The Roundtable

Episode 6  |  Stefan Anderson

Host Michael Hicks welcomes retired CEO and chairman of First Merchants Bank, Stefan Anderson as his guest to this episode of THE ROUNDTABLE.  Anderson talks about banking regulation and reform as well as the importance of early childhood education to a local community.

Repeated Monday, June 25, 6 p.m.


Episode 5  |  Bruce Balfour and Michael Fortunato

Guests Bruce Balfour and Michael Fortunato join host Michael Hicks this episode of THE ROUNDTABLE to talk about taking their academic research knowledge base to develop a consulting group that provides economic and community development to rural communities and small-town economies.


Episode 4  |  Greg Wathen

Join host Michael Hicks as he sits down with Greg Wathen at the table during April’s episode of  THE ROUNDTABLE. Greg talks about economic development in his hometown Evansville as well as four southwestern Indiana counties as part of the Regional Cities Initiative.


Episode 3  |  Emily Wornell

This month on THE ROUNDTABLE the focus is on the challenges rural families face with potential job losses through offshoring and automation.  Rural sociologist, Emily J. Wornell joins host Michael Hicks to talk about a recent vulnerability study she co-authored.

Episode 2  |  Greg Goodnight

How has Kokomo, the “City of Firsts,” successfully transformed after appearing on Forbes’s list of America’s Fastest Dying Towns a decade ago? Find out when host Michael Hicks welcomes to the table Mayor Greg Goodnight.


Episode 1  |  Lori Torres

WIPB’s newest monthly program, THE ROUNDTABLE, covers topics on public affairs issues and how they affect the people and places of Indiana. On the inaugural episode host, Michael Hicks welcomes Inspector General, Lori Torres as his guest. Torres talks about the mission, challenges, types of corruption and ethical cases the Indiana Inspector General’s office faces.



About the host

Michael J. Hicks

Host Michael J. Hicks is the George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Economics and director of the Center for Business and Economic Research and Professor of Economics at Ball State University.

Contact: Drop Mike a note with your thoughts and ideas about the show, to mhicks@nullbsu.edu.

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