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Craig Fehrman

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Off the Wall: Mike Pence and Immigration

Before Trump became the face of anti-immigration, Pence championed a very different approach.

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A Conversation with Tom and Kelley French, Authors of Juniper

“I would ask the doctors, ‘Will Juniper be normal? Will she go to kindergarten?’ They said they didn’t know.”

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Bill Hudnut: A Man of His Word

The beloved former mayor’s opinions are as sharp as ever. Here, he reflects on his time at the helm of Indianapolis and takes Indiana’s Republican Party to task.

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Burned: The Little Nashville Opry

The jury’s decision stunned the sleepy town. As one Nashville denizen told IM, “Good luck finding someone who admits to knowing those two now. The entire community thinks they’re guilty as sin.”

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INcoming: Mike Pence

To understand the chasm currently separating Indiana’s political parties, all you need to do is picture their election-night celebrations. On November 6, the Democrats chose a sedate ballroom at the Downtown Marriott. The Republicans, who were marching toward supermajorities in the House and the Senate, chose the end zone at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Struggling: The Medora Hornets went 0-22 the year of the New York Times article, and like the town, haven
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Game Film: Medora

The basketball team wasn’t the only thing best described as scrappy.

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Long Shot

Editor’s Note: As the IHSAA basketball championships tip off March 24, the hometown of the tournament’s most famous winning team has fallen on hard times. This feature on Milan originally appeared in the March 2011 issue. So there’s this picture. It’s of the 1954 Milan Indians, and it’s not the reserved, rigorously posed one everyone […]

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The Future of the NCAA

On the west side of downtown Indianapolis, just before the sprawl of IUPUI, sits a $50 million temple to amateurism. That’s the headquarters of the NCAA, the national organization that tries to keep the “college” in college sports.

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Long Shot

SO THERE’S THIS PICTURE. It’s of the 1954 Milan Indians, and it’s not the reserved, rigorously posed one everyone remembers. Someone—nobody knows who—took this other photograph right after the team had shocked the state, got it inside their Hinkle Fieldhouse locker room, where the players and coaches are tightly woven together, all arms and legs, wearing a set of expressions that show just how many different ways a human being can express joy.

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