28.
Drink
  • Sun King Brewery Fishers and Conner Prairie are hosting a special “tapping party” on Wednesday, April 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. Attendees will get early access to purchase tickets for History on Tap, Conner’s Prairie’s signature craft beer festival, which will occur on Friday, June 7.
Concert
  • Hot on the heels of Netflix’s adaptation, The Murat Theatre at Old National Centre has announced “Avatar: The Last Airbender In Concert.” A live orchestra will accompany scenes from the original TV show. Tickets for the two shows on Saturday, Oct. 26 go on sale Friday, April 19 at 10 a.m. (WTHR)
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  • A surprise community has been lobbying for Caitlin Clark’s attention as of late: Noblesville. Town residents started an X account in March that has been tagging the basketball star in declarations of love, and the mayor (who is also a realtor) even gave her his personal cell phone number. We’ll see if the courtship works. (WTHR)
Sports
  • The Indiana Hoosiers strike again, landing the transfer portal’s No. 1 player Oumar Ballo. Learn more about what he’ll bring to the team with Locked On Hoosiers.
     
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    Fun fact: The Pons-Brooks comet is also known as the “devil comet” thanks to an outburst in 2023 that made it appear to have horns. You should be able to see it on the western horizon on Sunday, April 21 with a good telescope or binoculars — this sky map should help.
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